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  • A Strategy for Public-Land Bucks

    11/25/2015 7:59:04 AM PST · by w1n1 · 3 replies
    Cal Sportsman ^ | 11/25/2015 | C Cocoles
    Doing some additional homework and traveling the extra distance can often yield private-land results to public-land whitetail huntersHunting public land can be very frustrating when it comes to deer hunting. It's difficult to be cruising social media and see private-land hunters talk about how many deer they saw during a recent hunt. On public land, you're sometimes lucky to even see a deer over a week's period of time. With all the frustrations and challenges, it is not impossible to harvest a buck on public land. In fact, I've had opportunities to take a legal buck every season for the...
  • Man Crawled for 4 Days after Breaking Legs while Elk Hunting

    11/23/2015 9:41:55 AM PST · by w1n1 · 54 replies
    Cal Sportsman ^ | 11/23/2015 | R Anthony
    Before you read this story I would like to put emphasis on a couple of points. First and foremost, if you go hunting (especially in a remote area) always go with a partner. If something happens to you, the chances of getting out of trouble increase by having a buddy go with you. I would never go hunting alone, it's just too darn dangerous. Secondly, if you do hunt alone, always take a satellite phone, or a GPS locator with you. If you are hurt and cannot get back to civilization, at least you can let someone know exactly where...
  • 3 Deer Tactics once thought was Strange

    11/19/2015 12:18:26 PM PST · by w1n1 · 11 replies
    Cal Sportsman ^ | 11/19/2015 | N Krebbs
    RattlingWhen they were first introduced to the national hunting community, these novel methods for bringing in bucks were considered unconventional at best, and harebrained schemes by most. Now deer hunters everywhere use these tried-and-true tactics. We take a look back in our archives to when these trusty standbys were still considered downright bizarre. The brush-country hunters of Texas and New Mexico were crashing antlers together for decades before the trend caught fire in the rest of whitetail country. Although native hunters likely developed the technique, legend has it that an old market hunter accidentally discovered the phenomenon: "He was coming...
  • CA Tule Elk Hunt

    11/19/2015 8:11:46 AM PST · by w1n1 · 5 replies
    Cal Sportsman ^ | 11/19/2015 | C Cocoles
    Here's a clip from WildTV Hunter Troy and Jack Link of Jack Links Beef Jerky, They're in northern California hunting down this monster Tule elk. Key takeaways from the Link boys is that thinking ahead and waiting for the right moment to pull the trigger, patience and precision was the key for a successful hunt. See the video here.
  • Duck Hunting Tips: 6 Old Tricks that Still Work

    11/17/2015 8:25:38 AM PST · by w1n1 · 8 replies
    Cal Sportsman ^ | 11/17/2015 | D Howlet
    Waterfowlers have proven to be some of the most resourceful of all sportsmen throughout history, with their combined approach of calling, decoying, and plain old woodsmanship. Here are six old-school tips worth remembering as you prepare to hit the water for ducks and geese this fall. Add motion - Before motion decoys, hunters used jerk strings and pumped their legs in the water to send ripples through their spread. Another great trick is to mount an electric trolling motor to your blind or on a wood frame painted to blend in, set it near your spread, and let the propeller...
  • Build Your Own Antler Trap to Collect Sheds

    11/12/2015 9:13:42 AM PST · by w1n1 · 27 replies
    Cal Sportsman ^ | 11/12/2015 | C Buckner
    If you want to find deer sheds but don't have time to search, build your own antler trap. There are many benefits to walking through the woods and searching for deer sheds. You can get a better lay of your land, you can see where the deer were most recently moving, and shed hunting is a great way to introduce hunting to a youngster. But for many hunters there is just not always enough time to get in the woods and hunt sheds. But with just a few dollars and a little bit of time you can build an antler...
  • 30 Point Whitetail - Doe!

    11/10/2015 7:55:37 AM PST · by w1n1 · 41 replies
    Cal Sportsman ^ | 11/10/2015 | R Chastain
    Everyone loves to champion those 10 plus pointers, phenominally they say one in 4,500 doe have antlers. But, this one hunter bagged a 30 point and that buck is a doe! Rest of the story here.
  • Would You Shoot them or Wait?

