In the annals of southwestern mountain man and desert rat lore, few loom as large as Ben Lilly. The life and exploits of this mysterious and peculiar lion and bear hunter has captured the imagination of generations of readers. Bill Tarrant devoted a chapter to Lilly in his book Pick of the Litter, and another fascinating Ben Lilly story, written by Frank Hibben and first published in F&S in 1954, can be found in the book The Best of Field & Stream, 100 Years of Great Writing. Read more
By Steven L. Doran
I took a look through my Granddad’s field glasses that rested in a light brown leather case on the front seat of his Ford LTD Station wagon. The Wagon seemed to be more of a truck than a family car. He took it in where some 4WD’s would not go. Granddad moved the vehicle slowly forward and out of sight behind a thicket of brush. “What did you see boy?” he asked, “Tons of ducks”. He laughed and grabbed his door with his left hand, and pulled the handle gently with his right to avoid the loud click in normally made, and stepped out motioning me to crawl out his side of the wagon. Read more
I place a heavy emphasis on trapping skills. Setting traps takes little effort to set up and the benefit of the protein and fat from animals will keep you going and your brain working during any emergency situation. Many people dismiss trapping and think they can shoot, spear, or by some other means catch their quarry. I am here to tell you that if you want to fill the pot and keep it filled trapping will do just that. Read more
The Torpedo and RPG are a lot of fun for target throwing because they are easy to throw from almost any distance. These tools slide effortlessly from the hand for a perfect release and offer twice the sticking potential of a conventional throwing knife. What’s more, they allow you stand way back from the target (20 yards or more) and really throw them with tremendous force. They are also great Multi-Taskers. Read more
Any outdoors-man who carries a handgun afield routinely should carry a few shot loads for contingencies. Whether you handload your own, or buy them, just get a few. I don’t use very many, maybe a half-dozen a year, but when I get surprised by a rattler in the woodpile or outhouse, they are comforting. Then, there’s always the hope a fat grouse will appear under my tree stand during deer season… Read more
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At a very young age I was taught to keep my rifle and shotgun topped off. My Granddad would tell me just because the animal fell it does not mean that it is dead. Never just run up to it after the shot, top off your gun, and put a round in the chamber before you move forward. Because you never know when you might need a follow up shot. Also on the way to retrieve the first one, a second animal may appear and if your gun is empty you will not have a chance at getting it. Read more
How many American approve of hunting, fishing and wildlife management? Recent-year surveys show 8 in 10 Americans approve of hunting and more than 9 in 10 approve of fishing. That’s strong support. Here are three reasons the American public value hunting and fishing today:
No bailouts needed here. Hunting and angling together are an economic force worth $76 billion a year. In 2010, America’s economic stimulus package will generate its highest level of federal spending at $236 billion-but hunters and anglers will spend almost a third of that amount all by themselves.
A Congressional Sportsman’s Foundation report shows if hunters and anglers were a nation, their gross domestic product would rank 57 out of 181 countries.
About 1.6 million jobs depend on hunters and anglers. Gas stations, stores, restaurants, hotels and other businesses benefit, especially in rural America.
And these recreations are comparatively recession-proof. In the first half of 2009, hunting and fishing license sales actually gained 7.6 and 5.4 percent, respectively, over 2008, according to the National Shooting Sports Foundation and Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation.
Rabies, crop damages, nuisances. Hunting helps control these wildlife issues and many others-none more dramatic than highway accidents involving deer. White-tailed deer once were on the verge of extinction but rebounded behind historic conservation efforts. The same is true with elk.Today, deer and elk numbers are skyrocketing.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety estimates 1.5 million deer collisions occur each year. More than 200 people are killed annually. According to a Western Transportation Institute calculation that includes costs of emergency response, injuries to driver and passengers, damages to vehicle and more, the 2009 average cost of hitting a deer is $6,600. Total public cost: $9.9 billion a year.
Now consider that, nationwide, for every deer hit by a motorist, hunters take six. Imagine the human casualties and costs if hunting ended.
What if Congress announced a tax increase to cover $2 billion in annual expenses for conservation programs? Don’t worry. Hunters and anglers are already paying that tab. For the privilege of consuming surplus, renewable game and fish resources, hunters and anglers purchase licenses. They also pay special excise taxes on firearms, ammunition, bows, arrows, rods and reels. Combined, these fees generate $100,000 every 30 minutes, more than $1.75 billion per year, for wildlife, fisheries and habitat programs. Hunters and anglers also contribute another $300 million a year to nonprofit organizations that extend conservation benefits even further. Results have brought many species turkey, pronghorn, Canada goose, wood duck and others and their habitats from vanishing to flourishing. These efforts enabled restoration of other species such as wolves.
America’s living landscape is a precious asset for all citizens who enjoy wildlife and wild places. Once again it is gratifying to read in the September 23 copy of The Willits News about the community volunteers who worked hard cleaning up Baechtel, Willits and Broaddus creeks.
