I don’t know how much of a threat this amounts
to for gun owners, hunters and others, but an organization of exotic animal
producers has pulled the trigger on what could be bad news for the
A move is said by the animal producers to put
a crimp on the manufacture and retail sale of all ammunition in the coming
months. It suggests that manufacturers of all ammo must code the product
and that certain records must be kept (and reported) on the retail movement
of such items. Among other facets of the movement would be that uncoded
(old ammo) would have to be destroyed by the current owners. This, of course,
would be a tremendous waste at a time when we can least afford it.
All of this is said in a news release to be in
formative stages of 18 states, including Indiana, which currently is enduring
a legislature that is in session. However, officials of the Indiana General
Assembly say no such legislation is being considered by this august body
Furthermore, a triumvirate of well-known and highly
respected conservationists and supporters of “the right to bear arms” does
not know of such a piece of legislation’s presence. The watchdogs say that
in the list of bills for the current legislative session there was not
one bill on gun rights--very unusual.
However, they say such legislative moves bear
watching. Some real kooky legislative concepts have a way of creeping into
the bills, as we have observed in the past.
Chris Smith, liaison legislative director for
the Department of Natural Resources (DNR), suggests that the animal breeders’
news release may have been based on a similar bill from last year that
died without a hearing. This development may shed light on the accuracy
of the news release.
Smith said he checked for such moves in the U.S.
Congress, but could find nothing related to such activities.
-- The migration of sandhill
cranes has been building a bit in the last couple of weeks, so if you
want a good look at these magnificent birds at Jasper-Pulaski State Fish
and Wildlife Area a trip would be very much in order during the next month.
They are some three feet tall.
The big buildup is yet to come, and the birds
there now are scatter over a large northwestern area. They will be headed
to nest in Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota, southwest Ontario, and southeast
Manitoba about the end of March.
Jasper-Pulaski Area is a good spot to see them
for this is the unofficial headquarters for spring and fall migrants. We
will, of course, be seeing larger flocks high as the migration increases,
and may even hear their gabble.
-- We have yet to hear of spring crappie fishing catches, but that doesn’t
mean they won’t bite on these cool, just-at-freezing temps. Cooler weather
-- even with some wind -- puts old “paper mouth” on the feed when their
timeclock rings, regardless of temps.
Indiana law allows three poles, so it is a good
idea to live bait two of them, and whip the water to a rich, creamy lather
with casting bobber and small jig set about three feet deep. Crappie schools
An eight-inch crappie is hard to beat on the table.