    11/09/2015 7:39:53 AM PST · by w1n1 · 18 replies
    Cal Sportsman ^ | 11/9/2015 | Cal Editors
    Monday morning question of the day, while hunting if you come across a buck and a doe mating, would you shoot them after they're done, or during?Go here to see the video of what this hunter did.
  • Ted Cruz Knows how to carry a Shotgun

    11/08/2015 3:20:17 PM PST · by marktwain · 29 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 4 November, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    A blogger named Wes Siler criticised Ted Cruz for carrying a shotgun in the fashion in the photograph.  I am not sure if the critique was in jest,or serious.  It is not clear that Wes Siles is a liberal.  His favorite president is Teddy Roosevelt.  One of Wes' tweets advise on 16 ways to avoid being  "modern man" by the NYTs famous list.  Wes was soon corrected about shoulder carry, and rightly so. Shoulder carry, as exemplified by Senator Ted Cruz in the Picture, is explicitly suggested as a means of safely carrying a shotgun or rifle.  It is...
  • Rut Stands: Three Different Strategies to take Go Time Bucks

    11/06/2015 10:57:10 AM PST · by w1n1 · 4 replies
    Cal Sportsman ^ | 11/6.2015 | M Melotik
    The mystical, magical whitetail rut. It's what many of us wait feverishly to experience all year long—anticipation that builds into both blessing and curse. Especially when it comes to smart stand selection at go time. Obsess over most anything for a good length of time and, eventually, you can experience near-absolute clarity of thought. Seconds later, you can be trapped in a wicked tailspin of second-guessing. This is the dark side of our obsessive behavior. To help ensure your focus (and success) during the fast-approaching rut, we've tapped a trio of die hard whitetail fanatics, guys who seem to have...
  • Winchester Deer Specific Hunting Bullet

    11/03/2015 11:02:04 AM PST · by w1n1 · 24 replies
    Cal Sportsman ^ | 11/3/2015 | R Chastain
    When it comes to deer hunting bullets, expansion is usually the name of the game. Some of the most widely-used hunting bullets were designed 50 and 60 years ago, when deer hunting was much less prevalent than it is now (simply because we didn't have very many deer). These days, deer hunters as a group wield the most sway with major manufacturers of rifle ammo. We buy the most ammo and demand performance from it. If it fails, we tell everyone about it and buy someone else's product. Enter Winchester's R&D department and a new approach to a hunting bullet....
  • 12 Mistakes Men Make when Hunting with Women

    11/02/2015 10:48:37 AM PST · by w1n1 · 37 replies
    Cal Sportsman ^ | 11/2/2015 | B Baird
    The guide for every man on exactly how to show a lady a miserable time in the woodsWomen are joining the hunting ranks at a faster rate than men. But, we ladies still encounter a few problems when it comes to learning the sport. The No.1 problem for women going afield is trying to find places to hunt. The No. 2 problem? You guessed it. It's you guys. Don't get us wrong. We're not trying to man-bash. We love that you're willing to take the ladies in your lives hunting. But, sometimes you guys make mistakes big ones that may...
  • Elk Field Dressing Gut Bag Accident

    10/28/2015 10:43:53 AM PDT · by w1n1 · 25 replies
    Cal Sportsman ^ | 10/28/2015 | C Cocoles
    This video highlights a hunter not being careful while dressing this bull elk. Tip is, always guide the blade with your fingers so as to push the gut bag away, and make sure that the knife point isn't close to the bag. Anyone have this problem or accident before? Watch the video here.
  • A Deer Hunt

    10/26/2015 6:48:26 AM PDT · by w1n1 · 8 replies
    Cal Sportsman ^ | Walt Hampton
    She was a big old doe, with that long head and thick, squared-up body; she conducted herself with a caution and attention not seen in the younger deer. She was alone with no trailing fawns; they had been weaned and were off seeking their own way, and she was only concerned with the white oak acorns at her feet. Hidden in a pile of brush, just an odd-shaped stump, nothing to worry about here, I watched her, had been watching her, as she had first appeared and while she worked the thicket, first out of range, now closer, now close...
  • Snake Hunting 101

