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Off to Illinois

Looks like I'll be stepping away from Virginia and NRA HQ for a bit next week—I'm trekking out to Illinois on a family hunting trip with my dad and a handful of longtime friends. We'll be chasing snow geese. I've got a bag of cameras and equipment that's nearly as heavy as my hunting pack, so you can trust that I'll (try) to bring back some footage to share with AmericanHunter.org's faithful readers.

February 21, 2013

Getting Over the Ammo Shortage

What are shooters saying today? “Know where I can find some .22 shells?"

February 20, 2013

England Will Require Dog Microchips by 2016

On occasion even a well-trained dog can wander off for a while during a hunt. It's happened to me. I'll bet it's happened to you. So, having a veterinarian implant a microchip into our animals—a simple, vaccination-like procedure that enables dogs to be quickly identified and returned—may not be such a bad idea. However, I think doing so should be strictly at the discretion of individual dog owners.

February 19, 2013

Hunting the Very Elusive Nauga

It began when a friend looked at my new checkbook cover and asked, “I wonder how many ‘naugas’ have to give up their lives for those?” By that she meant, how many naugas’ hides had to be collected to satisfy the warped tastes of people who want their checkbook covers, car seat covers, and sofa covers made of them. (Some purists insist on spelling the word “naugahyde”).

February 19, 2013

BOG-POD

By Bob Robb

As a rifle hunter you know that when the time comes to the a shot few things are more important than being able to take a solid, steady rest. Many times a good rest is right there for the using—the rail on an elevated stand or shooting house, for example. Often, though, a solid rest either isn’t where you need it to be, or isn’t available at all. This is a common problem for westerners who hunt both flat, open ground and steep mountains that might require a cross-canyon shot.

February 19, 2013

The Man Who Changed a Tire in My Decoy Spread

It was an oddly warm January day on the Eastern Shore—in fact there were gnats in the air—but after a long, mid-day lull, the geese were back on the move. My buddy Tyler Shoberg of Delta Waterfowl and I each killed a bird, and prospects were looking really strong as the final, golden 30 minutes of shooting time approached.

February 19, 2013

Labrador Retriever Remains Americans' Top Dog

No surprise here: For the twenty-second consecutive year, the Labrador retriever is the most popular dog in the United States, according to American Kennel Club (AKC) registration statistics. Here's the breakdown of 2012's most popular breeds and how that compares to 2011:

February 15, 2013

Coyote Attacks Becoming More Aggressive?

Coyote attacks on pets have become normal news fodder in the last few years, and these three stories from the last few weeks may be an example of how aggressive the canine predators are becoming.

February 12, 2013

EOTech 512.Xbow Sight 

By Bob Robb

Those with a recent military background are very familiar with EOTech, a company that has become the world leader in holographic optics and sights for small arms. Now crossbow shooters and hunters can enjoy the same benefits of an electronic sight with the EOTech 512.Xbow Sight.

February 12, 2013

Real Avid Gun Boss

By Bob Robb

Being something of an clean freak (my wife’s words, not mine!), I am always looking for a better way to clean my guns, especially when traveling. In years past I have put together my own little traveling cleaning kit, with aluminum take-down cleaning rod, patches, a little cleaning solvent, and whatever brushes and mops I need for a particular trip. I pack it in a half gallon-sized Ziploc baggie and pack the thing in my rifle case when flying, or in a little accessory tackle box I use when driving to hunts or shooting events. It’s always been a hassle, but better than nothing.

February 11, 2013

A Very Rare Colt

With apologies to “I Have This Old Gun…”

February 11, 2013

Quail Unlimited Ceases Operation

Quail Unlimited (QU) has been in a great deal of financial turmoil since at least 2009, when allegations of corruption and a federal investigation permanently tarnished the group's image. Despite new leadership, QU never overcame the scandal in terms of its finances or in the court of public opinion. This week QU announced it's ceasing operations. Here's a portion of the statement released by QU president Bill E. Bowles:

February 11, 2013

Where Criminals Get Their Guns

Across all media these days the information is far from accurate when it comes to the culture war waged against gun owners. The topic the other day on a Fox News program was Chicago’s “gun problem.” Of course everyone knows Chicago’s problem is crime committed by thugs who disobey the law, but that didn’t stop one woman from insisting “universal” background checks would cut down the number of guns on the city’s streets. Believe it or not I actually heard her say, “A lot of criminals get their guns from gun stores.” Really? Let’s look at the facts.

February 08, 2013

Meat Care in the Field

By Bob Robb

Here in the dead of winter is the perfect time to help many big game hunters understand why the meat they are getting back from the butcher this year tastes more like an old rubber tire than the finest meat on earth. Simply stated, the reason is often because they took horrid care of it in the field. This is especially true if animals are harvested early in the season, when hot weather intensifies the need for rapid and meticulous field care.

February 08, 2013

Do NRA Members Support an "Assault Weapon" Ban?

When data from a Bloomberg-funded poll suggests NRA members are against guns, it's time to investigate.

February 08, 2013