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May 19, 2009
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Bill to Encourage Hunting Hogs from Helicopters Advances in Texas House
from the Dallas Morning News
A bill to encourage more hunting of feral hogs from helicopters drew several Democrats' scorn but advanced in the House late last week. Rep. Sid Miller, R-Stephenville, said his bill would allow landowners to lease their property to hunters using helicopters to thin the estimated 2 million feral hogs causing havoc in virtually every county. More

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Texas Senate Passes Bill to Aid Hunters
from The Associated Press via the Houston Chronicle
The Texas Senate has voted to allow some hunters who have vision problems use a laser-sighting device, sending the measure to Gov. Rick Perry. Texas generally bans hunting with an artificial light, including laser sighting devices. The bill allows disabled hunters to using the laser device if they are assisted by a non-disabled hunter and have a doctor or optometrist statement certifying the extent of the sight disability. More

Does Rattling Work?
from Bowhunter
For years, no one could scientifically answer the question, "Does rattling really work?" Now someone can. Recently, Dr. Mickey Hellickson conducted a study on the response of deer to antler rattling at the Welder Wildlife Foundation Refuge in South Texas. More

Rifles, Ammunition and Social Networking Converge
from the Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Twitter, the social networking service -- like Facebook and MySpace -- lets users send or read updates via the Internet. Hereís an opportunity for folks back home to follow a hunt or fishing trip. You know itís possible, considering how much down time there can be in a bass boat or a deer blind. Done right, this could be interesting. More

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Crossbows Poised For October Use
from the Tyler Morning Telegraph
The Texas Legislature must have more important things to do. But, it seems to have found time to pass legislation that will allow the use of crossbows during the October archery season. Maybe a better question is why weren't crossbows allowed to begin with? More

Hunting Royalty
from the Belleville News-Democrat
William "Slim" Boente and several of his buddies are considered royalty in the turkey hunting world. Boente, a 42-year-old construction worker from O'Fallon, Ill., recently completed the Royal Slam of turkey hunting: shooting all five species of wild turkey -- the Eastern, Rio Grande, Merriam's, Osceola and Gould's -- common to North America. More

Turkeys in Texas, Kentucky Tale of Two States
from the Houston Chronicle
The disparity between eastern turkey populations in Kentucky and Texas is stunning when you consider that, 30 years ago, both held almost none of the birds. Both saw native populations of eastern turkeys evaporate in the early 1900s, victims of unregulated hunting and, in Texas, extensive loss of habitat. More

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States' Gun Rights: The Next Constitutional Battlefield
from TIME Magazine
The right to bear arms is famously and specifically referenced in the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Alas, for advocates of the right, the language of the amendment gets tangled up in the regulating of militias and the interpretation of commas. Now a multistate movement is trying to find more robust constitutional support in another amendment, which makes no mention of weaponry at all. More

Lawmaker Aims at Making Texas Firearms Exempt from Federal Regulation
from the Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Rep. Leo Berman, a former Arlington mayor pro tem, has filed a bill to make guns, ammunition and gun parts that are made, sold and kept in Texas free from federal regulation. That would exempt them from federal gun registration, dealer licensing rules and buyer background checks. State laws would still apply. More

Support Waning for New Gun Laws
from the Houston Chronicle
Amid a wave of publicity about drug-related gun violence along the Mexican border and police killings in U.S. cities, more Americans than ever oppose new government efforts to regulate guns. Recent polls show shrinking support for new gun control measures and strong public sentiment for enforcing existing laws instead. So strong is the shift in public opinion that a proposed assault-weapons ban -- once backed by three in four Americans -- now rates barely one in two. More

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