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  • March 12, 2012

    MN Hunter Who Knocked Man Out of Treestand Found Guilty of Manslaughter

    By Chad Love

    A Minnesota man has been found guilty of manslaughter for knocking a hunter out of his treestand during a dispute over a property boundary.

    From this story on dl-online.com:

    A Breezy Point, Minn., man was convicted Friday of second-degree manslaughter in the death of a man he knocked from a tree stand during a hunting dispute in Clearwater County in 2010. Kevin Thomas McCormick, 53, was found guilty in state district court in Bagley, Minn., after a five-day trial. He is scheduled to be sentenced April 11 on the charge, which carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and a $20,000 fine. According to court documents, McCormick argued with Jerry Benedict, 64, over the placement of Benedict’s tree stand, which McCormick believed was on his land in southern Clearwater County, near Itasca State Park and the White Earth Indian Reservation.

  • March 12, 2012

    Bobwhite Quail Pop. Decline in Texas Making National News

    By Chad Love

    First it was an article in the New York Times now comes yet another story in a national newspaper about the decline of bobwhite quail, this time in Texas.

    From this story in the Wall Street Journal:

    Wild bobwhite quail are disappearing from West Texas, one of the last places in the U.S. where until recently they thrived, raising concerns about the future of the state's traditional quail hunt. The ranchlands of Texas' northwestern plains have long been considered one of the bird's last bastions. But when an uptick in rain during the spring and summer of 2010 didn't result as expected in many more birds than the year before, hunters began to fear that more than drought was harming the birds.

  • March 9, 2012

    Scientists Discover World's Oldest Fleas

    --Chad Love

    We all hate fleas, but if you think modern fleas are bad, just be thankful you weren't around a few million years ago...
     
    From this story in The New York Times:  
     
    Scientists have discovered the world’s oldest fleas to date — bloodsuckers that lived among (and possibly on) dinosaurs. Fossils found in northeastern China belong to two ancient species of fleas, the researchers report in the current issue of the journal Nature: one dating to the Middle Jurassic, about 165 million years ago, and the other to the Early Cretaceous, about 125 million years ago. Females ranged from one-eighth to half an inch long, males from one-sixth to a third of an inch. That makes them giants. Today’s fleas are only about one-tenth the size. Also, although modern fleas feed primarily on the blood of mammals, the ancient fleas may have relied on that of dinosaurs.

  • March 9, 2012

    Video: 30 Beached Dolphins Dragged Back Into Sea

    By Dave Maccar


    What could have become a grim scene turned out pretty well for a bunch of soon-to-be beached dolphins. The waves recently deposited about 30 of the mammals on the shores of Rio De Janeiro, but luckily there were plenty of humans in the area to help out…and take pictures and shoot video, of course.

    From this story on Fox News Latino: 

    It could have been a nightmare scene for animal lovers around the world. But thanks to some sun bathing beachgoers in Brazil - 30 dolphins are alive and well. A dramatic video showing 30 beached dolphins being rescued by beachgoers in Brazil has become an Internet sensation.

    The video shows dolphins appearing out of nowhere and suddenly beaching en masse on the Rio de Janeiro state coastline. They were apparently caught in a strong ocean current. 

  • March 9, 2012

    Indiana Adopts Official State Gun: The 200-Year-Old Grouseland Rifle

    By Chad Love

  • March 8, 2012

    Guide Charged With Illegal Trapping of Mountain Lions in Utah and Colorado

    By Chad Love

    A Colorado hunting guide has been charged in federal court with trapping mountain lions for his clients to shoot.
     
    From this story in the San Jose Mercury News:
     
    A hunting guide has been charged in federal court for allegedly conspiring to conduct illegal mountain lion hunts in Colorado and Utah. According to a charging document, Marvin Ellis worked with four other hunting guides to track and trap mountain lions and bobcats days before bringing clients in to kill the animals. On two occasions, according to the court documents, Ellis and the other guides trapped mountain lions in leg-hold snares to ensure the lions couldn't escape before a paying client could be brought to hunt them. In one of those instances, a guide also shot a mountain lion in the leg to keep it from fleeing, according to the court filing.

  • March 8, 2012

    Record Year: Over 4,000 Pennsylvania Bears Taken in 2011

    By Chad Love

    2011 was a record year for Keystone State black bear hunters, with over 4,000 bears taken.
     
    From this story on whptv.com:
     
    The numbers are in and Pennsylvania game officials say last season was a record year for bear hunting. They state that two big factors played a role in the big year, there is a bigger bear population out there and more hunters are getting licenses to go after them than ever before. The numbers show that 4,350 bears were harvested in Pennsylvania during last year's hunting season. Part of the reason for the record number is the growing bear population, there were 18,000 to 20,000 last year.

  • March 7, 2012

    Another Giant, Record Bluefin Caught in New Zealand

    By Chad Love

    Is this the year of the giant bluefin? First came this massive, shark-killed bluefin now a New Zealand angler may have landed another giant, record-setting bluefin.

    From this story in the (UK) Sun:

    New Zealand fisherman Nathan Adams is angling for a world record after hauling in a massive 335kg bluefin tuna. The 42-year-old made the enormous catch from a tiny six-metre boat while fishing off the coast of the country's North Island.

    And now he is waiting to hear whether the huge creature is the largest ever caught using just a line and rod. Overjoyed Nathan said: "When I first started fishing my dream was to catch a giant bluefin exactly like this." He went on to reveal his plan to have a cast of the snapper mounted on his living room wall. But wife Lisa isn't quite so enthusiastic about the oversized trophy. Nathan explained: "Lisa's not too keen on that, because she reckons it's like mounting a sofa or something like that. "But I've got nowhere else to put it."

  • March 7, 2012

    Canadian Sportsmen Speak Out Against Negative Polar-Bear-Hunting Story

    By Chad Love

    Canadian hunting groups are fighting back this week over a series of news stories that tried to portray Canadian polar bear hunts in a negative light.

    From this story in the Toronto Sun:

    Canadian hunting groups are loaded for bear after the sport hunting of polar bears got some bad international press this week. A story in the U.K. newspaper the Daily Mail reported that rich Chinese sportsmen were trophy hunting endangered polar bears in Canada's Far North. "It was very biased and misleading," said Glen Williams, a wildlife consultant with Nunavut Tunngavik Inc in Iqaluit. "Polar bears are not endangered in Canada; they are probably the best managed wildlife species in the country," Williams said. "There's millions of dollars spent each year doing surveys and population estimates on polar bears."

  • March 6, 2012

    Jeremy Lin: NBA Knicks Point Guard and... Angler?

    By Chad Love

    Is there any place on Earth immune from the Linsanity? A soothing day on the water perhaps? Uh, no. Linsanity's been there.

    From this story on timesunion.com:

    Jeremy Lin, Harvard graduate and NBA New York Knicks point guard has been taking the world by storm. He is no longer a bench warmer, Jeremy Lin is the hottest point guard in the NBA and making a real name for himself.

    ‘Linsanity’ has stirred the media into a feeding frenzy. In a recent interview he was asked what he had planned to do for the NBA All Star weekend break. He responded, “Spend time with my family and friends and go fishing”. And that’s what he did.

    Jeremy and his family, which included his mother, siblings, cousin and best friends planned an exclusive inshore fishing trip with Captain Pete Flaherty, owner of Orlando Outdoor Adventures. Captain Pete is known for his ability to hunt down big Redfish on Florida's Space Coast.