According to NBC Montana, a woman crashed her car into a deer because – get this – she was looking at her rearview mirror to get a better look at Bigfoot.
During an interview after the accident, she told Benewah County Sheriff’s officials that she watched Bigfoot pursue a deer in the roadside ditch. And when she glanced in her rearview mirror for another look, the fleeing deer ran in front of her vehicle.
So Bigfoot is still out there. And apparently, it has an appetite for venison.
Tip: Maybe a fawn-in-distress call and a deer decoy could lure him out of the forest for a quick photo op?
Case in point: Duluth, Minnesota, is on the shore of Lake Superior in the northeast part of the state, and the big body of water impacts the local weather 365/24/7. Oftentimes this means large amounts of snow. Of course, spring eventually comes – even to Duluth – and with the warm temps, the snow melts. But sometimes you get a weird spring, and a massive thaw (2 or 3 days in the 50s or even low 60s) is followed by days of sub-freezing conditions. When this occurs, you get ice.
The weather folks and traffic reporters on TV even have a name for it: re-freeze. On a paved road, it can make for dangerous driving conditions. Picture a bunch of snow melting quickly on a paved road, leaving behind large puddles, which then freeze solid during a cold night. The result is an ice rink in the middle of the road. Not good for morning commuters.
However, as the video below shows, creative thrill seekers can find a way to make re-freeze into an incredible adventure. But this re-freeze isn’t on a paved road, it’s on mountain bike and cross-country ski trails in the surrounding forests and hills around Duluth. Obviously, all this ice made it impossible for bikers and skiers to use the woodland trails, but then someone had the great idea: “Why not ice skates?”
As you can see, these guys were smart enough to wear helmets, and because MN is “The State of Hockey,” it’s no surprise that they have serious skills. Watch and enjoy!
P.S. Red Bull has a competition similar to what you just saw above; it’s called Crashed Ice. Check out a recent competition on a manmade course in St. Paul, MN, below.]]>
Crank up the volume on your laptop or smartphone to get the full effect of Dire Strait’s “Money for Nothing” (1985) and watch this talented trick rider showcase his skills on a vintage Yamaha Bravo snowmobile.
We especially like the part when he shoots the recurve, puts on his gloves, fires up the machine and then still has time to catch the arrow in flight. And the high-speed 360 on glare ice is pretty sweet, too!]]>
Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact Senior Trooper Paul Rushton at the number listed below. It should be noted that this incident is unrelated to another press release where an OSP Trooper helped rescue two injured bald eagles in the Brookings Area.
Senior Trooper Paul Rushton: 541-531-5896
Anyone with information regarding wildlife violations is encouraged to report the information to the Oregon State Police Turn in Poacher (TIP) hotline at 1-800-452-7888. Information can remain anonymous.
TIP Hotline: 1-800-452-7888 (24/7)
TIP E-Mail: TIP@state.or.us (Monitored M-F 8:00AM – 5:00PM)
(Please use the TIP Hotline for Weekend and Evening Reporting)
Information on the T.I.P. Reward Program:
The Oregon Hunters Association offers rewards to persons, through their T.I.P. fund, for information leading to the issuance of a citation to a person(s), or an arrest made of a person(s) for illegal possession, killing, or taking of bighorn sheep, mountain goat, moose, elk, deer, antelope, bear, cougar, wolf, furbearers and/or upland game birds and water fowl. T.I.P. rewards can also be paid for the illegal taking, netting, snagging, and/or dynamiting of game fish, and/or shell fish, and for the destruction of habitat.
In addition rewards may be paid for information leading to the issuance of a citation to a person(s), or an arrest made of a person(s) who have illegally obtained Oregon hunting/angling license or tags. People who “work” the system and falsely apply for resident license or tags are not legally hunting or angling and are considered poachers.
Bighorn sheep, mountain goat, moose $1,000
Elk, deer, antelope $500
Bear, cougar, wolf $300
Habitat destruction $300
Illegally obtaining Oregon hunting or angling license or tags $200
Game fish, shell fish $100
Upland birds, waterfowl $100
I know when I have a good book in-hand because I’ll cheat and sneak in two paragraphs, or even three, without glancing up from the page. And how do I know when I have a great book? When even though a big gobbler is approaching, I’ll keep reading and hold off on setting down the book until the very last instant!
Sadly, “Taking Aim” by Eva Shockey won’t be available by this spring turkey season. But that’s okay, because I love to read in the deer stand, too. It will be released on August 29, 2017 – just in time for early archery whitetail season. (You can pre-order it now!)
So why am I excited to read it? A few reasons.
