Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the … woods?
Folks in the small town of Milton, New Hampshire are scratching their collective heads this week trying to make sense of a dead blue shark found just outside of town last Thursday. This find is strange for a number of reasons.
Not only is the blue shark not native to New Hampshire waters, but the town is a good 45-minute drive from any salt water (also, sharks don’t live on land or in the woods). All of this has led authorities to hypothesize that – get this – someone put the shark in the woods. Why didn’t I think of that?
Today Montana started selling wolf hunting licenses for its 2011 season, which will start in September and run through December. The tags cost $19 for residents, $350 for nonresidents and there is no limit on the number that will be sold. However there is an overall kill quota as state officials want to reduce the population from 566 animals to 425, which is about 25 percent.
Some state game officials are concerned that there aren't as many people interested in wolf hunting as they were for the state's inaugural season in 2009.
UPDATE:Field and Stream reported that the potential world-record striped bass was caught last week in Connecticut. The striper was boated by Greg Myerson and weighed in at 81.8 pounds, which edges out the previous record of 78.8 pounds caught in 1982 by Albert McReynolds.
We had some awesome captions these past three weeks but the time has come to pick the winners. Seventy-eight people commented on week one’s deer caption contest but the winner as chosen by our group experts came from captjim.
He wrote, “Is that "Ode de Estrogen" you’re wearing?” His comment was funny because … Well, look at the photo. Congratulations captjim, you’ve won a Kawasaki Trimmer. Special mention and runner up number one status goes to iwfeeney for being the one Outdoor Life reader who not only knew what a haikiu was but wrote one!
A Boston fisherman caught the attention of wildlife officials after he dove off his boat to take a ride on a basking shark.
Erik Jacobs, an avid fisherman, spotted the shark off the Cape Cod Coast and identified it as a basking shark after circling it several times with his boat. Basking sharks are the second largest fish in the world. They can grow up to more than 30 feet, weigh several tons and eat plankton.
Last month the Obama administration imposed a rule that requires firearms retailers in Mexico border states to report semi-automatic rifle "bulk sales" (meaning more than one). Yesterday the N.R.A. funded a lawsuit challenging that federal regulation.
The Obama administration says that the law will stop gun smugglers, called "straw buyers," from buying guns in the U.S. and then running them into Mexico to feed its ever waging drug war. But the N.R.A. sees it differently.
“[The] N.R.A. has always viewed this [regulation] as a blatant attempt by the Obama administration to pursue their gun control agenda through back-door rule-making, and the N.R.A. will fight them every step of the way,” Wayne LaPierre, the executive vice president of the NRA, told the New York Times.
My home state of Texas was on fire a few months ago. Well, not the whole state; just a little over a million acres of it. Now that the flames are out, we’re contending with another problem – drought. How dry is it? Well, according to the National Drought Mitigation Center, 75 percent of the state is in "exceptional" drought. It’s so dry here in Texas that our lakes are weeping blood! OK, not actually “weeping blood” but some are turning blood red.
Great Britain’s The Sun newspaper reports that last week Chris Grimmer (left) landed the largest albino catfish ever (the paper cleverly nicknamed the monster Fin Kong). He caught the freak fish on the River Ebro in Spain. Who knew there was such a category? Albino catfish? Really?
Grimmer’s spooky cat was 8 feet long and weighed 194 pounds. Grimmer told reporters that his 30-minute fight with the fish “was like trying to reel in a bus. I could hardly walk afterwards, but it was worth it."
Brooklyn Park officers busted a band of pigeon eating poachers in Prospect Park last week. According to The Brooklyn Paper, a tribe of vagrants had been catching park animals only to grill them over an open fire – sometimes in front of park goers.
It is unclear how many individuals were involved in the park poaching clan but four tickets — two for killing wildlife and two for illegal fishing — totaling $2,100 in fines were issued on July 17 and 18 by park officers. It is believed that the vagrant poachers have caught and eaten fish, pigeons, ducks and squirrels from the park. The group is also being blamed for a number of geese and cygnets that were injured by baited fish hooks. One recovered goose, nicknamed “Beaky” by park goers, was missing the top half of his beak.