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AmmoLand Firearms News Aug 21st 2010

AmmoLand Firearms News Aug 21st 2010

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AmmoLand Firearms News Aug 21st 2010

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1. AmmoLand.com: Elk Hunt Forecast for 2010
2. AmmoLand.com: 5th Annual Gunsmith Career Fair Dates Set by Brownells
3. AmmoLand.com: Illinois Hard Dogs Shooting Team On Target At Camp Perry
4. AmmoLand.com: Washington County, PA Pair Convicted Of Growing Marijuana On State Game Land
5. AmmoLand.com: Wayne County, PA Resident Convicted Of Illegally Killing Bear
6. AmmoLand.com: Bowhunting Safety Zone Perimeter Bill Signed by Governor
7. AmmoLand.com: SGT Sherri Gallagher Wins 2010 NRA National High Power Rifle Championship
8. AmmoLand.com: Shooter Ryan Leonard Scores Open Rimfire Steel Challenge Win
9. AmmoLand.com: Second Amendment Crazy
10. AmmoLand.com: Sinclair’s Gun Cleaning Rod Guides Prevent Drips
11. AmmoLand.com: Smith & Wesson’s Phil Strader Takes Iron Sight Rimfire Steel Challenge Title
12. AmmoLand.com: Gun Registry Bill Moves Forward in California
13. AmmoLand.com: Florida Bear Management Framework Open for Comment
14. AmmoLand.com: New Jersey Bow Hunting Bill Signed Into Law
15. AmmoLand.com: Pope and Young Club & National Hunting and Fishing Day to Help Educate Public

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AmmoLand Firearms News Aug 21st 2010

Contents

1. AmmoLand.com: Elk Hunt Forecast for 2010
2. AmmoLand.com: 5th Annual Gunsmith Career Fair Dates Set by Brownells
3. AmmoLand.com: Illinois Hard Dogs Shooting Team On Target At Camp Perry
4. AmmoLand.com: Washington County, PA Pair Convicted Of Growing Marijuana On State Game Land
5. AmmoLand.com: Wayne County, PA Resident Convicted Of Illegally Killing Bear
6. AmmoLand.com: Bowhunting Safety Zone Perimeter Bill Signed by Governor
7. AmmoLand.com: SGT Sherri Gallagher Wins 2010 NRA National High Power Rifle Championship
8. AmmoLand.com: Shooter Ryan Leonard Scores Open Rimfire Steel Challenge Win
9. AmmoLand.com: Second Amendment Crazy
10. AmmoLand.com: Sinclair’s Gun Cleaning Rod Guides Prevent Drips
11. AmmoLand.com: Smith & Wesson’s Phil Strader Takes Iron Sight Rimfire Steel Challenge Title
12. AmmoLand.com: Gun Registry Bill Moves Forward in California
13. AmmoLand.com: Florida Bear Management Framework Open for Comment
14. AmmoLand.com: New Jersey Bow Hunting Bill Signed Into Law
15. AmmoLand.com: Pope and Young Club & National Hunting and Fishing Day to Help Educate Public

