Outdoors notebook: Outdoor magazines off limits to children under the age of 14 in Great Britain
By Bob Frye
Published: Sunday, Nov. 25, 2012, 6:14 p.m.
Children in Great Britain can buy a shotgun license and shoot guns. But they can't read about it.
WH Smith, that nation's largest distributor of books and magazines, will not sell hunting and shooting magazines to children younger than 14, even though it's legal for kids that young to hold a shotgun license. Cash registers will give cashiers a “till prompt” to check a customer's age whenever anyone, including adults, attempts to buy a magazine.
The decision followed a campaign by animal rights activists. According to reports, Animal Aid, Britain's largest animal rights organization, published a report earlier this year which claimed that the “lurid, pro-violence content” of so-called country sports magazines could have a “corrosive, long-lasting effect on impressionable young minds.”
The report, “Gunning for Children: How the gun lobby recruits young blood,” argued that titles promoting guns should be put on the top shelf alongside pornography, and banned for sale to those younger than 18.
More people than ever are going camping, according to a new report.
Done by the Outdoor Foundation, the study determined that 43 million people camped last year.
That's 14.9 percent of Americans older than age 6.
The study found that fathers are most likely to take people camping for the first time. Lack of time is the most cited reason for why people don't camp more.
The complete report can be found at www.outdoorfoundation.org/research.camping.2012.html.
Details on all 20 Pennsylvania state forests are available on the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources' interactive map.
The map, at www.gis.dcnr.state.pa.us/maps/index.html, can be used to find hiking trails, wild and natural areas, regional offices, driving directions and forecasts. You can also create and print maps. Information on state parks is also available.
Anglers and boaters named Presque Isle State Park among the nation's best for those sports.
The “Nature's Waterpark Showdown” competition was sponsored by the Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation.
More than 150,000 fans on Facebook voted on their favorite park in eight regions of the country. Presque Isle State Park in Erie County won for the Northeast.
Bob Frye is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 724-838-5148.
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