The U.S. Supreme Court today announced it will hear the case brought by the NRA and others challenging the city of Chicago’s long-running ban on individual handgun ownership. At issue is whether the constitutional right to bear arms also applies to states and cities. A ruling is expected by summer 2010. The LA Times.
Police in Pasadena, Texas say a woman who was angry that her former common-law husband took back jewelry he’d given her swiped his seven goldfish in retaliation. When authorities arrived at the woman’s apartment, she’d fried them all and had already consumed three. I wonder if they tazed her to remove some of the evidence from her mouth. The Houston Chronicle.
A young whitetail buck crashed through the front window of an upscale Philadelphia-area spa and hair salon Monday, scattering nearly 50 stylists and customers while it sparred with its own image in a large interior mirror. One stylist and a passing mail carrier were able to place a towel over the buck’s eyes and lead it outside to safety. In the Bucks County Courier Times.
She thought a Bear was the family dog? I wonder if she was into the cooking sherry? And where was the family Dog he did not even bark? Time for a new family pet. Sally Rebehn said she thought it was the family dog that followed her into her bedroom last week before she realized it was an adult black bear. “I grabbed a decorative pillow and threw it at her and she turned around and left,” she said. Authorities with the Colorado Division of Wildlife later trapped and euthanized the female and its three cubs. In The Vail Daily.
The odd thing about this story when I read it was that I do not know if I would respond to a woman bugler the same way as a male at first. I guess it is just not something you think about, you assume any threat is going to come from a male. So I guess if I wake up in the middle of the night to find two women standing in my liveing room it is not a social call.
Three suspects arrested in Sutter County after an attempted home burglary ran into the worst of luck — a homeowner with experience fighting off intruders.
Two women and a man, all Sacramento residents, broke into an isolated house at about 2 p.m. Monday in the 3900 block of O’Banion Road west of Yuba City, according to Sheriff J. Paul Parker. The owner, David Massey, armed himself with a handgun and discovered one woman in his kitchen while the other woman and the man fled out the back door, Parker said.
The suspects got into a Ford Explorer parked on the circular driveway outside and drove it toward Massey, but he fired six shots toward the vehicle just before it rolled onto its side, the 63-year-old homeowner recalled Monday night.
“They drove right across the center of the (driveway) circle towards me, and I yelled at them to stop and fired five rounds into the radiator to make them stop,” said Massey. “The car was not three feet from me when it went by; they almost took me out.
“I was in fear of my life. They wouldn’t stop, so I shot.”
The passengers abandoned the Ford and ran through a flooded prune orchard, but deputies arrested them within a mile of the house. Both women were treated at Rideout Memorial Hospital from injuries sustained in the acc dent, according to Parker.
The sheriff’s department identified the detained women as 31-year-old Tiffany Abila and 27-year-old Angelina Walters, and the male suspect as 26-year-old Marcus Campbell. Parker said authorities likely would pursue burglary charges against the three and said others may be pending.
Detectives have recovered jewelry boxes and other items from the Explorer and are checking whether the suspects are linked to any burglaries in the area, the sheriff’s department said.
Massey’s last encounter with suspected burglars also ended in gunfire. On July 2, 2008, deputies arrived at his house after he reportedly fired his handgun at a suspected burglar fleeing in a pickup and held another alleged robber at gunpoint.
“I wasn’t a hero; I just did what I thought I had to do. I just wish I got both of them,” he said at the time.
Massey called Monday’s incident the sixth theft and third break-in at the home he has owned since 1992, and admitted its remote location has made it a “sitting duck” for would-be thieves. Despite the string of thefts, he declared he would keep the home and was hopeful another house under construction nearby will dissuade at least some thieves in the future.
“Most people in the world are good people, but there’s an element out there that doesn’t remember ‘Thou shalt not steal,’” he said Monday night. “I moved out here for the serenity; I don’t know how serene it is today.”
Sen. Mark Udall, D-Colo., took the occasion Saturday of National Hunting and Fishing Day to bring emphasis to federal legislation creating new shooting ranges and properly managing existing ones.
Senate Bill 1702 actually was introduced on Thursday as a joint initiative with Sen. James E. Risch, R-Idaho. But Udall’s 1:20 p.m. press conference at the outdoor education spectacular at the Colorado Division of Wildlife’s education building, 6060 Broadway, earned extra attention as a follow-up to the Colorado senator’s similar, yet unsuccessful measure proposed a year ago.
The 2008 bill was introduced in the U.S. Senate but never got a hearing. Now, with the support of such diverse organizations as the National Rifle Association, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Colorado Firearms Coalition, Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies and Congressional Sportsmen Foundation, Udall sees smoother sailing this time around.
He hopes the bill will encourage federal land agencies to cooperate with state and local authorities to maintain ranges on federal land.
“I’ll continue to build bipartisan support for this bill,” Udall said. “Hopefully, we can obtain a hearing and get things moving. By creating safe public shooting facilities, we can offer better opportunity for sportsmen and gun owners.”
