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  • February 11, 2014

    Video: Deer Barely Escapes Explosion-0

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    We don't know much about this video except that it features one extremely lucky deer. Keep an eye on the deer that stays put when the air horn blows. Then, after the explosion, you'll see it scamper off in the top right corner of the screen. The takeaway? Never underestimate the reflexes of a deer.

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  • February 11, 2014

    Hemingway's Gun Permit and Thousands More Documents Now Available at JFK Museum-0

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    Most readers of outdoor writing know a good deal about Ernest Hemingway. But for those of us who want to find out the details — like for example what Mary Hemingway's favorite hamburger recipe was — there's good news coming from the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum in Boston.

    More than 2,500 documents collected from Hemingway's farm outside of Havana have been newly digitized and made available at the museum, according to a story yesterday by The New York Times.

    What makes the collection all the more interesting is that Hemingway seemed to be a hoarder, saving everything from Christmas cards to tickets to bullfights to the Cuban gun permit pictured above.

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  • February 10, 2014

    Great White Shark Kills Spearfisherman in Australia-0

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    A spearfisherman was killed by a great white shark over the weekend off the Australian coast as his friends watched on in horror.

    Sam Kellet, 28, was spearfishing with friends off Goldsmith Beach when the attack occurred, the Daily Mail reports. Eyewitnesses say they saw the victim thrashing violently in the water just after the shark approached him. It is unclear if the victim's body has been recovered.

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  • February 10, 2014

    Potential World Record Bluefin Caught in New Zealand-0

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    Kiwi angler Kevin Baker caught the potential IGFA All-Tackle record Pacific bluefin tuna in the last hours of his fishing trip.

    Baker was fishing aboard the Cova Rose off the coast of Greymouth, New Zealand on Sept. 14, 2013 when he dropped a fresh hoki and hooked into something big. Very big.

    Baker's multiple day trip was coming to an end when he hooked up with the fish. So Baker was forced to battle the fish as quickly as he could. At one point during the 30-minute fight, Baker even cranked the drag on his Shimano 130W up to 80 pounds in an effort to land the monster. 

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  • February 7, 2014

    Giant, Mysterious Jellyfish Found on Tasmanian Beach-0

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    Th’a hell is that, Mate?

    Beachcombers in Tasmania came across a thing that prompted many to ask just that...

    The unidentified object from the sea was 5 feet in diameter and gooey like a jellyfish, according to Petethomasoutdoors.com. Josie Lim and her family were the first to discover the thing and their pictures of it soon caught the attention of Dr. Lisa-ann Gershwin, of the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization.  Dr. Gershwin was able to identify the creature as one of three new species in the lion’s mane group of sea jellies found off Tasmania. Dr. Gershwin explained to the BBC:  “We’re very eager to know more about it.”

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  • February 7, 2014

    Giant Python Caught in Florida, Almost a State Record-5

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    Get out the tape measure...

    South Florida Water Management District workers captured a Burmese python on Tuesday that measured an astronomical 18 ½ feet and weighed 150 pounds. The invasive species was basking on a levee about 30 miles west of the town of Krome, five miles north of the Tamiami Trail.

    This, of course, is only the latest invasive monster to come from the Sunshine State.  A recent study showed that the snakes have decimated portions of the Everglades by reducing the number of medium-sized mammals such as possums, bobcats, and raccoons by 99 percent. The reptiles are also fond of birds and larger animals such as deer and even alligators.

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  • February 6, 2014

    Albania to Ban Hunting for 2 Years-4

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    Albania's government is planning to ban hunting for two years. It's a move that could decimate their wildlife.

    Lefter Koka, Albania's environment minister, blamed the high number of hunting weapons in the country, poaching, and his government’s inability to collect fines as the reasons why 30 to 50 percent of the legally huntable species have faced population declines. He said the a two-year ban is the only option to save the country's endangered species.

    "We have been forced to adopt strict measures to protect endangered species from illegal hunting," he told the AFP.

    Wait...

    The Albanian government is going to ban ALL hunting in order combat illegal hunting? Wouldn’t it make more sense to go after those who are breaking the law, rather than to enact a repetitive law that the illegal hunters are already breaking?

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  • February 6, 2014

    Possible Ice Fishing World-Record Carp-0

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    Andrew Plumridge set out on the Housatonic River for his second-ever fishing trip last week. He returned with a 32-pound common carp and a pending ice fishing world record.

    Plumridge, 41, hit the river with three buddies and fishing guide Paul Tawczynski on Jan. 31 near Sheffield, Mass., reports the Berkshire Eagle. The group caught just three fish that morning and waited six hours for another bite. But it was worth the wait, and after a 30-minute struggle Plumridge succeeded in landing the giant carp.

    "We had that fish to the hole probably 15 times," Tawczynski told the Berkshire Eagle. "Every time we got close enough to touch it made a run of about 10 to 15 yards. Finally, it got tired and laid down by the hole where I could pull it up. There was absolute elation from everyone on the ice."

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  • February 5, 2014

    Winter Storm Fish Kill Shuts Down NC Speckled Trout Fishing-1

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    In the wake of last week’s winter storm, a massive cold-stun kill of speckled trout forced the North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries to suspend all commercial and recreational harvests statewide through June 15. The snow and icy runoff proved too much for many speckled trout in shallow coastal creeks and the fish failed to withstand the freezing temperatures, reports North Carolina Sportsman.

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  • February 4, 2014

    Anti-Hunting Group Gathers 78K Signatures to Ban Bear Baiting in Maine-1

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    Mainers for Fair Bear Hunting, a group that vehemently opposes hunting bears over bait, with hounds, and by trapping, delivered more than 78,000 signatures to Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap’s office on Monday in an attempt to ban such methods on November’s ballot, The Bangor Daily News reports.

    The group claims that the signatures were gathered in 417 cities and towns throughout the state over the last four months.

    “This is a very important issue to Mainers across the state. Unfortunately, Maine has the notorious distinction of being the only state that allows all three of these inhumane, unsporting and unnecessary practices,” Katie Hansberry, Mainers for Fair Bear Hunting Campaign Director, said upon delivering the signatures.

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