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As 2013 comes to a close, NTA would like to wish its members, partners and other industry professionals a safe and happy holiday season. As we reflect on the past year for the industry, we would like to provide the readers of NTA Cutting Edge a look at the most accessed articles from the year. Our regular publication will resume Jan. 8.


Traveling with firearms
Sports Afield
From Jan. 4: Craig Boddington columnist for Sports Afield, writes: "I'm not a 'gloom and doom' guy, honest. I've often said that, post-9/11, travel with firearms actually got a bit simpler. It seemed to me that more security people actually understood the rules and it's possible that at least some airline and security folks might have realized that there might be some greater threat out there than an honest traveler with a sporting firearm."
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10 gun bills filed the 1st week of 2013 Congress
Ammo Land
From Jan. 9: Members of the 113th Congress introduced 10 bills relating to gun violence, most of which came from Democrats seeking new restrictions on gun ownership. The flurry of legislative proposals show that members are likely to push the issue in the wake of the December shooting at a Connecticut elementary school that left 20 children dead.
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No trophy hunting in Botswana and Zambia?
National Geographic
From Jan. 23: Botswana and Zambia, two premier wildlife destinations, recently banned all trophy hunting within a few months of each other. This move heralds a major shift in thinking about how Africa's wildlife resources will be managed in the future. Why did they do this? In short: Corruption fueling unsustainable hunting and poaching threatens species survival. Photographic safari operators, like Wilderness Safaris, have been taking over the premier safari destinations from hunting operations for decades. What is the future of sport hunting in Mozambique and Zimbabwe where the same problems exist?
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NRA charges Obama's efforts will lead to gun confiscation
CNN
From Feb. 20: The National Rifle Association will assert that President Barack Obama's attempt to enact new gun control laws will result in the "confiscation" of people's firearms in a new web video scheduled to run in five states and the District of Columbia. The video went online around the time Obama began delivering his State of the Union address. In the speech, Obama mentioned his effort to reduce gun violence through legislative means.
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Number of US gun makers refusing sales to gov't in 'Firearms Equality Movement' triples in 2 weeks
CNS News
From March 13: On Feb. 22, "Right Views" reported that a growing number of firearm companies have suspended the sale of guns to states, counties, cities and municipalities that restrict their citizens' rights to own them. In just two weeks, the number of companies participating in what has been named the "Firearms Equality Movement," has more than tripled from 34 companies to 118. The Police Loophole lists every company and links to the statements that each has released regarding their new policies.
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Hunter wins damaged lion case
IOL News
From March 20: An American hunter has won compensation after the carcass of a lion he killed in South Africa was damaged during transportation, the Sunday Times reports. Dennis Danner had spent R2 million to go hunting with his 14-year-old son and son-in-law, on a private reserve near Port Elizabeth. However when their "trophies" arrived in the U.S. eight months later, parts of the two male lions' bodies had been damaged.
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Best states for gun owners in 2013
Guns & Ammo
From March 27: These days, it's becoming more difficult for gun owners across the country to find safe haven, as the powers that be on both federal and state levels begin introducing a quagmire of anti-gun legislation hindering the rights of law-abiding citizens. States like Illinois are notorious for their anti-gun agendas, while states like Texas are viewed as a sort of shooters' paradise.
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Taxidermists talk survival in tough times
Republican Herald
It takes more than knives, chemicals and a collection of glass eyes to make it in the taxidermy business. "Your work has to stand out. And you have to get out there and market what you do," Dennis G. Wessner, 42, owner of Pennsylvania's Wessner's Taxidermy said.

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How Western Kentucky became a big buck hot spot
Field & Stream
Carl Doran is owner of Snipe Creek Lodge, one of the largest whitetail outfitters in Kentucky — a state with deer hunting ranked No. 1 in the nation by both Field and Stream and Outdoor Life in the past.

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With amateur taxidermy, you get what you pay for
Roanoke Times
There's a bit of a learning curve when it comes to taking a dead critter and bringing it back to life. Taxidermy is something many kids who grow up hunting and fishing try at some point.

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Pennsylvania man brings home two taxidermy world titles and wins best of show
Lancaster Online
From June 5: At 16, Chris Horne, of Mount Joy, Penn., knew what he wanted to be a taxidermist. But when he naively sought out established taxidermists, he found doors being figuratively slammed in his face. "Nobody wants to mess with you," he recalls. He had abandoned the dream for about 20 years when the urge again pushed to the surface. Without a mentor, he bought taxidermy books and just jumped right in with a trial-and-error approach.
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Indiana couple hunting bobcats bags leopard in backyard
The Daily News
From June 26: An Indiana couple defending their home from prowling bobcats got the surprise of a lifetime when the massive creature they shot and killed ended up not being a bobcat at all. State wildlife officials believe it was a leopard. The massive cat, has been tentatively identified as one better known to Africa, Central Asia, India and China. Authorities believe the deadly carnivore was being kept as a pet.
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Turning the world of taxidermy upside down
Warrington Guardian
From Oct. 17: Turning the world of taxidermy inside out is contemporary artist Polly Morgan. The East Londoner's work will be on display at Warrington Museum for visitors but the original take on stuffed animals has already caused quite a stir. She said: "I'm crazy about animals and never use anything that's been killed for me. I wanted animals that looked dead not for macabre or morbid reasons but because I found animals that were made to look alive were not as convincing."
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