VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. — A body boarder bled to death Friday at a beach northwest of Los Angeles after a shark mauled his leg, authorities said, prompting officials to close three beaches through the weekend. Lucas Ransom, 19, was boogie-boarding in the surf line about 100 yards off of Surf Beach with a friend when a shark suddenly pulled him under the water shortly before 9 a.m., according to a statement from the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department. Read more
Three mountain climbers stranded by a snowstorm on Mt. Whitney were rescued Thursday, but a search continued for a father-and-son team overdue from a 36-mile hike in the same area, according to the National Park Service.
Still missing were Sinh Baghsohi, 27, and his father, whose first name was not available. Read more
Patrice is the only thing that will help you improve your shooting. Below are some free printable targets to get you started. All trigger time is helpful. If you can not get to the range use a air-soft, BB gun, or if you can not use one of those dry fire drills will also help you to improve. Read more
ATLANTA — The Georgia Department of Agriculture confirmed on Thursday that Africanized honey bees — more commonly known as “killer bees” — were responsible for the death of an elderly man in southwest Georgia last week. The Dougherty County man disturbed a colony of the bees with his bulldozer, and received more than 100 bee stings. Read more
Based on this summer’s discovery of a huge Mexican drug cartel-run marijuana growing operation in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest, the Wisconsin DNR is warning deer hunters to be careful in remote areas this fall. A dozen men have been charged in the Chequamegon-Nicolet case, where authorities found more than 10,000 pot plants and a large cache of weapons. Wisconsin State-Journal.
An archery deer hunter suffered multiple injuries from a 15-foot fall from his treestand that occurred during his struggle Sunday evening with an aggressive black bear. The bowhunter, who was not immediately identified, said a sow and four cubs approached his treestand in Gregg Township, when one of the cubs climbed his tree. When he tried to frighten away the cub, the sow climbed up and began swatting him. Centre Daily Times.
Police in Mount Olive, NJ opted to shoot a seriously injured whitetail buck after it crashed through the window of a veterinary office, temporarily trapping personnel and customers with pets in a back room. “I’m fairly confident that he would not have survived,” said Dr. Sue Bliesath, veterinarian and owner of Family Pet Hospital. “He was in the best place to survive if he could have, but his injuries were too severe.” Cherry Hill Courier Post.
A 400-pound black bear she calls “Big Daddy” has been roaming near Charlotte Rooney’s home at the edge of Florida’s Ocala National Forest for the past several months, but last week the daring bruin broke through a screen door and raided her freezer. “I didn’t realize he was there until he grunted at me. I was terrified,” she said. “He then picked up a pork roast wrapped in aluminum foil and left just like that.” Palm Beach Post.
A teenage girl driving home from babysitting at about 1 a.m. Sunday morning in Divide, Colo. said she was knocked to the ground from behind by a mountain lion when she stopped to check if her car had a flat tire. “I turned and jumped and I got a paw in my shoulder,” said Kendra Rutter, who received cuts to her shoulder and leg. KKTV.com.
BEAR CREEK TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A 21-year-old Walloon Lake bow hunter who was trapped 15 feet above the ground when black bears came calling on his tree stand delivered a haymaker when it matter most, survived to tell the tale — and now is disputing the state’s account of his harrowing ordeal. Read more
GILFORD, N.H. — It was a close call for more two dozen Massachusetts hikers after they became lost on New Hampshire’s Blue Trail at Mount Belknap on Saturday.The Lakes Region Fire Department said it received a call at about 4:45 p.m. for an initial report of nine lost hikers from the Chinese Bible Church of Greater Boston.A rescue crew was dispatched and was able to find 12 hikers on a trail off Wood Road in Gilford using the ‘911’ locator on one person’s phone.Upon arrival, rescue crews discovered there were an additional 17 hikers still lost in the woods.While the cold was setting in, crews set out to find the rest of the party.Another seven hikers were located at Blue Trail boulder field thanks to the use of the GPS on one person’s cell phone.Just before nightfall, rescue crews located the remaining 10 hikers at the Mt. Belknap parking lot.A total of 29 hikers were rescued.Gilford fire officials said each were evaluated, warmed up and given something to eat before being released. One hiker suffered a minor wrist injury after falling.Fire officials said hikers should remember to have a trail map, water, food, proper footwear and to know the area before hiking.
The Wisconsin DNR reports angler Paul Parise caught a 51-inch albino muskie Oct. 6 from the lower Flambeau River in Rusk County. “Albino muskie are pretty rare to begin with, and for one to survive to that size is pretty uncommon given they don’t have the protective camouflage to hide from predators or sneak up on prey,” said Tim Simonson, co-chair of the WDNR muskie committee. Chris Niskaken in the St. Paul Pioneer Press.
Lake Mead, located on the Nevada-Arizona border, is at its lowest level since it first filled after the building of Hoover Dam on the Colorado River in 1937. The reservoir reached elevation 1,083.18 feet around midday Sunday and was at 1,083 feet by Monday afternoon. The previous record low level was 1,083.19 feet, set in 1956. The Arizona Republic.
Gov. Butch Otter announced Monday that Idaho is officially out of the wolf business, and that USFWS will be responsible for all facets of managing the species under the ESA. Idaho Fish and Game personnel will no longer monitor wolves, investigate suspected wolf kills or provide law enforcement in response to illegal killings, Otter said. The Missoulian.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission reports a woman kayaking with a friend near Big Pine Key Sunday was critially injured when an undertermined type of fish leapt from the shallow water in the mangroves and punctured her back. Karri Larson, 46, of Cudjoe Key, suffered a punctured lung and broken ribs. Miami Herald and S. Florida Sun Sentinel.
William “Skip” Price, 67, died Wednesday after he was bitten by a rattlesnake while working with other fly-fishing club volunteers on S. California’s Boulder Creek. Price lost consciousness shortly after being bitten, and his heart stopped. Club members
· It is immune to the venom of the rattlesnake and the copperhead, which it kills by constriction. and then paramedics performed CPR, but failed to revive him. Outdoor writer Ed Zieralski in the San Diego Union Tribune.
Superman’s Fortress of Solitude has finally been found. It was hidden miles underground in Mexico, rather than the Arctic or Antarctic as we always suspected. National Geographic is calling the discovery among the greatest natural marvels on the planet, though it was actually discovered by a mining company back in 2000. It boasts extremely high temps which make it a bit unbearable. Of course that wouldn’t be a big deal for Superman. Last we heard he was a little upset that he had to move.
Once again Citibank has drawn the ire of the firearms community over its credit policies. This time it deals with not extending lines of credit to businesses even remotely related to the firearms industry. As many people remember back in January 2008, NSSF took Citi Merchant Services to task over its decision to stop processing credit card transactions involving the lawful sale of firearms by law-abiding, federally licensed, firearm distributors/retailers. Unfortunately, it became evident that the decision was not a mistake of a single employee, but was rather a corporate-wide policy. Read more
DUBOIS, Wyo. (AP) — A grizzly in Wyoming attacked a Pennsylvania elk hunter, leaving the man with bite injuries to the face, arm and top of the head that required surgery. Wyoming Game and Fish bear management supervisor Mark Bruscino says the man was hunting Wednesday northwest of Dubois when he encountered the bear about 10 yards away. Read more
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A report by government scientists identifies killer whales as the No. 1 reason there are so few sea otters in southwest Alaska. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s proposed five-year, $15 million recovery plan for sea otters in the Aleutian Islands considered a slew of possible reasons for the perilously low numbers found in some areas. Read more