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postheadericon History of clay pigeon shooting

History of Clay Pigeon Shooting

Clay shooting is the art of aiming at special flying targets. This sports activity has a long history as it was commenced way back in 1880. At that time, pheasant and grouse shooting were mainly popular in the UK.

During the period from 1883-1887, significant changes in shooting were witnessed when the first clay target was introduced in the game.

This form of clay shooting was well included in the Victorian and Edwardian hunting parties, where numerous birds were used as targets. People used to do regular practice of their shooing skills. In fact, institutions such as the Shooting Schools in London catered the desires and installed traps and towers that would facilitate flight of game birds. Later, many others targets were introduced as a discipline in shooting. Also, during this era only, it was given the name of sporting and tournaments were held in London to promote this sporting activity.

Before initiation of clay shooting, the game of glass ball was quite popular in England that took place in several parts of the United States. Historically, the first tournament of glass ball was held in 1867 in Boston. But, due to some reasons, it didn’t get its desired place.

In France clay shooting went under a real revolution when the first hand throwing device, the “Hand Trap” was used in shooting in the year 1927. That inventor of the throwing device was known as, Emile Laporte. In this shooting sport, targets are thrown from a machine known as a trap. The trap is made up of a spring which was loaded with throwing metal arm. The machine can throw the targets up to the distances covering the range the area of 135metres. In 1980’s, automatic traps were developed, giving a boost to the clay shooting sport and encouraging people to take up the challenge.

postheadericon Mule deer hunting—things you must learn before your hunting trip

Mule Deer Hunting—Things You Must Learn Before Your Hunting Trip

A brownish-gray in color and stocky in build, mule deer are spread far and wide across western Canada and western USA, as well as to the eastern states of Wisconsin and Texas. They have got their name from their long and mule-like ears which can attain lengths of 10 inches. Though white-tailed deer hunting is also a popular sport, people put a higher preference on mule deer hunting, as their population is much larger. Also, the meat of the mule deer is delectable! As a matter of fact, mule deer hunting is extremely popular in North America!

Keeping track of the animal’s habitat and habits will lead to a more successful hunt.

Mule deer choose various habitats. Generally, they prefer being high up in the mountains. Only in the case of the Chisos Mountains (Texas), they exchange positions with the white-tailed deer and settle down in different parts of the valley. Mule deer can also be found at the edges of forests; they do not venture into deep forests mostly. Forest areas are therefore best for mule deer hunting.

The rusty red color of their coats which is maintained throughout the summer, changes color during late fall. The mule deer and the background seem to appear as one since the color of their hides is grayish tinted. Mule deer hunting therefore poses a challenge during this open season!

They are larger than the white-tailed deer. The average height is about 3 1/2 feet. The female specimen weighs the same as a male white-tailed deer. She weights about 100 to 150 pounds. The males or bucks range from 125 to 400 pounds. Despite its bulk, a male mule deer can run at a speed of 40 miles per hour. The hunter has to be alert that the buck does not come charging at him when mule deer hunting!

Since they are not very finicky about food, these animals can feed on any kind of vegetation. If they could choose their diet, they would go for yew, willow, berries, Douglas-fir, grapes, mushrooms and aspen. In contrast, the white-tailed deer have choice preferences regarding food. So they are easier to hunt down than their bigger cousins.

Conception takes place around November; so the young are born between April and June (spring). By the time the mule deer hunting season comes round, the fawns are around six months old. The population grows in leaps and bounds because four fawns can be born at once, unlike two fawns being born to a white-tailed doe. Since they are plentiful, very few regulations are placed on mule deer hunting. Mule deer kills need not be logged even on land without a special permit in the state of Texas. The same is not the case with the white-tailed deer, which has a smaller population.

postheadericon Alabama goose hunting – 7 rules hunters must follow

Alabama Goose Hunting – 7 Rules Hunters Must Follow

Alabama is one amongst many states offering standard and early opportunities for goose hunting. Knowing the rules set for goose hunting in Alabama will let
Hunters to enjoy a thrilling and problem free hunt. The goose hunting rules strictly followed in the Alabama State are given below:

1. Licenses:It is compulsory for every hunter to have a suitable hunting license for every term. Youth and special type of licenses are also given along with standard licenses for hunting.
2. Central regulations: Apart from Alabama State Goose Hunting Rules there are also national regulations to be considered. These include the way in which any
migrant bird can be shot.
3. Season: Though Goose Hunting Rules are in force all round the year in State of Alabama, hunters are allowed to hunt for geese only during specific open seasons. The
actual dates for opening the season may differ, particularly in the spring, so one should keep in touch with department of State for Resources Conservation of Natural for
the particulars of date.
4. Times: There are restrictions that you can hunt only in particular daylight hours as mentioned in Alabama goose hunting rules. It is not legal to hunt outside the specific hours as
mentioned in the regulations and night hunting is also prohibited.
5. Water shooting: Geese are allowed to be shot only from a boat that too with engine stopped and boat not moving forward or the sails are unfurled completely.
6. Bag and Possession limits: These may differ every year but any time exceeding the bag limits or the possession limits for any type of goose or waterfowl is
Considered illegal inside the state.
7. Ammunition and guns: There are restrictions in Alabama for All hunters inclusive of adolescents hunting with adults using ammunition also the type of guns.

Normally Alabama goose hunting rules very much match with hunting rules in the adjoining states. While allowing the hunters to enjoy the geese hunting sport by giving
Opportunities to the hunters, the state also takes care conservation of number of geese in the State. Strict prohibition is observed for hunting in state or national parks and Reserves as well as various regions of the state which are specified as protected areas. Before venturing for hunting it is better to understand the areas and specific rules for hunting in the area by contacting the Department of Conservation of Natural Resources