Posts tagged: shooting
SHOOTING — This is a great idea, at least in the minds of those of us who honed our early shooting skills by plinking tin cans.
LaserLyte®, a company specializing firearms laser technologies, has released an entertaining Laser-Plinking-Can. When hit with a laser from any of the LaserLyte® training cartridges or other laser trainer tools, the cans react by jumping up and falling over just as a real can would.
This reaction is all powered by a 9-volt battery and a spring loaded plunger released by a solenoid. To reset the cans, simply stand them up and depress the plunger. The battery will last for about 8,000 shots.
The Laser Plinking Can Set provides hours of training and entertainment indoors or outdoors without the cost of ammunition, need for a special range — or the clean-up of cans after the session!
HUNTING — This is a note to the person who discovered a little public land quail honey-spot I've hunted for 30 years.
You apparently had a good day recently. I don't really care how many birds you killed or missed, but I found at least six of the red 12-gauge 7 1/2-shot shell casings you left littering the sage brush on just a few acres of land. I have no idea how many I didn't see.
I don't know who you are, but I have this vision of you being a pig.
Responsible hunters should clean up all of their litter, especially plastic shot shell hulls that will remain an eyesore in the field to give all hunters a black eye for decades.
An Appleseed Known Distance event is a long range shoot and requires advanced skills. The targets may be placed at known distances anywhere from 100 to 500 yards. Only those that have previously attended an Appleseed and earned their Rifleman patch should sign up.
Participants will learn how to shoot rifles from practical field positions such as the prone, sitting, and standing positions. They will learn the techniques that will improve their accuracy: target identification, range estimation, and compensating for wind and distance.
And, as part of the Appleseed Project, participants also will also learn how civilian marksmanship played a pivotal role in the founding of our nation.
Participants supply their own centerfire rifles and ammunition.
PUBLIC LANDS — The federal government said today it is collecting $168,500 to cover fire suppression costs after an Illinois man ignited a 440-acre blaze in central Idaho in 2012 while shooting at an exploding target.
According to a story by the Associated Press, the U.S. Attorney’s Office announced the agreement after Jeffrey Kerner was target shooting on Aug. 18, 2012 on private land near Salmon in Lemhi County. As temperatures hit 95 degrees, prosecutors say Kerner’s target blew apart and ignited the blaze that later spread to adjacent federal land.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Amy Howe in Boise said the settlement in the Idaho case was reached after negotiations with an insurance adjustment company representing Kerner.
Though the fire was relatively small at less than a square mile and was contained within 48 hours, costs quickly escalated as federal firefighters arrived in force to keep the flames from consuming at least two nearby homes.
Howe said the incident — during high summer, when temperatures were climbing — underscores the danger of shooting at exploding targets that produce a large cloud of smoke when struck by a bullet. Federal and state agencies across the West have enacted a patchwork of regulations designed to limit or ban exploding targets on public land, though there’s little uniformity.
Read on for more more of the story from the AP.
HUNTING — The pressure on sportsmen applied by the NRA and other gun rights organizations to “vote their sport” is particularly troubling since in the past 25 years it’s strayed from the big picture of fish, wildlife and habitat conservation to the narrow premise that a candidate is viable only if he has an unblemished record of opposing gun control.
This narrow approach to voting in 1994 helped unseat former Speaker of the House Tom Foley, the last major Washington candidate, I believe, to pose in a duck blind with a shotgun for statewide campaign ads.
Sportsmen are distinguished for being politically savvy, but they got snookered in that election.
RIP Tom Foley. I hope sportsmen reflect on your service and ability to work with all parties to keep wildlife in the equation.
SHOOTING — The new North Idaho College Breaking Clays Club shot their way to $11,250 in cash prizes at the Upper West Coast Conference Clay Target Championships held Oct. 11 – 13 in Spokane.
“This was our first time shooting together as a team,” said club president Larkin Henkel, one of three team members who won first-place awards. “I’m proud of everyone.”
The competition is coordinated by the Association of College Unions International and hosted at Double Barrel Ranch Sporting Clays and the Spokane Gun Club.
The NIC club earned $11,250 in prize money during the three-day event and will forward the money to the club’s endowment fund, said club advisor Jacob Rothrock.
