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  • 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.

  • March 18, 2014

    Florida Angler Catches Possible World-Record Pacific Snook

    By Ben Romans

    A Florida man caught a pending world-record 60-pound Pacific snook in Costa Rica two weeks ago.
     
    According to FloridaToday.com, Ward Michaels, a fishing guide from Orlando, Fla., has traveled to both coasts of Costa Rica more than 80 times in the last 27 years to target snook. He planned his latest trip around March’s new moon, knowing the chances of catching big, spawning females were high.
     
    “The new moons in March and April are when the big females stage off the beaches before they move into the rivers to spawn,” said Michaels. “Each time, everything happens in three days.”

  • March 17, 2014

    Photo: Coolest Firewood Pile Ever

    By The Editors

    This photo has been floating around for a while, but now it's catching attention on Imgur.

    So if you're seeing this shot for the first time, here's the scoop: An artist from British Columbia named Alastair Heseltine took a lot of time to painstakingly build this firewood pile into the shape of a felled tree.

  • March 17, 2014

    Extreme Winter Hurts Great Lakes Duck Population

    By David Draper


    CC image from Wikipedia

    The long winter in the northern half of the U.S. has been hard on everything, including resident populations of waterfowl that rely on fish for a substantial portion of their diet — fish that are now locked beneath a historical amount of ice on the Great Lakes and other area waters. Along the Niagara River in New York, red-breasted mergansers seem to be the species suffering most from starvation, though scaup, canvasbacks and grebes have also likely been affected, the Associated Press reports:

    Biologists say carcasses began piling up by the hundreds in early January after the plunging temperatures started icing over nearly the entire Great Lakes, preventing the ducks from getting to the minnows that are their main source of food. Necropsies on dozens of birds have confirmed the cause: starvation.

  • March 14, 2014

    How to Call In a Gobbler ... with a Nail

    By Dave Hurteau

    Not only can it be done, but there are two ways to do it: 1) You can hold a nail in your off hand, or put it in your pocket, while you call in a turkey with a turkey call; 2) you can use the nail, along with a block of wood and a piece of slate, to make turkey sounds that lure in your tom.

    Doug Herman with Cottonwood Hunting Lodge in Nebraska does it the second way. In fact, when we asked Herman, in the April feature story "Turkey Freaks," what call he would use if he could only use one, he said: "Actually, 95 percent of my calling is from one call—a nail call I’ve used for years to mimic clucks, purrs, yelps, cutts, even kee kees. The striker is a horseshoe nail you work against a chunk of slate. You’d swear you were hearing a real turkey."

  • March 14, 2014

    Kansas Man Catches Pending State Record Rainbow Trout

    By Ben Romans

    A Kansas angler fishing Kill Creek Lake on Feb. 23 landed a 15.72-pound possible state record rainbow trout, The Kansas City Star reports. Josh McCullough was just minutes into his trip when he caught the fish.
     
    “I really thought I had a turtle at first,” said McCullough, 22. “It just wasn’t fighting that hard. But then it came to the surface and my heart started racing. I had never seen a trout this big.”

  • March 14, 2014

    Possible World-Record Spotted Bass Caught in California

    By Ben Romans

    Keith Bryan, owner of Powell Rods, won a team bass-fishing tournament last month on New Melones Lake in California, but even more noteworthy was the fact that one of his fish could be the new world-record spotted bass.

    A story from Bassmaster says Byran’s fish originally weighed 10.48 pounds on the tournament scale—a few ounces over the current world record set in 2001. But by the time Bryan weighed the fish on an International Game Fish Association (IGFA) certified scale, it lost some weight and only registered 9.91 pounds.

  • March 13, 2014

    Extremely Rare White Marlin Caught in Costa Rica

    By David Draper

    Earlier this week, Karen Weaver, from New York, hooked and landed an all-white blue marlin while fishing out of Los Suenos, Costa Rica. She was fishing aboard the 43-foot Spanish Fly and fight lasted an hour. Weaver, along with her husband Bob, Captain Juan Carlos Zamora and mates Carlos Espinoza Jimenez and Roberto Salinas, quickly realized they had something special on the line when the fish made a series of several jumps, many of which were caught on camera.

  • March 12, 2014

    Video: Great White Shark Attacks Divers, But Not the Way You Would Expect

    By The Editors

    Great white sharks are the most majestic predators in the sea … except when they're not. This big shark lets one rip right in front of a group of divers. The white pointer then rattles the divers' cage and swims off. 

  • March 12, 2014

    What Happens To Dead Eagles?

    By David Draper

    I have to admit, I’ve never wondered what happens to dead eagles. I guess I’ve never seen a dead eagle so it’s just not something that crossed my mind, but when I came across this blog post from NebraskaLand magazine, I had to click on it.

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