One is simple curiosity. You see, I spent 9 years in book publishing (editing hunting, fishing and shooting titles), and I find the book’s subtitle, “Daring to be Different, Happier, and Healthier in the Great Outdoors,” intriguing. I think the book will be unlike anything I’ve read (or edited) before.
The book’s “sell copy” is interesting, too. Specifically, I like these two quotes:
“Eva Shockey grew up aspiring to be a dancer, like her glamorous mother. But something about spending family vacations RV-ing across North America and going on hunts with her dad sparked in her an unduring passion for a different way of life.”
“For her, as the millions of fans who follow her life on TV and on social media can attest, that [career choice and lifestyle] has meant hunting as a way of harvesting food, caring deeply about sustainability and healthy eating, and getting closer to God in nature.”
A third reason is that even though I don’t know Eva Shockey, I’ve known her dad, Jim Shockey, for 15 years. Or in other words, since Eva was 14. Before coming to OutdoorHub, I spent 13 years as Managing Editor for North American Hunter magazine/website, and one of my responsibilities was editing Jim’s back-page humor column, “Shock Therapy.” I also worked with Jim on many hunting features through the years.
During this time, I was always impressed by Jim’s integrity and professionalism in how he approached his many writing assignments, even though he was being pulled in many directions by other responsibilities (family, TV show, outfitting business, etc.). I learned early on that Jim is the real deal when it comes to hunting, conservation and passing on these traditions to our youth. And I think the same can be said of his daughter, too.
A few FYI notes for those of you who haven’t followed Eva Shockey on social media or TV. Eva is married to professional hockey player Tim Brent, and the couple recently had their first child, daughter Lennon (Leni) Bow Brent. And yes, Tim is an avid hunter and angler.
Like many diehard hunters, Eva didn’t give up her passion during her pregnancy. (Sidebar: I remember when my wife was 8 months pregnant with our first child. I was standing beside her on a river-bottom still-hunt when she missed a 20-yard shot with her bow on a mature 5×5 South Dakota whitetail. To this day –some 14 years later – she still blames the miss on the baby kicking!)
Lastly, during the last few years as her popularity has increased, Eva has had to deal with anti-hunters who don’t share our love of hunting and shooting. But like her dad, Eva isn’t about to apologize for her lifestyle. One word: awesome!
Congrats to Eva on the baby – and the book! You can check out what Eva had to say about both by watching the Facebook Live video below.]]>
Check this out: Booi’s Fly-in Lodge is located on Trout Lake, about 20 minutes by floatplane north of Red Lake, Ontario. The lake is accessible only by air. That’s important because as a rule, lakes and rivers with drive-to access can’t compare to those that are fly-in only.
Need proof? The angler in the Brackish Water Outdoors video below uses a fish carcass (the leftovers after cleaning walleyes for shorelunch) to lure in a 23-inch walleye that’s hanging out by a dock. And when the walleye gets within arm’s reach, the angler scoops it up. Amazing!
Can you imagine how fast you could catch walleyes from that dock with a jig? Maybe it’s time to book a trip to Booi’s Fly-in Lodge and find out for yourself!]]>
Evidently, when some non-hunters and members of the mainstream media saw the images, they didn’t approve. And that prompted Travis to share another photo (below) and the following statement:
“My wife and I would like to express our thoughts on the recent media attention of our FB post this weekend. As American citizens, we have the right to raise our children utilizing what we, as their parents, feel is right and wrong. We do not apologize for raising our girls around guns and hunting. Educating them young is a huge attribute for their future. We, as parents, promote positive family morals and values along with teaching them respect and responsibility.
“Unfortunately, many of the youth today are not taught this. We’ve raised every one of our girls around guns and hunting, just as we were! Hunting is not just a sport, but a way of life. We feel it is important for our girls to experience the great outdoors and wildlife versus video games and Illusive Pokemon’s. This is our choice, and we stand true to our values. I would like to thank the keyboard warriors, because for every one negative comment, five positive comments have evolved.
“In regards to how our daughter was in the carrier, she is our third daughter, we know how to properly place our child in it. She was briefly placed in it for a photo opportunity and was enjoying it so much that we let her sit that way, while numerous people were watching her. As soon as she dozed off, my wife immediately took her inside.
“Thank you all for the support and keep raising them right!”
We editors at OHUB applaud Travis Zatopek and his wife. In our opinion, the family that hunts, fishes and shoots together, stays together!
P.S. Hacienda Wildlife Company (HWC) is a family owned full-service wildlife organization in Texas offering a wide variety of services: trophy hunts, outfitting services, wildlife management plans and implementation, tax valuations, construction services, hunting lease brokering, lease/property management, hunting lease set-ups, feeder maintenance and filling, ranch/lease maps and prints, etc. For the landowner and sportsmen, HWC is a one-stop-shop. Give them a call!
