This is Part 2 of a dissertation on why separate Seasons for Muzzle Loaders may not be necessary any more and why some states might opt discontinue them altogether.
Read here for; Part One
and here for; Part Three
Where I am going with this
Right Here >> HIGH PERFORMANCE MUZZLELOADING by Toby Bridges
High Performance Muzzle Loading is a well funded group of selfish, snotty nose, wet-behind-the ears, Johnny-come-latelys, led by Toby Bridges, who are slapping the face of tradition and jepordizing the future of Black Powder huntings separate seasons.
How you ask?
Toby Bridges is bringing law suits against many states in an effort to change the separate season regulations. It is Toby's goal that all of the states allow the use unlimited use of Telescopic sights on Muzzle Loaders.
What really disgusts me is that no where on Toby's website could I find anything that even alludes to the history that is Muzzle Loading. Quite the contrary, it is repleat with photos of muzzle loading firearms made of NASA induced space age materials topped with the latest in long range telescopic sights that resemble any one of two dozen modern centerfire arms.
Let me pause for the umpteenth timeto re-interate; I have nothing against in-line muzzle loaders. What I have a problem with is a group of people who mostly happen to be In-line muzzle loader shooters lobbying to eliminate a sport I happen to take part in.
Yes I said eliminate
Separate Seasons for Black Powder were created because the firearms had an average limited range of about 70 yards. Modern development of the In-line has extended that range 3 fold and now so called hunters want telescopic sights on their "Primitive guns" (Ha ha that was a sarcastic joke) that will allow them to slaughter game that far.
(Note I did not say hunt. Hunting implies seeking something rather than sitting in a tree and waiting for it to walk by two football field distant while the camera rolls and Toby waxes eloquant about what a great hunter he is.)
When Toby and his minions set themselves before the various game commissions DEMANDING that the regulations be changed they may be in for a rude awakening.
Since Toby's modern "Primitive guns" (Haha there is that joke again) shoot just as far and hit just as hard as a 30-30 when the bullet gets there, many Game Commissions may just conclude that there is no longer a need for a separate season for Muzzle Loaders.
Why Should there be?
Muzzle Loading hunters are no longer at a disadvantage. They have firearms that will out shoot a 30-30. They don't need a special season anymore since the equipment they use is equal to or better than any number of centerfire cartridges that hunters have been using since the turn of the last century.
So you want to use that modern made space age singleshot front loading firearm topped with a 1000 yard scope for deer?
Well guess what Bucko, you got use it during the regular gun season because of technological advancements of the equipment Game Commissions no longer see a need for a separate season.
You are not shooting from a disadvantage anymore, your guns are more than up to the task of a regular season.
Peformance Performance Performane it's all about Performance
The web site reads like a guy selling peanuts at a football game;
"Performance here, We got Performance, Get your Performance here."
It appears as though they have absolutely no respect for history or why Primitive Hunting seasons were established in the first place.
Possibly they just don't care.
It is my opinion that these people are thieving from those of us that use real primitive type firearms for sport. Their whiney ass cry baby tactics are right out of an ACLU playbook and represent a serious danger to separate season for Black powder Hunting as a whole.
Toby wants to take a concept that is rooted in the very fabric of this country and twist it into his own image.
All hail Toby the Conquering Hero
No where on Toby's site can I see any reference to tradition or reverance for history. No quite contrary it screams;
"To hell with the past, who cares about history, we don't give a crap why these separate seasons came to be in the first place, we are a bunch of greedy modern day shooters that just want to hijack what many of you worked so hard to get and transform it into what we think it should be."
They see it as building on a concept. That has already been done. Back in time our forefathers hunted with what we now call primitive firearms because that was all they had. Through a process of evolution in firearms design the firearms they used were replaced by what we know as the modern centerfire rifles.
In creating the separate seasons for Muzzle Loaders we took a step back in time to celebrate the past and become closer to our ancestors. We do that by doing things the way they did with a respect and reverence for history.
I don't see any of that on Toby's site.
Now there are certain people amoung us that want to fast forward that that into a more modern concept. A concept that negates the whole purpose of having the separate Muzzle Loading season in the first place.
Again in essance what Toby and his followers are saying is;
"We don't give a shit about history, we don't care how they did it then, all we want to do is take your hallowed celebration of the past and turn it into a modern shootfest where we can kill as many deer as we can at as long of a range as we can with the latest and greatest in precision equipment. Oh and by the way we are going to use your seasons to do it."
Warning ACLU tactic ahead
Playing the Cripple Card
Toby is espousing equal rights under the Disability Act for in his effort to force the states to bend to his will.
People with limited vision are excluded from the sport because they can't see the sights well enough to shoot something at 200 yards with their Muzzle Loaders.
The single biggest change they want is for states to allow variable power telescopes on Muzzle Loading rifles.
To hell with actually hunting, now that some of the Muzzle loading manufacturers build Muzzle Loaders that shoot nearly 3 football fields.
Their main point is that there are folks who, or want to, hunt with Muzzle Loaders whose vision is such that they cannot participate in the sport if they can't see what they are shooting at from a quarter a mile away.
Well Whoopty flipping do dah day Toby, I am an almost 50 year old Disabled Veteran. I have a busted up back, two ruined knees and wear glasses with bi-focal lenses. I can't see to shoot a deer with open sights on any of my guns at 250 yards either. The truth is not many people ever can.
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If your looking for sympathy from me you will find it in the dictionary between shit and syphillus.
But you know what Toby? I can still shoot my open sight Muzzle Loaders very very well at 100 yards or less.
The Seasons were created for hunters to take deer and other game at 100 yards or less.
News Flash: You don't need a 300 Magnum centefire or a 300 yard 45 caliber Muzzle Loader with a 4 x 16X Varmit telescope to do that.
Getting as close as possible to harvest game is a skill we call hunting, you should try it sometime.
End Part 2 (There will be a part 3)