Back in March, James Troyer shot an animal while predator hunting on his family's farm in Hart County. He walked up and saw it was much larger than a coyote. "I was like - wow - that thing was big!" he recalled. "It looked like a wolf, but who is going to believe I shot a wolf?" Because a free-ranging wolf has not been seen in Kentucky for more than 100 years, biologists were skeptical. Troyer convinced Kevin Raymond, a biologist for the Kentucky Dept. of Fish and Wildlife Resources, to look at the animal. Once Raymond saw the animal was twice the size of a coyote he contacted furbearer biologist Laura Patton, who submitted samples to federal officials for DNA testing. [...]
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 [...]
A poll by huntersurvey.com found that 23 percent, or one in 4 hunters, lost access to private land they had hunted for years, or at least had their access to that land significantly restricted. Looking inside those numbers, 52 percent of the respondents who had lost access said their hunting time was reduced as a result; 11 percent said the loss of land/access kept them from hunting altogether. In short, they threw in the towel. Land changes ownership…properties are sold and subdivided…well-off sportsmen and clubs lease up ground--all reasons the average deer hunter is getting squeezed off the best lands with the best deer hunting. This loss of access is the biggest threat to whitetail hunting. How can we retain [...]
Guns & Ammo has built a list of the best (and worst) places to be a gun shooter/hunter. They based their criteria on state firearms laws, concealed carry, etc. As you might expect New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts and California ranked dead last. Best gun states were Arizona, Alaska, Utah, Kentucky and Vermont (a mild surprise to me). My native Virginia ranked a disappointing 24, though I do not feel my rights as a gun owner have been squeezed in recent years, even though our state is becoming more liberal. Click here to read the list and see where your state ranks.
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 [...]