I love bird hunting, shotguns, and bicycling. Man, I sure wish there was somewhere I could combine these passions. Hold on a second...there is!
From this story on bikeportland.org: A 300 acre ranch located near a ghost town about 190 miles east of Portland is the latest sign that bicycle tourism is poised to deliver a jolt to Oregon's rural economies. Phil and Kathy Carlson founded Treo Ranches as a bird hunting destination in 1987. Since then they've built a strong business, but now they've realized there's another market worth shooting for: city slickers on bikes.
Officials in one New Jersey town are trying to ban fishing tournaments on a body of water that supplies drinking water to their town.
From this story on providencejournal.com: Tiverton officials say they're planning to fight state environmental regulators over their approval of fishing tournaments on a pond that supplies thousands of town residents with drinking water. The Newport Daily News reports that the Tiverton Town Council is expected to consider amending its drinking water reservoir ordinance Monday in an effort to ban fishing tournaments on Stafford Pond by next year.
Connecticut hunters may soon be able able to hunt black bears for the first time since 1840 if a bill currently under consideration becomes law.
From this story on ctpost.com: The General Assembly may allow bear hunting in Connecticut for the first time since 1840, and lawmakers are taking a new look at allowing deer hunting on Sundays. The proposed Black bear hunt would be limited to certain areas of the state and hunters would pay a fee to participate in a lottery for licenses.
Did you know big game hunting was used to promote tourism in Vietnam before the war?
From this interesting story on theatlantic.com: Before Vietnam became synonymous to 1970s Americans with a seemingly endless war, it might have conjured images of French wines and big game hunting. In the early 1960s, the U.S. government tried to encourage tourism in Vietnam in elsewhere in Southeast Asia as a sort of travel diplomacy.
This story so obviously begs for a lame calamari joke that I'm just going to play it absolutely straight. A live bomb was recently found inside a squid at a fish market in China. Boom. There you go...
From this story on msn.com: A fish dealer in the Guangdong province of China found a live bomb while he was gutting a squid at a local market. The bomb, which measured about 8 inches around and weighed 3 pounds, was inside the stomach of the 3-foot-long squid.
Officials say hunters saw a big increase in the number of harvested animals during this year's bison hunt outside Yellowstone National Park.
From this story in the Missoulian: Hunters have killed more wild bison migrating from Yellowstone National Park this year than they have in decades. Driven by strong participation from Native Americans, roughly 250 bison have been killed after leaving Yellowstone for low-elevation winter range in Montana.
Here's one that's ripe for a Jaws joke: A Canadian tourist out for a leisurely day of charter boat fishing off Florida's coast hooked into a massive great white shark that towed the boat some five miles before it was released.
From this story on myfoxtampabay.com: When a Canadian tourist headed out in the Gulf to go fishing Friday, he never could have expected to reel-in an 18-foot great white shark.
There was an interesting op/ed in The New York Times about how American hunters, and the dollars they bring with them, play an important role in protecting wildlife in Tanzania. But the potential addition of the African lion to the endangered species list could put a big dent in the country's economy.
From this story in The New York Times: Odd as it may sound, American trophy hunters play a critical role in protecting wildlife in Tanzania. The millions of dollars that hunters spend to go on safari here each year help finance the game reserves, wildlife management areas and conservation efforts in our rapidly growing country.
Environmental and agricultural destruction aren't the only problems that feral hogs cause—they're becoming traffic hazards in many areas .
From this story on newsok.com: The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says a south Oklahoma woman is in critical condition after the truck she was riding in crashed into a pack of wild hogs that had congregated on the highway.
A state fisheries biologist conducting an electro-fishing survey in Broward County, Florida was shocked (pun intended) to discover that he had just shocked up what would have been, had he caught it on a rod, an all-tackle world record... bullseye snakehead.
From this story in the Miami Herald: The moment Kelly Gestring scooped up the strange, slithery fish from a Margate canal he knew he had a record in his net. Gestring, a state biologist who monitors invasive freshwater fish, wasn’t exactly thrilled about it. The 14-pound, three-ounce bullseye snakehead was a member of an exotic family of aggressive, fast-growing, razor-toothed air-gulpers that have earned considerable hype as “Frankenfish” and “Fishzilla” over the years. Impossibly large fictional mutations have even starred in a few schlocky sci-fi movies.