    10/23/2015 1:51:43 PM PDT · by w1n1 · 33 replies
    Cal Sportsman ^ | 10/23/2015 | Tim Hovey
    I’ve always been fascinated with snakes. I will admit that as a youth they absolutely terrified me. While I ran around catching lots of lizards and frogs, whenever I bumped into a snake, I did less catching and more running. As I got older and learned more about them, I began actually seeking snakes out in the hopes of seeing them up close and capturing them. I’d carefully handle the nonvenomous ones, take a few photos and then release them. I did get bit a handful of times, but for the most part the encounters were interesting and educational. Every...
  • Oklahoma girl takes shot at the record books with 16-point buck

    10/22/2015 12:48:36 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 31 replies
    KFOR ^ | 10.22 | K. QUERRY
    An Oklahoma girl may make it into the record books after killing a 16-point buck last weekend. Micalah Millard, who is just 14-years-old, was hunting with her father when she spotted a large buck through cameras set up on her grandfather’s ranch. Hours later, the buck reappeared. “I was surprised that I made the shot and hit him,” Micalah told KJRH. “She has killed deer before, but nothing like this. Nobody I know has ever killed anything like this,” said Malachi, Micalah’s father. Now, she must wait 60 days to wait for an official score, but the buck will likely...
  • Unknown Elephant taken in Legal, Ethical, hunt in Zimbabwe

    10/22/2015 11:49:17 AM PDT · by marktwain · 53 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 22 October, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    This magnificent, unknown  elephant was taken in a successful, legal, ethical, hunt in Zimbabwe.  The bull elephant had never been seen before, and likely would have died with no one knowing of its existence if the hunt had not taken place.From surrounded the identity of the elephant, which was estimated to have been between 40 and 60 years old, but had never been seen before in Zimbabwe’s southern Gonarezhou National Park.But its tusks, which touch the ground in a photograph taken moments after its shooting, confirmed its exceptional nature, weighing an estimated 120lb each. Social Justice Warriors (SJW)...
  • Ideal Scopes for Deer Hunting

    10/20/2015 1:50:25 PM PDT · by w1n1 · 52 replies
    Cal Sportsman ^ | 10/20/2015 | C Cocoles
    There are a multitude of Choices for Rifle Scopes for Hunting White-Tailed Deer When is the last time you saw a deer rifle without a scope on it? I am betting it has been quite a few deer seasons ago. I think it has been 1970 since I saw a deer rifle in the woods using only open sights. I remember this because it was my first deer rifle, a Winchester Model 94 in 30-30. I bought the rifle at J.C. Penney for $66. I killed my first buck with that rifle at a whopping range of 20 yards....
  • What is Spooking this Herd of Deer?

    10/18/2015 10:14:06 AM PDT · by w1n1 · 32 replies
    Cal Sportsman ^ | 10/18/2015 | C Cocoles
    This video shot of a herd of deer near a fence line getting spooked by something. See the video here.
  • 3800 Yard Long Range Shot

    10/16/2015 12:41:36 PM PDT · by w1n1 · 26 replies
    Cal Sportsman ^ | 10/16/2015 | C Cocoles
    This video highlights Jim Spinella and the HCR team hitting a 36″ plate from an extreme distance of 3800 yards (2.16 miles). The shot was made with the Hill Country Rifle Extreme Long Range Carry Weight 375 CheyTac at the FTW Ranch in Texas. This rifle weighs 12.5 pounds without the scope. This shot is said to be a world record. Go here to view the video.
  • Would you Shoot this Bear in your Backyard?