After day one of the 3-day event, Lee had only 8 pounds, 6 ounces (three fish; daily limit is five). And by noon on day two, approximately halfway through the allotted time, he had yet to put a bass in the livewell. Chances for a comeback – or even qualifying in the top 25 to fish on day three – seemed impossible.
But as the saying goes, “It’s never over until it’s over,” held true for Lee. According to a recent article on Bassmaster, Lee returned to try an underwater point that had failed to produce any fish during day one of the event. Thanks to a weather change, the point now contained bass – big ones – and Lee boated four bass that weighed a total of 21 pounds. His two-day weight of 29 pounds 6 ounces was good enough for 15th place and a spot in Sunday’s final.
Brent Ehrler (above) was in the lead heading into the final day with a two-day weight of 43 pounds 4 ounces. In other words, Lee was nearly 14 pounds behind. Not only would he need a monster day with monster bass, but he’d need Ehrler – and a few others near the top of the leaderboard – to stumble slightly and keep the door opened for the young angler.
And that’s just what happened. Returning to his underwater point, Lee eventually boated five bass for 27 pounds 4 ounces, giving him a three-day total of 56 pounds, 10 ounces. Ehrler, who also brought five bass to the weigh-in stage, simply didn’t have the quality; his five weighed only 11 pounds 10 ounces, giving Lee the title.
Note: New OHUB bass fishing columnist and 2016 Bassmaster Classic winner Edwin Evers (above) was in a great position to repeat as champion. He was sitting in third place entering the final day with a two-day total of 39 pounds, just 4 pounds 4 ounces out of the lead. Unfortunately, Edwin brought only 6 pounds 11 ounces (two bass) to the weigh-in scale on Sunday, dropping him to 11th place. Be sure to watch for Edwin’s upcoming OHUB bass blog to find out what went right – and wrong – at this year’s Classic.
Congrats Jordan Lee on an incredible come-from-behind finish! Watch the video of his winning catch below; amazing!
It adds up to fewer unchartered adventures and new territories to explore.
Enter three intrepid anglers on a unique expedition to fish the remote fly-in-only waters of Northwest Ontario’s Sunset Country in pedal-driven kayaks, and you’ve suddenly got an entirely original adventure.
Throw in in the greatest fishing photographer/videographer ever to wet a line – Bill Lindner – and you’ve got an epic video and photos that’ll absolutely make you blow off your day job for another few minutes to watch in awe.
The cool part is the fish-heads who brainstormed this contemporary take on the classic Canadian fly-in fishing trip did so with hopes of being dubbed trailblazers (if you’re into intense fishing, ultra-stealth approaches and pristine wilderness).
In a nutshell: three anglers, 3 days, 13 muskies. And countless big brown bass. Multi-species mayhem, all via an Old Town Predator PDL kayak. The fishing trip of a lifetime.
“It was a dream fishing trip, where everything came together perfectly,” said fishing writer Jim Edlund (above). “The multi-species action was incredible. To be honest, the fish were a bonus to the serenity of the place, the northern lights, loons, eagles, and Canadian shore lunches. It was all there – the stuff you read about in magazines as a kid, come to life in a new way.
“It’s cool to have been part of the first group of anglers to do a Canadian fly-in with pedal-driven kayaks. I can’t think of a better way to explore and fish remote waters. I think this opens up a whole new way to do fly-in trips.”
Muskie guide Grant Prokop (top photo), another of the mission’s three explorers, was blown-away by both the kayak and fishing action that transpired at Nestor Falls Fly-in Outposts.
“I was floored by the Predator PDL. We pedaled 8-12 miles a day, but it didn’t seem like exercise at all, even crossing large open-water stretches in head wind,” Prokop said, noting he was comfortably able to figure-8 in the kayak. “I completely lost track of how many muskie follows we had. The three of us caught 13 muskies in 3 days, which is just ridiculous. It’s pretty amazing what these fly-in lakes offer in terms of numbers.”
And just like that, you’ve got a new breed of fishing adventures to consider in 2017. Check out the amazing video below!
P.S. Looking for another epic kayak adventure that’s totally on the edge? Learn about kayaking (and snorkeling) alongside beluga whales in the subarctic, polar-bear haven of Manitoba’s Hudson Bay.]]>
I love sitting in a treestand or ground blind waiting for last light when a mature boar might slip out of the thick, dark cover to visit a bait site. I know that hunting over bait isn’t for everyone, and that’s okay. I won’t get into a lengthy explanation now, but there are many forms of legal hunting across the country – and the world for that matter – that don’t turn my crank. But that doesn’t mean I frown on those hunters who choose to pursue game in any manner that’s legal.
Enough preaching from the soap box. Back to bears.
