Hunting Whitetails: Shoot or Don’t Shoot?

In the new video at www.GrowingDeer.tv Dr. Woods shows hunters how to quickly estimate a buck’s age in that critical 5 seconds before taking a shot. Plus, learn how to find that magical white oak tree that could be your hunting hot spot in the early season! Click HERE to watch the show online for a scouting tip you can do now! Continue reading

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AR Manufacturer Makes Move to Dominate the Market

Big things are happening in the halls of Adams Arms these days. Today they have the ability to take superior products to the market at industry leading prices. A recent move to bring production in house coupled with increasing overall productivity allows them to pass savings directly to customers. While traditional piston systems can cost an average of $1,200-$1,600, the Adams Arms base piston rife now has a MSRP of just $995. These prices allow the company to compete with lower priced, traditional rifle systems, while still offering consumers the ability to afford high-quality piston rifles, parts and accessories. Continue reading

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Beretta Will Relocate All Manufacturing to Gallatin, Tennessee

Beretta U.S.A. Corp., located in Accokeek, Maryland, announced today that it has decided to move its manufacturing capabilities from its existing location to a new production facility that it is building in Gallatin, Tennessee. The Gallatin facility is scheduled to be opened in mid-2015. Beretta U.S.A. had previously planned to use the new Gallatin, Tennessee facility for new machinery and production of new products only.

“During the legislative session in Maryland that resulted in passage of the Firearm Safety Act of 2013, the version of the statute that passed the Maryland Senate would have prohibited Beretta U.S.A. from being able to manufacture, store or even import into the State products that we sell to customers throughout the United States and around the world. While we were able in the Maryland House of Delegates to reverse some of those obstructive provisions, the possibility that such restrictions might be reinstated in the future leaves us very worried about the wisdom of maintaining a firearm manufacturing factory in the State,” stated Jeff Cooper, General Manager for Beretta U.S.A. Corp. Continue reading

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New Black Label Browning Safes for 2014

Morgan Utah: For 2014 Browning is extending the line of Black Label products with the introduction of the Black Label Mark IV Series safes in Wide and Standard sizes. The new Black Label Mark IV safe is designed to accommodate modern sporting rifles as well as traditional long guns. These new models are Made in the USA and are full-featured to provide maximum protection from fire and theft.

To keep firearms and other valuables protected, Black Label Mark IV Series safes include an 11-gauge steel body and 1 5/16” thick Duo-formed door with a full 10-gauge steel inner plate. For added security, the safe door also incorporates the Force Deflector™ Locking System, Pry-Stop End Bolts and 1¼” diameter chromed locking bolts on all four sides of the door. Continue reading

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Keys to Rifle Accuracy

By Glen Wunderlich

During a recent session at the rifle range, I pulled out one of my most accurate firearms: a Remington model 700 in .22-250 caliber.  I wanted to see where it was hitting at 200 yards, after having sighted it in at 50 yards.  The computer indicated that the home-brewed 50-grain Nosler Ballistic Tip bullets would be on target.

At the 200-yard target, the first 2 shots were a scant one-inch low but grouped a respectable .625 of an inch.  Since I had only 7 rounds remaining in the box, and wanted to save them for hunting coyotes, I was putting it away, when my friend, Joe, piped up, “Shoot it again.  That could have been a fluke.”

Mind you, Joe has a .300 Winchester Magnum that’s his go-to, show-off gun and I’m quite sure that first group challenged his best of the day.  I explained that I’d that I’d have to change ammo to satisfy his curiosity.

Again, I had already done a bit of testing with the other ammo, but only at 50 yards.  However, the 50-yard results were just as good, but the groups were low and right compared to the other ammo.

“Alright, Joe, here goes.  But, understand the group will be low and right.”  Three more shots and the issue was settled:  .687 of an inch at 200 yards – a bit low and right.  No more from Joe.

To pull this off, several factors come into play.  Continue reading

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Gun Buyers Scoop Up AK-47 Rifles After New Sanctions

Predictably, the Obama administration has created a spike in demand for Russian AK-47s.  Guess they never learn.  Details here…

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What to Feed Your Summer Bird Feeder Visitors

 Outdoor Wire Editor’s Note: Today’s feature first appeared in The Birding Wire (www.birdingwire.com)
Great information for the bird lovers like me…GW

 

Sure, winter is a prime time for feeding birds – natural foods are less abundant and cold weather makes windowside birding that much more inviting. But birds flock to feeders in summer, too – especially in midsummer, after they’ve fledged a brood from their nest and they’ve got new mouths to feed.

Summer bird feeding can bring you different species, such as Neotropical migrants that aren’t around in winter. It’s also a fun time to try offering some different kinds of foods. Here are some tips for creating a summertime backyard buffet that might bring a few new faces to your feeders.

Nectar for Hummingbirds

A Ruby-throated Hummingbird enjoys feeding from a red hummingbird feeder. Photo by Kevin Click via Birdshare.

