Vet with Semi-Auto Rifle Saves Eagle Entangled in Tree, Authorites Paralyzed

By Dean Weingarten

Jason Galvin eagle in Tree shot
Eagle Saved by sharp shooting couple. Guns save more than humane lives.
Dean Weingarten
Dean Weingarten

Arizona – -(Ammoland.com)- Jason Galvin spotted an eagle that was entangled in a bit of rope in a tree in Minnesota.  It had been hanging there for two days.

He told his wife, Jackie.  She thought something must be done.

But the authorities, the Department of Natural Resources, the Sheriffs Office, City Hall, the Fire Department, the University of Minnesota Raptor Center, didn't.  They all gave her the same story. They were tied up in red tape.  No one could do anything, too much liability.  The eagle was already dead.

The only thing they did not say, was “What difference does it make?”

But the Galvins knew different.  Jason is an excellent shot.  He really did serve in Afghanistan.  He thought he could use a semi-automatic rifle, the popular Ruger 10-22, to free the eagle from its deadly entanglement.

Fortunately, the authorities agreed to allow a private citizen to act when they were paralyzed.

It was a team effort.  Once Jason suggested the idea, Jackie insisted on it. He did the shooting.  She did much of the coordinating and support.

Jason and Jackie Galvin
Jason and Jackie Galvin

It wasn't an easy shot.  It was actually about 150 shots.  But who needs more than seven, right?  The wind was moving the branches, there was little clearance between the eagle and the branch.  It took perseverance and marksmanship, but Jason was up to the task.  He finally shot through the branch, about two inches in diameter, and the eagle fell from its entangling, deadly predicament.  It was taken to the Raptor Center.  They named the eagle Freedom, and the Center says it will make it.

Those evil semi-automatic rifles are only good for one thing.  Oops. They are good for a great many things. From cbslocal.com:

“It was weird shooting in the direction of a bald eagle,” Jason said. “I was very nervous. I didn’t want to hit that bird.”
Battling leaves, branches, the wind and a mid-afternoon sun, Jason took shot after shot trying to break through the branch and the rope. He never thought he’d use his military training for something like this. His persistence paid off as the branch, the rope and the eagle all came free.

The rifle Jason used is banned in Australia and England, because it is a semi-automatic.  It isn't banned in America. Yet. But Jason borrowed the rifle he used from a neighbor, because it had a better scope than his did.  That would be illegal in Washington State, where the Universal Background Check (UBC) law was put in place last year.

Correction: .22 semi-autos have not been outlawed in England; only centerfire semi-autos.

You see, Jason and his neighbor did not drive to a federally licensed dealer and have the rifles serial number and all his personal information and his neighbors personal information recorded to transfer the rifle.

That bit of red tape would probably have been enough to finish off the eagle. The borrowing of the rifle would have been illegal in Washington State.  It will be illegal in Nevada and Maine, if the Bloomberg paid for referendums demanding UBCs in those states pass.  UBCs are just code for Universal Gun Registration. From Jackie Galvin, Jason's wife:

A neighbor at the cabin drove by and borrowed Jason his .22 as it had a better scope than Jason's. It was windy and he only had about 4″ of rope to shoot without hitting the eagle. As he assessed the elements of the weather he took a couple of practice shots to ensure the sight was on target. It was. He began shooting at the rope.

An hour and a half later and 150 bullets, the eagle broke free from the branch and fell 75′ into the trees of the woods.

Jason Glavin Rifle Tree Eagle MN 2016
Jason Glavin wih the rifle used to save this eagle.

It is nice to see a patriotic couple use their initiative, shooting skills, and perseverance to do something the authorities, with all their power, money, and organization, could not do.  The Galvins were not paralysed with bureaucracy.  They acted.  With a rifle. Borrowed from a neighbor. They saved an eagle.

Jason Galvin Rescueed Eagle Freedom
Freedom the eagle after being rescued by a gun owner.

Here is the eagle, Freedom.  It would be dead if they hadn't acted.  And all the authorities would have let it die.

After all, what difference does it make?

©2016 by Dean Weingarten: Permission to share is granted when this notice is included.

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About Dean Weingarten;

Dean Weingarten has been a peace officer, a military officer, was on the University of Wisconsin Pistol Team for four years, and was first certified to teach firearms safety in 1973. He taught the Arizona concealed carry course for fifteen years until the goal of constitutional carry was attained. He has degrees in meteorology and mining engineering, and recently retired from the Department of Defense after a 30 year career in Army Research, Development, Testing, and Evaluation.

