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  • April 14, 2014

    How to Make a Turkey Cape Display

    By Will Brantley

    You want to remember a special gobbler from a special turkey hunt, but you're not quite ready to fork over the grand for a full-body mount. A turkey cape display looks cool, and is much more affordable. You can have a taxidermist do a professional cape display for a couple hundred bucks, or can do it yourself for the cost of a handful of table salt and a few staples. This video details the steps.
  • April 14, 2014

    Bear Attacks Florida Woman in Her Garage

    By Phil Bourjaily

    A Florida woman was attacked by a bear in her garage on the evening of April 12, Orlando Sentinel reports. Terri Frana, who lives near Lake Mary in Seminole County, saw two bears in her driveway and, knowing her children were riding bikes nearby, went outside to check on her kids. She went into her garage where she found five bears eating her garbage. One attacked her, biting her head. The bear tried to drag Frana away but she escaped into the house.

    She also sustained bite marks to the arm and leg and claw marks on her back. She required 30 staples and 10 stitches to close the wounds to her head. Frana is expected to make a full recovery.

  • April 10, 2014

    Deadwood Resurrects Famous Singing Coyote Sign

    By Phil Bourjaily

    A neon sign in Deadwood, S.D. that pays tribute to Tootsie the Singing Coyote — it’s been a landmark for 60 years — will once again light up in the town’s historic district. The sign was damaged in a hailstorm last summer. It was restored at a cost of $5,200 to the city and will retake its place on top of The Spot liquor store, reports.

    Tootsie was captured as a pup in 1947 near Custer Park, and became an unlikely celebrity. Her owner Fred Borsch, owner of The Spot, trained her to howl along with his singing. The two cut a record called “South Dakota Tootsie.”

  • April 10, 2014

    NY Suburb's Deer Birth Control Program Gets Slow Start

    By Phil Bourjaily

    Organizers of a whitetail birth control program in Hastings-on-Hudson, NY, admit the effort is off to a slow start, citing heavy snow, regulations, and “the unpredictability of the animals.” Workers from the Humane Society of the United States had hoped to catch 40 to 50 does and inject them with a birth control drug, but they have only caught eight after a month, The Associated Press reports.

    The contraceptive program, designed by Allen Rutberg, director of the Center for Animals and Public Policy at Tufts University, is said to be the first attempt to control a free-roaming deer population in a suburban area. “Free roaming” is the key word, unfortunately for the HSUS workers trying to capture deer. Heavy snow in the park the deer ordinarily call home drove the animals into the shelter of back yards, forcing workers to go door to door asking permission to capture deer.

  • April 9, 2014

    Gray Wolf Numbers Holding Steady in US Rockies

    By Ben Romans

    Gray wolf populations in a six-state region of the northern Rocky Mountains are proving resilient to aggressive management practices.

    The overall number remained just under 1,700 at the close of 2013, according to figures released by various state and federal agencies.

    Despite warnings from wildlife advocates concerned more liberal hunting and trapping regulations would crash wolf numbers, the count is down just six percent since the animal lost federal protection in 2011, the Washington Post reports. Idaho saw the most significant drop in 2013 after broadening hunting and trapping regulations and hiring government agents in helicopters to eradicate entire packs. But it’s still home to at least 659 wolves.

  • April 8, 2014

    Are UFOs Scouting for Deer?

    By Ben Romans

    There’s something mysterious in the Mississippi sky watching the deer on Rainer and Edith Shattles’ land — or is there? That’s the question the couple is asking after a series of images captured by a trail camera on their property in the Cumbest Bluff area in Jackson County show mysterious lights appearing and disappearing above unsuspecting whitetails.
    “We have unusual things happen around here that happen, but it’s usually associated with our grandchildren. But this case, we didn’t know what it was,” Edith said. “I was looking for a nice buck to be showing up on the trail camera actually.”

  • April 7, 2014

    Video: Massive Elk Herd Jumps Fence

    By Ben Romans

    A YouTube user named Austin Stonnell was recently driving around Bozeman, Montana and encountered a rather large herd of elk crossing the road, possibly on a route back toward Yellowstone National Park, and filmed the migration.
    The number of elk in the video is impressive, but it’s the one bringing up the rear that makes the video noteworthy. While most of its brethren have no trouble figuring out it's better to go over the fence rather than through it, the last elk becomes a bit flustered.

  • April 2, 2014

    96-Year-Old Nebraska Waterfowl Guide to Retire

    By Phil Bourjaily

    The end of this year’s spring snow goose season also marks the end of Ralph Kohler’s career as a Missouri River waterfowl guide. At 96, the Tekamah, Neb., guide is a living legend among Midwestern waterfowlers. Kohler began guiding hunters near Omaha when he was 16 years old, often hunting every day of Nebraska’s duck and goose seasons. He is retiring to move to California to be closer to his family.

    Kohler spent more than 45,000 hours in a blind and kept records of every hunt he made over the years. He is credited with making the first full-body goose decoy, the now-collectible K and W, which he made out of paper mache in his garage. Kohler and Dorothy, his wife of 79 years, were the only husband and wife to earn All American honors in trapshooting. They also competed successfully in ballroom dance competition throughout the country.

  • April 1, 2014

    Lawsuit Filed Against Mining Exploration on Montana's Smith River

    By Sarah Grigg

    In the same week that some anglers received coveted lottery permits to float Montana's iconic Smith River—a bucket list experience for many trout anglers—environmental groups filed a lawsuit to prevent mining exploration near its headwaters.

  • April 1, 2014

    Video: Can You Spot the Mountain Lion?

    By Ben Romans

    Eric Martin was recently hunting for bobcats with a decoy and predator call and had his video camera rolling when a much larger cat showed up on the scene.

    In this short clip, it looks like the lion seemingly materializes from the brush. But later review reveals that it was actually present through most of the scene. If you enlarge, view at the highest quality setting, and look closely, you can see the cougar enter the frame in the first few moments of the footage. Obviously confused by the decoy, the cat approaches with caution and doesn’t waste time retreating when it realizes the ruse.

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