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  • October 31, 2012

    Dead Missouri Deer Comes Back to Life-2


    A brush with the undead came several days prior to Halloween for Dave Roberts. Dave’s encounter with necromancy came when his truck plowed into a deer on a highway near St. Louis, Missouri.

    Dave detailed the accident to KTVI, according to Fox2 Now. “It hit the truck and spun around and smashed my door,” Dave recalls. “I pulled over to the shoulder of the road, backed up and it was dead. I looked at it wasn’t breathing, bleeding from its mouth. So I loaded it in the back of my truck.” Dave drove home then went to the rear of his truck to retrieve the deer. When he opened the tailgate, the deer exploded from the gate almost running into him in the process.

    Despite this case of a whitetail returning from the big woods in the sky, Dan Zarlenga of the Missouri Department of Conservation says residents needn’t worry.

    “So far we haven’t documented any zombie deer,” Dan promised. “So hopefully there won’t be any anytime soon, although it is near Halloween.” Dan further assured the public by saying that the deer was probably just a victim of the rut.

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  • October 30, 2012

    Pending New World Record Pronghorn-3


    A pronghorn taken by Stan S. Jaksick in Washoe County, Nevada in 2011 is set to be the new Boone & Crockett World Record. The buck’s official entry score of 95-6/8 points makes it 6/8-inch larger than the previous record holder, of which there are two.

    That’s right, two.

    The pronghorn World Record is currently tied with David Meyer’s 2002 Mohave County, Arizona pronghorn and Dylan Woods’ 2002 Coconino County, Arizona both measuring 95-inches. Both of these bucks helped cement Arizona as the top B&C pronghorn producing state. More top 20 bucks hail from Arizona than anywhere else. 

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  • October 29, 2012

    New Zealand Angler Lands 39.7-Pound Brown Trout-3


    Evan Johnson of Timaru, New Zealand set a national record Monday when he landed a female brown trout weighing 39.7 pounds, according to the Timaru Herald. And although the International Game Fish Association record for a brown trout is listed at 41.5 pounds, Johnson's catch is a female, and will likely set the world record in that category.

    Johnson was threadline fishing in the Upper Waitaki hydro canals. The trout went for his Tasmanian Devil lure and put up a solid 20-minute fight. When Johnson finally managed to bring it close enough to grab, the trout broke his net as he pulled it from the water.

    Huge trout like Johnson's brown aren't unusual catches in the area. In 2002 American angler Mike Was landed a 37.4-pound rainbow trout. One year later, New Zealander Tony Washington caught an even bigger rainbow that weighed in at 38.5 pounds.

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  • October 26, 2012

    Florida's Mystery Monkey Menace is Finally Captured-3


    Half of the Floridians labeled “crazy” for claiming to have seen a monkey roaming their neighborhood over the past few years are owed an apology now that a simian has been captured by authorities.

    The other half?

    Well, they actually are crazy.

    Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission spokesman Baryl Martin confirmed that a rhesus macaque monkey referred to as the “Mystery Monkey of Tampa Bay” for its elusive ways was darted by a veterinarian Wednesday.  The 40-pound simian, believed to have been cast out of a colony in Silver Springs near Ocala, Florida (They have colonies of monkeys down there?), had eluded trappers and authorities for years. 

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  • October 25, 2012

    Florida Rabbit Hunter Falls Down Well, Survives by Treading Water for 8 Hours-2


    A hunter from Merritt Island, Fla., almost drowned after falling down a well Saturday morning. Christopher Johnson, 28, was night-hunting rabbits on the island when he fell around 1:30 a.m., reports the Daily News.

    He crashed through plywood boards covering the well and tumbled down the shaft. He spent the next eight hours trying to stay afloat in 12 feet of cold water.

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  • October 24, 2012

    American Museum of Natural History to Unveil New Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Hall -2


    If everything you know about the American Museum of Natural History comes from the movie “Night at the Museum,” then that’s really too bad. The museum, located just off Central Park on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, is one of the few things that make life in New York City bearable for an outdoors magazine editor.

    Happily, we’ll be making a field trip uptown tomorrow for the museum’s unveiling of the re-envisioned Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Hall, which, according to the invitation we received last week, “is a tribute to a legacy that endures, to a man rightly called the Conservation President, the ‘biologist-in-chief,’ a consummate New Yorker whose father helped found the Museum, to which he first contributed specimens at the age of 13.” They had us at “biologist-in-chief.”

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  • October 23, 2012

    A Bananas Bio: New Book About Girl Raised By Monkeys -6


    Marina Chapman has led an utterly amazing life.

    Or she might be insane.

    In her forthcoming book, The Girl With No Name: The Incredible True Story of the Girl Raised by Monkeys Marina details how she was kidnapped from her family’s estate in a remote mountain village in South America in 1954 at the age of four. When her captors abandoned her in the Colombian jungle she survived by imitating the actions of a troop of capuchin monkeys she came upon. She learned to live in the jungle by eating what the monkeys ate and doing what the monkeys did.

    That’s right, she was raised by monkeys.

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  • October 23, 2012

    First Wolves Taken in the Wisconsin Hunting and Trapping Season-4


    It was only a one-day trap season for Keith Follis’ but it was one he’ll remember forever.

    On October 20, the Wisconsin native joined a select group of only 18 hunters and trappers to take a wolf in the state’s wolf season when he trapped one of the reintroduced predators in Brule.  “The wolf wound up weighing 62 pounds,” Keith told the Duluth News Tribune. “But in the brush, it looked like 100 pounds. They’re a big animal. They’re real tall.”

    Keith, 51, was especially elated to share the event with his 73-year-old father Buck Follis.

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  • October 23, 2012

    Michigan to Offer Free Hunting and Fishing Licenses for Disabled Veterans-3


    The Michigan Department of Natural Resources announced Friday that disabled veterans can obtain free hunting and fishing licenses beginning in March.

    Governor Rick Snyder signed the bill into law last week, allowing disabled veterans to secure resident hunting and fishing licenses free of charge. The law doesn't include lottery-based licenses, and disability rulings made by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs determine eligibility.

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  • October 22, 2012

    Botulism Kills Hundreds of Lake Michigan Loons -0


    Almost 300 loons and other fish-eating birds have been found dead or dying along Lake Michigan's beaches at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. According to Michigan's Department of Natural Resources, botulism is to blame.

    Like many other conservation problems, this recent botulism die-off can be attributed to invasive species. In this case, the infamous zebra and quagga mussels are the culprits, reports the Daily Record.

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