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  • August 30, 2013

    Harlem Shake: Yellowfin Tuna Comes Back to Life

    By Ben Romans

    Every now and again, just to pass time, I scroll through videos recommended by YouTube. Sometimes it leads to a gem. This happens to be one of them.
     
    There’s little information in the video description, other than angler Rob Wong Yuen was fishing off Hawaii in a kayak and landed a 102-pound yellowfin tuna. It’s a great looking fish. The fun starts after Yuen sandwiched the fish between his legs and started paddling.

  • August 30, 2013

    World's Oldest Black Bear Dies at Age 39 ½

    By Ben Romans

    Bear No. 59, reportedly the oldest bear in the world at 39 ½ years old, died of natural causes in northern Minnesota’s Chippewa National Forest, according to Karen Noyce, a research biologist with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.
     
    According to an article from the Star Tribune, Bear No. 59 lived 19 years longer than any of the 360 other radio-collared bears DNR researchers followed in the same timeframe. She raised eight litters for a total of 22 cubs; the last litter birthed in 1999. The second oldest bear on record is a brown bear that lived 34 years.

  • August 29, 2013

    DNA Tests: Bear That Mauled Girl In Michigan Still At Large

    By Ben Romans

    Last week we reported on a series of recent bear attacks, including one story of a black bear that injured 12-year-old Abigail Wetherell on Aug. 15, 2013. Michigan Department of Natural Resource (MDNR) agents later killed a bear they thought responsible, however, DNA test results show it’s not the same animal that attacked Wetherell while she was jogging through the woods near her grandparent’s Michigan cabin.
     
    Wetherell escaped the bear’s first attack, but it made another charge, leaving her with deep cuts and puncture wounds. Adults in the area heard her screams and took her to Munson Medical Center for treatment. Later, agency personnel killed a bear a few miles from the scene after a man wounded the animal, claiming it was acting aggressive. The MDNR performed a DNA test on the bear to see if it was the same one that injured Wetherell.

  • August 27, 2013

    Hunting Again: Michigan Police Surpise Vietnam Vet with All-Terrain Wheelchair

    By Ben Romans

    A disabled Vietnam vet recently received a $12,000 all-terrain wheelchair as a suprise gift—a device that will let him hunt and fish again.

    According to the Daily Mail, Nels Larsen is one of three disabled veterans to receive one of the expensive wheelchairs from the Police Officers Association of Michigan. Larsen was left with several health issues after being exposed to Agent Orange while serving in Vietnam from 1968 to 1970.

    Jim Tignanelli, president of the police officer’s union, said one of the reasons they selected to give a chair to Larsen was because of what he continues to do for veterans.

    “[Larsen is] just a very giving guy that nobody has ever given anything,” Tignanelli told MLive.com. “We really came across a guy that we can change his life, and I think he has done that for a lot of people.”

    Among other acts, Larsen founded Walleyes for Warriors, a fishing tournament for those returning from combat.

  • August 27, 2013

    Teen Bitten by Gray Wolf: First Confirmed Attack in Minnesota History

    By Ben Romans

    In what officials are calling the first confirmed wolf attack in Minnesota history, a gray wolf clamped its jaws on 16-year-old Noah Graham's head while he was camping with his church group at the West Winnie Campground on Lake Winnibigoshish Saturday. The wolf crept up and attacked Graham at about 4 a.m. as he was preparing to go to sleep, leaving lacerations and puncture wounds.

    In a report from CBS affiliate WCCO, Noah’s father, Scott Graham, says the attack was silent and sudden. The wolf’s teeth lacerated the back of Graham’s skull, a wound that required 17 staples to close, and made several puncture wounds behind his left ear.
     
    “He had to physically pry the jaws of the wolf open…to get it off of him. And once he got it off of him and he was up, the wolf stood there growling at him,” he said. “And he had to shout at it and kick at it to get it to go away.”
     

  • August 26, 2013

    Maine Animal Rights Group Revives 10-Year-Old Bear Hunting Debate

    By Ben Romans

    Less than 10 years after Maine residents voted down a ballot initiative that would have abolished the use of dogs, baits, and traps for the hunting of black bears, an animal-advocacy group claiming the practices are cruel and unfair is hoping to rekindle the debate.
     
    An article from the Kennebec Journal says a coalition led by the Maine chapter of the Humane Society of the United States called Mainers for Fair Bear Hunting aims to collect around 80,000 signatures next month to place a referendum on the 2014 ballot, despite the fact a similar drive failed in 2004, 53 percent to 47 percent.
     

  • August 26, 2013

    2 Bull Sharks Caught in Potomac River

    By Ben Romans

    Commercial fisherman John “Willy” Dean was plying the Potomac near Chesapeake Bay with his son and crew on Aug. 20 when he caught not one, but two eight-foot long bull sharks—nearly three years after he landed the first bull shark caught in the Potomac River in 37 years.
     
    An article from the Washington Post says Dean caught the first of two sharks last Tuesday in a net near Maryland’s Point Lookout State Park, though because sharks need a constant flow of water to breathe, it died before he and his crew pulled it aboard—but the men still erred on the side of caution.
     
    “It was a good adrenaline rush, I would say,” Greg Dean said of the first shark. “It was a little scary, but then at the same time, it was very exciting. We really just don’t think at that point. We just keep pulling it in and try to see what it was.”

  • August 23, 2013

    Video: Close One—350-Pound Blue Marlin Jumps Into Fishing Boat

    By David Maccar

    Anglers aboard "The Marlin Darlin" got a serious surprise Thursday in the Dominican Republic that could have ended badly. According to a story on wptv.com, a blue marlin weighing about 350 pounds jumped aboard while the boat's owner, Bobby Jacobsen, shot the video below. Watch and see how close a call it was. WARNING: THIS VIDEO CONTAINS SOME GRAPHIC LANGUAGE

  • August 23, 2013

    Longest Duck Call: Illinois Hunters Look to Beat World Record

    By Ben Romans

    Last weekend at an Illinois outdoor expo, two hunters from eastern Illinois unveiled a 56-inch long wooden duck call. Their creation has a chance at besting the current Guinness World Record for longest duck call.
     
    According to an article from The News Gazette, Mark Hillery and his son Damen began building duck and goose calls as a hobby, but when friends began making requests and Hillery and his son starting filling word-of-mouth sales orders, the hobby turned into a business venture.

  • August 21, 2013

    Louisiana Redfish Kayaking Tournament Draws Record Number of Anglers

    By Ben Romans

    Last Saturday, 488 kayaking anglers participated in Ride the Bull IV, a catch-and-release redfish tournament in Grand Isle, La., reportedly making it the most popular kayak tournament in North America.
     
    An article from The Times Picayune says the turnout was nearly twice what it was last year, surprising tournament organizer Danny Wray. The crowd even included one angler who traveled 3,983 miles from Hawaii to participate.

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