Anti-Hunter Gets Shot in the Face

This is what happens stupidity gets the best of people.  You wade through a slough trying to “save” crippled ducks, you get what you deserve.  I hope this brand of stupidity stays in Australia.

Wildgame Innovations Crew Makes a Move to Network TV

The Busbice family from Wildgame Innovations have struck a deal with A&E and will premier their new show Country Buck$ on November 19.  In the same vein as Duck Dynasty, the show follows around multimillionaire “rednecks” on the family’s 55,000 acre high fenced ranch in Louisiana.

Most people that hunt are already aware that these guys own Wildgame Innovations and star in the Outdoor Channel show Wildgame Nation.  What people might not be aware of is how they acquired their vast fortune and it wasn’t from selling deer feed and trail cameras.  The patriarch, Bill Busbice Jr. was a founder of a very successful trucking business in Louisiana. Wildgame Innovations wasn’t founded until 2002 after Big Bill got out of the trucking business.  Bill is also politically well connected having served as the chairman of the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission.

The Busbice clan are a polarizing bunch.  People either seem to love them or hate them and they’ve had their share of controversy.  Since purchasing the 55,000 acre tract of land the A&E show revolves around, they’ve erected an 8 foot fence that has at least one small landowner locked out of their own land.  Local resident Michael Atkins even filed a lawsuit against Busbice and his holding company Six C Properties for fencing a 10 acre plot he owns.  Two others filed a lawsuit for false arrest after they were arrested for allegedly trespassing.  There’s also rumblings about the property value being under assessed on purpose to lower the property tax burden and some semi shady dealings about getting government money to repave the road to the property while more deserving road repairs are put on the back burner.  The following links explain things a little more in depth.  LINK  LINK

So what about the show?  It will probably be terrible.  I can’t really say because it’s not been debuted yet, but I’d hazard a guess and say it will be like Duck Dynasty except more redeckery by much less endearing characters.  Here is why this is a problem.  This is mainstream America’s view into the world of hunting and we’re going to be portrayed poorly.  All sportsman aren’t ignorant dipshits but this is most certainly how the A&E cameras will portray us.  By using a successful formula and ramping up the antics, A&E is hoping to cash in again like they did with Duck Dynasty.  Hopefully it will get cancelled before the sport we all know and love is dragged through the mud and we all get painted with the idiot redneck brush.

Caveat Emptor: Counterfeit Broadheads on Ebay

It’s really no secret that counterfeit goods are everywhere.  High end hand bags, watches, you name it, but broadheads never really stand out as something that is a commonly counterfeited good.  News flash…they are.

The most commonly counterfeited broadhead on Ebay is the Rage 2 blade.  Counterfeit Magnus broadheads have also been showing up as well.  They look the part, but they’re cheap Chinese junk and you’ll end up wasting your money on stuff that is very poor quality.  While there are many sellers selling the counterfeit blades, user bowhunter1809 is a confirmed seller of this crap and if you’re an Ebayer, you should steer clear.  Here are three ways to spot the counterfeit blades and not blow your hard earned cash on counterfeit goods.

1.  Location Location Location.  Look where the seller is located.  If they’re in China, it’s 100% Counterfeit.  Do not buy.

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The location of the item tells you all you need to know.

 

 

2. Price.  Are they selling $120 worth of broadheads for $25?  They’re probably fake.  Anything that looks too good to be true probably is.

$320 worth of heads for $69.99 and located in China...COUNTERFEIT!

$320 worth of heads for $69.99 and located in China…COUNTERFEIT!

3. Pictures. A picture is worth a thousand words.  Unless it is an actual photo taken by the seller of the item up for bid, be suspect.  Also, unless noted, don’t buy something not in the original package.

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Collage photos like this one are red flags. This photo is from a confirmed seller of counterfeit goods.

Here is a picture from a reputable seller.  The items are sitting on a countertop in their original packaging just the way they should be.

Here is a picture from a reputable seller. The items are sitting on a countertop in their original packaging just the way they should be.

