Outdoors in RI: Free Fishing Weekend, coyotes all around, safety, 2A update – Jeff Gross

by Jeff Gross, contributing writer

Fish free

The RI DEM has announced free fishing weekend, this weekend – May 4th and 5th.  Grab your rods and worms and head to the trout waters. No license is needed for the 4th and 5th for any resident or visitor.  Any person who catches a Golden Trout can email a photo of the trout to the RI DEM and receive in the mail a Golden Trout Pin to wear. 

I would like to thank Isaac Lavado for taking the Coyote while turkey hunting.  Not only did he eliminate a female but both of us learned what sizes of broadheads to use on Turkeys vs Coyotes while Bow Hunting. I owe Isaac a Dunkin’ Donuts Coffee.  Great job, Isaac!

Physics 101 – Animals in vehicles

Wednesday night I encountered a Rhode Island fool. This “Karen” stuck her nose into my handling of my Golden Retriever. This uneducated person thought she was going to dictate to me on how my dog’s status in my truck should be. With half a brain she would have called my cell, number of which is on the back of my truck. I hate to use the word “expert”, as experts have the need to inflate their ego, however, I know what I’m doing when it comes to Golden Retrievers and dogs.

Dogs in Vehicles Fun Facts:

1) I have slept in my truck overnight during the summer without the windows cracked, and I am still alive to write this.

2) I will not leave the windows open as someone might slip Abby drugs, or a pill, or other substance through the cracked window.

3) Rhode Island has some animal rights crazies who have been known to poison hunting dogs. (See #2)

4) Mosquitoes come in through cracked windows and mosquitoes carry heart worm.

5) The temperature outside was 60F. I keep my home at 62F. My truck interior was 62F. Abby was not in harm’s way. It wasn’t the middle of the summer.

6) Knowing that ignorance is dominant around issues like this, I keep a digital thermometer in my truck to deal with it.

Whoever this is needs to mind their business and stay away from my truck, and especially my dog. If (s)he wants to truly do something with a bleeding heart, maybe try to stop the ignorant from parking on the wheelchair ramp and crosswalk at 716 Main Street, in West Warwick where the auction I was attending is held.

Abby was in no adverse situation, no more than a couple who “goes parking” would be (windows up and closed) – no unhealthy atmosphere such as overheating or other unsafe conditions. Why would a dog in a very tranquil state have any adverse reaction while waiting for the return of their owner?  There is an overwhelming lack of common sense among people sometimes.

I truly sugar-coated my writing about this to avoid giving my editor a coronary (and I suspect she’ll edit this somewhat).  I said what I needed to on social media. 80% applauded my courage to stand up to wokeness, and 20% disapproved.  I’ll let my good friend Dan Kesler explain my use of the word “retard” in his statement:

Dan K Kesler:

“I hate the constant need to explain the English language to supposed educated persons. Retarded: meaning declined, fallen away from or receding from its intended place. Perfectly acceptable as a proper use of English in reference to those mentally incapacitated. However, since Webster went woke, they have of late, redefined many of our English words to meet the more emotional, uneducated and woke ways in which they are used. Thus, embracing the propagation of ignorance rather than education.” Now that’s a subject for a good informative article. No such thing as the right to not be offended.”

Editor’s Note: (yes, Jeff knew we would weigh in here: we do not nor would we ever allow the pejorative use of said word in our writings here. Used to refer to an “incapacity”, the AP Stylebook, which journalists follow “suggests using terms such as mentally disabled, intellectually disabled and developmentally disabled” – while newer iterations recommend differently abled. In the United States, a federal statute (Public Law 111-256, Rosa’s law) replaces the term ‘mental retardation’ with ‘intellectual disability’ and requires that person-first language be used when referring to those affected in all federal laws. Rosa’s law is indicative of the sentiment for change.” Or, as the National Down Syndrome Society advises, “[we] strongly condemn the use of the word “retarded” in any derogatory context”. We abide by this, while allowing Jeff to explain his experience.

2nd Amendment update

Mark your calanders for May 16th. SCOTUS will hold a conference to determine which of the five Assault Weapons/Mag ban (propaganda term) cases to grant a writ of certiorari. If they decide to hear one or more of the cases the hearings will be in the October/November time frame.  Keep in mind SCOTUS already granted Cert for the Garland v Vanderstock Frames and receivers case, AKA Ghost Guns. Also, on June 30th or earlier the decisions for the Rahimi, Bump Stock, NRA and Loper Bright cases will be published.  I expect three of the four will go in the gun owners favor.  The Rahimi case may be the outlier.  Regardless the other three will have dire consequences for the anti-gun mob.  Stay tuned.


Jeffrey “Jeff” Gross spent 21 years as an Analytical Chemist at the USCG R&D Center in Groton, Connecticut, Woods Hole Laboratories, and Helix Technologies. Changing careers is a “great learning experience for everyone”, Jeff says, and I’m an avid outdoorsman and conservationist, a student of the sciences, and the world. The US holds too many wonders not to take a chance and explore them”.

Jeff is the Model Train and Railroad entrepreneur. Proud Golden Retriever owner. Ultra strong Second Amendment Advocate and Constitutionalist. “Determined seeker of the truth”.  Jeff is a RIFGPA Legislative and Legal Officer, Freshwater Chairman, NRA Liaison.

His subjects include Outdoors, Second Amendment, Model Railroading, Commentary, and Whimsical. He can be reached at: [email protected].

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