April 7, 2020

Concealed Carry: Keep Criminals Guessing




Moose Are Afraid of Wolves They Haven’t Seen in Nearly 100 Years

How can people actually learn what animal habits are when the information they get is confusing, contradictory, biased, and/or just plain wrong? The media, being the lazy copy and paste outlets that they are (I wonder if Fascist Feinstein defines a journalist as a copy-and-paster?), just repeat what they hear or better yet embellish information, sometimes creating it themselves, in order to sell copies.

So, here we go again. Wolves are misunderstood, black bears run away from humans because they are scared of them, and moose attack people. Is this good information?

The latest comes off the OutdoorWire, about moose in Colorado attacking people. Outdoorwire and the Colorado Parks and Wildlife are saying, in their headlines, “Dogs and moose do not play well together.”

It seems there have been a few moose/human encounters, especially in the parks, and domestic dogs are involved. Colorado officials are telling people that, “moose can be aggressive when dogs and humans get too close.” Isn’t this true of all wild animals? However, we are told bears will run away and wolves are misunderstood.

But I do have a question concerning information provided readers in the press release put out by the Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW). They said:

Moose in Colorado have very few natural predators and they are not generally frightened by humans. However, state wildlife officials caution that the large ungulates see dogs as a threat due to their similarities with wolves, their primary predator.

Really? Aren’t wolves misunderstood? Sorry, I had to add that. According to information available on the CPW website, there are estimated to be 2,000 moose now in Colorado. In addition, moose, “were introduced to North Park from Utah and Wyoming in 1978 and 1979.” So, that establishes the moose herd which reports say is growing very well in size.

But, there are no “known” wolves in Colorado. I do understand that certain instincts get passed along in wild animals, but 33 or 34 years of living in the parks in Colorado and moose still associate dogs with wolves? Really? But, wait. That’s not all. Moose were transplanted into Colorado from Utah and Wyoming in 1978 and 1979. According to the “experts” there were no wolves in Utah or Wyoming, “since hunters extirpated them” back in the 1920s and 1930. So, it’s really been almost a century since moose have had any encounters with wolves, according to expert information. So are we really to expect that moose in the parks of Colorado think people’s pet dogs remind the moose of wolves?

I’m selling a bridge in New York too!

Maybe the CPW can’t get tourists to understand that bringing their pet doggies to a wildlife setting in the woods is not a good thing and they are trying the “dogs and moose do not play well together” tactic.

What is confusing though is whether humans are supposed to believe everything they are told about wild animal behavior, or are animals supposed to be doing what the “authorities” say they are supposed to do?

I think the animals might get it. I’m not so sure about the humans.


Give Up Liberty for a Little Security?

Obama says the Founding Fathers got it all wrong. I guess then the comparative quotes below between Obama and Franklin seem at least 230 years apart.



Bill Clinton Disarmed the Military


According to the Libertarian Republic, former President Bill Clinton, shortly after taking office, prohibited the carrying of weapons at military installations. This makes the location of the latest mass shooting, in Washington, D.C., where it is illegal to have a gun, a “gun free zone.” Don’t all mass shootings occur in “gun free zones?” How’s that working out?


Gary Marbut Books

The Fourth Printing of my book Gun Laws of Montana, updated to 2013, is now available and shipping. To order, see the instructions at:

For stores, trainers and others, there is a 40% discount for orders of 10 or more books.

Dear MSSA Friend,

I just published another book, an E-book on Amazon, Hunting Elk by Handgun, just in time for hunting season. Now I need customers and (hopefully good) reviews. The full title is:
Hunting Elk by Handgun, a Primer for Beginners, a Refresher for Others.


For any hunter who ever thought about hunting big game with a handgun, especially for Rocky Mountain elk, this book is packed with information that will give readers the knowledge and confidence to take the plunge. Covering all essential aspects of gear and technique, from scouting to game retrieval, Hunting Elk by Handgun opens the door to a challenging method of hunting. Written by a veteran handgun hunter, this book details field-proven practices sufficient to inspire any prospective handgun hunter or refresh and improve the ability of any existing handgun hunter.

This E-book is formatted for Amazon’s Kindle, although Amazon has free apps for computers, tablets and smartphones. It can also be read with free Calibre software.

