2007-02-22 05:58:58 ET|
This blog entry from a sports writer named Jim Zumbo appeared a few days ago at Outdoor life.com .
As I write this, I'm hunting coyotes in southeastern Wyoming with Eddie Stevenson, PR Manager for Remington Arms, Greg Dennison, who is senior research engineer for Remington, and several writers. We're testing Remington's brand new .17 cal Spitfire bullet on coyotes.
I must be living in a vacuum. The guides on our hunt tell me that the use of AR and AK rifles have a rapidly growing following among hunters, especially prairie dog hunters. I had no clue. Only once in my life have I ever seen anyone using one of these firearms.
I call them "assault" rifles, which may upset some people. Excuse me, maybe I'm a traditionalist, but I see no place for these weapons among our hunting fraternity. I'll go so far as to call them "terrorist" rifles. They tell me that some companies are producing assault rifles that are "tackdrivers."
Sorry, folks, in my humble opinion, these things have no place in hunting. We don't need to be lumped into the group of people who terrorize the world with them, which is an obvious concern. I've always been comfortable with the statement that hunters don't use assault rifles. We've always been proud of our "sporting firearms."
This really has me concerned. As hunters, we don't need the image of walking around the woods carrying one of these weapons. To most of the public, an assault rifle is a terrifying thing. Let's divorce ourselves from them. I say game departments should ban them from the praries and woods.
A bit of the toenail snubbing the hand and getting a smack for it. The response thus far has been enjoyable. I'm not real good with links so you'd have to google it to get to see the fallout. But it appears that Mr Zumdo's shallow condesending arrogance has cost him a carrear and and done harm to the activities that provided that carrear. Personaly the only hunting I do apart from some less than successful attemps on the neighborhood stray cats is with my bumper and I never keep the trophies.
On the other hand I found this an enjoyable idea. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eNAohtjG14c I wish I hand that much ammo and a full auto AK to burn.