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  • May 31, 2013

    Lice Outbreak in CA May be Causing Balding Deer, Impacting Herd Numbers

    By CJ Lotz

    California wildlife officials think a recent outbreak of lice might be causing deer to go bald across the state. Researchers say the deer respond to the lice by biting and scratching, which can cause hair loss. Hair and blood samples have been collected from 600 deer and elk.

    Here's another possible side effect of the lice: as deer spend more time grooming, they become easy targets for coyotes and mountain lions.

  • May 31, 2013

    Fly Angler Lands 20.8-Pound Texas State Record Catfish

    By CJ Lotz

    An angler in Athens, Texas set a state catch-and-release record this week with this 20.8-pound channel cat that measured nearly three feet long.

  • May 30, 2013

    CA Study Looks to Bolster Chinook Salmon Population

    By CJ Lotz

    Millions of chinook salmon are produced every year in California's hatcheries, but many don't return in the fall once they are released into the wild to grow and spawn. Commercial fishermen and the state Department of Fish and Wildlife have teamed up to find out exactly why and to hopefully strengthen the population of fall-run salmon.

    The goal is to find more effective ways to release the fish in the hopes that the salmon will return to the state's prime breeding grounds. One idea is to transport fish in tanks filled with river water so the fish will have time to get used to its chemical makeup, since salmon return to streams where they are born to spawn.

  • May 30, 2013

    German Angler Lands 427-Pound Halibut in Norway

    By CJ Lotz

    A German angler fishing near Norway will go home to a happy spouse. Christian Johannsen's wife told him to come home with fish as he left for his trip. He responded by landing a 427-pound halibut this week.

    "Oh she'll get a big piece," he told the newspaper Die Welt.

    Johannsen needed the help of two friends in the four-hour figh to reel in the huge fish.

    “Every fisher dreams about this, it’s like winning the lottery,” Johannsen said.

    This is the second monster fish caught in Norway by a German angler in recent weeks. Remember that pending-world-record cod?

  • May 29, 2013

    Debunked: Photo of Nova Scotia "World Record" Striper is a Fake

    If this photo found its way to your inbox or Facebook page, don't freak out and start sending it to everyone you know. It's a fake.

    We talked to the photographer today and found out that the angler in the shot is a graphic designer seeing how far he can take a world record striper hoax.

    Greg Myerson, breath a sigh of relief.

  • May 29, 2013

    New Maryland Gun Laws Cause Beretta to Look Elsewhere for Future Expansions

    By Ben Romans

    Earlier this month, Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley signed a law that bans over 40 different firearms considered assault weapons (like the popular AR-15), prohibits the sale of magazines capable of carrying more than 10 rounds, and requires handgun buyers to undergo fingerprint licensing.

    Of all the voices opposing the law, the Beretta USA factory in Accokeek, Maryland, has been one of the most vocal. The company recently released a statement stating, “The resulting law that passed is not acceptable, even with the improvements we were able to obtain. In short, the law that finally passed went from being atrocious to simply being bad.”

    While the company hasn’t announced any definite plans for the future, in a recent story by the Baltimore Sun, representatives of the company said the current Beretta facility will not be relocated. However, the Sun also reported the company is considering alternate locations for three planed expansion operations.

  • May 29, 2013

    Navy SEAL's Knife Carried During Bin Laden Raid Fetches $35,400 at Auction

    By Ben Romans

    How much would you pay to own a knife carried by a Navy SEAL on the raid in Pakistan that finally took Osama Bin Laden off the Most Wanted list?

    One auction bidder thought $35,400 was the right price for this history-laden folder (an example of the knife model is pictured above).

    According to ABC News, the knife is an Emerson CQC-7B, a model popular throughout the Special Forces, and was carried as a secondary blade by a former SEAL Team Six member, indentified by his author pseudonym Mark Owen. He's the same retired SEAL who wrote the first-hand account of the mission, "No Easy Day". (The New York Daily News has reported Owen's real name is Matt Bissonnette.)

  • May 29, 2013

    Florida Python Hunters Find Mysterious Gold Medallion

    By Ben Romans

    Between Jan. 12 and Feb. 10, over 1,600 snake hunters combed the Florida everglades looking for Burmese pythons as part of the state’s 2013 Python Challenge.

    Hunters Mark Rubinstein, Gregg Jobes, and Joseph Post didn’t land in the winner’s circle or receive any trophies. In fact, they didn’t find a single python. But they did walk away with something worth more than contest prize money—gold.

    According to NBC Miami, while searching for pythons, Rubinstein discovered a round piece of gold jewelry accented with sapphires in the shape of a cross and diamonds surrounding the perimeter. While a corner fragment of the jewel is melted, the majority of the piece is in good condition, and likely worth a substantial sum.

  • May 28, 2013

    Bosnian Shepherd Says He Strangled a Brown Bear to Death

    By CJ Lotz

    We're not too sure about the facts behind this story out of Bosnia, but it's worth a look. The injured shepherd in this video claims he basically choked a brown bear to death when the bruin attempted to attack his flock.

    "I grabbed it round the throat and squeezed and squeezed until it collapsed," the shepherd told news agencies from his hospital bed.

  • May 24, 2013

    Retired Marine Pilot Designs Boat Rails for Anglers With Disabilities

    By Nate Matthews

    Jeff Thompson started fishing with his father on Indiana's Kentucky Lake when he was six years old. In 1969 he joined the Marine Corps and bought his first bass boat in 1975. Thompson served a full tour with the Marines as a pilot, flight instructor, squadron leader, and eventually as a test pilot for the Harrier jet program. By the time he retired as a major in 1993, he had a master's degree in wing design and jet engines, and a degenerative disc disease in his spine exacerbated by years of high-G maneuvers and hard landings to the point where he could barely walk.

    Despite the pain, Thompson never stopped fishing. "For almost three years I had to crawl to get up and down the deck," he said, and had to work the pedals of his trolling motors with his hands. He needed something for his bass boat that would let him pull himself to a standing position, as well as stabilize him as he moved around the boat while casting. "That's when I decided to sit down and draw up something myself," he said.