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Kansas DWPT Approves Limited Crossbow Use

Word had gotten out that the Kansas legislators were planning to pass an act that would allow more crossbow use. The Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism commission beat them to it, they decided they wished to be in control and have more power over the ruling. They voted 7-0 Thursday to allow Kansas hunters 55 and over, and youth hunters with a permit to use crossbows during turkey and big game archery seasons, as soon as September 17th.

Man Says Wolf in Question is His Dog, Not Wolf

Seven people were attacked by a wolf, maybe multiple wolves, in the Shandong province of China. Two of the people have died from the attacks. One wolf was killed, and then another one was captured. When a local man, Wang, saw a picture of the "wolf" he said he knew right away it was his husky dog, Lady. He said the dog had disappeared, but he very much wants his pet back.

Minnesota Moose Hunt Will Go On

There was some concern with the declining moose population that the hunting season would or even should be cancelled. That will not be the case, there will be a limited bull moose only season from September 29- October 14th.

Since 2006 the moose population has been halved. The current population is estimated at 4,230, a 14% decrease from the last year estimated population. The decline is not blamed on hunting. The limited amount of hunting allowed and the fact that it's bull only is not considered to be a factor. There are enough bulls to help create the next generation. The decline is being blamed on several factors; parasites, diseases and warm weather.

Big Hair Mistaken for Bird

A Grand Junction, Colorado man was having trouble with a red bird harassing his cats. Derrill Rockwell, had a .22 caliber rifle by his door that he used for other rodents around his house. On October 5th, early in the morning he spotted something red that looked like the bird harassing his cats. He grabbed his rifle, aimed, and shot at the "bird." Later he heard moaning.

Havalon Introduces New Piranta-Torch Knife

Havalon knives have become popular with hunters, trappers, and fishermen. The cutting ability of the knives is amazing for skinning, and the weight of the knife, around 2.1 ounces makes it super convenient to store in any pack. The new Piranta-Torch knife being introduced has a 20% thicker blade, making it a stronger blade. Also there is no need to sharpen the knife when it becomes dull, the blade can simply be replaced. With replaceable blades, the Piranta-Torch knife is the only knife a sportsmen needs in the field.

Educate Those that Carry

The Colorado Supreme Court recently ruled that college campuses cannot ban concealed weapons on campus. As with most things there are pros and cons. One Colorado gun shop owner though is working to make it a positive issue by offering a class called, "Prepare U." Dick Abramson owns "The Gun Store" located in Centennial, and his class "Prepare U" will deal with self protection and gun safety.

Hunting Doesn't Remove Nuisance Bears

When planning the best bear management, many factors need to be taken into consideration. Studies conducted in Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and Ontario, looked at some of the correlations with the bear complaints, and their hunting season. Increasing the number of black bear permits, did not have any affect on the nuisance complaints.

Maine Workers Allowed to Carry

Last year Maine's governor signed into law a bill allowing workers employed by private companies to store concealed weapons in their locked vehicles during working hours. This year Governor Paul LePage signed a bill that would give state workers the same rights. It will take effect 90 days after the close of the legislative session.

Supporters of the bill say it affirms their 2nd Amendment right to bear arms.

Florida's 'Stand Your Ground' Law to be Reviewed

Florida, along with about 20 other states have a similar "stand your ground" law. These types of laws were put into place to protect people who felt endangered and then used lethal force to protect themselves. These types of laws give citizens legal protection for using lethal force. Critics of the laws say it gives citizens less accountability than police officers. There seems to be a large shade of grey on what constitutes feeling endangered as well. One could be in a bar fight, and feel endangered.

New Mexico's Changes to Hunting Permits Unconstitutional?

Hunting outfitters from four western states; Arizona, Colorado, Wyoming and Washington are taking the state of New Mexico to court over recent changes to the hunting permit system. New Mexico voters changed it to where more of the hunting permits would be alloted for state residents. Another push was to make 10% of the permits not available to hunters, except to those using a New Mexico outfitter. Thus creating the legal constitutionality of the matter. The team of outfitters are seeking an injunction and temporary restraining order from the law taking effect.

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