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Connersville man shot while turkey hunting

As if we need a reminder that turkey hunting can be dangerous, a Connersville man is recovering at Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis after being being shot while turkey hunting last Wednesday in Fayette county.

The victim, Mike Bannon, 34, was hunting with a buddy when he was shot by Kevin Bramer, 41, of Laurel.  According to information from the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, Bramer was stationary and using a turkey call at the time of the shooting.

Apparently Bannon was shot while walking uphill in the area of Bramer.

Though the DNR press release doesn’t indicate, it would seem likely both men thought the other party was a turkey.   Having been in the same situation years ago when our shotgun ended up pointed at another hunter coming up a hillside, we can easily see how such accidents can happen.

Of course, it is incumbent upon the shooter to always positively identify his target before pulling the trigger.

Regardless, just remember that even if it sounds like a turkey, don’t bet your life on it until after May 15.

Read more:

Man shot during turkey hunting | Palladium-Item | pal-item.com.

Missing turkey hunter found dead

From the Associated Press:

crime and punishmentDEPUTY, Ind. — The body of a missing hunter from Pendleton was found on a private property in Deputy early Saturday, state conservation officers said.

Authorities said Jon R. Widener, 49, went turkey hunting on Friday and never returned home.

Officers said Widener went hunting on private property that he leases with friends. Widener’s friends said they noticed his vehicle parked at the property when they arrived there on Friday afternoon.

Read more:

via Police: Missing Hunter Found Dead – Indiana News Story – WRTV Indianapolis.

Politically incorrect: Walmart selling guns again

We pity the poor guy in the Walmart chain of command who had to make this no-win decision: Walmart is selling guns again.

The chain, America’s largest retailer, pulled firearms from most of its stores five years ago.  At the time, the company said that it was simply a business decision to focus on other lines of merchandise.  There was a great hue and cry that it was actually to appease the anti-gun crowd, who had taken Walmart as the new Great Satan because they sold those awful guns that hurt bunnies and kittens and toddlers.

We suspect the truth lies in the middle of both arguments.

What is undeniable is that many Walmart stores have drastically cut back on their merchandise lines in the last few years.   When our community received it’s brand-new “Superstore” there was great expectation but huge disappointment after it opened.   The common buzz around town is that the new, bigger store actually held less merchandise than the old store.  Our non-scientific opinion would tend to agree, at least in terms of total product lines.

So, it would appear that perhaps guns disappeared as part of this misguided effort to reduce inventory at the one “general store”  that remains in most communities after it has run the mom-and-pop stores out of business.

There is also a strong suspicion on our part that anti-gun sentiment probably played a role.  Walmart founder Sam Walton was a noted outdoorsman and removing guns from stores would have likely been unthinkable during his tenure.  However, as the company has grown, the number of “suits” in the hierarchy has expanded exponentially and we suspect the decision was made by somebody who has never had dirt under their manicured fingernails and proudly displays a Havard MBA on the wall next to their Phi Beta Kappa key.

In case you haven’t heard, such folks tend to be liberals.  Oops, sorry, I forgot that they are now called Progressives.

In case you were wondering, we are intentionally stereotyping business-school graduates.  However, the fact remains that stereotypes come to life in the first place due to factors that are very common in the noted group.  For example, I wholeheartedly agree that most white guys cannot dance; Yours Truly being one exception, especially after several stout cocktails.

But I have badly digressed…

Anyway, the fact remains that Walmart is now, quietly, returning gun sales back to approximately half of its stores.

Everyone should be on standby for Sarah Brady to appear in the front of the national news cameras during the upcoming week, eyes wet with Maybelline “Tears-of-Compassion Eye Glistener,” crying about the pending surge in dead Chicago school children, spotted owls and U.S. Senators thanks to those evil-doers in Arkansas (the ones she was praising five years ago).

Someday we’d like to see her make a similar  impassioned appeal over our dying liberties.

Read more:

Ammo on Aisle Three: Walmart Brings Back Guns to Many Stores – TIME NewsFeed.

