Archive for April, 2012

Ontario Wild Turkey season feathers or no feathers

- April 26th, 2012

 

Jayefriend

(Jaye’s pal Richard on his first successful turkey hunt)

Jayebird

(Jaye with the two gobblers they took this week)

 

This week marks the beginning of Ontario’s 2012 Spring wild turkey season – a week that many local hunters have been waiting for with baited breath.

Sure, there might be some turkeys out there without feathers, but do you think they really care what others think of them, or their sport?

How has the gobbler season been treating you since it opened yesterday? I predict better calling weather ahead for the weekend.

Drop me a line!

Outdoorsguy

 

Thanks to sure-shot dave for sending-in this wild turkey ‘success story’:

Turkey season opened last Wednesday. Ryan, Evan and I went out last Sunday morning to set up a ground blind and get things ready. I headed out for opening morning, it was really windy and tough calling conditions. I saw one big tom across the cornfield, but he didn’t pay any attention to my calling. He either didn’t hear me, or I suck at it in his view.

Got out Friday morning, still really windy and I was telling myself I should have just stayed in bed. Not exactly optimum hunting conditions. On my walk in I convinced myself that you can’t kill a turkey from your bed. Who knows what will happen. Set out the decoys and settled in to wait for legal light. Did some calling and didn’t hear any gobbling going on at first light. About 6, I thought I heard a gobble from the wood lot next to me. I did some excited calling, hoping that he would hear me even though he was upwind. A few minutes later I could see a turkey in the cornfield. He was about 100 yards out but slowly heading my way. I called again and he gobbled right away. For the next five minutes he half strutted his way to me. He never went into full strut, just fanned his tail a little and gobbled. He closed the gap to about 30 yards and finally spotted my decoys on the other side of the fence row. As he was making a beeline towards them I raised my gun and clicked off the safety. When he stepped out of the fence row, 1 ¾ oz of no. 6 shot met him there. He didn’t have a chance. 20lbs, 9.5” beard with 1” spurs. My best bird so far.

Saturday I took Evan and Cameron up to the camp to gather the firewood I cut over the winter. We spent a few hours doing that and watching for deer. Evan is always shooting animals when we are out there. He should fit in to the Sure Shot camp well! The winter was fairly easy for the deer, so there should be good numbers again this fall. I put the trail cameras out so soon enough we’ll know what’s out there. I did see a buck with antlers started already on my way home from work last week so I guess they’ve started growing their racks.

 Sincerely,  sureshot – dave

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Ted Nugent comment creates panic and mayhem

- April 18th, 2012

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It seems our old pal Uncle Ted is up to his old tricks again; however, this time appears to have ruffled some high-profile feathers in the oval office.

You know that when ‘The Nuge’ speaks out, it can only be about one of two things; hunting or politics, and he certainly has some strong views in both arenas.

Although I may not share all of Ted’s political views, I am still of fan of what he stands for. He is a huge ambassador for our hunting heritage and his blunt, hard-edged wildlife conservation stance makes good sense most of time.

Among the latest comments by the Motor City Madman is this gem:

“Hey, if the coyote is in your living room p*ssing on your couch it’s not the coyote’s fault, its your fault for not shooting him!”

It was his comment regarding the upcoming Presidential race; however, that really got hardliners in an uproar. At a National Rifle Association (NRA) rally Ted commented:

“I’ll tell you this right now. If Barack Obama becomes the president in November again, I will either be dead or in jail by this time next year.”

According to the newswire, Nugent’s comment was met with some concern and the 63-year old rocker and hunting activist is now under investigation by the Secret Service.

What???

Is it just me, or does Ted’s off-handed comment merely suggest that he would off himself if the same president is re-elected? Maybe I’m hearing it wrong.

Is a flippant statement such as this warrant being investigated by the US Secret Service?

I suppose it depends on where it comes from, or perhaps Ted’s comments are merely being picked up and used as a political weapon (pun intentional)

Ah, never a dull moment in the life of Ted Nugent or the American political situation for that matter!

Outdoorsguy
 

 

State document sheds PETA in poor light

- April 17th, 2012

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A recently discovered Site Inspection document from the Virginia Department of Animal and Food Industry Services shed some interesting  light on the controversial organization’s adoption practices.

