NTA Cutting Edge
Jun. 26, 2013

Court ruling prohibits polar bear trophies from being imported
Outdoor Life
A federal court ruled recently that hunters who shot polar bears in the Canadian Arctic prior to their designation as a threatened species cannot import the animals to the U.S. Polar bears were listed as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act in 2008 and are protected under the Marine Mammal Protection Act. Hunters led by the Safari Club International argued that polar bears taken prior to the ban (and legally) should be able to be imported to the states. But the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit agreed with a lower court in siding with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, prohibiting these trophies from being imported.More

Wildlife series explores mountain lion research
Mohave Valley Daily News
Mountain lions are stealthy, mysterious, rarely seen and extremely difficult to survey. Leave it to Heather Heimann to find the answers in regard to mountain lion population, diet and potentially, range within the Black Mountains. The research will explore the interaction between mountain lions and bighorn sheep and how to maintain sheep populations in the presence of lions.More

Indiana couple hunting bobcats bags leopard in backyard
The Daily News
An Indiana couple defending their home from prowling bobcats got the surprise of a lifetime when the massive creature they shot and killed ended up not being a bobcat at all. State wildlife officials believe it was a leopard. The massive cat, has been tentatively identified as one better known to Africa, Central Asia, India and China. Authorities believe the deadly carnivore was being kept as a pet.More

Biden's gun control vow: 'We will get it'
The Washington Times
Vice President Joe Biden said the fight for congressional action on gun legislation is far from over while outlining unilateral steps the Obama administration has taken to combat gun violence in the wake of the Connecticut school shootings in December.More

House rejects farm bill as food stamp cuts prove divisive
The New York Times
The surprise defeat of the farm bill in the House underscored the ideological divide between the more conservative, antispending Republican lawmakers and their leadership, who failed to garner sufficient votes from their caucus as well as from Democrats.More

New Project ChildSafe Website offers tools to encourage firearm safety in the home
National Shooting Sports Foundation
NSSF has launched a new Project ChildSafe Website as part of its "S.A.F.E. Summer" campaign. The new site and the campaign, are designed to focus attention on the importance of safe and responsible firearm storage, to reinforce that anyone who is going to own a firearm should respect it and secure it, and to provide educational resources that can help prevent firearm accidents and misuse.More

Kentucky woman an extreme huntress
The Lexington Herald-Leader
The African animals look as if they're ready to leap off the sage-green wall in Marty Mason's trophy room behind her unassuming house. Zebra, kudu and eland are most newly mounted. Mason, 64, a retired state employee, competed for the title "Extreme Huntress 2014." She was one of 10 worldwide finalists. Based on online voting — which ended June 15 - she didn't advance to the final four, although she is an alternate. The final four will compete for the title in an outdoor skills competition at the 777 Ranch in Hondo, Texas. The event will be taped by NBC Sports.More

1st-time buyers bolster gun makers, retailers
Fox Business
Firearms have been flying off shelves across the country amid calls from some lawmakers to increase gun control, and manufacturers are benefiting from the surge in demand.More

The 10 guns that defined America
The Daily Mail
Chris Kyle knew guns in a way no modern American ever has. As a Navy SEAL sniper, he recorded 255 kills on the battlefield during four deployments to Iraq.More

7 best pump shotguns for less than $500
Outdoor Life
A pump shotgun is like your old hunting truck. It might not be fancy. It might not have a lot of frills. But when you turn the key, it always gets the job done.More

How to deal with anti-hunters and harassment
Ammo Land
As avid sportsmen and women, we may cross paths with our biggest foes: the anti-hunting community. Whether in the field, at a sporting event, a restaurant or any other place, it is generally a rather unpleasant encounter. If this happens to you in the field, the question is: How should I handle this situation?More

1st-time buyers bolster gun makers, retailers
Fox Business
Firearms have been flying off shelves across the country amid calls from some lawmakers to increase gun control, and manufacturers are benefiting from the surge in demand. But retailers and makers of firearms aren't simply relying on returning gun owners looking to make another purchase. They're also getting a boost from first-time buyers, thanks to an increasing number of people interested in firearms.More