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July 29, 2009
Gardener Discovers Unlikely Deer Deterrent
Have you tried everything from soap shavings to coyote urine to keep hungry
deer out of your vegetable garden and flowerbeds? A Maryland gardener claims
that pesky whitetail deer have not bothered his vegetable garden for the past
two years — ever since he strung bright yellow crime scene tape around it!
Also this week, you’ll read about how fishing is enjoyed by more Americans than
golf and tennis combined, and much more!
A Beer-Battered Concept
Oxon Hill, Md., gardener Chris Ervin, who says he came up with the concept
after drinking "a couple of beers," claims deer haven’t bothered his expansive
vegetable plot since he surrounded it with the neon-colored tape used by cops
to mark police crime scenes.
Ervin says he had grown weary of his annual battle with an estimated 50
whitetail deer that commonly visited his property on a nightly basis, gobbling
his flowers, ornamental shrubs and vegetables.
Then, one afternoon while mowing the lawn and admittedly inspired "by a
couple of beers," Ervin says the solution to his deer problem just came to
Ever since he first encircled his plot of corn, beans, melons, collard
greens, and squash with the bright tape two years ago, the deer have respected
the marked boundary like gawkers at an urban crime scene.
"I wish I had patented it because you can see how pretty the garden
is," Ervin told a Washington, D.C. TV station recently. "They don’t
touch it. They’ll eat everything else around here but they don’t touch
The brewski-loving gardener speculated that the motion of the iridescent
tape in the breeze is enough to keep the wary deer from crossing the boundary.
To improve on Ervin’s idea, here at The Outdoor News Hound, we’ve decided the
chalk outline of a whitetail buck on the ground behind the tape would be a nice
added touch. The idea just kinda came to us after a couple of beers.
Own Some Gun History, For Only $375,000
You can forget about a Browning Buckmark tattoo or a 3-foot wide pickup window
decal of the famous deerhead logo. The News Hound has discovered the ultimate
abode for the unapologetic gun nut and devotee of all things Browning.
It’s John Moses Browning’s 6,912-square-foot, 8-bedroom mansion in Ogden,
Utah. How’s that for a gun-loving statement?
Built in 1900, most of the house is original, including a hardwood banister
stretching from the entry all the way to the third-floor attic, beveled
windows, hardwood floors, and fireplaces throughout.
Widely considered a genius and inarguably the most famous gun-maker in the
world, perhaps Browning’s most enduring legacy is the short recoil design
behind the 1911 handgun, which remains the pre-eminent operating system in
today’s semi-auto handguns, nearly a century after it was first introduced.
Not a handgun fan? OK, there’s his other creations, like the Winchester
Model 1886 lever action rifle, Model 1887 lever action repeating shotgun, Model
1897 pump action shotgun, and Models 1894 and 1895 lever action repeating
For good measure throw in the Colt Model 1895 "Peacemaker" machine
gun and Model 1817 .30 cal. water-cooled machine gun.
The "ultimate gun-lover’s dream house" is located at 505 27th St.
in historic Ogden. While much of the interior is original, your wife will be
pleased to know the kitchen has been updated since 1900.
Asking price is $374,900.
The one downside? Guns are not included. It’s strictly BYOB (Bring Your Own
Fishing More Popular Than Golf
The American Sportfishing Association recently released its "Sportfishing
in America" report for freshwater and saltwater angling, indicating that
anglers annually generate $45 billion in retail sales.
More people fish — about 40 million — than play golf (24.4 million) and
tennis (10.4 million) combined. About 30 million of the anglers are age 16 and
The three states with the most anglers are Florida (2.77 million), Texas
(2.52 million) and California (1.73 million), while the top three states in
terms of jobs supported by sportfishing are Florida (75,100), Texas (59,000)
and Minnesota (43,100).
Not surprisingly, the most popular gamefish is the largemouth bass, pursued
by one out of every three U.S. anglers. Flounder is the most-targeted saltwater
By no means is fishing confined to male rural residents, as 45 percent of
anglers come from cities with populations of 1 million or more and 25 percent
of all anglers are female.
Ammo-Sales Restrictions Continue In Golden State|
The Carson (Calif.) City Council unanimously approved an ordinance last week
requiring retail stores selling ammunition to acquire a special permit, and to
collect the name, address and thumbprint of each customer who purchases ammo
inside the city limits.
The vote made Carson the 15th California city to approve such restrictions
and renewed discussions of a potential lawsuit from the National Rifle
Association and the California Rifle and Pistol Association.
Proponents of the ordinance, modeled after a similar law approved last fall
in Los Angeles, claim it keeps felons and others who are prohibited from
possessing firearms from purchasing ammunition.
However, opponents point out that all types of ammunition are legal to sell
and are readily available through multiple catalog outlets and online
retailers. Additionally, both the NRA and CRPA argue that such ordinances reach
beyond the bounds of existing state law.
Quote Of The Week
"I once thought I would add a little class to bluegill fishing, so I went
and caught some bluegills while wearing a fly fisherman’s vest and a canvass
hat with a wood-duck feather in the band, but it didn’t catch on.
-Charles F. Waterman
“Florida Wildlife, 1973”
J.R. Absher is a freelance outdoor writer whose articles and columns appear
in numerous national publications. He offers his unique perspective of the
outdoors weekly for sportsmansguide.com. You may contact him at