NIC students who earned awards at the competition include:
Jon Thurman, Coeur d’Alene: Overall high score, male division
Larkin Henkel, Coeur d’Alene: Overall high score, female division
Tony Palin, Corvallis, Mont.: High score for the weekend; took first-place in Trap (hit 98 out of 100 targets).
Grant Thurman, Coeur d’Alene: First-place Skeet, male division
Nick Higgs, Coeur d’Alene: Third place Skeet, male division
“Starting the Breaking Clays club has improved my college experience by putting me in contact with people who I would not normally meet,” Henkel said. “It’s helped me get involved on campus and learn about other student groups and organizations.”
HUNTING — California will become the first state to ban lead ammunition for all types of hunting, according to a bill signed into law signed today by Gov. Jerry Brown.
The ban is set to be fully phased in by July 1, 2019, in order to protect wildlife and humans from the dangers of consuming lead-shot meat.
Animal rights groups help spearhead the legislation in part to protect endangered California condors, which have been known to die from lead poisoning after consuming lead-bullet-tainted gut piles or meat from animals wounded by hunters.
Brown said the bill protects hunters by allowing the ban to be lifted if the federal government ever prohibits non-lead ammo.
According to the Associated Press, opponents of AB711 argued that non-lead ammunition is more expensive and could be banned federally because it is technically considered to be armor-piercing.
Supporters of the new law say the use of lead bullets also endangers humans who eat game killed with the ammunition.
Democratic Assemblyman Anthony Rendon of Lakewood says the ban makes sense because lead has already been prohibited in paint, gasoline and toys.
In a mixed day for gun owners, Brown vetoed a bill that would have banned future sales of most semi-automatic rifles that accept detachable magazines, part of a firearms package approved by state lawmakers in response to mass shootings in other states.
The bill would have imposed the nation's toughest restrictions on gun ownership.
Brown also signed a measure from Assemblywoman Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley, which bans kits that allow people to turn regular ammunition magazines into high-capacity magazines.
He also signed two other pieces of legislation, which restrict the ability of mentally ill people to possess firearms.
HUNTING — The Fish and Wildlife Department says an agent on patrol help save a man’s life after he accidentally shot himself in the leg with a black powder pistol.
However, after the elderly man has been treated for his potenially life-threatening wound, charges will be filed for having loaded guns in his vehicle.
Officer Mark James was on patrol last weekend in a remote area south of Elma, Wash., where he saw the man shooting out a window at grouse, according to WDFW Sgt. Matt Nixon.
KXRO reports when the man saw the officer, he began to unload a gun inside of his vehicle and the .22 caliber pistol went off.
James recently went through training for gunshot wounds and applied a tourniquet to stop the bleeding. The hunter was treated at Grays Harbor Community Hospital.
It is muzzleloader season and shooting grouse is legal, but shooting from inside a vehicle is illegal in Washington.
Nixon said this accident illustrates the reason for the law.
Other loaded weapons were found inside the vehicle. Charges are planned, Nixon said.
OUTDOOR PROMOTIONS – Women will be treated to prizes, free seminars on handguns, an intro to archery and other events plus discounts on purchases during the Ladies Day Out promotion Saturday at the Post Falls Cabela’s store.
Five half-hour seminars begining at 10 a.m., include jerky and fudge-making.
Read on for the entire schedule, plus two carry over seminars set for Sunday.
SHOOTING — Hunters preparing their firearms for upcoming big-game seasons have a new option this year — the revamped range at Farragut State Park near Athol, Idaho.
The 100-yard Farragut Shooting Range reopened on June 1 after several years of closure while Idaho Fish and Game rebuilt the facility to increase safety and reduce noise at the 70-year-old range.
With big game hunting seasons fast approaching, the range will be open every Saturday for the rest of September through October, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., staffed by trained volunteers. Cost $5 per shooter.
On Sept. 21, The Farragut Range will have a special Grand Opening. Shooters can check out the new and improved facility and sight-in rifles for free.
Firearms are limited this year to rimfire and centerfire rifles of less than .50 caliber; and, shoulder-fired muzzle-loaded rifles.
