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A Little Lighter of a Goose Gun

With advances in shotshells, Weatherby’s 18i Waterfowler 3-inch worth a second glance.

Story by Larry Case – Photos by Weatherby

Shotgun season is already here and I know that you scattergun fans out there have already been burning powder. Some of you have been hard at work in the dove fields, and for some the early goose
seasons have come and gone. The time that we wait for all year is here, but I would also say that many of us are just not quite in the thick of it yet. Pheasant seasons in most places are not going on yet, and the real duck hunters who love the cold rain and snow and the birds that this weather brings are not
quite in gear yet either. But it’s coming, shotgunners, it is coming. So why am I going on about this? Because you still have time to get that new shotgun you have been thinking about!

LET’S CONSIDER THE Weatherby 18i shotgun. No doubt many of us think about Roy Weatherby and his legacy of fine rifles when we hear the name Weatherby. Fact is, Weatherby has been offering a line of fine shotguns for decades now. “Weatherby has been making and selling shotguns for over 50 years,” confirms Tyler Grethen, marketing manager at Weatherby. “The 18i line of shotguns are made to Weatherby’s exact standards with our partners in Italy, so waterfowl enthusiasts can expect a high-quality Italian-made shotgun that isn’t going to break the bank. The 18i shotgun is an inertia driven shotgun and launched in 2019 with the 3½-inch models available. In 2022 we launched the 3-inch chamber that featured new camo patterns and some unique-looking Cerakote options.”

“The biggest reason for adding a 3-inch model is due to the spring rate; with inertia reloading shotguns, the spring rate is extremely important when it comes to reliable cycling,” Grethen explains. “The 3-inch model has a slightly lighter spring rate than the 3½-inch version to really handle lighter target loads. With the advancements in shotshell technology, we have seen a shift in the market where waterfowl hunters aren’t strictly using super mag loads when shooting ducks and geese.” The Weatherby 18i series of semiautomatic shotguns is designed for hunters and shooters who require performance in the toughest conditions. All Weatherby 18i shotguns are built on a field-proven inertia recoil system that provides reliable cycling and an evenly weighted gun. Let’s talk about that oh-so-popular inertia system for a minute.

When the patent ran out some years ago, the simple but very effective action invented by Bruno Civolani in 1967 started showing up in a bunch of shotguns. The inertia system was made for the waterfowler and anyone else who doesn’t baby a shotgun and is not particularly fond of cleaning guns in general.

AVAILABLE IN A 3-inch chamber that allows the 18i series to be more efficient at cycling lighter target and small game loads, the single-piece receiver is precision-machined from billet aluminum for strength and simplicity. The advanced polymer stock is designed to be ergonomic and shim-adjustable for a seamless fit to any shooter.

The series features a soft touch area on the cheek rest and aggressive texture in the palm and foregrip; this is where comfort meets rugged toughness. With a full ventilated rib and high luminous LPA fiber front sight, target acquisition is a breeze, even in poor lighting conditions. The 18i series is set up for the Crio Plus choke system and comes standard with five choke tubes.

Key features include:
• Reliable inertia recoil reloading system.
• Elastomer recoil pad for reduced felt recoil.
• Comfortable elastomer cheek pad.
• Shim-adjustable polymer stock for perfect shooter fit.
• Ergonomic textured grip.
• Full-length ventilated top rib.
• LPA fiber sights.
• Camo pattern adheres directly to all metalwork and stock components for longevity.
• Chrome-lined bore.
• Five Crio Plus choke tubes (cylinder, improved cylinder, modified, improved modified, full)
with included storage case and choke wrench.
• Four-plus-one shell capacity (two plus-one with included magazine limiting plug).

• Compatible with magazine tube extensions.
• Waterfowler model MSRP: $1,249.

A word about that “elastomer” cheek pad. Most of us aren’t going to be using low-brass, target and field
loads while in the duck marsh or goose pit. We’ll be shooting magnum loads and in some cases 3½-inch shells when we are really serious, especially for geese. While it is true that most of the recoil is directed back to the shooter’s shoulder (if we have the gun mounted correctly), there is no doubt that our cheekbone will get hammered if we shoot a lot of magnum loads. This padded, softer feature on the 18i will save you from headaches and allow for better shooting in the field because if the shotgun fits and is comfortable to shoot, you’ll get back on target faster and be more accurate. For more information on the 18i series, see weatherby.com.

Editor’s note: Larry Case has been a devoted outdoorsman since he was a child. He will admit to an addiction to turkey hunting (spring and fall), but refuses any treatment. He enjoys the company of gobblers and cur dogs that are loud and people who speak the truth softly. Case served 36 years as
a game warden in West Virginia and retired with the rank of district captain. You can check out his podcast and other stories at gunsandcornbred.com.

