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Youth entries in Boone and Crockett records up 126 percent
Boone and Crockett Club
Young hunters age 16 and under have taken 152 Boone and Crockett-qualifying trophies over the past three years. That total represents a 126 percent increase over the previous three-year period. Each trophy will be listed in the Boone and Crockett Club 28th Big Game Awards book due out later in 2013 and each young hunter has been invited to display their trophy at one of North America's longest-running celebrations of big-game conservation and management — the 28th Big Game Awards event, July 17-20 in Reno, Nev.
2014: The next frontier in the gun control battle?
After the Senate struck down a series of measures aiming to strengthen the nation's gun laws, Democrats and gun control advocates unleashed their disgust in a flurry of statements and speeches: The hosts of MSNBC's "Morning Joe" led a campaign to publicize the name of everyone who voted against the bill; Former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz., a victim of mass gun violence, sent out an email shaming Congress for having done "nothing" in the face of mass violence; and in a defiant and emotional speech, President Obama lambasted Congress for having "caved to the pressure" from the gun lobby at the expense of protecting "the lives of all our children."
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Surprised hunter's turkey call brings in bobcat
First-time turkey hunter Bud Griffith, 44, thought the wooded area near his Kentucky farm was prime turkey territory. Problem was, so did the local bobcat population. Griffith’s opening day hunt was spoiled in part by a confused bobcat that mistook his face for a turkey. "I was sitting there with my back against the trees and was making the turkey calls," he said. Several decoys were set up a few dozen yards from where he sat with a gun in his lap. Griffith did not notice that a bobcat had been stealthily approaching him from behind, keen on a feathery meal. The hunter saw only a blur before he was hit with a swipe from the feline to his right eye, which was thankfully protected by glasses.
Giuliani: Failure to address mental health doomed gun control bill
The Senate’s failure to address mental health in the proposed gun legislation weakened it, Rudy Giuliani said on CBS Face the Nation. "If we're really going to improve here ... and attempt to do something to prevent another Sandy Hook, you've got to do something about how secretive these mental-health records are," the former New York City mayor said. "I think that would have made a much more difficult vote for those people who voted against it."
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Mark Dittberner pursues passion, big game
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
Mark Dittberner can still hear the words his Webster Schroeder health teacher said to him one day in 1972: "Dittberner, you're never going to amount to anything." Standing in Dittberner's 40-by-20-foot trophy room stuffed with exotic animal mounts from trips around the world and appreciating the successful life he has carved out as a hard-working welder, body shop mechanic and lawn service owner, I can only think of one thing: "Boy, if that teacher could see this guy now." "I guess I've done OK" said Mark as we caught up with the exploits of Rochester's pre-eminent big game trophy hunter.
Fury as 'wildlife' camera company Nikon produce a rifle scope for hunting big game in Africa
For years the Nikon camera company has been synonymous with wildlife photography. Stunning images of animals are used to promote its products, features on top wildlife photographers appear on its website and the firm even sponsors several global conservation projects. So it may come as quite a shock to animal lovers to discover that the Japanese manufacturer also produces a rifle scope specifically designed to be used for big game hunting in Africa.
Sen. Manchin: Blame me for gun control failure, not Obama
Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., said he should be blamed for the Senate's stinging defeat of expanded background checks for gun purchases, not President Barack Obama. "If people want to blame, I guess you blame me," Manchin told reporters at a Wall Street Journal breakfast. "I just never knew how hard it was to get the facts out. I think there is a lot more I can do to get the facts out."
Illegal trophy export attempt of Arctic trophies costs Mexican hunters $80,000
Four Mexican hunters returning from Nunavut, Canada, paid $80,000 in fines before they made a hasty retreat from Winnipeg back to Mexico — heading home without their polar bear and narwhal trophies. The men paid individual fines ranging from $10,000 to $30,000 to the federal government for offenses under the Wild Animal and Plant Protection and Regulation of International and Interprovincial Trade Act and the Fisheries Act.
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