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  • October 28, 2011

    If You Couldn't Come Up With A Good Idea for Our Pumpking Carving Contest...

    By Chad Love

    If you haven't entered the F&S pumpkin carving contest then you better break out the cutlery, channel your inner muse and get to carving. You just might win a sweet, sweet Spyderco Bushcraft G10. And in case you need a little inspiration for the contest, just remember that you can use whatever you want to carve your pumpkin; knife, chainsaw, plasma cutter, gun. Check out the video above.

  • October 28, 2011

    British Hunters Claim Animal-Rights Activists Ran Over Foxhound

    By Chad Love

    Here's one from the "So Much For Compassion For All Life" files... British fox hunters are claiming that animal-rights activists deliberately lured a foxhound on to a busy road and then ran it over.

    From this story in the Telegraph:

    Hunt members have accused saboteurs of deliberately running over a hound after using horns to lure it onto the road. The hound was out with the Cotswold Vale Hunt near Gloucester on Tuesday morning when it was hit by a Rover car on the A38 Tewkesbury road at Norton. Members of the hunt claim saboteurs used horns to attract the hound on to the road before it was killed.

  • October 27, 2011

    CT Man 'Field Strips' Roadkill Deer In Parking Lot Near Wesleyan University

    By Chad Love

    We are, on occasion, confronted with a story containing so many competing and equally compelling angles that we simply can't choose which one to use as a lead. Take this story, for example, in the New Haven (Conn.) Register about a man who just wanted to teach his sons a simple lesson, and failed in spectacular fashion.

    A Berlin, Connecticut, man has been arrested for allegedly gutting a deer in a parking lot near Wesleyan University. Lawrence Massey, 37, was arrested after local residents saw him use a hunting knife to “field strip” a deer, police said. He allegedly wanted to show his sons how it was done, the police report states.

    Police were called Monday at 3:21 p.m. to the back lot of the 594 Main St. apartments, near the Green Street Arts Center, where several mothers and their young children were walking around. The report says the arriving officer was “overcome by a very strong smell emanating from the carcass” upon leaving his patrol car.

  • October 27, 2011

    Condit Dam Demolished, White Salmon River Flows Free For 1st Time in Nearly a Century

    By Chad Love

    An almost century-old dam that blocked crucial spawning waters for Pacific northwest salmon and steelhead came crashing down yesterday.

    From this story in the Seattle Times:

    With a massive charge of TNT detonated at the base of Condit Dam, the White Salmon River roared back to life Wednesday. Penned up and drowned under a reservoir since the 125-foot-tall dam was completed in 1913, the White Salmon quickly found its natural channel.

  • October 26, 2011

    Ducks Unlimited Pushes for Electronic Federal Duck Stamps

    By Chad Love

    Have you ever had trouble purchasing a duck stamp? Would you like the option of buying your duck stamp electronically? That's what some recent congressional testimony from Ducks Unlimited hopes to achieve.

    From this press release on the DU website:

    Today, Ducks Unlimited voiced its support of legislation that would make the federal duck stamp more readily available to the general public during testimony before the U.S. House of Representatives Natural Resources Committee, Subcommittee on Fisheries, Wildlife, Oceans and Insular Affairs. In testifying for Ducks Unlimited, DU Director of the Governmental Affairs Office Scott Sutherland discussed how the Permanent Electronic Duck Stamp Act of 2011 would make purchasing the federal duck stamp easier for hunters while preserving the heritage and utility of the traditional duck stamp.

  • October 26, 2011

    Montana Homeland Security Bill a Federal Land Grab in Disguise?

    By Chad Love

    Should the Department of Homeland Security have unfettered access to all federal lands to carry out operations, even if it means the possibility of limiting access for sportsmen? That's the question at the heart of a debate between a Montana sportsmen's group and a Montana congressman.

    From this story in the Billings Gazette:

    A Montana hunting-and-angling group with Democratic ties has made a large TV ad buy rapping Republican U.S. Rep. Denny Rehberg for his support of a bill that gives the U.S. Border Patrol access to all federal lands for border-security purposes. Calling the bill a “federal land grab of the highest order,” Montana Hunters and Anglers Action bought ads in the Missoula and Billings television markets that urged viewers to call Rehberg and ask him to oppose the bill

  • October 26, 2011

    Hunter Shoots Hiker, Mistakes Him For Bear

    By Chad Love

    In light of yesterday's post about accidents involving guns, here's another tragic example of why you should always, always positively identify what you're shooting at before you squeeze the trigger.

    From this story in the Salem, Oregon Statesman-Journal:

    A 67-year-old Turner man who shot and killed a hiker Friday while hunting for bear was on family-owned property, Marion County Sheriff's Office officials said Tuesday. Gene Collier and his 12-year-old grandson were hunting in the 6300 block of Silver Ridge Road SE, a rural area about one mile west of Silver Falls State Park at about 6:30 p.m. Oct. 21.

  • October 25, 2011

    Deadly Virus Found In Pacific Northwest Salmon

    By Chad Love

    A deadly virus that has decimated commercial salmon farms has now shown up in wild salmon in the Pacific northwest.

    From this story in the New York Times:

    A lethal and highly contagious marine virus has been detected for the first time in wild salmon in the Pacific Northwest, researchers in British Columbia said on Monday, stirring concern that it could spread there, as it has in Chile, Scotland and elsewhere. Farms hit by the virus, infectious salmon anemia, have lost 70 percent or more of their fish in recent decades. But until now, the virus, which does not affect humans, had never been confirmed on the West Coast of North America.

  • October 25, 2011

    11-Year-Old Born With One Arm Tags First Buck

    By Chad Love

    An 11-year-old Washington state boy who was born with only one arm refused to let that stop him from bagging his first deer.

    From this story on heraldnet.com:
    Justin Ristine, 11, might be the best one-armed hunter around. If ability is judged by percentage of shots fired compared to deer taken, he's as good a hunter as there is, one arm or two. On his first hunting trip earlier this month, he fired one shot and bagged one deer. The buck died instantly. The Marysville boy was born with only one arm, his left.

  • October 24, 2011

    Two Reminders of the Importance of Firearms Safety In The Field

    By Chad Love

    Two reminders today--one tragic, the other stupid--of how vigilant we all must be when it comes to firearms safety in the woods.

    First, a Michigan duck hunter died after being accidentally shot by his 10-year-old son.

    From this story in the Chicago Tribune:
    A 39-year-old Lapeer man was accidentally shot and killed by his 10-year-old son while duck hunting in a Michigan wildlife area. The Huron Daily Tribune in Bad Axe reports Friday that the boy shot Sean Monschau while continually firing a shotgun Thursday morning. State police did not release any more details of the case and say the shooting remains under investigation. Monschau had taken his son to hunt in the Fish Point State Wildlife Area near Unionville, about 90 miles northwest of Detroit in Tuscola County. The shooting occurred about 7:45 a.m. Thursday.

    And then there's this...