Anyone with a clean record, who is over 21 and isn’t insane, can apply for a Utah Concealed Weapons permit, even if they don’t live in Utah. The one catch is that they have to take a weapons safety class from a Utah Gun Safety Instructor. Once they’ve done, that, they can send in for their concealed weapons permit from Utah, which will then give them the right to carry in 30+ states.
if you are interested in getting your concealed carry permit from Utah, you can find an instructor, and a list of classes, by state, at UtahWeaponsPermit.com. Of course, you still can’t shoot squirrels out the window while driving down the road, but now, if you see one, you can get into action faster than if you had to stop and dig it out of your trunk…
Why can’t the tree hugging, rat loving, soybean eating, PETA people, leave well enough alone? I mean all we’re doing is trying to make sure that the Vegans in this world have enough to eat, by removing some of the critters that compete for the same food sources they do. It’s obvious that there isn’t enough tofu and veggie meat to go around, as evidenced by the current price of Big Franks, Little Links, SoyChik or Morning Star Farm’s Grillers. Veggie food is currently running about three times more money as good old fashioned meat, when you price it by the pound.
The reason I’m ranting, is because some lice infested, flea ridden, tofu licken whiner, got AlaskaShooter’s squirrel shooting video pulled off of StupidTube, or ID-10-TangoTube, or whatever it’s called, for hurting little fuzzy animals. Seriously, you would think that they would be thanking us for whacking the vermin, instead of whining about it. It’s like having a bunch of little kids who don’t appreciate what you do for them. We spend our time and money making sure that they can get double soy latte’s and tofu burgers. And they spend their time trying to shut us down…. Ingrates!
I suppose it’s a catch 22 situation. If we quit shooting squirrels, the price of soy products go up, and they have to spend more time working to pay for their Vegan lifestyle. Then they wouldn’t have as much free time to hassle us. (But of course, then they wouldn’t have any reason to hassle us….)
I guess I’ll quit ranting, before it starts to sound like I’m whining.
The dang header and footer on the website quit working awhile back, and when I tried to upgrade the site, the whole thing went tits-up. So, then I had to roll back to a later version of WordPress, and when I did that, I lost the ability to post to the site…. Man being a web guy is frustrating sometimes.
So, in the last week, both the main site and the forums have been fixed by professionals from Guru.com. They fixed the spam signup problem in the forums, and set it up so that people can now sign up and start posting again, so get over to the Squirrel Hunting Forums and sign up if you’re not a member yet.
I will also start posting to the main site again, starting with something I wrote last week when AlaskaShooter’s video got pulled off of idiottube.com.
Over the past few years, when I’ve needed to practice mil dot calculations, I go over to the long range shooting demo at ShooterReady.com. At ShooterReady.com, they have an online demo of their long range shooting software, that teaches a shooter how to judge distances based on target size and mil dot calculations. It’s pretty cool software for a demo, and lets you practice shooting .308, .338 and the 50 caliber, on ranges out to 2000 meters or so.
The demo has most of the info you need to figure out how to accuratly figure distance and wind, and how to dial in your scope for each shot, based on those calculations. At first it’s pretty hard, but once you figure out that all the math info you need is located under the help button, it just comes down to your guestimation of where the target fits in your mil dots, and dialing the scope in with those numbers. Of course, when your shooting at 1600 yards, being off by an inch at 100 yards, means you missed the dang target by almost a foot and a half.
Spend some time playing with their demo, and if you like it, buy it. Then come back to the forums and tell us how much better you’re long range shooting is. (On that note, Verminator vaporized a squirrel at 330 yards when we were in Unity two weeks ago. Those squirrels don’t have a 3.3″ circle anywhere on their bodies, which means he was shooting sub minute of angle. The squirrel was ranged, followed by one-shot-one-kill. Cool!)
I went to the Yakima Gun show with the Verminator this weekend, and did pretty well, but it was also kind of weird. I’ve never seen so many guys scrambling to get their hands on primers and gunpowder. After the last show we went to in the Tri-Cities last month, we went over to the Sportsman’s warehouse to look for powder and primers, and their shelves were empty. The same shortage is still taking place, because we saw guys who had primers, selling them for $75 or more per brick, because they could get it, and people still wanted more.
I guess one way to control the part of the population that lives in rural America, and shoots, is to control reloading components and live ammunition. Since they decided to reduce the price of gas, after the economy collapsed, they changed tactics and decided that the next best way to control the rural population would be to take away their ability to defend themselves… or attack; if the Idjits in Washington can’t back off and leave well enough alone…
In the meantime, there doesn’t seem to be a shortage on .17HMR, so I will continue to wage war against sage rats when they start popping up in the spring.
