Gone after 140 years is the Marlin Firearms Company's New Haven, Conn. plant. It will close by next year. Lost as well are the plant's 256 employees.
However, it would appear that Marlin firearms will still be made at a yet-to-be-announced location. Marlin is owned by the Freedom Group Family of Companies and whose keystone is Remington Arms.
In other hunting-related news, the Pennsylvania Game Commission reports that deer hunters there killed an estimated 308,920 animals, of which 108,330 were antlered. But don't be impressed with the numbers. The total deer kill is the lowest it's been in 23 years.
However, in the zones where crossbows were permitted, the total archery harvest in them grew by 13 percent with the horizontally held tools accounting for 30 percent of the take - up from 15 percent.
Lastly, the Columbus-based U.S. Sportsmen's Alliance has built an Internet site whereby sportsmen can receive and access information about pending anti-hunting and anti-fishing matters.
Other usable data includes information about various state hunting regulations, where to find a shooting range, and tips on fishing and hunting.
Users of "Sentry Program" can access the site for free and requires only a minimal amount of information. Visit the Alliance's program web site at www.usssportsmen.org/BeASentry.
- Jeffrey L. Frischkorn