Claim the privilege of hunting according to the dictates of your own conscience, and allow all hunters the same privilege;
let them practice how, where, or what they may.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Dealing With Muslim Extremism "Chronicles" Style

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How to deal with Muslim Extremist street singers.

When Muslim street singers attack innocent people's ears!

Disclaimer: No Muslims were injured in this French Dramatization.


Ok... Maybe a little...

Best Regards,
Albert “Afghanus” Rasch
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Wayne Pacelle and "Vick Gate" or All I Want for Christmas...

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Wayne Pacelle's BFF Michael Vick,
Wants a Puppy for Christmas!

Well my friends, as you know the internet never sleeps, and the way things are going niether do I! I haven't rattled Wayne's chains lately, but he and his Quarterback Best Football Friend Michael Vick are in the news and then some. There appears to be quite a bit of consternation with Wayne Pacelle's cozy relationship with Dog Fighter Kingpin Michael Vick of the Philadelphia Eagles. It seems that Vick feels he has been sufficiently rehabilitated, and now has a desire to have a dog again. (How much do you want to bet it isn't a Maltese?) Guess what? Pacelle of the HSUS animal lover that he is, feels that it's ok that his good friend Vick should be allowed to have a dog again.

Lets see what the internet has to say about it!

Mayzie’s Dog Blog: Wayne Pacelle is “NOT supposed to be enabling an animal abuser” like Michael Vick

The Dog Dish: “I would sooner give O.J. Simpson a knife…” then give Michael Vick a dog

E! blogger: Should we forget because Vick is just “going through the motions”?

KC Dog Blog: If HSUS really supports “rehabilitation,” it should focus inward

•K9 Chronicles author discusses why she can no longer support HSUS

HSUS’s CNN buddy Jane Velez-Mitchell: Vick’s HSUS work “doesn't erase the past”

•Animal advocates are taking to Twitter over "Vick-gate"

•Yes Biscuit! blogger calls Wayne Pacelle a "dog killing advocate"

BadRap Blog details Vick’s violent past with animals

•Delaware’s mom-blog poll says Michael Vick should never be allowed to own a dog again

•Gossip writer: Now that Michael Vick is succeeding, he thinks it’s a “case of forgiving and forgetting”

•Cartoon: Even Santa Claus is stunned by Michael Vick’s Christmas wish

Thanks to HumaneWatch.Org for illuminating, collating, and organizing much of the information about the HSUS available on the net.

Best Regards,
Albert A Rasch
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Member: Hunting Sportsmen of the United States HSUS (Let 'em sue me.)
The Hunt Continues...

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FWC, Partners Rescue Cold-stunned Sea Turtles

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Here is more Florida cold weather reports; seems like I'm not the only one suffering from the cold! (Even though I'm halfway around the world!)

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and
Wildlife Rescue Partners Rescue Cold-stunned Sea Turtles

Recent cold temperatures in Florida left many cold-stunned sea turtles close to death, floating listlessly in the water. Working with staff from county, state and federal agencies as well as volunteers, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) biologists helped to coordinate the rescue of hundreds of sea turtles this week.

Rescuers pulled more than 250 stunned turtles from the frigid waters. The majority of the rescues took place in the Cape Canaveral area of Brevard County. However, rescues also took place in Indian River, Gulf and Pinellas counties.

Most of the sea turtles affected by the recent cold weather in Florida are green turtles, with smaller numbers of loggerheads and Kemp's ridleys, as well as one hawksbill turtle. FWC biologists predict the majority of the affected turtles will survive.

The FWC and its partners worked together to pick up the turtles and transport them to places where they can recover from the cold shock. Sea turtle rehabilitation facilities throughout the state are housing these animals until they can be released when temperatures warm.

When the water temperature drops, stunned sea turtles may float listlessly in the water or wash onto shore. Although these turtles may appear to be dead, they are often still alive. However, in this listless condition, they are especially vulnerable to further impacts from the weather and may become prey to scavengers.

With temperatures increasing, biologists are hopeful that, for now, turtles will no longer be in need of rescue.

Stranded sea turtles and all other distressed wildlife should be reported to the FWC Wildlife Alert Hotline at 888-404-FWCC (3922).

For additional information on fish and wildlife research, visit

Best Regards,
Albert A Rasch
Member: Shindand Tent Club
Member: Hunting Sportsmen of the United States HSUS (Let 'em sue me.)
The Hunt Continues...

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Friday, December 17, 2010

FWC Rescues Young Manatee from Chilly Waters

FWC Rescues Young Manatee from Chilly Waters

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Biologists with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission's (FWC) Fish and Wildlife Research Institute (FWRI) rescued a young male manatee in St. Petersburg on Wednesday.

The 7-foot juvenile manatee was thin and showed signs of cold stress. This condition, which can result in death, occurs as a result of exposure to water temperatures below 68 degrees for long periods of time. Biologists also were concerned that the manatee was far from any warm-water sites, where manatees typically go to seek refuge from cold water temperatures. Because of these factors, biologists determined that the young manatee should be pulled from the chilly waters of Bayboro Harbor.

