Monthly Archives: December 2015

What really happens if elk feeding ends

by Maury JonesMauryJones2

There are those who advocate the elimination of elk feedgrounds, including the National Elk Refuge. I call that ideology foolishly impractical. I challenged them to submit their plan. In response, they delivered a research paper to me entitled “What Happens When Elk Feeding Ends”.

In this treatise their main claim is that since many other places throughout the west have viable elk herds without artificial feeding, then northwest Wyoming can do the same. This is not a valid argument or comparison for the following reasons; 1) Our harsh winters are much worse than any other elk area. 2) No area referenced has a tourist town with thousands of ski vacationers occupying the only low-elevation valley available for wintering. read more

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TAKE YOUR GUN TO CHURCH

by Maury JonesMauryJones3

As they escorted the young man out of our worship service, I immediately thought, “What if he goes to his car and returns with a gun? We are sitting ducks!” It was obvious the man was not ‘all there’, having some kind of mental illness. He could be upset that he wasn’t allowed “to preach to the people” as he had expressed an intention of doing. Revenge was a possibility. I looked at all possible means of defense. Nothing more formidable than a hymn book or bible was at hand. I sweated out the last 15 minutes of the service. This happened less than two years ago, in our small town of Jackson, Wyoming. read more

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Christmas Poem

Twas the month before Christmas
When all through our land,
Not a Christian was praying
Nor taking a stand.

Why the PC Police had taken away
The reason for Christmas – no one could say.
The children were told by their schools not to sing
About Shepherds and Wise Men and Angels and things.

It might hurt people’s feelings, the teachers would say
December 25th is just a ‘ Holiday’.
Yet the shoppers were ready with cash, checks and credit
Pushing folks down to the floor just to get it! read more

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The Grinch, himself, carved the roast carrot

by Maury JonesMauryJones2

            A strange thing happened to me the other day. On a late hunt I was in pursuit of the wily wapiti. I was following a fresh set of tracks, which looked like they could have been made by a bull elk, but they looked a bit strange. Just different, somehow.

Finally I got a glimpse of a grayish-tan hide through the bushes. Gray? It should be reddish brown, but I’ve seen odd-colored elk before. There!! The tip of an antler! I started to shoot, but my training kicked in; “Positively identify your target.” The antlers had a strange configuration. Palmated front tines? Wow! I carefully raised my rifle to get a better look through the scope. read more

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A Terrorist Next Door?

The confluence of two potent scenarios meet: the angst of radical Muslim terrorism visiting our shores, and the reality that our government can’t keep us safe. Keep your powder dry! The Issis Caliphate’s the size of Indiana. They launch assaults on nations with jihad attacks from France to San Bernardino. Terror alerts range from Geneva to Minneapolis, and London to Sydney. There’s no geographic safe-haven. Our national security’s been breached, and our borders are porous. Donald Trump’s call for a “temporary ban” on Muslims entering our nation created a firestorm on the Left and Right. Rand Paul suggests the ban should be geographic. Others oppose any ban. Hitler wasn’t a Muslim-he slaughtered 6 million Jews. The question, “Is it the sludge of the Fall, and man’s unbridled, unregenerate nature masquerading in manifold forms universally?” read more

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