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Big storms offer chances for bucks
Northern Viriginia Daily
Hunting before a major snowstorm blows in can be immensely productive because deer can sense it coming and will be up and moving. Hunting immediately after it clears out can also be excellent because deer will be hungry and getting up to feed after hunkering down during the storm. But what if this scenario unfolds: the storm comes on the day you have off work and it's the only time you can hunt? What if you scheduled vacation time and want to be out there, whether there's a storm or not, rather than staying in camp?
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Virginia hunter takes monster piebald buck
Outdoor Life
Brandon Seward sent us these photos of a slammer piebald buck from his family farm in Wakefield. A piebald buck is fairly rare but what makes this deer interesting is how big it is. Most of the piebald photos that come across my desk show spike bucks or forks. In his own words, here's how Brandon's hunt went down.
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Charlotte County man may have killed largest bear in state history
WSET-TV
VideoBriefA Charlotte County native may have killed the largest bear in Virginia on record. Tyler Napier was hunting on his parent's farm in Keysville when he came across a black bear. The bear weighs 728 pounds and is 7' 2" inches tall.
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McAuliffe likely faces steep climb in toughening Virginia's gun laws
WJLA-TV
The nation recently marked one year since the mass shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., that left 26 people dead, including 20 kids sitting at their desks. Despite the almost immediate plea from President Barack Obama for Congress to enact tougher standards such as universal background checks for gun purchasers — a measure that had more than 80 percent national approval in poll after poll — little has happened toward that end amid fierce resistance from the National Rifle Association. And then there's Virginia, where a similar fate likely awaits.
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Rifle shooting basics: The long-forgotten loop sling
Gun Digest
One of the most useful rifle shooting aids is also one of the most neglected. That is the use of the loop sling. The support and steadiness it provides, when properly used, is enormous.
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Inside the power of the NRA
New York Times
Joe Manchin, a conservative Democrat from West Virginia, won election to the U.S. Senate in 2010 partly on the strength of a memorable TV ad depicting him firing a bullet through President Barack Obama's cap-and-trade bill that had been anathema to coal miners in his state. But Manchin's outlook changed the day he came back from a hunting trip last December, having learned of the 20 children and six adults slaughtered at Sandy Hook. That unique horror motivated him in a way that other recent mass shootings in Tucson and Aurora, Colo., had not.
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Why we've had an ammunition shortage
American Rifleman
Government conspiracy? George Soros? Overzealous preppers? Nah, the ammunition shortage isn't that simple. Here are some numbers and the facts behind why you can't find the cartridges you want.
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Big storms offer chances for bucks
Northern Viriginia Daily
Hunting before a major snowstorm blows in can be immensely productive because deer can sense it coming and will be up and moving. Hunting immediately after it clears out can also be excellent because deer will be hungry and getting up to feed after hunkering down during the storm. But what if this scenario unfolds: the storm comes on the day you have off work and it's the only time you can hunt? What if you scheduled vacation time and want to be out there, whether there's a storm or not, rather than staying in camp?

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Wild pig population boom threatens Virginia ecosystems
WRAL-TV
There's a population explosion of large, wild animals in the Virginia woods, and it's not the cute, doe-eyed kind that conjures images of Bambi. They have razor-sharp teeth, curling tusks and a nasty temper that prompts some to charge humans. They're called feral hogs, wild pigs or big boars, but the names are lumped together because, said Mike Dye, a biologist for the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, "a pig is a pig."

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Gun control through shaming
The Washington Times
On Dec. 3, a brave and courageous TSA agent averted a potential tragedy when she confiscated a dangerous weapon from a woman attempting to smuggle it on board a plane. Wait, no, what that meant to say was; on Dec. 3, a TSA agent removed a two inch plastic prop pistol from the holster of a sock puppet the agent thought posed a security risk. Phyllis May, the Gepetto to Rooster's Pinocchio, was shocked and embarrassed.

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The most loved, and hated, gun in America
NBC News
It has become one of the most popular — and one of the most infamous — weapons in American history. The Colt AR-15, often known as the assault rifle, has captured the imagination of gun enthusiasts who are drawn to its sleek form, portability and ease of use, as well as a mystique born of its connection to the M-16, its combat cousin from the Vietnam War. Yet the AR-15-style rifle has also been used in many of the mass shootings that have stunned the nation.
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Federal court refuses Alan Gura's request for a decision on DC gun carry rights ban
Washington Times
Americans who live in the nation's capital are the only ones who are not allowed to carry a gun outside the home under any circumstances and the justice system refuses to help. Recently, a U.S. Court of Appeals issued an order denying a request to force a lower court to rule on Palmer v. District of Columbia, which challenges the city's outright ban on bearing arms.
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Senate's gun control bill would not have stopped Arapahoe shooter
AmmoLand
Police say the 18-year-old who wounded one student, then killed himself at a Colorado high school Dec. 13 purchased his gun legally at a Denver-area gun store. This means Karl Pierson underwent a background check for his purchase. This is critical information because gun control proponents keep arguing that expanded background checks will make America safer. However, the expanded checks will be the same checks we have right now; they will simply be applied to all purchases instead of some purchases.
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VSSA membership and Legislative Alerts
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Keep the information flowing! Go to www.myvssa.org and join or renew your VSSA membership. VSSA is the NRA state affiliate, since 1938. Please encourage your gun owning friends and family to join!

David adams
Legislative Director
Virginia Shooting Sports Association

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