The rescue took place just outside the FWRI headquarters in downtown St. Petersburg. Biologists learned of the cold-stressed manatee when a concerned resident reported it.

After the rescue, biologists transported the manatee to Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo for rehabilitation.

To report a dead or distressed manatee, call the FWC Wildlife Alert Hotline at 888-404-FWCC (3922).

For more information on manatee research, visit

Cold Weather May Lead to Florida Fish Kills

Cold Weather May Lead to Florida Fish Kills

The recent cold weather in Central Florida has resulted in several cold-related fish kills in Volusia, Brevard and Indian River counties. Chilly winter temperatures can lead to fish die-offs in Florida's marine habitats, rivers and lakes.

The good news is that these events are natural occurrences and typically do not cause permanent damage to the ecosystem or to fish populations. In some cases they are even beneficial, in that they help limit the spread of invasive, exotic species.

Fish kills are often caused by sudden temperature fluctuations or by extended periods of extreme temperatures. Such kills can occur any time of the year in Florida, but they are most common in winter, when air temperatures drop. Although water stays relatively warm for awhile after the air cools, extended cold snaps can cause water temperatures in inland water bodies and estuaries to drop. The cold may kill fish outright by cold stress or weaken them so that they are more susceptible to disease. Another phenomenon, called lake-turnover, may occur when suddenly cooled surface water sinks and mixes with deeper, oxygen-poor water. This can cause fish to suffocate, often leading them to gulp at the surface before they die.

Warm-water species, including popular game fish like snook, are particularly vulnerable to cold temperatures. Exotic species such as butterfly peacock bass, tilapia, and sucker-mouth catfish are also especially susceptible to cold weather.

Fish affected by the cold may appear lethargic and may be seen at the surface where the water may be warmer from the sun. All recreational regulations still apply to fish impacted by the cold temperatures, even if they appear to be dead or dying.

It is important for Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission scientists to keep track of the location and extent of fish kills in natural lakes and estuaries, to see if there are problems developing in an ecosystem that might require investigation or restorative measures. Although it is not necessary to report fish kills in private ponds, FWC scientists can assist the public by providing information about cold-weather fish kills in these water bodies. Residents can report fish kills in natural water bodies to the FWC at or call the FWC Fish Kill Hotline at 800-636-0511. For more information on fish kills, visit and select "Fish and Wildlife Health" under the "Explore" section.

Hundreds of Trophy Class Deer Poached!

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Massive Poaching Crime Uncovered

The magnitude of the following just boggles my mind! The depravity, selfishness, temerity... I hope they throw the damned book at them backed by load of OO Buckshot.

"Three Stewart County, TN men are facing state and federal charges for allegedly poaching "hundreds" of trophy-class whitetail deer on the Fort Campbell military installation, which is located in parts of Tennessee and Kentucky. The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency will be holding a Friday press conference to display the deer and seized property from the case. Curtis Wallace, 45, and Jim Edward Page, 43, both of Dover, and Wendell Taylor, 43, of Big Rock, have been charged with several federal poaching-related charges." Clarksville Leaf-Chronicle and The Tennessean.

This is a massive poaching crime, click on the Tennessean link to see some of the mounts. It is beyond my comprehension how three individuals could rob the public of so much.

Albert A Rasch

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Wednesday, December 15, 2010

QDM: Fruit Bearing Trees for your Land

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Planting Fruit and Nut Trees

I know it's only Christmas, but it's a good time to plan your spring planting for fruit bearing trees. We all know that deer love the carbohydrates from ripening fruit, and a good stand will draw them from miles away. A well planted and designed orchard will not only provide an irresistable food source for deer, (And other game too!) but will definitly increase the value of your property! While it does take longer to get an orchard established, the long term cost is much reduced compared to other food plots. Maintainance is less, and the production can be quite long depending on the species of tree planted.

It is important to realize that planting fruit trees from bare root stock can take many years to produce. If you have the time and inclination to wait, then you can purchase many at a good price. The other option is to buy potted trees that may be ready to produce within a couple of years, maybe that same fall! All you need is a shovel to dig the hole it will be in, a bucket for water, and a handful of fertilizer to get it started.

Actually, it is a little more involved than that! But not by much. Realize that bareroot stock, even though it is dormant, is still very delicate. The most important thing to remember is to protect the roots from any moisture loss!  Even when transporting them to their new site, keep the roots covered,  protected and moist.

If you need to keep the bareroot trees more than a couple of days before you can plant them, bury them in a moist medium like peatmoss and sand, or potting mix. This will keep them safe until you can plant them. Make sure it's in a shady spot, and water them well. Of course protect them from any possiblity of freezing. You can actually keep them like this for a few weeks, but you must plant them before they show any signs of growth! Before you plant them, soak the roots in water overnight.

If you have the opportunity, pre dig the holes where you want to plant your orchard. This will minimize any possibility that your trees' roots may dry out.

Two stakes to either side are better...

It would not be a bad idea to bring a couple of stakes, and some raffia or manila twine to stabilize the newly planted tree. You will also need something to protect the trunk from rodents. Some inexpensive hardware cloth wrapped around the trunk is an easy to use barrier against the gnawing teeth of rodents.

