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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

Dumb Poachers: Feb. 2013 Edition

The winter 2012-2013 seasons are gradually winding down throughout the country. Quite a few hunters are preparing to close up shop for a few months. A fair few are gearing up for the upcoming spring turkey season. And others yet (at least a few, anyway) are preparing for their next court appearance. Another winter season has come and nearly gone and, without fail, another crop of rather foolish poachers rose and fell. Below you'll find some of this winter's highlights.

February 08, 2013

Puppies Inspire Our Irrational Optimism

When a young boy hits a baseball off a tee for the first time, not even the most positive-thinking father declares him a future major leaguer. At least not without intending jest. At best, the kid showed an ounce of potential, but concluding he'll be a world-class talent? That's crazy. Yet isn't that exactly what we do when our puppies fetch a ball or dummy for the first time?

February 07, 2013

I Can’t Wait…

Even up here in Wyoming the weather is beginning to warm. Ol’ Punxsutawney Phil missed seeing his shadow last week, so we’re supposed to get an early spring. And while it hasn’t been an excruciating winter here, I am ready to go back outside and get in some shooting.

February 07, 2013

Women Steal, Run Over Hunter's Trophy Buck

It's no secret that being a braggart can get you into trouble sometimes, and Kelly Sokel certainly learned that last November. The Wisconsin native had just taken the largest buck of his life (sporting an 8-point, 19½ spread) on Nov. 21, according to the Post-Crescent, and intended to celebrate. The problem was, he probably started a little too soon: Sokel rolled up to an establishment called Hank's Tavern with the whitetail still in the bed of his truck.

February 05, 2013

Tales From My Father: Put That Back!

It's nigh impossible to go on a hunting trip without coming back with a few yarns to spin, and another of my favorites involves my dad and his now (long retired) Golden Retriever, Chelsea.

February 01, 2013

Hunters: The Founding Fathers Want A Word With You

In 1759, before the Declaration of Independence was conceived of, and before the American Revolution began, Benjamin Franklin made what would seem to be an obvious observation: “Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch. Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote.”

January 31, 2013

89 Percent of NRA Members Oppose a Semi-Auto Ban

Think the national news media reports the truth? Think again. For weeks now, gun-control advocates have claimed data they have collected indicate a majority of NRA members support an assault-weapon ban. Only problem is such organizations have no access to NRA membership roles.

January 30, 2013

2013’s 15 Top New Trail Cameras

By Bob Robb

The changes in trail cameras over the past decade are the stuff of Star Wars. Today’s units are smaller, lighter, have longer battery life, can take incredible high-resolution video and digital photos, and can easily swap data to computers or smart phones. Here’s a look at 15 of this year’s top new models. All these companies have several models, but we’ve selected just one to describe here. Visit their websites for more details and a look at the full product line. All companies have been listed alphabetically.

January 30, 2013

Be Safe! No Near Misses!

Gun safety training is the backbone of the shooting sports, and no matter how much training we have had, it pays to relearn those vital lessons from time to time. Shooters who err in this virtually always violate one or more of the fundamental rules of gun safety: Always keep the gun pointed in a safe direction. Always keep your finger off the trigger until ready to shoot. Always keep the gun unloaded until ready to use.

January 28, 2013

Redneck Casting

I have always had an admiration for what I call redneck ingenuity—basically the ability to make do or get by with something on the ultimate cheap. Often it means a total lack of sophistication, but it gets the job done. Last Saturday I witnessed a classic example of redneck ingenuity.

January 28, 2013

Are Sling Studs Deadly?

When another anti-gun newspaper gets the facts wrong, Bullshooters is here to sort 'em out.

January 24, 2013