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When Greg Gutierrez heard the word "Malibu" on the radio three weeks ago, he traveled back several years in his mind. No longer was Captain Gutierrez stationed at a desk inside California's Office of Emergency Services — he was back in the Malibu hills again, fighting wildfires in the weeks leading up to Halloween.
More than 1,500 miles separates the hardened streets of Chicago's South Side from the rocky outcroppings along western Montana's Continental Divide. But the ideological gap between the campaign of Democratic presidential candidate Senator Barack Obama and a group of hunters, anglers, and politicians across Big Sky Country measures only the width of a drought-stricken creek.
After all the boats returned to King's Pointe Marina on Day Three, Quiznos Madfin Shark Series tournament director Steve Bowman shuffled the last scorecard into the laminated pile he held. But the beeline made to the gathering of cameramen unloading their gear revealed his hand.
Bronc rider Billy Etbauer has seen his share of open highway over his 21-year professional career. He's never seen the going so tough as right now. While dizzy stock markets continue to stagger the world economy, rodeo competitors in North America have endured a season where diesel fuel costs reached nearly five dollars-a-gallon and the cost of competition continued to escalate.
Todd Bromley doesn't want to jinx anything, but admits he likes his chances of heading to the woods with a crossbow during the 2009-2010 archery deer season. The 42-year-old hunter and family man works as the unofficial president of the recently-formed Pennsylvania Crossbow Federation (PCF), a group strongly in support of the proposal.
These days, hunters who want to reconnect with their hunter-gatherer roots are bound for a tough time. Despite — or perhaps because of — its primitive roots, the atlatl has been a tough sell to state game agencies outside of Alabama, where Morris successfully lobbied for a spear hunting season almost a decade ago.
The controversy surrounding antler restrictions isn't new. Pennsylvania currently implements a statewide AR program. Sixty-one counties in Texas maintain a limited program and there's talk of expansion. Plus, states like Michigan, Georgia, Arkansas and New Hampshire, as well as many others, have experimented with a similar program in the past.
When Kenyon Hill's father, University of Oklahoma professor Loren Hill, invented the Color C Lector device in the mid 1980s, the Ditto Lure Company in Florida started making plastic worms that matched the best fish-catching colors, as indicated by the device.