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    Maluka
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    Maluka

    obama is killing eagles with his rules re: wind turbines. He says sacrificing a few eagles is necessary. The estimate is in the thousands. He hates America so much he must enjoy killing America’s national symbol.

    Jason and Jackie Galvin are true Americans and deserve our thanks and congratulations. Also kudos to the neighbor that loaned him the .22.

    THANK YOU ALL..

    Rattlerjake
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    Rattlerjake

    Just a minute correction, our national symbol is the “Bald Eagle”, the majority of eagles being killed are “Golden Eagles”. Bald Eagles are infrequent visitors to most of the areas where windmills are found. This is NOT to make light of the fact that Golden Eagles are just as regal and important as Bald Eagles, and that Ovomit should be hanged (right beside Hitlery, for his/their blatant disregard of the Constitution and our America.

    Gene Ralno
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    Gene Ralno

    Dear leftists,
    Just enjoy the feel good moment. No “conversation” please.

    Melvin Hoskins
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    Melvin Hoskins

    The rifle pictured is a Marlin model 60SB, not a Ruger 10-22. Both are excellent rifles; I own both. I have not made any decisions on which is better, and probably won’t Millions of both types have been sold; both have been on the market for over 50 years. BTW, for nitpickers, the 60SB has only been available for around 6 years, but the Model 60 for more than 50 years. The 60SB has stainless steel barrel and wooden stock, like the one in the picture. My owner’s manual lists three versions of blue steel , and three of the… Read more »

    John C.
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    John C.

    The rifle pictured is Ruger 10/22 rifle, model 1149, stainless steel 22″ barrel. Marlin model 60 is fed by a tube magazine under the barrel. Come on man!

    John C.
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    John C.

    Come on man! Marlin 60 has a tube magazine under the barrel. Rifle pictured is a Ruger 10/22 rifle, model 1149, 22″ stainless barrel, with birch checkered stock. I have blued a blued model 1150.

    john
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    john

    As anyone can plainly see ,the gun was only an implement, used to do good .Soooo what does that tell you??? As if the gun grabbers could give a shit…

    Chuck
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    Chuck

    More attention needs to be paid to the inaction, and excuses for that inaction, by our various agencies. Maybe we don’t need all (or any) of these do-nothing organizations and people.

    wake_Up_America
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    wake_Up_America

    See, not all guns are big, bag and scary all you anti gun zealots.

    hijinx60
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    hijinx60

    WHAT IS GOING ON??? Steve Diamond makes a comment using satire and an example of how the anti-gun crowd would twist a good deed into something that is borderline demonic, and most everyone misses the point even to the extent of berating individuals. Either learn to read, or get a life.

    Andy G
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    Andy G

    I understand what was good attempt and
    Result, but you never shoot 150 rds up in
    The air . A tree service or power co with
    A bucket truck would have been a better choice
    The liability and possible result could have
    Been another story on how bad guns are
    Thankfully it worked out

    TEX
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    TEX

    …..or if authorities would had come out and done their job it would had been even better !

    TEX
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    TEX

    @Scott,I’m sure happy that the UK got out of the EU. But what I’m absolutely elated,ecstatic about is your country getting back Piers Morgan. What a sissy assed douche he is ! So .22’s and rimfire calibers are legal and you can legally own .22 suppressors only ? No center fire at all ? What about shotguns ?

    Scott Matthewson
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    Scott Matthewson

    Just to clarify- The Ruger 10/22 is NOT Illegal in the United Kingdom, in fact its one of the most popular .22 rifles in the country.
    We are allowed .22 Semi-auto, just not allowed centre-fire semi auto.
    But we can have suppressors without a tax stamp and extra waiting time- its a health and safety thing!

    TEX
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    TEX

    In Texas we can borrow firearms ! In Texas we don’t need to borrow firearms because everyone has their own firearms. If I was so ask one of my buddies to borrow one of their firearms they would look at me like I was nuts. You just don’t do that!!! Jason and Jackie did real good job getting that eagle out of that tree.

    Witold Pilecki
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    Witold Pilecki

    It would also be considered an illegal transaction in Kommiecticut, where all private transactions are supposed to be “blessed” (meaning authorized) and permanently recorded by the state. That was part of the unconstitutional/intolerable acts passed in 2013 post Sandy Hook. Those transactions, however, are as mythical as the Unicorn, because our underground gun economy flourishes unabated. Patriots living in the PSRK (Peoples Socialist Republic of Kommiecticut) continue to confound authorities with the following six principles:

    DEFY-DECEIVE-EVADE-RESIST-SMUGGLE -DEFEND

    As always, their move.

    #thoughtsfrombehindenemylines

    TEX
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    TEX

    People that choose to continue to live in these sh*itholes do what they have to do. If these people have to obtain their weapons off he radar,more power to them !

