NEWINGTON, N.H. – SIG SAUER, Inc., the world’s most renowned name in firearms, is pleased to introduce its revolutionary category of hunting riflescopes from the all-new SIG SAUER Electro Optics line. The WHISKEY Series is one of several product families contained within the new SIG SAUER offering of high performance optics.
The WHISKEY Series is comprised of the WHISKEY5 and WHISKEY3 riflescopes. These scopes have been engineered to bring the most difficult targets into sharp focus with the goal of making every hunter’s first shot count.
Built to perform in the toughest conditions, the WHISKEY5 super-zoom 5x riflescope features SIG’s proprietary HDX™ optical system for extreme clarity and low-light performance. HellFire™ fiber optic illuminated reticles and FREE SBT™ (SIG Ballistic Turret) calibrated to the shooter’s unique ballistics and environmental conditions come standard with the WHISKEY5. The scope features 5x optical zoom with illuminated and non-illuminated reticles and is available in second focal plane (SFP) with multiple reticle options. This product is waterproof (IPX-7 rated for complete water immersion up to 1 meter) and comes standard with high-end fog-proof performance.
The WHISKEY3 features low dispersion glass, rugged chassis, and capped windage and elevation turrets. The industrial design of this scope provides rugged reliability and protection from the most extreme elements. Most models of the WHISKEY3 include one FREE SBT™ (SIG Ballistic Turret) custom lasered elevation dial calibrated to the shooter’s unique ballistics and environmental conditions (see website for full details). The 3x optical zoom of this scope is offered in second focal plane (SFP) with multiple reticle options. With a European style eyepiece, this product is smooth, fast, and precise, providing a great advantage to a wide variety of hunting situations. Read more
The 2015 Michigan deer season is the first being conducted following a finding of chronic wasting disease in a free-ranging deer in Michigan. The disease was first detected in an Ingham County white-tailed deer this past spring.
Wildlife officials are optimistic, however, that CWD can be eliminated in Michigan and are asking for hunters’ assistance.
So far, public response has been “overwhelmingly positive,” said Chad Stewart, the Department of Natural Resources deer and elk specialist.
“Most people right now are on board with what we are doing,” he said. “They seem to understand the regulatory changes we’ve made. Not everyone likes them, but they understand them.”
In April, Meridian Township police dispatched a 6-year-old female deer that was exhibiting signs of neurological disease. An initial screening at the Department of Natural Resources Wildlife Disease Laboratory identified the deer as a CWD suspect. Soon, the National Veterinary Laboratory in Ames, Iowa, confirmed the DNR’s suspicion: Michigan became the latest state to have found CWD in its free-ranging deer herd. Read more
Upcoming Workshops Planned Around Southern Michigan
(Lansing) – Over the next couple months, Michigan United Conservation Clubs (MUCC), Pheasants Forever, Quality Deer Management Association, local Conservation Districts, USDA Farm Services Agency, the DNR, and many other partners are coming together to promote pheasant cooperatives and general Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) sign-up around Southern Michigan. January 2016 marks the 5th year of the Michigan Pheasant Restoration Initiative (MPRI), and along with sharing the successes of the MPRI, general CRP is opening for enrollment. These programs provide financial assistance to put quality wildlife habitat on the ground.
“The goal of these events is to provide landowners with valuable information and tools that equip them to create and enhance wildlife habitat on their properties,” said Wildlife Cooperative Coordinator with MUCC, Anna Mitterling. “Landowners will walk away with tips for increasing their odds to receive financial assistance, and will have personal access to experts who work with various habitat programs.” Read more
Last week, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources responded to calls of a male mule deer lying on the side of the road in a rural area of Eaton County. The antlers had been removed and the animal was field-dressed, though DNR staff determined, after close X-ray examination, the animal was killed by a vehicle. There were no bullet holes or lead fragments, but there were numerous broken ribs and other trauma indicative of a deer/vehicle collision. Since there are no registered mule deer in Michigan’s privately owned cervid facilities, it is believed that this carcass was brought into Michigan from somewhere out west. Read more
The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is offering a Report All Poaching (RAP) reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the individual who shot a gray wolf in Houghton County Saturday.
The shooting took place along M-26, one half-mile south of Twin Lakes.
DNR conservation officers said the shooter’s vehicle would have been parked along the west shoulder of M-26, heading southwest. The shooting took place sometime between the hours of 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. EST.
“The subject shot from the vehicle and struck the wolf as it was standing on the snowmobile trail (Trail No. 3) to the west of the highway,” said Sgt. Grant Emery of the DNR’s Baraga Field Office. Read more
Michigan Department of Natural Resources wildlife biologists said today the firearm deer hunting season in the Upper Peninsula is moving ahead according to forecast, with many hunters seeing fewer deer, while others are harvesting some fantastic older bucks.
After three consecutive severe winters in the region, DNR biologists predicted hunters this firearm deer season should expect to see fewer deer in the U.P., especially in the 1 ½- and 2 ½-year-old age classes.
The season opened Nov. 15 to unseasonably warm temperatures, but with colder air and snow in some areas over the past few days, hunters have anticipated improved hunting conditions.
DNR Upper Peninsula Regional Wildlife Supervisor Terry Minzey said the season so far has been great for some hunters, disappointing for others.
“We’re killing some beautiful older bucks,” Minzey said. “But there are large areas where we’re hearing people are not seeing many deer at all.”
At the 15 DNR check stations across the U.P., the harvest is down 48 percent compared to the 10-year average.
However, some check stations are up over last year. For example, the Marquette check station is 46 percent below than the 10-year average, but the number of deer checked is up 28 percent over last year. Read more