May 9, 2008
A minimum-maintenance road, 8 feet of fresh, drifted snow, and a 4-wheel-drive Toyota were the ingredients for my very first survival story. Back in high school, my buddy Chris and I were varmint-hunting fools, crisscrossing northeastern South Dakota each winter.
In those days, my hunting career was dependent on three things: maintaining my C average, avoiding traffic violations, and obeying the one command of my old man: Don’t be an idiot.
It was a sub-zero Saturday afternoon, and Chris and I were after varmints. We sat staring down a snow-packed road guarded by a yellow “Minimum Maintenance” sign. [ Read Full Post ]
A bloody shark feeding frenzy was on the menu at the new Applebee’s restaurant in Coney Island.
When the latest Neighborhood Grill opened on Monday, customers were greeted to the sight of a blacktip shark named Zane ripping through three lookdown fish.
But this was just the appetizer. [ Read Full Post ]
For snags within a rod length of the surface, Texas bass pro Russell Cecil simply reels down to the ensnared bait, reaches below the surface and uses the rod to push the bait free. When he knows the snag sits deeper, he'll grab his line between the reel and the first guide and steadily pull backward to essentially walk the rod into the water and down to the ensnared bait. Instead of reeling the bait to the rod, the inverse operation takes the rod to the bait. [ Read Full Post ]
A West Virginia county earned nationwide ridicule in April when local school officials demanded police arrest a 14-year-old boy for refusing to remove a t-shirt supporting the Second Amendment.
Logan County is back in the news, but now ridicule has turned to rage with revelations that the county prosecuting attorney, instead of dismissing the "case," has formally charged the middle-schooler with "obstructing an officer."
According to CBS affiliate WTRF, Jared Marcum faces a $500 fine and a maximum of one year in prison if convicted of his "crimes." [ Read Full Post ]
Cheetahs might be the fastest terrestrial hunter on the planet, but it has only recently been discovered that speed is not the most important factor to the big cats' hunting success. A study conducted by the Royal Veterinary College in London determined that: “Grip and maneuverability, rather than top speed, were shown to be key to hunting success. Hunts involved considerable maneuvering.” [ Read Full Post ]
The House Committee on Natural Resources on June 12 endorsed the proposed Grazing Improvement Act of 2013, which would double the term of grazing permits to 20 years on more than 250 million acres of federally managed public lands.
Committee members voted 27-15 to send the bill -- HR 657 -- to the full House for consideration. The bill was introduced in February by Rep. Raúl Labrador (R-Idaho) as companion legislation to S. 258 in the Senate, also introduced in February by Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.). [ Read Full Post ]
Being a fanatic about wild food foraging and field medicine, I’ve often wondered what would happen if those two worlds were to collide. What would I do if I ate the wrong plant or mushroom far away from a doctor’s help? What’s the first aid for that? After years of ethnobotantical research, it’s hard to imagine that I would make a mistake that could leave me poisoned. But, I’ve also been around the block enough times to realize that mistakes do happen from time to time. And it might not even be me that needs help. I may need to care for someone else, who was less cautious than I am when selecting wild food.
This “what if” situation should leave us wondering if there are worthwhile treatments one could employ if poisoning occurs in a remote-area survival event. After much research, I’m afraid to say the prognosis for field treatment isn’t good. [ Read Full Post ]
An Alaskan man was mauled by a black bear over the weekend after he threw meat at the animal. The man was at the lake, north of Anchorage, for a church picnic, Alaska State Troopers spokeswoman Beth Ipsen told the Anchorage Daily News.
“He’d been drinking,” she said.
The man, who's name has been withheld, left the picnic to go for a bike ride. He came across the bear and threw it a pice of meat, which the bear ate. The man threw the bear another piece of meat and then… [ Read Full Post ]
Action Pistol matches continue to be the most popular recreational use of handguns, and gunmakers are not shy about providing competition-ready models. Among the new additions for this year are pistols in various calibers and configurations, ranging from .22 rimfires to .40 S&W.
CZ 75 Shadow SAO
The 9mm CZ 75 Shadow has earned high marks from competitive shooters in its original DA/SA operating action for its ergonomic handling qualities and accuracy. This year it will be offered in an SAO (Single Action Only) version that will appeal to those shooting IDPA, USPSA, and Steel Challenge who prefer a crisp single-action trigger. [ Read Full Post ]
There aren’t too many things capable of grossing out a 12-year-old kid on summer vacation. I wouldn’t count these among my proudest moments, but I can vividly recall doing such things as: running over a bloated day-old roadkilled cottontail with my bike with disgustingly predictable results; performing more stomach-content analyses on largemouth bass than most fisheries biologists would care to (by the way, they mostly eat bluegills and can carry eggs the entire summer) and putting down a giant rain frog (the thing had to weigh 5 pounds) with a sledge hammer in order to protect the lives of my cousins. But then there were the giant jelly sacks from hell! On the revolting scale, they rated a 15. [ Read Full Post ]
It was a pretty stark choice. Either I would lose my sanity or I would have to get used to the new world order that includes a mind-numbing array of things “tactical.” Tactical guns. Fine. Tactical flashlights. I suppose. Tactical socks. Um, okay. Tactical pens. Really?
But none of that prepared me for tactical Billy Joel:
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Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval on June 13 vetoed a bill requiring background checks for gun sales between private parties, telling the Las Vegas Sun that it “imposes unreasonable burdens and harsh penalties upon law-abiding Nevadans, while doing little to prevent criminals from unlawfully obtaining firearms.”
Sandoval said the bill had a number of worthy elements, including prohibiting the possession of guns by anyone judged mentally ill. He also applauded a section that required courts to speed up reporting of mental health adjudications. [ Read Full Post ]
There are three simple cocking tricks you can employ to increase your crossbow accuracy ten-fold. Employ these and watch your groups shrink exponentially.
1. Shorten the Cocking Rope
Factory cocking ropes are designed for knuckle draggers. For us average guys, they're simply too long. Attempting to cock a crossbow with a factory-cocking device puts you at serious risk of shoulder injury, and almost guarantees you'll cock the bow crooked. By all means, adjust the length of your rope so it matches your cocking stroke. [ Read Full Post ]
Dave Fairman caught this monster walleye/sauger hybrid while fishing on the Yellowstone River in North Dakota last winter. Game and Fish Department officials confirmed that the 12-pound saugeye was a state record this week. [ Read Full Post ]