CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — The Nevada Assembly has unanimously approved a bill making it easier to buy and sell guns across state lines. AB217 repeals a section of state law that only allows such sales if the buyer and seller live in states adjacent to Nevada. The bill allows sales of rifles and shotguns between a resident of one state and a federally licensed firearms dealer in another state. Read more
Fire officials in the south suburban Chicago community of Richton Park report that two apartments were damaged Tuesday morning after a tenant used a smoke bomb to force invading squirrels from his attic, only to ignite insulation and start a fire. Despite the unfortunate fire damage, Fire Chief Lloyd Noles said the effort may have proved effective. ”I never saw any (squirrels), none at all,” Noles said. Chicago Tribune.
The Hopi Indian Tribe has formally requested the Arizona Parks Board to drop the word “ruins” from the name of Homolovi Ruins State Park to reflect the site’s ongoing history as it relates to the Hopi people. Leigh Kuwanwisiwma, director of the tribe’s cultural preservation office, says the tribe does not consider the site near Winslow as a relic of the past. Arizona Daily Sun.
A new rule imposed by the Illinois State Police that denies further photo exemptions for Firearms Owners Identification (FOID) cards could effectively prohibit Illinois Amish from owning guns and going hunting. The Mattoon Journal-Gazette reports that last week Amish residents met with state lawmakers and law enforcement principals in an effort to rescind the rulingl that they believe infringes on their religious beliefs against intrusions on their privacy. Amish America blog.
Authorities in Caddo Parish, LA arrested a man in connection with a home burglary after the homeowner used a borrowed trail camera to photograph the suspect entering the house thorough a doggy door. The homeowner set up the camera used for tracking deer after noticing several items out of place and others missing. The suspect, neighbor Timothy Sepulvado, 21, is 5-foot-10 and 165 pounds. The Advertiser and KSLA.
The passengers of a 24-foot Marco River, FL dolphin-watching boat got more than they bargained for Sunday when a dolphin weighing an estimated 600 pounds leapt aboard the vessel, slighting injuring one tourist. Emergency personnel roped the marine mammal and safely returned it to the water after about a 20-minute ordeal. Ft. Myers News-Press.
The University of Kentucky rifle team held off rival West Virginia to secure the first national championship in program history, finishing with a 4700 team total score on Saturday in Columbus, GA—three points better than the Mountaineers. TCU, the 2009-10 NCAA Champions, finished third with a 4664 total team score. UK press release.
This is a good way to get shot. An amateur filmmaker who donned a hairy Bigfoot costume and scared hikers on New Hampshire’s Mount Monadnock is now suing the state for not allowing him back on the mountain without a permit. Read more
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Ah Spring! When the daffodils bloom and partying college students are arrested for taunting and attempting to catch alligators at a restaurant pond in Panama City, Florida. That city’s News Herald reported Friday that Fudpuckers’ employees called police after they found the two 20-year-olds using raw chicken on a rope to hook the reptiles.
Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks biologists reported 566 wolves in 108 packs in 2010, an increase of 8 percent from 2009. The USFWS reports 1,651 wolves in 244 packs spread across Montana, Idaho, Wyoming and portions of Washington, Oregon and Utah. Missoulian.
Police in Anchorage, Alaska say a woman in her 20s was kicked several times in the chest and shoulder by a moose she approached and attempted to pet in Town Square Park. ”At this time, we are telling people not to agitate the moose,” said police spokeswoman Anita Shell, adding, ”It was just doing what moose do.” Anchorage Daily News.
According to the New Scientist website, archaeologists have found finely-crafted spearheads in and around caves, springs and sites on the islands of Santa Rosa and San Miguel off the Southern California coast they believe were used by North Americans 12,000 years ago as early fishing tackle. However, we can report with some certainty that Arkansas’ Keith “Catfish” Sutton uses flathead bait dating back to about the same time period.
The sponsor of a measure that would allow the use of spears for hunting in Montana defended his bill before a House committee yesterday, claiming a spear could be more effective than a bow and arrow because its larger size would potentially make it more likely to prove fatal. No action was taken on the bill. Billings Gazette.
While we doubt whether it will ever rank up there with “Top Shots” or even “Pawn Stars,” a new reality show coming to television later this year will feature the talents of Oklahoman, “self-proclaimed hillbilly” and catfish noodler Skipper Bivins as he takes wannabe grabblers to some of his state’s best whiskerfish holes. Animal Planet plans to begin airing “Hillbilly Handfishin’” in August. Washington Post and Tulsa World.
The White House Office of Management and Budget notified the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives last week that its request to require gun stores in four border states to report the multiple sales of certain long guns favored by Mexican cartels did not constitute an emergency under the law. Advocate groups like the National Rifle Association viewed the ruling as a significant victory. Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel.
Police in Chillicothe, OH cited the driver and passengers of a vehicle this weekend after they allegedly captured a goose from at city park and drove off with it in their vehicle. After the three gave conflicting statements about the goose and their intentions, the passengers admitted netting it while the driver watched. Court dates were set for the trio and the fowl was returned (uncooked) to the park. Chillicothe Gazette.
Despite an overall flat statewide deer harvest, venison donations to the Tennessee Wildlife Federation’s Hunters for the Hungry (HFTH) program were up 9 percent in 2010-11 from the previous year. Tennessee deer hunters donated 111,223 pounds of venison, providing 445,000 meals through local charities and food banks. Chattanoogan.
A pair of Pittsburgh Steelers fans who wanted something to spice-up their Super Bowl XLV party allegedly killed two deer out of season the day before the Feb. 6 event, according to the Pennsylvania Wildlife Commission. Not only were Christopher Layman, 21, of Uniontown, and James Donaldson, 35, of Lemont Furnace, disappointed with the outcome of the big game, they were also turned in to authorities by an anonymous tipster. Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.