One aspect of a black bear hunt that always intrigues me is you never know what color black bear might appear. In Minnesota, almost all black bears are black. However, in the Canadian provinces of Alberta and Manitoba, you have a decent chance of seeing a color-phase bear, which is simply another way of saying a bear has a cinnamon- or chocolate-colored coat.
As the pic below from Steeprock River Outfitters proves, you can never predict what will show up when bear hunting. Amazing photo!
In northern Alberta, I once tagged a cinnamon black bear (with blonde highlights in places), and then about an hour later shot a much larger black-colored bear. Photo below; what a great experience.
I decided to have the larger bear made into a rug, which hangs on a wall just outside my kitchen. (Yes, my wife is an avid hunter, too.)
Near the door to our bedroom, I have the tanned hide of the cinnamon bear, along with the super-thick and beautiful black hide of another bear from southern Alberta. Hanging between these two bears is a coyote, which I tagged with my bow.
As I said before, I know that hunting bears over bait isn’t for everyone. And I know that most people don’t have bear rugs and hides hanging all over their house. That’s okay, too. For me, these hides and rugs bring back wonderful memories of great times shared with family and friends in the outdoors. The same is true for the various deer antler mounts, turkey fans and fish on display in my home.
This June I plan to pursue black bears in western Quebec. Stay tuned to OHUB for details of that adventure. I can’t wait!
P.S. Black bear photo tip of the day: If you’re lucky enough to tag a black bear, and you (or a guide or outfitter) happens to have a moose shed in camp, use the antler to help hold up the bear’s head for photos. In my opinion, the contrast of dark (hide) to light (antler) looks fantastic. The bear in the pic below is the one from southern Alberta mentioned earlier in this article.
The footage shows a viewing tank/cage with two divers inside, and it’s dropped into what appears to be a crocodile exhibit of some kind. But this isn’t just any old crocodile’s exhibit . . . waiting in the water below is a crocodile, better known as crocosaurus, that appears to be over 20 feet in length. Huge!
Now, we’re all for adventure and exploring wildlife, but we draw a line when it comes to messing with gigantic crocodiles, or any animal that ends in -saurus for that matter.
Watch the clip below and decide if you would take a dip in this croc’s swimming pool:]]>
Edwin won the event in 2016 and is looking to become only the third angler to win back-to-back Classics. Check out Edwin’s recent OHUB blog where he discusses this weekend’s 3-day tournament.
If you’ve never been to a Classic, watch Edwin’s brief Facebook live video below where he gives you a taste of the big event. The number of total boats (competitors plus spectators) is amazing!
Good luck, Edwin!]]>
The company said in a statement it was “unable to reach an agreement on a viable out-of-court proposal.” The filing will allow MC to “address a number of legacy costs,” including long-term leases and trade debt that have “hampered the company’s ability to develop a clear path forward.”
According to The Detroit Free Press, MC Sports has more than $14 million in trade debt. $3.8 million due to Nike, $2.4 million due to Under Armour, and hundreds of thousands worth due to others such as Adidas, Columbia Sportswear and Wilson Team Sports.
Piling on top of that, the company has almost $475,000 in debt for media and marketing services, court filings show.
“Like many retailers in the sporting goods industry, the company has faced increased competition, the blurring of distribution channels by key athletic and outdoor brands, increasing direct to consumer sales by key vendors, and the market disruption and growth of e-commerce,” the company stated.
“In response to these headwinds, the company has been systematically moving to larger format stores that combine hunting, fishing and outdoor categories with traditional sports gear, footwear, and apparel. In addition, it has worked diligently to shed poor performing locations as lease opportunities became available.”]]>
According to Fox Carolina, police responded to the call around 10 p.m. An employee said he saw the man enter the store and asked if he needed any help. The police report states the man then pulled out his “weapon,” which happened to be only a magazine from a gun. He seemingly forgot his firearm, and told the employee to give him all the money from the pizza place.
When the suspect revealed that his weapon of choice was merely just a harmless magazine, the employee simply slapped it out of the suspect’s hands. Alas, the “armed” robber was disarmed.
Apparently, the suspect grabbed two cartridges that came out of the magazine when it hit the floor, turned around, and walked out the door.]]>
Kristy Jackson, mom of 4-year-old Hunter, described what happened when she picked up her son from school in a Facebook post that has since gone viral.
So, as you just found out, it turns out the shell casing came from a target practice session with Hunter’s police officer grandpa. It appears Hunter simply picked it up off the ground and brought it to show off to his friends. No danger, no “shotgun bullet,” but Hunter is still forced to miss 7 days of school because of the incident.
Fox News reports that the school’s vice president emailed Kristy to let her know he was notifying the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, (DCFS) citing that since A Place 2 Grow was licensed by DCFS, DCFS needed to be notified.
