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  • January 31, 2012

    A Field & Stream Exclusive: THE ROYAL WULFF MURDERS by Keith McCafferty, Part Four

    Belly up to a bar in West Yellowstone or Ennis and you might find yourself talking to a creatively profane fishing guide, a down-on-his-luck artist who can't afford rent, the millionaire owner of a streamside log-cabin mansion who uses it only two weeks a year, or a pretty woman with a box of trout flies and a cryptic background.

    That’s the kind of people you meet in Montana’s trout fishing country. And that’s why The Royal Wulff Murders ($27; us.penguingroup.com), field editor Keith McCafferty’s new novel, features such an eclectic bunch.

    Why would McCafferty--a talented elk hunter, survival expert, and unabashed steelhead bum who has written nearly 500 articles for Field & Stream--enter the fiction business?

    “I decided to write a book the night I slept on the ground on a mountain for a Field & Stream assignment,” says McCafferty, a 30-year Bozeman resident. “It was so cold in the middle of the night that rather than get up, I peed myself. [Editor’s note: Sorry, Keith!] That did it.”

    The following is an exclusive online-only excerpt from McCafferty's novel. It is the fourth of five parts. Look for Part Five next week. --Mike Toth
    WARNING: The following excerpt contains adult language. Reader discretion is advised.

    In Sean Stranahan's philosophy of life, any man who had a fly rod, a quarter tank of gas and four decent tires was never too far from home. So while it may have been true that he wasn’t sure which way to turn when he left the Bridger Mountain Cultural Center, the fact remained that no matter which point of the compass he headed for, he’d be home in time for an evening caddis hatch. 

    Click here to read the rest of this excerpt from THE ROYAL WULFF MURDERS by Keith McCafferty.

  • January 31, 2012

    Massachusetts Firefighters Save Deer from Well

    --Chad Love

    Here's one from the "Next Time, Let's Just Stick To Kittens In Trees" files. Firefighters in Truro, Mass. spent most of Sunday figuring out how to rescue a deer that had fallen down an abandoned well.

    From this story on whdh.com:

    Crews rescued a deer stuck in a well on Sunday. Authorities say the deer may have been caught in the Truro well for days. The deer was 12 feet down the dry well, and kicking wildly. “I've gone to many animal complaints; I’ve never seen a wild animal this upset. She tried several times to jump out of the hole and she was just not able to clear the 12 to 14 foot hole,” said Officer Jeremiah Valli of the Truro Police Department. They couldn't shoot the deer with a tranquilizer because he’s a game animal.

  • January 30, 2012

    Gangs Target Sportsmen in Texas

    By Chad Love

    The hunting trip of a lifetime ended up as every hunter's worst nightmare for four Mississippi hunters after all their gear was stolen on the way to the airport.

    From this story on the clarionledger.com website:

    Jacob Baldwin of Canton and three friends went to Texas earlier this month on the trophy deer hunt of a lifetime. Baldwin killed a 150-class buck and a wild hog, and one of his partners got a good buck.

    "It was a great get-away trip - good friends, good hunting, great service at the lodge and everything - right up until we were getting ready to fly home," Baldwin said. "Then it went south in a hurry." Five miles from the San Antonio airport, the group stopped at a restaurant for a final taste of the area's local flavor before heading to the rental car return and a return flight to Jackson. By the time the last taco was eaten and the last swallow of cerveza taken, thieves had emptied their rental vehicle of everything.

  • January 27, 2012

    Time-Lapse Video of Traditional Mongolian Yurt Tent Set Up

    By Chad Love

    So how long does it take to set up your wall tent? Here's a cool time-lapse video of a Mongolian family setting up a traditional yurt.

    From Boingboing:

    The nomadic people of Mongolia don't stay in one place for long. That's why they live in gers (which American's know by the Russian name, yurt), a home that is fast and easy to assemble and disassemble.

  • January 27, 2012

    Using Wolves to Control Elk Population at CO Wildlife Refuge?

    By Chad Love

    Federal wildlife officials are considering using wolves to control the elk population at Colorado's Baca National Wildlife Refuge.

    From this story in the Billings Gazette:

    Federal officials are considering using wolves to control the number of elk in Baca National Wildlife Refuge, a proposal that is drawing criticism from hunters and ranchers and support from environmentalists. And a plan that is drawing comparisons to what has happened in Montana and Wyoming since wolf reintroduction in Yellowstone National Park. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service planner Laurie Shannon says the use of wolves in Colorado is not the preferred alternative, but it's an option for controlling elk herds that have taken a heavy toll on the cottonwoods and willows lining stream banks.

  • January 27, 2012

    TGIF: Yosemite Time-Lapse Video

    Here at Field & Stream we love a good time-lapse video. We thought it would be nice, seeing how it's Friday and all, to share one of these calming videos for an end-of-the-week treat!

    This video in particular--which features breathtaking sunrises, sunsets, and even meteor showers--was a collaboration between Sheldon Neill and Colin Delehanty, in their ongoing Project Yosemite.

  • January 26, 2012

    New Rules Will Determine Saltwater Season Limits on East Coast

    By Chad Love

    The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (try saying that five times fast) is rolling out new parameters to determine recreational saltwater fishing harvest estimates, the results of which help determine seasonal limits all along the eastern seaboard.

    From this story in the Boston Herald:

    The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on today announced that it’s using a new way to estimate the amount of fish caught by recreational saltwater anglers on the Atlantic Coast and in the Gulf of Mexico, the result of years of work on how to make the numbers more accurate. The new estimates will have an impact on millions of fishermen and those who make a living from recreational fishing.

  • January 26, 2012

    Texas Hunters Asked to Monitor Local Quail Population

    By Chad Love

    And in other quail-related news, as part of its ongoing research project into bobwhite quail numbers, the Rolling Plains Quail Research Ranch is asking hunters to be on the lookout for any sick, dying or dead quail they may come across while hunting (and by sick, dying or dead quail, that means by means other than shotgun blast...)

    The Rolling Plains Quail Research Ranch (RPQRR) is asking quail hunters to keep their eyes open for any “weird quail” that may offer clues as to what’s going on with Texas’ quail population. “We’re asking hunters to report any observations of strange-acting quail, or ideally any recent carcasses of sick or dead quail” says Dr. Dale Rollins, RPQRR’s director. “Over the past two weeks, several specimens have been submitted, and these samples may indeed be ‘witnesses to the crime’, so we’re acutely interested in having such birds examined.”

  • January 25, 2012

    Boy, 10, Tags Louisiana 18-Pointer On Solo Hunt

    --Chad Love

    Here's a story about a ten-year-old Louisiana boy who tagged a massive, 18-point buck earlier this month. On the face of it, it seems to be one of the typical "boy kills monster buck" stories we see every season.

    You know, the kind of story that causes you to wail and gnash your teeth as the black bile of envy rises up in your throat. But this one has an unusual twist in that this ten-year-old boy did it all by himself.

    From this story on thetowntalk.com:

    Ten-year-old Jack Dekeyzer is an accomplished deer hunter, not to mention being mature for his age. Therefore, his father Peter Dekeyzer was OK with letting his son make his first solo hunt on family property in early January. "Jack has been hunting with me for several years now and has already killed four does and little bitty 'hill' deer that had 9 points with a 10-inch spread. So, when he asked if he could hunt by himself, I really didn't give it a second thought," the elder Dekeyzer said.