Remington is spending $32 million to increase its ammo-making capacity.

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Remington’s bigger ammo plant; hunting on the box; NZ heli-hunting compromise; hunter loses leg in backpack accident; professional pig hunters give up; one for the long-range fans

Remington’s bigger ammo plant

Remington will spend $US32 million building a new factory as part of the expansion of its Lanoke, Arkansas, facility as it increases its capacity to make ammunition. The project should take a year. “We are proud to provide job growth within communities that have supported us for so many years, while meeting the increasing global demand for superior ammunition products,” plant manager Jim Grahlmann said. Remington is not alone among US companies that have been battling to keep pace with growing demand for all kinds of firearm-related products over the past few years.

Hunting on the box

Don’t forget to tune in to Beyond the Divide, Australia’s first televised hunting show. Episodes from the first series are screening weekly in Melbourne, Adelaide, Sydney, Brisbane and Perth – check the links to find out about times. If you can’t tune in to those channels, go to the show’s website to see episodes streamed online. Beyond the Divide has been very well received, not just for the fact that it’s there on TV but for its quality, presentation and good content.

NZ heli-hunting compromise

Wrangling over what constitutes ‘fair chase’ helicopter-borne hunting in New Zealand has gone to the court, which has ruled in favour of the government’s decision to limit heli-hunting tour operators’ permits to two years instead of the industry-standard 10 years. Helicopter operators who fly clients to remote areas as a transport service only have been facing off against pilots who use helicopters as part of a hunt, dropping off clients when an animal is spotted then using the chopper to herd the game towards the shooter. ‘Spot and drop’ heli-hunts are reviled by many hunters, but others defend them as being good business, and the professional association is split on the issue. New legislation prohibits shooting from a helicopter, but not herding.

Hunter loses leg in backpack accident

An experienced hunter in the US has lost a leg after the rifle he was carrying in a backpack discharged. Curtis Jaussi, 34, was hiking into country where he intended to hunt bear when the rifle went off, hitting him in the left knee. He was airlifted to hospital, where the leg was amputated. The accident is another reminder of the vital importance of correct and constant safe handling of firearms. “He’s a seasoned hunter,” a friend said of Jaussi, who had hunted since childhood. Jaussi’s wife says Curtis intends to continue hunting when he recovers.

Professional pig hunters give up

The end of game meat processing in western NSW is forcing the last professional shooters out of business, according to a newspaper report, in spite of booming pig and kangaroo populations. Professionals also say they’re sorry to see feral animal control go over to the use of 1080 and what one calls “weekend warriors”, a tag he attached to helicopter-borne cullers who he accuses of gut-shooting pigs. Meanwhile, a Landcare representative claims “100% wipeout of feral pigs” after the use of 1080.

One for the long-range fans

Fancy hitting a 30 x 30cm target more than 3km away? Billy Carter does using a Cheytac .375, and in a couple of Youtube videos he discusses it and shows how it’s done. Watch the embedded video, then click the link below to see the second.




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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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