For the last 25 years, banning so-called “assault weapons” has been at the forefront of the anti-gun agenda. However, in recent days, an article from ProPublica and a “study” from The Center for American Progress indicated that the gun control establishment is shifting away from advocating for semi-auto bans and towards background checks/registration. The “coincidence” of these publications appearing days apart hints at what might be public relations scheming, rather than a genuine shift in viewpoint. Continue reading
NEW BERLIN, WI- Sportsman Channel, the leader in outdoor television for American sportsmen and women, brings viewers NRANEWS Cam & Co. Watch ‘N Win promotion beginning at 6 p.m. ET on Monday, September 15 through Friday, September 19. One lucky winner will win a prize package that includes a trip to sit in-studio and watch the show with host, Cam Edwards at the Farmville, VA studios. The winner also will attend the “Heart of Virginia Friends of NRA Banquet” on Saturday, September 27 and sit with Cam along with Sportsman hosts, Benny Spies and Scott Leysath. Continue reading
A 65-pound male mountain lion was killed with a rifle shot near the Picchetti Ranch Zinfandel Trail area Friday morning in an effort to protect public safety relating to a lion attack several days earlier.
Two families were hiking on a marked trail in Cupertino on Sunday, Sept. 7 when a mountain lion attacked one of the children. According to the adults in the group, the 6-year-old boy was walking only 10 feet in front of the others, when a mountain lion jumped from a hidden position and attacked him. The boy was transported to the hospital with serious but non-life threatening puncture wounds and released the next day.
Wildlife experts went to the scene of the attack and picked up the cat’s scent. After three days of investigating within a one-mile radius from the attack site, the experts and specialized tracking dogs found a cat and treed it approximately130 yards from the attack site. The cat was about 70 feet up in the tree and tranquilizing it was not a reasonable option and the fall would have killed it anyway.
The cat displayed unusually aggressive behavior while treed, crouching and fixating on a wildlife officer. The fact that it was so close to the attack site, coupled with the territorial behavior, likely indicates that this was a local lion probably involved in the incident as opposed to one that was passing through the area. CDFW’s wildlife investigation lab will be conducting a full forensics investigation, comparing evidence gathered at the attack to confirm the identity of the cat.
No one at the department wanted to destroy this animal but protecting public safety is a first and foremost priority. Relocation of mountain lions is evaluated on a case-by-case basis. In this instance, the lion was not eligible because it had attacked a human. CDFW’s mountain lion policy can be found here: Human/Wildlife Interactions in California: Mountain Lion Depredation, Public Safety, and Animal Welfare. The policy is based on structured decision-making protocol that includes non-lethal and relocation options, but prioritizes public safety in the event of attacks or threats on humans.
Authorities will conduct a complete necropsy, making the rabies test a priority as well as the gathering of additional forensic information to assess the health of the cat.
CEDAR CITY, UTAH – Huntin’ Fool is giving its fans and members a chance to win a $14,000 Colorado Unit 40 private ranch elk hunt in conjunction with the pre-launch of their new Signature Line of Huntin’ Fool apparel. From now until September 30th every piece of signature line apparel purchased will give the buyer a chance to win a fully guided elk rifle hunt on a private ranch in Colorado’s highly productive unit 40 (i.e. buy two shirts and a hat and receive three entries into the drawing). There is no limit on how many times you can enter into the contest. Continue reading
CLEVELAND – A Lake Erie fisherman was found safe aboard his vessel early Friday morning after being adrift since Wednesday morning.
At about 6:30 p.m., Thursday, a search-and-rescue coordinator at Coast Guard Sector Detroit received a report of an overdue boater. The boater, a 63-year-old male, reportedly departed Turtle Creek Marina near Oak Harbor, Ohio, at 7 a.m., Wednesday. Continue reading
As the opening of the 2014-15 deer season approaches, hunters are urged to make pre-hunt checks to ensure treestand safety and use appropriate safety gear to reduce the chance of accidents in the field.
Each year, a few hunters are injured when they fall from stands or their stands fail. Nearly all of these injuries can be prevented if hunters follow some basic treestand safety rules: Continue reading
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Outdoor Life magazine presented a coveted 2014 Boot Test Great Buy Award to Bass Pro Shops RedHead Deer Trax rubber hunting boots. These 16” waterproof boots with 600 grams of 3M™ Thinsulate, designed to keep hunters’ feet dry, warm and comfortable, were selected by Outdoor Life as giving hunters the best bang for their buck.
“Outdoor Life’s ratings give you the unbiased and accurate truth on outdoor gear,” said Andrew McKean, editor of Outdoor Life. “Products are thoroughly tested, and winning items earn the title based exclusively on the hard data and scores. So when we say a particular item is the best, you can take that to the bank.” Continue reading
Natural Resources Commission Asks DNR to Review Science, Data on Wolf Depredations for 2015
EAST LANSING—The Natural Resources Commission today announced that it would not consider a wolf hunt for 2014, even if the two referendums on the November 2014 ballot, which originally authorized a wolf hunt were approved. A separate law, the Scientific Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act, will grant the Natural Resources Commission authority to designate game species using sound science, when it takes effect in March or April.
“Even if the referendums are passed, there would not be time to establish a wolf hunt in 2014,” said Commissioner John Matonich. “We asked the Wildlife Division to study the science and the data on wolf depredations of dogs and livestock and present their findings to the commission in 2015.”
Russ Mason, chief of the DNR Wildlife Division, also announced that department biologists would be reviewing and possibly updating the department’s wolf management plan.
“We’re very happy with the decision to study the science and not to rush a wolf hunt this year,” said Amy Trotter, resource policy manager for Michigan United Conservation Clubs. “The Scientific Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act was not about a wolf hunt, despite what the anti-hunters claimed. It was about making the decision, and others like it, with sound science, and that is exactly what the NRC has asked for. “ Continue reading
Nikon is introducing two new promotions.
The first is Nikon’s Power Up Your Next Adventure promotion. Now through November 16, 2014, outdoor lovers can enjoy instant savings on nearly all Nikon PROSTAFF sport optics – including up to $70 off eligible PROSTAFF rangefinders, $30 off eligible PROSTAFF 5 and 7S binoculars, and up to $150 off eligible PROSTAFF 3 and 5 Fieldscopes.
Nikon’s second fall promotion aims to help hunters prepare for the upcoming hunting seasons. The BDC Bonus Days Are Back promotion offers shooters instant savings of up $100 on select BDC reticle riflescopes – including scopes from the MONARCH 3, PROSTAFF 5, INLINE XR, SLUGHUNTER, and BOLT XR lines. The Spot On BDC promotion also runs through November 16, 2014.
For more information on the Power Up Your Next Adventure and BDC Bonus Days promotions visit www.nikonpromo.com.