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August 21st, 2015 by AmSJ Staff

By Scott Haugen


1. Sonora Double – MEXICO

Known for big mule deer, Sonora also has solid numbers of Coues whitetails. They’re not as big as bucks to the north, but if you’re looking to double-up with a muley, this is a good option. Hunting is by spot and stalk, and flat ground is covered by driving in high-rack trucks.


2. Mule Deer Options – NORTHWEST

(Washington, Idaho, Montana, Colorado, Wyoming and Oregon)

Colorado is kicking out some monster muleys, but many are on private lands or require a lot of points to draw. Wyoming, Montana, Washington and Idaho offer multiple options with over-the-counter tags in some regions. Oregon and Southwest states that produce big bucks also require tags to be drawn.


3. Western Whitetails – IDAHO

Idaho is tops when talking big Western whitetails and lots of them. The northern half
of the state has loads of bucks, as do neighboring Montana and Wyoming. Eastern Washington and northeast Oregon are also producing great whitetails each year.


4. Columbian Double OREGON

Columbian whitetails and Columbian blacktails can both be hunted in Oregon’s Umpqua River Valley (but not at the same time), near the town of Roseburg. Whitetail tags are on a draw or landowner preference ticket, while blacktail tags can be acquired over the counter.


5. Sitka Blacktails – ALASKA

Kodiak Island is tops when talking Sitka blacktails. Being dropped at spike camp is an option, as is hiring a transporter who will shuttle you around by boat. I like the latter, so new ground can be covered each day.

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April 28th, 2015 by AmSJ Staff

OlsonIf you haven’t yet heard, right here in our backyard at the North Thurston High School in Lacy, Wash. a 16-year-old boy shot off rounds in the school terrifying students and causing a stampede. While this is becoming commonplace, sadly but I draw your attention to the high school teacher who tackled this kid rendering him unarmed and no longer a threat. Brady Olson.

In our circles (people who carry guns  in case the unthinkable happens to protect ourselves and those around us) we would have been justified in shooting that kid in order to protect all the other kids and staff. In a report from the police commander, the campus resource officer, a Lacey police officer, “was preparing to shoot the boy when social studies teacher Brady Olson tackled the student.

One of the items we find troubling is the shooter says he obtained the gun from his parents. There has been a lot of debate on whether parents should suffer criminal charges for having their firearms accessible to their children. What do you think?

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