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Glen Rose hunter harvests mountain lion
One Glen Rose resident had a harvest he won’t soon forget. Wesley Monk harvested a mountain lion, the first killed in this region in 12 years, according to Zach Havens, a game warden for Erath County. According to Steve Leech, owner at Hoof & Horn Taxidermy, the large cat weighed 109 pounds and was 5-feet tall, which is normal for this part of Texas. The age was estimated to be 8- or 9-years old, and the mountain lion was in excellent health.
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Popular firearm company voluntarily recalling millions of rifles
If you own a Remington rifle, you may have a free Christmas gift coming. Remington Arms Company is replacing the trigger on millions of its popular bolt action rifles. But, there is a lot of controversy surrounding this issue. An article posted by CNBC has caused a lot of controversy between Remington and its rifle owners. Some are claiming the rifles supposed faulty trigger has led to two dozen deaths and a hundred serious injuries.
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Police shootings call for action on lookalike guns
The Denver Post
Twice in less than four months, police in Ohio have opened fire with real bullets on young people carrying lookalike guns, raising anguished questions about what could have prevented the deadly encounters. The questions have been raised before.
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Tips for cold-weather muzzleloader hunting
By John McAdams
Hunting big game with a muzzleloader can be an extremely fulfilling experience. As a result, muzzleloader hunting is becoming more and more popular among hunters these days. However, hunting with a muzzleloader can also be extremely challenging and frustrating. This is especially true with late-season muzzleloader hunting, where hunters may have to deal with extremely cold and/or wet conditions. For those who are planning on taking the old front-stuffer out into the woods this year, here are a few tips that I've learned the hard way.
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NICS background checks break 200 million
As of Nov. 30, the FBI has run more than 200 million background checks for firearm transfers. The exact number was 200,226,838, aka 200 megaguns. Of course, that doesn’t mean that there 200 million guns were sold in the U.S. or that there are 200 million new gun owners. The FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System only tracks the number of background checks during potential sales, which can include multiple guns per exchange, as well as used gun sales.
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10 great vehicle transportation options for firearms
Shooting Times
Many of us transport firearms in our vehicles every day. While these firearms are in transit we want to be sure they are protected against damage and theft. According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, 1.4 million firearms were stolen from 2005 to 2010, and many of those guns were taken from vehicles. It’s vital, therefore, to transport your firearms in a manner that keeps the guns secured and out of the hands of criminals.
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Finding mature bucks difficult; one change made in Buck Contest leaders
Tyler Morning Telegraph
State biologists warned this could be a difficult season for finding mature bucks because of the impact of drought years, and they seemed to be right. Normally a busy time for hunters, only one new entry was brought in to the 35th TylerPaper Big Buck Contest over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.
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Defending the single shot rifle
Instead of focusing on what the single shot won’t do, let us start by focusing on the things that it does well. For starters, single shots are simple: There are no feeding issues to concern oneself with because it does not feed itself. Extraction and or ejection are literally straightforward, so they are not generally of concern, at least mechanically. The rifle is either loaded or unloaded. There’s no mystery of rounds in the magazine versus rounds in the chamber. Strength is almost never an issue, particularly with the falling block designs.
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Police department asks volunteers to have homes searched for guns
As part of its new “Consent to Inspect” program, authorities in Beloit, Wisconsin, want residents to open their doors so they can come and inspect for illegal guns without a warrant. The effort is part of a new push to help get firearms off the streets in an area that has suffered an uptick in homicides this year. Beloit Police Chief Norm Jacobs feels that gun violence is a disease and his new program, which asks local residents to allow officers to come by and search for firearms and even modified toy guns, is a step to a cure.
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