Doctor Saves Lives – with Gun

“There’s a sign on the door that says you have to check your weapons at the front,” she said. “But you can’t expect every crazy person to do that.”  But when a “troubled” patient opened fire on people at a hospital office, he wound up with some different troubles.  More here…

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Bureau of State Canvassers Certifies Citizens for Professional Wildlife Management Petitions

Citizen Initiative Garnered Almost 300,000 Signatures from Registered Michigan Voters

LANSING—The Michigan Board of State Canvassers has certified the Citizens for Professional Wildlife Management (CPWM) petitions for a citizen initiative to allow the Natural Resources Commission to make science-based decisions on fish and wildlife conservation issues, including naming game species and issuing fisheries orders.

The Secretary of State Bureau of Elections staff report estimated that the pro-hunting group turned in at least 297,051 valid signatures of registered Michigan voters in support of the Scientific Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act, which also creates a $1 million rapid response fund to protect fisheries from invasive species like Asian carp, and allows active military members to hunt and fish for free.

“We’re excited that so many registered Michigan voters directly petitioned their elected representatives under the Michigan Constitution to protect their outdoor heritage by making sure we make fish and wildlife conservation decisions with sound science,” said Matt Evans, legislative affairs manager for Michigan United Conservation Clubs. “Almost 300,000 registered voters have asked their legislators to pass this law, and I sincerely hope they listen to their constituents.”

The citizen initiative is now before the Legislature, which will have 40 days to pass the initiative. Both chambers are expected to meet on August 13, which would be within the 40-day timeframe.

The citizen initiative would render moot two referendums pushed by out-of-state anti-hunting and animal rights organizations that are trying to ban wolf hunting, despite biologists’ recommendations, by stripping the ability of the Natural Resources Commission to name game species using biologists’ recommendations.  Continue reading

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Task Force Formed to Counter Cyber Threats to Hunters

(Columbus, Ohio) – Sportsmen, conservation organizations and outdoor personalities met at the U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance (USSA) headquarters yesterday to develop strategies to counter the recent increase in cyber-attacks on hunters.

The group makes up the Hunter Advancement Task Force with most members sharing a common theme of having been targeted by animal rights activists through social media.

“This is a great opportunity to start developing ways to hold those responsible for the recent wave of cyber-attacks against sportsmen accountable,” said Nick Pinizzotto, USSA president and CEO. “The task force is not only working to stop direct attacks on hunters but also discussing how best to educate the public on the vital role sportsmen play in the conservation of all wildlife.”

Attendees included outdoor television personalities Melissa Bachman and Jana Waller, Colorado hunter Charisa Argys along with her father Mark Jimerson,  Doug Saunders of the National Wild Turkey Federation, Bill Dunn of the National Shooting Sports Foundation, John Jackson of Conservation Force, Dennis Foster of the Masters of Foxhounds Association, Tony Schoonan of the Boone and Crockett Club and Mark Holyoak of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation. Other attendees included USSA President and CEO, Nick Pinizzotto, Evan Heusinkveld, USSA vice president of government affairs, Bill Horn, USSA director of federal affairs, Michelle Scheuermann of Bullet Proof Communications and author Michael Sabbeth.

Bachman, a television producer and host, found her life and career threatened after posting a photo of an African lion she harvested to her Facebook page last year. Almost immediately, Bachman came under attack from anti-hunters around the world. Bachman also found herself the target of death threats that “hit way too close for comfort” when anti-hunters showed up at her office.

“Regardless of your beliefs about hunting, Americans can all agree that threatening someone’s life is simply unacceptable.” said Bachman. Continue reading

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Hunter’s Specialties Scent-A-Way MAX Scent Control Kits Help Hunters Remain Odor Free

The new Scent-A-Way® MAX Scent Control Kits from Hunter’s Specialties® contain everything a hunter needs to help control human scent on both their body and clothing for a more successful hunt.

Scent-A-Way MAX features activated odor scrubbers that aggressively attract and attack bacterial odors generated by humans, neutralizing a wide range of environmental odors for quicker, stronger, longer MAXimum protection. Scent-A-Way MAX Scent Control Kits contain Scent-A-Way bar soap and anti-perspirant, a 12 oz. bottle of Scent-A-Way liquid laundry detergent, 15-count pack of Scent-A-Way dryer sheets and 44 oz. of the new Scent-A-Way MAX spray.

Scent-A-Way MAX Scent Control Kits are available at an MSRP of $34.99 in both Odorless and Fresh Earth Scent. Consumers who purchase Scent-A-Way MAX Scent Control Kits are eligible to receive a $5.00 mail-in rebate now through 1/31/15. For details, log onto the Hunter’s Specialties website at www.hunterspec.com. Continue reading

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DNR expands Hunting Access Program to eastern Upper Peninsula