Attracting hummingbirds to your yard can be as easy as hanging a hummingbird feeder and filling it with a sugar water solution (1/4 cup sugar per cup of water). There’s no reason to add food coloring to turn the water red; you’re providing a substitute for flower nectar, which is clear. Don’t locate the feeder in direct sun, as the sugar water will spoil rapidly. In the shade your sugar water should last two or three days, except for very hot days, in which case it’s wise to change your hummingbird feeder water daily.

Why are hummingbird feeders red? It’s not because hummingbirds are inherently attracted to the color red, because these peripatetic featherweights feed on flowers of many colors: white, purple, yellow, red, even ultraviolet colors that we can’t see. But the key here lies in the eyesight of nectar-feeding insects, not hummingbirds. Bees, wasps, and butterflies are better at locating pale-colored flowers than red flowers. In nature, red flowers tend to have more nectar in them, because they aren’t being visited as often by insects. So hummingbirds are indeed attracted to red, not because they can see it better, but because they have learned from experience that red flowers tend to have more nectar than flowers of other colors.

Oranges for Orioles

Baltimore Orioles have a sweet tooth for fruit like oranges. Photo by Dave LaDore via Birdshare.

Flashy orange orioles are even simpler to lure in for backyard viewing pleasure. Just slice an orange in half and set it on a platform feeder or skewer it on your feeder pole. Other fruits will work too, such as cherries or grapes. Orioles seem to prefer dark fruit and will ignore yellow cherries or green grapes. They also LOVE grape jelly. Put a spoonful of jelly on your platform feeder, and once the orioles find it, it won’t last long!

Why do orioles love fruit? It could be that they develop a sweet tooth while wintering in Central America, where they forage for a variety of wild fruits in tropical forests. Orioles sometimes use their slender beaks to feed in an unusual way, called gaping: they stab the closed bill into soft fruits, then open their mouths to cut a juicy swath from which they drink with their brushy-tipped tongues.

Sunflower Seeds for Grosbeaks

Rose-breasted Grosbeaks’ big beaks make short work of crushing seed hulls. Photo by Robin Arnold via Birdshare.

Grosbeaks are one of the best reasons to keep your seed feeders stocked in summer. The males are handsome, decked out in black-and-white formal wear with a pop of color (a red chest patch for Rose-breasted Grosbeaks, warm cinnamon-orange bodies for Black-headed Grosbeaks). Females of both species are drab mottled brown and may be confused with finches or sparrows.
Grosbeaks are seed-eating machines. They’ll eat millet but their favorite is good ol’ black-oil sunflower seeds.

Why are grosbeak beaks so big? The better to eat large seeds with, my dear. Grosbeaks are one of the classic birds with beaks that indicate what they eat-big, sturdy beaks are best for crushing seed hulls. Those beaks are also mighty good at crushing insects and grasshoppers, another primary food source. A female grosbeak’s big beak is the first clue that you’re not looking at a finch or a sparrow, both of which have decidedly more petite beaks.

Mealworms for Bluebirds

Insectivores like this Eastern Bluebird always welcome a mealworm snack. Photo by Lindell Dillon via Birdshare.

Many people entice bluebirds to take up residence on their property by putting up nest boxes (also called birdhouses). If you have bluebirds in your neighborhood, you can get an up-close look at them by setting a few mealworms out on your platform feeder. Bluebirds are insectivores, and an offering of a few mealworms-alive or dried-is a protein boost that’s hard to resist, especially during the energy-intensive breeding season.

What to do with leftover fishing bait? If you fish with wax worms, set them out for bluebirds. Mealworms and wax worms are interchangeable for bluebirds, and some folks even say bluebirds will pick through a pile of mealworms to eat the wax worms first. Continue reading

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Confused about ORV licenses and permits? MI DNR Can Help

As you may have already heard, Michigan’s off-road vehicle (ORV) license options changed as of March 1, 2014. The new license structure – authorized by the Legislature and signed into law by Gov. Rick Snyder in 2013 – provides vital funding to improve outdoor recreation opportunities for ORV riders.

The new ORV license structure includes two levels depending on the type of riding you are doing. An ORV License ($26.25) is required on eligible county roads, state forest roads in the Upper Peninsula and eligible national forest roads as well as on the frozen surface of public waters. This license is required to operate anywhere off of private lands.

In addition to the ORV License, an ORV Trail Permit (an additional $10, for a total of $36.25) will be required when operating on State-designated ORV trails, routes and scramble areas. Continue reading

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Zeiss Announces New Mobile Ballistic Calculator App

NORTH CHESTERFIELD, VA., (July 21, 2014) – Carl Zeiss Sports Optics, the world’s leading manufacturer of high performance sports optics, is pleased to announce the launch of its new Ballistic Calculator mobile app available for the iPhone, iPod, iPad and Android devices. Modeled after the highly successful website-based program, the mobile app is a completely interactive tool you can take to the range or into the field. Continue reading

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Cryptic Coatings Gets Into Firearms Business

Conover, N.C. – With ties in the performance coatings industry, Cryptic Coatings, Ltd. enters the specialty firearms coating industry by offering complete full auto Bolt Carrier Groups (BCG) for AR15, M16 and M4 firearms coated in their specialty Physical Vapor Disposition (PVD) or Chemical Vapor Deposition (CVD) processes. Continue reading

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