Source link: https://americanshootingjournal.com/goose-gun/ by AmSJ Staff at americanshootingjournal.com

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Manage your Hunting Property

It’s terrifying to some, a destructive force that ravages the countryside. However, fire is the best
tool for managing your hunting property when adequately managed.

Using fire to manage land is a technique dating back to when Native Americans freely roamed
our lands. It’s believed that they noticed how the bison and other wildlife grazed heavily on the
fresh sprouts after a burn had occurred due to lightning strikes or it being intentionally set by the
people.

The Benefits of Fire

For thousands of years, fire was the primary way to promote new growth, return nutrients to the
soil, and ensure only the most desirable plants were growing. However, in the last century,
we’ve become scared of fire and rarely use controlled burns to manage our properties.

So we have turned to things like clearing thickets for food plots, spraying, putting out mineral
blocks, and installing corn feeders in the states that allow it. Costing us thousands of dollars a
year, not to mention all the blood, sweat, and tears we pour into hours of working the land.

I’m proposing you save a lot of that money to spend on new camo, 30-30 ammo, or a new deer
stand and use prescribed burning to help keep the wildlife on your land fat and happy.

Below, I’ve gathered some pros of using fire to manage your land.

● Burning is FREE (unless you hire someone to do it)
● Deer, turkey, and many other wild animals thrive after a controlled burn
● Fire allows natural food sources to sprout up, even in places they haven’t been for
decades
● Fire helps some native species sprout and survive
● Fire hurts or kills undesirable species
● Fire is great for pastures and forests
● Prescribed burns reduce the risk of wildfires
● Fire helps restore nutrients to the soil
● Fire improves water quality by allowing more water to gather in the creeks for fish and
other animals to drink instead of being absorbed by shrubs and other non-desirable
species
● Fire helps control the spread of insects such as ticks and some tree diseases

As you can tell, burning has many positives; however, I must also share some of the downsides
of prescribed burning
with you.

The Drawbacks of Fire

While the benefits of using prescribed burns to manage a property far outweigh the drawbacks,
you should still be aware of the cons.

One of the most significant downsides you’ll have to deal with is complaints from your neighbors
about air quality on the day you burn and a few days after. I recommend informing them that
you plan to burn before you begin so some neighbors will understand, but others will complain
no matter what you do.

The most significant danger is that the fire gets out of control because you haven’t burned the
debris before, turning it into a raging inferno. That’s why you should always let your local fire
department know you plan to burn, and you should create fire breaks throughout your property
to burn in smaller chunks and keep things contained.

Though fire can save you a lot of money, planning and executing a burn will take a lot of time.
You’ll likely need some help from friends and family on the day of the burn.

Unlike spraying and planting food plots, seeing the results from burning could take a year or
two. So you’re playing the long game when using prescribed burns to manage your property,
but in the end, it’s well worth it.

● Complaints from neighbors about air quality and danger
● Prescribed burns can get out of control and cause a wildfire when done incorrectly or
carelessly
● Creating a prescribed burning plan and implementing the plan is time-consuming
● Sometimes, it takes a few years to see the positive impact of fire
● Fire needs to be used year after year on pastures and every few years in forests
● The time of year you burn will affect the quality of the burn

Now that you know the drawbacks and benefits of prescribed burns, let’s move on to how to use
fire to improve your land for wildlife.

How to Manage Your Land With Fire

So you’re convinced that using fire is the best way to manage your hunting property but have no
idea where to begin?

Don’t worry; I’ve got you covered! I’ve been burning our property since middle school, and I took
several classes on it in college.

While fire must be respected, it doesn’t have to be a terrifying monster. Let’s break burning your
land down into several simple steps.

