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Green Teal Duck Hunt

| December 9, 2019
Green Teal Hen and Drake
Photo Credit: Keith Knoxsville
A Hen and a Drake Green Teal on the truck bed. Not a limit on anything, but a fun morning out.

Its been a while since I had a chance to get out and do any successful wing shooting. So when I harvested a couple Green Teal ducks the other day, I was pretty happy.

After a late start on an overcast morning. I set up a short camouflage blind against a background of tall sage brush, and lazily tossed 6 Hard Core Brands Mallard Decoys into some shallow water in front of it. I used a blind similar to the Ameristep 4-Spur Blind and it was just way too short. I ended up doing a bunch of crouching.

Reflection on Lake

Two ducks down, on a lake with cool reflections.

A small group of ducks eventually made a mistake, and flew in over the dekes. I doubt they were enticed by my shitty calling.

I usually shoot upland birds, Dove, quail, grouse and chukar, and don’t have a ton of migratory bird hunting experience. It’s probably the reason I didn’t gauge my shooting distance too well, and thought the rather small Teal were twice as far and twice as big. I waited longer than I had too and folded 2 birds.

The birds fell into about 6 inches of water, and a friends young lab, after a significant amount of coercing, retrieved the ducks. The commotion on the side of the lake, pushed the ducks off, so we called it good for the day.

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Legal Lead Ammo

| July 5, 2019
lead free 22
Photo Credit: Keith Knoxsville
A Hen and a Drake Green Teal on the truck bed. Not a limit on anything, but a fun morning out.

The California statewide ban on lead ammo is now in effect.  Sure condors and other critters will continue to choke on old wheel balancing weights, trash, and lead fishing weights, but that’s because the lead free movement isn’t really about the environment, its about gun control.

In California, I can hunt a variety of small game using Crosman .22 cal 14.3g lead hunting pellets 500 pellets runs $6.28 on Amazon or 1.256 cents per pellet.  However, it is now illegal for me to use lead 36g 22lr ammo to hunt anything. If it sounds stupid, its because it is.

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So what gives? Certainly its not environmental concerns driving this type of legislation, or we’d see more effective legislation protecting the environment holistically.  In addition to the statewide lead hunting ammo ban, background checks for ammo purchases are now a thing.  The government will most definitely be keeping tabs on your ammo sales.

I went through a background check at Dick’s Sporting Goods, and bought 2 boxes of lead free CCI COPPER-22 ammo for my 22lr. *At 8.99 for each 50 round box, that’s 17.98 cents per round, a stark contrast from my average 3.5 cent lead 22lr rounds.  The process was made more simple for me, because I had given them my patronage and bought firearms through them, before they got on the anti 2a political band wagon.  I did not have to pay 19 dollars for the background check, which would have made the purchase of 20 dollars worth of ammo twice as expensive, and a deal breaker.

The combined legislation effectively increases ammo costs more than 4 fold, decreases the availability of ammo as there are way less lead free options, adds a burden of background checks, and effectively taxes the law abiding citizen a $20 fee to legally purchase ammo.

The laws do nothing to curtail gun violence, they arguably do nothing or next to nothing for wildlife, and they encourage legal gun owners to break the law and buy ammo where its less restrictive and less burdensome.

The laws do seem to do one thing, and that is to help pacify an anti-gun voter base, that keeps our legislatures at the helm of an otherwise great state. But its never enough for them.

For more on the BS about lead, read for yourself here http://www.huntfortruth.org/myths/

*I also want to be clear, that I am not criticizing CCI, they are producing a product to satisfy California’s small game hunters. It is understandably more expensive than lead.

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The Truth About California’s Ammo Laws

| January 9, 2017
Photo Credit: Keith Knoxsville
A Hen and a Drake Green Teal on the truck bed. Not a limit on anything, but a fun morning out.


The truth about California’s ammo laws, is that they are complete bullshit. They don’t work, haven’t worked, will continue to not work, will make criminals of law abiding citizens, and infringe on the Second Amendment.

For the completely uninformed, California passed bill SB53 among a slew of other anti second amendment laws, requiring residents pay $50 and submit to a background check to acquire an ammo purchasing permit. Those who pass will be on a list of persons approved in the state of California to buy ammunition through Federally Licensed Firearms dealers only.

Firstly, around 40% of gun transactions in America won’t go through a background check. That’s not to say they are illegal transactions, they just may not have happened somewhere requiring the check. Like what commonly happens in a private sale in a free state, between friends, acquaintances, and family members.

California criminals have ready access to firearms trafficked into California, regardless of California’s best stupid efforts. If a criminal doesn’t acquire a firearm by this method, they can buy a gun on the black market. Such guns are often stolen guns, or foreign and reproduction ghost guns slipping through Customs and Border Control.

The unknown selection method for customs and border control ultimately allows between 95% and 97% of cargo to enter the country without inspection. That’s right, they only inspect 3% to 5% of cargo.

Gangs traffic guns from state to state, county to county, commit crimes, and make it very difficult to match ballistics to guns that law enforcement officers don’t know to look for and don’t know exist, or don’t exist because they have been resold and moved after a crime.