    10/15/2015 9:19:14 AM PDT · by w1n1 · 119 replies
    Cal Sportsman ^ | 10/15/2015 | J Hines
    A family in Colorado video a bear attacking a deer in their backyard. What would you all do? Here's the video clip.
  • Before Your First Black Powder Hunt

    10/15/2015 7:27:38 AM PDT · by w1n1 · 14 replies
    AShooting Journal ^ | 10/15/2015 | Mike Nesbitt
    Hunting with muzzleloaders is popular enough that most states have special or separate seasons for hunters using them. The rules for those seasons vary, so if you are setting up a hunt, even near home, do a little homework to see which guns, calibers, sights and styles of ignition are favored during those times. In my home state of Washington, the ignition must be exposed, which means an in-line rifle that has an enclosed percussion nipple and cap are not allowed. Also, Washington does not allow scopes on muzzleloaders when used during the muzzleloading seasons. Scoped muzzleloaders can only be...
  • Girls Guns and Dangerous Games

    10/14/2015 12:08:11 PM PDT · by w1n1 · 2 replies
    Cal Sportsman Mag ^ | 10/14/2015 | Chris Cocole
    They’ve come a long ways, metaphorically at least, from designing outdoor fashion clothes for women out of a home garage in Northern California. Jenifer Adams and Norissa Harman had a vision that spawned a successful company, Girls With Guns Clothing. But while the gals remain small-town at heart, choosing to continue their work out of Red Bluff, a quiet hamlet of 14,000 off Interstate 5, 130 miles north of Sacramento, even for these ambitious entrepreneurs, traveling across a continent, an ocean and hunting the wild lands of Africa in front of a TV camera was something altogether different. Just as...
  • Dentist who killed Cecil the lion won’t be charged because hunt was legal

    10/12/2015 11:28:23 AM PDT · by conservative98 · 47 replies
    NY Post ^ | October 12, 2015 | Chris Perez
    The American dentist who sparked worldwide outrage in July when he killed Cecil — Zimbabwe’s most beloved lion — will not be charged with any crime because the hunt was perfectly legal, authorities said Monday. Walter Palmer, 55, had “all (his) papers in order” when he tracked the rare black-maned big cat and took him down with a bow and arrow just outside Hwange National Park in the Western part of the African country, according to Reuters. Environment Minister Oppah Muchinguri-Kashiri told local media that Zimbabwean authorities had conducted an investigation in part with the Prosecutor General, which concluded that...
  • Professor: Whites Hunting for Sport is the Equivalent of Lynching Black People

    10/02/2015 12:57:40 PM PDT · by rightistight · 58 replies
    The Social Memo ^ | 10/2/15 | Aurelius
    According to Dr. Warren J. Blumenfeld, who is a staff member of the University of Massachusetts Amherst, hunting animals for sport has many similarities to lynching African Americans. In his article "White Supremacy and Devaluation of African [Heritage] Lives," Blumenfeld explains how hunting animals in Africa is very similar to murdering black people. Dr. Blumenfeld begins, "The philosophy and practice of white supremacy devalues all African and African heritage lives whether human or non-human animal. White supremacy links slavery in the "Americas" with the ongoing police killings of unarmed black people and to the killing of animals on the continent...
  • Bureau of Land Management set to close 600 miles of Colorado roads

    09/29/2015 9:46:56 AM PDT · by george76 · 96 replies
    Watchdog ^ | September 25, 2015 | Marjorie Haun
    Despite a long process involving collaboration between local officials the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in Western Colorado, the federal land agency is proceeding with the closure of roads that have been traveled for 50 or more years. The road closures comprise a portion of the BLM’s Resource Management Plan (RMP) for Mesa County, of which, 73 percent is controlled by the federal government . ... public roads, used by off-roaders, hunters, farmers, ranchers and, during wildfire season, firefighting crews. ... Jody Green, a member of Public Lands Access Association and long-time activist working to preserve access into federally-managed lands,...
  • The Advantages of Hunting with Muzzleloaders