  1. Determine Your Goals – The first thing you should do is determine what you wish to accomplish by burning. Do you want to thin out an area to make it easier to hunt, manage some invasive species, or help the native plants produce more food for the animals to eat?
    • Your goals will determine what time of year you should burn, how often you should burn, and how much of your property you should burn. Your entire property doesn’t need to be burned every year. It’s best to have a mix of clearings and thickets.
  2. Create a Prescribed Burning Plan – Once you have set your goals, it’s time to devise a prescribed burning plan. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service, “Burn plans identify – or prescribe – the best conditions under which trees and other plants will burn to get the best results safely. Burn plans consider temperature, humidity, wind, moisture of the vegetation, and conditions for the dispersal of smoke.”
  3. Make the Fire Breaks Now that you have a plan, it’s time to create the fire lines around the area you plan to burn. I always make a fire break along the edge of our property, 10-20 wide, depending on how much fuel (dead leaves, grass, and trees) is on the ground. I’ll follow that up by creating smaller breaks throughout the property to slow down the fire or stop it from reaching the parts of the land I don’t want to be burned. Though it’s not my favorite method, you can create a fire break by discing the ground. However, I usually cut the grass very short and blow all the clippings toward the area that’s getting burned.
  4. Check the Weather – As the time to burn nears, watch the weather closely. It’s impossible to burn in wet conditions, but you also don’t want to burn during the dry season; otherwise, you risk a greater chance of the fire getting out of control. Wind direction and speed are also essential to pay attention to the days before, during, and after the burn.
  5. Burn – Now, the fun part, at least for me. Let the fire department know you’ll be burning that day, and start by lighting the downwind side of your property first. I prefer using a drip torch to light the fire, but I’ve drug old rags soaked in diesel in a pinch. Always have help, water, or a way to put out the fire on hand.
  6. Watch the New Life Flourish – A few days after you burn, you will see new sprouts of grass, trees, and other plants that deer, turkeys, and countless other animals will consume. Many of these plants are very nutritious for animals, and you’ll notice that they’ll quickly find and graze on these new plants.
  7. Hunt – It’s now time to reap the benefits of your labors. By burning your property, you’ll not only see more deer and turkeys, which means you’ll get to be more picky with the ones you harvest, but you’ll also create a habitat in which they can thrive because they’re getting the nutrients, shelter, and water they need.

Parting Shots

Growing up, I was always mesmerized by fire. I loved helping with the burning season on our
small farm and the surrounding farms. However, it wasn’t until college, while obtaining my
wildlife management degree, that I learned how beneficial fire was to wildlife.

Now that you know the incredible benefits of using fire to manage your property, it’s time to
draw up a prescribed burning plan and get to burning!

About the Author
Chris Dwulet is an avid competitive shooter and handloader. He’s also a principle writer for
Ammo.com and runs their Ammunition Guides Podcast on YouTube

Source link: https://americanshootingjournal.com/manage-your-hunting-property/ by AmSJ Staff at americanshootingjournal.com

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Challenging Judicial Overreach: Conservatives Sound Alarm Over Ruling Granting Gun Rights to Illegal Immigrants

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A recent federal court ruling in the Northern District of Illinois, granting Second Amendment rights to illegal immigrants, has sparked outrage among conservatives and raised serious concerns about the safety of law enforcement officers. U.S. District Judge Sharon Johnson Coleman’s decision in U.S. v. Carbajal-Flores has far-reaching implications that could undermine federal firearms regulations and jeopardize public safety.

Unpacking the Ruling: Conservative Critique

The ruling, which found that a federal prohibition on illegal immigrants owning firearms is unconstitutional as applied to defendant Heriberto Carbajal-Flores, has drawn sharp criticism from conservatives. Scott Sweetow, a former senior official at the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), described the decision as “hugely problematic” for law enforcement and highlighted its potential to create chaos in the enforcement of federal firearms laws.

Dividing Opinions: Controversy Surrounding Second Amendment Rights

The case has divided gun rights activists and ignited debate over the boundaries of firearms regulations in light of the landmark 2022 Supreme Court decision in Bruen. While Judge Coleman acknowledged the federal ban on illegal immigrants as “facially constitutional,” she argued that there is no historical tradition of firearm regulation justifying the government’s deprivation of Second Amendment rights from noncitizens with no history of violent crime.

Conservative Concerns: Upholding the Rule of Law

Conservatives view Coleman’s ruling as deeply flawed and illogical, particularly in its potential to prioritize the rights of illegal immigrants over law-abiding citizens. Sweetow highlighted the absurdity of a legal immigrant being denied the right to carry a firearm while an illegal immigrant involved in reckless gun use is granted that privilege. This decision undermines the rule of law and poses a significant challenge to law enforcement agencies tasked with enforcing firearms regulations.

Undermining Federal Regulations: Practical Implications

The practical implications of Coleman’s decision are dire, according to Sweetow. By granting Second Amendment rights to illegal immigrants, the ruling effectively undermines decades of federal firearms regulations, including the 1968 Gun Control Act and subsequent amendments. Law enforcement agencies now face uncertainty in enforcing laws that may be deemed invalid, leading to potential chaos and compromising public safety.

Call for Action: Appealing the Decision

Conservatives argue that Coleman’s ruling must be appealed to prevent further erosion of federal firearms regulations and ensure the safety of communities. Without a successful appeal, prosecuting criminals for firearm possession will become increasingly challenging, casting doubt on the validity of existing laws and creating confusion among law enforcement officials.

Conservatives stand firm in their commitment to upholding the rule of law and protecting the safety of American citizens and law enforcement officers. The decision in U.S. v. Carbajal-Flores represents a dangerous overreach by the judiciary and threatens to undermine the integrity of federal firearms regulations. It is imperative that this ruling be challenged and overturned to prevent further chaos and uphold the principles of justice and public safety.

What do you think of the federal court’s ruling? Leave your thoughts in the comments below. 

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