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  • February 28, 2014

    Executive Order Bans Legal Ivory Sales

    By David Draper

    The White House and the Department of the Interior recently put an Executive Order in place that essentially bans all sales of elephant ivory in the U.S., according to a press release from Knife Rights, a knife-owners advocacy group.

    The group says depending on how the order is interpreted, this could make all items with ivory handles or fittings — this could include all ivory-handle knives, ivory-adorned firearms, or any other legally owned ivory — “essentially worthless."

    “[M]any knowledgeable observers are concerned that language in the anticipated final rules could effectively prohibit many or most non-commercial transfers, such that you would not even be able to pass a piece of ivory, or any other object that was comprised in part of ivory, such as an ivory handled knife, to your heirs. Or, that simply sending your ivory handled knife to a scrimshaw artist to be scrimmed could land you in jail.

  • February 27, 2014

    Angler Releases Potential World-Record Blacktip Shark

    By Ben Romans

    Last January, an angler that caught what could have been the largest fly-caught blacktip shark ever caught, but he released the fish because he didn’t want to risk killing it to see his name in the record books.

    A report from Southern Fried Science says Michael Roth, an attorney from Scranton, Pennsylvania was fishing for sharks around the Turks and Caicos Islands when he saw a big blacktip shark swim past. Roth cast an orange-colored streamer in its path and the fight was on.

  • February 26, 2014

    Snow Storm Strands Minnesota Ice Fishermen in Their Shanties

    By David Draper

    About the only people I haven’t heard complaining about the cold and snow gripping the nation are hardcore ice anglers, who could enjoy one of the longest ice-fishing seasons in years. Though, if this news report from KSTP Channel 5 out of St. Paul, Minn., is any indication, even ice fisherman might be getting weary about the weather.

    According to the report, more than 100 anglers were stranded on Minnesota’s Upper Red Lake over the weekend when snow and high winds set drifts up to seven foot high, threatening to collapse ice houses and obscuring roads.

  • February 26, 2014

    California Drought: More Rivers Closed to Protect Steelhead and Coho Salmon

    By Phil Bourjaily

    Acting to protect steelhead and endangered Coho salmon imperiled by record drought, the California  Fish and Game Commission has tightened fishing restrictions along the northern coast. The commission added a number of rivers and streams to the list of those already closed. They will reopen to fishing once enough rain falls to raise water levels above the minimum so fish can swim upriver to spawn. Many rivers and streams are at their lowest water levels since measurements began in the 1950s.

  • February 25, 2014

    Wilcraft: Ultimate Ice Fishing Vehicle?

    By Phil Bourjaily

    The Wilcraft (Water Ice Land Craft) was invented by Tom Roering, who needed a way to get his elderly father and children safely onto the ice. It’s also a vehicle designed for ice fishing during the prime later winter days when ice is too thin to traverse safely.

  • 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.

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