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  • May 27, 2011

    Vintage Duck-Hunting Boats Are Centerpiece of Museum Exhibit

    By Chad Love

    --Chad Love

    Here's an interesting news item for anyone interested in waterfowling history. A Minnesota museum is displaying a collection of early American duck hunting boats.

    From this story in the Alexandria Echo Press: 
    A unique collection of vintage duck hunting boats is the centerpiece of a new exhibit at the Minnesota Lakes Maritime Museum in Alexandria. The duck boats are from private collections around the upper Midwest and represent both factory-produced and one of a kind hunting watercraft. The exhibit’s highlight is a unique piece of local history – a duck boat used in the late 1800s by market hunter Sam Fertig. Fertig hunted Lake Christina and shipped his daily bag of waterfowl by train to markets in the Twin Cities, Chicago and Boston to be sold to upscale restaurants.

  • May 27, 2011

    Mark Zuckerberg Kills His Own Meat, Wants To Hunt

    By Chad Love

    --Chad Love

    Listen up, F&S Facebook users: billionaire 20-something Mark Zuckerberg, wants to be just like you. (hat tip to Pheasants Forever's Bob St. Pierre for the find)

    From this story on CNN:
    When he's not too busy connecting people across the universe, Mark Zuckerberg is pursuing a new "personal challenge," as he calls it. "The only meat I'm eating is from animals I've killed myself," says the Facebook founder and CEO. It's an odd dietary direction for the 27-year-old Internet billionaire, but since he has taken to killing goats, pigs and chickens, "I'm eating a lot healthier foods. And I've learned a lot about sustainable farming and raising of animals," he says. "It's easy to take the food we eat for granted when we can eat good things every day." Zuckerberg's new goal came to light, not surprisingly, on Facebook. On May 4, Zuckerberg posted a note to the 847 friends on his private page: "I just killed a pig and a goat."

  • May 26, 2011

    Federal Budget Cuts Will Cause Trout Shortfall in Tennessee

    By Chad Love

    Could federal budget cuts affect your stocker trout fishing? It's happening in Tennessee.

    From this story in The Tennessean:
    The trout supply for fishermen in Tennessee could face a substantial shortfall because of federal budget cuts that impact fish hatcheries. Federal fish hatcheries responsible for raising 60 percent of all trout in Tennessee, the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency stated. The Dale Hollow and Erwin hatcheries are both are operated by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) and supply trout for fishing at dozens of locations in the state.

  • May 26, 2011

    Oregon Mountain Lion Hunting Bill Fails, Cat Sightings On Rise Throughout West

    By Chad Love

    A bill that would have reinstated mountain lion hunting in Oregon has failed.

    From this story in the Ashland Daily Tidings:
    A bill seeking to reintroduce some sport-hunting of cougars with hounds has died a quiet death in the Oregon Senate after getting an easy nod in the House, ending the latest effort to return a practice banned by voters 17 years ago. The deadline for scheduling hearings came and went Monday without House Bill 2337 receiving a scheduled debate in the Senate Environment and Natural Resources Committee, effectively killing a bill without discussing it. "Ding-dong, the witch is dead," said Sally Mackler, carnivore representative in Oregon for the Eugene-based group Predator Defense, which lobbied against the bill.

    Meanwhile, mountain lion sightings are increasing all over the west, with one being found in a southern California garage. From this story on vvdailypress.com

  • May 25, 2011

    Video: Master Bladesmith Bob Kramer vs. Coke Can

    By David Maccar

    Thanks to the folks at Popular Science for this video that will appeal to my fellow knife nuts. Check out their original post here.

    This is master bladesmith Bob Kramer, whose chef's knives sell for over $10,000 each, or more. They are so saught after and beloved by chefs, there's a lottery to win a spot on the years-long waiting list just to shell out those ten Gs.