So the question is, if this was your child, would they be returning to that school after the 7 day suspension is up?
Sure, it might seem like a knee-jerk reaction to pull your child out of the school, but this could have been a big teaching/learning moment for everyone involved. The school really dropped the ball here, and that shouldn’t go overlooked.
With all the questions and regulations up in the air over our Second Amendment rights, we couldn’t pass this one up. In the short clip, Sen. Feinstein attempts to apply a little heat to Judge Gorsuch, but he has the perfect response and it backfires badly for Sen. Feinstein.
#JudgeGorsuch to @SenFeinstein on 2nd Amendment: “It’s not a matter of agreeing or disagreeing…It’s a matter of it being the law.” pic.twitter.com/Ph2Ev5ix6Z
— Fox News (@FoxNews) March 21, 2017
The video shows a shirtless young man “shotgunning” a beer with the assistance from a beached shark while celebrating spring break on a beach believed to be at the Atlantis Resort in the Bahamas, according to New York Post. Viewers online have not taken kindly to the footage calling it “the dumbest thing” they have ever seen.
We understand everyone’s frustrations, and would like to just point one thing out: if you can only imagine all the bacteria in a shark’s mouth (and in between all those rows of teeth) and he just pierced his beer can with it. . . drink up young fella.]]>
A man who knows a thing or two about challenges is Brian Tisdale (below). As a self-described little person, Brian has found ways to pursue his passion for the outdoors by modifying gear when necessary, and keeping a positive attitude. We recently caught up with Brian to talk about some of the unique roadblocks he faces in the field.
Important note: At the end of this interview is the first episode of CarbonTV’s “A Little Bit Country,” which stars Brian and his family. This is the FIRST hunting-related series to feature a little person. Don’t miss it!
Dave: Many outdoorsmen – me included – credit their father for starting them hunting, fishing and shooting. Is that true for you? Is your dad a little person, too?
Brian: Yes, absolutely! My daddy started me shooting a gun at a young age, but no one else in my family is a little person.
DM: It looks like you modified your ATV so it fits you perfectly. What did you do?
Brian: The first thing is I made sure to buy an electric-shift four-wheeler. Then got a platform welded to raise the foot rest so my feet don’t dangle when I’m riding.
DM: What have you done to modify other gear so it works better for you in the field? I assume you must use youth-model rifles and shotguns, or shorten the butt stocks on those guns?
Brian: I have a youth-model shotgun that I didn’t have to change. I also have a 7mm-08 that a gunsmith modified by shortening the butt stock 3-4 inches. I actually cut down the stock of my .22 rifle myself. Obviously, I can’t modify my .380 handgun, so I just have to stretch a bit to pull the trigger on that one. (Small hand problems!)
Dave: Finding high-quality outdoor clothing and footwear must be a challenge. Are you wearing mostly youth-sized apparel? Does is last through many years of hard use?
Brian: You are right – it is tough to find quality youth-sized apparel. I typically stick to Drake YXL for clothes and coats. About 6 or 7 years ago, I was looking to purchase a leaf suit and contacted Bug Tamer directly to check on sizing. By the time the phone call was over, I was giving them exact measurements of my waist, arms, legs, etc. and they custom-made a leaf suit for me! I still have and use it to this day.
Dave: Do hunt private or public land? Favorite rifle caliber for whitetails?
Brian: Both, but mostly our private family farm land. It’s about 15 minutes away from my house and is close to 300 acres of land. There is some government land about 45 minutes from where I live that my daddy and I hunt sometimes. My preference is 7mm-08.
Dave: Most hunters love to fish, and vice versa. What’s your favorite fish?
Brian: Yes, I definitely like to fish, even though I don’t get to do it as much as I would like. I’m still trying to talk my wife into a fishing boat! I’m not fond of fishing on the pontoon we already have. Haha! My favorite saltwater fish is flounder, and No. 1 freshwater fish is catfish.
Dave: How did you meet your wife Amanda?
Brian: We met via social media, Facebook. I saw some pictures of Amanda (below, center) at an LPA (Little People of America) event and knew right then I had to have her. Of course, she didn’t make it easy at first, but persistence pays off! We lived about 3 hours apart and commuted back and forth.
Dave: Do you have an 8-5 (or longer) job? And what does Amanda do for work?
Brian: Longer – I am a stay-at-home dad. I was classified as disabled about 5 years ago. I started welding in high school and was later certified as a robotic operator. The demands of the job eventually took its toll on my body, and I could no longer keep up with my job on a daily basis. I’ve had 17-plus surgeries, including both hips replaced in 2005 at the ripe age of 28. What bothers me most is the chronic arthritis, so I have to pace myself with physical activities to keep from wearing out too quickly. Luckily for me, my lovely wife is able to float the boat. She works from home as a human resources software consultant for one of the largest payroll companies in the world. It’s an arrangement that works well for us.
