Big buck in the kitchen

January 25, 2010 by  
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Images A southern Illinois man awakened to the sound of breaking glass Saturday morning discovered a 10-to 12-point whitetail buck in his kitchen with its head in the sink. “I looked at him for seriously not even a fraction of a second,” said Mark Page of Belleville, “and I ran back upstairs because I don’t mess with deers.” The buck eventually escaped by crashing through another window. The Belleville News-Democrat.

School board reverses teen’s expulsion for off-campus gun

January 24, 2010 by  
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Images-2 On Friday, the Glenn County (Calif.) Board of Education ruled that officials in the Willows Unified School District had exceeded their authority when they expelled student and duck hunter Gary Tudesko for leaving two shotguns and ammunition in his truck parked off-campus on a public street. The Sacramento Bee and NRA-ILA.

Legislation would keep wolves out of Utah

January 24, 2010 by  
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Images-1 Legislation that would likely be unconstitutional if enacted would require Utah wildlife authorities to kill or capture any wild gray wolf entering the state, even in areas where they are protected under the ESA. “Their lifestyle isn’t compatible with ours. People say that’s a haughty attitude. I’m sorry, we’re here to stay,” said State Sen. Allen Christensen (R-N.Ogden), the measure’s sponsor. Via AP.

More WV deer test positive for CWD

January 24, 2010 by  
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Images Wildlife authorities in West Virginia say they’re “not pleased, but not surprised” to learn that 16 additional Hampshire County deer have tested positive for chronic wasting disease (CWD)—the most discovered in a single sampling. John McCoy in the Charleston Gazette.

US agency must revamp fish law enforcement

January 24, 2010 by  
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BOSTON (AP) — A review of how the nation’s fisheries are policed found Northeast fishermen were given double the fines of other regions and urged reforms to make the penalty process appear “less arbitrary and unfair.” Read more

Aussies hopping mad at govt stance on toad-busting

January 24, 2010 by  
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If it were me I would be dropping off truck loads of cane toads at the government office that came up with this on a daily basis and tell them to deal with it. SYDNEY (AP) — When the enemy reached Australia’s largest state last year, the Kimberley Toad Busters knew the battle was on. But they didn’t expect that officialdom might strip them of their most effective weapon. Read more

The Tomahawk (With Video)

January 23, 2010 by  
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The name Tomahawk was used by the Algonquian Tribe of Virginia. In other parts of the county the Tomahawk was generally referred to as a hatchet.  The tomahawk had many uses and was considered to be irreplaceable by those who used them.  They were used for everything from chopping, digging, hammering and cleaning and hunting game: to hand to hand combat and as throwing weapons. Read more

Montana hunters oppose lead ammo ban

January 23, 2010 by  
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Images-2 Some Montana hunters say the state Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks’ proposal to ban lead shot for all migratory bird and upland game bird hunting at 72 WMAs is akin to implementing “California-style” regulations for the Big Sky. “There’s no justification for it,” said Irv Wilke, president of the Billings Rod and Gun Club. “It just doesn’t make any sense.” The Missoulian.

Trijicon to eliminate Scripture references from sights

January 23, 2010 by  
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Under pressure from the U.S. Defense Dept., optics manufacturer Trijicon has agreed to stop The company’s founder was a born-again Christian who was killed in a 2005 plane crash in South Africa. Before his death, it had been his order that all of the rifle sights manufactured for the US military would have a Scripture verse appended to it’s serial number.

The company, which had been putting Scripture references on its products for two decades, continued the practice after his death in honor of his memory.One of the citations on the gun sights, 2COR4:6, is a reference to 2nd Corinthians 4:6 which reads:”For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.” Other references includ e citations from the books of Revelation, Matthew and John dealing with Jesus as “the light of the world.”

John 8:12, referred to on the gun sights as JN8:12, reads, “Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” Evidently fearing the power of those words, somebody pointed out the offending practice to the media and the watchdog groups were suddenly all over it.

