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Archives for October 2020
If you hunt deer or elk in America today, it’s time to confront Chronic Wasting Disease. Though many of us in unaffected states have enjoyed the luxury of ignorant bliss, the rapid spread of CWD and new state regulations to match that spread, make it impossible to bury your head in the proverbial sand any longer. Even if you’re still fortunate enough to live in a “CWD free” state, odds are that new CWD regulations being passed across the country will have an effect on the way you hunt.
First, let’s cover the basics on CWD. Chronic wasting disease is a transmissible spongiform encephalopathy which affects whitetail and mule deer, elk, moose and caribou. CWD occurs when an animal’s body begins to mis-fold a particular protein called a prion. Over time, this mis-folding affects the animal’s nervous system, and turns the animals brain into a spongy mush. Over time, the animal will die as a result of the brain deterioration. CWD is the same type of disease as Mad Cow, and Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease.
CWD is highly contagious, as these prions are shed by an animal through their bodily fluids. Prions are nearly impossible to destroy – they must be heated to over 1500 degrees in order to break down, and as a result, remain present in the soil and the environment almost indefinitely. Prions can be passed from deer to deer when they rub noses or eat from the same pile of corn, however they can also be transmitted to a new animal who sticks its nose into an apple tree that was visited by an affected animal several weeks before. A recent study in the Journal of General Virology found that CWD is passed from a cow elk to its calf 80% of the time.
Perhaps the worst part about CWD is the fact that it is untreatable. Because the disease is caused by a protein and not a vaccine or a bacteria, there is no available vaccine and no way to treat an affected animal. Cervids who are affected by CWD stand a near 100% chance of dying from it, unless they are killed by something higher up the food chain, first.
Though there no documented cases of people contracting the disease, many states are starting to enact strict regulations to prevent the spread of the disease. My home state of Oklahoma is one of the newest states to enact such laws. Though Oklahoma currently has no recorded cases of CWD, the Department of Wildlife Conservation is eager to ensure it does not come to our deer and elk herds. As a result, the ODWC passed a new set of administrative regulations which prohibits the importation of any part of the spinal column of a deer or elk, and no part of a skull unless it has been completely cleaned of “all tissue.”
The penalty for violating this new regulation is only a $ 100 dollar fine, however the regulation does allow a game warden to permanently seize your deer or elk skull when the citation is written. Though a $ 100 dollar fine doesn’t seem like much, losing that 400 inch elk you’ve been after for the last decade is going to hurt far worse.
Oklahoma’s regulation is difficult for hunters like myself. Though the regulation would allow the importation of a cape and skull plate with antlers, the full skull must not be brought into the State unless is has been completely cleaned of any and all tissue. This includes the eye sockets, nasal cavities, and brain. Anyone who has ever tried to bleach a skull themselves knows this process takes hours and a lot of manual labor. Still, violating the new rules could leave you without a trophy of any kind.
Oklahoma isn’t the only state to enact regulations of this type. Currently, more than half of US States possess some sort of regulation which bans either the importation or exportation of certain cervid carcass parts. Even if your home state doesn’t currently possess regulations, you could violate another states regulations by taking your trophy home, or even simply passing through with those antlers in the bed of your pick-up truck.
If you plan on hunting in another state this season, consider finding a local taxidermist who can perform your work for you. The cost of shipping an elk mount may be expensive, but it will be much less difficult in the long run than having to look at a big empty space on your wall where your trophy antlers should be hanging. Also, spend time researching the regulations in your state, the state you plan to visit, and the states you’ll travel through. CWD can be catastrophic to cervid populations and its time we all did our part to limit the spread of this awful disease.
AUTHOR RAYMOND E. PENNY, Jr. An avid outdoorsman, Raymond E. Penny, Jr. is an associate with Hall Estill law firm headquartered in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Ray focuses his practice in the litigation arena with a niche practice and expertise in Wildlife and Conservation.
