Archive for July, 2014

From Bangor Daily News

Posted July 26, 2014, at 10:02 a.m.


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The wording for the bear referendum, which will be Question 1 on the Nov. 4 ballot in Maine, appears simple enough. But voters shouldn’t be fooled into believing a “yes” vote will promise more than it can deliver.

Here’s the exact language: “Do you want to ban the use of bait, dogs or traps in bear hunting except to protect property, public safety or for research?”

According to the proposed legislation behind this question, here are several ways one easily can be misled by this simple question. The use of the word “or” between dogs and traps is not multiple choice. Voters shouldn’t be fooled into thinking they can somehow choose which of these three hunting methods to ban. A “yes” vote will ban all hunting of bears in Maine using bait and dogs and traps — all three methods, period.

The second half of Question 1 — “in bear hunting except to protect property, public safety, or for research” — doesn’t tell the whole story.

Again, the legislation behind this question prohibits all bear hunting scenarios in which bait, dogs and traps would be used by licensed recreational bear hunters. There are really no exceptions for licensed hunters, or the general public, relating to the use of baits, dogs and traps for legally killing or even relocating bears.

The legislation does allow the use of baits, dogs and traps to protect property, public safety or for research, but it restricts these methods solely to state and federal employees. A hunter shouldn’t expect to ever again be allowed to hunt bears over bait, with dogs or with traps if this referendum passes — unless he or she is employed by the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife as a nuisance control agent.

And homeowners experiencing problems with marauding bears? They will not legally be authorized to kill or relocate an offending bear using bait, dogs or traps of any kind. They presumably will need to apply to IFW and get the agency to respond to their problem — possibly at a financial cost to them.

If this referendum passes, the unintended consequences are numerous.

Read the rest of the article HERE.

Here is a link to Big John’s Awesome Google Calendar.

Governor’s Gun Club shoots indoor Tuesday and Thursday nights – I sent a message to see if it was ‘Tuesday Vegas round, Thursday D.A.I.R. targets’  but nobody got back to me. *shrug*

Both Days

3D – ASA McKenzie Classic – (Cullman, AL)



3D – Mountain Grace – (Hiawassee, GA) (Registration from 7:30 – 8:30, shotgun start at 9am)



Nobody. Zilch, zip, zero. Nada.



I’ll be doing some administrative work on the site in the next week or so: specifically, I’ll be deleting hundreds of photographs, and replacing the gallery or photograph with a link to our FaceBook page.  The site is currently at 72% of the free storage capacity WordPress permits, and I’m looking to recover a lot of that space.  The big hits will pretty much be shoot galleries and the 2013 ATA Show photographs, all of which are already on FaceBook.





I’ve been thinking about shooting some GAA 900 rounds here in Georgia, the problem is, they are all 3-6 hour round trip drives from my house, whereas some of the 3D shoots are 40 minutes round trip.

Shawnn Vincent Archery

Eric Bennett – US Olympian

This tournament was probably the hardest for me to prepare for. Although I was able to get a couple days of practice before I left, it was mentally hard to prepare myself. The mental game in conjunction with being out of targets meant I had to practice on just shooting my form and not looking at a target face. This was good in some aspects but I also think it hindered me a bit. I had no idea what to expect as far as weather and rumor had me thinking there was a possibility of strong winds and rain/thunderstorms. In Washington it was hard for me to practice, as the range is somewhat sheltered from wind and the weather was typical Washington July sunshine; in the mid-80’s and light breeze.

I began my travels to Hamilton, Ohio Tuesday night after working a half of a shift…

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From Field & Stream


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July 15 – 2014 – by Bob Marshall

This just in: If you’re a hunter or angler, your U.S. Senator probably doesn’t care much about you.

I can say that after watching how the Sportsman’s Act was effectively killed last week.

That vital package of measures needed to help fish, wildlife and sportsmen arrived on the Senate floor with bi-partisan support of 45 members, and little, if any, opposition. It included funding for absolutely critical habitat programs for fish and wildlife, as well as laws that would help guarantee sportsmen they could have access to hunting and fishing on federal lands. And your senators almost certainly told you they were in your corner. After all, they love sportsmen–they tell you that every chance they get.

But this is an election year, and the Senate floor has been a sniper’s alley for partisan concerns.

This is how it works: Once a bill makes it to the floor, senators from either side introduce amendments on controversial subjects unrelated to the measure at hand. They hope to force their opponents to cast a vote that they can then use to blast them with in the fall.

This is how The Washington Post reported the development:

“The possibility of a new, mostly partisan debate on gun control likely would upend debate on a bipartisan measure to expand hunting rights on federal lands that is considered a potential political lifeline for about a half dozen Democrats seeking reelection in Republican-leaning states.

