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Should Ammo Be Lead Free?

Everywhere you turn there are warnings about lead - from having to sign disclosures when buying a house in a certain time period, to keeping an eye out for toys being recalled for high levels of lead. One item that is still full of lead and available is ammunition. Different states have worked on making it illegal, so is it time for a nationwide ban? Is it anti hunter or is it pro environment? Do they have to be exclusive?

Hunter Needs Anger Management

Hunting dispute leads to four felony charges, including attempted murder. Dennis Taylor, 64, was hunting near Effie, Minnesota on October 8th. A father and son had concerns with Taylor hunting too close to their house and told him so. Taylor took off only to return hours later and started doing doughnuts with his truck on the county road by the father and son's driveway.

Amazing Archer

Archery can be a difficult sport, especially with huge obstacles. People use a variety of techniques to make it work for them. Jeff Fabry uses a very different technique than most. He was injured in a motorcycle accident when he was 15 years old, losing an arm and leg. His friends would go out to hunt, and he was not able to join them. Some people would give up, but not Jeff.

Jeff designed a mouthpiece so that he could use his mouth to draw back the bow. It was all trial and error, but he found a way to make it work for him. He designed the mouthpiece from a nylon dog leash.

Nevada Relaxes Bighorn Hunting Rules

When Nevada first started their bighorn hunting season, there were a couple stipulations for hunters before they could get their permits. First the hunter would have to attend a class. Then once they received the bighorn permit they would have to take a specific powered scope or binoculars in the field.

Nevada Department of Wildlife had these stipulations because they were trying to help boost the bighorn populations.

Hunt for Elk on the Loose in Manitoba

At least 9 elk from a farm in Saskatchewan have escaped through a fence cut by vandals. The farm is close to the Manitoba border and the elk are believed to be in Manitoba now. The province has issued an order for conservation officials to use whatever means to find the elk and to kill them. Farmed elk are believed to carry CWD, and the fear of that spreading to the wild animals of Manitoba is enough to have all people on the lookout for these 9 escaped elk.

New Hampshire Considers Reducing Moose Permits by 30%

Winter ticks are being blamed for the decrease in New Hampshire's moose population. To help counter the effects of the ticks that feed off and sometimes kill moose, the Fish and Game Department are proposing to decrease the permits. In 2010 and 2011, 395 moose permits were issued. Right now the proposal for 2012/13 would be 275 permits.

By reducing the number of permits the department is hoping the moose population can grow in some areas. Meetings will be held around the state in April before anything is set.

Trump Sons' Hunting Safari Raises Ire

In 2010 Eric and Donald Trump Jr. traveled to Africa to pursue one of their passions, a hunting safari. Photos were recently posted on YouTube and anger has spewed that these rich boys went on a killing spree because they had money.

Both of the boys enjoy hunting, and on their safari they were able to hunt for elephants, buffalo and crocodiles. Nothing was wasted on this hunt, the meat was given to the people in local villages.

Georgia House Passes Bill in Teen's Honor

At the age of 18, Taylor Gramling was already facing an ordeal beyond her years. She was fighting leukemia. One of her wishes was to go hunting. Comedian Jeff Foxworthy helped her fulfil that dream, by allowing her to hunt on his plantation in Georgia. Gramling was able to successfully hunt a deer on the plantation before succumbing to the disease.

Caribou Left to Rot Angers Aboriginals

Three dozen dead caribou were found along a road near Lynn Lake, in Manitoba, Canada. It could have been the work of hunters who had licenses, with those licenses they are permitted to harvest 2 caribou each. However, the fact that the meat was left to rot and the whole animal was left except the antlers, has angered the Aboriginal chiefs.

The Aboriginal chiefs are angered at the waste, and think the province needs to enforce harsher rules for "wasteful, recreational slaughter." The Aboriginal people use the whole animal, from the hide, to the tongue, they use it all.

Shooting Cougar Costs Minnesota Man $2,000

In November, Daniel Hamann's neighbor came over to tell him a cougar was in the area. The cougar was hiding in a culvert, and the men flushed it. Hamann shot the cougar after it was flushed, a 1-3 year old male that weighed 125 lbs, and appeared to be a wild cougar.

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