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  • Gun News of the Week: What's New in Concealed Carry

    Posted 2017-03-27 21:44:47 by: Johnny Gearfire

    The Gun Shots Plus: Gun owners applaud demise of Ryan/Trump 'Obamacare 2.0' House Speaker Paul Ryan’s (R-Wisconsin) American Healthcare Act (H.R.1628) is a mishmash-of-a-morass that preserves the same provisions that made Obamacare a ...

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  • It's Official: Tucker Buck Is Non-Typical Record

    Posted 2017-02-16 21:28:33 by: Johnny Gearfire

    Hunting Tennessee is new home of the biggest hunter-killed whitetail And so it’s official. Tennessee is now home to the biggest non-typical whitetail ever killed by a hunter. Stephen Tucker tagged the new world record in ...

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  • Public Land Roundup: Zinke Confirmation Hearing, Congress Makes it Easier for Public Land Transfer, and RMEF Takes a Stand

    Posted 2017-01-19 02:30:55 by: Johnny Gearfire

    Open Country Ryan Zinke, a Congressman from Montana, took the hot seat in Senate confirmation hearings this week. Topics covered everything from climate change to the functioning ...

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  • Winchester XPC Chassis Rifle and Subsonic Ammo

    Posted 2017-01-19 00:26:16 by: Johnny Gearfire

    Guns A new long range precision rifle This new long range precision rifle from Winchester is built on the XPR platform. Here's a look at the new model, and the subsonic ammo that goes with ...

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  • New Rangefinder: SIG KILO2400ABS

    Posted 2017-01-18 17:37:40 by: Johnny Gearfire

    GearIt features what Sig calls “embedded applied ballistics calculator and Bluetooth for synchronizing with a free applied ballistics app.” In plain terms, this means ...

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  • Dark Storm Industries DS-10 Rifle

    Posted 2017-01-18 15:50:03 by: Johnny Gearfire

    Guns This rifle has been built to comply with the strict regulations of New York New York state regulations are strict, but that doesn't mean AR-ownership is out of reach. Here's a new rifle, manufactured by a New York company, that fits the ...

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  • Top 10 Most Important Gun Rights Cases of 2016

    Posted 2016-12-28 17:28:23 by: Johnny Gearfire

    The Gun Shots Below is a roundup of the 10 most significant — or potentially significant — gun-related court rulings in ...

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  • ATVS and UTVs: Understanding Your CVT Transmission

    Posted 2016-12-28 16:03:43 by: Johnny Gearfire

    GearBy definition it is described as this: “A continuously variable transmission (CVT). This is also known as a single-speed transmission, step-less transmission, ...

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  • Deer Tail Decoys: Beat Them At Their Own Game

    Posted 2016-09-23 14:03:23 by: Johnny Gearfire

    Photo by Justin Appenzeller Kansas trophy-buck guide Ted Jaycox is called the Deer Whisperer for his ability to calm edgy whitetails with a laughably simple ruse: the flick of a deer’s tail. Jaycox calls it “flagging,” and he says that, combined with the nasal bleating sounds he makes with his voice, he can often walk to within bow range by using a deer’s most recognizable alarm signal—its white tail. The tail is one that he cut off a hunter-killed deer a couple of years ago. There’s nothing special about it—it’s simply a salt-cured tail that Jaycox keeps in his pocket until he’s ready to deploy it. “This started with just my voice. Every time I’d bump a deer, I’d give a gentle bleat, and the deer would generally stop. If I could bleat them in their first or second jump, they would almost always stop and look at me. Then one day I flicked my bare hand and the doe flicked her tail back and went back to eating. From there, I added a tail. “It doesn’t always work. If they smell you, the game is up. If you really bust a deer and it takes off on a dead run, you’re not going to stop it. It doesn’t work as well with bigger groups of deer. But with singles and doubles, it works most of the time, especially if they’re relaxed to begin with. I’ve been able to walk in on mature bucks just by gently bleating and flicking the tail. I flick, and walk slowly, stopping if the deer look alarmed. “Deer use their tail to signal danger, but also to communicate that everything’s just fine. That’s what I’m trying to mimic with my tail. Just a gentle back-and-forth flick, with the tip pointed down, moving it like I’m flicking a fly. I’m just saying to them, ‘Everything’s fine. Nothing to worry about.’ I mimic what they do. If a deer flicks its tail, I flick my tail. And I add that gentle bleating sound. “I’ve had my best luck with flagging early in the bow season, but I’ve also flagged in bucks during the rut. One ...

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  • Alabama Slammin': How to Fish the Gulf on a Budget

    Posted 2016-09-22 17:37:28 by: Johnny Gearfire

    Photo by John E. Phillips Redfish are hugely popular on the Gulf. Midmorning under a cloudless sky, and Denise, who politely declined to give her last name, was 1,000 feet out and 20 feet above the Gulf of Mexico cleaning a saltwater catfish. Her boyfriend, Monte, thin as a Popsicle stick, was reeling up a bare hook.  “Felt like a mackerel,” he said. “First time I fished here I caught a cobia.” He checked his rig and re-baited with a thumb-size chunk of cut bait.  Denise, Monte, and 10 dozen or so other fishermen were scattered along the Gulf State Park fishing pier—a concrete and wooden monstrosity that juts 1,540 feet into the Gulf from the spit of sand that separates Gulf Shores, Alabama, from neighboring Orange Beach. The pier—and the surf—attracts a community of sorts: locals, vacationers, seasonal regulars. But all are do-it-yourselfers, fishermen who don’t need or want a guide or boat but who love to fish the salt. A few, like me, were first-time visitors wielding rented rods. But many were experienced regulars, generous with advice. Pier PressureThe current pier opened in 2009, replacing the 825-foot wood structure that had served fishermen since 1968. It had survived a beating by Hurricane Frederic in 1979 but was reduced to splinters by Ivan in 1994. The new one is designed to withstand triple-digit winds, but it has yet to be tested. If there is any doubt that this place favors fishermen, just read the off-limits list. No pets, bed rolls, cots, sleeping bags, skating, skateboards, bicycles, running, horseplay, beach umbrellas, or lounge chairs. Cast nets, gill nets, spears, spear guns, wire crab traps, and firearms are off limits, too. There are a few amenities available, including restrooms and a snack bar. The pier is open 24 hours, but late-nighters should arrive fully prepared. The bait-and-tackle shop runs from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. The gate booth is manned from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. Third-shift anglers pay via an honor box. ...

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