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  • October 29, 2010

    Review: New Bear Grylls Survival Knife & Parang Machete from Gerber

    By David Maccar

    by David Maccar

    Last month I gave you my take on Gerber’s Ultimate Knife, one of several new products resulting from a collaboration between the knife company and TV host and adventurer Bear Grylls, based on specs and photos.

  • October 29, 2010

    If You're a Member of the NRA and Humane Society, Does Your Head Eventually Explode?

    By Chad Love

    Politics, as the old saw goes, makes strange bedfellows. Just ask Ohio Governor Ted Strickland, who recently picked up endorsements from both the National Rifle Association and the Humane Society of the United States. You might want to start looking around for flying pigs and fiery icicles...

    From this story in the Northern Ohio News-Herald:
    In a world of political parallel universes incumbent Democrat Governor Ted Strickland and incumbent U.S. Rep. Steven LaTourette (R-Bainbridge Township) have received endorsements from the opposite poles of sportsmen-related issues. Both Strickland and LaTourette have the unqualified endorsement of the National Rifle Association. And now each has garnered the likewise enthusiastic support of the Humane Society Legislative Fund, the political action arm of the Humane Society of the United States which is generally regarded as the nation’s most potent and richest anti-hunting, anti-fishing and anti-trapping organization.

  • October 29, 2010

    Crossbow Controversy in Nebraska

    By Chad Love

    Nebraska has become the latest state to allow crossbows during the regular archery season, but not without controversy.

    From this story in the Lincoln Journal-Star:
    Nebraska will allow crossbows during the archery season next year in an effort to increase hunters and decrease deer. After more than an hour of public testimony Thursday, the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission voted 6-3 to expand crossbow hunting. The change sharply disappointed some archery hunters who say crossbows operate more like rifles and shouldn't be afforded the same status as bows and arrows. "Just because they have it in Michigan and Ohio and other places doesn't mean we need to have it," said Dick Mauch of Bassett, an 84-year-old bowhunter who testified in opposition to the change.

  • October 28, 2010

    Trail Cam Proves Mountain Lions are Roaming in Kansas

    By Chad Love

    A hunter's trail cam has captured images of the fourth confirmed mountain lion sighting in Kansas.

    From this story in the Wichita Eagle:
    A north-central Kansas archery deer hunter has added to the proof that mountain lions are roaming Kansas. Caleb Mahin, of rural Courtland, found several images of what appears to be a mountain lion on a remote-controlled camera he had placed near the Republican River in Republic County.

  • October 28, 2010

    Video Allegedly Shows Country Star Killing Bear in Canned Hunt

    By Chad Love

    A video purporting to show a member of the country-western group Montgomery Gentry killing a tame black bear in a one-acre enclosure in 2006 is making the rounds of Youtube.

    From this story on LEX18.com:
    A video surfaced on YouTube this week that appears to show that the shooting of a black bear by country music star Troy Gentry back in 2006 was staged, and that the bear was actually a tame animal. The video was obtained by an animal rights group that went to court and forced U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service officials to release it. In the video, Gentry, a Lexington native and part of the group Montgomery Gentry, is revealed to be "hunting" in a one-acre enclosed area surrounded by an electric fence. According to the video, the bear was actually a tame bear owned by Gentry's hunting partner, Lee Marvin Greenly. Greenly according to the video, did not want to pay to have needed dental work done on the bear, named "Cubby."

  • October 28, 2010

    Chad Love: Small-time Sports Writer Equates Hunting Deer to Hunting People in Desperate Bid for Attention

    By Chad Love

    Imagine you're the sports editor for a small 5,000-circ newspaper in rural Georgia. Perhaps you're ambitious, you want to get noticed, but you're trapped in journalism purgatory.

    Sports Illustrated ain't exactly beating down your door with a column offer, so you have to figure out a way to generate some buzz about yourself. Good, bad, doesn’t matter, because that's how self-promotion rolls in the 21st Century. So what do you do? Well, if you're Covington (Georgia) News sports editor Josh Briggs, you write a column that equates deer hunting with people hunting. Oh, yeah, that'll go over real well in rural Georgia...

    From this story in STLtoday.com:
    A column by the sports editor of the Covington News in north-central Georgia has brought national notoriety to the 5,300-circulation tri-weekly. Sports editor Josh Briggs wrote earlier this month that "hunting deer for sport is no different than hunting people." In a column on CovNews.com, the newspaper's general manager, T. Pat Cavanaugh, assures readers that Briggs wasn't reflecting the view of the newspaper.

  • October 27, 2010

    New Sea Floor Map May Change Fishing Industry Regulations in Maine

    By David Maccar

    Apparently, the map of the sea floor off the coast of Maine, used for many years to assess the impact of fishing in the area, only used 190 sample points taken from an area of more than 25,000 square miles.

    According to this story from SouthCoastToday.com, a new study has produced a much more accurate map and may change how the local fishing industry is regulated.

    A new study of the sea floor on Georges Bank may compel fishery managers to dramatically re-evaluate the measures currently employed to regulate the fishing industry there. A submerged plateau warmed by the Gulf Stream, Georges Bank lies about 60 miles off Cape Cod. Its shallow waters, swept by nutrient-rich currents, provide rich feeding grounds for a wide variety of marine life, making it one of the world's most productive marine ecosystems. Fishermen have worked these grounds for 400 years, resulting today in the closure of large areas, some of them permanently, to protect fish habitat and stocks. However, the map used to assess the impact of fishing on Georges Bank was compiled using just 190 sample points taken from the entire expanse of the bank, an area totaling more than 25,000 square miles.

    "On average, that's 125 kilometers (72 miles) between points, and some samples date back as far as the time when guys were throwing lead weights over the side," said Bradley P. Harris, a research associate with UMass Dartmouth's School of Marine Science and Technology who carried out the new study.

  • October 27, 2010

    Florida Museum Showcases Classic Southern Quail Hunting

    By Chad Love

    Classic southern quail hunting is perhaps the most romanticized and tradition-steeped activity in all the outdoor sporting world. It is also one that has largely disappeared, at least for the majority of us. But a new museum exhibit in Florida offers a glimpse into a world most of us could only read about in the pages of Field & Stream.

    From this story on WCTV News:
    The Knott House was built in 1843 and restored to the period when the W. V. Knott Family moved there in 1928. One family member, Charlie Knott, loved to hunt and much of his hunting gear and memorabilia remain in the collection. It is from this collection that the new exhibit, Quest for Quail: A Tallahassee Hunting Tradition, has emerged. “Hunting plantations are part of the history of Tallahassee and the surrounding area,” said Secretary of State Dawn K. Roberts. “I am pleased the exhibit at the Knott House Museum will help us understand the influence they had on the social and economical issues at the time.” The exhibit opens on Thursday, November 4, 2010, and extends through March 5, 2011.

  • October 27, 2010

    "The Emporer," Britain's Famous Giant Red Stag, Killed by Hunter?

    By Chad Love

    A red stag that was reputedly the largest wild beast in Britain has now become the largest pile of steaks in Britain.

    From this AP story:
    Who shot the Emperor? Nature lovers are mourning the death of a red stag dubbed the Emperor of Exmoor—a nine-foot (2.75 meter) giant reported to be the biggest wild animal in the British Isle. He was found dead soon after his picture appeared in the national press. His size set him apart from the herd, but also made him prize prey for hunters willing to pay handsomely for such a majestic trophy. "With a set of antlers such as this deer had, it was basically going to kill him in the end," said Richard Austin, the photographer whose images of the stag appeared in newspapers earlier this month ˜ inevitably accompanied by the word "majestic." 

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