and Happy newsletter number FOUR of 2003.....
Just under the wire but its out in 03. Been a very busy year with lots of
things putting us behind schedule. A lot of new products in the year past that
actually showed up. And now we look toward 04 for the next chapter.
NEW GUNS AND STUFF ON THE
would a new year be without the announcement of a new rifle caliber? Well folks,
we won’t disappoint. We even have two! Winchester announced the NEW 25WSSM.
A short mag caliber in 25 caliber. And
in what seems to be a joint development from RUGER
and Hornady: the new 204 Ruger. Near as
we can tell, this is a 223 casing necked down to 20 caliber. Goes 4200 feet a
second. Ruger will have bolt and single shot rifles for this. Bullet weight is
30 grains. A center fire round. Might just be a lot of fun.
And from Browning a new over under
called the Cynergy. And you have to see
it to grasp it. By the time your reading this we should have one to see.
They won’t be mixed up with anything else. Also a new rifle in the semi
auto mode called the Longtrak and Shortrack,
again from Browning. It does not replace the B.A.R. It is intended to be a lighter
Benelli is on the cutting edge with their group of companies. The R-1
semi auto rifle is a graceful work of art and is finally on the shelves. The Super
Black Eagle Shotgun has some new
variations coming out. These are very soft recoil. And the Nova pump can now be had in a youth model. The Franchi line continues to be
very well thought out. These guns meet a lot of needs. And Stoeger will have
their over under in a 2 gauge combo, 12 and 20. For around $600 dollars
and Rollbacks........ This
is to announce to you that we are going to stop this column. This is nuts,
everyday we get another rebate program on another product. To many rebates on so
many things. All starting and expiring at different times. So we will just put
the coupons on the product in the store. There is definite overuse on this
marketing scheme. Who is on first?
And in the ‘. 17”column...
.Now here is a subject we can
talk about that is still fun! Remember FUN? These guns, in all their various
manifestations continue to amaze with their accuracy and effectiveness. Think
about how much fun you can have with an affordable rimfire cartridge that shoots
to 200 yards without you having to do a lot of math. It’s enough fun that it
could even put a smile on a trapshooters face. This year there is going to be a
Ruger semi auto rifle to go with their revolver, bolts and lever. The BSA scope
company even came out with a ‘Sweet Seventeen ‘ Scope in 3 to 12 power with
a turret cam attuned just to this caliber. Again folks, get into this for the
fun of it all. And who knows what else the other companies are a gonna spring on
Black Powder Shootin...... As
this is being banged out on the keyboard, we are starting the BP season and
resuming Bow hunting. Great choices in powders as well as bullets.
Not to mention the Guns. In new guns for next year, look for a new NEF/H&R
that is like the current Huntsman but with non-interchangeable barrels. What
this means is that this new gun doesn’t go thru the registration process. (At
least in Wisconsin and most States.
DNR Calendar ……. Here is the schedule as complete as we can get it
North Zn to Dec
Ruff Grouse – Western to Jan 31
Pheasant - to Dec 31
Partridge- to Dec 31
Crow Jan 26 to March 20 –04
Cottontail North and South to Feb 28
Squirrels- Gray and Fox to Jan 31
Racoon- Res trap and Gun to Jan 31
Racoon- non-res gun to Jan 31
Bear- app deadlind Jan 16- 04
Coyote North and South to Feb 15-04
Fox- all- N & So to Feb 15 O4
|Beaver- Trap all Zones to Apr 30
Mink- all but Winn end Dec 31
Mink- Winn end March 15 04
Mink- Mississippi End Jan 15 04
Mushrat- No,So, & Cent Feb 29
Mushrat- Winn end Mar 15
Mushrat- Mississippi end Feb 28
Bobcat- hunt/trap end Dec 31
Fisher- Trap end Dec 31
Otter- Central and South end Mar 7
Otter- North end April 30
Weasel, Snowshoe- No season,
bag, size, or possession limits.
And if this doesn’t give you something to do, I don’t know what will.
Coyote and Fox Folk......
All we are asking for here is a nice snow cover for the next couple of
months. Looking forward to seeing how that new rifle really shoots under
pressure. Or see what buckshot can really do. Have fun you all, we know we’re
Hunting License News.. We
are waiting with baited breath to see what the license costs are going to
be for 2004. After all the hoopla a year ago about the rate increases, many were
pleasantly surprised this year when the license fees were the same. For 2004,
apparently we will see some price increases, BUT, not what was proposed.
Probably about a fourth of the fees will go up, and the increase will be about
half what was touted. We will all know in about a month.
perhaps an even more daunting foe, the DNR will be installing new license
machines next year. They claim they will be better than the old and have all the
bugs out. Pray.
One More CWD paragraph… What
a difference a year makes, ehhh? Last season we all read panic headline after
panic headline about CWD. Now we have all had a year to come to grips with this.
It has come into perspective. Still no one sick or dead. Still too many deer in
some places. But all in all the hunting season we’re at the tail end of, has
been rather successful for many. Hope you all had fun as well.
And what is going on with CONCEALED CARRY? ….. At the time this
newsletter is being written. This proposed law has passed in the house and the
Senate. It was sent to the Governors desk. On about the last day he vetoed the
matter. It then went back to the house and the Senate. These two bodies will now
work to pass the bill out of their ‘bodies’ with enough votes to override
the Veto. We will see what happens.
