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My intentions were to write a blog about events happening in the past couple of months. What I was missing was so called “trigger” to unleash my thoughts.
The moment came in the least expected way. I was driving across wide open western Wyoming where thousands of Antelope roam the high prairie and local sheep herders graze probably just as many heads of woolly, very docile animals.
It is early morning, sun rises over the horizon in the east and to my right I see a lonely horseman on the nearest ridge. I wonder what he’s doing there so I stopped and took out binoculars to check. He is a horse mounted sheep herder looking for lost sheep or two. What I also see is a whole herd of sheep on the other side of the road, behind a barbed wire fence with only about twenty foot gate open to access this pasture. Mind you the pasture is probably few hundred thousand acres in this part of Wyoming. The gate is guarded by couple very intense sheep dogs. At that moment it all came together.
I’ve lived in the United States now for twenty four years and the changes I’ve seen in the last 4-5 are not for the better. The lone sheep herder and his dogs represent our centralized federal government that is constantly trying to increase its power through regulations (EPA), enforcement of taxation (IRS) and their own interpretation of the Constitution (Justice department). These agencies represent the dogs. The President has very good command of these “enforcers” because he is the sheep herder and makes changes as he wishes through the executive orders. read more »
This was going to be practical (not tactical) review of few handguns we tested over past month. Yet I have to comment on what is happening in different parts of the world. We all are trying to be objective observers but it rarely happens. We are human beings, not machines and we’ll always be taking sides. I’m sure most of my readers know where I stand when it comes to our freedoms, our rights and our opportunities. The opportunities are earned. We as Nation have earned them over last two hundred years but not doing such a good job of late.
That brings us to few issues I would like to touch on before the final review of the handguns.
Ukraine has been in the news a lot lately. There is many parts of their uprising we can debate but I’m focusing on just one. This website is oriented towards Second Amendment issues and it’s supporters.
Can you imagine if people of Ukraine had the right to bear arms over the last one hundred years? Stalin’s colectivization policies during the 1920′s and 1930′s led to millions of dead from famine. Hitler invasion in 1941 and subsequent occupation led to almost complete annihilation of all 1.5 million Ukrainian Jews. read more »
January in Wyoming usually does not allow for much shooting. Cold temperatures, wind and snow are not exactly ideal conditions to try out new guns. We had couple good snowstorms providing much needed snow pack for the mountains and many mild beautiful sunny days just above 20 degrees. We spent many of those nice afternoon at the range but I also took full advantage of the weather and got out to the mountains. The first thing I did when I arrived home after the holidays I went to our local Wyoming Game and Fish office and purchased mountain lion tag. My plans were to spend few days snow shoeing in the mountains and look for coyotes and possibly a mountain lion. I do not have the dogs to hunt cougars and chances of seeing one are almost non existent as they are very stealth, but you just never know.
This has been surprisingly busy winter for someone who enjoys shooting sports as much as I do. We experienced many nice, not warm, but sunny days in the month of January in Wyoming. It allowed me to snow shoe through the mountains and spend quite a few afternoons with friends at the range. We tested new CZ handguns and practice our bird hunting skills by cracking many clays. The ultimate experience of my winter happened tobe quail hunt on behalf of CZ-USA in New Mexico.
The quail hunt idea was presented to me by Dave Miller. I could not be happier or more honored to help CZ shotguns get the exposure and recognition they deserve. I would be hunting with Randy Lack and Brett
Browning. Couple gentlemen well known in the bird hunting circles from their appearances on TV show American Birdhunter.
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.
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.
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 »