Tom in Oregon: Big Horn Armory African Safari Pt. 1


In preparation for a hunt in South Africa for some plains game, I made a trip to Portland Airport customs to fill out the requisite form 4457. Not a big deal, really. I’ve done it before. But there has been something in the wind for about a week. An old law was dredged up from the redundant department of redundancy. It seems that if you want to take a firearm out of country, you now have to register with the IRS as a business to get an Employer Identification Number, then register with AES directly. Then . . .

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The New Trials of International Travel (With Guns)


“The rifle is a noble weapon. It brings us pleasures that no scatter-gunner can ever know. A shotgun takes you into cultivated fields, or into those narrow wastes within sight and sound of civilization. But the rifle entices its bearer into primeval forests, into mountains and deserts untenanted by man. To him in whom the primitive virtues of courage, energy and love of adventure have not been sapped, there is scarce a joy comparable to roaming at will through wild regions, viewing the glories of the unspoiled earth, and feeling the inexpressible thrill of manliness sore-tested by privation and hazard, but armed and undismayed.” – Horace Kephart

I’ve always liked that quote. And it means more as I pack for lands both charted and un-charted . . .

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FL Wildlife Officials Terminating Cat-Eating Nile Monitor Lizards – with Shotguns

“Exotic, cat-eating Nile monitor lizards are invading Palm Beach County, Florida to create breeding grounds,” reports. “As a result, shotgun-carrying wildlife officials are increasing their patrols.” Somehow I don’t think it’s a conscious effort on the part of the lizards, but hey, if it saves just one cat . . . And it sounds like the Sunshine State’s scattergunners are gonna save a lot of felines. “The huge Nile monitor lizards, which can reach over five feet long (152 cm) and 15 pounds (6.8 kg). Note: neither of the animals above is a cat and I’m not exactly sure what’s going on there. Anyway, a little history . . .

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5 Classic Deer Rifles Your Grandpa Used That Are Still Good Today


Marlin Model 336

By Matt Alpert via

Your grandfather’s generation was introduced to some of the finest deer hunting rifles ever made. These five classic deer rifles have a near perfect blend of form and functionality. The power and reliability of rifles like the Winchester Model 70 or the German-made Mauser M98 are hard to beat even by today’s standards. Chances are your grandpa or one of his hunting buddies used an original Marlin 336 during their deer hunting days. The 336 is one of the most reliable and accurate lever-action sporting rifles ever made. Since its introduction in 1948, more than 6 million Model 336’s have been produced . . .

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Drone, Drone on the Range?

“No true sportsman will say with a straight face that hunting or scouting animals with a drone or aircraft is fair to the animal or to other hunters in the field.” That’s the anti-drone kvetch from Backcountry Hunters & Anglers’ Wyoming chapter Co-chair Buzz Hettick. [Press release after the jump.] The Laramie resident made his remarks after The Cowboy State’s Game & Fish Department set its sights on a drone ban as a hunting aid. If implemented, it would bring the number of statewide drone hunting bans to nine: Alaska, Colorado, Idaho, Illinois, Montana, New Mexico, Vermont, West Virginia and Wyoming. Fair enough? Or is this another case of Luddite Fudds trying to stop the signal? . . . .

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The Truth About My First Audad Hunt


I’ve been an avid sheep hunter since 2010, when Veteran Outdoors took me on a Corsican ram hunt in West Texas (not shown above). I’d just returned from Afghanistan. That hunt changed my life, just as VO’s hunts have improved the quality of life for dozens of vets struggling to reintegrate themselves into civilian life. I returned from that hunt with an Ambush Firearms 6.8 SPCII and a newfound love of spot-and-stalk hunting . . .

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New from Trulock: Predator Coyote Shotgun Choke

Trulock Predator Choke (courtsey

Coyotes are fair game. People who terminate coyotes (with extreme, if stealthy prejudice) in open terrain tend to use rifles in the ever-popular .223 caliber. That said, a deer rifle will also git ‘er done. But when you’re hunting in thick timber or in the dead of night, a shotgun is your ballistic BFF. Trulock’s presser [after the jump] warns aspiring “song dog” hunters that taking aim at 40 yards or more that 00 buck ain’t it. “Depending on the shotgun make, No. 4 buck, No. 2 buck or T shot paired with the new Predator Choke will put the largest number of pellets at higher energy into that same animal at that same distance.” Their new made-in-the-USA performance-guaranteed Coyote Choke is one of 2k shotgun chokes they offer to the general public. We’ll secure a sample for our Jon Wayne Taylor and see what he makes of it. Watch this space . . .

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Note to Bear Hunters and Campers: This Cooler is the Coolest

We’re going on a bear hunt. We’re going to shoot a big one. Uh-oh! Trail time! We can’t hump our cooler back to the truck. We can’t leave it at camp. Not to coin a phrase, yes we can! Buy a Coleman Esky Series Cooler and you’ve got yourself a bear-proof cooler. “Packed with a tantalizing mix of fish, honey and other bear attractants, the Esky 55 quart and 85 quart coolers proved to be an unbeatable match against the live grizzly bears at the IGBC Grizzly & Wolf Discovery Center in West Yellowstone, Montana. By withstanding a minimum of 60 minutes of tearing, biting, bending, pulling and clawing, the coolers passed the test.  The lid did not open more than ¼ an inch, leaving the Grizzly’s taunted.” I know it’s not strictly gun but how cool is that? Press release after the jump . . .

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U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Approves Rhino Hunting Permit

Black Rhino (courtesy

Dallas, TX -( A Texas hunter has received from the U.S. government a permit to bring home the taxidermy from a planned hunt for a black rhino in Namibia.The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service – which administers the Endangered Species Act and regulates Americans’ associated activities – approved the import permit based on the scientific and financial validity of the rhino hunt. Read the agency’s announcementDallas Safari Club, the conservation organization that auctioned the hunt in early 2014, says . . .

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Former US Soldier Hunts Poachers in Africa


By Mateja Lane at

Kinessa Johnson is a former US Army soldier who fought in Afghanistan. She then joined Veterans Empowered to Protect African Wildlife (VETPAW) to help African animals with anti-poaching efforts. VETPAW employs former Army veterans to help train park rangers and surrounding communities to protect local wildlife from poachers. They also provide poacher rehabilitation that enables poachers to make a life through alternate employment such as conservation education and agricultural classes. VETPAW not only helps by employing veterans, but also ensures they are making a difference . . .

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Hunting: The Morning After Thanksgiving


Back in December, I regaled you with the story of getting busted by a doe and watching as one of the best whitetail bucks I’d ever seen ran off at full tilt. Looking back through the archives, I realized that I’d never gotten around to telling the story of the morning after that hunt. Still unsuccessful, but just as fulfilling for a whole different set of reasons.

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