Dave: Will your daughter be of average height? Does she like to hunt and fish?
Brian: Both my daughter and my 16-year-old step-son (who I consider mine) are of average height. My son LOVES to hunt and fish – with or without me – although we do a lot of hunting together. My daughter isn’t into hunting yet; she’s not too fond of loud noises. We’ll see though . . .
Dave: Final question – If you could take part in only one more outdoor adventure, where would you go, what would you do, and who would join you?
Brian: I would most likely go down to Louisiana and go on one of those guided duck hunting adventures. That’s something I’ve wanted to do for a while now. I would want my daddy and son to come along for the ride.
A wide array of marijuana-focused bills were recently introduced to members of the Nevada Senate, as well as the Assembly, to help come up with regulations for the substance that’s not legal for recreational use in the state.
Sen. Tick Segerblom, D-Las Vegas, introduced bill SB 351, which theoretically would allow medical marijuana users to also possess a concealed carry permit. Currently, applicants seeking a permit to carry a concealed firearm are being denied if they are also a medical marijuana card holder.
Whether this bill moves to become a law or not, it certainly opens the door to a conversation many folks will scorn harshly. With the use of legal marijuana spreading rapidly, this is a discussion that will have to be had by many states eventually.
So, what are your views on such a bill being introduced?]]>
According to the Duluth News Tribune, Douglas Anthony Marana, 70, and Roderick Robert Kottom, 68, both from Chisholm, Minnesota, have been accused of deploying 638 illegally set snares.
It’s hard to even fathom running that many snares, and MN DNR regional enforcement supervisor, Tom Provost, seems to agree.
“That is such a number that it’s unheard of,” he said. “This number of sets has not been surpassed in Minnesota before. Our average for fail-to-attend traps or snares would be 1 to 10. Ten would be a big number in any other case.”
The men were charged with a laundry list of misdemeanors for illegally taking/possessing pine marten, otter, fisher and wolverine. They were charged for failing to tend snare (Minnesota law requires snares be checked daily) and for having their snare loops set too large.
Officers also allegedly seized 17 fox, five snowshoe hare, two fisher, and one deer the poachers had taken illegally. There are also suspicions going around that a number of dogs were trapped as well.
This case dates back to 2014, when a conservation officer received a tip that a wolf had been trapped in a snare. The News Tribune reports the officer responded to the call and came across numerous other snares nearby where the wolf was discovered.
After a little ground work, officers eventually obtained a warrant to track Kottom’s vehicle and also seized a GPS device from Marana’s home that lead the officers directly to all their trap sites.
“That had waypoint data,” Provost told the News Tribune. “(Marana and Kottom) did a good job of marking their trap sites for us.”
Marana had no previous poaching violations on his record, but his buddy Kottom has been down this road before. In 2004, he had fisher and pine marten pelts seized from his home, and was convicted on similar charges of unlawful trapping in 2007 and 2013 – those cases weren’t nearly as significant as this one, however. To add to his criminal resumé, Kottom was also fined and placed on probation in 2008 for possessing a mounted Canada lynx, which is a federally protected species in those parts.
The two men have been ordered to appear in court on April 13 and face a maximum of 1 year in prison for conviction on the misdemeanor charges. They will also be forced to pay costly fines adding up to $3,000.]]>
Take for instance the wild turkey. With spring turkey hunting open in some parts of the South, and seasons set to open soon throughout much of the United States, you might be wondering what is currently pleasing the palate of the turkey that will later be placed on your table. A photo (above) shared on the Missouri Department of Conversation Facebook page gives us a glimpse into food that is tasty to a wild turkey.
By dissecting the crop of a mature hen, MDOC was able to collect and analyze food stored for later digestion. Inside they found corn, grasshoppers, spiders, seeds, and more, with most insects clearly swallowed whole. While this hen’s diet is fairly well-rounded, a second photo (below) shows the crop contents of a juvenile turkey from the same area. This younger bird is dining on a less diverse diet heavily consisting of corn with fewer bugs on the menu.
Seeing examples of a turkey’s preferred dinner choices can help us focus our hunting efforts on prime feeding locations, and also help us when it comes to planting food plots specifically for wild turkeys. Good luck this turkey season. And remember . . . find the food, and the turkeys will be there, too!]]>
At times, Hickok45 produces a video for the pure joy of firing a gun, and that’s what you’re about to see below. Here, Hickok45 is carrying a Magnum Research Desert Eagle .50 AE, but instead of firing it at various targets in his backyard gun range, he goes exploring in his woods . . . on a John Deere tractor that he’s had for 30 years. Watch as his targets 2-liter bottles at close range with the massive handgun, and handles the tractor steering – at times – with his knees. The man is multitalented!
