Thoughts on the Out-of-Doors: Not all gun laws are bad

It is beginning to look like spring at the Moore’s with the grass green, and flowers and the magnolia tree in bloom. (Photo by Gary W. Moore)

I am happy that the new gun legislation in Vermont bans the possession of “bump stocks”, something I had never heard of prior to the Las Vegas murders. Although I try to keep up on firearms and regularly attend the massive annual SHOT Show in Las Vegas where just about any firearm imaginable and anything related is on display, I didn’t even know there was such a thing.

I can’t imagine any legitimate use for the device. The public perception of the devices only hurts responsible gun owners.

The new law says, “As used in this section, “bump-fire stock” means a butt stock designed to be attached to a semiautomatic firearm and intended to increase the rate of fire achievable with the firearm to that of a fully automatic firearm by using the energy from the recoil of the firearm to generate a reciprocating action that facilitates the repeated activation of the trigger.”

It goes on to say, “The Department of Public Safety shall develop, promote, and execute a collection process that permits persons to voluntarily and anonymously relinquish bump-fire stocks prior to the effective date of this section.”

I have always been a strong supporter of our right to bear arms and continue to be now. However, I do not agree that any restrictions are cause to panic. I own many firearms which are safely locked up. I enjoy hunting and target shooting and have since I was very young. Self defense of my family and property is paramount and I have the means to do that.

Bits and Pieces

The Caledonia Forest & Stream Club’s annual Kids Fishing Derby will be this Wednesday, May 16 from 5:30 to 7 p.m.

The event is for those age 12 and younger and will be held at the Weidmann Pond in St. Johnsbury.

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The annual Spring Paddle the Border is next Sunday, May 20. Canoes and Kayaks will be paddled from the Woodsville Community Field to the Bedell Bridge boat launch. There will be a BBQ lunch provided by the Coos Rotary Club following the paddle and music by the Strawberry Farm Band.

Suggested launch time is 10:30 to 11 and a free shuttle will be available from 10 to 11 for paddlers and personal gear from Bedell State Park to the Woodsville launch site.

Contact Michael Thomas at 802-757-3960 for more information.

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The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department’s Let’s Go Fishing Program is hosting its free “Fly-Fishing A-Z” workshop at Coleman State Park in Stewartstown the first weekend in June.

The two-day program is designed primarily for first-time fly anglers and will cover the basics of equipment, fly casting, stream ecology, knot tying, safety, and fish identification. The highlight of this program will be on Sunday when the class heads out to a local fishing pond to put new skills to use.

Participants are required to attend both days of this no-cost program. All equipment is provided to the participants and no fishing license is required to participate.

Register online to at https://nhfishandgame.com/EventWeb/Event/AllEvents?EventTypeID=161&ClassActivity=19. The class is open to anyone age 13 or older. Participants age 16 and under must be accompanied by an adult. The class space is limited, and registration is on a first-come, first-served basis.

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All are welcome at the Northeast Kingdom Skeet & Sporting Clays Club in Burke Saturday, May 19 for the first registered shoot of the 2018 season. This shoot is sponsored by FIOCCHI Ammunition.

It will be a registered NSCA shoot with 100 Sporting Clays, followed by a 50 target 20 gauge sub event and a 50 target 5-Stand. Lunch is included.

See the attached flyer. Non-Registered Shooters are Welcome!

Reply to Bob Durocher at nekclays@gmail.com, if you plan to attend.

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Mark Breen reports in the Fairbanks Museum and Planetarium’s Skywatch Almanac that on May 16, 1932: “Early season heat sent thermometers to a record 91 in St. Johnsbury, while the cool waters of Lake Champlain held Burlington to 88, also a record for the date. In typical May fashion, three days later the fields were white with frost.”

He also tells us that on May 19, 1883: “On this date Vermont experienced its worst forest fire in the vicinity of Groton, the fire traveling 6 miles along the railroad bed toward Wells River, VT.”

Parting Shots

Once again unprepared hikers needed to be rescued, this time in Vermont. Last Wednesday two 18 year old women decided to hike Camel’s Hump. They were wearing only sneakers, shorts, and short sleeved shirts as it was warm in the valley when they started their hike. Surprise, surprise! It was far different on the summit.

They took a wrong turn when they were descending from the summit and ended up on a trail with thigh deep snow and were unable to continue. Think sneakers and shorts in snow up to their thighs.

The rescue took five hours and involved many. This is another case where billing the women would be appropriate.

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You would think I would learn. Once again I will not be able to use my canoe for a while as a bird has built a nest on one of the thwarts. The canoe hangs upside down on my wife’s side of the garage so I didn’t notice the nest until it was too late.

I hope the birds hatch soon and fly away so I can go fishing. This has happened before and each time I vow that the next year I will take action to prevent it but forget until it is too late.

Syndicated columnist Gary W. Moore may be reached by email at gwmoore1946@myfairpoint.net or at Box 454, Bradford, VT 05033.

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