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Know the facts about hunting

Know the Facts About Hunting

As a hunter it is crucial to know the facts about hunting so that when approached by a non-hunter and asked about or even confronted about the sport you can answer intelligently.  Hunters are the most dedicated conservationists on earth.  We as hunters protect ALL animals both game animals and non-game animals and the habitats in which they live.  We do this both for our enjoyment and for the enjoyment of the non-hunter as well. This is how it is accomplished.

            Most game animals are at or near the Carrying Capacity of their environment. Carrying Capacity meaning the number of animals an area of land can support year round without damaging the land or starving/stressing the animals. Farmers have known for eons that each animal requires a certain amount of Air, Food, Water, Shelter and Space to maintain a proper Habitat.  When provided a proper habitat healthy animals resulted. When too many animals shared the resources, or the resources became lean the result was unhealthy animals, disease, and starvation. Through various agencies, each charged with regulating the harvest in their particular areas, hunters become a vital tool in maintaining healthy herds of game animals.  Hunters willingly and gladly share vital information with these agencies about their hunting. This information helps these agencies continually adjust their policies to keep animals healthy and at proper capacity to provide healthy habitats for all species.

 A pair of healthy Whitetail deer living in a habitat free of disease, predation, hunting or unusual deaths will produce a herd of over 40 deer in 7 years.  Imagine you have a garden at home that fed you and your wife, you have a few kids who have a few kids and next thing you know the garden must feed 40.  In nature this happens and some of the offspring leave for other areas, but when the land becomes over saturated with these deer, they begin to die of diseases that easily attack unhealthy deer, but would usually not affect a healthy animal. Starvation due to competing over the limited available edibles is a long slow tormenting death.  Hunters harvest game in a manner, which is quick for the animal and in the case of bow hunting studies have shown that the animal may experience no more than the discomfort of a bee sting before loosing consciousness and eventually expiring. The animal is then used by the hunter and removed from the field. 

            Hunters contribute more to wildlife than any other group and they do this through licensing and permits. Millions of dollars are collected annually from hunters by various agencies that are charged with the job of maintaining healthy habitats in their jurisdictions. These dollars benefit both non-game and game animals, and go directly into the conservation of wildlife for everyone to enjoy.  The Pittman-Robertson Act of 1937 created an excise tax on all guns, ammunition, and archery equipment manufactured in the Untied States. It is collected and distributed to wildlife agencies for the use in wildlife management and hunter education programs. Each time hunters purchase new equipment for the pastime they love, a portion of that purchase goes to maintaining a quality habitat in which to enjoy the sport.  This benefits the hunter as well as the non-hunter.

            It is up to every hunter to reverse the negativity placed upon the sport of hunting and to be ready to intelligently defend the honor of the sport by being knowledgeable in every aspect hunting. Hunters need to always remember that we are in the spotlight and our actions as well as our tongues speak volumes to those who are ignorant of the truth about hunting. Knowledge is power, but impotent if not used properly.

Happy Hunting!

Greg Bruning

New york knicks tickets – the season before the summer

New York Knicks Tickets – The Season Before the Summer

Everyone knows that the New York Knicks are looking forward to the summer of 2010, when LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh and other stars could hit the free agent market. The Knicks have done a lot to ensure that they have ample cap space to sign at least one big name next summer, but they still have to play the 2009-10 season first. The team struggled during the second half of last season, but this club could be in line for some positive things this year.

The biggest thing for this organization in 2009-10 will be the development of small forward Danilo Gallinari. The team’s first-round selection in 2008, Gallinari missed most of last season with back issues, though he looked pretty good in the little playing time he did receive. The franchise has high hopes for Gallinari and this season will be his first opportunity to showcase his talent. Head coach Mike D’Antoni has labeled the young Italian forward as the best shooter he has ever seen, and that’s saying something considering he coached Steve Nash in Phoenix. The kid has a lot of ability and an exciting game that can sell New York Knicks tickets at http://www.stubhub.com/new-york-knicks-tickets, but he needs to stay healthy in order to prove it. Gallinari has a lot of potential, but he also should be ready to contribute on the floor after playing in the Euroleague two years ago. His performance this season could be a major factor in luring free agents next summer.

Another big part of the Knicks’ season will be the performance of the rest of the team’s young players. Wilson Chandler showed a lot of promise last season and could be on his way to being the next Shawn Marion. D’Antoni looks like he plans to play him a lot at shooting guard, though, as the Knicks have a hole at the position. He may be better-suited to play the three or the four, but he’s got the quickness to guard twos and is developing a three-point shot. Jordan Hill, the team’s selection with the eighth overall pick in the 2009 NBA Draft, probably won’t get a ton of minutes early in the season. He’s pretty raw and needs time to learn the game, but he figures to get some time at the four spot. Fellow rookie Toney Douglas will likely see time at both guard spots. He’s a good defender and will bring a lot of energy on defense, which should land him in D’Antoni’s favor immediately.

