“Participation on high school rifle teams is increasing”

I saw this item from the U.S. and thought it might be of interest here.  “Despite guns and schools debate, participation on high school rifle teams is increasing”

Long, an instructor at the Murrysville Gun Club for nearly two decades, extols the virtues of a sport that requires discipline and concentration and where anyone can participate.

Seven of the past 10 WPIAL [Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic League] individual champions are female.

“It’s a sport that’s starting to open up so it can accommodate all kinds of participants,” Long said. “It’s not a sport where you have to be athletically fit to do. You can be tall, skinny, short, fat — it doesn’t matter.

“You can be a boy or a girl. I like that it is a coed sport. Nobody’s singled out.”

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Winter Fun Day Feb. 10

Our Winter Family Fun Day will be Sunday, Feb. 10, at the Beacon Homestead, 263581 Southgate Road 26 (across from Wilder’s Lake).  Starting at 2 pm.  Not a shooting event; just fun and good company.  Bring your toboggan or your snowmobile, or just socialize  around the camp fire.  If the weather co-operates we might be able to go skating on the lake – bring your skates – just in case 🙂 . There is lots of room inside, if we have members who would rather play cards. Hope to see you there!

UPDATE: Feb. 3 Firearms Consultation

A reminder: Sunday Feb. 3, from 2 to 4 pm, at the Durham Community Centre, Bill Blair, Canada’s Minister of Border Security and Organized Crime Reduction, along with MP Larry Miller, will have a public meeting for consultations on firearms-related topics.  Please attend!  We want to have as large a turnout as possible.  You don’t need to speak, just show up.

We do not yet know the agenda for the meeting — whether it will be Bill C-71, proposed handgun bans, or something else.  If you wish to speak, Larry Miller advises that you have a question or statement prepared in advance, be polite, and keep it brief, 90 seconds or less.  If you wish to make a longer statement or presentation, Miller asks that you email a copy in advance to his Owen Sound Constituency Office.

Thanks to the Owen Sound Revolver Club for some of the information above.  I’ll try to keep this post updated as I learn more. – Brad

Update: here is news coverage of the event:
Blackburn News: Federal cross-country firearms consultation stops in Durham
Owen Sound Sun-Times: Bill Blair speaks in Durham about his handgun/assault weapon ban review

Feb. 3, Firearms Consultation in Durham

Thanks to the CSSA E-News for alerting me to this item from the Owen Sound Sun-Times:

Canada’s Minister of Border Security and Organized Crime Reduction will be in Durham in February.
Bill Blair will be at the Durham Community Centre from 2 to 4 p.m. on Feb. 3 for consultations on firearms-related topics, Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound MP Larry Miller announced on Thursday.
Miller wrote Blair in September inviting him to come to the riding to hear from rural Canadians about the government’s firearms policies. Miller’s office has been working with Blair’s office since then to find a date that would work with the minister’s schedule, and after a lengthy back-and-forth they agreed on the Feb. 3 meeting, it said in a news release from Miller’s office.

Feb. 3 is a Sunday, so they should be able to hear from plenty of rural Canadians who are concerned about Bill C-71.

“Deer Are a Menace”

When I first received this article, I thought it was a joke: “Deer Are a Menace and We Need to Kill a Lot More of Them”.  But no, he’s quite serious — there is a deer overpopulation problem in the U.S.

It’s for all of these [aforementioned] reasons that wildlife managers, ecologists, and even The Nature Conservancy have labeled deer, at their current populations, a grave threat to ecosystems all over the United States, and advocate measures to limit their spread, of which hunting is the most effective option.

Unfortunately, hunters are increasingly in short supply.

I can only speculate as to whether deer are a similar ecological threat in Canada, or whether we have a shortage of hunters.  It’s an interesting article; do read the whole thing.