Special safety note from Hickok45: “As with everything we do, a lot of care is put into being safe. Still, do not try this at home, especially with your dad’s Desert Eagle and your grandpa’s tractor.”
As Hickok45 likes to say, “Life is good.”
P.S. Click here to see another classic Hickok45 video.]]>
Guys, you know what it’s like to try and impress a girl, and we’ve all gone to ridiculous lengths to do so, but what this Australian teenager did is downright stupid. There’s just no nice way to put it.
Lee De Paauw, 18 years old, says he was hanging out with his friends and had about “10 cups of goon” when he deliberately jumped into the Johnstone River to impress “a beautiful backpacker” named Sophie Paterson.
Side note: ‘Goon‘ is pretty much equivalent to ‘Franzia,’ or one of your other finest boxed wines.
Apparently, before Lee jumped into the croc-invested water, he had been boasting that crocodiles were more likely to attack a traveler rather than an Australian. Don’t worry about eating your own words, Lee, the crocodile took care of that for you, and nearly had you as dessert.
The moment Lee jumped into the water, the crocodile was on him. “(The crocodile) took me underneath the water, shook its head a bit, and I managed to get a good punch in on its eye, and then it let me go and I swam back to the stairs,” De Paauw said.
According to the “beautiful backpacker,” Ms. Paterson, it didn’t go quite as swimmingly as De Paauw made it sound.
“I’ve never heard a guy scream like that,” she told 9News. Paterson reportedly “watched in horror” as the 10-foot crocodile latched onto the
numbskull’s dare-devil’s arm. “There was a lot of blood, a lot of bone.”
The crocodile is supposedly well known to locals in the area. It is often seen swimming around docked boats along the Johnstone River. After this incident, a trap has now been set up to catch it, although Lee wishes it remains unharmed.
“I don’t want that crocodile harmed. I want it to live a happy life,” he said.
According to a post on the NO LIMIT Bowfishing Guide Service Facebook page, this massive gator gar is a new potential Toledo Bend record. The Facebook post reads, “Congratulations to Gar Commanders on the potentially new Toledo Bend Gator Gar record 7′ 11.5″ 258 lbs. truly a once in a lifetime giant fish.”
Toledo Bend Reservoir is a man-made lake on the Sabine River, which sits between Texas and Louisiana. The lake is the largest man-made body of water in Texas, and it holds fish that follow the “everything is bigger in Texas” motto.
As you’ll see in the video, a backhoe was needed just to hoist the beast out of the boat:]]>
This morning Edwin was live on Facebook to talk about the current conditions to start off the final day of practice on Texas’ Lake Conroe. Check it out below.
Good luck, Edwin! We’re hoping you can go back-to-back!]]>
Anybody ever been there before? It’s a gut-wrenching feeling that, as a fisherman, I wouldn’t wish upon anyone.
Well, this guy came up with a way to avoid that whole mess, and shave off a good 15 – 20 minutes of launching his boat. He drives his boat to the lake!
I can almost see all your heads tilt to the side and say “what did I just read?” Just bare with me, because the guy in this video had sort of the same reaction when he was passed on the highway by a guy driving a . . . well, you’ll see:
You laugh now, but when you hear that the fish are biting, and all you want to do is get out on the lake. Tell me you wouldn’t cruise around in one of these hogs.
Imagine driving straight from work onto the lake without any stops or hassle of towing and launching a boat . . . mind blowing!]]>
Chip Bird, the Parks Canada field unit superintendent for Cape Breton, said Taylor Mitchell, 19, was at the beginning of the Skyline Trail when the attack occurred. Hikers apparently saw the coyotes attacking Mitchell and immediately dialed 911. She was airlifted to a Halifax hospital, where she died almost 12 hours later, Bird said.
Taylor was an up-and-coming folk artist. In fact, before her death, she was nominated for Young Performer of the Year in 2009 by Canadian Folk Music Awards. Lisa Weitz, Mitchell’s manager, said in an email that Taylor was out touring Maritime and simply had a break in between gigs. She took the opportunity to get outdoors and do a little hiking.
“She loved the woods and had a deep affinity for their beauty and serenity,” Weitz said. “Her warmth, loving nature, astounding artistry, and infectious enthusiasm will be so missed and forever remembered.”
Coyote attacks on humans are extremely rare. Since this incident in 2009, there have been no other reported coyote attacks in the area.