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21August2010   
T o d a y s T a b b l o i d    
PERSONALNEWSFOR
news@ammoland.com     
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 AMMOLAND.COM     
ElkHuntForecastfor2010   
 AUG20,201005:44P.M.  
ElkHuntForecastfor2010    
RockyMountainElkFoundation   
MISSOULA,Mont.-  
(Ammoland.com)-Elkandelkhunting   opportunitiesareabundantinmuchofNorthAmerica,andtheRocky   MountainElkFoundationisofferingasneakpeekatupcomingseasons   initsannualroundupofhuntforecastsfor28statesandprovinces,now    postedatwww.rmef.org.  “Generallyspeaking,elkpopulationsareingreatshapeand   huntershavemuchtolookforwardtoacrosstheWest,aswell  asinseveralMidwesternandEasternstates,”saidDavid    Allen,presidentandCEOoftheElkFoundation.”Amild    winter,muchneededspringandsummermoistureandour   habitatconservationsuccessesallfactorintoouroptimism     fortheupcominghuntingseason.”  Thissummer,RMEFpassedthe5.8millionacremarkforhabitat  conservedorenhancedforelkandotherwildlife.   Allenadded,however,thatwolvescontinuetobeagrowingconcernin   regionswherethepredatorssharehabitatwithelkandotherbiggame   herds.Insomeareas,elkcalfsurvivalratesarenowinsufficientto   sustainherdsforthefuture.Theurgentneedtocontrolwolfpopulations   isalocalizedwildlifemanagementcrisisnowcompoundedbyarecent  courtdecisiontoreturnwolvestofullfederalprotectionsunderthe   EndangeredSpeciesAct.RMEFhasaskedCongresstointerveneand   grantmanagementauthoritytothestates.  Here’sacondensedlookatelkdatafromstateandprovincialwildlife   conservationagencies.Toseetheseforecastsintheirentirety,withlinks   torespectiveelkregulationsorotherWebpages,visitwww.rmef.org.For   evenmorecoverage,seetheSept./Oct.2010editionoftheRMEF    membermagazine,Bugle.Tojoin,call800-CALLELK.  
 Alaska    
·ElkPopulation:KodiakArchipelago(GMU8),650;Etolin(GMU    3),notavailable   ·Bull/CowRatios:Notavailable   ·Nonresidents:$85huntinglicenseplus$300elktag,andmust  hireaguide   ·HunterSuccess:GMU8,17percent;GMU3,5percent   Whilebullsinthelower48average700pounds,bullsinGMU3sSouth   EtolinWildernessinsoutheastAlaskacangetupto1,300.However,  recentsuccessrateshoveratjust5percentwithanannualaverageofsix    bullskilledfortheentireunit.ZaremboIslandnorthwestofEtolinhas   remainedclosedtohuntingsince2006becauseoflowelknumbers.For   GMU8insouthernAlaska,oddsareconsiderablybetterat17percent.   AreabiologistLarryvanDealesayssomerecenttrophieswouldhave   madetherecordbookshadthehunterscaredtoenterthem.  
 Alberta    
·ElkPopulation:33,000   ·Bull/CowRatio:Notavailable   ·Nonresidents:$255,musthireaguide   ·HunterSuccess:Notavailable   Thisprovinceoffersopportunitiesforfineelkhuntingasherdsexpand   eastandsouthontotheprairiesandparklands.Asherdsgrow,managers   establishmorehuntingopportunities–lastyearalonesawthreenew    areasopentoelkhunting.Someofthebiggestbullsareinthesenew    units.Thenorthern-mostunitshavehuntswellintoJanuary,and   landownerstypicallywelcomeresponsiblecowhunterswithopenarms.  Thebest(andonly)shotforanonresidentistogothroughanoutfitter,  astheyareallottedroughly10percentofdrawtags.  
 
