Today’s great guest blog from our friend Scott Geurink. This is raising them right to love and appreciate our lifestyle: Hi Mike: Our recent youth hunt was a success! My 11- year-old twin girls, Alli and Laci, were both able to take a buck in just over an hour of each other! This was their second year of hunting deer. Last year Laci was shot a spike for her first deer, and Alli got 2 does. This year, both girls agreed the night before the hunt that they were looking for a 6-point or bigger. We hunt in an area of Michigan that has an Antler Point Restriction (APR) of 4 points or more on at least one side; however [...]
Something that Texas custom gun maker Lex Webernick told me years ago stuck, and has served me well on deer hunts all over North America the last 30 years: Know your rifle and when the barrel gets dirty enough to start affecting accuracy. For example, you shoot a lot at the range and find that your rifle starts to open up a group after, say, 20 rounds. I’d clean that rifle barrel after every 15 rounds, or five 3-shot groups. But I personally never take a completely clean rifle on a hunt. I usually run 3 shots through a clean barrel to dirty it a bit, that seems to be the sweet spot accuracy-wise, and then go hunting.
Pour a measured charge of Pyrodex down the bore, or drop in the proper number of 50-grain Triple 7 pellets. Insert bullet and start it down the bore with a short starter. With your ramrod, seat the bullet firmly all way down and on top of the powder, but don’t tamp it or beat it hard. You just want a good, firm seat. Once fully loaded, leave the ramrod in the barrel and scratch it with a knife or mark with a Sharpie. Check the reference mark each time you load to make sure you seat the proper amount of powder and a bullet. Never cap a loaded rifle until you are in the timber and ready to hunt. When [...]
URGENT! Two of the nation’s top pro-gun groups urge all law-abiding gun owners to contact their U.S. Senators and tell them to vote NO on David Chipman’s controversial nomination to be Director of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF). Chipman previously worked at the ATF for nearly 25 years, but currently serves as a policy advisor for Giffords, a gun control advocacy group o-founded by Senator Mark Kelly (D-AZ). NRA-ILA Executive Director Jason Ouimet released the following statement on Thursday regarding David Chipman’s party line vote out of Senate Judiciary Committee: “David Chipman spent the last 10 years unapologetically lobbying for gun control on Capitol Hill.... He supports extreme, unconstitutional restrictions on the right to keep and bear arms, and today’s [...]
Southwick Associates, a market research firm specializing in the hunting and shooting business, recently surveyed more than 1,800 ammunition consumers as part of its quarterly Hunter/Shooter Survey. They found that in 2020, four out of five consumers encountered out of stock issues while trying to purchase ammunition. Three-quarters of those hunters/shooters have encountered out of stock ammo situations so far in 2021. Of the respondents, 79% reported either fully or partially reducing their target shooting and hunting outings as a result of depleted ammunition shelves. Going forward into 2021, ammunition demand is expected to remain high. Nearly two-thirds of respondents report their current ammo inventory was lower than they would prefer. When asked how much more ammunition they would like to [...]