The Knicks have the potential to make some noise in the Atlantic Division this season. Al Harrington should lead the team in scoring, as his versatility makes him a real threat in D’Antoni’s offensive scheme. David Lee is back on a one-year contract and is potentially the best player on this team. Chris Duhon did a solid job running the team last season, and though he’s just a temporary solution, he should do a decent job yet again. Nate Robinson is still in town for another season to provide scoring off the bench and Darko Milicic could add somewhat of a defensive presence inside.
The Knicks are most certainly looking forward to the summer, but the 2009-10 season could hold some positive things for this team, as well.

Mountain biking is the king of biking sports in texas

Mountain Biking Is The King Of Biking Sports In Texas

Texas is a large wide-open state with a lot of exciting and beautiful spaces and places. There are a variety of terrains available, providing individuals who enjoy mountain biking numerous trails and roads to travel on for hundreds of miles. This variety also caters to the sport’s five different categories: cross country, downhill, freeride, dirt jump and trials/street riding

Cross-Country (XC) is the most common form of mountain biking. Participants ride point- to-point or in a loop that includes climbs and descents on a variety of terrains. However, there is a difference between common XC and XC racing, which is much more physically demanding than leisure riding. Racers train for years to be able to compete at a national level.

A typical XC bike weighs 22-28lbs, and has 0-4 inches of suspension travel front and rear.
Freeride/Big Hit Freeride is a “do anything” discipline which encompasses everything from downhill racing without the clock, to jumping, riding “North Shore” style (elevated trails made of interconnecting bridges and logs), and generally riding trails and/or stunts that require more skill and aggressive riding than XC.

Freeride bikes are generally heavier and have beefier suspensions than XC, but usually retain much of their climbing ability. The Freeride rider builds his or her bike to lean more toward a preferred level of aggressiveness. “Slopestyle” type riding is an increasingly popular style that combines big-air, stunt-ridden freeride with BMX style tricks. Slopestyle courses are usually constructed at already-established mountain bike parks, and include jumps, large drops, quarter-pipes, and other wooden obstacles.

Downhill biking is simple — riding mountain bikes downhill. While XC riding has a downhill component, downhill (or DH for short) usually refers to racing-oriented downhill riding. Downhill racing bikes are equipped with a front and rear suspension, large brakes, and use heavier frame tubing than other mountain bikes. Downhill bikes aren’t meant to be pedaled uphill, so downhill riders and racers frequently employ trucks or ski lifts to be shuttled to the top of the hill.

Downhill courses are the most physically demanding and dangerous venues for mountain biking. They include large jumps (up to and including 40 feet), drops of 10+ feet, and are generally rough and steep, top to bottom. To negotiate these obstacles at race speed, racers must possess a unique combination of total body strength, aerobic and anaerobic fitness, and mental control. Minimum body protection in a true downhill setting includes kneepads and a full-face helmet with goggles, although riders and racers commonly sport full-body suits to protect themselves.

Dirt jumping is the practice of riding bikes over shaped mounds of dirt or soil. The idea is that, after riding over the “take off,” the rider will become momentarily airborne, and aim to land on the “landing.” A mountain bike built for dirt jumping tends to have a smaller frame than one used for other disciplines. Running single speed is very common, as is using only a rear brake.

“Trials riding” consists of hopping and jumping bikes over obstacles. It can be performed either off-road or in an urban environment, and requires an excellent sense of balance. As with Dirt Jumping and BMX-style riding, emphasis is placed on style, originality and technique. There are many stylistic similarities to skateboarding. Trials bikes look almost nothing like mountain bikes. They use either 20″, 24″ or 26″ wheels and have very small, low frames, some types without a saddle.

Inherent to the sport of mountain biking is the risk of injury. There are dozens of companies that manufacture protective gear, often referred to as “armor,” to protect against injury from crashes, and mostly aimed at downhill, freeride and dirt jump riders. Armor ranges from simple knee and elbow pads to full-body padding. Some companies market full-body armor suits or jackets, that allow the rider to remove some of the padding and/or plastic plates that protect the rider’s arms. Most upper body protectors also include a spine protector that is comprised of plastic plates joined together, with foam padding underneath. Full-face helmets, often resembling motocross helmets (but usually considerably lighter and with more ventilation), are required by some bike parks, although advanced riders often wear these helmets by choice, in order to better protect their heads.

Unusual and physically demanding sports such as mountain biking can be a great way to exercise to maintain good health.