Today’sTabbloidPERSONALNEWSFOR
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21August2010   
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 Arizona    
·ElkPopulation:25,000   ·Bull/CowRatio:34/100   ·Nonresidents:$121huntinglicense(nonrefundabletoenter   drawing)plus$595elkpermit  ·HunterSuccess:30percent  Eventhoughthestateclaims25,000elk,itsmesasandarroyoscouldbe   hidingupwardsof40,000,saysBrianWakeling,Arizona’sgamebranch   chief.TheyconductelkcountsinAugustandSeptember,andthethick   treecovermakesittoughtogetaccuratecountswithaerialsurveys.  Overlookedelkmeansbetteroddsforhunters.Plus,withabundant  moisturethiswinterandlittlewinterkill,elkherdsareflourishing.Last   yearsawlittledaylightrutactivitywithbullsbuglingonlybymoonlight,   whichheldbowhuntersuccesstoaround25percent.Logicsaysthosebig    bullsthatsurvivedmerelygotbiggerforthisseason.Alsonotethe   agency’sgoaltogetbull/cowratiosdownto25/100tocreatemore   hunteropportunity.Translation:morebulltags.  
 Arkansas   
·ElkPopulation:500   ·Bull/CowRatio:40/100   ·Nonresidents:variesforprivatelandownertagsandthreeauction   tags   ·HunterSuccess:42percent   WhenArkansashelditsfirstelk-huntingseasonin1998,huntersuccess    wascloseto100percent.Nowtheelkarefarwilier.Out-of-statehunters   haveacoupleoptions:eitherbuyanauctiontagorcontactalandowner   foraccess.Forthelatter,huntersmustreceivewrittenpermissionfrom     thelandownertohunttheirprivateproperty,andcanonlyhuntthere.   Availabletagsremainthesameaslastyear:29public-landtags(8bull,  16antlerless,2either-sexyouthtags,plus3either-sexauctiontags).  
BritishColumbia    
·ElkPopulation:50,000   ·Bull/CowRatio:20/100   ·Nonresidents:$189huntinglicenseplus$262.50forelkpermit.  Musthireaguide.  ·HunterSuccess:Notavailable   ThisprovinceboastsathrivingpopulationofRockyMountainelkand   someofthebiggestRoosevelt’sbullsintheworld,saysStephenMacIver,   wildliferegulationsofficer.However,ahuntermustfirsthurdletheodds   ofdrawingalimited-entrytag.Theoddsareroughly35:1.However,  guidesareallottedapercentageofthetags.VancouverIslandandthe   SunshineCoastinthefarwesthavestrongpopulationsofRoosevelt’s.  ForRockyMountainelk,yourbestbetwouldbetheKootenayregionin   thesoutheast,whichboaststheprovince’shighestsuccessrates.Another   goodoptionistheagriculturalzonesinthePeaceRiverregion.  
California    
·ElkPopulation:1,500RockyMountains,6,000Roosevelts,3,900   tules   ·Bull/CowRatios:20/100to90/100   ·Nonresidents:$145huntinglicense(nonrefundabletoenter   drawing)plus$1,173elkpermit  ·HunterSuccess:75percent  Conditionsareripeforaworldsrecordtule,saysJoeHobbs,California   FishandGameelkcoordinator.OntheEastParkReservoirUnit,good   springrainsthisyearandalowharvestofoldbullslastyearhaveleftthe   environmentintopshapeforantlergrowth.Thebadnews?Youroddsof   drawingabulltagthereare1in350.OntheGrizzlyIslandunit,oddsare   1in1,000.Auctiontagsareapossibility,too,butifoddsandauctions   arentyourthing,privatelandownersreceivealimitednumberoftags,  andsomeareavailableforsale.TheMarbleMountainsunitinthe   northwesthas35bulltags,10antlerlessand5late-season   muzzleloader/archeryeither-sextags.  
Colorado    
·ElkPopulation:286,000   ·Bull/CowRatio:30/100   ·Nonresidents:cow$354,anyelk$544   ·HunterSuccess:23percent  Coloradoisthelandofplentyforelkandelkhuntersbutitisntcurrently   knownforproducingbehemothbulls.Thatcouldbeadifferentstorythis   huntingseason.Thepasttwofallshavebeencursedwithwarmweather.  Inthenorthwestwheremanyofthebiggerbullsroam,elkmigration   didntevenbeginuntilafterregularrifleseasonswereover.Couplethat   withabundantspringandsummermoistureproducinghighquality   forageandthesetupisperfectformoretrophybulls.Thestate’smore-  than200,000elkhuntersalsowillfindthatcowtagshavegoneup$100,  theDivisionofWildlifehasrecommendedcutting1,500cow/either-sex   rifletagsacrossthestate,andover-the-counterarcherylicensesforunits   54,55and551havebeennixed.Ontheotherhand,placeswhereherds   remainaboveobjective,suchastheGunnisonBasin,willseemorerifle   tagsavailable.  
 
