May 9, 2008
Vehicular breakdowns, car crashes, and other automotive emergencies are a fact of life. And in many of those situations, you typically only have the gear that’s in your vehicle to deal with the situation. Having dealt with more than his fair share of accidents and emergencies, paramedic Avi Goldstein designed the StatGear Auto Survival Kit to fill many of the needs of a roadside crisis. Will I be adding this kit to my ride? Read on and see. [ Read Full Post ]
We’ve seen hunters rescue several locked bucks. In the most cases, buck's rival is already dead from exhaustion or coyote predation. This video was shot last month by 29-year-old Kansas hunter Evan McAnally, who came across the bucks while checking his game cameras in Stafford County.
A tangle of antlers on the ground caught his attention and further inspection revealed the remains of a half-eaten buck locked with another deer. He assumed they were both dead. As McAnally approached, the intact buck rose and tried to walk away, reports the Kansas City Star. McAnally set his cell phone in a bush to record the rescue attempt. After trying unsuccessfully to unhook the antlers by hand, he retrieves a saw from his truck. [ Read Full Post ]
Photo by Frank Miniter
The lesson we can learn from the rebound of American bison might help a whole passel of African animals whose fate is clouded by poaching and habitat destruction. How? By mapping their genetic identity, suggests Dr. James Derr, a biologist at Texas A&M University.
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The National Park Service has topped every silly cat video on the Internet!
The 98-year-old government agency’s Malibu Creek State Park trail camera snapped off 350 color photos of three 10-month-old cougar cubs and their mom ripping into a deer carcass. [ Read Full Post ]
I'm not a trained deer scorer, but working for Outdoor Life I see a ton of bucks each season and it's our job to track down their story. Part of that involves getting the score. By running down these trophy bucks each year, I thought I had a pretty good handle on eyeing up a buck and estimating its score.
But then I spent three days hanging out behind the scenes in the scorers' room and the Deer and Turkey Expo in Illinois. There were about 11 official scorers measuring hundreds of trophy bucks for the big buck competition. Most of the time I could eye up a typical buck and get within 10 or so points of its score. But some bucks absolutely threw me for a loop.
I found out that when an average deer hunter (like me) eyes up a buck and estimates its score, many times he'll end up way, way off. For example, the two bucks in the photo above. The buck on the left is clearly carrying more bone than the one on the right. He has heavier antlers, and it seems that he has higher tines. He should have a higher score, right? [ Read Full Post ]
Florida became the first state to require concealed-weapon permits be issued unless there is a compelling reason not to do so in 1987 when the State Legislature adopted the law reversing the "may issue" standard that still stands in nine states.
In 2005, the state enacted the nation's first "Stand Your Ground" law. In 2008, the Florida State Legislature passed a law over employers' objections to let workers store guns in their parked cars at work and, in 2011, it passed a law known as "Docs vs. Glocks" prohibiting physicians from asking patients if they own firearms.
Florida, where former NRA national president Marion Hammer is among the state's most influential lobbyists, has served as the introductory platform for innovative advances in gun-friendly legislation for decades, leaving gun control advocates in the dust. [ Read Full Post ]
Editor’s Note: Outdoor Life writers are on assignment in Branson, Missouri for Quality Deer Management Association’s first-ever Whitetail Summit. Over the next two days, we’ll be reporting from the numerous break-out sessions to give you the inside-scoop on the issues most critical to deer hunters. Check back regularly as we update this live blog.
Thursday, 1:30 PM: A Hunter’s Perspective of the North American Deer Summit
The majority of attendees at the North American Deer Summit had a professional stake in being there. State game biologists, industry manufactures, conservation organization leaders, outdoor media, and more make at least a portion of their living from work related to white-tailed deer. One group of attendees though, had no dog in the fight other than being deer hunters. Rob Muirhead was one of them.
Rob Muirhead is from Elm Creek, Neb., and he’s been deer hunting for 24 years. His uncle introduced to the sport that has become a life passion. He’s independently employed in the automotive paintless dent repair industry. Meaning, he fixes hail damage on vehicles. This profession allows him the flexibility to take deer hunting seriously. [ Read Full Post ]
Photo by Nathaniel Welch
These rods and reels are ideal for the following baits and techniques.
1. Weightless Plastics
The 7-foot 2-inch 13 Fishing Envy Green (medium power; 3⁄8- to 3⁄4-ounce baits; 8- to 17-pound-test) is made to throw weightless plastics on light lines a country mile. The spring guides work nicely on both clear lines and braid, while the soft tip imparts a killer twitch. [ Read Full Post ]
Angler Justin Hanold landed San Diego’s largest bass of the year Monday morning when he snagged a 17-pound largemouth by accident. Hanold was fishing Miramar Reservoir, one of San Diego’s prime bass fisheries, reports sdfish.com. Although Hanold is a successful tournament angler and operates his own guide service, he attributes his latest catch to pure “dumb luck.” [ Read Full Post ]
Twelve-year-old angler Lawson Boyte landed a spot in the record books when he pulled a fish from the Mississippi River that was larger than him. The Oak Grove, La., resident admits that catching the 114-pound catfish took more than just skill.
"It was more luck than it was skill to catch that big fish. I think the thing that done it was eating Vienna sausages,” he told KNOE 8 News.
Boyte’s fish was so large that it wouldn’t fit in a regular-sized freezer. Instead, it was held in a freezer at the concession stand at Oak Grove High School. [ Read Full Post ]
We are blessed to live in an era with such a profusion of AR-style rifles. Among the most fun to shoot are those chambered in .22 LR. They are also very useful tools to improve your AR handling and marksmanship skills at a fraction of the cost. (Yes, I know that rimfire ammo is still scarce, but that doesn’t change the fact that it is cheaper than centerfire .223 ammo and the shortage won’t last forever. At some point the shooters who are hoarding the stuff will find their stockpiles adequate and stores will once again be able to keep .22s on the shelf.)
Shooters have two options with respect to AR .22 trainers. One is to get a dedicated .22 LR rifle and the other is to purchase a rimfire upper for an existing AR lower. [ Read Full Post ]
An unidentified resident of the Boston suburb of Winchester says he saw a mountain lion in the Dunster Lane, Pepper Hill Drive neighborhood on Tuesday. Massachusetts Environmental Police responded to the claim and found paw prints that resemble those of a mountain lion at the scene. While many see this as proof of the sighting, the incident remains open to investigation.
Mountain lions have not been officially documented in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts since 1858. There have been numerous sightings since then but none have been confirmed. [ Read Full Post ]
There’s a good reason why animals hibernate: Winter is a lean season. For both man and beast, the colder air creates a huge drain on a body’s energy reserves. If you don’t have incoming calories or a massive fat reserve, you won’t make it through this season. This fact makes food procurement a much higher priority in a winter emergency than in a summer emergency. Compounding the issue, food gathering is often at its hardest in the winter. Many plant foods are hidden or non-existent, and the animals we would seek for game meat can be scarce. If you have to survive in the winter wilderness, look for these top foods. [ Read Full Post ]
A friend in New Hampshire, Mike Romano, emailed us this morning with a fascinating story and two intriguing photos. Here’s his tale:
“So Friday morning we woke up to several of our horse fences broken down and couldn't figure out what really happened to them until I saw the attached Saturday afternoon. I had 9 deer in my driveway on and off most of the day Saturday, but in the afternoon I saw they were on high alert, so I looked out my side window and saw this.” [ Read Full Post ]