I tried to get my son interested in writing last year, so I bought him a website called JRsquirrelhunting.com, put up a wordpress blog and told him to start writing. I told him that if he wrote interesting stuff, people would come to his website, read what he wrote and leave through one of the ads on the page… at least we hoped they would leave through an ad once in awhile. LOL
He tried, but being at the tail end of 6, on the way to 7, he wasn’t really that good at it. Not to mention he didn’t have any actual experience shooting squirrels. We tried to remedy that with a rubber-band gun, but hitting a squirrel with a rubber-band moving at 25 feet per second just isn’t the same as hitting one with a ballistic tip moving at 3000 feet per second.
So, the site didn’t make him any money, which is a shame since his working online is sort of my retirement plan. He says he wants to make money without going to work, just like his Papa does. LOL He actually said he wants to be the boss, which, when your 8, requires you to work for yourself, so that’s where he’s at…. (I lied, the site made him $1.64. At that rate he can get a check in 62 years or so when it gets to $100.)
After a year, and less than $2.00 in revenue, we decided to build him a book report website, instead of continuing with the squirrel shooting one. I figured, now that he’s reading books, he can work on his reading, writing and blogging all at the same time. I’ll throw up some Google ads, get him an Amazon account, and link that to the books he reviews. As he gets older and reads more, and writes longer posts about the books he reads, the whole thing will start paying off and he’ll be on his way to being his own boss. (Of course, he will end up lacking people skills, since he’ll be working online all day, but every job has it’s drawbacks..)
So, if you have any kids around 8 or 9 years old that want some suggestions on good kids books, then head on over to PostReviews.com. If you have any kids that like to shoot squirrels, I’ll split the money with them if they want to take over JRsquirrelhunting.com.
I’m thinking about selling this website… anyone interested? This is a great website for the shooting and hunting crowd, but I just don’t have time to keep up with the hundreds of thousands of users hitting this site each month. What this site needs is someone who wants to keep an open dialog daily with their readers, and I just don’t have the time. If you’re interested in buying or trading for this site, drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I didn’t do very much squirrel hunting this summer, and it sucked. I was in the process of building a new house, the wife started to work again, I had two kids at home (The little beasts that drove her back to work…) and I had a ton of work piled up that needed to be done. I’ll stop whining about there and get along with the posting of squirrel videos.
I won’t be posting any of my own until I figure out what’s wrong with my video program, but I will starting posting some from Youtube and other video sites so that we at least have something to talk about in the forums. If any of you guys see a video you like, send me the link and I may post it for you… especially if it’s one of yours.
Squirrel Misser… Used to be Sniper, but I haven’t shot at anything in so long I’d probably miss a barn, from the inside.
I saw some ground squirrels today, sitting in a field right next to the road. I’m not talking about a road out in the middle of the country, but a road right in town. The owner of the property is holding out for a ton of money, so the contractors in town haven’t built anything on the land yet. The squirrels just sit there, right alongside the sidewalk, while little old ladies and their wiener dogs walk by.
Every time I drive by, I want to pull over, get out my .17HMR and start shooting .17 grain Hornaday ballistic tips into their little furry bodies. But, since it’s in town, and I’d probably have to shoot across a major intersection, I’m talking traffic lights and all here folks, I figure i should set a good example for my kids and not get arrested for any more weapons violations. (Especially remembering what a pain the last one was…)
Speaking of contractors in Walla Walla, after the squirrels attacked the house in January, I finally got everything fixed back up. I went to WallaWallaContractors.com and got a roofing company to fix my roof and facia, and had a fencing contractor fix the fence damage. I even had to have an Electrician from Walla Walla Electric come out and fix some lights that got knocked over in the windstorm. The only thing left is the tree, or what’s left of it, that needs to come out. I’ll probably wait and do that one myself, instead of calling a tree removal company.
On another note, I think I’m going to do a PETA video tonight or tomorrow and post it on youtube. I have about 1 hour of footage of me missing squirrels that I’m shooting at. That should make them happy.
According to a friend of mine, who was in North Powder, Oregon before the last snowfall a couple of weeks ago, the ground squirrels were up and running around on sunny days, even though it was still pretty cold. So, all you squirrel hunters out there in the Western United States need to start thinking about getting the guns out and sighted in.
On that note, remember that the Surprise Valley, California Ground Squirrel Roundup will be towards the end of March, which is only 4 weeks away, and the Unity, Oregon Sage Rat Shoot will be around the end of April. Check the Squirrel Shooting Forums for phone numbers, contact information and dates for these squirrel shooting events.
Break out your .17 HMR’s, .22 WMR’s, .223′s and 22-250′s people, the season’s almost here.