Access to the range is through Farragut State Park, and participants must either be in possession of an annual Idaho State Park pass or pay the $5 daily use fee upon entering the park.
The original range was built by the military and turned over to civilian use after WW2.
Area rifle clubs also open their ranges so non-member sportsmen can zero in rifles before the general hunting seasons.
The annual Sight-In Days are set for Oct. 2-5 from 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. This is a great deal. For $20 for one rifle (cash or check) plus $5 for each additional rifle, the club offers a scope and firearm checkup before you hit the range plus assistance from a helper/spotter on the range, targets provided.
Club rules require that all firearms should be unloaded when arriving at the range.
Ear and eye protection is required and available at the club if needed.
The club is open daily to non-members, with shooting allowed from 8 a.m. to around 7 p.m. The fee is $10.
Info: (208) 666-8803.
PARKS — A 3-year-old girl camping with her family in Yellowstone National Park died after shooting herself with a handgun on Saturday, the first gun-related death in park since 1978, according to the Associated Press.
The shooting, reported by the Casper Star Tribune, occurred four years after Congress approved the possession of handguns in National Parks and federal wildlife areas. The law, which was attached as an amendment to a credit card bill, allows concealed and loaded weapons in parks provided they are allowed by state law.
PUBLIC LANDS — After reading yesterday's blog post regarding the frustration of Idaho Panhandle National Forests officals over destructive shooting activity near Hayden Creek, reader George Barlow emailed me the photo above.
No, it's not from Iraq.
It shows the outhouse at the BLM's Hog Canyon Lake boat access site after semi-automatic weapons shooters had their way with it.
The scene explains the gunpowder vandalism that pushed BLM officials to ban shooting in the core area of the Fishtrap management area a few years ago.
SHOOTING — The small but formidable percentage of pigs who wallow anonymously in the freedoms afforded by the Second Amendment continue to make a bad name for the sport of target shooting.
Worse, they are at an alarming rate reducing the number of places responsible gun owners can shoot.
A site on the Coeur d'Alene National Forest near Hayden Creek that's been used by shooters for decades is on the verge of being shut down by people who trash the place with target garbage, shell casings and litter, while blasting to pieces any sign posted to plead for responsibility.
Photos with this post show signs that had been posted for less than three months at the Hayden Creek site. This is the response to Forest Service emphasis patrols at the site and efforts by volunteers to get voluntary compliance with basic littering rules and shooting etiquette.
“Needless to say, we are beyond disgusted with this type of behavior, and I imagine every responsible shooter who uses the area is, too,” said Jason Kirchner, Idaho Panhandle National Forests spokesman in Coeur d'Alene. “We really don’t want to shut down shooting in the area, but behavior like this moves us closer to that decision every day.
Two Washington Department of Natural Resources parcels were declared no-shooting zones by the Spokane County Commissioners this year following a petition by fed up landowners.
Regarding the Hayden Creek site, a clearly frustrated Kirchner added:
We've had abuse in the area going back decades, but it seems to be getting worse every year. You might recall that this spring, and the previous spring, we sent out pictures and a news release begging the public to report slobs at the shooting sites. We've gotten volunteers that have started helping to clean it up, but the slobs who trash these places and shoot up everything in sight have been relentless.
I don't think it's any secret that if the trend continues there will come a time when we will have to decide that the only way to clean it up is to close it to shooting, barricade the sites, and issue citations to anybody we find shooting in the area. It's a shame that a bunch of slobs will ruin it for the responsible sportsmen who use the area.
SHOOTING — Gun manufacturer Remington has asked a judge to dismiss a proposed class-action lawsuit by Montanans who bought a type of rifle that can reportedly misfire without the trigger being pulled.
According to the Associated Press, Allen Bowker and Eric Huleatt filed their lawsuit in June on behalf of thousands of Montana residents who purchased a Remington Model 700.
They allege the manufacturer’s parent companies knew the rifle’s trigger assembly was defective and did nothing to warn customers or fix the problem.
They are seeking a judge’s ruling that Remington owes them for their economic loss for overpaying for the defective rifles.
Attorneys for the manufacturer said Monday time has run out on the warranties for the two named plaintiffs who filed the complaint.
They say only one of the plaintiffs claims his gun actually misfired.
