For many reasons I am glad I don’t live in Cali: Nancy Pelosi, earthquakes, exorbitant taxes… And, it’s the most hunter-unfriendly state. If the greenie-weenies and state politicians get their way, there will be no hunting of any kind left in CA, I mean none. Sadly, there are not enough resident hunters to fend off the anti-hunters and anti-gunners. Only 281,000 hunters purchased licenses in CA last year (182,000 deer licenses), a pittance for a huge state with 38 million people. For comparison, Pennsylvania, a state with a population of 12 million, sold about 1 million licenses. Of the 12 gun laws advanced by state lawmakers last week, I predict 2 in particular will make honest, law-abiding hunters, who are [...]
From JS Online: One of the last top deer hunting states to tightly restrict the use of crossbows, Wisconsin appears on the threshold of change. A bill has been introduced in the Legislature to allow all hunters to use crossbows during the state's archery deer hunting season… The bill could be signed into law in time for the 2013 season. I have covered the crossbow debate for years, here on the blog and back in my days as whitetail editor for Outdoor Life. I have reported on the positives from proponents like NRA: crossbows help recruit and retain hunters. I have documented the kicking and screaming of groups like Wisconsin Traditional Archers who remain staunchly opposed: crossbows mean more pressure in the woods…too [...]
Is our out-of-control federal government (most notably Big Sis at DHS) buying up all the ammunition so that we law-abiding shooters and home defenders can’t get any, in effect going through the back door to get the gun control they want? If you don’t have any ammo, why have a gun? U.S. Senator James Inhofe (R-OK) believes so. He told the Daily Caller: “I believe it’s intentional. Now we had someone testify the other day the DHS, the Department of Homeland Security, has the ‘right’ — this is a bureaucrat that said this — they have the ‘right’ to buy as much as they want, and they’re planning to buy 750 million rounds. Well, that is more than three times [...]
The Pennsylvania Game Commission has reported that hunters killed an estimated 343,110 deer during the 2012-13 season, an increase of about 2 percent over the previous year. Hunters shot 133,860 bucks and 209,250 antlerless deer. In my home state of Virginia, 213,597 deer were reported shot, including 96,712 antlered bucks, 18,061 button bucks and 98,781 does. The 2012 kill was down 8% from the previous year. Post your state’s harvest data from last season so we can build a database and see and compare figures. Looking back, how was your season? Was the kill up or down? Your observations as to why?
I was the first to see this coming. From USA Today: COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — Hunters across the country say they are boycotting Colorado because of recent legislation meant to curtail gun violence. I appeared on the NRA News Cam and Co. TV show on Sportsman Channel 3 weeks ago, and the topic of Colorado came up. The Governor had just signed 4 gun-control bills that severely impact our 2A rights. I’m paraphrasing here because I do not have a transcript of the show, but I told Cam and the audience: “Hunters are a powerful economic force in this country, pumping more than $22 billion into the economy each year and supporting a million jobs…hunters are a sleeping [...]