The title says it all so I'll let these couple pics and short video tell the story. FYI, these two gobblers were actually flogging my Jeep's tire and followed me 150 yards down a dirt road. Why can't they come running like this when I am actually hunting?!?!
This year's SHOT show took place January 15-18 in
Las Vegas, NV. There were some pretty cool and interesting new products revealed this year that we wanted to share with you in case you have yet to read up on or hear about them. If you are not a member of Guns and Ammo it is a worth while magazine to get as it keeps you updated with the latest firearms. Being that they were at the SHOT show this year and reviewed many of the new products, I've linked to the ones I think our readers would be most interested in.
1) Savage Arms Hog Hunter & Leupold Pig-Plex
2) XS Sight Systems Offset Tactical Sight
3) Legacy Sports International Escort Shotguns
- The Escorts are available in left handed models as well for all us Southpaws!
4) Mossberg FLEX 500/590 Modular Shotgun System
5) Trijicon Adds Smaller Red Dot Sight and Serious Tactical Scope
6) Thompson Center Dimensions Modular Bolt Action Rifle System
Let us know if you saw any other revealings that you think our readers would like to read up on as these are just the ones that caught my eye!
The North Dakota Lake Trout record was broken recently after 30 years!!!! I saw this and wanted to share it with our readers as this is one huge fish! The fish weighted in at 16 pounds 6 ounces and was caught earlier this month; check out the story and some pictures here. It's always exciting when you see record fish being caught after a record has stood for so long. This is just further proof that our conservation is working!
Nature can be cruel and it is indeed a dog-eat-dog world out in the wilds. Unfortunately for Barred Owls now, the function known as survival of the fittest is about to not be left up to their species but instead to the US Government. In the hunting regulated society we have grown up in (which is a good thing considering how things used to be) it has been drilled into our heads that birds of prey are not to be messed with, toting jail time and big fines if you happen to shoot one. Leave it to government officials to take it upon themselves to do away with this stipulation when it comes to trying to bring back the Spotted Owl.
Their proposal as touched on here in Outdoor Life has a component in it to selectively harvest Barred Owls because of the impact they have on Spotted Owls. I know it may seem hypocritical to be upset about the above proposal while yelling at the top of my lungs that hunters need to be utilized as a natural predator in the control of wildlife populations as well as pat ourselves on the back for the role we play in bringing back populations from the brink with sound wildlife management and the monies from us used to support such management plans. And I know that controlling predator populations is also needed in order to insure a proper balance in the predator-prey ratio. The difference in this, in my opinion, is that we are talking about two predators who directly compete for food and resources, using the same, solitary hunting style while utilizing the same habitat. Is hunting one to save the other needed in this situation or would helping to identify and protect as much suitable habitat be the bigger help? I tend to lean towards the latter as you'll always have that competition between species even with a decrease in the larger population. And whose to say that selective hunting of the Barred Owl doesn't put us right back in this situation years down the road, with the Spotted Owl population needing to be reduced to help the Barred Owl.
This is a flawed policy proposal in my opinion as we should control what we directly can, i.e. habitat conservation, to save the Spotted Owl instead of relying on the removal of another native, competing species. Agree? Disagree? Have another idea on helping the Spotted Owl regain population? Let it all come out by leaving a comment!
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