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  • May 30, 2011

    California Considers Pink BB Gun Bill-7

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    California is on its way to passing legislature that would make pink BB guns a lot more popular.

    Senate Bill 798 requires “the entire exterior surface” of every BB gun, air gun and airsoft gun sold in the Golden State to be “white, bright red, bright orange, bright yellow, bright green, bright blue, bright pink, or bright purple, either singly or as the predominant color in combination with other colors in any pattern.”

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  • May 27, 2011

    Facebook Founder Mark Zuckerberg Vows to Only Eat What He Kills-13

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    Mark Zuckerberg, the 27-year-old founder of Facebook, has made a unique vow for a billionaire living in the Silicon Valley: for the next year Zuckerberg's going to only eat animals that he kills.

    Each year Zuckerberg comes up with a personal challenge, basically a New Year's resolution on steroids. Last year he decided to learn Chinese, this year he's going to be his own meat processor. And his reasoning is actually pretty logical. He wrote this response to Fortune

    I started thinking about this last year when I had a pig roast at my house. A bunch of people told me that even though they loved eating pork, they really didn't want to think about the fact that the pig used to be alive. That just seemed irresponsible to me. I don't have an issue with anything people choose to eat, but I do think they should take responsibility and be thankful for what they eat rather than trying to ignore where it came from.

    This mentality toward food isn't that foreign to farmers and hunters, but in Zuckerberg's social circles, it's basically the equivalent of saying that he's going to eat rocks for the next year. After he made the announcement, some of his friends commented on his Facebook page that they were disgusted, according to CNN.

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  • May 24, 2011

    Missouri Angler Snags Record Bighead Carp-0

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    Gene Swope was snagging for paddlefish with his grandsons on the Lake of the Ozarks when he hooked and landed an unfortunate Missouri state record.

    Swope hauled in a 106-pound bighead carp, which easily passed the previous 80-pound state record and outweighs the IGFA all-tackle world record by 16 pounds. However, Swope's catch won't be counted as an IGFA world record because snagging isn't allowed under IGFA rules (it's legal to snag carp in Missouri because they're not realized as gamefish).

    While it was no doubt a thrill for Swope to battle the fish, the bighead carp isn't exactly a species the conservation department wants to promote in Missouri. 

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  • May 23, 2011

    Maryland Stocks Trout Infected with Whirling Disease-1

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    A shipment of some 8,000 rainbow trout used to stock several Western Maryland streams earlier this month contained some fish with whirling disease, a parasitic-borne syndrome often fatal to salmon and trout species, especially rainbows.

    And in what can only be called a wicked twist of fate, on March 21 Maryland became the first state in the country to enact a ban on felt-soled waders worn by anglers in an effort to prevent the spread of aquatic hitchhikers and parasites—specifically parasites like the one causing whirling disease.

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  • May 17, 2011

    Study: Hunting and Fishing Taxes are a Good Thing -2

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    Want to help save the U.S. economy and conserve our wild spaces? Then keep hunting and fishing. A recent analysis conducted for the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies found that excise taxes collected on hunting and shooting equipment had an annual return on investment of 1,100 percent. Sport fishing gear created an annual return on investment of 2,157 percent. What exactly does that mean? It means that buying hunting and fishing equipment and licenses is about the best investment you can make if you care about conservation.

    To save you from a finance lesson delving into ROI and the details of excise taxes, here's the meat of the analysis…

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  • May 17, 2011

    NEWSFLASH: Bragging On a Message Board About Poaching is Not Smart-2

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    Accompanying the explosive popularity of online social media is a growing use of the Internet by law enforcement professionals—including game and fish agency investigators—to track down lawbreakers who foolishly describe their nefarious deeds for the world to access electronically.

    Authorities with Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks say an online hunting forum posting led to the arrest of four Wisconsin men who admitted to illegally hunting and killing five mountain lions in an area north of Helena over a two-year period. The four recently pleaded guilty to a variety of charges and paid $5,000 in fines and restitution.

    Montana game warden Kevin Cook said a tip, the Internet and the assistance of the Wisconsin DNR agents helped him track down Eric Steingraber, Daren Evenson, Jeremy Rosenberg and Eric Hermansen in Wisconsin.

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  • May 16, 2011

    Angler Busted For Idaho Fish Head Fraud Scheme-0

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    Last week, Christopher Pluntz, 44, pleaded guilty to misdemeanor theft after investigators discovered the 443 rainbow trout heads he turned in for $15 each (that adds up to $6,645) in 2010 were a fraud.

    Pluntz was trying to take advantage of an incentive program implemented in 2007 and administered by the Idaho Department of Fish and Game that pays anglers $15 each for lake trout and rainbows exceeding 12 inches caught from Lake Pend Oreille and other selected waters in the state. The bounty is intended to encourage anglers to catch and remove fish that are natural predators to kokanee, a trout species that is struggling to survive there.

    To participate in the program, anglers are instructed to provide trout heads measuring at least two inches in length to one of the IDFG freezer locations.

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  • May 10, 2011

    Arizona Redear Could Break the World Record-7

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    Known colloquially by many anglers as shellcrackers, the redear sunfish is a perennial favorite for springtime pond fishing—along with bobbers and nightcrawlers—and preferably with a young companion or two.

    A fishing basket full of hand-sized ‘crackers can usually provide enough filets for a nice fish fry. That is, unless you’re Robert Lawler of Lake Havasu, Arizona.

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  • May 5, 2011

    Record Winter Kills Across the West-3

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    The West suffered a brutal, unrelenting winter and now Fish and Game officials are starting to pull in data on how badly big-game populations were affected. The results are devastating.

    According to a report from Reuters, there were tens of thousands of winter kills across northeastern Montana, the upper Snake River basin in Idaho and the high country of northwestern Wyoming. Populations for elk, whitetails, mule deer and pronghorn were all ravaged.

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