Please Sign In

Please enter a valid username and password
  • Log in with Facebook
» Not a member? Take a moment to register
» Forgot Username or Password

Why Register?
Signing up could earn you gear (click here to learn how)! It also keeps offensive content off our site.

  • July 22, 2008

    Latest Spa Trend: Carp Pedicures

    By Dave Hurteau & Chad Love

    Got some nasty feet? Thick calluses. Gnarly nails. No worries. It’s nothing a bunch of little hungry carp can’t handle.

    From the Associated Press:

    Ready for the latest in spa pampering? Prepare to dunk your tootsies in a tank of water and let tiny carp nibble away.

    Fish pedicures are creating something of a splash in the D.C. area, where a northern Virginia spa has been offering them for the past four months. John Ho, who runs the Yvonne Hair and Nails salon with his wife,
    Yvonne Le, said 5,000 people have taken the plunge so far.

    "This is a good treatment for everyone who likes to have nice feet," Ho said.

  • July 21, 2008

    Breaking News: Western Wolf Hunts Shot Down

    By Dave Hurteau & Chad Love

    From the Associated Press:

    A federal judge has restored endangered species protections for gray wolves in the Northern Rockies, derailing plans by three states to hold public wolf hunts this fall.

    U.S. District Judge Donald Molloy in Missoula granted a preliminary injunction late Friday restoring the protections for the wolves in Montana, Wyoming and Idaho. Molloy will eventually decide whether the injunction should be permanent. . . .

    Environmentalists sued to overturn the decision, arguing wolf numbers would plummet if hunting were allowed. . . .

    "There were fall hunts scheduled that would call for perhaps as many as 500 wolves to be killed. We're delighted those wolves will be saved," said attorney Doug Honnold with Earthjustice, who had argued the case before Molloy on behalf of 12 environmental groups.

    In his ruling, Molloy said the federal government had not met its standard for wolf recovery, including interbreeding of wolves between the three states to ensure healthy genetics.

    "Genetic exchange has not taken place," Molloy wrote in the 40-page decision.
    Molloy said hunting and state laws allowing the killing of wolves for livestock attacks would likely "eliminate any chance for genetic exchange to occur."

    Your reaction?

  • July 21, 2008

    Update: Duck Hunters Vs. Waterfront Residents

    By Dave Hurteau & Chad Love

    We recently posted a link reporting tensions between these two groups on Indiana’s St. Joseph’s River (see our previous coverage). Now, the Washington Post reports on similar friction along the Potomac:

    Hunters call their sport a Virginia tradition and mobilize at any talk of rule changes . . . . Homeowners say gunshots wake them up, stress them out, spook their pets and scare their children.

    "In terms of sheer numbers, I get more complaints about duck hunting in suburban back yards than any other single thing," Del. Kristen J. Amundson (D-Fairfax) said. "Suburban swing sets and duck hunters are incompatible neighbors."

  • July 21, 2008

    Snapper Bites Turtle-Kisser’s Tongue

    By Dave Hurteau & Chad Love

    A few choice quotes from Turtle-Kisser, Calvin “Clicker” Embry, via the Evansville Courier & Press:

    "I guess I've kissed about a hundred snappin' turtles and never been bit — until this last time."

    "I can usually kiss him on the snout, then lick their eyeballs before they wake up, but something went really wrong."

    "Do you know how hard it is to talk with a 15-pound snappin' turtle hanging off the end of your tongue?"

    "That doctor hadn't ever seen anything like this, so he took some pictures for the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine. . . ."

    Be sure to check out the full story.

  • July 18, 2008

    Discussion Topic: Heller To Challenge New D.C. Gun Law

    By Dave Hurteau & Chad Love

    Are you ready for round two?

    From USA Today:

    Less than a month after the Supreme Court overturned the city's 32-year-old handgun ban — the most restrictive in the nation — the same litigant in the landmark case appeared at police headquarters and said he likely would wage a new fight.

