Mississippi Hunter Shoots White Turkey, ESPN’s Keith Olbermann Goes On Twitter Rant

 

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The other day Hunter Waltman of Kiln, Mississippi did what most hunters in Mississippi do this time of year. He and a friend got up early, went to the woods 30 minutes before sunrise, located a turkey gobbling on the roost and moved in and set up.  

 

Typical early morning turkey hunt. The gobbler flew down, went silent and never responded to the hunters’ calls. Hens.

They sat and waited for 2 hours, and just as they were fixing to leave, they saw a big ball of white fanned out with 3 hens about 80 yards away. A short time later, the hens left the gobbler to nest for the morning, and the white bird made a beeline for the hunters.

The bizarre white bird strutted within 60 yards, and Hunter pulled the trigger. “I was shaking I was so nervous,” he told the Clarion-Ledger. It was one of the hardest turkeys I’ve ever killed.”

Hunter’s white gobbler weighed 17 pounds and had a 9¼-inch beard (black) and 1-inch spurs (whitish).

When the first picture of the unusual turkey popped up on Facebook, Hunter’s friends and peers were happy for him and his once in a lifetime kill.

But then, a “celebrity” saw it and crashed the party, and the worst in social media came out.

ESPN’s Keith Olbermann of all people saw Hunter’s bird and went ballistic, tweeting to his 1 million followers:

It be rare and beautiful so me should kill it. This pea-brained scumbag identifies himself as Hunter Waltman and we should do our best to make sure the rest of his life is a living hell.

I can see a rabid anti-hunter like Olbermann, who ceased being funny or clever decades ago, posting a snide Twitter rant about somebody posing with a dead lion or zebra in Africa.

But bullying a 22-year-old over a white turkey in Mississippi?

Stupid and shameful.

“To tell you the truth, it seemed like a threat to me,” (Hunter) told the Clarion Ledger, who has been all over this story from Day 1.

Hunter said he’d never heard of Olbermann before his tweet. “Make (my) life ‘a living hell?’ That seems like a threat to me. I’d be glad to see him fired. He went overboard.”

There are a few (I emphasize a few) good things about social media. Soon hunters started fighting back, posting that Olbermann’s tweet was not only ridiculous, but it also blatantly violated Twitter’s policy of hatred and threats. 

It took a couple of days, but finally the washed-up TV anchor and failed MSNBC commentator turned bully caved. The snide and stupid Tweet was removed and Olbermann apologized in this Tweet last night:

I am an opponent of trophy hunting and remain so, but nobody should feel threatened. This was anything but my intent, so I unreservedly apologize to Mr. Waltman for this tweet.

ABOUT THE WHITE TURKEY: Let’s get back to what’s really interesting about this story.

Was Hunter’s white turkey wild or a cross with a domestic bird?

A taxidermist examined it and deemed it 100 percent wild. A wildlife biologist studied the photos and agreed, pointing out that “the naked head and neck do not appear to be as ornate as one would expect in a domestic gobbler.” A domestic bird would be fatter and heavier with shorter legs.

The biologist believes the turkey, which had dark eyes like any wild turkey, is partially albino.

The Clarion-Ledger contacted Adam Butler, Mississippi’s Wild Turkey Program coordinator, who said he’d never heard of or seen a white wild turkey in the state.

“I would say it’s exceptionally rare,” Butler said. “I would assume that occurs in one out of several hundred thousand (turkeys).”

In the end, how does Hunter Waltman feel about his hunt for the white turkey, and the subsequent threats from online haters?

“Me, personally, I’m happy,” he said. “I’m real excited and they ain’t gonna take that away from me.

“I just let ‘em talk and just laugh at ‘em.”

Well said Hunter, and congrats man.

Why You Should Buy Another Gun Now

hanback stalking 783.jpg compressdSaw this on the Outdoor Wire and thought it made a good point. Put some of your tax savings that are coming in 2019 on a new handgun for home protection or a new rifle for deer hunting (treat yourself to a father’s day gift):

Much has been printed and broadcast recently about soft firearms sales. According to the liberal mass media outlets and their hatred of firearms, the gun industry is on the brink of death. Nothing, however, could be further from the truth.

You can do your part to help drive up firearm ownership numbers in the months ahead. Go shopping.

Those who watch firearms sales follow the NICS background checks numbers. May 2018 set an all-time monthly record for NICS checks—the federal gun clearinghouse for those making a firearms purchase. In most recent months, the monthly sales total has been around or above 2 million firearms purchased. Many are being purchased for self-defense, but hunting and recreation are also huge uses.

With hunting seasons and National Hunting and Fishing Day (Sept. 22, 2018) on the horizon, you should make plans now to buy another firearm.

Need some reasons to buy another firearm? Read on…

–Guns provide hours of fun for you, family and friends.

–Firearms can be used to protect you and your family and friends.

–Guns provide food when you go hunting.

–Firearms create jobs. By some estimates, more than 310,000 full-time American jobs are related directly to firearms. Per the NSSF, “Companies in the United States that manufacture, distribute, and sell firearms, ammunition, and hunting equipment employ as many as 149,113 people in the country and generate an additional 161,795 jobs in supplier and ancillary industries.”