Today’sTabbloidPERSONALNEWSFOR
news@ammoland.com     
21August2010   
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Idaho    
·ElkPopulation:101,000   ·Bull/CowRatio:25/100   ·Nonresidents:license$155,tag$417   ·HunterSuccess:20percent  Since2007,Idahoselkpopulationhasfallenby24,000.Andforthe   secondyearinarow,out-of-statetagrevenuesinthestatehavemirrored   thattrend.Hunterslistwolves,theeconomyandnonresidenttagprices   asfactors.Thisisntidealforstatewildlifecoffers,butitcouldbeidealif    yourelookingforelkhuntingalltoyourself.Wolveshavehitelk   populationshardintheclassicelkcountryoftheLolo,Sawtoothand   Selwayareas,andthestatehascappedtags.Bull/cowandcow/calfratios   areintoughshape,andthestatewidepopulationcouldfallbelow    100,000forthefirsttimeindecades.Butthedeclinesarebynomeans   acrosstheboard.Elkpopulationsareatoraboveobjectivesin22of29   elkhuntzones.Andamildwinterboostedcowandcalfelksurvivalrates   acrossmostofthestate.TheBeaverhead,Lemhi,IslandPark,Teton,  SnakeRiver,PalisadesandTexCreekzonesallhavehealthyherdsand   offerthekindofelkhuntingIdahoisfamousfor.  
Kansas   
·ElkPopulation:250-275   ·Bull/CowRatio:40/100   ·Nonresidents:Privatelandownerpermitsandone   Commissioner’sPermit,usuallysoldatauction   ·HunterSuccess:75percenteithersex,50anterless   Kansasnowhasunlimitedover-the-countereither-sexelktags.In   certaincountiesacrossthestate,namelythosenotadjacenttoFortRiley   orCimarronNationalGrasslands,anyresidentcanpurchaseone,hook   upwithalandownerandhuntelk.LandownersinHamiltonCountyin    westernKansasvoicedconcernovercropdepredation,andbiologists   respondedwiththeliberalpermits.Ifyoucaretoplaytheodds,enterthe   drawingforaonce-in-a-lifetimetag.Morethanhalfthestate’selkreside   onandaround100,000-acreFortRiley,whichallowshunting:12either-  sex(up4fromlastyear)and15antlerlesspermits.  
Kentucky   
·ElkPopulation:10,000   ·Bull/CowRatio:35-40/100   ·Nonresidents:$10toapply,$365forpermit,$130forhunting   license   ·HunterSuccess:80percent  Thisyear,theBluegrassState’swapitihuntwassoin-demandthat  applicantsfromall50statesapplied,plustheDistrictofColumbia.  That’sagreatvoteofconfidencefortheEast’sbiggestherd,butitmeans   theoddsofdrawinggotevenlongerfornonresidents:1:200.For   Kentuckians,yourecompetingagainst29,000otherhuntersfor720   tags–farbetteroddsat1:42.Permitnumbersinthestatehavebeenona   rollercoaster.Lastyear,permitsrocketedup50percentto1,000tags.  Huntershad60percentsuccessoncowsand91percentonbulls.So,  managersreinedinthenumberofpermitsthisyearbackto800inhopes   ofbeefingupthepopulation.  
Manitoba    
·ElkPopulation:6,500   ·Bull/CowRatio:35-45/100   ·Residentsonly   ·HunterSuccess:20percent  Elkarethe“mostdesiredspeciestohunt”amongprovinceresidents,  saysKenRebizant,provincialbiggamemanager.Traditional  strongholdssuchasthePorcupine,InterlakeandDuckMountainregions   aregoingtohaveelk,andbigones,butthey’retoughdraws,asthe   provincehasnoover-the-countertags.But,sincebovinetuberculosishas   impactedtheRidingMountainherd,provokingmanagerstoreduceherd   numbers,interestinthatareahaswaned.Thatmaybeallaresident  needstofinallydrawanelktag.  
Michigan    
·ElkPopulation:780   ·Bull/CowRatio:60/100   ·Residentsonly   ·HunterSuccess:70percent  Foryears,thestatehastriedtogetitselknumbersdowntoaround800   andnowitseemsmanagershavesucceeded.Thetendencyforelkto    wreakhavoconsomeagoperationsinthenorthernlowerpeninsulahad   managersworkinghardtoreducetheherd.Nowthatthey’vehittheir   mark,Michiganwilloffer230tags,150lessthanlastyear.Thisyear,the   statewilloffer75any-elktagswith155antlerless.  
Minnesota    
·ElkPopulation:170   ·Bull/CowRatio:50/100   

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