A young New Jersey man learned a painful lesson last week: snakes don’t need or desire help in their travels.
Nelson Drinkwater, 24, a self-described snake enthusiast and animal lover, spent multiple days hospitalized in serious condition after he was bitten by a timber rattlesnake he says he tried to help traverse a busy road. The Little Egg Harbor Township man said he pinned the snake to the ground with a stick and was bitten when he tried to grab it behind the head—just as he’s done with non-poisonous snakes he’s kept as pets.
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Last week Charles Akin Rempe, from Frederick, Md., accidentally hooked himself in the butt with a fishing lure while he thought his apartment was being burglarized. Without considering picking up a telephone, Rempe fired several shots from a .45 to alert the police. He then waited for help to arrive by hiding in his closet.
Jeffrey Foiles seemed to have the life most of us can only dream of. He hunted for a living and by all accounts created a fairly comfortable life doing so. He made his own duck calls, guided other hunters, and even starred in the successful Fallin’ Skies video series. But last week, in U.S. District Court in Illinois, Foiles blackened the eyes of waterfowl hunters everywhere after admitting to two misdemeanor charges related to the violation of federal wildlife laws.
On June 23, Foiles entered the courtroom to face a 23-count indictment against him and his business, the Fallin’ Skies Strait Meat Duck Club LLC. When U.S. Magistrate Byron Cudmore asked Foiles if he admitted to doing the things listed in the plea agreement Foiles replied, “Yes sir.” Foiles’ attorney, Steven Beckett, then entered guilty pleas for Foiles’ business to the felony charges of unlawfully selling wildlife through illegally guided hunts and falsifying records. According to the Springfield, Illinois newspaper The State Journal-Register Foiles admitted to:
Bowfishermen and fellow firefighters Robert Belk, Randy Rippy and Belk’s son Talor teamed up to take what will likely be the state’s record alligator gar Friday on the Yazoo River. The prehistoric-looking mammoth measured 7-feet, 2-inches and weighed 234 pounds.
Outdoor writer Bobby Cleveland with the Jackson Clarion Ledger reports that the two angling buddies had fished the Yazoo for bass the previous day when they spotted numerous longnosed gar, a favorite target of southern bowfishermen. Belk is past president of the Mississippi Bowfishing Club and Rippy owns a made-for-bowfishing, 16-foot rig.
“When we saw all those gar, well, we knew what we were going to be doing on Friday,” Belk told Cleveland.
Two Texas brothers were sentenced to a total of 5.75 years in prison and fined $70,000 after pleading guilty in what U.S. Wildlife officials say is the largest trophy deer poaching case in Kansas history (and possibly U.S. history).
Marlin Butler and James Butler were sentenced last week after prosecutors argued that the two brothers guided up to 60 clients to illegally kill about 160 deer. The brothers participated in jacklighting deer, shooting deer in the wrong management unit, trespassing and guiding hunters without hunting licenses. While the $70,000 in fines sounds steep, it's by no means the largest fine to be given to a poacher. To see the biggest poaching fines in U.S. history go to: The 50 Biggest Poaching Fines in History.
"Sir, please step away from the bear gallbladder…!"
New York’s state Legislature recently passed a law banning the "possession, sale, barter, offer, purchase, transportation, delivery, or receipt" of bear gallbladders (or, for that matter, any product advertised as containing parts of a bear's gallbladder.
Worshipers at the Colonial Baptist Church in Cary, North Carolina got more than a sermon last Sunday. The congregation got to watch security camera footage taken on June 13 of a whitetail deer running amok through the church hallways and foyers. The 1 min. 38 second video shows baffled and shocked adults as well as children running hysterically from the lost and very confused deer. Eventually the deer finds an open door and quickly runs outside.
According to church member John Milton, the deer entered the church by jumping through a glass window.
It is unknown whether the deer tithed before leaving.
Nick Anderson, a football coach from North Carolina, could be the new owner of the blue catfish world record.
Anderson landed a massive 143-pound blue with the help of his dad and brother while fishing on Buggs Island Lake along the Virginia-North Carolina border Saturday night. The fish measured 57 inches long with a girth of 43.5 inches. Anderson is now waiting for an official review to take the Virginia state and world record: 109 and 130 pounds, respectively. The current world record blue catfish was pulled from the Missouri River on July 20, 2010.
Got a cool $100,000 taking up too much space in your bank account? Al Capone's .38 Special Colt revolver hits the auction block today in London. The double-action, "police positive" pistol is nickel-plated with a wooden grip, and in fairly good condition considering it belonged to a ruthless gangster who was involved in multiple shootouts. There are, however, a number of nicks and scrapes to the frame and barrel that we really wish could talk.
Capone, the fedora and pin-striped-suit wearing mobster, is, after all, arguably the single most famous Prohibition-era criminal, and the key figure in the notorious Saint Valentine's Day Massacre.
Christie's actually expects the revolver to go for anywhere from $80,000 to well over $110,000.
In what is reportedly the first case of its kind on record, a federal grand jury has indicted three men for allegedly conspiring to smuggle live alligator gar caught from the Trinity River in Southeast Texas to a client in Tokyo, Japan.
Loren Willis, 62, of Eminence, IN, Gerard Longo, 46, of Greenacres, FL, and Michael Rambarran, 55, of Miami, were charged Wednesday in Beaumont, TX Federal Court with Lacey Act violations, according to a press release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
The Houston Chronicle reports that two Tokyo dealers paid the men $15,000 to procure the four alligator gar, examples of the largest freshwater species in North America. Each measured about four feet in length—though the fish can grow longer than 10 feet in the wild.