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  • March 26, 2014

    Video: Sea Lions Use Boat as Cover from Killer Whales

    By Ben Romans

    A family fishing near Prince George, British Columbia got a close look at killer whales in action when sea lions swam alongside their boat, using it as cover to escape the orcas, Global News reports.
     
    This short clip filmed by Travis Twizell shows at least four sea lions swimming in the wake of the boat and directly under the hull while five orcas make arching dives and take positions around the boat’s perimeter, preparing to attack.
     
    “It was a little nerve-wracking. We were not sure if the sea lions were going to jump into the boat, because the killer whales followed them over,” Twizell told Global News. “You could see the three big whales backed off, and the two small orcas started to hit against it and take it down. You could tell at that point it was a total hunting training exercise for those babies.”

  • March 26, 2014

    Year-Round Wolf Season for Northern Idaho Residents

    By Ben Romans

    The Idaho Department of Fish and Game has announced it will allow wolf hunting 365 days a year on private property in the state’s northern Clearwater Region, an area that stretches from the Salmon River to the Canadian Border.
     
    IDFG made the decision last week during its annual meeting on proposed changes for the upcoming hunting season. IDFG Clearwater Regional Supervisor Dave Cadwallader told the Associated Press the change was largely made to give landowners the ability to protect their property.
     
    “It gives them an opportunity to help themselves if that is what they need,” he said. “In the end, I don't think you are going to see an active hunting effort.”

  • March 25, 2014

    Nebraska Legislature Votes to Ban Mountain Lion Hunting

    By David Draper

    As a Nebraskan, I never thought I’d be writing a news story about our legislature passing an anti-hunting bill based purely on sentiment. But that’s what happened yesterday when the Unicameral sent LB 671 to Governor Heinemen’s desk. Sponsored by Senator Ernie Chambers of Omaha, the bill would repeal a law enacted last year that allowed controlled hunting of the state’s growing population of mountain lions under a closely monitored quota system. According to a news report from the U.S. Sportsman’s Alliance, LB671 sets the dangerous precedent of removing “the authority of the state’s wildlife management professionals in favor of anti-hunting politics.”

  • March 25, 2014

    Video: Off-Duty Policeman Frees Deer Stuck on Fence

    By Ben Romans

    An Attleboro, Mass., family rescued a whitetail deer that wedged its hind legs between the slats of a backyard fence, pinning its chest and head to the ground.
     
    Grant Kelley, 7, said the encounter started Saturday when Dixie, the family dog, wouldn’t stop barking in the backyard. He went outside and immediately noticed something on the fence.

  • March 25, 2014

    Video: School of Sharks Follow Boat to Eat Chum in Australia

    By Ben Romans

    While chumming near northern Australia’s Gulf of Carpentaria, these fishermen attracted quite a crowd when countless sharks answered the call of the dinner bell. As the men motored away, someone captured underwater footage of the predators following en masse, eating the leftovers along the way.

  • March 20, 2014

    Tennessee Teens Snag Stolen $10,000 with Fishing Lure

    By Ben Romans

    Two teenage boys recently made their catch of a lifetime when one of their Rat-L-Trap lures snagged a bag full of money. Mark Spicer and Dylan Crumbley thought they initially had a turtle latched on to the end of the line. They dragged the bag to shore, looked inside, and found $10,000 of red-stained bills, permanently damaged from an explosive dye pack, ABC affiliate WTVC reports.
     
    Amazingly, the boys were able to snag another sack of money from the same area while Rhea County Investigator Mike Owenby was on the scene to inspect the catch. The bags are likely loot from a botched robbery that took place last December.

  • March 20, 2014

    Hooded Vandal Dumps Elk Urine Into Car Ventilation

    By Ben Romans

    A surveillance camera outside John Lindgren’s home in Portland, Ore., recently filmed a hooded person pouring elk urine into his car’s ventilation system, OregonLive.com reports.

    The vandal emptied two containers of frothy liquid at the base of the windshield. Lindgren, a manager for United Grain Corp., a wheat exporting company, wrote in a crime report that he believes he is being targeted by members of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union because of his involvement in an ongoing labor dispute with them.

  • March 19, 2014

    California Drought: Salmon Stocks Might Get Shipped to Sea

    By David Draper

    As it’s been said, desperate times call for desperate measures. The ongoing drought in California has made conditions beyond desperate for salmon stocks (as well as plenty of other fish and game). As a result, hatchery managers there are planning to give salmon smolts a lift by transferring them via water trucks to the ocean if water levels in the Sacramento River drop below a pre-determined level, the Sacramento Bee reports:

    “[S]tate and federal wildlife officials announced a plan to move hatchery-raised salmon by truck in the event the state’s ongoing drought makes the Sacramento River and its tributaries inhospitable for the fish. They fear the rivers could become too shallow and warm to sustain salmon trying to migrate to sea on their own. Shrunken habitat could deplete food supply for the young fish, and make them easier prey for predators. It also would make the water warmer, which can be lethal to salmon.

  • March 19, 2014

    Video: The Ultimate Turkey Hunting Bike

    By Will Brantley

    I can’t tell you how many times I’ve read to “take a mountain bike turkey hunting.” It’s a great idea in theory that rarely pans out in real life, due largely to the limitations of the bike itself. 

    The tires on a typical bike are too skinny to maintain balance at slow speed, much less get traction on a sloppy springtime trail. There’s nowhere really good to carry your gun or bow, and riding while wearing a turkey vest is difficult. Most mountain bikes are painted in gaudy colors, too. That’s OK if you’re a spandex-wearing granola cruncher (or just riding for fun), but turkeys do not like bright, shiny things. Usually, you’re just as well off to walk.

  • March 18, 2014

    Awesome Deer Stand Photos From Wisconsin

    By Ben Romans


    Photo by Jason Vaughn

    Photographer Jason Vaughn didn’t grow up with much hunting experience. So when he moved to Wisconsin and saw deer blinds in rural for the first time, he was captivated by their beauty and wanted to learn more about them. That interest has transformed into his “Hide” series, a project chronicling the setting and history behind Wisconsin’s hunting tradition, Slate.com reports.
     
    Vaughn would drive around the state looking for blinds to photograph. During the process of seeking permission from the owner, he’d usually learn something unique about a stand’s construction or history — many are handmade and passed down among family generations.

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