Udall said there is no specific timetable for the introduction.
The Colorado State Parks Board has voted to increase fees by $2 and boating registration to $25, a hike of up to $10. Daily and annual entrance fees will remain the same. Fee increases go into effect Jan. 1.
The parks agency is facing a $3 million budget shortfall and plans to use these increased user fees to fund operations.
A matched set of engraved Colt 1851 Navy revolvers with monogrammed ivory grips that originally belonged to a Watertown, NY Civil War colonel sold at auction in Anaheim, Calif for $130,000. The guns belonged to Sharlene Perez’s late husband, and she’d hoped they might fetch $20K or thereabouts. The LA Times.
For years States like Minnesota have denied that they have any large carts such as cougars in their state. Since the one has been killed on the highway state officials are taking heat. I never felt that it was absurd to think large cats could live in those ares. They have an abundance of food, and plenty of habitat. Following last week’s confirmation of a vehicle-killed mountain lion south of Bemidji, Minn., the MDNR is fielding predictable criticism and accusations it has suppressed knowledge of a “breeding cougar population” in the state. “We anticipated that,” said Park Rapids DNR wildlife officer Rob Radasco. In the Morris Sun Tribune.
The report of a 7- to 8-foot alligator on the grounds of Lake Park Elementary School in Naples, Fla. promted a fast reaction from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. “The trapper arrived very quickly and was able secure the alligator before any children arrived,” said principal Tamie Stewart. The Naples News.
September 29, 2009 — Researchers have helped developed a cheaper, faster way to compile draft genome sequences that could advance the fight against mountain pine beetle (MPB) infestation and improve cancer … > full
Outdoor gear retailer Gander Mountain Co. has announced its intent to cease its status as a public company. Under terms of the buyout, holders of less than 30,000 shares would get $5.15 each, a 35% premium to Friday’s closing price. Owners of more than 30,000 shares will maintain their current stakes. Gander Mtn. press release and Wall Street Journal.
MARLINTON, W.Va. – The Pocahontas County Road Kill Cook-Off is one of West Virginia’s more popular and unusual festivals, and this year the event will get a little extra star power. Read more
At the World Symposium on the Ecologic and Economic Benefits of Hunting, held Sept. 14 to 17 in Windhoek, Namibia, more than 60 representatives from 20 countries attended exchanged the latest information regarding research, studies, remarks and debate on the role that hunting plays in the ecological and economic health of countries throughout the world. The conference was organized and hosted by the World Forum on the Future of Sport Shooting Activities.
For the third straight year, data compiled by State Farm Insurance indicates that drivers in West Virginia have the greatest likelihood of hitting a deer with their vehicle—a one-in-39 chance and an increase from last year’s one-in-45 odds. Michigan came in second with odds of one in 78. Bloomberg reports.
After bears broke into his outdoor freezer several times this summer, Aspen, Colo. bakery owner Bill Dinsmoor solved the problem by installing an electrified mat in front of the walk-in door. It’s effective on bear paws but wearing shoes acts as insulation. “If I was barefoot or peed on it, I’d get shocked,” Dinsmoor said. Aspen Times.
A new “Respect Your Rivers” campaign from the Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Department features mascot Granny Trout to spread the word about fishing etiquette and river protocol. Why Granny Trout? “For some reason we landed on your grandmother. You want to do right by your grandmother,” says ad agency spokesman David Thompson. In The Missoulian.
Weapon handling skills degrade by 20% in only one week if you are inactive. Dry fire practice is crucial to improving and maintaining live fire skills. In dry-fire, you experience everything except the bang and the cycling of the action if you are using a semi-auto. If you use a laser or wax bullets you can also see the hit on target. By not having to deal with recoil you will be able to concentrate on proper equipment manipulation and trigger control. Smoothness comes from familiarity with your gear. The key to effective practice is to perform the fundamentals perfectly smoothly, speed comes with time. Point Shooting, trigger control, sight alignment, sight picture, grip and posture can all be practiced during dry-fire but it must be done correctly or you will just ingrain poor habits. This is when you should really concentrate, you are alone with no distractions. Does not matter how slow or fast you go. Just do it right. The smoother you get the faster you will be able to perform. Read more
Lone Star Outdoor News reports this week that a whitetail buck with the largest antlers on record—a rack scoring 492—died recently at a private ranch in Wisconsin. Known as Sudden Impact, the 3-year-old buck’s fatal infection reportedly began in its antlers but was discovered too late to be successfully treated.
Authorities with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources this week denied the most recent rumors of a mountain lion sighting in the state, this time in Leelanau County. News of the alleged sighting and photo was confirmed by the Michigan Wildlife Conservancy (not a state agency), which confirmed the animal was a cougar. The DNR disagreed, saying the photo showed a domestic cat, nothing more. The Record-Eagle.
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