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  • November 30, 2009

    Discussion Topic: Huey Lewis Baits Ducks To Thwart Hunters

    By Dave Hurteau

    From the Great Falls Tribune:
    Rock musician Huey Lewis and several of his Stevensville-area neighbors are feeding ducks along a slough that runs through their property, effectively closing the area to duck hunting.

  • November 30, 2009

    Swedish Police Finger Moose As Murder Suspect

    By Dave Hurteau

    Here’s one from F&S Shotguns Editor, Phil Bourjaily, who notes:
    It's like those Swedish subtitles from Monty Python and the Holy Grail ("A moose bit my sister once") but gone terribly wrong.

  • November 30, 2009

    Bismarck Police Take Out Urban Mountain Lion

    By Dave Hurteau

    From The Bismarck Tribune:
    "In 38 years of being a game warden, I've never met a live cougar," said Bruce Burkett, investigation superintendent for the North Dakota Game and Fish Department.

    That changed Friday night after a 100-pound male mountain lion was shot near the former Home Depot Building in north Bismarck. . . .

  • November 25, 2009

    Texas Hunter Bags Potential Nebraska State-Record Buck

    By Dave Hurteau

    From the Journal Star:

    [A] 38-point whitetail generating [lots of] buzz was shot [last] Saturday by a 24-year-old Texan hunting on private land in Richardson County. On Wednesday, Wes O'Brien told the Journal Star his trophy has received a preliminary score of 281.

    The rack's official score won't be determined for 60 days. During the so-called drying period, antlers will shrink a little.

  • November 24, 2009

    New Game-Warden Reality Show

    By Dave Hurteau

    From The Sacramento Bee:

    If you think it's interesting to creep through a forest – pistol at the ready – in pursuit of illegal marijuana growers, or to be in an armed, early morning raid of a suspected wildlife shooter's home, you're in for some thrills.

  • November 24, 2009

    Idaho Extends Wolf Season

    By Dave Hurteau

    From an Idaho Fish and Game press release:

    The Idaho Fish and Game Commission on Thursday, November 19, extended wolf hunting seasons in all Idaho wolf zones not already closed to March 31.
    Harvest limits and other restrictions were not changed. . . .

    Hunters will need a 2010 wolf tag, in addition to a 2010 hunting license for hunts after December 31.

  • November 23, 2009

    Chad Love: Don't Be a Fishing Butthead

    By Chad Love

    I'm not a smoker, so I've never pondered the question of what to do with my cigarette butts while out fishing. However, if the number of butts I see bobbing along the surface of the water is any indication, many smokers don't ponder either, they just take one last drag and flick it. After all, it's a just a little cigarette butt, right?

    Well, no. In fact, according to this story cigarette butts are highly toxic to fish.

    From the story:

    Cigarette butts, one of the most ubiquitous forms of garbage in the world, have been found to be toxic to saltwater and freshwater fish. Even with a small amount of unburnt tobacco clinging to it, a single cigarette butt soaked for a day is enough to turn a liter of water a sickly yellow brown and kill 50 percent of fish swimming in it. Without tobacco, it takes about 4 smoked filters to do the same job.

  • November 23, 2009

    Discussion Topic: No-Tolerance Policy Extends Off Campus

    By Dave Hurteau

    You read that right, off campus. In the latest no-tolerance outrage, a California school has expelled a 16-year-old hunter for having two unloaded shotguns in his vehicle parked off campus. If this keeps up, school administrators are just going to take to the field en mass, confiscate guns from any and all student hunters, and promptly kick them out of school.

    From the Chico Enterprise Record:

    The Willows Unified School District board of trustees has expelled a 16-year-old for having unloaded shotguns in his pickup parked just off the Willows High School campus.

  • November 23, 2009

    Illinois Buck Gets Combined—And Survives

    By Dave Hurteau

    From the News-Democrat:

    Wayne Harre, of rural Nashville, said his father, Arnold, was shelling corn in the evening when he came upon a monster buck straddling three rows of corn. . . .

    The buck didn't budge when Arnold Harre approached with his combine. Because it was dark, Harre didn't see the buck in time to stop. It became caught on the corn header.
    Harre . . . eventually reversed the corn header and dislodged the buck, which sprinted into a nearby timber. . . .

  • November 23, 2009

    Gorilla Recalls EXO-Tech Safety Harness

    By Dave Hurteau

    If you bought Gorilla Inc.’s  latest safety harness, the EXO-Tech, you should stop using it immediately and contact the company for a refund. Yesterday, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the company, announced a voluntary recall of the product. Here’s the problem, according to this USCPSC press release:

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