PA SCI Member Likes Savage

.300 Savage

I hopped on the bandwagon and shoot a Winchester Model 70 Featherweight in .300 WSM. I doubt if any game can tell the cartridge is a little shorter than say a .300 Win. Mag. or .300 H&H.

I took my first Cape buffalo with a .375 H&H. Because the price was right, I’m planning a 50th birthday “Bull Bash” using a Ruger in .416 Rigby—yes, I do like classic cartridges.

Where I live in the Pennsylvania/New York area I was a die hard .270 Win. shooter until I deflected a bullet or two and completely missed two deer.  Thankfully, they were complete misses.  Now, I’m having a good run of luck using a circa-1941 Savage Model 99 in .300 Savage. That cartridge is perhaps the original short mag.  The Model 99 is scoped, so on really bad weather days I go to my back-up gun, a rather battered Marlin Glenfield Model 30 in .30-30 Win.  Prior to antler restrictions, that was my Pennsylvania deer and bear rig, complete with open sights.

So there you have it—a scoped Savage Model 99 in .300 Savage backed up by an open-sighted Marlin lever gun in .30-30 Win.  I’m currently looking for another Savage Model 99, but in .250 Savage.—Jeff R.



The Complete Book of Making Jerky at Home

Make-Jerky-At-Home-BookMaking your own jerky is easy, fun and economical. Jerky is the oldest snack food in history, and is still just as popular today as it was during our more primitive days.  J. Wayne Fears, author, explorer and outdoor cook, teaches readers of his new E-book, The Complete Book of Making Jerky at Home, how to become master jerky makers.

This Amazon/Kindle book provides instruction and 24 recipes for making jerky from red meat, ground meat, fish, turkey and fruit. Readers will learn about the tools and seasonings needed to enjoy making their own jerky, meat safety guidelines and how to store jerky properly.

The Complete Book of Making Jerky at Home will guide you toward making the best jerky you ever ate. It explains the four primary methods of making jerky, including electric dehydrators, kitchen ovens, electric smokers and air-drying.  J. Wayne Fears states that even though our ancestors didn’t know it, jerky made from lean fresh meat is low in fat and very high in protein, which makes it a wholesome and nutritious snack. Jerky is easy to make in the kitchen, backyard or the great outdoors.  This book tells you how.

J. Wayne Fears is one of today’s preeminent outdoor cooking writers. He has cooked in a wide variety of outdoor settings, ranging from one-pot meals in northern Alaska to elaborate dinners served in plush hunting lodges in Alabama. He has served as a judge at many outdoor cook-offs, and has written four major outdoor cookbooks including The Complete Book of Dutch Oven Cooking.


Number Of Hunters On The Rise

turkey-hunting-091212FWS reports that according to The State Overview Report, participation in wildlife-associated recreation increased in 28 states since 2006. The State Overview Report is the second in a series of reports to be released by the Service over the next few months highlighting results from the National Survey.

Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar released the first report on August 15, 2012.  The National Survey, conducted since 1955, measures participation in these activities and related spending on trips and equipment across the nation and in individual states. The 2011 National Survey data show that hunters, anglers and wildlife watchers spent $145 billion last year on related gear, trips and other purchases such as licenses, tags and land leasing or ownership.

coyote-091212“Hunting, fishing and wildlife watching are part of our national heritage, and the trip and equipment-related spending of participants forms significant support for local economies across the country,” said Fish and Wildlife Service Director Dan Ashe. “These survey results are good news for the small businesses and rural communities who depend on wildlife-related tourism, and it shows an encouraging increase in personal investment of citizens in the future of wildlife and wild places.”

Public lands managed by federal and state agencies support much of the fishing, hunting, and wildlife-associated recreation that Americans enjoy. The State Overview, released today, provides national survey data on wildlife-related recreation at the state level, which helps state natural resource agencies to plan and provide wildlife-related recreation opportunities.

flyfishing091212“The State by State data from the National Survey is where the rubber meets the road for state fish and wildlife agencies,” said Dr. Jonathan Gassett, Commissioner of the Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Resources Commission and President of the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies. “These results help each state set the course for future fish and wildlife conservation and they help quantify the results of investments that each state has made in its wildlife-related recreation programs, especially hunter and angler recruitment and retention programs.”

