After months of surging demands, Walmart, the nation's largest retailer, announced it is limiting ammunition sales at its stores across the country to three boxes per customer, per day starting Thursday. "Right now we're monitoring supply issues daily, since supply is limited at this time," said Ashley Hardie, a Walmart spokeswoman. "We're trying to take care of as many customers as possible and we're working with suppliers to put products back on shelves." CNN Money, Denver Post.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) reports 37 harvested Burmese pythons were received by the University of Florida as of Tuesday, January 29th as part of the agency's 2013 Python Challenge™. The event ends Feb. 8, with the awards ceremoniy taking place Feb. 16 at Zoo Miami. AP.
As promised, Google has added more than 9,500 panoramic images of the Grand Canyon to its Maps service, the Web giant announced on Thursday. The interactive images cover more than 75 miles of trails and surrounding roads. "Take a walk down the narrow trails and exposed paths of the Grand Canyon: hike down the famous Bright Angel Trail, gaze out at the mighty Colorado River, and explore scenic overlooks in full 360-degrees," Google Maps product manager, Ryan Falor, wrote in a blog post.
The Michigan county sheriff who instituted a program sentencing some non-violent offenders to roadkill-pickup duty instead of incareerating them says it saved taxpayers about $1,600 since April 2012. Sheriff Gene Wriggelsworth said on the 29 Saturdays that offenders worked last year, approximately 382 animal carcasses were removed from county roadways. Lansing State Journal.
Nevada Department of Wildlife director Ken Mayer resigned abruptly Wednesday at the request of Gov. Brian Sandoval, following months of pressure from representatives in rural Nevada over deer management and agency efforts to stave off federal protection for sage grouse. "We all reach times in our careers where change in inevitable," Mayer wrote in a email to staff. "That time came for me this week when Gov. Sandoval's office asked me to resign as the director of the Nevada Department of Wildlife." AP.
In only three weeks, radio and TV host Tom Gresham delivered more than 6,000 new life members to the NRA, amounting to more than $2,000,000. Gresham announced a special Lifetime Membership deal with the NRA on Thursday, January 10, via Twitter. The next day, the deal was sent out in Gresham's Truth Squad newsletter. The following Sunday, it was announced live on Gun Talk Radio. Press Release.
The American Kennel Club formally announced today that the Labrador retriever remains the number one choice of Americans with registered purebreds, a spot it has held now for 22 consecutive years. The German shepherd dog remains in the number 2 position, followed by golden retrievers, beagles and bulldogs.
Commenting on last week's cancellation of a predator-hunting clinic by the newly monikered California Department of Fish and Wildlife (no longer 'Game'), longtime San Francisco Chronicle outdoors writer Tom Stientstra notes that the "unprecedented move" was one of political science trumping biological science. Kudos to our old Left-Coast compadre.
Reacting to the discovery of Chronic Wasting Disease in captive deer in Iowa, a measure introduced by Senate Natural Resources Committee Chairman Dick Dearden (D-Des Moines), would increase the height requirement for fences around Iowa deer farms and preserves from eight feet to 10 and add a requirement for 10-foot secondary fence. The Gazette.
Revered gun writer John Wootters, author of "Hunting Trophy Deer," died today in Ingram, Texas. He was 84. The longtime hunting editor for Petersen's Hunting, his credits also included Outdoor Life, Sports Afield, Field & Stream, American Sportsman, Gray's Sporting Journal, American Rifleman, Shooting Times, Guns & Ammo and more. Arrangements are pending. Bio in the West Kerr Current.
The California-style hand-wringing brought by the killing of two young mountain lions in Half Moon Bay by Fish and Wildlife personnel has prompted a state lawmaker to introduce a bill requiring "state officials to use non-lethal methods" when dealing with mountain lions in residential areas. In addition to "tranquilizing and capturing," other acceptible procedures under the bill are "temporarily possessing, temporarily injuring, marking, attaching to or surgically implanting monitoring or recognition devices, transporting and hazing. Yahoo.
A pack of four coyotes smashed a glass door in a Chicago suburb on Friday, when they launched an attack on three dogs in a Riverside yard. Dog- and home-owner Roger Nelson said he used a BB gun to protect his pets and chase off the attaccking canines. Said Nelson, "I hate to use that kind of force, but I'm not going to let my dogs get attacked." BB gun = force? Really? Northwest Herald and Chicago Tribune.
Giving in to protests from anti-hunting groups and individuals, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife has cancelled one of its two planned predator-hunting clinics, aimed at teaching hunters "proper types of firearms and ammunition … predator hunting strategies and habitats of predators," according to the department website. Other topics include predator-calling, decoys, blinds and ethics. Sacramento Bee.
The North Carolina Supreme Court ruled Friday that that a judge's decision to take away a $910,000 prize from the boat crew that landed the biggest fish in the 2010 Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament because a crewmate lacked a $15 fishing license should receive a full hearing in a North Carolina court. AP.
Author and journalist Frank Miniter writes at Forbes.com how the media are missing the real meaning of the story behind last week's "postponing" of the nation's largest consumer outdoor, shooting and hunting show — the Eastern Sports and Outdoor Show — in Harrisburg, Pa. "This is a story of ignorance, bias and a gross misunderstanding of America and Americans."