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  • February 25, 2014

    Oregon Elk Calling Champions Release iCallElk App

    By Ben Romans

    Father and son elk-calling champions from McMinnville, Oregon recently created and released the iCallElk iPhone and iPad app for hunters that want to improve their elk calling.
     
    According to a story from the Statesman Journal, Bryan Langley, a 2012 and 2013 Pro Division world elk-calling champion, and his 15-year-old son Brayden, a former Peewee Division elk calling champion, have wanted to create an app to help other hunters for some time; they just needed to overcome a few technical hurdles.
     
    “Brayden has been interested in programming for a while, and so he’s been learning some programming languages and stuff,” Langley said. “So he had downloaded a free trial of software that you can do programming in, so we just kind of ran with that idea. We have a series of apps that we’re actually going to work on that are related to elk hunting.”

  • February 24, 2014

    Video: Moose Calf Attacks Researcher

    By Ben Romans

    Working on a Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife study that tracks the movement of moose, Wes Livingston just finished tagging a calf and was setting it free when the animal decided to fight back.
     
    The moose remained relatively calm while Livingston released the blindfold and restraints. But when the last straps came off and the moose is able to run free, it instead turns on Livingston, knocks him backwards and then pummels him with its hooves. A small video camera attached to Livingston’s chest recorded the entire encounter.

  • February 24, 2014

    Possible World-Record Redear Sunfish Caught in Arizona

    By Ben Romans

    An Arizona man fishing Lake Havasu on Feb. 16, 2014, caught a 5.78-pound redear sunfish that could eclipse the current world record.
     
    According to the Arizona Game and Fish Department, Hector Brito caught the 17-inch long fish on a dropshot rig and nightcrawler and took it to a local tackle shop to have it weighed on an AGFD certified scale. However, to officially qualify as a world record, he’ll have to submit a formal application with the International Game Fish Association. The current world record, a redear also caught in Lake Havasu, is 5.5 pounds.

  • February 20, 2014

    Video: U.S. Olympian Films Wolf in the Sochi Hotel?

    By Phil Bourjaily

    Olympic accommodations in Sochi have made lots of news: unfinished hotels, unsafe water, and a host of other problems. Now this: a wolf in the halls?

    American luge racer Kate Hansen shot this video of what she thought to be a wolf wandering the hallways of her hotel. She posted the video on YouTube and tweeted: “"Wolf in my hall?!? #SochiProblems #SochiFail".

  • February 20, 2014

    Virginia Governor to Sign Sunday Hunting Bill

    By Phil Bourjaily

    Supporters of Sunday hunting in Virginia have won their long fight. A bill to allow hunting on Sundays has passed out of the Senate and awaits Governor Terry McAuliffe’s signature. The new law applies only to hunters with written permission on private property. Public lands remain closed under the old law, although waterfowl hunting will be allowed over public waters such as the Chesapeake Bay.

    Surprisingly, as the Washington Post reported, support for the bill in Virginia’s house was overwhelming, with many of the supporters coming from urban and suburban northern Virginia, while most opposition to the bill came from conservative rural districts.

    “We’re pushing God to the side,” said Thomas Wright (R-Lunenberg), himself a hunter who opposed the bill.

  • February 19, 2014

    Remembering Dick Cabela: How a Small-Town Businessman Became an Outdoor Retail Titan

    By David Draper

    Richard N. Cabela, co-founder of the hunting, fishing, and outdoor retailer goliath, Cabela’s, died Monday at his home in Sidney, Nebraska. He was 77. A true entrepreneurial American success story, Dick, as he was best known, was cared for in his final hours by his wife Mary—his longtime partner in life, business, and the field.

    Born in Chappell, Nebraska, in 1936, Dick was known as a rambunctious boy who spent as much time as possible outdoors. But as young child, he was stricken with polio. Doctors told his parents that Dick might never walk again, which the couple and their young son took as a challenge more than a final diagnosis. With determination and some tough love from his parents, Dick was soon walking without assistance or the aid of braces. Throughout his life, he rarely spoke of his bout with the deadly disease, but surely it helped form the gritty work ethic Dick would become known for.

  • February 19, 2014

    Ice Fisherman Catches Possible Record Lake Trout in Minnesota

    By Ben Romans

    A Minnesota ice fisherman on Lac La Croix caught a lake trout weighing over 50 pounds on February 8, and may wind up in the ice fishing record books.

    The Duluth News Tribune says Rob Scott saw the flag on his tip up shoot skyward, but by the time he reached the rig, a monstrous lake trout had taken every inch of the 20 lb. monofilament. What followed was an hour-long tug-of-war match between Scott and the fish.

    “In the last few minutes, the trout was coming up. I saw that it had shoulders,” Scott said. “It passed (beneath the hole) just like ‘Jaws.’ All I saw was that eye. I said, ‘All bets are off.’”

  • February 19, 2014

    Video: Charging Cape Buffalo Freaks Out Woman

    By The Editors

    Combine a tourist, a video camera, and one angry cape buffalo and you get a pretty funny video. This clip was uploaded to YouTube by Mary Ettner, who said: "We were doing a water safari in Chobe, Botswana and this lone Cape Buffalo charged our boat."

    Brace yourself for the screams …

  • February 19, 2014

    Kansas Buck Survives 2 Months With Severed Head Locked in its Antlers

    By Phil Bourjaily

    A wildlife management class on a coyote trapping trip in Kansas caught and rescued a buck that had been carrying the head of another buck locked in its antlers for months, outdoorhub.com reports. The class instructor, Luke Laha of Pratt Community College in Pratt, Kansas, had seen the deer two months earlier with the antlers, head and spine of another buck stuck in its antlers. Scavengers had eaten the rest of the dead deer.

  • February 18, 2014

    Trapper Attacked by Owl While Checking Snares

    By Ben Romans

    A trapper in Nova Scotia was checking his snares last Tuesday night when an owl swooped down and sank its talons into his face.

    According to CBC News, Kevin O’Neil was heading into the woods to collect rabbits when he saw the owl perched in a tree. He even stopped to jokingly talk to it. But a half-hour later, when O’Neil was walking back to his truck with rabbits in tow, the bird attacked.

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