One thing to keep in mind if and when this Bill does pass. We will not be up and
running the day after. The schooling system , lesson plans, etc., all have to be
final formulated and put into place. Those
wishing to avail themselves of this right and privilege will have to have some
patience. The counties have to set this up to process app’s. Some counties are
complaining that the 117 dollars are not enough for the work they will have to
do. Well folks, keep in mind that the state has been doing this check on
individuals for 8 bucks. And the
state does a rather good job.
thing all of us are always seeing, on TV or in the newspapers, are people
proposing new gun laws. Each one guaranteed to be more effective than the last
in stamping out all crime and misuse. And sometimes the most correct answer to a
problem is the first, most obvious, most logical one that comes to mind.
That would be that all the laws a society could possibly need are already
in existence. All you have to do is to apply and enforce.
There are laws on the books and in effect against any and all kind of
misuse of anything. Part of the
problem is the poor legislature is under pressure to do something, anything. And
yet the process is already there. It is up to the courts and the legal system to
enforce and penalize. And it is up to us as a society to instill the correct
morals in our city, our communities, our neighborhoods, and our families. Why entrust this stuff to the government? Kind of a segue
into the concealed carry thing: but if the common citizen legally carrying a
legal firearm is necessary to make the uncommon criminal citizen think before
committing a misdeed. All right with us.
Optics...To include scopes- binocs- spotting scopes - and range finding
units... The hit of the year is red dot scopes was the Bushnell Trophy
with 4 different reticules. At this point we have little clue as to what the new
year will bring. Remember that Leopold and Bushnell came out with some
Binocular/Rangefinder combined instruments. These even showed up close to when
expected. We can probably look forward to more of these and perhaps even a
little more compact.
newsflash here for all you Reloaders is: Hodgdon Powder Company has just
acquired the IMR Powder Company. Recall that IMR was an old Dupont division til
being spun off. Hodgdon Powder has been a great friend to Reloaders for 50
years. And this will mean nothing but good things. The IMR line has been a very
good one for decades. You can trust the fact that Hodgdon will take good care of
this time honored product. Some new bonded bullets from Winchester. And we are
sure that Hornady and Sierra as sell as Speer will have new offerings as well.
Gun Safes.......... We are
going to talk up the various Browning lines of safes here. The most asked
questions regarding these behemoths are: “ how do you move these things”.
Well here is the secret. Two things, one, take the door off. Browning is one of
the few companies that has exterior hinges. Which means you can lift the door
off when fully open, and essentially halve the weight. The second ‘secret
thing’ is to then move it carefully
Now as regards the new lineup; there are Christmas rebates on these
safes. And the 2004 lineup is very good just as was 2003. And a couple of new
and rather different items. One is you can now get your very own artwork on the
safe door if you so desire. Your dog, your kids, your wedding picture, you name
it. And some new cabinets that are not quite a safe yet more than the cases of
old. A revolving cabinet with a very tough frame and strong see thru walls. ’
are carrying some really neat knives from Buck Creek, Ruko, Browning, Schrade,
Uncle Henry, as well as many others. Take a look, shave your forearm, put one on
your belt or under ye olde Christmas Tree. Have been seeing a few more straight
knives after thinking for a while that the whole world was going to wind up as
one big folding knife.
Crow Hunting..... The last
true sport left in America. And the new season is approaching fast. Got your
whites? The perfect call? Oil up that turkey tube! C’mon, don’t let the ice
fisher folk have all the fun. And you coyote callers, hey, raise your sights.
(And you Crow folk could lower yours.)
Boots..... Shoes...Hip Boots .. They are warmer dryer lighter and have better traction than those boots
we all used to haul around a hundred years ago. Just make sure you dry em after
the day. Keep the surface treated. And if you putting them away after this
season until next, clean and oil them now. ( I know, Nag Nag, Nag). We got great
prices on all boots, hips and waders in stock. Pretty fair selection of sizes in
all numbers. C’mon in and save your feet and your bucks.
Hunters Safety...... Met
another nice ‘graduating class’ this fall. And it’s a pretty sure bet that
this latest batch of properly educated hunters and huntresses had more fun and
greater rewards because of “Hunters Ed” Nice job all you instructors out
Join one or 10. If you already belong to one take a lot of pride in the fact
that your club is providing a solid foundation for the future. Look at your gun
club as a really solid insurance policy.
also have on hand for you to pick up, a comprehensive list of places to shoot.
Names, addresses, what they have, when these clubs have it and how much costs
Tech Tips..... Topic of
the day: get your firearm fixed or tuned or enhanced now, as your putting it up
from this happy season. Don’t wait till the week before next season.
And if you put it in the case or cabinet or safe without cleaning it last
week, fix that now so you will have no surprises. Nag, Nag, Nag.
your fabulous firearm for the off-season? Clean it inside and out. Don’t use
#9 as a wipe, just as a cleaner. Cover your scope. Make sure it is decocked,
unloaded, and secure,
Outdoor Wear Department ... A
whole lot of closeouts on hand as your reading this. Getting ready for the new
wave of next years stuff. We are already receiving next year’s merchandise and
will have sale tags on everything. Sold out on both blaze orange and 3d camo
thongs again. Oh woe. Keep warm, look fashionable, or in the case of camo, look
Last Round.... This newsletter
got out at the very last moment but still counts as the 4th of this
year. Had a rather busy season once again. Hope you had a fun and successful one
And Thanks again...... Once
again we thank you greatly for your patronage and look forward to seeing and
serving you next year. Happy Holidays!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Joe, Olde Richard, Al. Older Dick, Kathy, Dave, and Litl Mikey