Field&Stream.com has many readers, and naturally the editors get a lot of mail. Some of it offers praise or suggestions. Some of it offers criticism and anger. And sometimes - every once in a great while - some of it broaches subjects and asks questions so profound we feel compelled to share with readers. Such is the case with this letter (portions of which are published below) from one Odie Ellis.
Family, dedication and hunting are three things inextricably tied in the life of Greg Koch, and now the Broken Arrow man is taking it all on the road to find America's best 40 deer hunters. The Kochs will hit a different store roughly every other day from Texas to Florida to Wisconsin and all points between the next two months. But it doesn't end there. The competitions will follow and then there will be field video work. This kind of deer hunting competition — using gun scopes that take a photo when a blank shot is fired — is a new concept.
Horror film soundtracks mimic animal distress calls. Film-makers' manipulations of sound tap into our primal fears, say researchers
Discordant sounds used to create tension in horror films are effective because they mimic calls made by animals in the wild at times of stress, researchers have found. The "non-linear" sounds, often created by pushing brass and wind instruments beyond their natural range by playing them too hard, exploit the human brain's natural aversion to sonics that signal fear or distress.
The number of pheasant hunters in South Dakota last fall dipped for a third straight year. The Game, Fish and Parks Department estimates there were 69,959 South Dakota hunters and 97,350 from outside the state. It's the eighth straight year there were more nonresident hunters than resident hunters. The GF&P says hunters killed just over 1.6 million pheasants. Spink County had the largest pheasant harvest at 93,770 birds, followed by Lyman, Brown, Tripp and Beadle counties.
When Lori Hansen leaves her digs in rural Arcadia, she rumbles her Harley-Davison onto Armadillo Trail, hits Opossum Road, then swings onto Gator Trail. So there's really no need to lecture her on the perils of varmints and critters when riding a motorcycle. "I was coming home one night," said the 42-year-old teacher from her hospital bed in St. Petersburg, "when I had this hog come right at me. It charged me over there, at Horse Creek Road."
'Pirates' claim they were just fishing for sharks... with rocket launchers Five Somali men have protested that they were shark fishermen not pirates despite being intercepted off Somalia's coast after attacking a Dutch vessel with rocket launchers and assault rifles. Europe's first modern trial for the 17th century crime of "sea robbery" has opened in Rotterdam amid protestations of innocence from the accused. The men, facing jail terms of nine to 12 years, are accused of attacking and attempting to hijack the Samanyolu, a Dutch Antilles-flagged ship, while it was sailing in the Gulf of Aden in January 2009.
More alligators could be hunted in Georgia under a proposed change to state rules. Members of the state's Wildlife Resources Committee gave preliminary approval Tuesday to allowing hunters to take an additional 150 alligators during the season. The annual limit would increase to 850 alligators. The Board of Natural Resources could finalize the expanded hunt Wednesday. Georgia started allowing alligator hunting in 2003.
From the KTUU website: U.S. Sens. Lisa Murkowski and Mark Begich have introduced a bill that would remove the requirement that Alaskans purchase duck stamps for subsistence purposes. The federal Duck Stamp Act requires all hunters age 16 or older to purchase and carry a $15 stamp before hunting.