    09/23/2015 7:16:54 AM PDT · by w1n1 · 13 replies
    AShooting Journal ^ | 9/23/2015 | Mike Nesbitt
    Believe it or not, there are some real advantages to hunting with muzzleloading rifles and smoothbores. Those advantages are not found in the ballistics or the rapidity of follow-up shots; the real advantages are found in making a good shot from the beginning and knowing that the hunter will be reticent to take a shot until a good hit can be expected. Those can be real advantages. There are more areas open to hunting this way as well. I’m making this statement in a very general sense, but many areas, sometime entire states, are closed to hunting with high-powered rifles....
  • The Making of a Huntress

    09/17/2015 8:13:56 AM PDT · by w1n1 · 14 replies
    AShooting Journal ^ | 9/17/2015 | Jason Brooks
    Raising Girls to HuntIf you are a hunter and think that merchandisers and marketers are getting girly lately, you would be right. In recent years the fastest growing demographic of hunters are actually huntresses – women who head afield to put food on the table. This is no surprise to myself or those in my hunting camp. We have known for years that there would be a trend towards more women chasing game. Fifteen years ago my hunting partner, Chad Hurst, called one day to announced the birth of he and his wife’s first child, Brittany. Right away I began...
  • A Hunting Ban Saps a Village’s Livelihood

    09/13/2015 3:51:58 AM PDT · by Erik Latranyi · 15 replies
    MSN ^ | 13 September 2015 | NORIMITSU ONISHI
    SANKUYO, Botswana — Lions have been coming out of the surrounding bush, prowling around homes and a small health clinic, to snatch goats and donkeys from the heart of this village on the edge of one of Africa’s great inland deltas. Elephants, too, are becoming frequent, unwelcome visitors, gobbling up the beans, maize and watermelons that took farmers months to grow. Since Botswana banned trophy hunting two years ago, remote communities like Sankuyo have been at the mercy of growing numbers of wild animals that are hurting livelihoods and driving terrified villagers into their homes at dusk. The hunting ban...
  • Prayer request for family. My Father passed away Monday.

    09/03/2015 4:38:13 AM PDT · by DCBryan1 · 71 replies
    03 SEP 15 | dcbryan1
    Jim Bryan III, 75, of Longboat Key, FL, died Sep. 1, 2015 at Arkansas Hospice from complications of pancreatic cancer. He was born in Harrison, AR in 1940 to the late J.W. and Jane Bryan of Bellefonte, AR. He was preceded in death by his son Joey (who died of a brain tumor in 1981 at age ten) and grandparents Witt and Zula Burns Bryan and Noah and Myrtle Eoff Dearing. He is survived by his beloved wife of 52 years, Ann, son Jim, IV and his wife Ann, son Chris and his wife Jennifer, grandchildren Laura and her newlywed...
  • Bra Stops Bullet in Hunting Mishap Miracle

    08/29/2015 10:53:53 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 46 replies
    A woman in Mecklenberg-Western Pomerania survived being accidentally shot in a hunting accident, Gadebusch-Rehnaer Zeitung reported on Friday – because her bra somehow stopped the bullet. The 41-year-old tourist from North Rhine-Westphalia was on a bike ride with her husband when the incident happened. The pair were crossing a field near the town of Gadebusch when they unknowingly entered the path of a boar hunt. Suddenly, the woman felt a pain in her chest. Looking down, she saw that she had been hit by a rebounded shot – but the underwire of her bra had deflected the blow. The woman...
  • An Anti-Hunter Trying to Save Ducks Accidentally Gets Shot in the Face [VIDEO]

    08/23/2015 8:00:54 PM PDT · by SZonian · 50 replies
    Wide Open Spaces ^ | Unk | Eric Nestor
    This duck hunting protester in Australia was wading through a duck hunt in order to save hit ducks. She was then accidentally shot in the face. A duck protestor in Australia was wading through a duck hunt attempting to “save” the ducks that were shot down. A shot at a low-flying duck resulted in her accidental shooting. Back in March of 2011, these bold anti-hunters decided to interfere in a duck hunt in Australia. A 14-year-old duck hunter took a shot at a low-flying duck and shotgun pellets hit this anti-hunter in the face. Julia Symons was hit by at...
  • The Necessity of Hunting