WHS boy’s soccer Coach Noel Woodhouse and the soccer team, along with several City of Willits employees and many other volunteers, did a great job on September 19, collecting some 4,500 pounds of junk that had been dumped in the creeks.
Jerry Ward of Willits Solid Wastes allowed the group of volunteers to drop off the clutter free of charge. With the ongoing threat to the fish population, this is a giant step in helping to bring back the salmon and steelhead runs once abundant along these creeks.
Everyone should keep in mind that as long as littering is greater than the level of cleanup, pollution will always be with us. We all must make an effort to do better. Woodhouse will continue his efforts in the community; persons interested in helping or contributing may call him at 459-4677.
In what will hopefully be the final word in Pennsylvania’s grossly inept expansion of crossbow use for archery deer season, a complete, 8-member Board of Game Commissioners today failed to approve restrictions proposed by a 7-member panel in July. That means crossbows will be legal for the entire 2009-10 archery deer and bear hunting seasons. PGC press release.
Robert Millage, who successfully called in and shot a wolf on the opening morning of Idaho’s historic 2009 hunting season for the predators, told a Boise radio station he has received threatening phone calls since taking the animal. “….people telling me I’m never going to sell a house again ’cause I work in real estate; my business is doomed, that type of stuff,” said the Kamiah resident.
The annual Key Underwood Coon Dog Cemetery Labor Day celebration will be held Sept. 7 at the historic Colbert County, Alabama. rural graveyard. The celebration will feature bluegrass music, buck dancing, liar’s contest, food and souvenirs. I will also bet a bit of drinking will be going on as well, I think that is how they got the idea? not saying just guessing. More than 200 coon-hunting hounds have been buried there since Underwood buried his dog Troop there in 1937. The Florence Times.
Bass Pro Shops’ new store opening today in Altoona, Iowa features something unique for the mega-outdoors retailer: a 12-lane bowling alley. Uncle Buck’s Fish Bowl and Grill, a 15,000-square-foot bowling facility, is a joint effort between Bass Pro and Illinois-based Brunswick Bowling & Billiards. The Springfield Business Journal.
Hunting games are to violent for children but, sexually explicit books , slasher movies, murder, other violence etc are OK because those do not involve hunting animals and are available at their public library. I have never been to a Chuck E Cheese in my life but I am going to one now in support of them. All of you sportsman send them a note of support at http://www.chuckecheese.com/company-info/contact-us.php and go out buy a pizza and tell them why.
In a 3-3 vote this week, the Amherst (NY) Town Board denied the renewal of a game license for the city’s Chuck E. Cheese pizza and game parlor because some board members felt its shooting and hunting video games were inappropriate for young children. One patron said she didn’t think the town should be making decisions for parents who enjoy bringing their children for birthday parties. “It should be up to the parents,” said Jenny Boggil. In The Buffalo News.
A hunters mindset is nothing more than constantly looking for opportunities. You can use what you see to your advantage or choose to pass it by. You can also choose unwisely and make things more difficult. Read more
Smith & Wesson Model 29 and 629
By Steve L. Doran
The Model 29 is a Smith and Wesson N frame revolver, it was first introduced in 1955. The gun was made famous by Clint Eastwood who used the gun in the movie Dirty Harry. It was also shown in the popular film Taxi Driver in 1976. After that they were hard to come by in the 6.5 inch version. Other barrel lengths were available Read more
Ruger MKIII Semi-Auto 22 Pistol
By Steven L. Doran
Over the years Ruger has made a few changes to their Mark line of pistols they come in different barrel lengths, with different sighting options, magazine releases etc, but the basic function of the pistol is the same. Read more
Marlin Model 25, 22 Magnum Bolt Action Rifle
By Steven L. Doran
Marlin has always made a great line of , accurate, handsome well built relatively inexpensive bolt action repeating rifles. The magazine fed versions have always been my choice because it is easy to keep extra ammo in a pocket or pack. Read more
The Henry Repeating Arms Company AR-7 Survival Rifle
By Steven L. Doran
The AR-7 Survival Rifle has gone through some changes over the years and some of the ones formally built by other manufactures had some problems which I experienced first hand and did not like. Read more
North American Arms “Pug”
By Steven L. Doran
I have been acquainted with North American Arms for many years they manufacture min-revolvers and auto loading pistols that are very reliable and are used in many different types of concealed carry applications. North American has even come out with pistols chambered in a proprietary .25, .32 and .380 ACP. Police officers and private citizens carry their guns as back ups and primary carry weapons. Read more
By Steven L. Doran
The snub-nose .38 revolver has really taken a beating over the last several years. In fact a lot of people who criticize the gun have never taken the time to even shoot one, or have only fired a few rounds. I have heard story after story about what a piece of junk they are and how they do not compare to any semi-auto on the market. Read more