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  • July 29, 2011

    Caption Contest: Write the Best Caption and Win a Kawasaki Leaf Blower-103

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    What the heck is the world coming to? A fox and a hound walking together as friends?!

    What’s next, they pick up a cat and a mouse; maybe throw in a sweet little bird for a show of comical animal absurdity!  I tell you this picture just infuriates me as it throws everything I ever thought I knew about the animal world out the … What? You're telling me the picture is from a retirement center in Great Britain for elderly foxes and hounds that have lived a life extraordinary. 

    I guess that’s nice … I feel kind of bad now for having made fun of them. To make up for my rudeness, we’re giving away a brand spanking new Kawasaki handheld leaf blower that retails for $199.99. All you have to do is write a funny caption for this photo in the comments section below. We'll pick the best one to win the leaf blower and the five runners up to win new hats. Also, we're giving you the chance to win a $100 Bass Pro Shops gift card.

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  • July 29, 2011

    Overreaction or Common Sense: Canada Mandates Bear Spray in Banff National Park-6

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    With bear attacks making headlines since the beginning of summer, Parks Canada officials have decided to not take any chances. They recently made a law that requires Banff hikers to travel in a group of four or more and one group member must be armed with bear spray. The law is only being enforced on the Lake Minnewanka Trail, a popular hiking trail that cuts right through grizzly country, but the maximum fine for not complying is $25,000.

    There were bear attacks on this trail in 2001 and 2005 and a female and her 13-year-old son were almost attacked by a mother grizzly earlier this summer.

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  • July 28, 2011

    The Fat Lady Finally Sings, Britain's Famous Monster Carp is Dead-4

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    Carp anglers will no longer get a chance to chase The Fat Lady, one of Britain’s largest and most famous carp (that's right, famous carp). An angler found her body floating in the waters of the St. Ives Lakes. 

    The Fat Lady is a 30-year-old mirror carp that weighed 61 pounds, 6 ounces. An average mirror carp weighs about 10 pounds. Through the years she became a legend among British anglers, and to some, landing The Fat Lady became an obsession.

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  • July 27, 2011

    DNR Scrambles to Save Duck Hunting in Minnesota-2

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    It's no secret that the number of duck hunters around the country is on the slide. In the last national survey from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the number of migratory game bird hunters dropped by a startling 22 percent from 2001 to 2006. Minnesota, the northernmost state in the Mississippi Flyway, has not been immune to the trend.  

    Over the last dozen years Minnesota has lost about 40,000 duck hunters, and now it's trying to get them back. The state is proposing an earlier opening day (Sept. 24) and split hunting zones, according to the Star Tribune. The state would be cut in half north/south with the northern zone having a 60-day continual season. There have never been duck hunting zones in Minnesota and there hasn't been an opening day as early as Sept. 24 in more than 50 years.

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  • July 27, 2011

    DNA Testing Shows Dead Connecticut Mountain Lion Came from South Dakota-6

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    In what has to rank as one of the most bizarre yet fascinating outdoor tales we've heard of in years, biologists have now confirmed that the mountain lion struck and killed by a Tucson in Connecticut was originally from South Dakota! Confused? Okay, let's back up.

    In early June, I reported on a spate of mountain lion sightings in Fairfield County Connecticut. Before the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection and state police could even get rolling on their investigation, a mountain lion turned up dead on the Wilbur Cross Parkway—run over in the dead of night by a motorist in a Hyundai Tucson. Considering that the last confirmed mountain lion sighting in Connecticut was a century ago, the DEP was quick to conclude that the cat was likely someone's pet that had somehow escaped captivity. When their search for mountain lion permitees turned up nothing, the hunt for a better explanation as to the cat's origins and movements was on. The long-awaited necropsy results  tell an incredible tale.

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  • July 25, 2011

    357 Dead Sharks Found on Illegal Ecuadorian Fishing Boat in Galapagos -1

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    Officials in Ecuador found 357 dead sharks in a fishing boat that was caught illegally fishing off the Galapagos Marine Reserves.

    Shark fishing has been prohibited in the Galapagos area since it was declared a U.N. World Heritage site in 1979. But that has not stopped shark poachers from operating in the protected waters, and illegal shark fishing remains a highly profitable business. Officials believe the sharks were caught to supply  demands for shark fin soup in Asia. 

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  • July 25, 2011

    First Time Angler Lands 335-Pound Halibut in Alaska-1

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    Earlier this month, a truck driver for an Alaska construction company had the opportunity to go fishing with her boyfriend on a rare day off.

    With her busy work schedule, Annette Gutierrez doesn’t get many free days. She works 12-hour days, seven days a week.

    “We had a few days off and we almost never have days off so we decided to go fishing,” Gutierrez told the Fairbanks News-Miner.

    Gutierrez had never gone fishing in her life. Not once, even though when she’s not working in Alaska she hails from the tiny southwestern New Mexico town of Gila, on the banks of the Gila River.

    But that didn’t faze the fortunate 47-year-old first-timer, who caught a 335.7-pound halibut on July 2 that will likely win her the $15,000 top prize in the 2011 Valdez Halibut Derby.

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  • July 23, 2011

    Caption Contest: Write the Best Caption and Win a Kawasaki Hedge Trimmer-105

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    What this bear is probably thinking: "Those deer must think I’m stupid. Like I don’t know they’ve been talking smack behind my back. Been talking ‘bout taking me out. I ain’t stupid. I read Outdoor Life. I read it last week when those deer were bragging about their fighting abilities with weed trimmers. Let ‘em come on then. I’ll be ready for ‘em with my own yard implement. That’s right, I got a Kawasaki hedge trimmer under this table just waiting for those two soon-to-be antlerless bucks."
       
    Last week’s caption contest was so popular that we’ve decided to have another this week, as you probably gathered from the wonderful bear narrative above.

    This week’s prize is a Kawasaki hedge trimmer that retails for $339.99. But that's not all. We're giving away five hats to runners up and giving you the chance to win a $100 Bass Pro Shops gift card. The same rules apply as last week, write your funniest caption for this photo in the comments section and we'll pick the best one. 
       
    What are you waiting for? Get to it!

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  • July 21, 2011

    Texas Teenager Claims He Killed a Chupacabra-22

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    La Salle, Texas teenager Carter Pope shot a chupacabra Sunday morning. At least he thinks it’s a chupacabra, and so does his family.
       
    Pope, 13, told KPRC in Houston that he saw the alleged goat sucker outside his window shortly after he woke up July 17. Like any good Texas boy, he shot it dead. Of course he told his father he was going to shoot it first.  After all, his dad was asleep and even in Texas it’s best to ask your parents for permission to shoot supposed mythical creatures from your bedroom window. 

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  • July 20, 2011

    Three Hikers Missing After Falling Down a Waterfall in Yosemite-3

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    Authorities believe that three people were swept over Vernal Falls in Yosemite National Park yesterday afternoon. The waterfall, on California's Merced River, is well over 300 feet tall.

    Witnesses report seeing two unidentified men and a woman climbing over the safety rail along the trail before falling into the river and ultimately down the falls.

    Reports also indicate that the men and the woman were possibly part of a larger group of tourists.

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