    08/20/2015 2:27:58 PM PDT · by Plainsman · 8 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | August 19, 2015 | Theodore Roosevelt IV
    The Spanish philosopher, Jose Ortega y Gasset, wrote: “One does not hunt in order to kill; on the contrary, one kills in order to have hunted.” For the best among us, hunting is a devotional activity. It is about complete immersion in our humanity; it is about the long trek of evolution; it is the heartbeat of our species; it is our souls, for lack of a better word. But not one of the best hunters among this tribe of sportsmen would continue if we were not also serving conservation and the very animals whom we hunt. Cecil the Lion...
  • If You Love Lions, Let People Hunt Them, The New York Times Says

    08/12/2015 4:05:09 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 7 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 8/11/2015 | John Merline
    Every once in a while, common sense finds its way onto the pages of The New York Times. That was the case on Monday, when it published a piece on Cecil the lion and trophy hunting of large animals.
  • African Countries Say US Airline’s Trophy Ban Will Cause “The End of Conservation”

    08/11/2015 9:06:43 AM PDT · by marktwain · 38 replies
    The Truth About Guns ^ | 8 August, 2015 | Nick Leghorn
    Hunting in Africa is big business. The African countries depend on hunters, willing to pay extravagant tag fees to the government and spend many thousands of dollars in the local economy, to fund their conservation efforts that preserve and protect these beautiful animals from poachers and extinction. Earlier this week Delta, United, and American Airlines all announced that they will no longer allow the shipment of hunting trophies on their flights. While the reaction from Americans was one of support, the African governments who actually understand the situation are saying that this PR stunt might be single-handedly responsible for eliminating...
  • Rocker Ted Nugent is loaded for Florida's bear hunt

    08/10/2015 4:20:28 PM PDT · by GoneSalt · 6 replies
    Orlando Sentinel ^ | 8/6/2015 | Stephen Hudak
    Take cover, Central Florida bears, the Motor City Madman is coming for you. On the first day bear-hunting licenses became available in Florida, rocker Ted Nugent, known for searing guitar riffs and outspoken advocacy for hunting and gun rights, snapped up one to participate in the state's first hunt in more than two decades. He is one of more than 1,100 people who have gotten permits so far, state wildlife authorities said. State wildlife authorities began selling licenses Monday for the first bear hunt in Florida in more than two decades, but not everyone is happy about the bear hunts....
  • How To Prepare And Cook A Rabbit. Field To Fork.

    08/08/2015 8:12:38 PM PDT · by DemforBush · 39 replies
    Youtube ^ | N/A | N/A
    An interesting video about preparing wild rabbit for your dinner plate, from the hunt to the final prepared dish...
  • Getting K9 Hunters Back In Shape

    08/06/2015 6:44:46 AM PDT · by w1n1 · 4 replies
    AShooting Journal ^ | 8/6/2015 | S Haugen
    I sat back inquisitively, watching in amazement as Howard Meyer of Chipewa Kennels and dog trainer, handled his dogs with utmost patience. “C’mon, Violet, get in, get in here,” Meyer encouraged in a soft voice. Sure enough, Violet waded into the water and got into the canoe on her own. As Meyer began paddling across the small river, two other adult dogs followed, swimming by his side. Two pups, eight-month-old brothers, hesitated at first, but their anticipation mounted the further away Meyer and the other dogs got. “C’mon, hop in … C’mon,” Meyer kept enticing the pups in his calm...
  • In Zimbabwe, We Don’t Cry for Lions

    08/05/2015 12:32:37 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    New York Times ^ | 08/05/2015 | By GOODWELL NZOU
    Winston-Salem, N.C. — MY mind was absorbed by the biochemistry of gene editing when the text messages and Facebook posts distracted me. So sorry about Cecil. Did Cecil live near your place in Zimbabwe? Cecil who? I wondered. When I turned on the news and discovered that the messages were about a lion killed by an American dentist, the village boy inside me instinctively cheered: One lion fewer to menace families like mine. My excitement was doused when I realized that the lion killer was being painted as the villain. I faced the starkest cultural contradiction I’d experienced during my...
  • Teen's big-game hunting photos spark outrage [Romans 1]

