Zimbabwe Restricts Big Game Hunts After Cecil Uproar

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By Travis Smola via wideopenspaces.com

Amidst the global uproar over the killing of “Cecil” the lion by Minnesota dentist Walter Palmer, the Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority has announced the suspension of hunting for lions, leopards and elephants in close proximity to Hwange National Parks in a release on their website Saturday. Effective immediately, the announcement says: “Hunting of lions, leopards and elephant in areas outside of Hwange National Parks has been suspended with immediate effect. All such hunts will only be conducted if confirmed and authorized in writing by the Director-General of the Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority, and only if accompanied by parks staff whose costs will be met by the landowner.” . . .

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Quote of the Day: Take Your Best Shot Edition

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“I AM HUNTER! For that I make no excuses, no apologies, I back down to no one, and I hide from it not! I’m armed at all times, and I’m ready – either step up or shut up!! My money, my time and my efforts go to Lion hunting/conservation, for that I am proud!” – Sabrina Corgatelli in American huntress sparks fury by posting selfie with dead giraffe in South Africa [at telegraph.co.uk]

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Col. Jeff Cooper on the Cecil the Lion Fiasco

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Reader Don Urbatsch writes:

I am invoking the name of the late great Jeff Cooper to shed light on the media fiasco that is the mainstream media’s coverage of the dentist who shot the apparently beloved lion Cecil. Since the The People of the Gun often cite Cooper’s four rules of gun safety (he also coined the term hoplophobe). I am using an appeal to authority for those who consider themselves people of the gun, but would throw the dentist in question under the bus. Jeff Cooper was an avid hunter and made many trips to Africa including hunting lions. There is a collection of the colonel’s commentaries on the internet and they are instructive in this situation . . .

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What Gun For Armadillo?

In The Origin of Species, Charles Darwin tells us:

As many more individuals of each species are born than can possibly survive; and as, consequently, there is a frequently recurring struggle for existence, it follows that any being, if it vary however slightly in any manner profitable to itself, under the complex and sometimes varying conditions of life, will have a better chance of surviving, and thus be naturally selected.

From this, we should not be particularly surprised that a species in the Lone Star State that appears to be enjoying a bit of reproductive success right now is one particularly suited to its environment, and the weapons available to the local apex predator. I speak of none but the humble armadillo . . .

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BREAKING: Poachers Reportedly Shoot and Kill Cecil the Lion’s Brother Jericho

Joshua the lion (right) (courtesy dailymail.co.uk)

After punting on the Cecil the lion poaching story – the Minnesota dentist who killed the Zimbabwean beast did so with arrows – we’re back on it. ‘Cause we’ve just learned that poachers have killed Cecil’s brother Jericho [above right] – with a gun. “The beloved animal was protecting Cecil’s lion cubs after he was shot dead by Minnesota dentist Walter Palmer earlier this month, sparking outrage around the world,” dailymail.co.uk reports. “Jericho is believed to have been gunned down during an illegal hunting operation in Hwange National Park on Saturday afternoon.” Wait. What? Does a lion’s brother protect lion cubs that aren’t his, even though they share a genetic link? Anyway . . .

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CORRECTION: Cecil the Lion Was Killed With an Arrow

The killing of the African lion anthropomorphized as “Cecil” continues to make news. cbsnews.com reports that Zimbabwe authorities are asking the U.S. to send Dr. Walter Palmer, the Minnesota dentist who removed Cecil from the gene pool, back to Zim to face poaching charges. Whether or not that’ll happen – the U.S. and Zimbabwe have a [so-far-unused] 15-year-old extradition treaty – remains to be seen. In the meantime, the press has been unearthing details of the now world famous hunt. Turns out that Cecil wasn’t finished off with a rifle after the first arrow failed to do the deed . . .

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OMG! 96 Lions Per Year Shot by Hunters in Zimbabwe! OMG!

“The death of Cecil the lion at the hands of pilloried dentist Walter Palmer has sparked worldwide outrage,” time.com reports, “with virtual mobs tanking Palmer’s Yelp ratings, real mobs leaving angry messages at his office, and activists and celebrities alike calling for his metaphorical (or literal) head. But the tragic death of one lion belies a much more widespread and serious problem affecting wildlife in Zimbabwe.” The problem of hunting! Right? Well . . .

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Dentist’s Dubious Lion Kill Triggers Anti-Hunting Outcry

“Walter James Palmer, a dentist from Minnesota, is believed to have paid £35,000 to shoot and kill the much-loved lion with a bow and arrow,” telegraph.co.uk reports. “The animal was shot on July 1 in Hwange National Park. Two independent sources have confirmed the hunter’s identity to the paper, which has also seen a copy of the relevant hunting permit.” Note: shot with a rifle after 40 hours of post-bow shot chasing. The real problem . . .

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TX Parks & Wildlife Test Lead vs. Non-Toxic Shot

By Reese Johnson via wideopenspaces.com

The Texas Parks & Wildlife Department has completed a two-year study of dove hunting, comparing the effectiveness of lead shot versus non-toxic shot. This was a “double-blind” study with neither hunters nor observers knowing what they were shooting to remove bias. Both hunters and and observers recorded data based on these hunts to determine the effectiveness of the loads. The results may surprise you . . .

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Gun Review: STI Nitro 10 10mm 1911

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After testing the GLOCK 20 I’m still auditioning candidates for my perfect truck pistol: a handgun I can use for concealed carry self-defense and hunting game. Before reviewing the latest contender – the  STI Nitro 10 10mm 1911 –  I want to address an issue raised by TTAG’s Armed Intelligentsia: why not a truck rifle and a handgun? As many readers pointed out, a rifle is almost always the better choice for taking game. But there are a lot of reasons to hunt with a pistol instead . . .

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Gun Review: Ruger Mini-14 Tactical in 300 BLK

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The Ruger Mini-14 is one of Ruger’s flagship rifles. First designed in the late 1960’s as a smaller civilian version of the U.S. Military M-14, the rifle has been used by generations of hunters and target shooters. It’s also been featured prominently in movies and TV shows throughout the years. This rifle was the AR-15 of the 1970’s and 1980’s, the semi-auto firearm of choice — and for good reason. There’s just something quintessentially American about the look of the Mini-14, and now Ruger has released a version in my favorite caliber: 300 AAC Blackout. Is it the awesome “peanut butter in my chocolate” moment that hunters like me have been waiting for? . . .

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Oh Noes! People Hunting With ‘Assault Weapons’!

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We recently noted that White House press secretary Josh Earnest beclowned himself by proclaimed that, “You don’t need an assault weapon to go hunting, it certainly is not part of anybody’s family heritage or family tradition.” Not that Josh has probably ever fired a gun, let alone a scary “assault rifle.” Against all odds, you, the People of the Gun, took him to task for that ill-informed assertion. And reader AB sent these snaps to demonstrate his family tradition of modern sporting rifle hunting . . .

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