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Hoppe’s 9 – No. 9 Air Freshener

We at WildIndiana.com Labs are constantly searching for the best in outdoor products.

Actually, believe it or not, the following product isn’t a joke.   Though the ladies in the crowd are undoubtedly rolling their eyes at approximately 76 RPM, we’d love our car to smell like old #9.  Of course, it already does to a large extent.

As a gift, we suppose it’s for the woman who has everything, from the man who will soon have nothing:

Hoppe’s Introduces Air Freshener With No. 9 Fragrance

Overland Park, KS – In 1903, when Frank Hoppe developed a mix of 9 different ingredients to create the original Hoppe’s No. 9 gun solvent, he had no idea that history was being made. Over the last 107 years the smell of Hoppe’s No. 9 has evoked fond memories of fathers, grandfathers, memorable hunts and great days in the field.

In response to consumer requests, Hoppe’s now has an air freshener with the unique No. 9 smell. The freshener has a string for hanging it in your gun room, car, garage, or anywhere you want the nostalgic smell of Hoppe’s No. 9.

Brett and Kate McKay, authors of the book “The Art of Manliness” list Hoppe’s No. 9 as one of the top 15 manly smells.

The Hoppe’s No. 9 Air Freshener will be available at your favorite sporting goods and/or hunting store and will sell for a suggested retail price of $3.99.

Visit www.hoppes.com for more information on all Hoppe’s and Hoppe’s Elite Products.

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Hoppe’s 9 – No. 9 Air Freshener

Illinois concealed-carry bill doesn’t pass

Shocked.  That’s the only way to describe it.

We are stunned: once again, last Thursday the State of Illinois refused to pass the concealed-carry handgun bill.

If you really believe we are surprised, we’ve also got some prime oceanfront property in Arizona we’d love to sell you.  If you act quickly, we’ll throw in a gold mine and unicorn ranch for free!

Once again, the legislators in Chicago had effectively overrule the other 90 percent of the state and killed the bill.  Governor Pat Quinn had also vowed to veto the bill if it reached his desk.  Interestingly, one story claimed that every county Sheriff in the state except Cook County (Chicago) also supported the bill.

As Wisconsin is now on track to pass their concealed carry bill during this legislative session, it appears that the Peoples Republic of Illinois will remain the sole U.S. state that doesn’t allow some form of  handgun carry for law-abiding citizens.

I’m sure we’ll all feel safer if we accidentally get off the Interstate on the south side of Chicago.

Read more:


‘America is no longer the wild, wild West’: Concealed-carry falls short in Illinois House – .Crime & Controversy – bnd.com.

Connersville man shot while turkey hunting

As if we need a reminder that turkey hunting can be dangerous, a Connersville man is recovering at Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis after being being shot while turkey hunting last Wednesday in Fayette county.

The victim, Mike Bannon, 34, was hunting with a buddy when he was shot by Kevin Bramer, 41, of Laurel.  According to information from the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, Bramer was stationary and using a turkey call at the time of the shooting.

Apparently Bannon was shot while walking uphill in the area of Bramer.

Though the DNR press release doesn’t indicate, it would seem likely both men thought the other party was a turkey.   Having been in the same situation years ago when our shotgun ended up pointed at another hunter coming up a hillside, we can easily see how such accidents can happen.

Of course, it is incumbent upon the shooter to always positively identify his target before pulling the trigger.

Regardless, just remember that even if it sounds like a turkey, don’t bet your life on it until after May 15.

Read more:

Man shot during turkey hunting | Palladium-Item | pal-item.com.

Politically incorrect: Walmart selling guns again

We pity the poor guy in the Walmart chain of command who had to make this no-win decision: Walmart is selling guns again.

The chain, America’s largest retailer, pulled firearms from most of its stores five years ago.  At the time, the company said that it was simply a business decision to focus on other lines of merchandise.  There was a great hue and cry that it was actually to appease the anti-gun crowd, who had taken Walmart as the new Great Satan because they sold those awful guns that hurt bunnies and kittens and toddlers.

We suspect the truth lies in the middle of both arguments.