    Ken
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    Ken

    The borrowing of a firearm is now ILLEAGLE in Kommieforniastan, sorry for the pun couldn’t resist. Now Freedom will be able to fly free…warning sarcasm….where it will fly into a windmill and be an unfortunate statistic for a greener earth. I do sincerely detest what this great nation is becoming and feel for generations to follow if we continue this trend. As for David Cooper, you do have a Gun Free Home sign don’t you? After all you want to be safe and that sign should do it.

    SuperG
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    SuperG

    No good deed goes unpunished in America these days. He’ll probably be brought up on charges from some federal agency that will allege his shooting traumatized the bird, and he’ll face 10 years in prison. I know people will think I’m being facetious, but common sense and doing the right thing are frowned upon in this country. Jason, if they do come after you, post a GoFundMe link here and I will contribute to your defense.

    Elmo
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    Elmo

    Jason can be expecting a visit soon from the Law Enforcement Division of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
    16 U.S.C. 668(a); 50 CFR 22:
    Unless issued a permit, it is considered a ‘Take’ to pursue, shoot, shoot at, poison, wound, kill, capture, trap, collect, molest or disturb a Bald Eagle under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. A felony conviction is punishable by a maximum fine of $250,000 or two years in prison.

    Loretta Lynch’s people are probably working on the indictment as we speak.

    Rattlerjake
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    Rattlerjake

    ANd now he doesn’t have those 150 rounds of .22 to ward off the gummint!

    TEX
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    TEX

    Me too !

    Manuel T Mello Jr
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    Manuel T Mello Jr

    Good story, and good example of guns not being monsters weapons of mass destruction as they are portrayed as being by the media. The fact is guns have saved hundreds of times more innocent people’s lives than they have ever taken. After all, even in these times of terrorism and hate there are still millions and millions of more good people than bad people, the Galvin’s are a perfect example. The media has controlled people’s thinking when it comes to guns, especially inexperienced people who never owned, hunted with, practiced with, trained with or saved lives with a gun. They… Read more »

    David Cooper
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    David Cooper

    Wonderful people amazing story to bad they had to throw in the comment about the benefit of guns. It is hard to compare a gun owner who saves lives to the obsessed lunatics that use them to annihilate innocents.

    Steve Diamond
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    Steve Diamond

    OK, how about this: “Evil horrible violent gun accidentally used to do good which doesn’t matter because evil horrible guns are evil and horrible.”

    Mary S
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    Mary S

    Apparently, you weren’t paying attention. There was no accident about this. A human being with shooting skills and compassion for a defenseless creature deliberately used what he knows to do something truly good. How wonderful it must have felt to that man, having been militarily trained to shoot to be able to use that expertise for the betterment of another living being. The accident in all of this, is that the media actually reported a story that showed the positive outcome of human beings exercising their rights and skills to own firearms and shoot them, oh, and – imagine this… Read more »

    Franco
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    Franco

    Your comment was unnecessary as well. They were pointing out that guns can save lives and often do. With all the bad press that our lier in chief used we can use all we can get . None of the so called common sense restrictions would have stopped the lunatic democrats murderers of late.

    Wild Bill
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    Wild Bill

    I think that DB Cooper missed the point entirely.

    TEX
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    TEX

    I think DB Cooper is ate up with the dumbass !

    TEX
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    TEX

    Bill,did DBCooper ever turn in the money ? He had a rough ride down with a partially deployed parachute too. I think he hit the drink !

    Rich in Mo
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    Rich in Mo

    You are correct, so please don’t compare gun owners to ” obsessed lunatics” who, if bent on destruction will use whatever means available. Firearms are tools and like any other tool, can only do the bidding of the hand that holds them. Guns don’t kill people anymore than pencils write words. Thanks for the article Mr. Weingarten.

    TEX
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    TEX

    If you took firearms away from young black men gang bangers,young black men criminals,radical Islamic terrorists,and didn’t list suicide in the same category as ‘gun violence’ (a liberals favorite expression) there would be virtually NO gun related crime in this country !

    emptypockets
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    emptypockets

    “It is hard to compare a gun owner who saves lives to the obsessed lunatics that use them to annihilate innocents” and yet you persist in doing so. Out of an estimated 270 MILLION guns in the US not a single one has ever killed anyone all by itself. It is true–it’s the OWNERS of guns who decide on the target and based on the millions who own guns versus the few who use them to kill innocents, if common sense wasn’t on life support, comments like yours would be ridiculed by ALL.. But responsible gun owners and even non-owners… Read more »