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2013 turned out to be great year for supporters of the Second Amendment. Our government threatened the masses again to create more restrictions on our constitutionally guaranteed right. There is very few things I am more passionate about than this issue. As I’ve mentioned many times before, this is as important as standing up for the First Amendment. Surprisingly too many people in this country do not want to recognize it. Well, sometimes it’s good to have spineless politicians in Congress.They were not willing to pay the political price to accomplish any major changes. Great news not only for gun owners but for everyone else. United States of America is a better place for it and the whole world can envy our ability to coexist peacefully.
I had a wonderful and exciting year. I improved my pistol shooting skills, participated in fund raisers shooting clays, harvested mule deer buck and fell in love with upland bird hunting.
I usually write about the events or trips I have experienced. Today I would like to recap some of the guns I used. Keep in mind I am above average in size and bellow average in shooting skills. I try to compensate with great passion for all things involving guns.
It started with a nice get together for dinner at our house. The atmosphere of upcoming holiday led to very relaxed and interesting conversation. The hunting season winding down and most people having little more time off inspired all of us to make plans to get out into the outdoors couple more times. One of my friends at the dinner table is an avid bird hunter with a great dog. He mentioned the Idaho pheasant season has few more days left and that we could go to his friend’s wheat farm. It is about an hour drive from Jackson,directly west of the Tetons as you can see from some of the pictures.
Wyoming mule deer also known as the Rocky Mountain mule deer is a deer subspecies native to western North America. Named for its mule like ears much larger than other North American deer, the Whitetails and the Blacktails. You can find mule deer anywhere west of Missouri river but mostly in Rocky Mountains Region. There is a difference in size, antlers and the tip of their tail is black. Mule deer is larger in body, the antlers “fork” as they grow unlike Whitetails whose branch out from single beam.
That is my official introduction to hunting my favorite game species. I understand better today why deer hunting is so popular not only in the USA but also in Canada. I am trying to learn more about their behavior and become better deer hunter. The decision to focus more on mule deer than any other animal has paid its dividends. I feel more comfortable tracking them and finding their habitat.
I had to think for a long time how to begin the blog about my first bird hunt. I finally decided after few days of reflection to go with the feeling I had on a last day just before we headed back down from the highest ridge. I looked around, took a deep breath(I had to, at that point we’ve climbed close to 3000 vertical feet) and quietly let go of one word “WOW”. No other word could have described my feelings better. Was it the area of Hell’s Canyon, the great people of Heaven’s Gate Outfitters, friends from CZ-USA or the wonderful bird dogs who made the hunt possible in that terrain? I believe all of the above played a major role in my first, yet phenomenal bird hunt in Riggins, Idaho.
I received an email with the invitation from CZ-USA several weeks ago asking me to try the new 12 gauge Upland Ultralight over/under and writing a story about my experiences with the gun during this unique upland bird hunt. I checked my schedule to make sure it’s open and committed to coming immediately. I’ve gone on couple of hunts with the folks from CZ-USA and I always make sure I’m available when asked. It’s too much fun and most importantly safe and ethical hunting. read more »
I started my last blog talking about the friendly and extremely supportive gun community. The need of sticking together to stand up and defend our most basic rights. Being part of the CZ-USA team allowed me to meet George Harris on one his trips to visit friends and share his knowledge of firearms.
George Harris is a co-founder and Ex- Director of the Sig Sauer Academy. He has forty years of military, law enforcement and firearms instruction background. There is very little George does not know about firearms safety, marksmanship and gun industry in general. I believe he knows it all but we could have an argument about it as George continues his own education and attempt for perfection. Great role model for the thousands of students he’s taught over the last few decades. Most of his efforts these days are concentrated on running his International Firearms Consultants company with his wife Linda. We were put in touch through CZ-USA. George was visiting his friend in Wyoming who was very instrumental in our gun range’s major improvements in the last couple of years. During our lunch I was asked if I wanted to join his Advanced Defensive Handgun class he was conducting in couple of days. After checking my schedule, the class is an all day commitment, I agreed.
I have to admit I have made a lot of new friends since joining the shooting community. Dealers, instructors, competitors and many who just enjoy shooting or occasionally hunt. It’s very interesting to see how each and every region of our country differs as far as their favorite firearms, the type of animals they like to hunt and the competition some participate. In my home state of Wyoming the hunters almost always prefer bolt action rifles with larger calibers and almost exclusive choice for the personal carry is any variation of the legendary 1911. Florida, the state where I also spent significant time, is very different. Anything tactical will do a job at the range, home, farm or the hunt. No surprise there, animals are lot smaller and much closer than in Wyoming or other western states. I also shot in the northeast, Midwest and California. One thing is constant throughout not only USA but also Canada. Most gun owners are far more responsible citizens who cherish their individual freedoms. There are very few bad apples in every bunch but they will not ruin it for everyone. We will not allow that to happen. read more »
This is a time and place inspired blog. It’s July 4th and we are in Colorado participating in horse competition, at least my daughter is. With little bit of time on my hands I decided to comment on our nation’s biggest holiday.
