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  • 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, rapidcityjournal.com 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 8, 2014

    Mississippi Man Catches State Record Amberjack

    By Ben Romans

    Angler Don Wheeler was fishing with an old friend from high school in the Gulf of Mexico near Biloxi on March 22 when he landed a 126-pound amberjack, beating the current Mississippi saltwater state record by just more than a pound.
     
    Wheeler told Gulflive.com he had just changed bait to an 8-pound Spanish mackerel when he hooked the fish in 200 feet of water, and then fought the fish for 30 minutes before bringing it into the boat.
     
    “Basically, I was holding on to the rod because the fish was putting a tremendous strain on my arms, back and legs. Amberjacks tend to pull like a donkey and I did my best to hold on. But my adrenaline was too high to quit,” Wheeler said.

  • 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

    Controversial Wyatt Earp Guns Up for Auction

    By Ben Romans

    Guns that reportedly belonged to Wyatt Earp, one of the most iconic figures of the Old West, are slated to go on the auction block on April 17 at the J. Levine Auction & Appraisal in Scottsdale, Ariz.
     
    The owner of the auction house, Josh Levine, told the Arizona Republic the collection also includes guns owned by Virgil Earp and their grandfather. But the centerpiece is a .45 caliber revolver Earp descendants say he carried in Tombstone, Ariz.; possibly at the infamous shootout at the O.K. Corral.
     
    “This is American history here — and not only is it that, it's Western folklore... This gun, the O.K. Corral shootout, it's lived on where other stories have not stood the test of time,” Levine said.

  • April 2, 2014

    Video: Kayaker vs Shark

    By Ben Romans

    Angler Jason Downs was working a hooked grouper from his kayak when a bull shark broke the water’s surface next to his kayak and stole the fish.

    He was fishing off Florida’s Navarre Beach and managed to film the incident. He said the fact the shark stole the grouper made him more angry than scared.
     
    “To be honest, my first reaction was anger,” Downs explained in an email to GrindTV Outdoor. “The reason I muted the video after the shark took my grouper was not because I was cussing out of fear; it was because I was cussing at the shark for taking my grouper!

  • 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.