Please send this email on to your friends.


Gary Marbut, President
Montana Shooting Sports Association


Firearm safety/self defense class – October 5th – Missoula

Gun Safety for Personal Protection and
Concealed Weapon Permits Course
Saturday, October 5th, 2013

MISSOULA – A course entitled “Gun Safety for Personal Protection and Concealed Weapon Permits” will be hosted in Missoula by the Montana Shooting Sports Association on Saturday, October 5th, instructed by Gary Marbut.

This one-day course will focus on safe handling, storage and use of handguns suitable for personal protection, selecting a personal firearm, issues of personal protection, allowable use of lethal force, concealed weapon permits, kids and gun safety, and shooting skills, and will include both classroom and shooting range sessions.

Graduates will receive a credential qualifying them to apply for a Montana concealed weapon permit. The class will begin at 9:00 AM, and finish about 4:00 PM.

Class size is limited to the first 20 registrants. Pre-registration is required. Tuition is $100 per student. Students should be 16 years or older (exceptions possible upon request – call).

For further information or to register, reply to this email [mssa@mtssa.org] or call 549-1252.

To register by email, reply to this email and provide:

U.S. Mail or residence address, including City, State, and Zip
Contact phone number

NOTE: These classes fill quickly, so reply soon to this email if you want in on this class. If you can’t or don’t make it into this class, you will be notified of subsequent classes by subsequent emails. I’ll conduct however many classes it takes to clear my any backlog. Watch your email for further announcements.

Expect an email confirmation of your class registration. If you don’t get an email confirmation, call me.

Further class information and instructions will be supplied by return email once you register.


Watch Out for Foxes Dressed Like Bobcats

I suppose there was once a day in this country that if someone spotted a wild creature about a children’s school, the teacher or perhaps principal would have gathered kids around to point out the animal and talk about it. Not any longer. You lock the kids down in their school in total fear of an animal, and as it turns out, the school officials didn’t even know what the animal was.

At a South Florida school someone reported seeing a “bobcat” roaming around the grounds of the school. A shutdown ensued. Now read the idiot comments made about bobcats:

They typically eat small mammals such as squirrels, rabbits and raccoons, and have a natural fear of people, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission said.

“They’re very shy and reclusive. The only time there would be a concern is if there was rabies,” said Carli Segelson, FWC spokeswoman.(emboldening added)

So if bobcats are fearful of people and are very shy and reclusive, what was it doing at a children’s school playground? Oh, it must have rabies! What if it doesn’t?

Oh, but wait! That doesn’t really matter as it seems the bobcat was really a fox, or turned into a fox. It’s just really not clear.

The important thing is those kids got locked up. Right?

What have we become?


Bear Kills Villager, Villagers Club Bear to Death

Video Included

In or near Karminagar, Andhra Pradesh, India, a bear that had been bothering the local villagers, attacked and killed one of the people there. It is difficult to distinguish the talking in the video but it sounded a couple times as though the reporters were saying the dead villager was attacked while riding a bicycle.

Villagers attempt to scare the bear away from the dead man, with sticks, only to have the bear turn on the people and attack at least one other man. A great number of villagers descend on the bear and club it to death. At some point during the clubbing, a man, whose identity I don’t know, showed up with a rifle and fired two shots at close range at the bear.

Perhaps none of this would have happened if these people had sufficient resources to defend themselves. The report states that the villagers complained that authorities had done nothing about this troublesome bear.


Woman Whacks Bear in Head With Baby Gate

The Kennebec Journal online is reporting that a woman in New Hampshire used a baby gate to fend off an attacking bear so the bear wouldn’t get her dogs.

Hasn’t this been the story all across the country where bears live this summer? Attack after attack, after attack. And still the idiots continue to report how rare it is, blah, blah, blah.

Not to worry though. Everybody is taught to believe that it’s man’s fault that bear get hungry and need to eat and so, everybody continues on in the usual manner as it depicted in the photograph below.



List of Fatal Bear Attacks in North America – 1870s thru 2010s

I didn’t know this until someone emailed me the link. Wikipedia (yeah, I know) has a list of fatal bear attacks in North American dating from the 1870s through present. Here’s the link.

List of Fatal Bear Attacks