Quick Tip: Turkey Vision

As we get ready for the opening of the turkey season tomorrow, here is a  quick tip from Basspro.com and Walter Parrott, a member of the
RedHead® Pro Hunting Team

Because their great vision is their primary defense, turkeys feel very secure where they can see well and far. They frequently feed in pastures and meadows and gobblers love to strut their stuff out in the open.

On rainy days, turkeys prefer these open areas, as well as clear cuts, and can be seen walking along wooded roads. These are all prime areas to look for fresh tracks, feathers, and other sign.

Use this to your scouting advantage. When driving in your hunting area always slow down and take a good, thorough look at openings. This is where binoculars come in handy.

When walking through your hunting area, approach openings carefully and check them out well before exposing yourself. This means taking a long look at the opening from cover and moving slowly even though you think you are well hidden.

Kentucky Elk Lottery Deadline is April 30

If you have always wanted to hunt elk but your budget is in worse shape than the coffers at WildIndiana.com, there is a way: Kentucky Elk hunting.

Kentucky was one of the first eastern states to re-establish elk and the program has been so successful that for the past several years hunting opportunities, even for non-residents, are growing by leaps and bounds.

To apply, you must purchase a $10 lottery permit.  Winners will be notified later in the year at which time you must purchase an elk license.  The non-resident tag runs between $500-600 but is comparable to those in Colorado and other western states.  When you consider that the license is relatively inexpensive, prime hunting territory is only six hours away by car and most of the land  in the elk range is publicly-owed, it makes sense to apply.

However, the deadline is looming.  All applications must be purchased online at fw.ky.gov by midnight (Eastern time) April 30.

More information from the Kentucky Department of Fish & Wildlife:

New this year, hunters may apply for up to two of four permit types: bull firearms, bull archery or crossbow, cow firearms and cow archery or crossbow. Hunters may not, however, apply twice for one permit type.

“Offering separate permits is in response to hunter requests,” said Tina Brunjes, deer and elk program coordinator for the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources. “In the past, a significant number of hunters who drew cow permits chose not to hunt. Since hunters will now be able to apply for a cow permit, we feel like more of these will be filled.”

Lottery applications are $10 for each permit sought.

Kentucky Fish and Wildlife will issue 800 permits in its general hunt lottery to successful applicants, including 80 permits for antlered elk (archery or crossbow); 120 permits for antlered elk (firearms); 240 permits for antlerless elk (archery or crossbow) and 360 permits for antlerless elk (firearms).

Additionally, hunters who will be younger than 16 years old on the first day of the hunt may apply for the youth-only quota elk hunt at Paul Van Booven Wildlife Management Area (WMA) and adjacent private lands (with landowner permission) for the weekend of Sept. 24-26. Five permits for either a bull or cow elk will be awarded in the youth-only drawing.

Also new this year, there will be a two-week archery-only (no crossbows) bull elk season Sept. 17-30.

Youth under 16 years of age, seniors 65 years of age and older, and persons with a crossbow exemption may hunt with a crossbow during the entire elk archery season.

Firearms hunters may only hunt during the seven-day firearms season for which they were drawn; they may not hunt with archery gear or crossbows outside of that week. An archery or crossbow hunter may not hunt during the four weeks of firearms elk hunts.

Only individuals, not groups of hunters, may apply for Kentucky’s elk lottery. A random computer drawing will be held in early May to select hunters for the quota hunts.

Hunters drawn for a bull elk permit will be blocked for three years from applying for another bull elk permit. For example, hunters drawn for a 2011-12 season bull permit are ineligible to apply for another bull permit until the 2015-16 elk season. Youth drawn for the youth-only elk hunt at Paul Van Booven WMA will be permanently blocked from applying for that hunt again.

The 16-county elk zone is 4.1 million acres and is divided into 10 Elk Hunting Units (EHUs) with a total of 576,994 acres open to public hunting. The EHUs have been established to manage the elk herd, spread out hunting pressure and provide hunters with a high chance of success.

Kentucky’s elk herd was first hunted on Oct. 6, 2001. Last season, hunters took 540 elk, including 198 bulls and 342 cows.

For elk season dates and other information on elk hunting in Kentucky, visit http://fw.ky.gov/elkfaq08.asp on the Kentucky Fish and Wildlife website.