Colorado winter forest users to be tracked using GPS

January 23, 2010 by  
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Images As part of a study to determine how human recreational use impacts the lynx poplulation in parts of Colorado, the U.S. Forest Service is providing cross-country skiers and snowmobilers using the Vail Pass Winter Recreation Area with GPS units this winter. The data will be compared with lynx tracking information. Here at the Outdoor Pressroom, we’re pulling for those large orange tracking collars. The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel.

Meteorite strikes doctor’s office in Virginia

January 22, 2010 by  
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LORTON, Va. -Doctors at a small practice in Virginia got a big surprise when a tennis ball-sized meteorite punched a hole through their roof. No one was injured.Dr. Frank Ciampi (chee-AHM-pee) says the rock struck the two-story building around 5:30 p.m. Monday in Lorton, about 20 miles southwest of Washington.He says they heard a loud bang and found the projectile punched through the roof and ceiling, raining down pieces of wood, plaster and insulation.The half-pound rock split into three chunks. Television station WUSA took it to the Smithsonian Institution’s Museum of Natural History and experts confirmed it was a meteorite.They estimated it was traveling about 220 miles per hour when it struck.

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Deployed Wisconsin soldiers receive deer-hunting exemption

January 22, 2010 by  
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Beginning this year, Wisconsin servicemen and women who missed the state’s regular deer hunting season because of overseas deployment will be matched with landowners whose crops are being damaged by nuisance deer. Legislation passed this week allows the vets to hunt anytime between now and September. Via AP.

Group promotes use of nutria fur in high fashion

January 22, 2010 by  
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Images-2 After a successful showing in New Orleans, the advocacy group Righteous Fur is planning a fashion exhibition in New York City to highlight the attributes of nutria fur–both for its beauty as an apparel accent and to promote its use to help aid in controlling the invasive and environmentally destructive furbearer in the South. The Times Picayune.

Blind British grandma lands 214-pound Euro-catfish

January 22, 2010 by  
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Sheila-penfold-fis_1562299c The London Telegraph is reporting the story of Shiela Penfold, who hooked and landed a 214-pound, 8-foot, 2-inch Wels catfish from Spain’s Ebro River, which is famous for its massive European cats. It was reportedly the largest fish of the species ever caught by a Brit. Ms. Penfold, 56, is legally blind.

52-pound pacu found floating in Florida river

January 22, 2010 by  
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Pacu_chanucellor_t300 Anglers on the north fork of Florida’s St. Lucie River discovered an unusual fish floating there last week, another victim of the recent unusual cold temperatures. It was identified as a pacu, a Amazonian freshwater fish—and at 52 pounds, it surpassed the IGFA record for the species. Ed Killer in the Palm Beach Post.

Asian carp offer opportunity for entrepreneurs

January 21, 2010 by  
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ST. LOUIS (AP) — The Asian carp many fear could destroy the Great Lakes’ $7 billion-a-year fishing industry make up half of Mike Schafer’s business, which in just over a year has turned 12 million pounds of the invasive fish into everything from fillets to fertilizer. Read more

Feds move to keep big snakes off planes, out of US

January 21, 2010 by  
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NEW YORK (AP) — Federal officials want to keep nine kinds of constrictor snakes out of the United States, saying they belong to invasive species that pose the single biggest threat to the nation’s environment. Read more

Cold snap sparks Florida gamefish restrictions

January 21, 2010 by  
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Images-1 Following two weeks of abnormally cool temperatures, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission. has instituted emergency measures to shorten seasons on popular gamefish species including snook, tarpon and bonefish. The Herald Tribune.

FWS plane crash kills two in Oregon

January 20, 2010 by  
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Images A U.S. Fish and Wildlife contractor and his pilot died when their plane crashed while conducting a mid-winter migratory bird count in Benton County, Oregon. Authorities identified the pilot as Vernon Ray Bentley, 52, a FWS employee. His passenger was David Sherwood Pitkin, 59. Via AP.

Texas vet school joins few with own blacksmith

January 20, 2010 by  
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COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) — After surgeons removed pieces of bone and realigned the horse’s leg by bolting it together, they turned their patient over for a custom shoe-fitting to a man most often seen working in a cowboy hat and leather chaps. Read more

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