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  • October 8, 2012

    U.S. Wildfire Budget Goes Up in Smoke, Fires Worse Than Ever-3


    An unnaturally warm winter and an even drier summer turned 2012 into one of the worst wildfire years in recent memory. According to the National Interagency Fire Center, 48,258 fires have scorched nearly nine million U.S. acres as of October. When compared to the 10-year average, 2.2 million more acres burned this year than usual.

    And it's not getting any better.

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  • March 15, 2012

    Texas Drought Shuts Down Striped Bass Hatchery-0


    The never-ending Texas drought has struck again, and this time the unlikely victim is striped bass.

    This from the Austin Statesman

    "Texas wildlife officials have closed one of the state's five fish hatcheries because of lack of water from the ongoing drought.

    Texas Parks and Wildlife Department fish hatcheries director Todd Engeling said Thursday in a news release that two lakes that feed Dundee State Fish Hatchery southwest of Wichita Falls have not gotten the good rains enjoyed recently in other parts of the state.

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  • December 8, 2011

    Help Us Pick The Prize for Our Next Caption Contest!-9


    So Outdoor Life is part of a cool contest operated by Crown Royal, sponsor of Field & Stream’s Hook Shots show and maker of the whiskey that comes in a purple bag. The contest is called “Pass the Crown,” and it’s a variation on the Secret Santa gift exchange anyone who’s ever worked in an office is familiar with. Are you lucky enough to have never worked in an office? Then here’s how this works:

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  • September 7, 2011

    Dry Conditions in Texas Could Mean More Rattle Snake Run-Ins-2


    You've probably heard about the massive wildfires happening in Texas right now. The fires, which some people are calling the most destructive in Texas history, are being spurred on by heavy winds and bone-dry drought conditions. The blazes have destroyed hundreds of homes near Austin, and thousands of people have been evacuated. What you might not have heard, however, is that the same drought conditions that make the landscape prime for fires might increase human-rattlesnake encounters in the state as well.

    It's a simple formula: The drought conditions make food scarce. And if food is scarce, the snakes can't get the abundance of fat storage needed to make it through hibernation. So, what do the snakes do? They resort to traveling beyond their normal hunting spots in search of rodents, birds and other edible creatures.

    This could conceivably lead the snakes closer to human populations, where water (and, as a result, small rodents) are more abundant.

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  • October 20, 2010

    OL Weather: A Weather Report for Outdoorsmen-9


    When I first began developing the idea for a weather site, I asked myself: "What kind of weather information is absolutely essential for sportsmen?" 

    All of us look forward to those magical days when the woods come alive with bucks chasing does or turkeys gobbling from their roosts, or those amazing times when, no matter what you throw, every cast draws a strike. The only problem: No one could predict when those magical hunting and fishing days would occur…until now. 


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