“Senators of both parties are readying gun-related amendments and are poised to introduce them this week.”

The amendments didn’t just deal with guns but spanned the realm of politics, from funding the Palestinian government to selling off public lands. It was a feeding frenzy of partisan spite, with the real victims being fish, wildlife and sportsmen.

Now, do you think this would have happened if the bill concerned, say, Wall Street bankers, or the energy industry, or military contractors? Probably not.

In choosing this bill for this tactic, the senators were sending a very clear message to sportsmen: You don’t count.

Don’t take my word for it. Whit Fosburgh, president of the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership, had this analysis:

“[The Act] failed due to political infighting, a dysfunctional amendment process, and the extreme wings of both parties, who are more interested in scoring points than legislating on behalf of America’s hunters and anglers and the values of the population at large,” he said. “We are deeply disheartened that a bill with 45 bipartisan cosponsors and the support of the national sporting community could fall victim to a fundamentally broken Senate, where some legislators’ support for sportsmen is only a talking point.”

Read the rest at Field & Stream


(Notes – I do read Field & Stream (along with dozens of other publications) but hadn’t caught this particular bit of news. This was found via Wired to Hunt, and Mark found it on the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership.)

(I’ll be somewhat scarce this weekend: I’m going to try to shoot Sweetwater EARLY Saturday, but I have to pick my daughter up at the airport at 1pm.  Sunday, I have a project for work that I have to do at 6am. On Sunday. Six. A. M. *sigh*)

Here is a link to Big John’s Awesome Google Calendar!


Indoor – Governor’s Gun Club shoots indoor Tuesdays and Thursdays – I believe practice starts at 6:30 – shoots start at 7pm. From what I’m told Tuesdays are Vegas targets, Thursdays are the 14-12-10-8 ASA indoor targets. (D.A.I.R. targets)


JOAD – This week is also the Outdoor 130th US National Target Championships: Easton JOAD Nationals and US Open in Hamilton, Ohio. (Wed-Sun)

3D – Riskyb posted a 3D pickup shoot at Charlie Elliot Friday morning – just a fun shoot at the Wildlife Management Area for anyone who is interested.


Both Days

3D – Davey Mountain Archery – (Warne, NC) (Davey Mountain FaceBook Page)

3D – BowDoc’s Archery – (Cleveland, TN)

3D – Bucks2Beards – (Old Fort, TN)



3D – Sweetwater Archery – (Douglasville, GA)

3D – Buckeyes Plantation – (Social Circle, GA)

3D – Destiny Farm Archery (Coon Shoot) – (Thompson, GA)

3D – Elbert County Archery Club – (Elberton, GA)

3D – Soul Hunters – Church Shoot – (No location listed)



3D – Riverbottom Outdoors – (Franklin, GA)

3D – NGC Amicalola *4th leg of the NGA Shooter of the Year* – (Dawsonville, GA)

3D – Shiloh Archery – (Hahira, GA) ***CANCELLED – per the post on their FaceBook page July 3rd***




Had a great time shooting with Mark, James and Jason today, even though my brand new hunting bow only had one pin sighted in. (Still better than a day on the couch.)

Here are the photos – it wasn’t until about halfway through the shoot that Jason told us he was a musician… (Link after the photos.)

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Click to go to Jason’s website.

As always, here’s a link to Big John’s Awesome Google Calendar.

Starting today is Georgia Southern’s Archery camp

Governor’s Gun Club shoots Tuesdays and Thursdays indoor


 Both Days

3D – Rock Branch Archery – (Elberton, GA)

3D – Harvest Archery – (Dayton, TN)

3D – Fort Gordon – (Augusta, GA) ***I think this is both days, the post just says ‘this weekend.’***



3D – 3:23 Archery – (Douglasville, GA)

3D – Bowhunter’s Supply – (Bowdon, GA)

3D – NGC – Riverbend Archery Club – (Dublin, GA)

3D – Christian Bowhunters of Georgia – (Covington, GA)

3D – Lee County Bowhunters of Alabama – (Waverly, AL)

900 – ALC Summer Series Night Shoot – (West Walton Park, Loganville, GA)




3D – NGC Banks County Archery Club – (Commerce, GA)

3D – Redneck Archery Club – (Griffin, GA)

3D – Southern Bowhunter’s Association – (No location listed)

3D – Sportsman’s Complex at Range 14 – (No location listed)


The Foxhall main events, the clay shoot, raffles, etc. are still going on, but the ARCHERY event is cancelled – simply not enough people registered to hold the event.


I managed to come away without any ticks on me, I guess they were all full from munching on other folks 🙂