    08/05/2015 9:24:49 AM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 3 replies
    AOL ^ | 7/1/2014 | Staff
    One Texas teen's hobby is stirring up controversy among animal rights activists by posing with big game she killed in Africa. Here's how KHOU introduced to her: "So 19-year-old Kendall Jones is a cheerleader at Texas Tech and an avid hunter. She's posted a lot of pictures on her Facebook page of the big game she has killed in Africa - everything from lions to elephants." But it doesn't look like Jones has earned herself many fans on Facebook. The first two comments featured when we went to take a look read, "You are contributing to the extinction of beautiful...
  • “Cecil” The Lion For President

    08/05/2015 6:04:57 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies ^ | August 5, 2015 | Bob Barr
    Until a few days ago, Dr. Walter Palmer was just a successful dentist from Minnesota who had a passion for trophy hunting; a highly regulated and extremely expensive sport. His most recent hunt took him to Zimbabwe, where he shot a male lion during a hunt with a licensed hunting guide. It was only when word of Palmer’s hunting success spread that the dentist discovered just how quickly and completely the Internet can be used to destroy a person. Overnight, Palmer’s prey, a lion dubbed “Cecil” by local Zimbabweans, became the latest Internet celebrity victim and Palmer the most recent...
  • Cecil: What's going on? [How Zimbabwe sees Cecil the Lion - Romans 1]

    08/03/2015 3:42:46 PM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 56 replies
    Zimbabwe Chronicle ^ | 7/30/2015 | Staff
    AT LEAST five British national newspapers yesterday screamed in front page stories about Cecil, the lion that was killed by an American tourist, Walter Palmer, on July 1 at a game farm in Gwayi Conservancy. The Telegraph, The Guardian, Metro, The Mirror and The Independent — all British heavyweights — ran with the story, condemning Palmer, a dentist from Minnesota, for taking down Cecil after paying $50,000 for the hunt. The lion was also a big news item on Sky News, the BBC and CNN. Many American news outlets, including The New York Times gave Cecil much prominence too. Why...
  • Cecil the lion and some inconvenient truths for North Americans raised on a Disney diet 1

    08/02/2015 12:29:43 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 123 replies
    Calgary Sun ^ | 08/02/2015 | Ian Robinson
    Walt Disney’s got a lot to answer for.I blame Bambi and all the anthropomorphic drivel that followed, like the Lion King.That unfortunate part of the culture, more than anything else, seems to “inform” the view of nature held by effete urbanites who rarely venture out of doors.So, let me weigh in on the Cecil the Lion controversy.It was just another animal — and the outrage generated by its death is unreasoned, sentimental nonsense.People who claim to “love” animals more than people are emotionally damaged individuals incapable of weathering the difficulty required in a real relationship with something that can talk...
  • Cecil the Lion: What If We Find Out Cecil Wasn't Poached?

    08/02/2015 4:50:01 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 143 replies ^ | August 2, 2015 | Doug Giles
    Unless you live under a rock, there is no way in Hades that you have not heard of Cecil the LionÂ’s dreadful demise. Matter of fact, there has been such an international uproar over his killing that Obama is now slated to do the eulogy at CecilÂ’s funeral. ItÂ’s also been reported that Michelle has already contacted CecilÂ’s pride to give them her and Barack's condolences. ItÂ’s true. Tell everyone. Now, before I give you my two cents as a big game hunter on the Cecil situation, right before I sat down to bang out this screed my editor pointed...
  • Who’s Really Responsible for the Killing of Zimbabwe’s Lions and Other Wildlife?