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I needed a jacket that I could wear around respectable people on hunts. I am spending more and more time with uplanders and dog folks chasing birds, and I needed a jacket that could go from field to dinner and hold its own in finer conditions as well as in the field. Chasing pheasants, grouse and quail with Miko is giving me more opportunity to hunt with people versus the last several years where a majority of my efforts have all been solo hunting trips in heavy camo. I also wanted a jacket that would someday get handed down to one of my kids kind of like one of the jackets I had from my father that has now been passed down to the oldest grandson in our family.
Waxed shelter cloth jackets have been around for well over a hundred years. Tom Beckbe has created their version of a quality waxed shelter cloth jacket for the uplander at heart. The Tensaw jacket is really made for Southern quail hunters. It is heavy waxed cloth, but not an insulated jacket. So while it keeps the wind and moisture out and off your body, it does not insulate well in extreme temperatures. Honestly, this is exactly why I wanted it. Often times, I want to layer up my clothes with merino wool layers, a flannel shirt, sometimes a wool sweater or fleece and then the Tensaw jacket depending on the temperatures I experience while hunting. This is a pretty great jacket to throw on when the wind is whipping up a storm.
Waxed cloth takes a little bit of care to keep it in great condition. A tin of reproofing wax is only $ 4.50 and holds 1.5 oz. If you are buying the Tensaw jacket, it is important to just add the wax to your order because why not. Keeping dry and worn areas of your jacket ready and covered in wax when needed is just a part of your maintenance, just like keeping a great pair of leather boots covered in mink oil.
The Tensaw jacket is a shell that will patina over time. Like great copper, it looks better the more you use it. This jacket allows a full-range of motion with a bi-swing back and gusseted underarms. The large front pockets allow for great storage, and the hand warmer pockets are outstanding. The hidden Napoleon pockets are perfect for your cellphone. This jacket is made in the USA. Tom Beckbe is making gear “FOR THE HUNT.” The company is six years old and already they are creating pieces of gear that will stand the test of time.
Of course, we have an affiliate relationship with Tom Beckbe to help all of our readers get product. Thank you for supporting our website.
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I get emails all of the time from folks asking me to look at their products and who are willing to send us products to test out. A large part of the time if the product comes from a company that I do not know, I generally turn them down. This time, I am definitely glad that I took the time to really look at this product and test it out. The Ocoopa Rechargeable Hand Warmer and 10000mAH battery for your cell phone is actually very impressive as a single unit. It has 3 heat levels, charges your cell phone and it’s better for the environment over time.
The Ocoopa is an electric handwarmer that fits right in your pocket and it can charge your cell phone which is always appreciated. Anytime you can create a dual use product like the Ocoopa you generally have a win in my book because the less gear that I carry into the field the better and honestly this unit is really very cool for being under $ 40.00. The Ocoopa comes in several colors and it is simple to operate. It can be recharged with USB C and it has a standard USB output to charge your cell phones, etc. The unit warms up extremely fast and stays hot for close to 15 hours which is far longer than I am going to spend in a blind hunting. This thing works in the blind, out hiking and it works at the local soccer game and at this price point, it’s simply too good to pass up.
The unit comes with a storage bag, lanyard, USB-C Cable for charging and a 24-month warranty. I recommend that you get at least two of these because if you only have one you might find that your spouse keeps borrowing yours. They have different sizes so make sure that you get the one with the 10,000mAH battery. If I am going hunting, I literally have to charge it at night and then hide it in the bottom of my pack so that I have it ready and available for my hunting trips or else it will be on an adventure with my wife. You can only get these on Amazon and of course we have an affiliate link for you to pick them up. Ocoopa Hand Warmer.
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ANOKA, Minnesota – October 27, 2020 – Federal Premium Force X2 Personal Defense Shotgun Loads has been presented with the Caliber Award in the Best Ammunition New Product category by the National Association of Sporting Goods Wholesalers (NASGW), in partnership with the Professional Outdoor Media Association (POMA).