Illness, unknown injury or unfamiliarity with humans all could have been contributing factors to this tragic occurrence.]]>
The ammo company confirmed that roughly 110 employees from the company’s Anoka, Minnesota, plant have been laid off, citing the current downturn the gun and ammo industry.
On top of cutting 110 employees, the company also withdrew from $1.15 million in state grants and loans designated for a $33.9 million factory expansion.
CBS Minnesota reports a spokeswoman for Vista Outdoor, which is the parent company of Federal Premium, said the layoffs were “necessary as the company works to right size its inventory levels.”
Ever since Trump took office, a cool, calm customer base, no longer living in fear of restrictive gun laws, has forced several companies to downsize as a result. Colt and Remington both laid off a significant portion of their workforce already, and this only looks like the beginning.]]>
First off, I’d like to say that I’m very excited to have my blog appear on the OutdoorHub website. It’s certainly a great opportunity for me; and I hope visitors to the site come to enjoy it as much I know I will enjoy putting it together.
This Friday, March 24, I’ll fish the first day in what I aim to be 3 days of competing in my 16th Bassmaster Classic. Every bass angler knows it’s the most prestigious of all bass fishing tournaments, and winning the Classic in 2016 was like a dream-come-true. In fact, it’s what I dreamed about ever since I caught my first bass on Lake Stockton in Missouri when I was 8 or 9 years old.
My parents weren’t big fishermen by any means; I don’t know that they fished much at all actually. But it’s something that I got wrapped up in at an early age, fishing farm ponds. So, I asked my folks for a guided fishing trip for my birthday. And on that day on Stockton I caught three bass – on a big three-blade buzzbait, which had enough lift that I could actually retrieve it with my Zebco 33. I was hooked from then on out.
I was also lucky enough to continue fishing, even when my dad’s job as a plant manager took us to different places. When we moved to Texas, I talked him into buying a Bass Tracker V17 with a 40-horsepower outboard. He kept it in a slip on Lake Bridgeport, so when I’d get off the school bus, I’d take it out and go fishing – even before I was old enough to drive.
Just before my junior year we moved again, this time to Illinois where I got a job at one of the biggest Ranger dealerships in the country – Bedford Sales in Morris. I swept floors and wiped down boats. I think I mostly had to wipe off my own drool marks because I wanted one so badly. Best of all I got to know the owner, Mr. Sam Rosefky. He’d take me fishing, and I learned a lot from Sam, and from working at the store. I even got to meet some of my fishing idols, like Hank Parker and Guido Hibdon, when they’d come in to do a store promotion. Sam is still a great friend of mine, and I appreciate everything he did for me.
I’d attracted the attention of a few college football programs during high school, which in a way, opened another door. On campus visits I’d also check out what sort of fishing was available, and when I saw that Lake Texoma was just a few miles away from the Southeastern Oklahoma State University campus – well that sort of sealed the deal. I ended up playing football for only a couple of years, though, because I won a fully rigged bass boat during my second year. That got me to thinking that I could make a lot more money fishing than I ever would playing football. And that’s the beginning of the path that got me here – on Lake Conroe – today.
I love this lake. I’ve been in four events here and have done pretty well, so I have some confidence going into the Classic. I expect most bass will be spawn/post-spawn, and that the key, like always, will be to figure out what the majority of big fish are doing. The lake doesn’t have a lot of fish-holding structure – no grass to speak of, some off-shore brushpiles, and A LOT of boat docks – docks make up about 90 percent of the lake’s cover. So, it’s going to be a power-fishing kind of a deal.
There’s been some talk about repeating as Champion, and yes, I think about it some. But not nearly as much as other people do. I had one guy ask me what I thought my chances were. I said, “Man, that’s a silly question. Of course, I think I’ll win. That’s why I’m here. I want to win.”
I’m also excited about the event itself. The weigh-in will be at the beautiful Minute Maid Stadium in Houston, and I think it will be the largest outdoor expo we’ve ever had. This will be the fourth year that my E2 Oklahoma Grown Pecans will have a booth there, and it’s always so fun. People stop to talk to my wife, Tuesday. And I try to swing by when I can to say hello to the folks. It’s just a lot of fun. If you’re reading this, I hope you can make it there.
Wish me luck this weekend at the 2017 Bassmaster Classic!]]>
The video itself is really cool and interesting! You get to hear sound bites from Taran Butler, the same trainer who taught Keanu Reeves and is basically the “Michael Jordan of competitive shooting.”
We kind of buried the lead here, however, because you might notice this BuzzFeed video is shining some positive light on the sport of competitive shooting, and dare we say, lawful gun use.
Competitive shooting is a culture just like basketball and golf. Seeing videos that don’t demonize or portray the sport in a negative light is assuredly a breath of fresh air for gun owners.]]>