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  • March 30, 2011

    Mako Dive Bombs Fishermen-5


    You know the fishing is good when the big ones are literally jumping into boats.

    Yesterday, Gayne Young brought you the tale of a Florida tourist who was body-slammed by an airborne spotted eagle ray, but that wasn't the only case of high-flying fish.

    Early Monday morning, boat captain Jason Kresse and his two other fishermen out of Freeport, TX got more than they bargained for when an 8-foot, 375-pound mako shark launched itself out of the Gulf of Mexico and onto the deck of their 25-foot craft.

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  • March 28, 2011

    Utah’s CCW Permit System Sees Changes-2


    Under a measure signed into law by Governor Gary Herbert on Wednesday, Utah’s concealed weapons permit system—widely popular among gun owners nationwide because it’s recognized by 33 states—will see some significant changes.

    Senate Bill 26 requires non-residents who seek a Utah concealed-weapon permit to first obtain one from their home state, if available. As a result, it will most certainly impact what has become something of a cottage industry for The Beehive State—the classroom instruction and issuing of its concealed-weapon permits to residents of other states who wish to legally carry in as many states as possible.

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  • March 23, 2011

    State Shooting Irons-6


    If lawmakers at your capitol were to consider naming a firearm that is representative of your state’s heritage, what do you think it would it be?

    With a stroke of Gov. Gary Herbert’s pen last week, Utah became the first state in the country to have an official gun; John Moses Browning’s M1911 semi-auto pistol. A pair of other states may follow suit this year, as lawmakers in Arizona and Alaska also consider designating state firearms.

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  • March 18, 2011

    Border Battle Turns to Shark Fishing-4


    The border battle along the U.S./Mexico line has taken a new turn: shark fishing. According to a recent story by the Washington Post, fisherman just south of the Texas border have been sneaking up into U.S. waters to harvest thousands of sharks each year.

    Biologists say that Mexican fisherman illegally take at least 50,000 sharks from U.S. waters each year. The majority of the sharks they catch are black tips, sand bar sharks and hammerheads. They cut off the fins and then ship them to Asia, where shark fin soup has become the hottest of culinary trends. There is such a demand for shark fins that the global shark fin trade is worth more than 1 billion dollars.

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  • March 17, 2011

    Illinois Amish Barred from Hunting?-8


    A rule reversal quietly made to the Illinois firearms ownership registration system earlier this year could potentially prohibit hundreds of otherwise law-abiding state citizens from owning firearms and going hunting to help put food on their tables.

    Until this year, members of the Amish community in Central Illinois have been exempt from having their photographs on state-issued Firearms Owners Identification (FOID) cards. The cards are necessary for firearms and ammunition purchases and gun ownership in Illinois.

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  • March 17, 2011

    Happy St. Patrick's Day from Outdoor Life-0


    Each year on March 17, Outdoor Life Associate Publisher John Graney ushers in St. Patrick's Day with a very special bagpipe solo for Bonnier Outdoor Group staffers before his march down 5th Avenue in the New York Paddy's Day parade. So, from the entire staff of Outdoor Life here's our way of wishing all of you a Happy St. Patrick's Day—now let's watch some basketball!

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  • March 16, 2011

    The $117,500 Hunting Permit-5


    Nebraska doesn't have many bighorn sheep, but they do have some tucked away in the northwest corner of the state that borders South Dakota and Wyoming. In fact, the state has enough sheep that it will open a season in 2011 from Nov. 29 - Dec. 22 ... for two hunters.

    The state reserves one sheep permit for Nebraska residents that must apply through a lottery. The population of Nebraska is about 1.8 million, so I would guess the odds of winning that permit are somewhere close to 1 in 1.8 million. The other sheep permit is put up for auction, and this year a German man named Heiligenhaus Lemmerholz took the winning bid by dropping a cool $117,500, according to the Associated Press. It's the steepest price anyone has ever paid for a sheep hunt in Nebraska.

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  • March 10, 2011

    Police Pluck Pilfered Poultry from Perps-5


    Over the weekend, police in a central Ohio town cited the driver and passengers of a vehicle for allegedly using a fishing net to capture a city park goose and driving off with it.

    Two of Chillicothe’s finest reportedly stopped the trio on North High Street after they took a gander through the vehicle’s rear window and spotted a full-grown Canada goose standing in the rear cargo area.

    According to the Chillicothe Gazette, when the cops approached the car, the driver explained that the goose was from one of the suspect’s homes and they were just taking it for a ride, because geese—just like Labrador retrievers—really enjoy going for car rides.

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  • March 9, 2011

    Wounded Soldier Fights For Hunt of a Lifetime-6


    On Nov. 5, 2009, Nidal Hasan open fired on the Fort Hood medical building, leaving 31 injured and 13 dead, making it one of the worst mass shootings on a military base in U.S. history.

    Of the most critically injured was Staff Sgt. Patrick Zeigler, a 29-year-old hunter, who was shot in the head, shoulder, hip and forearm. After undergoing six brain surgeries and 16 months of grueling rehabilitation, Zeigler miraculously regained the ability to talk and walk with the assistance of a cane. When an army chaplain asked him about his goals for the future, Zeigler said he would one day like to be able to fulfill one of his life-long dreams: to go on an elk hunt.

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  • March 4, 2011

    Fishing and Disability Claim Don’t Mix-3


    An Illinois man may be in some hot water for going fishing while he was recovering from surgery to his wrist and elbow—and while receiving disability payments from the state.

    A photo of current Menard Corrections Center warden Dave Rednour and two angling comrades that appeared in a local southern Illinois newspaper in 2009 has prompted a possible investigation by the state Department of Insurance Workers’ Compensation Fraud Unit, according to an article appearing in the Belleville (IL) News-Democrat this week.

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