Venison That Glows

Oak Ridge’s 2011 deer harvest: 321 taken (3 too hot to take home)

The third and final deer hunt of 2011 on the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge reservation was held over the weekend, and 80 deer were taken.

That brings the total for the three weekend hunts to 321 deer — 177 bucks and 144 does, according to info provided by Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Of that total, three deer were retained at the checking station because they had too much radioactive contamination, the lab said.

So if a buck has two 4-point heads, is it an 8-point?

Via Instapundit.

Hunting Safety Numbers

Hunting Is Safer Than Golf and Most Other Recreational Activities

    To put hunting’s safety standing into perspective, compared to hunting a person is . . .

  1. 11 times more likely to be injured playing volleyball
  2. 19 times more likely to be injured snowboarding
  3. 25 times more likely to be injured cheerleading or bicycle riding
  4. 34 times more likely to be injured playing soccer or skateboarding
  5. 105 more times likely to be injured playing tackle football.

And about 80% of hunting injuries are treestand-related, not gun-related.

Coyotes

Sebastian on natural selection:

It’s not surprising then, that when humans start tolerating the presence of other predators, or even encouraging it, those predators will tend to lose their natural fear over time, and spread those fearless genes onto their offspring. Pretty soon you can’t leave rover out, or leave the kids out to play, without having to worry. When predators who tolerate the presence of humans are shot, they are removed from the gene pool. Nature selects only for predators that fear humans as a fellow predator, and steer clear. When you’re dealing with an animal like a Coyote, which is not endangered and adapts very well to new environments, it’s difficult for me to see why this is an issue for anyone.

Uncle says the same thing in a slightly more direct way:

This is my habitat now. The only reason coyotes are showing up in our subdivisions is because we provide them easy meals and most people don’t shoot them.

.300 Whisper M&P15

S&W Introduces the M&P15 300 Whisper
S&W Introduces the M&P15 300 Whisper

Smith & Wesson Corp. announced that the Company has added a new extension to its Military & Police (M&P) Rifle Series with the introduction of the M&P15 chambered in .300 Whisper. As the first production rifle in the AR platform to be chambered in .300 Whisper (also chambers .300 AAC Blackout), the new rifle offers sub-sonic and supersonic capabilities while delivering consistent performance and accuracy.

Manufactured on the M&P15 platform, the semi-automatic rifle features a 16″ barrel constructed from 4140 chrome-moly steel. Both the forged 7075 aluminum upper and lower receivers have been coated with a Realtree® APG finish for optimal concealment during hunting applications. To aide in precise shot placement, the gas-operated rifle benefits from a 1 in 7.5″ twist, 5R rifling and a crisp single-stage trigger. Other standard features include a 10-round magazine, integral one-piece trigger guard, dust cover, forward assist and a six-position, collapsible CAR stock.

“As the popularity of the modern sporting rifle continues to grow, more hunters are seeing the advantages of taking these firearms into the field,” said Mario Pasantes, Senior Vice President of Marketing and Global Professional Sales. “The M&P15 300 Whisper gives consumers the ability to use either lightweight or heavy cartridges during hunting or recreational applications without changing rifles or barrels.”

Designed to operate with or without a sound suppressor, the M&P15 300 Whisper is equipped with a 5/8-24 threaded barrel along with an A2-style flash hider. The feed ramps and gas system have been optimized to run effectively with a full-range of factory loaded sub-sonic and supersonic ammunition, both suppressed and unsuppressed. The barrel’s twist rate is compatible with a wide variety of bullet weights from 110 to 220+ grains.

For enhanced reliability, the M&P15 300 Whisper features a chrome-lined gas key and bolt carrier along with a Melonite barrel. The optics ready platform is compatible with most sighting systems through the use of the picatinny-style equipment rail located on top of the upper receiver.

Pasantes continued, “With the introduction of the M&P15 300 Whisper, Smith & Wesson now offers over 18 different configurations of the modern sporting rifle. Each of these rifles has been engineered from the ground up to meet not only our expectations but those set by our customers. Offering exceptional accuracy, limited recoil and the ability to customize the rifle to meet individual preferences, firearms such as the M&P Rifle Series have earned a high level of trust within the hunting and shooting sports community.”

The M&P15 300 Whisper will also be available with a black tactical upper featuring a 10″ free-float quad rail and a Yankee Hill Phantom flash hider. The upper is compatible with any mil-spec AR lower.

New Forbes .270

Secret Rifle Unveiled

I called my buddy Melvin Forbes to tell him I was going to be hunting with Norma in Sweden. I asked Melvin if he had a .270 Winchester lying around that I could use. It just so happens he did but this is a brand new rifle – a production version of the model 20 New Ultra Light Arms rifle.

Go check it out. With pics.