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The rifle and the camera
The rifle is the primary tool of the hunter. A few hunters consider their rifles just that — tools — and nothing more. Most of us, though, also enjoy rifles for their own sake: the fine lines, craftsmanship, that peculiar combination of wood (or synthetics) and metal that turns a simple, powerful tool into a valued possession, a cherished heirloom, an old friend.
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Royal Gorge Bridge and Park wildlife survive fire
The Denver Post
Eight hours into the Royal Gorge fire, Tom Cox was sick to his stomach. The Royal Gorge Bridge and Park Wildlife Park manager had just heard three dreaded words over the radio. "All animals down," a fireman said on the other side of the signal. Cox and other park officials assumed the worst.
Trailing deer with dogs could be returning to East Texas
Using dogs while deer hunting has been illegal for more than twenty years in East Texas. But that could change for a number of counties within the coming months. Texas Parks and Wildlife officials are discussing allowing dogs for trailing deer, this means once a deer is shot and runs off, this dog is used to track him down and find the body.
Smokies: Keep distance from bears
Black Mountain News
Cades Cove and the rest of the national park serve as a sanctuary for the black bears of the Southern Appalachians. The estimated 1,500 black bears that live in the park are still hunted, however, with cameras — furiously and sometimes fatally by millions of visitors eager to capture the moment.
NRA National Sporting Arms Museum grand opening
The National Rifle Association will celebrate the grand opening of the NRA National Sporting Arms Museum on Aug. 2. The museum is located at the Bass Pro Shops store in Springfield, Mo. More than a thousand guns will be displayed in exhibits including original prototypes and paintings from Remington Arms Co., shotguns from the American Trapshooting Association's Hall of Fame and a full collection of guns from the Pachmayr Foundation.
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Big game hunters honored at 35th annual award ceremony
Your News Now
When it comes to big game hunting, bagging the biggest is only part of the excitement. "Hunting has always been about the hunt, the thrill, the experience and also I guess so called bragging rights," Charly Seale with the Exotic Wildlife Association said. In San Marcos, bragging rights were officially handed out. The Trophy Game Records can be won by anyone anywhere in the world.
Mohave National Preserve bighorn sheep hit by pneumonia
The Wildlife News
The entire population of bighorn sheep in the Mohave National Preserve could die from pneumonia transmitted, probably, by a lone domestic Angora goat found in the desert near where the outbreak originated.
Coyotes and hogs hitting deer herds hard
Hunter/landowners from across whitetail country are reporting devastating deer predation from coyotes and extensive habitat destruction from hogs. Coyotes are hitting the southeastern U.S. particularly hard. Reports of fawn predation are rampant with many landowners reporting rapidly declining deer densities. University of Georgia professor, Dr. Karl Miller believes coyotes to be a real threat to whitetail populations in certain areas. Trapping, thought by many to be a viable solution, may not be.
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Country hunting report: Tanzania
By John McAdams
Ever since Theodore Roosevelt hunted there on his famous 1909 safari, Tanzania has presented some exceptional opportunities to hunters from all over the world that are not found anywhere else on the African continent. Hunting in Tanzania, however, is much more heavily regulated than almost any other country in Africa. This is both a good and a bad thing. Fortunately, most of the rules are not very onerous and make sense from a conservation standpoint.
Stand Your Ground must remain standing
It didn't take long after George Zimmerman killed Trayvon Martin for the event to be portrayed as the act of a vigilante, or a one-man lynching party. A mug shot of a surly, mentally detached-looking Zimmerman juxtaposed to a 9th grade yearbook photo of bright-eyed, smiling, young Martin became staples of reports on the story, and in a way, became the story itself.
Armed Citizens Project expanding gun distribution program to Texas and Florida
The Armed Citizens Project is expanding its Redistribution of Firepower Program to Texas and Florida with hopes of providing guns and training to background-checked, high-vulnerability Americans such as single women and the urban poor. The project buys back guns from those that have too many firearms to use and spreads them around so that a higher percentage of households are armed.
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