Excerpts from said document:

A site visit was performed to the PETA headquarters building on July 7,2010 to determine if the organization’s current activities allowed for the continued inspection of the facility as an animal shelter; if the primary purpose of the facility was to facilitate finding permanent adoptive homes for companion animals. The following items were noted during the course of this visit:


1. The receptionist stated that PETA did not operate an animal shelter. When I indicated that PETA did report to operate an animal shelter and that this office has inspected in it in the past, an additional staff member was called to the desk and reiterated that there was no shelter. At this point I asked for Ms. Nachminovitch. Ms. Nachminovitch was called and indicated that she would be at the facility shortly. No other staff was available to begin the inspection.


2. The facility contains three rooms designated as animal enclosures. The rooms are not further subdivided into runs or cages. The three animals occupying the rooms were not being held for adoption purposes (one was being held in conjunction with the clinic operations, one was being boarded for an indigent community member, and one on behalf of a PETA employee). The facility does not contain sufficient animal enclosures to routinely house the number of animals annually reported as taken into custody.

3. PETA’s animal custody records were reviewed, finding that a total of 17 or 6% were recorded as adopted or in foster homes, while 273 or 94% were recorded as euthanized.  Of these, 245 or 90% were euthanized within the first 24 hours of custody.

4. Ms. Nachminovitch indicated that the majority of the animals that were taken into custody by PET A were considered by them to be unadoptable. Adoptable animals were routinely referred to other area animal shelters; conversely PETA often took custody of animals denied admittance by other area shelters. Ms. Nachminovitch confirmed that the shelter was not accessible to the public, and that most adoptions of animals were to PETA employees and affiliates. 

 
The findings of this site visit support the assertion that PETA does not operate a facility that meets the statutory definition of an animal shelter as the primary purpose is not to find permanent adoptive homes for animals. This is further supported by other information gathered by or reported to this office summarized as follows:


1. The shelter is not accessible to the public, promoted, or engaged in efforts to facilitate the adoption of animals taken into custody. PETA reception has historically been unaware of the existence of an animal shelter and has stated to enquiring members of the public that no such facility exists. PET A has published suggested guidelines for animal shelters on their website that indicate their organizational preference for the operation of such facilities; their own facility does not satisfy many of the key recommendations. The agency is not aware of any substantive efforts to facilitate adoption of animals taken into custody.


2. Previous inspections of this office have found no animals to be housed in the facility, or few animals in custody.


3. Review of submitted annual animal record summaries by PETA and all reporting animal shelters for the past six years does not support that the facility has a primary intent to find permanent adoptive homes for companion animals. The following data was compiled by this office concerning the reported dispositions of dogs and cats taken into custody over this period.

Given the findings of the visit, it was determined that an inspection would not occur at present. It was indicated to Ms. Nachminovitch that no further action would be taken regarding this site visit until such point that she could respond with information supporting the legitimacy of PETA for consideration as an animal shelter.

 

All this to say that I certainly wouldn’t want my doggie to end up in a PETA shelter.

Would you??

Outdoorsguy

 

Lawsuit over potential World Record Quebec moose

- April 11th, 2012

OK, this new story out of Quebec’s Matane region is both unbelievable and quite believable at the same time. This region of La Belle Province has always boasted some of the largest moose in Canada, apart from the Alces Alces Gigas sub-species, known as the Alaska-Yukon moose.

This article from the Globe & Mail explains how a hunter from the Laurentians shot and wounded the giant non-typical beast, but was talked out of tracking it any further by his guide, who returned later to collect the trophy himself.


It was then discovered the guide attempted to sell the one-of-a-kind antlers for the sum of $100, 000.

Now the hunter has filed a lawsuit and for good reason:

 

Hunter and guide lock horns over moose’s legendary antlers

Ingrid Peritz – Globe & Mail

It was a moose that had become a myth, an animal so imposing and elusive that it had turned into the Bigfoot of Quebec’s forests.

The so-called Monster of Matane – a moose with a set of antlers described as both wondrous and unique – is dead. But the battle over the beast is only beginning.

A Quebec hunter has filed a $97,000 lawsuit against his hunting guide and the province’s parks agency, claiming that the guide surreptitiously took the prized, four-legged bounty during a trip in Matane, Que.