 Partnership with private landowners will benefit sharp-tailed grouse hunters


In an effort to increase public access to sharp-tailed grouse hunting opportunities, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources has expanded the state’s Hunting Access Program to the eastern Upper Peninsula and is seeking private landowners to join the partnership program.
The Hunting Access Program (HAP) was created by the DNR in 1977 to encourage private landowners to allow public hunting access on their land under specific terms in exchange for a financial incentive. Until this year, HAP was primarily focused on southern Michigan, where public hunting lands are limited. “We chose to expand HAP to the eastern Upper Peninsula to help hunters gain access to productive sharp-tailed grouse hunting lands, which are mostly found on private land,” said wildlife biologist David Jentoft.
Sharp-tailed grouse hunting has been allowed in portions of eastern Chippewa and Mackinac counties since 2010 and is the only area of the state with an open sharp-tailed grouse season.
“Sharp-tailed grouse numbers in the eastern U.P. have benefited from the presence of critical grassland habitat, but since most of that habitat is privately owned, hunters — especially those from the Lower Peninsula or out-of-state who don’t have local connections — can have a hard time gaining access,” Jentoft said. “Expanding HAP will provide greater opportunities for hunters, while also offering an incentive to eligible landowners who choose to participate.”
HAP-enrolled lands in the eastern U.P. will be open from Oct. 10-31 for sharp-tailed grouse hunting only, or from Sept. 15 to Nov. 10 for small game hunting (which includes sharp-tailed grouse). Participating landowners will select which timeframe they prefer to enroll in and the land will be designated accordingly in the HAP digest. Eastern U.P. HAP lands will not be open for hunting deer or other big game species.
The DNR is partnering with the Chippewa/Luce/Mackinac Conservation District to implement HAP in the eastern U.P. Landowners who own 40 acres or more in the sharp-tailed grouse hunting zone are eligible to apply for the program; applications are currently being accepted.
For more information or if interested in applying, contact the Chippewa/Luce/Mackinac Conservation District at 906-635-1278, or the Sault Ste. Marie DNR Field Office at 906-635-6161, extension 56171.
Full details on the HAP program, including the HAP digest and maps of currently enrolled lands, are available at www.michigan.gov/hap. To learn more about sharp-tailed grouse hunting in Michigan, visit www.michigan.gov/hunting.

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The Best In Waterproof Meets Mossy Oak Camouflage

WILMINGTON, NC – DryCASE, the manufacturer of waterproof electronic cases, just introduced the Brunswick waterproof backpack in Mossy Oak® Shadow Grass Blades™ camouflage.

The Brunswick is perfect for toting all your hunting essentials and offers complete concealment in the field, blind or boat. It’s 100-percent waterproof and highly functional thanks to the unique two-way air valve on the bottom. Simply roll down the top closure and secure it shut, then you can open the valve and squeeze out any captured air, or trap air inside so the pack will float. The two-way valve even doubles as a draining tool if you want to fill it with ice and use the backpack as a portable cooler. Continue reading

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DNR’s Academy of Natural Resources gives teachers valuable “been there, done that” experience

Given a choice, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources would enroll every student in the state into a class on natural resources. Since that’s not exactly practical, DNR educators have come up with a more feasible alternative: educate the educators.

 

The DNR’s Academy of Natural Resources, now in its seventh year, enrolls teachers into a week-long crash course on natural resources. The idea is to provide the teachers with a broad overview of natural resources that they can use in their classrooms.

 

“We have 50 to 60 teachers enrolled in the academy each summer, and that translates into potentially reaching thousands of students,” said Kevin Frailey, who leads the DNR’s education efforts. “We do a lot of short-term education programs with teachers on a regular basis, but research shows that the more times we make contact with these teachers, the more information they’ll retain.Academy participant poses with lake trout netted on Higgins Lake.

 

“The academy is a unique chance to totally immerse teachers in natural resources for a week and really maximize our efforts and their learning opportunities.”

 

Teachers say it’s a strategy that works. Cindy Fitzwilliams-Heck, a professor at Ferris State University who first attended the academy as a student, returned to the academy this summer to obtain focus group feedback from the teachers attending the program. Continue reading

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Interview with Glen Wunderlich on Michigan Deer Management

A link to my interview on NRA News Cam & Co Tuesday, July 22 is here:

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Hornady Calls for Campaign Against HSUS Petition On Public Lands

Call Interior Secretary Sally Jewell and tell her to reject the HSUS petition that threatens hunting on public lands! Call 202-208-3181 and email our pre-written letter to voice your objection.

The future of hunting is under attack! Hornady® Manufacturing urges firearms owners, hunters and sportsmen to call Interior Secretary Sally Jewell and demand she reject a petition filed by the HSUS that seeks to ban hunting with traditional ammunition on public lands.

The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), anti-hunting groups, and five individual sportsmen have teamed up to file a petition with the Interior Department demanding rules that ban hunting with traditional ammunition on public lands – more than 160 million acres of federal lands managed by the National Park Service and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. That’s one-fifth of the total land area in the United States. Continue reading

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Hodgdon® Reloading Data Center launches How-to Videos

Shawnee Kansas- Hodgdon®, has launched three new professionally produced how-to videos on its popular Reloading Data Center. Rifle, pistol and shotshell reloading basics are shown in an easy to understand step-by-step format. For shooters on the go these informative videos can also be viewed on a smart phone or tablet in less than three and a half minutes each.

The Reloading Data Center (RDC) is not only the most innovative free web source of Hodgdon®, IMR® and Winchester® reloading data to ever be offered by the shooting industry, it’s now the education resource. In addition to the new videos there is a complete section of reloading for beginner’s information, safety procedures, frequently asked questions, tips and tricks and much more for every handloader.

To see the reloading videos go to the Reloading Data Center at hodgdon.com

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