Category Archives: Guns & Hunting

Enjoy exciting hunting stories told by SCI members and read about the latest guns and gear they’re using in the bush.

The Biggest Northeastern Whitetails!

Here are 20 of the top typical Northeastern whitetail deer from the SCI Record Book.

DESCRIPTION: The largest whitetail in body size. The antlers are usually heavy.

DISTRIBUTION: Canada–Southern Ontario, southern Quebec and the Maritime Provinces. United States–Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware, New Jersey, New York and the New England states.

REMARKS: The northeastern whitetail is the most popular big game animal in North America–most numerous, most heavily hunted, and most deer taken. In many states, it is the only big game animal available on the license. Many hunters believe the northeastern whitetail can produce the best antlers of all.

TAXONOMIC NOTES: The SCI northeastern whitetail deer category includes all or part of the following subspecies: all of the northern woodland whitetail (borealis); and the Minnesota population of the Dakota whitetail (dacotensis).

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E.A.R. Produces Hearing Video

Garry Gordon of E.A.R., Inc. recently enlisted the services of Carol Gunn of Gunn Graphics, who coordinated with the band Crystal Flavola to write and perform music to go with lyrics Gordon wrote about hearing loss. The music video was recorded on a sunny day in an Austin, Texas, beer garden.

“We decided to do the song as a music video. We thought it would be an entertaining way to educate the audience on the subject of hearing protection and to motivate them to wear it,” says Gunn. “Safety officers in manufacturing settings and others responsible for protecting the hearing of their employees have a difficult task,” Gordon goes on to explain. “You can call them into the conference room for another boring lecture about why they should wear their ear plugs, or you can show them this video. A video can also be subtitled, a definite advantage as many people who will watch the video may already have some degree of hearing loss.”

The music video tells a story from the viewpoint of a baby-boomer-age man giving advice to younger people. As a consequence of noisy working environments and leisure activities such as shooting guns and riding motorcycles, he is now suffering from “Acoustical Confusion.” As he says, “I can hear OK, but I can’t understand!” This causes him difficulty and embarrassment in trying to communicate with his fellow band members, at his job, and even misunderstanding a flirty come-on by the female vocalist!

“We are also addressing a common misconception that hearing loss is only caused by aging,” explains Gordon. “Hearing healthcare professionals are seeing people at increasingly younger ages suffering from hearing loss caused by loud music, noisy hobbies, even wearing earbuds. It is our mission to help prevent that type of loss, and we hope this video will be a useful tool for us and for others who share this goal.”

The music video can be viewed online and will be distributed to hearing health care professionals, safety officers in industrial, military and law enforcement settings and others responsible for hearing protection, to assist in their educational and motivational efforts. DVDs will be available for purchase for a minimal fee from E.A.R. for use in training and educational programs. The audio portion will be available on CDs and in MP3 format.

Garry Gordon adds that he received an early draft of the song, but had no way to hear it until he was taking a tour of the Alexander Graham Bell museum. After the tour, he spotted a woman playing a piano who agreed to play the sheet music for him. “I can’t think of any location more appropriate to first hear the song,” recalls Gordon, “than this setting celebrating the work of a pioneer in the field of hearing and communications!”

American Whitetail Ammunition

Hornady American Whitetial ammunitionThe ammunition industry has been so focused on “super bullets” in the past several years that it’s easy to forget that cup-and-core bullets at standard velocity are really darn good deer killers. The folks at Hornady remember though, and for 2013 are introducing a line of what we’d call “standard” ammunition named “American Whitetail.”  Don’t get the idea that “standard” implies these are some cheap, garden-variety promotional loads. Hornady has put so much research and effort into making some of the best ammunition that quality is just built into the DNA of how they make ammunition.

American Whitetail is loaded with proven Interlock bullets. These bullets have a small but strong ledge inside the jackets that mechanically “locks” the jacket and core together so you don’t experience jacket/core separation. To help facilitate and control expansion, Interlock jackets also have internal grooves and are tapered.

The line starts with .243 Winchester and goes up to .300 Win. Mag. with several other popular whitetail loadings in between.  All are optimized specifically for deer hunting.


New Match Grade Blackpowder From Goex

Olde-Eynsford-blackpowder-110612Goex Powder Inc., the only American-made authentic blackpowder manufacturer for more than 200 years, is setting a new standard of precision with the introduction of its new Olde Eynsford gunpowder.

This new gunpowder is painstakingly crafted with only select grade materials and precision refined processes.  Its uniformly tight grain size ensures consistent shot-to-shot performance.  In response to competitive demand, higher velocities are attained with Olde Eynsford.

“ Olde Eynsford is ideal for cartridge and roundball competitors who demand precise shot placement at long distances,” said Tim Vaitekunas, Chief Operating Officer of GOEX Powder, Inc. “We believe this is the finest powder we’ve ever made in consistency and increased velocity.”

Look for Olde Eynsford in the plastic 1lb. cans at GOEX dealers everywhere in early 2013.  For a complete listing of distributors visit Goex Powder.