Girls with Guns Unveils New Hunting Gear at SHOT

logoChances are if you are a female interested in the outdoors, hunting, or shooting, you have heard of Girls With Guns (GWG). GWG started in 2008 with apparel designed to be fashionable while still allowing a young woman to wear camouflage to the store. From humble beginnings in a garage, GWG started out designing and embroidering their own hats and now their items can be found in national chains such as Cabela’s and Dick’s.

Norissa Harman and Jen Adams are two friends who are young, fashionable, and avid hunters. They grew tired of having to wear small men’s, and probably large boy’s, clothing while hunting. When you are out in the field hunting, ill-fitting clothes can cause many problems, such as exposed skin, being noisy, and restricted movement. They eventually expanded their clothing line to include hunting clothes, designed by women for women.   Continue reading

Fall is in the Air. NSSF Infographic Depicts Economic Impact of US Hunters.

There is a chill in the air, the leaves are turning colors before falling to the ground and millions of American hunters are heading into the woods to take advantage of fall hunting opportunities.  These hunters have a bigger impact than just a stroll through the forest and a chance at filling their freezers.

The infographic below from NSSF depicts some of the nearly $40 billion economic impact (higher than the revenues of Google!) of hunting in America.  Part of this impact comes from the $790+ million in hunting license and $817 million in duck stamps.

Check out the graphic below to see the impact that nearly 20 million hunters make. Continue reading

Shooters Can Help Prevent Fires During Hot Dry Months

Photo Courtesy US ArmySummer doesn’t officially start until June 21 this year but in our area we’ve already had plenty of summer-like weather.  We’re still getting some of the spring rain but the temps are climbing and the sun is… well, hot.  I’ve watched numerous fires burn hundreds or thousands acres after a round touched off a blaze.  The picture at right shows one such fire at Fort Knox, which burned over 12,000 acres over the course of a week and required thousands of firefighter man-hours, all sparked by a tracer round.

The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) has recently launched an awareness campaign to help remind the shooting community that they can do their part to prevent wildfires.  NSSF offers several tips: Continue reading

U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan Named SHOT Business Magazine’s Person of the Year

SHOT Business magazine, the trade magazine for the shooting, hunting and firearms industry, has named U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) as its 2012 SHOT Business Person of the Year.

Mitt Romney’s selection of Ryan as his vice presidential running mate was widely supported by hunters and recreational shooters. A former co-chair of the Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus and an avid outdoorsman, Ryan has worked on behalf of sportsmen and wildlife throughout his tenure in Congress. His ongoing and future efforts will continue to play an important role in preserving America’s hunting, shooting and conservation heritage. Continue reading

NSSF Files Motion to Dismiss Lawsuit Against Traditional Ammunition

NEWTOWN, Conn. — The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), the trade association for the firearms, ammunition, hunting and shooting sports industry, today filed a motion to dismiss a second lawsuit brought by the radical anti-hunting Center for Biological Diversity (CBD) and six other groups demanding the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) ban commonly used traditional ammunition containing lead components, representing 95 percent of the ammunition sold in the United States today. The suit is before the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

The EPA already has twice denied attempts by CBD to have the agency ban traditional ammunition, noting correctly that it does not have the authority to regulate traditional ammunition under the Toxic Substances Control Act. The court has already dismissed an earlier case brought by CBD seeking the same relief.

The CBD’s transparent goal in petitioning the EPA and repeatedly filing lawsuits is to end hunting in America by banning the ammunition millions of Continue reading

Former UFC Champ Lesnar Puts Hunting Charges Behind Him

Former UFC heavyweight champion, Brock Lesnar, who plead guilty to the charges of failing to properly tag a mule deer, has paid his $1500 fine, made an apology and wants to move on.  The initial charges dealt with failing to properly tag a deer, unlawful possession of wildlife and abandonment/wasting of the edible flesh of big game during a 2010 hunting trip in Alberta.

Lesnar has released a statement explaining “In Alberta, Americans can’t hunt without a licensed outfitter. The outfitter is there to make sure you follow the rules. I had two deer tags for the trip, which meant I could legally shoot two deer. On the first day of the trip, I shot a mule deer. On the second day, I shot a white tail. Video from the hunt has been on the Internet for over a year. After I shot the mule deer, I failed to immediately tag it.”  He also explained that this was the extent of his involvement and that he was relying on the outfitter to handle the meat and ensure compliance with hunting regulations.  While Lesnar plead guilty to the tagging charges and paid the associated fine, Ramona Robins, the chief crown prosecutor for Medicine Hat, Alberta, has withdrawn the charges of spoilage and illegal possession of wildlife. Lesnar’s outfitter still faces charges.

The former UFC champ apparently harbors no hard feelings about the situation and has clearly not soured on the idea of hunting in The Great White North, saying “It’s the kind of thing that happens to hunters all the time. I want to thank the Canadian authorities for their cooperation in resolving this misunderstanding. I love Canada and I can’t wait to go back to Alberta for a hunt.”  He may have to wait a little while though, as he has also been suspended from hunting in Alberta for six months.





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