Credit: Margie Anderson
News From The Field Is "Write On Target"
Delete That E-Mail; Check Out These Geese
By Margie Anderson
Have you gotten a frantic e-mail alerting you to legislation that would
require manufacturers to put ID numbers on both bullets and casings?
What they want is to have each box of "handgun and assault weapon" ammo
to be so labeled — each box of ammo would have a unique number, and the
buyer would be required to present a driverís license and have his/her name
and other info recorded in case the bullets or brass were found at the scene of a crime.
The e-mail states, rightly, that this is simply a way to get your right
to bear arms away from you without confiscating your gun. The ammo manufacturers
would be unable to produce the ammo without costly re-tooling, and ammunition prices
The e-mail further states that the legislation is pending in 18 states, including Arizona.
Well, donít get your shorts in a twist — even though snopes.com didnít know the status of this particular
piece of nonsense, the office of Arizona Legislator Jim Weiers gave us the skinny.
The Ammunition Accountability Act was actually proposed last session by a Democrat.
However, the bill was so ďodiousĒ to everyone that it never got a hearing, and no one
ever supported it. It died a lonely and unmourned death. So, for heavenís sake,
donít forward that e-mail anymore — at least not if you live in Arizona!
News From Beretta
Special Snow Goose Harvest Opportunity
Snow goose populations have reached levels that are now causing extensive damage
to their breeding grounds as well as the wetlands and agricultural areas where they
overwinter in the Mid-Atlantic, including Delaware. The USFWS is taking actions to
reduce and stabilize snow goose population by over 50 percent between now and 2013.
Waterfowl hunters in New York will have a special opportunity to harvest snow
geese in most areas of the state beginning in spring 2009. DED has announced plans
to implement a recently approved "Conservation Order" for snow geese.
A Conservation Order is a special management action authorized by the federal Migratory
Bird Treaty Act to control certain wildlife populations when traditional
management programs are unsuccessful in preventing overabundance. Federal and state
regulations were amended in fall 2008 to allow this additional harvest of snow geese,
in response to concerns about their growing numbers across North America.
The Arkansas Snow Goose Conservation Hunt takes place after duck season and runs from through
April 25. The geese usually stay around until the beginning of April, says Beretta.
The season has no limit on the number of geese you bag, no plug requirements,
and no Arkansas hunting license needed. However, you will need to call 1-800-364-GAME
for a free snow goose hunting permit. You are also required to bring an out-of-state
hunting license (i.e., your Arizona hunting license) for this hunt.
Xtrema2 Wins Awards
Credit: Margie Anderson
In 2002, Beretta introduced the original Xtrema. This gun quickly garnered Field
and Streamís "Best Gun of the Year" award, Guns and Ammoís "Editorís Awards for Best Gun of
the Year," and American Riflemanís "Golden Bullseye Award". In the relentless pursuit of
excellence, Berettaís engineers have once again set the benchmark for a "do-it-all" shotgun
in the form of the new Xtrema2 ó Shooting Illustratedís "Shotgun of the Year."
This superb autoloading shotgun was designed and built to reliably function 2 ĺ-inch,
1-ounce equivalent loads through brutal 3 Ĺ-inch magnum loads — interchangeably if you so
desire. The Xtrema2 has more recoil reduction features than any other autoloading shotgun
on the planet. Check out the Xtrema2 — itís perfect for everything from doves to geese.