–Firearms help the US economy. Again, according to NSSF numbers, “…in 2017, the firearms and ammunition industry was responsible for as much as $51.41 billion in total economic activity in the country.”

What will your next gun purchase be? Start shopping. Good news is that many places are having sales fight now to make way for the new 2018 models.

Photo: Hanback with one of his favorite deer rifles, Remington Model 783 in .270 topped with Trijicon’s world-class 3X-9X Accupoint scope.

USFWS: Hunters, Fishermen Provide $1.1 Billion for Conservation

NE girl 2WASHINGTON – On March 6, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced that it will distribute $1.1 billion in revenues generated by the hunting and fishing industry to state wildlife agencies throughout the nation. The funds support critical fish and wildlife conservation and recreation projects that benefit all Americans.

The Service apportions the $1.1 billion annually to all 50 states and U.S. territories through the Pittman-Robertson Wildlife Restoration and Dingell-Johnson Sport Fish Restoration programs. Revenues come from taxes generated by the sale of firearms, ammunition, archery and fishing equipment and electric boat motors, as well as from taxes on the purchase of motorboat fuel.

“These funds are the cornerstone of state-based efforts that are critical to the preservation of America’s wildlife and natural resources,” said Director Dan Ashe as the USFWS distributed the funds last year. “But they are also the fuel for a massive financial engine that benefits outdoor recreationists, hunters, boaters and anglers, equipment manufacturers and retailers, and local and regional economies. Their value cannot be overstated in providing opportunities for the next generation of Americans to get outdoors, experience our wild places and learn the importance of conserving our natural heritage.”

It is thanks to this $1.1 billion financial investment (we can never repeat that massive number enough) made by you, me and all of America’s sportsmen and women and the hunting, shooting, fishing and boating industries that state agencies can deliver science-based conservation on the ground in every corner of the nation.

Each year as I read about our $1.1 billion investment in America’s wildlife and conservation, I reach out to PETA and the other anti-hunters and ask:

This is what we do…what do you do?

Crickets… I have never gotten a response.

Thanking Rand Paul

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We all need to stand up and thank Sen. Rand Paul (R-Kentucky) for putting a hold on Dr. Vivek Murthy, President Obama’s pick for Surgeon General of the United States. A hold is a parliamentary procedure that allows a Senator to prevent a motion (Murthy’s nomination) from reaching a vote on the Senate floor.

As this article points out, Paul wrote in a letter to Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nevada): “Historically, the Surgeon General of the United States has been a position with the purpose of educating Americans so that they may lead healthier lives, rather than advancing a political agenda.”

Murthy’s agenda? Very anti-gun.

Wrote Sen. Paul: “The primary policy goals of Dr. Murthy’s organization (Doctors for America) have been focused on advancing stricter gun control laws… In his efforts to curtail Second Amendment rights, Dr. Murthy has continually referred to guns as a public health issue on par with heart disease and has diminished the role of mental health in gun violence. As a physician, I am deeply concerned that he has advocated that doctors use their position of trust to ask patients, including minors, details about gun ownership in the home. His organization has also advocated that physicians collect and report data on gun ownership to the Federal Government and increasing Federal funding for gun control research.”

“Dr. Murthy has disqualified himself from being Surgeon General because of his intent to use that position to launch an attack on Americans’ right to own a firearm under the guise of a public health and safety campaign,” Paul wrote. “Accordingly, I will object to any unanimous consent agreement or the waiver of any rule with respect to the nomination of Dr. Murthy.”

Thank you Sen. Paul for standing up for our 2A rights.

But alas, I understand that new filibuster rules will allow the Senate to take a confirmation vote on Murthy regardless of the Senator’s objection. This country sure has changed.

Colorado: Man Applies for BB Gun Permit, Is Targeted By Police

I am posting this press release pretty much in its entirety because 1) it is so ridiculous; and 2) it is so downright scary. What is going on in Colorado and our country?

Discharging a BB gun in the city limits of Grand Junction, Colorado is illegal. In order to try to rid his area of an invasive species, the Eurasian Dove, which Colorado allows to be hunted with no bag limit, James Shults requested a Discharge Permit to use a 30-year old Daisy BB gun to run the pest from his residence and from neighbors’ areas with their permission.

After inspection of Shults’ neighborhood by two police sergeants the Chief (whom Shults likes personally) refused the permit because the neighborhood is “densely populated.” Shults, a former national and multi-state rifle champion and holder of many state and national records has no problem with the Chief’s decision, though he says “… it was sort of funny, of course it is densely populated, it’s inside the city.”

However, Shults noted that the Chief also sent copies of his denial letter to the Deputy Chief of Police, Grand Junction’s police patrol commanders and the city’s new high-tech 911 Center. Shults checked with his many law enforcement friends and contacts around the country and they confirmed he had indeed been targeted and flagged by the police and 911 center.

Shults says: “All this action for requesting a legal permit to discharge a Daisy BB gun in the city seems a little twisted. Am I now a terrorist to be watched by the full command of the Grand Junction police to include a flag on my residence by the 911 Center? I must be a very dangerous man armed with my Daisy BB gun; obviously a weapon of mass destruction.”

Shults has contacted the Grand Junction City Council and requested they modify this policy so that law-abiding citizens are not targeted and flagged like this in the future.

Again, what is going on in America?