The next question you must ask yourself is where in particular are you going to plant your orchard.

You want to make sure you plant the trees in a well drained area. I had to create mounds about 18 inches high to get my orange trees high enough above the water table here in Florida. The persimmons I planted are on a slight rise, but I mounded them also. You may or may not need to do the same, but it is important that drainage is adequate. Fruit and nut trees need sunshine in order to give you maximum production. So you may need to do some clearing in order to maximize the potential of your orchard. Without adequate sunlight, you cannot eapect your trees to reach their best production rates.

You know, before you dig that first hole, you really should plan for your stand placement. Don't plant a beautiful, productive orchard, and then realize you have no place for a stand or hide! You should be aware of the other assets in your area, beds, runs, rub lines, fences, and plan accordingly.

Remember to study the types of trees you will be planting, taking into consideration size at maturity, when they ripen, the number needed for adequate pollination, etc. For those of you in the North, apples in particular are known to have early, mid, and late season varieties which will drop fruit over several  months, giving you an incredible season of opportuity!

(I'm a big fan of the American Persimmon; Native Americans loved them, and they are a popular food for wild turkey, mockingbirds, deer, squirrels, and all sorts of other wildlife! They are a largeish tree, growing to sixty feet, and they definitly need to be planted with others as they are either male or female.)

I would suggest that fruit and trees are one of the best improvements and investments you can make to your property. Over the long term, they are a low maintenance crop that deer will concentrate on. Not only that, but an established orchard carefully situated, and producing deer consistently will add immeasurably to your enjoment, and to your property's value!

Best Regards,
Albert A Rasch
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Member: Hunting Sportsmen of the United States HSUS (Let 'em sue me.)
The Hunt Continues...

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Albert Rasch,HunterThough he spends most of his time writing and keeping the world safe for democracy, Albert was actually a student of biology. Really. But after a stint as a lab tech performing repetitious and mind-numbing processes that a trained capuchin monkey could do better, he never returned to the field. Rather he became a bartender. As he once said, "Hell, I was feeding mice all sorts of concoctions. At the club I did the same thing; except I got paid a lot better, and the rats where bigger." He has followed the science of QDM for many years, and fancies himself an aficionado. If you have any questions, or just want to get more information, reach him via TheRaschOutdoorChronicles(at)MSN(dot)com.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Honest Honor Roll High School Student Faces Expulsion

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Law-Abiding, Honor Roll
High School Student Faces Expulsion

I don't want you to think I have fallen asleep behind the keyboards here in Afghanistan!

Support from all gun owners needed!

Friday, December 10, 2010

Demari DeRue is a 16-year-old junior at Columbia Falls High School in Columbia Falls, Montana. She is an honor roll student, a cheerleader and a hunter. On Monday, December 13th, she faces expulsion from school because, after a recent weekend family hunting trip, she inadvertently left her unloaded and secured hunting rifle locked in her trunk, and then drove to school Monday morning and parked on school property.

The expulsion could be for as long as a year, but any expulsion could seriously hurt Demari’s college plans.

Details of Demari’s situation can be read here:

Unreasonable School Administrators Shoot Down Cheerleaders Chances

School officials claim they have no choice but to expel Demari. But the facts of this case show the unreasonable nature of the “zero-tolerance” mindset. Further, both federal and state law give discretion to school officials to modify the expulsion provisions in the statutes.

The no firearms rules were created to punish students who present a danger or who intend to commit crimes; not to punish an upstanding honor student who simply had a memory lapse. Further, it was Demari who voluntarily informed school officials when she remembered she had left the rifle locked in the trunk of her car. It is appalling that Demari is facing expulsion because of her honesty.

The hearing for Demari will be Monday, December 13, at 6:00 p.m. (plan to arrive by 5:00 p.m.), in the Administration Building at Glacier Gateway Elementary School, located at 501 sixth avenue west, in Columbia Falls. If at all possible, please attend this hearing and support Demari. Politely tell school district officials that blind adherence to unreasonable anti-gun policies does not make our kids safer, and in this particular case, would be a grave injustice.

Let them know that the only reasonable outcome of this hearing is to completely purge Demari’s high school record of this incident, so she won’t be in a position of trying to explain a “gun crime” to firearm-averse review committees considering college and scholarship applications.

Please take a few moments and contact high school officials, the superintendent and the school board and politely let them know that you support Demari, that you oppose any action to expel her and that a complete expungement of her record is in order. Contact information can be found below.

Mike Nicosia Superintendent 

Alan Robbins Principal          

Scott Gaiser Asst. Principal   

School Board Members:

Jill Rocksund                       
Dean Chisholm                    
Barbara Riley                      
Darrell Newby                    
Gail Pauley                          

Jim Henjum                         
Larry Wilson                       
Scott Emmerich                   

I've sent them an email urging them to expunge her record. 13DEC2010 2241 Afghanistan Time!

Best Regards,
Albert A Rasch
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Member: Hunting Sportsmen of the United States HSUS (Let 'em sue me.)
The Hunt Continues...