Weekly news, tips, trivia, fun facts, and wild tales from the outdoors
Jan. 6, 2010
If you’ve been reading The News Hound in recent weeks, you’ve seen several references
to the growing popularity of firearms ownership among women, both for hunting
and for personal protection. This week, we tell you about a new female gun owner
who’s an exceptionally quick study, and much more!
9mm Christmas Present Foils Robbery
One woman who is new to the ranks of handgun ownership put her Christmas
present to work last week when she thwarted a would-be armed robbery at her
drive-in coffee kiosk located in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho.
Espresso expert Michelle Cornelsen was working inside her shop when a
17-year-old male strolled up to the service window, pulled a gun and demanded
"I just said, ‘You aren’t going to shoot me are you?’ And he said, ‘No,
I don’t really want to. I just need you to put the money in the bag,’"
Cornelsen later told Spokane (Wash.) TV station KREM.
When another customer approached the same window and temporarily distracted
the armed teen, Cornelsen grabbed her new 9mm Kel-Tec handgun from beneath the
counter. She received the pistol just days earlier from her husband for
"A customer came around on this side and he covered the (would be robber’s) gun with his
hand," she recalled. "I grabbed mine and put it in his face."
That was enough to send the would-be robber quickly hoofing down the street,
where he was soon apprehended by one of Coeur d’Alene’s finest.
"I was thinking, ‘Oh my gosh. I don’t want to hurt this guy (but) I’m a
business owner and I’ve got to protect what I have," said the
Missouri Town Approves Urban Bowhunt
The Springfield, Mo., City Council has approved the city’s first-ever deer hunt
for archery equipment only to occur within city limits in late 2010.
The resolution passed by the city fathers gives the Missouri Department of
Conservation the authority to manage a deer hunt with bowhunters and allow the
use of broadhead-tipped hunting arrows inside the city limits.
The measure passed by a unanimous 8-0 vote after four citizens voiced
Tim Russell, regional supervisor of the local MDOC office and the key
official who shepherded the proposal the past five months said he was pleased
with the council’s action. The department, Russell said, had been urging a
managed deer hunt within city limits since the early 1990s. The issue
resurfaced in June.
"It’s an educational process, both for us, the citizens and the
council," Russell told the Springfield newspaper. "Hopefully everyone
will come away with a greater appreciation of an understanding of how these
hunts are performed, especially by archery hunters. They’re an elite group."
Homeowners in southern Springfield had urged the city to take action.
The council also was advised by the DOC and the Springfield-Greene County
Health Department that the deer population in south Springfield had grown to
200 per square mile and tick-borne diseases were on the rise.
In order to take part in the 2010 urban hunt, bowhunters will be required to
complete training through the Missouri Bowhunters Association and obtain an
insurance policy through the Missouri Bowhunters Council at a nominal cost.
Young Hunters More Likely To Fall From Treestands
A new study from the University of Alabama at Birmingham indicates that young
hunters between the ages of 15 and 34 are the most likely to suffer serious
injuries in treestand accidents.
The study is featured in the online, “Journal of Trauma Injury, Infection and
Using data from the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System
established by the Consumer Product Safety Commission and the United States
Fish and Wildlife Service, the UAB researchers found an estimated 46,860
injuries related to treestand use between 2000 and 2007.
Of those injured, men were twice as likely as women to be hurt, and younger
hunters more likely than older ones. Hunters aged between 15-24 had injury
rates of 55.7 per 100,000, and those aged 25-34 averaged 61 injuries per
100,000. Hunters over 65 had injury rates of only 22.4 per 100,000.
Younger hunters may have higher injury rates due to a willingness to take
risks, less exposure to safety information, and more time spent hunting than
older hunters, said Gerald McGwin, Jr., associate director for research at
UAB’s Center for Injury Sciences.
Bogus Residency Claims Lead To Citations
Following an investigation with wildlife agencies in neighboring states, the
Wyoming Game and Fish Department recently issued 120 citations to individuals
who illegally claimed residence in Wyoming for the purpose of obtaining
resident hunting or fishing licenses, resulting in substantial fines.
The Wyoming agency conducted an investigation into falsified residencies in
conjunction with wildlife investigators from Utah, Colorado and Idaho.
Investigators cross-checked resident licenses purchased in 2005 and 2006
with those in the other three states.
The department says the 120 citations resulted in fines of more than
Statutes in Wyoming, Utah, Colorado, and Idaho limit hunters and anglers to
claiming residency in only one state for purposes of acquiring a resident
Quote Of The Week
"It is wonderful to smell the morning. Anybody who’s been around the woods
knows that morning smells one way, high noon another, dusk still another, and
night most different of all, if only because the skunks smell louder at
"Shame to Waste a Boy"
“The Old Man and the Boy,” 1957
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.