The loop holes, and violation of laws already on the books are what make criminals criminals. They simply disregard them. Old laws, and new laws don’t affect them, they just make it increasingly difficult and expensive for the law abiding citizen to exercise their second amendment right.

Add the extra $50 annually to buy ammo, the law abiding citizen will be limited in the number of rounds they can purchase, and soon will also have to abide by lead free ammo laws. For the completely ignorant, non-lead ammo is harder to acquire as the availability and production is limited, and averages double the price of lead ammo.

If I wanted to take my bolt action hunting rifle to the range before the hunting season and sight in a scope, shooting three lead free rounds would cost a $50 background check for the year + $2 per round. In the best scenario it takes 3 rounds to sight in a scope, but the realistic scenario is that you will go through a box of 20. That’s over $40 to ensure accuracy with lead free ammo. For a total of $90. Without the background and lead free ammo, it would cost me $21 dollars. Such costs will push otherwise law abiding citizens to buy ammo across borders and traffic it back.

If all liberals had to pay $50 annually to express their opinions, and even more restrictions and costs were placed on what was allowed to be said and how large the audience, the hippy dippies would undoubtedly cry in their safe spaces about their first amendment rights being violated.

Gang violence will not be curbed, mental health will not improve, and criminals will not comply with any gun or ammo law. They have no regard for them, never have, and never will. Getting tougher on criminals might do the trick, but California would rather harbor illegal aliens, house them in local jails at the cost of the taxpayer, or release them onto the streets at the safety of law abiding citizens.

The laws that California passed regarding ‘assault rifles’, ‘illegal features’, magazines, and now ammunition, are clear violations of the Second Amendment, “…the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”.

California identifying ‘features’ of firearms as being dangerous to its citizens and therefore making specific ‘evil guns’ illegal for California ownership and possession, is a method of circumventing federal and constitutional laws protecting citizens’ rights to bear arms, and makes criminals out of good people.

Such circumventing is not clever, nor is it effective. Other states with similar bans, voluntary gun registrations, and forfeitures, have proven that second amendment advocates and gun owners will not comply with state laws that clearly violate their second amendment rights.

The end result is angry ‘non-compliant’ law abiding citizens and gun owners facing a higher cost of freedom, infringed amendment rights, citizens possibly being charged as criminals, a false sense of safety among the liberal idiots that voted for this crap legislation, and crimes that will continue to be perpetrated by criminals unencumbered by any new law.

The disillusion will be clear to even the most ignorant anti second amendment liberal, when they are the victim of a crime, and the only recourse is to be a victim and wait for law enforcement to show up with guns.

That is the real truth about California’s gun laws, the folks writing and passing this crap probably know it too, but are more concerned with looking like they did something for their liberal voter base, collecting more taxes and fees to piss away on failed budgeting, and looking like they are tough on crime. Its the political move for votes, nothing more. Whereas the most beneficial move to the public would be to enforce laws already on the books, and treat criminals like criminals, not make new criminals out of law abiding citizens that prefer not to be victims.

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Can you hunt with lead 22lr in California?

| September 1, 2016
Photo Credit: Keith Knoxsville
A Hen and a Drake Green Teal on the truck bed. Not a limit on anything, but a fun morning out.

Can you hunt with lead 22lr in California? As of August 2016 the answer is Yes.

 

There is a lot of confusion, and regurgitation, about non-lead ammo that I’ve heard when I’ve talked with other shooters, hunters, and especially sporting good store employees in Southern California.

 

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Generally, folks don’t know that the lead ammo restrictions apply to the taking of small game with shotguns, taking of non-game, big game, and depredation shooting. However, 22lr and airguns over .177 are exempt from these rules until phase 3 of the statewide nonlead ammo implementation in 2019. The one other exceptions are Condor Boundaries, Eco Reserves and Wildlife Areas. You can find those here: California Area Maps

 

Unlike the sheeple, I read all the CA hunting rules, then read them again, then read the lead requirements, then read those again. As I understood the rules, it is completely legal to use 22lr lead ammo, as well as lead pellet gun ammo over .177, to take small game. LA County has its own pistol and rifle 22lr rule, but lead airgun pellets are still allowed.

 

To verify this, I contacted California Department of Fish and Wildlife via email and amazingly got a prompt, same day, response.

 

You are correct that the non-lead shot requirement is only for shotgun at this time. Phase two of the no-lead ammunition implementation states: nonlead shot will be required when using a shotgun to take resident small game mammals, furbearing mammals, nongame mammals, nongame birds, and any wildlife for depredation purposes. Since a 22 is not a shotgun, this would not apply. You are correct that you must use non-lead ammunition in Condor Country, State Wildlife Areas, & Ecological Reserves.

-California Department of Fish and Wildlife, South Coast – Region 5

 

So enjoy the bunny hunting with your lead 22lr and lead airgun ammo while you can. Hope this helps clarify the misinformation floating around.

 

Lastly, a disclaimer. The information I’ve posted is what I could gather and confirm for myself. Your county or city may have its own ordinances and laws. I’m not responsible if you get in trouble by not being equally diligent and knowing the laws to abide by. Blah blah blah, don’t be an idiot.

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