    But...for the rest of us...Kramer announced a new partnership this months with Zwilling J.A. Henckels and has just put a line of Kramer-designed knives into production, made from the same high-carbon and chromium 52100 tool steel as the basic line of their handmade counterparts with a Rockwell score of 60. They will sell for about $300.

    Check out the video below for an explanation as to why Kramer's knives have such a keen edge and you'll see some impressive water bottle and Coke can beheadings as well.

  • May 25, 2011

    Cover Knife Contest: And the DiamondBlade Goes To…

    By Colin Kearns

    All I can say is, it’s a good thing our cover knife contest was limited to stories that were only six words long. Otherwise, it would’ve taken me a hell of a lot longer to read through the 5,000-plus entries.

    First, a bit about the judging process: There were many entries that were either fewer or more than six words long, and they were immediately disqualified. Of those that were six words long, the entries that stood out most were the ones that followed to the other rule of the contest: They told a story. A lot of the submissions read more like six-word slogans for DiamondBlade, and while some were nice and clever, they ultimately didn’t tell a story. So they were dismissed as well. Sticking to those guidelines, I was still left with a lot of good stories. What follows are some of my favorites:

    The dependability of a good knife was a popular theme, and Barry Crane was one of many who wrote about a blade that outlasted a broken relationship: My wife left. My knife didn’t.

    Survival came up time and again, and I have two favorites among these stories. The first came from Eric David Whittredge: I survived because of a knife. I love how this story forces you to use your imagination: What did he survive? A bear attack...A bitter-cold night...

  • May 25, 2011

    European-Style Carp Fishing Catching on With American Anglers?

    By Chad Love

    Many fly anglers have embraced the unique experience of chasing "freshwater bonefish, but is European-style carp fishing finally beginning to hook the attention of American anglers?

    From this story in the Bellingham Herald:
    Rich Sowders used to fish almost exclusively for walleye and steelhead. Then he started selling some European carp fishing tackle in his Little Dipper Bait and Tackle shop in Flat Rock, Mich. "I decided that if I was going to sell this stuff, I should learn how to use it," Sowders said as he removed the hook from the rubbery lips of a 17-pound carp he hooked on the Saginaw River during a fish-in with the Michigan chapter of the Carp Anglers Group.

    "It took no time before I was hooked, and I started bringing in all the tackle I could get. Problem is I became my own best customer," he said. "Once you've caught a couple of these big bruisers, it's just addictive."

  • May 25, 2011

    Bill Would Lift Michigan's Minimum Hunting Age Restrictions

    By Chad Love

    A bill that would lift Michigan's minimum age for hunters is making its way through the statehouse.

    From this story on Interlochen Public Radio: 
    The state House has approved a measure that would eliminate the age restriction on children who hunt with an adult. Currently, the state does not allow children under the age of 10 to hunt at all. This measure would allow a child of any age to hunt, fish, or trap with an adult 21 years or older who has a license and has taken a hunter safety course. "We spend too much time today behind TVs and computer screens and not enough time monitoring what youth are doing. This gives us some an opportunity to get them out, spend some time with them and introduce them to our sport," says the bill's sponsor, Republican state Representative Peter Petallia.

  • May 24, 2011

    Missouri-Record 106-Pound Bighead Carp Caught on Snagging Trip

    By Chad Love

  • May 24, 2011

    Big Buck Hunter Game Draws Following from NYC Bar Crowd

    By Chad Love

    --Chad Love

    Here's one from the "So That's Why the Field & Stream Offices are in New York" files. It seems big-game hunting is a big-time activity in the Big Apple.

    From this story in the New York Times  (hat tip to Southern Rockies Nature Blog for the find):
    Little about Alex DerHohannesian suggests “video game champion.” A virile 30-year-old television producer, he lives on the Upper West Side, starred on the club hockey team at the University of Kentucky and bears a strong resemblance to Ryan Gosling. But his friends know him as DerHo, one of the world’s best players of Big Buck Hunter, an arcade hunting game that enjoys a rabid following among trendy urbanites who most likely have never held a gun.

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