PUBLIC LANDS – Led by a ban on exploding targets issued by Northwest national forests on July 9 and bans by other public land managers, a similar ban was issued on Monday by Rocky Mountain Region Forest Service officials who cited the products enjoyed by target shooters as a major cause of wildfires.
Shooters who use exploding targets have ignited 16 wildfires since last year, including seven in the Forest Service’s Rocky Mountain region that includes Colorado, Wyoming, Kansas, Nebraska and South Dakota, the officials said.
The ban extends to all national forests and grasslands in those five states.
The public should understand that exploding targets can cause fires, said John Walsh, the U.S. Attorney for Colorado, said in this story by the Durango Herald.
Exploding targets are legal to buy. They are made in a small canister by mixing dry chemicals that become volatile in each other’s presence. When struck by a bullet, they emit a brief flame and puff of smoke.
On a national level, the U.S. Forest Service says this:
“Exploding targets pose a very real safety threat to visitors and our employees” said U.S. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell. “In the past year alone, at least 16 wildfires on national forests have been associated with exploding targets, causing millions of dollars in suppression costs while threatening the safety and well-being of surrounding communities.”
SHOOTING – A Guns and Grub shotgun target shooting event set for Sept. 28 at Landt Farms Sporting Clays will benefit the Wounded Warrior Project and the family of Coeur d’Alene Army Reservist Daniel Guerrero, who was wounded in Afghanistan in May.
Limited to 75 shooters. Cost: $65 includes barbecue.
Pre-register: 279-8125, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
SHOOTING — Shooters trashing state lands and terrorizing adjacent private property owners are blasting their way out of a place to shoot.
And they're forcing unwanted restrictions on hunters.
Spokane County Commissioners are scheduled to consider proposals for two new no-shooting zones during their 2 p.m. meeting today.
The problems stem from state Department of Natural Resources lands off Koth Road near Newman Lake and off Starr Road south of Mica Peak.
See the map and proposal for the Koth Road no-shooting zone.
See the map and proposal for the Starr Road no-shooting zone.
See the overall Spokane County no-shooting zones map.
Property owners are calling for the action on the two new proposals after more than a year of effort to curb the abuse and safety concerns. Despite increased enforcement and citations for littering, damaging trees, using motorized vehicles in closed areas and failure to have a Discover Pass, shooters continued to trash the public land, said DNR lands manager Loren Torgerson.
“Organized shooting clubs tried to help out; they even went out and cleaned things up,” Torgerson said, but new messes were soon created.
“We tried to make it work, but it’s overwhelming.”
Proposals would allow shotgun shooting during appropriate hunting seasons but no rifle or pistol shooting at any time, said Bob Brueggeman, county engineer. Archery is OK.
Fish and Wildlife officials said they’d prefer a rule that allowed use of rifles for hunting. But Brueggeman said county ordinances do not allow that option to be considered in a no-shooting zone.
“Most shooters are responsible, but a subset of that group isn’t being responsible,” Torgerson said, noting they use garbage as targets and leave the trash. Semi-automatic weapons are used to blast and “saw down” trees, he said.
SHOOTING — The buffalo are mostly gone, but the interest in the rifles and the skills to shoot them at long distances lives on at the Matthew Quigley Buffalo Rifle Match near Forsyth, Mont.
The annual event attracts shooters from around the world, but even the best shooters can be humbled by the prairie wind as the heavy bullets arc their way to targets 800 yards in the distance.
The video above is from the 2012 shoot.
The Quigley shoot is the granddaddy of buffalo rifle matches, drawing shooters even from overseas. A Pole is seeking to export the match style and name to his country. Keith Lay, a two-time match winner, spends two days driving north from his home in Bay Springs, Miss., just to shoot the Quigley. They all come for the same reason: to shoot rifles based on designs first crafted in the 1800s — long-shooting, large-caliber, single-shot rifles favored by sharpshooters in the Civil War and later by buffalo hunters.
The past two Quigley events have attracted more than 600 competitors of all ages and abilities. Over two days, the men, women and children who pay the $20 entry fee fire eight shots in a row at six steel targets ranging in distance from 350 to 805 yards. A loud ping registers a hit, the sweet sound of success to a shooter’s muffled ears.