Category Archives: JIM MATTHEWS

Handloading ammunition: A sorcerer’s tale

By JIM MATTHEWS www.OutdoorNewsService.com I don’t know about you, but I still marvel when I’m at an airport and watch a huge jet thunder down the runway, lift off into the air, and climb toward the heavens. Intellectually, I understand … Continue reading

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Federal appeals court rules EPA has no legal authority to ban lead ammunition

By JIM MATTHEWS www.OutdoorNewsService.com A liberal federal appeals court has upheld The Toxic Substances Control Act which exempts the Environmental Protection Agency from regulating spent lead bullets and lead shot used by hunters and recreational shooters. The U.S. District Court … Continue reading

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PUBLIC LAND UPLAND BIRD SEMINARS:

Jim Matthews, local newspaper outdoor writer and publisher of the Western Birds hunting newsletter, has two upcoming seminars on where and how to hunt quail and chukar on public lands in Southern California. Cost is $50 per person and includes … Continue reading

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“Humaniac” groups use wolves to fill their bank accounts

The Center for Biological Diversity, the Humane Society, and other radical environmental, “humaniac” groups were crowing this past week when a Washington, D.C. judge returned federal protection to wolves in the state of Wyoming. They were crowing — not because … Continue reading

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How much more expensive will ammunition become?

The NSSF survey has solid data on the cost increases involved in switching from lead to non-lead ammunition, an issue that was ignored in the debate over the passage of AB 711 which banned lead ammunition for all hunting by … Continue reading

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Can ammunition companies afford new or expanded production facilities?

Ammunition companies are suggesting the investment needed in new or expanded ammunition production facilities for both non-lead and traditional ammunition is not a good investment because of the uncertainty of the market. The California non-lead hunting market is estimated at … Continue reading

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Ammunition manufacturers set to abandon California hunters, make total hunting ban easier

By JIM MATTHEWS www.OutdoorNewsService.com The ammunition manufacturing industry in the United States effectively said it is going to abandon California hunters, help reduce hunter opportunity and sound wildlife management, and assist in driving more hunters from the sport. This will … Continue reading

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DeLeon’s SB 53 would treat ammo buyers like criminals

By JIM MATTHEWS www.OutdoorNewsService.com First, news from Sacramento: SB 53, that horrific piece of legislation that would force all ammunition buyers to essentially go through a criminal booking process ñ thumb-printing, background check, pay a fine — I mean a … Continue reading

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BIGHORN SHEEP DIE NO ONE PROSECUTED:

While there was a big splash in the news when an animal control officer in La Quinta rescued a young desert bighorn sheep ram from a canal last Sunday, there hasn’t been a peep about the death of another bighorn … Continue reading

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Good news and bad news for the 2014 dove hunting season

By JIM MATTHEWS www.OutdoorNewsService.com There is good news and bad news on the dove hunting front for the coming 2014 season. First the good news: The Fish and Game Commission adopted the new 15-bird limit for mourning doves for this … Continue reading

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