    Dick Heller, whose legal challenge prompted the Supreme Court ruling, said he would challenge new city regulations that continue to ban District residents from owning semi-automatic weapons.

    "The city still does not yet understand the decision of the Supreme Court," Heller said from the steps of police headquarters. "We have been denied again. . . ."

    Dane von Breichenruchardt, president of the Bill of Rights Foundation, said the city was attempting to make gun ownership as "difficult and restrictive as possible."

    "We're going to be back in court. There is no doubt about that," he said.

    Your reaction?

  • July 18, 2008

    Former Ohio Warden Gets Time For Baiting Hunters

    By Dave Hurteau & Chad Love

    From the Dayton Daily News:

    A former state wildlife officer assigned to Miami County was sentenced Monday, July 14, to three years of community control and 60 days in jail for baiting a dove field, then citing hunters who showed up for the illegal baiting.

    Holding back tears in a Miami County Common Pleas courtroom, Jason M. Snyder, 35, of Tipp City apologized to a half dozen hunters who sat nearby for the "terribly stupid series of mistakes I made."

  • July 15, 2008

    Discussion Topic: The Rise And Fall Of Kirt Darner

    By Dave Hurteau & Chad Love

    From the Denver Post:

    Kirt Darner, a once legendary hunter and outfitter, is now branded a felon who broke the rules, not the records. As bloggers on hunting websites put it, he has dropped from the penthouse to the outhouse. He can never hunt, fish or own a firearm again.

    Darner, 69, pleaded guilty last month in New Mexico to illegally transporting wild elk and receiving stolen bighorn sheep heads — charges that cap what appears to be a series of lies and cheating that span at least 30 years, driven by a passion to claim more records and more trophy heads than anyone else.

    Be sure to check out the full article chronicling the once-legendary guide’s rise and fall—and tell us your reaction to whole sordid story, now that it appears to be over.

  • July 15, 2008

    African Lion Loose In Colorado?

    By Dave Hurteau & Chad Love

    It appeared likely when photos taken by two Colorado Springs residents and tracks found by state Division of Wildlife officers seemed to confirm that the animal is an African lion and not a cougar. There’s some doubt now, however, as the El Paso County Sheriff's Office has suspended the search, saying there isn't enough evidence to corroborate reports of an African lion—with a red mane and big tail—roaming the plains east of Colorado Springs, according to The Gazette.

  • July 15, 2008

    Pennsylvania Grandma Vs. Rabid Fox

    By Dave Hurteau & Chad Love

    From the Pocono Record:

    Avis Blakeslee, 77, was attacked by a rabid fox Monday near her Cherry Valley Road home and came away from the confrontation with multiple bites on her right leg and left arm, severe loss of blood and four days of treatment at Pocono Medical Center.

    The fox was pinned to the ground by Blakeslee, held there by grandson, Matt Blakeslee, 17, and shot to death by her son, Richard Blakeslee.

  • July 14, 2008

    Discussion Topic: Minnesota Resumes Venison Donation Program

    By Dave Hurteau & Chad Love

    The latest in the lead-in-venison story will have Minnesota’s needy eating steaks instead of burger.

    From the Pioneer Press:

    Minnesota will resume its food-shelf venison donation program this fall, but with new practices to offset health concerns over lead particles found in the meat.

    People familiar with the new program say the changes likely will mean lead advisories for food-shelf users and switching from ground venison to whole cuts of meat.

    That is because 26 percent of the tested food-shelf ground venison showed particles of lead, while only 2 percent of tested whole cuts, such as chops, steaks and roasts, showed lead particles. . . .

    While some hunters remain skeptical of the health threat from lead in venison, [Mark] Johnson, [executive director of the Grand Rapids-based Minnesota Deer Hunters Association] said the discovery has meant a healthy examination of hunting practices and food safety.

    "It's good it came out," he said. "Any time we can make our sport better, keep it safer and make the venison better, that's a good thing."

    Do you agree. And is resuming the program the right decision?