“We are thrilled to have won Best Ammunition for our Premium Force X2 at the 4th Annual NASGW-POMA Caliber Awards,” said Federal’s Vice President of Sales Jim Bruno. “The Caliber Awards are chosen by a dedicated group of wholesalers and media members who stay on top of product trends and innovations year after year. We know these individuals truly saw the value of all the features and benefits Force X2 delivers to any customer looking for the most innovative and effective personal defense load for shotguns. We are incredibly proud of this award.”
Force X2 utilizes nine copper-plated 00 buckshot pellets—specially engineered to split into two equal-size pieces on impact—to create up to 18 wound channels which improves the transfer of energy from the payload to the target and minimizes the potential for over-penetration, reducing the risk to bystanders. Force X2 is also loaded for more manageable recoil, allowing the shooter to stay on target for faster follow-up shots and better accuracy in a self-defense situation.
Federal Premium Hydra-Shok Deep 380 Auto was also a finalist for the NASGW-POMA Caliber Award in the Best Ammunition New Product category. This new Hydra-Shok Deep offering for 2020 is the first expanding 380 Auto load to consistently penetrate beyond the FBI-recommended 12-inch minimum. Like all Hydra-Shok Deep loads, its bullet’s more robust center post and core design ensure it penetrates to critical depths through common self-defense barriers, without over-penetrating.
Federal ammunition can be found at dealers nationwide or purchased online direct from Federal. For more information on all products from Federal or to shop online, visit www.federalpremium.com.
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(Houston, TX) Houston Safari Club Foundation (HSCF) is proud to announce its quarterly publication, Hunter’s HornTM, was named a Gold Winner in the 2020 Marcom Awards in the nonprofit print magazine category.
MarCom Awards honors excellence in marketing and communication while recognizing the creativity, hard work and generosity of industry professionals. Since its inception in 2004, MarCom has evolved into one of the largest, most-respected creative competitions in the world. Each year about 6,000 print and digital entries are submitted from dozens of countries. The largest, most prestigious creative firms in the marketing and communication field compete for MarCom recognition.
MarCom is administered by the Association of Marketing and Communication Professionals (AMCP). The international organization, founded in 1995, consists of several thousand marketing, communication, advertising, public relations, digital and web professionals. AMCP administers recognition programs, provides judges, and rewards outstanding achievement and service to the community.
About Houston Safari Club Foundation
Houston Safari Club Foundation (HSCF) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to preserve the sport of hunting through education, conservation, and the promotion of our hunting heritage. HSCF has awarded 550 scholarships totaling $ 2.5 million dollars. HSCF conducts youth outdoor education programs, career training, hunter education and field experiences throughout the year. HSCF has provided over $ 4 million in grants for hunter-funded wildlife, habitat, and various conservation initiatives. HSCF is an independent organization, is not affiliated with Safari Club International (SCI) or its affiliates and is not a chapter or affiliate of any other organization. Visit our website at wehuntwegive.org or call 713.623.8844 for more information. HSCF. We Hunt. We Give.
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(Houston, TX) Houston Safari Club Foundation (HSCF) is proud to announce its quarterly publication, Hunter’s HornTM, was named a Gold Winner in the 2020 Marcom Awards in the nonprofit print magazine category. MarCom Awards honors excellence in marketing and communication while recognizing the creativity, hard work and generosity of industry professionals. Since its inception in […]
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SPRINGFIELD, MO – CrossBreed Holsters, a leading manufacturer of premium hybrid holsters, is pleased to announce its sponsorship of professional shooter Jessie Harrison, one of the most accomplished female shooters of all time. In addition to being the first female shooter to achieve Grand Master status in the United States Practical Shooting Association, Harrison has […]
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In this episode, Tracker John discusses tracking giant bucks, mechanical verses fixed blade broadheads, and why he prefers using bloodhounds. Tracker John has spent decades tracking and training bloodhounds and shares a few stories about big bucks he has found and a few that got away.
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