Highlights from this overview include the following information:

  • Of the 28 States with increases in the number of wildlife-related recreation participants from 2006 to 2011, the largest percentage increases were seen in Alaska (47 percent) and Louisiana (40 percent).
  • South Dakota had the highest proportion of state residents who hunted­ 21 percent.
  • Alaska had the highest proportion of state residents who fished­ 40 percent.
  • Vermont had the highest proportion of state residents who wildlife watched­ 53 percent.

black-bear-091212Overall, the 2011 Survey found that 38 percent of all Americans 16 years of age and older participated in wildlife-related recreation in 2011, an increase of 2.6 million participants from the previous survey in 2006. Participation in recreational fishing increased by 11 percent and hunting was up 9 percent.  This increase reverses a trend over previous Surveys showing a 10% decline in hunting participation between 1996 and 2006. The 2011 Survey reports a corresponding increase in hunting equipment expenditures, which are up 29 percent from 2006.

Through landmark conservation laws supported by American sportsmen and women, funds collected by states through the sale of hunting and fishing licenses are combined with federal funds from excise tax on sporting arms and ammunition and on angling equipment to pay for fish and wildlife conservation and associated recreational opportunities. Together, these laws support the Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Programs, first established 75 years ago.  Since then, hunters and anglers have paid more than $11 billion in excise taxes on purchases of firearms, ammunition, archery, fishing and boating equipment toward thousands of conservation projects, wildlife-associated recreational opportunities and access, and sport shooting ranges around the nation.  The National Survey of Fishing, Hunting, and Wildlife-Associated Recreation, conducted every five years since 1955, has become one of the most important sources of information on fish and wildlife recreation in the United States. Federal, State, and private organizations use the rigorously compiled and detailed information to manage wildlife and wildlife-related recreation programs, market products, and forecast trends in participation and economic impacts.

whitetail-deer-091212The 2011 report was requested by the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies, coordinated by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s National Survey Branch of the Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program, and administered by the U.S. Census Bureau.  The Census Bureau conducted detailed interviews from individuals at 48,627 households across the country to obtain samples of sportspersons and wildlife watchers. Information was collected through computer-assisted telephone and in-person interviews. The Survey is funded through a Multi-State Conservation Grant from the Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program.  The Survey is being released in phases–the first report was issued in August 2012 and presented data for the nation as a whole.  The final national report will be available in November 2012, and the detailed state reports will be issued on a flow basis beginning in December 2012.    The full State Overview Report can be downloaded.


Jim Shockey Signature Series Cannon Safe

Keeping your guns in a quality safe helps reduce the chances of your guns being stolen or damaged during a fire. Hunters who are fans of Jim Shockey will like the new Jim Shockey Signature Series that Cannon Safe recently added to its line of high-security safes.  As a proud sponsor of “Jim Shockey’s The Professionals,” Cannon designed the Jim Shockey Signature Series safes to combine Shockey’s grit and charisma with the industry leading safe technology Cannon is known for.

Jim-Shockey-Cannon-SafeThe Jim Shockey Signature Series is built of heavy gauge steel and has a massive four-inch double-steel composite door with 1.5-inch active-locking bolts on the top and side.  The body is painted Hammertone Beige with camouflage accents on the handle and lock, while a Jim Shockey decal with signature is boldly displayed on the front of the door.

Inside the safe, the walls and shelves are covered with a tan luxury grade upholstery finish.  The adjustable shelving gives users the ability to utilize all the available space in a way that best suits their needs. A convenient door organizer kit is attached to the inset door panel and can easily store multiple pistols, magazines, knives or anything else one might need–all within arm’s reach after the door is opened.

Multidirectional LED lights that activate when the door is opened and shut off when closed brightly illuminate the interior of the safe.  Inside, there is also a state-of-the-art internal power supply system with two 110-power outlets, USB port and an RJ45 Ethernet connection that keeps computers and other electronics charged and connected.

Safe contents are accessed with a high-security commercial grade Type 1 electronic lock that is backlit and protected with three layers of extra-hard, 60+ RC steel hard-plate.  It features Surefire multiple re-lockers, patented TruLock internal hinges and a pre-drilled bottom for bolting to the floor.

The Jim Shockey Series has an Intertek-ETL verified fire rating of 1200° F for 60 minutes and features a triple fin intumescent cold smoke expandable seal and heat-activated door seal that expands when exposed to heat.

Model: JS6030
Weight: 560 lbs.
Dimensions: 60”x30”x24” (depth includes dial and handle)
Gun Capacity: 24 (gun capacity can vary depending on gun size)

Model: JS6040
Weight: 730 lbs.
Dimensions: 60”x40”x24” (depth includes dial and handle)
Gun Capacity: 36 (gun capacity can vary depending on gun size)

MSRP: $2,172 to $2,400


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