Category: Hunting

P320 Entry: On Love and Shotguns

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By Stewart F.

You know you live in Louisiana when your wife offers to go in halvsies on a new shotgun for Valentine’s Day. That or you’re just one lucky dude. Brace yourself, this will be equal parts gun review, musings of a first time duck hunter and range day recollection. I went duck hunting for the first time this year and was hooked instantly. Many of you are nodding your heads and wondering what took me so long. ‘I’m slow’ is all that I can say . . .

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Bambi Must Die!

Over at grandviewoutdoors.com, Scott Brown reminds us that “A deer and a moving vehicle do not make good dance partners. Sometimes a collision simply results in a new bumper or scratched hood. But, often they end with injuries and sometimes fatalities.” For evidence, he provides the above video of a deer jumping – OK maybe falling off a highway overpass onto the windshield of a car below. The story has a happy ending. Yes, well, wikipedia tells us . . .

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P320 Entry: Pappa’s Rifle

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By Randy in Indiana

It was a surprise meeting. The man in the red and black check coat and the Bavarian hat and the young whitetail buck crossed paths in an open meadow obscured by mist and the gray half-light of morning. In the manner of strangers in unplanned encounters they looked at each other blankly for a moment, frozen in a fog-shrouded tableau, waiting for one of them to move . . .

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Self-Defense Tip: Carry Enough Gun

Smith & Wesson Performance Center .44 magnum revolver model 629 (courtesy smith-wesson.com)

“Montana wildlife officials say a hunter who was attacked by a grizzly bear over the weekend is hospitalized in serious condition but didn’t suffer life-threatening injuries,” foxnews.com reports. “The father of the 47-year-old Stevensville man reported hearing a gunshot just before finding his son with serious injuries Sunday afternoon. This is another one of those “be careful what you hunt for” stories.  “On Monday, his father led a bear specialist, state game wardens and U.S. Forest Service rangers into the area of extreme southwestern Montana where the attack occurred while the men were hunting black bear. Jones says the 10-year-old male grizzly died of a gunshot wound near where the hunter was mauled.” This isn’t a perfect example but I’d like to point out . . .

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Irresponsible Gun Owner of the Day: Unnamed Canadian Hunting Guide

Jeff Cooper RIP (courtesy tdn.com)

“Toutle native Jeff Cooper [above] had hunted all his life, but there was one game prize that had eluded him: a grizzly bear,” tdn.com reports. “Sunday night, at a remote location in Northern British Columbia, he came close to realizing the dream when he shot and wounded a grizzly. The next morning, he and two hunting guides tracked the animal down.” A quick word before the reveal. I realize that some of these Irresponsible Gun Owner of the Day posts are borderline fair. But they are all cautionary. OK, so . . .

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Fudds Are Out There, Somewhere . . .

Regular readers know the term “Fudd.” It references Elmer Fudd, the cartoon buffoon who hunted wascaly wabbits and ditzy ducks without success. In the gun rights world, a “Fudd” is a gun owner whose single-minded obsession with hunting blinds him to threats against Americans’ natural, civil and Constitutionally protected right to keep and bear arms. He’s ready, willing and able to sacrifice his gun rights on the altar of public safety – because magazine capacity laws, universal background checks, modern sporting rifle bans and the like have nothing to do with hunting. Although antis love ‘em, Fudds rarely appear in public discourse. But sometimes they do . . .

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P320 Entry: Reflections of a New Deer Hunter

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By Eric Liu

“I see antlers moving between the trees” whispered my friend Bret as he gripped my arm seeming to make absolutely sure I was listening. Those very words bookend both the culmination and the beginning of my hunting journey. It was after all, my first deer hunt, ever, and most importantly, my very first buck harvest. Let’s start the story somewhere appropriate . . .

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