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How Cold is Too Cold for Hunters?

The survey divided hunters into six regional groups: Great Lakes States, Northeast States, Northern Plains States, South Central States, Southeast States and Western States in order to best gauge how hunters in different parts of the country to react to cold weather. Hunters polled were asked “at what temperature did it become too cold to hunt”. The findings were interesting.

There are indeed some fair weather hunters out there. Organized by region, the percentage of polled hunters who say it is too cold to hunt as temps fall to between 21 and 30 degrees were:

Great Lakes States                          3 percent
Northeast States                             5 percent
Northern Plains States                     3 percent
South Central States                      10 percent
Southeast States                             9 percent
Western States                               8 percent

By the time temperatures have fallen between 1 and 10 degrees, the percentage of hunters who choose to stay inside are:
Great Lakes States                          31 percent
Northeast States                            40 percent
Northern Plains States                    18 percent
South Central States                       51 percent
Southeast States                            52 percent
Western States                              36 percent

But the tipping point seems to be 0 degrees when across every region except the Northern Plains states an additional 25 to 32 percent of hunters report it is too cold to hunt. In the Northern Plains, another 21 percent, are choosing a warm fire over a cold deer stand or predator setup.

“Some of the findings are about what you would expect with hunters used to cold weather in the Northern states more willing to hunt in slightly colder temperatures than those hunters in the South where it rarely gets that cold,” says Rob Southwick, president of Southwick Associates, which designs and conducts the surveys at HunterSurvey.com, ShooterSurvey.com and AnglerSurvey.com. “That being said, it isn’t until temperatures drop below zero that the majority of hunters nearly everywhere are ready to join their Southern brethren indoors for a hot breakfast.

Launched in 2006, AnglerSurvey.com, HunterSurvey.com and ShooterSurvey.com help the outdoor equipment industry, government fisheries and wildlife officials and conservation organizations track consumer activities and expenditure trends. Survey results are scientifically analyzed to reflect the attitudes and habits of anglers and hunters across the United States. Follow them on Facebook at http://facebook.com/huntersurvey and http://facebook.com/anglersurvey or on Twitter at https://twitter.com/#!/AnglerSurvey and https://twitter.com/#!/HunterSurvey.


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"Americans have become more dissatisfied with gun laws over the past year, but this is attributable to a greater percentage who say gun laws are too strict, rather than not being strict enough," the poll concluded. "Americans' changing views could set the course for future gun law debates and legislation."

Click here to view the Gallup Poll

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Major Milestone for Families Afield - 1 Million New Hunters!

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Launched in 2004, Families Afield was developed to increase the number of hunters to ensure a promising future for the tradition of hunting and conservation. Hunters provide the lion’s share of support for conservation through the purchases of hunting licenses and excise taxes paid on sales of firearms and ammunition.

“I wasn’t really sure if I wanted to be a hunter, so my dad told me we can get this apprentice hunting license and we can see if you like it,” said youth apprentice hunter Seth Wasilewski in a new Families Afield video that features youth and parents who have taken advantage of the program. Seth, who took his first deer that day, went on to complete his hunter education course and continues to hunt—a progression followed by so many other mentored hunters.

Families Afield is a model of cooperative effort by several major organizations. The program was founded in 2004 by the National Shooting Sports Foundation, National Wild Turkey Federation and the U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance. The National Rifle Association and Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation are also coalition partners in the Families Afield program.

To achieve its mission, Families Afield focused on removing barriers such as age restrictions that were preventing sportsmen and women from passing hunting on to the next generation. Families Afield also encouraged states to establish an apprentice hunting license—a “try before you buy” concept that allowed newcomers to go afield with an experienced mentor before completing a hunter education course. Cumulative sales of apprentice hunting licenses have surpassed 1 million.

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What's a little case defect?

The bullet is a 9mm Luger with the R-P head stamp indicating point of manufacture from Remington-Peters.  What is unfortunate, I do not know when or where this particular lot of ammo was purchased.  I do know that I have not purchased Remington-Peters ammo within the past 5 years.

After noting that defect, I did inspect my ammo stock looking for more R-P head stamp markings and for any sign of cartridge deformity.  That cartridge was one of four remaining live rounds.

While case inspection is necessary prior to reloading a case and final inspection of the finished cartridge is necessary after reloading, it is a good idea to do a quick visual check of all your ammo prior to use.

It is likely this round would not have fed into the chamber and possibly jammed the semi-auto slide creating a potential hazard condition.

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ConcealnCarry Network has Launched …

Do you want to find a training class near you? Our instructors have their classes listed by dates and times. We help you get connected with your instructor quickly and easily. Do you want to find a FFL dealer? We provide an up to date directory that makes it easy to find the right one near you. How about finding a Gunsmith? Accessories for your AR15? Nearest Shooting Range? Finally. The ConcealnCarry Network helps you find all of this on one site!

Says Dixon …I created this site because as I grew more interested in the firearms industry I noticed that there wasn’t an easy way to find anything firearms related. The regular search engines could not easily help you find an open class near you and none of them gave you in-depth information about the firearms businesses. Currently anyone wanting to take a concealed carry class to get their CCW license had to do some internet searching to find a business close to them then make a lot of calls trying to find an open class when they want to attend. I decided to find a solution and that is where the ConcealednCarry Network idea came from.”

Our listing members are manufacturers, firearms trainers, retail business owners, online accessory companies, gunsmiths, gun clubs owners and much more. They will benefit from a state-of-the-art marketing system that calls visitors needs to their attention.

Visitors simply use the interactive map or utilize our advanced search engine to find the service, product, or training class that you offer. We encourage visitors to rate the service and products you provide to give you important feedback.

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