    08/01/2015 4:01:55 PM PDT · by digger48 · 26 replies
    Time ^ | July 29, 2015 | Nash Jenkins
    Until 2000 Zimbabwe had a successful wildlife-management program, with many big-game animals flourishing. But by 2003, a staggering 80% of the animals that had lived on Zimbabwean safari camps (which employed firm quotas to regulate animal population sizes) had died. By 2007, there were only 14 private game farms in the country, compared with 620 prior to the land seizures of 2000, according to a National Geographic report. With the protection of private game reserves nearly nonexistent, once abundant wildlife began dying off, hunted by desperate farmers with no other options for sustenance. Despite the passing of harsher laws for...
  • Trump defends his sons' sick hobby of killing innocent animals

    08/01/2015 11:54:07 AM PDT · by GoneSalt · 127 replies ^ | 7/30/2015 | Stephen Messenger
    The killing of a beloved lion named Cecil by a trophy hunting dentist from Minnesota has an outraged American public asking: What kind of monsters would kill a majestic big cat for fun? Unfortunately for one Republican presidential hopeful, the answer is: his sons. Donald Trump was forced to weigh in on the issue this week after a gory photo of his trophy hunting sons resurfaced online, tying his family to the very practice that has sparked fierce backlash in recent days. When asked for his response at a press conference in Scotland this week, Trump was reportedly far from...
  • What the Guy Who Paid $50,000 to Kill Cecil Can Learn from Guy Who Paid $350,000 to Kill Black Rhino

    08/01/2015 10:07:38 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 17 replies
    Reason ^ | July 31, 2015 | Katherine Mangu-Ward
    Full title: Here's What the Guy Who Paid $50,000 to Kill Cecil the Lion Can Learn from the Guy Who Paid $350,000 to Kill a Black Rhino Done right, paid hunts for endangered animals can be a huge boon for conservation ... the problem isn't that Palmer paid a lot of money to hunt a lion, it's that he didn't pay enough money, he paid it to the wrong people, and he killed the wrong lion ... American Corey Knowlton paid $350,000 for a permit to hunt a black rhino in Namibia under the auspices of the Dallas Safari Club...
  • Cecil The Lion Stirs More Outrage Than Abortion Mogul Cecile The Lyin' [Romans 1]

    07/31/2015 9:54:24 AM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 27 replies
    Town Hall ^ | 7/31/2015 | Ryan Bomberger
    Society has a funny way of deciding when to express outrage. Millions of innocent humans (aka pregnancy tissue) are slaughtered, and their fully intact body parts are sold. Crickets. A single lion, which was unknown to most of us, gets hunted for sport. International drama. I despise the thought of big game hunting, but it never ceases to amaze me how rhetorically violent animal rights activists become when these creatures are harmed or killed. PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) has called for the hunter involved, Dr. Walter Palmer, to be hanged. The puppy-killing, celebrity-studded, publicity-stunt-centered organization epitomizes...
  • What’s worse: to hunt a lion in Africa or not to care about Africa except when someone hunts a lion?

    07/30/2015 7:15:24 PM PDT · by marktwain · 28 replies ^ | 29 July, 2015 | Brigid Hains
    The meaning of an individual animal Among the reasons not to feel outraged about the killing of Cecil the lion are these two: he had a human name and he was a well-known tourist attraction. I say ‘tourist attraction’ instead of 'beloved lion’ because that hackneyed phrase seems to me a concept empty of meaning. How can a lion be wild and be 'beloved’ by people who saw him once from a safari jeep? You don’t earn the right to 'love’ a lion that way. Cecil was a wild lion who was habituated to humans, collared for a biology study,...
  • Photos of Donald Trump’s adult sons hunting in Africa resurface,...

    07/30/2015 5:38:05 PM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 71 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | 7/30/15 | ADAM EDELMAN
    ...spark comparisons with Walter Palmer, killer of Cecil the lion Their dad likes shooting from the lip, but the Trump kids prefer shooting wild animals with guns. Pictures of Donald Trump Jr. and Eric Trump, the two adult sons of bombastic 2016 candidate Donald Trump, shooting wild animals in Africa have resurfaced, sparking unflattering comparisons of the mogul’s heirs to lion-killer Walter Palmer. The Trump brothers went on a 2011 hunting trip in Zimbabwe, where they snapped photos of themselves with enormous dead animals they took down. In one photo, Donald Trump Jr., known to many as “Donnie,” is seen...