Shooting lunch: Fowles is hosting a game-food lunch with a shooting theme.

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Ladies (and gents), you may shoot your lunch; Yalumba boycott; NIOA’s defence success; Game Council survey offers $1000 in prizes; US gun laws struggling for legitimacy; Canada’s senior shooter sues government; elephant poachers operating freely.

Ladies (and gents), you may shoot your lunch

Got a hankering for good game food and tasty wines? Set aside 16 March for a fantastic lunch at the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival in Longwood, central Victoria. Your host will be Fowles Wine, producer of the Ladies Who Shoot Their Lunch range of wines and champion of sustainable, free-range, hunted food. Fowles also does Are You Game? wines, all inspired by CEO Matt Fowles, who’s a keen hunter. He’ll put on a butchering demo, there will be hunting dog games, you can partake in a charity auction and, of course, the food and drink will be excellent. Wear your best tweeds (seriously!). Tickets are $180. Details at the Fowles Wine website.

Yalumba boycott

While Fowles celebrates all that’s good about hunting and sustenance, Yalumba has pulled its wines from the US National Rifles Association’s membership program. Yalumba says it wants nothing to do with the NRA. Yalumba boss Robert Hill Smith said the NRA ran counter to his and his family’s views on gun laws. Shooters are now being urged to boycott Yalumba’s products. Other US companies have pulled back from supporting the NRA recently, and the organisation’s popularity has declined since the Sandy Hook massacre, but it remains popular overall among Americans as it stands staunchly against any tightening of gun control there.

NIOA’s defence success

Firearm distributor NIOA is now the top-ranked Australian-owned small to medium enterprise in the weapons and munitions business, according to Australian Defence Magazine, which published data showing NIOA was also in the top 10 overall. “This is an important milestone for the company as it embarks on a year of significant expansion headlined by a $20 million investment in a new … facility on 13 acres at the Brisbane International Airport,” NIOA managing director Robert Nioa said. As well as housing significant military-based testing, training and repair facilities, the new NIOA premises will become the Asia-Pacific region’s repair facility and custom shop for Leupold and Stevens.

Game Council survey offers $1000 in prizes

You could win $1000 worth of hunting goodies, including a game camera and some great books, by completing the NSW Game Council’s annual survey. The survey, which is open only to R- and G-licence holders, aims to measure the public benefits of the Game Council’s hunting system. The results are independently assessed and provide a unique insight into how this statutory body impacts on NSW. It also helps paint a picture of the habits of hunters. The survey is on the Game Council website, and you’ll need your licence and log-in details to complete it.

US gun laws struggling for legitimacy

Gun laws introduced in some US states since the Sandy Hook shooting have come under increasing pressure by many opponents and critics. New York State quickly introduced an “assault weapon” ban as part of what are now the strictest gun-control laws in the USA, thanks to the governor pushing them through without any real public process. Now legislative committees and other authorities are condemning the changes. The state’s Rifle and Pistol Association has already filed suit against the law. Colorado’s sheriffs have spoken against further gun restrictions, for reasons ranging from constitutional concerns to the need for a “good, deliberate discussion” of the issues.

Canada’s senior shooter sues government

The head of the Canadian Sporting Shooters Association is taking the nation’s Chief Firearms Office to court over new regulations it introduced that restrict licensed firearm owners from going to the range. Part of the new regulations mean sport shooters need a written invitation to attend a range before they can transport firearms there, and the invitation must be surrendered to police on demand; and that’s not all that Canadians are upset about. “For the sake of our rights, not just as firearms owners but as citizens of Canada, we must stand against this arbitrary oppression from an un-elected bureaucracy,” Tony Bernado told CSSA members and supporters after he filed his personal suit. He encouraged others to join him.

Elephant poachers operating freely

Reports from Kenya make it clear that police know at least two major poaching kingpins in Samburu who were behind the slaying of 27 elephants in just one moth recently, but nothing is being done to stop them. Locals who are appalled by the slaughter have named the kingpins and police have arrested them many times, but charges have never been laid. The crime bosses apparently successfully threaten police into inaction and continue their work unopposed, hiring local young men to do the killing. The men are paid less than $50 per tusk; middlemen sell it for around $200 per kilogram, and the international market pays about $7000 a kilo.




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Mick Matheson

Mick grew up with guns and journalism, and has included both in his career. A life-long hunter, he has long-distant military experience and holds licence categories A, B and H. In the glory days of print media, he edited six national magazines in total, and has written about, photographed and filmed firearms and hunting for more than 15 years.


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