What is undeniable is that many Walmart stores have drastically cut back on their merchandise lines in the last few years.   When our community received it’s brand-new “Superstore” there was great expectation but huge disappointment after it opened.   The common buzz around town is that the new, bigger store actually held less merchandise than the old store.  Our non-scientific opinion would tend to agree, at least in terms of total product lines.

So, it would appear that perhaps guns disappeared as part of this misguided effort to reduce inventory at the one “general store”  that remains in most communities after it has run the mom-and-pop stores out of business.

There is also a strong suspicion on our part that anti-gun sentiment probably played a role.  Walmart founder Sam Walton was a noted outdoorsman and removing guns from stores would have likely been unthinkable during his tenure.  However, as the company has grown, the number of “suits” in the hierarchy has expanded exponentially and we suspect the decision was made by somebody who has never had dirt under their manicured fingernails and proudly displays a Havard MBA on the wall next to their Phi Beta Kappa key.

In case you haven’t heard, such folks tend to be liberals.  Oops, sorry, I forgot that they are now called Progressives.

In case you were wondering, we are intentionally stereotyping business-school graduates.  However, the fact remains that stereotypes come to life in the first place due to factors that are very common in the noted group.  For example, I wholeheartedly agree that most white guys cannot dance; Yours Truly being one exception, especially after several stout cocktails.

But I have badly digressed…

Anyway, the fact remains that Walmart is now, quietly, returning gun sales back to approximately half of its stores.

Everyone should be on standby for Sarah Brady to appear in the front of the national news cameras during the upcoming week, eyes wet with Maybelline “Tears-of-Compassion Eye Glistener,” crying about the pending surge in dead Chicago school children, spotted owls and U.S. Senators thanks to those evil-doers in Arkansas (the ones she was praising five years ago).

Someday we’d like to see her make a similar  impassioned appeal over our dying liberties.

Read more:

Ammo on Aisle Three: Walmart Brings Back Guns to Many Stores – TIME NewsFeed.

Turkey Hunting 2011

Quick facts-


Season: April 27- May 15


The bag limit is one bearded or male turkey for the spring season. Spring turkey hunting is allowed statewide.


Indiana residents need a resident turkey hunting license and a valid game bird habitat stamp privilege. Those that have a lifetime comprehensive hunting, lifetime comprehensive hunting and fishing, or youth hunt/trap license can hunt turkey and do not need to purchase the game bird habitat stamp because it is included with those license types.

More Information-

2011 Indiana Department of Natural Resources Hunting Guide (PDF, requires Adobe Acrobat)

More Information from the Indiana DNR-

Quick tip: silly turkey hunting mistakes


photo: NTWF




Two people shot at Evansville gun show

crime and punishmentAs both regular readers of WildIndiana.com know, we are strong supporters of the right of any law-abiding citizen to own and carry firearms.

Then again, there are those people who serve as good examples of what the anti-gun people are talking about.

According to police, Joshua Wilkinson of Booneville was inside the Tri-state Gun Show at the Evansville National Guard Armory Saturday when he managed to crank off a round from his .45 caliber handgun, injuring a 72-year-old man and 16-year-old boy.

Fortunately, neither injury was considered life threatening.

According to media reports, Wilkinson passed through the police checkpoint at the door, unloading his weapon and placed a plastic tie through the chamber to indicate it had been inspected and was unloaded.

Apparently this wasn’t satisfactory for Wilkinson because, once inside, he cut off the wire tie and “inserted a clip.” (according to the Associated Press story…may be take this moment to reiterate that pistols use MAGAZINES, not CLIPS!).

While loading the gun, it fired.

As an aside, when training folks in the use of defensive pistols we call these types of incidents a “Negligent Discharge” instead of the more common Accidental Discharge (AD).  When you say that someone had an AD, that makes it almost OK as it was merely “an accident.”  In reality, since guns generally don’t fire without human intervention, it makes the situation an act of negligence rather than some kind of cosmic surprise.  This is a terminology change that everyone should adopt.

Wilkinson was arrested for Criminal Recklessness.  It was also noted that he tested .05% blood alcohol content.

It’s tough enough to convince non-shooters why we need to own firearms without clowns like this making it more difficult.

Story link:
Man accidentally fires at Indiana gun show, hurting two – 13 WTHR.