The suit, filed in Quebec Superior Court, lifts a curtain into the high-stakes world of trophy collecting; according to estimates, the Matane moose’s antlers are so exceptional that they could fetch anywhere from $100,000 to $1-million, probably among trophy collectors in the United States.

“No one has ever seen anything like it,” says Georges Landry, a Quebec taxidermist and official measurer for the Boone and Crockett Club, a U.S.-based group founded by Theodore Roosevelt that keeps records for big game. “Getting those antlers is like winning the Stanley Cup.”

For a time, the Monster of Matane was considered more legend than real. The world got its first glimpse of the magnificent animal when amateur photographer Langis Paradis ventured into the Matane Wildlife Reserve in the Gaspé Peninsula early one morning in 2009 and couldn’t believe his eyes. The antlers on the animal before him were so expansive, Mr. Paradis thought two moose were standing one in front of the other.

A Quebec hunting magazine published Mr. Paradis’s photo and the animal’s reputation spread, along with a sense of skepticism. “For some, that moose was like a flying saucer,” Mr. Paradis said Tuesday from his home in the Gaspé. “Unless people could touch it, they didn’t think it was real.”

The skeptics were silenced after another hunter videotaped the beast during a trip to the Matane reserve a few months later, and the images were posted online. Word began to spread to hunting forums around the world.

The average adult moose has 16 to 28 points on its antlers; this one had about 60, according to those familiar with it. Any moose antler span over 50 inches is considered a good trophy; this one measured 55 inches.

In the competitive world of trophy hunting, every detail of an antler is counted and measured to within a fraction of an inch. Non-typical antlers like the ones on the Matane moose are so rare, the Boone and Crockett Club – the reference for trophy records in North America – doesn’t even keep a category for it.

“It is a very unique trophy,” Justin Spring, assistant director for big game records at the Boone and Crockett Club, said from the group’s headquarters in Missoula, Mont., after seeing a photo of the Matane moose. “I’ve never seen anything that looks like that. For a hunter, it would be the trophy of a lifetime.”

That could be what pushed Jérémy Boileau, a resident of Quebec’s Laurentians, to seek damages in court. In his statement of claim, Mr. Boileau says that he spotted and fired at the Matane moose during a hunting trip last September; the apparently wounded moose got away. His guide, Claude Lavoie, told Mr. Boileau that his shot was off, and convinced him to abandon his search, the statement says.

The lawsuit claims that Mr. Lavoie and three other parks employees then returned to retrieve the moose later that day, thus “illegally appropriating” the antlers of Mr. Boileau’s catch.

In the claim, Mr. Boileau says Quebec wildlife protection agents told him in February that they were investigating an attempted sale of a set of antlers, obtained at the date and location of Mr. Boileau’s expedition, for $100,000. The antlers were seized by agents before the sale went through; Mr. Boileau wants them for himself.

For Mr. Paradis, who first brought renown to the Matane beast, the wrangling over the bounty is bittersweet. He would have preferred to have the astonishing antlers be celebrated on the living, breathing animal. “For me he was like a king, and those antlers were his crown,” Mr. Paradis said of the moose. “It was a symbol of what makes this area so special.”

 

 

Gun Registry only needs Royal Assent

- April 10th, 2012

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Last week, the Ottawa SUN reported on the status in the final stages of the Gun Registry with only Royal Assent left to go.

Things are looking good but keep your fingers crossed just in case!

 

OTTAWA – The 17-year fight to scrap the long-gun registry reached its conclusion Wednesday.

Armed with a majority, senators voted 50 to 27 to pass the law that would eradicate the registry. There were no abstentions.

It was the bill’s final trip through the halls of power on Parliament Hill before it can get royal assent — the official sanction by the governor general.

Manitoba Tory MP Candice Hoeppner – who has been leading the government’s charge to kill the registry – said Wednesday in the House of Commons, “We are all counting the hours until … law-abiding Canadians will no longer have to register their long guns.”

The registry is hated in much of rural Canada, but not everyone is cheering its end.

On Tuesday, Quebec announced it was seeking an injunction to stop the Conservative government from destroying the gun registry data. The province is planning on setting up its own version of the registry.

The Tory government promised to destroy all the data once the bill receives royal assent.

Bill C-19 passed in the House last February. Two northern Ontario NDP MPs, John Rafferty and Bruce Hyer, voted with the government.