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  • June 26, 2013

    Catchbook Photo: Sam Daniels' 18.5 Pound Father's Day Catfish

    By Ben Romans

    Field & Stream's Catchbook app for the iPhone is a social-fishing tool that allows users to share photos of their catches and create instant fishing journal entries.
     
    Every now and again a Catchbook user photo stand out above the rest—like this shot from Sam Daniels of an 18.5-pound channel catfish he caught on Father’s Day.
     
    Daniels, 15, a sophomore from Overland Park, Kansas says it doesn’t matter if he’s looking for bass or perch to use as bait, he simply loves to fish—and it was that urge to get on the water that led him to one of the biggest catfish he’s ever caught.
     
    “We fish on a lake called Lake Dabinawa. It’s a 100-acre private water about 10 minutes outside Lawrence, Kansas. My family has a cabin there on the shore and we go up there about every weekend of the summer,” Daniels says. “It has some really good bass fishing and the biggest one I’ve caught was about six pounds, but there are bigger ones out there. I’ve heard of people catching some 10-pounders. In fact, they did a shocking survey not too long ago, and in one little area, they were able to find about 50 or 60 bass that were all 5 to 10 pounds, so I think this is one of the better fishing lakes in the state.”
     

  • June 26, 2013

    Video: Squirrel vs. Bull Snake — Let's Get Ready to Rumble!

    By Ben Romans

    A woman in Gold Canyon, Arizona, recently dialed 911 to report a fight on her property. When firefighters responded half an hour later, the two combatants were still going at it on her back patio. The problem was that one was a squirrel and the other was a bull snake.

    Rather than break up the ruckus, firefighter Ryan Philips took out his phone and started recording, and shared the footage with WFSB.

  • June 26, 2013

    Bighorn River Boating Accident: A Reminder to Be Vigilant on the Water

    By Ben Romans

    The barely visible boat as Brad and Joe Caton tow it to a gravel bar. Photo from Billings Gazette.

    It's summer and it's easy to get lost in the fun of fishing, but here's a reminder to always be vigilant on the water, and to always carry a knife. A snagged anchor line and a swift current recently proved to be a dangerous combination for three anglers in a drift boat on Montana’s Bighorn River this week.
     
    Herm Elenbaas launched his boat with friends Jim and Ruth Houseman to float and fish one of Elenbaas’ favorite stretches of river on June 23.
     
    The fishing proved to be slower than usual, so the group elected to drop anchor and concentrate efforts on a particular run. Unfortunately, the water flow was running higher than normal, the anchor dislodged, and the boat moved into the swift current. Hoping to reach calmer waters, Elenbass tried to lift the anchor. That's when trouble washed over the gunwale.

  • June 25, 2013

    Leopard Shot in Indiana...That's Right, A Leopard

    By Ben Romans

    A southern Indiana man shot and killed a juvenile leopard he and his girlfriend assumed was a bobcat preying on their cats.

    The leopard was likely someone's escaped pet, according to authorities.

    “The cat in these photographs has been identified tentatively as a leopard,” said Phil Bloom, Indiana Department of Natural Resources spokesman. “Perhaps an immature cat about 9 months old. The DNR is attempting to determine who it belonged to, or where it came from. . . In any case, it would be someone's pet, since leopards are not native to Indiana, or for that matter, to North America.”

  • June 24, 2013

    Mom and Son Charged for Stealing $5,000 Worth of Gopher Feet

    By Ben Romans

    A mother and son from Preston, Minn., have been hit with theft charges after they were allegedly caught stealing close to $5,000 in frozen gopher feet from a trapper collecting them for a bounty.
     
    Nope, that’s not a misprint. . . $5,000 worth of frozen gopher feet.

  • June 24, 2013

    Man Kills Rabid Bobcat with 4 Shots from 2 Guns

    By Ben Romans

    A Massachusetts man was attacked by an injured, rabid bobcat, and it took four shots from two different firearms to kill the animal.
     
    In an interview with WHDH, Michael Vortuba of Holden, Mass., says he arrived home from work last week and saw something small scurry across his yard, and when he went to investigate, he realized it was an angry bobcat.
     
    “The animal came out of the space between the carport and the house. At that point I heard it growling. I didn’t see quite what the animal was so I took a couple steps away from the truck and away from the carport and I saw that it was a bobcat. I also saw that it had porcupine quills in its face. I didn’t know what to think,” he said.

  • June 24, 2013

    Angler Going for World Record: Most Fish Caught in 24 Hours

    By Ben Romans

    Beginning at 7 a.m. on July 5, Johnny Wilkins of La Grange, Ill., will ply the waters of the Lake View Nature Center in Oak Brook Terrace in an attempt to break the world record for most fish caught by a single angler in a 24-hour period.
     
    According to a Chicago Tribune article, Wilkins, who founded the Chicago School of Fishing and has a list of angling accolades to his credit, says he will fish from shore, using outdated equipment to promote the sport of fishing and benefit two charities: the Ronald McDonald House and Wounded Warrior Project.

  • June 21, 2013

    Corps of Engineers Complying with Freedom to Fish Act on Cumberland River

    By Ben Romans

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is complying with the Freedom to Fish Act—legislation signed by President Obama on June 3 that included a two-year moratorium on any attempt by the U.S. Corps of Engineers to block boating access above or below Cumberland River dams.  

    In a June 20 statement posted on Gary Garth’s blog for the Courier Journal, the Corps states that it will revert back to conditions-based regulations in place before August 2012, and begin work on replacing buoys placed below and above Cumberland dams earlier this spring when the agency attempted to enforce a new, proposed restricted zone.  

  • June 20, 2013

    Video: Black Bear Climbs Tree to Give Hunter a Sniff

    By Ben Romans

    It’s no secret that a bear’s sense of smell is one of its greatest assets. But combining that with its sense of curiosity can sometimes make for a tense situation. That’s what one hunter recently discovered while sitting in a treestand overlooking a bait pile.

  • June 20, 2013

    Ohio Bills Will Make Fishing, Hunting Easier and Cheaper for Active Military, Veterans

    By Ben Romans

    Two bills currently being considered by the Ohio state legislature could make it easier for both active military personnel and veterans to enjoy the outdoors in the Buckeye State.
     
    According to an article on Vindy.com, HB 47, proposed by state Rep. Zach Milkovich (Akron, D-35) would waive license fees for honorably discharged veterans, while HB 65 would allow active military on leave to hunt deer or turkey without purchasing a permit from the state’s Department of Natural Resources. Ohio already allows active military members to fish, hunt small game and trap fur-bearing animals without a license, but currently require hunters to purchase deer or turkey permits.

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