Our Founding Fathers were well aware of the dangers by declaring independence from England. They had no idea whether this experience will work. Every one of the signees was committing treason to the crown punishable by death. Many hesitated and some representatives declined to be part of the final draft for that reason. We need to think about and appreciate the several years long process the Founding Fathers endured. Human nature is to celebrate only the final result, in this case the freedoms we’ve enjoyed since July 4th, 1776 and our constitution’s ratification in 1788. U.S. Constitution is the greatest document ever created and that is my very own opinion. We rarely reflect on what it took to create and defend these documents. As of late last fifty years, our government has worked harder to change or alter it far more than try to preserve it for generations to come in the name of “progress”. We all live in a free society today, our laws guarantee it. To me the true progress is giving people the equal opportunity to gain knowledge, skill, tools NOT to try guaranteeing equal result. The result is up to each individual.
This blog is a follow up piece to my previous blog “More Gun Control?”.
Twenty five years ago I became a young man. I could not wait to get to the USA. The opportunities and freedom were bountiful and with those came responsibilities. The players I always looked up to during my career or people who were my role models never shy away from it. After my retirement I became a proud gun owner. Our second amendment is very unique to the rest of the world. I’ve been to many countries and talked to people from many more. The political conversation always leads to gun culture in the USA. Many seem to think it’s a negative part of our history. I for a change, not being born here but adopting this country as my home, think the second amendment is giving us the opportunity to self regulate, self govern and be far more self reliant than any other nation in the world. read more »
The idea for a blog about the challenges teenagers face in today’s world has been on my mind for a long time. The quality time I have had with our teenage daughter, her friends, and many junior hockey players since I retired from playing has been a learning experience more than anything else. It is quiteadifferent environment than the one I grew up in and learned to play hockey in.
As many of my readers know I am a student of history, often reflecting on events other generations had to go through just in the twentieth century (the Great Depression, WW II, communism, etc.). I participated in a class trip with my daughter this spring that took us through some of the most important battlefields of the Civil War. Other times I spent mentoring and teaching young hockey players all across the United States and Canada. All these experiences allowed me to more deeplyanalyze the challenges teenagers faced in the past and today. There are several things young people, teenagers, have had to do to succeed in the world they lived in or live in now. I would call it ATTITUDE but using the word in a very positive way. I really enjoy writing or verbally debating why we as people succeed. Reasons for failure do not deserve the overwhelming attention they’re getting in today’s media. I firmly believe everyone is good at something; I often use that line speaking to young hockey players or athletes in general. It’s up to us parents, coaches, teachers and mentors to find out what it is and emphasize those qualities to each and every one of our children.
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The details of my perspective on social or economic issues will probably be written in the future blogs. I will try to dedicate this blog strictly to the gun control debate.
Some of the events of the past year were beyond any reasonable explanation, but that did not stop many public figures from completely exploiting the victims and their families for their agenda. It is not only politicians, but also people in entertainment or corporate world who put their personal ideology before well-being of a nation. Not a sign of good leadership. I personally felt embarrassed at the end of the 2012 for the great country the United States of America is. I could not believe the lack of common sense or the desire to have a reasonable debate. Before I express my views on future of the Second Amendment, I want to emphasize that every life lost to violence is tragic and nothing we say or do is going to bring it back. We need to open our minds and work together to continue to improve what we have, not subtract in a sake of false sense of security.
This is not a political piece but a mere attempt for reasonable perspective from a man who spent half of his life in a world ruled by centralized, one party government. read more »
latest industry news
NEWTOWN, Conn. — The National Shooting Sports Foundation® has in ten years awarded $4.7 million in grants to 40 state wildlife agencies to fund projects providing novice and experienced hunters with more opportunities to go afield and new resources to plan hunts. Some 121 grants have been awarded over the past decade, including some to regional wildlife agencies. read more »
Some of the early reports from SHOT are already up. NSSF reports that the 2012 show was a record breaker with over 61,000 in attendance. Buyers were checking out the new products and the media was there in full force as well. Lots of friends stopped by the CZ-USA booth to take a look at their favorite models and see what the news was on 2012 releases. Dan Wesson fan Ted Nugent happened dropped in for a visit, of course Tom Knapp was a regular at the booth as well. read more »
The Gunsight rules are well thought out and have gained many followers and endorsements. read more »