So these are three pretty good ways to tell if you’re dealing with counterfeit broadheads.  It’s not rocket science.  Ebay really isn’t what it used to be.  There are so many retailers that use it for an online outlet with cheaper overhead than running their own actual website and it makes it easy for the counterfeiters to blend in with them.  There are deals to still be found, but they’re getting fewer.  Support your local bow shop and get your stuff there, but if you’re going to use Ebay, look for American sellers with good feedback scores who are just trying to get rid of their stuff with a simple no reserve auction.   Caveat Emptor.

10 Year Old Girl Finds Extinct Eastern Elk Skeleton in Michigan

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Sophia Daniels Moehle with the antlers and bones she found canoeing on Easter in Benzie County Michigan. /Keith King/The Record-Eagle/AP

Almost everyone who hunts is aware of the the huntable populations of Elk in Kentucky and Pennsylvania.  What you might not realize is these elk are the Rocky Mountain Elk subspecies that was used to replace the extinct Eastern Elk.  The last Eastern Elk (which was its own subspecies) was killed in Pennsylvania in 1877 and they were officially declared extinct in 1880.  On Easter of this year, Sonja Daniels Moehle was canoeing with her dad in Benzie County Michigan when she spotted something poking out of the water.  They had stumbled onto the remains of what could be an Eastern Elk that was entombed in the mud for up to 300 years.  They’ve successfully raised $5,996 on Kickstarter to definitively prove the elks origins via DNA testing.  LINK (via: Detroit Free Press)

Texas Tech Cheerleader draws ire of Anti-Hunters

Kendall Jones, a 19-year-old Texas Tech Cheerleader has drawn fire form the anti-hunting community for posting pictures on Facebook of some African animals she recently killed on safari.

Via Kendall Jone's Facebook Page

Via Kendall Jones’ Facebook Page

What isn’t shocking is the backlash.  She’s an attractive girl that cheers for a Big 12 school.  It’s somewhat unusual someone like her would post photos of an African hunting trip.  It’s the type of thing that begs for media attention.  A lot of people simply don’t have a favorable view of hunting especially when African animals are concerned so it stands to reason when something like this happens, the media will blow it up and the anti-hunters will come out of the woodwork.

What is surprising is the outpouring of hate toward this girl.  And I mean hate.  I understand disagreeing with someone’s position but a lot of these people have taken it pretty far.  People have an uncanny ability to be great shit talkers behind a keyboard but just a quick glance at the comments on her Facebook photos shows more than just shit talk.  “They should give you the death penalty,” one commenter writes.  “I’d like to leave you in the wild and hunt you.  That’s fair,” writes another.   The striking thing is this isn’t just another case of internet trolling where you screw with someone while hiding behind a pseudonym.  This is on Facebook where these people aren’t anonymous.  They’re passionate enough about their positions to put their names on them.  Scary.

This whole debacle illustrates how ignorant a lot of anti-hunters are.  If you look through these negative comments, there are several consistencies.  The first being their arguments are emotionally driven and largely whiny bullshit.  They feel this way because it feels good to them.  In their heads, life is a Disney movie.   Secondly, most comments are devoid of fact.  I couldn’t count the number of comments that accused her of hunting endangered species.  I even heard a news anchor say the same thing this morning.  None of the animals she posted photos of were endangered, but to most uninformed people, African game = endangered.  But whatever, most people in this country couldn’t tell you which party controls the House or the Senate so this shouldn’t come as a surprise.  Americans are dumb and this is just another instance where they get to prove it.

The one who gets the last laugh in this would have to be Kendall Jones though.  She is filming for a hunting show on the Sportsman Channel for the 2015 season and from the looks of it, is getting the buzz going early. The people who wish her ill will wouldn’t watch the show anyway and their chest beating will attract people who will.  There’s no such thing as bad press so cheers to you, Kendall.  Go to her Facebook page and give it a like.

 

 

Marc Anthony accused of faking it

MarcAnthony Looks like bowhunting celebrity Marc Anthony is caught up in a little bit of a scandal.  I’ll keep my opinion to myself until I know more about it.  Here’s what Field & Stream has to say:

When Marc Anthony shot what appeared to be 190-class buck with his bow in the fall of 2010, he caught a lot of people’s attention. Anthony, who hunts from the ground with a ghillie suit, had already killed a pair of net Boone & Crockett bucks using this method, so tagging Booner No. 3…

LINK (Via: Fieldandstream.com)