May 9, 2008
Richard Galloway landed this monster rainbow trout while fishing the Clearwater River in Idaho in early March.
Galloway took some photos and measurements of the fish before releasing it as required by state law. The fish measured 36 inches in length and had a girth of 28 inches, according to the Idaho State Journal.
“I think I had it on my line for 15 to 20 minutes. I was using 15-pound test, so I kind of horsed it in a little,” Galloway told the paper. “I thought it was a steelhead.” [ Read Full Post ]
The business world measures Return on Investment (ROI) by its impact on the bottom line. According to a new report titled "More Habitat Means More Fish," investment in the great outdoors is about much more than dollars and cents – notwithstanding the undeniably strong economic benefits.
Released May 7, the report compiled by Restore America's Estuaries (RAE) and the American Sportfishing Association (ASA) and co-authored with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) states that investing in U.S. coastlines and estuaries leads to healthy habitat and strong fisheries. Such investments, driven by the more than $1 billion that anglers contribute through state fishing license fees and taxes on fishing equipment, bear significant impact on the businesses and industries that rely on healthy fisheries. [ Read Full Post ]
A Suburban-sized, heavily toothed carcass - believed by many to be that of a sea monster or some horrifying species unknown to science - has tentatively been identified as a rotting killer whale.
The 30-foot long body washed ashore on the Bay of Plenty in New Zealand last week. Immediately, beachcombers began asking, “What is this thing?” [ Read Full Post ]
If submissions to this year’s riflescope test are any indication, the confluence of the tactical and the sporting may finally be slowing. For the first time in several years, the number of scopes in the field designed mainly for hunting exceeded those configured specifically for shooting. [ Read Full Post ]
Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder on Wednesday blocked efforts by animal activist groups seeking a statewide vote on a 2012 law that allows wolf hunting. The 2012 law that gives the Michigan Natural Resources Commission the power to designate species as game animals was given final authorization by the state senate on Tuesday.
Prior to this legislation, the responsibility of wolf management decisions fell on the backs of lawmakers. The MNRS plans to list wolves as a game animal for selected hunts in the Upper Peninsula areas today. The Governor is all for this. [ Read Full Post ]
Our optics test reveals subtle differences in quality and performance by applying both scientific analysis and subjective evaluation. The final score is based equally on both parts of the test. On the analytical side, we measure each optic’s resolution, or ability to see vanishingly small detail, using the gold standard of optics testing: a 1951 Air Force Resolution Target.
Because ours is a test of hunting optics, and we hunters rely most on our optics at dawn and twilight, the second half of the empirical score is based on low-light performance.
For this test, we plant one tester in an open field 100 yards (200 yards for spotting scopes) from our blacked-out house as darkness falls and have him slowly turn a wheel marked with contrasting black and white lines. Another tester looks at the wheel through the optics, and we record the time when the viewer can no longer discern the direction of the wheel’s lines. The longer an optic can “see” into the dark, the higher its score. [ Read Full Post ]
Once upon a time men were made of sterner stuff. They hunted in wool, used iron sights and, by god, they hit what they aimed at. Handwarmers? Rangerfinders? Optical magnification? A second shot? Please.
And, they had superior gun handling skills, as this photo plainly shows. This paragon of manhood not only keeps three rifles in the air, but does so with bayonets fixed and with a saber on his hip. Is he biting his lip anxiously or dripping with sweat while worrying about taking one of those blades through his rib cage? Hell no. He’s cool as the flip side of a pillow.
So the next time you’re struggling with your dry fire practice because you can’t keep your reticle from wobbling around like a soused bridesmaid at a wedding, think about this guy. Then take a deep breath, put on your big-boy pants and keep that reticle as still as a spider sitting in the middle of its web. [ Read Full Post ]
We recently asked readers to post photos of their hunting or fishing camp on Instagram with the hash tag #olcampcontest. We sorted through dozens of great entries and chose the photo above, submitted by @andybidz, as the winner. It's got it all: rustic charm, hunting buddies, and a big ol' gobbler. For submitting the winning photo, @andybidz will receive a Husqvarna 440e chainsaw. [ Read Full Post ]
A tragic tale comes to us from Arizona this week, where a man was found dead Monday evening, still hanging in his climbing harness on a mountain south of Tucson. He had apparently been attacked by bees while rock climbing and stung hundreds of times, according to authorities.
Steven Wallace Johnson, 55, of Tucson, had been rappelling from a cliff on Mount Hopkins. He was an experienced hiker and climber who had gone to the mountain on Friday, said Lt. Raoul Rodriguez of the Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Department. Johnson's dog was also attacked by the bees, and was found dead on top of the ridge from which Johnson was rappelling, Rodriguez said. The Pima County Medical Examiner's Office will conduct an autopsy to determine the cause of Johnson’s death, and determine whether it was a fall or the bees that killed him. [ Read Full Post ]
Each year, we round up photos of the country's biggest bucks and most thrilling hunting stories for the Outdoor Life Deer of the Year contest. Now, we're calling on you to help us pick America's best buck. We started off with 24 finalists, and we're now down to eight. The overall winner will be awarded a Cabela's gift card and a Weaver range finder in addition to eternal bragging rights. Select your favorite buck from each match-up and then hit the submit button at the bottom to enter your votes.
Oh great. Another bass species I’ll have trouble catching...
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission scientists have announced the discovery of a new bass species. The Choctaw bass first caught the attention of anglers and scientists in 2007 when the fish was pulled from the Chipola River. [ Read Full Post ]
Last week, I had the pleasure of being a guest in the home of a truly fascinating person and a master at his craft. Rod Morey is a locally renowned herbalist and knife maker in the Virginia panhandle, and he was gracious enough to spend a day with me to share some of his wild medicinal plant secrets.
I have long been a dabbler in medicinal plants, curing bee stings with plantain leaf and mending scratches with yarrow. But my focus has always been plants that can be used to make a friction fire and good-tasting wild plants. I had always steered away from deeper studies in medicinal plants because there was so much bothersome stuff associated with the trade. [ Read Full Post ]
David Lewis, 35, is a college librarian who lives in Amherst, N.Y., not far from Buffalo. He is a licensed pistol-owner who enjoys target-shooting. He has no criminal record and has never issued threats or done anything that would cause concern about his access to a firearm.
Although there is no evidence of any mental instability, for a short time, Lewis was taking anti-anxiety medicine. And that, apparently, was enough for anti-gun zealots in Erie County to use New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s newly adopted SAFE Act to pull his pistol permit and demand his firearms be confiscated.
New York's gun control measure adopted in January includes a provision requiring mental health professionals to alert authorities when a gun owner might be a danger to himself/herself and others. [ Read Full Post ]
Check out this awesome clip posted on Youtube by Ben Biber on May 4. There was no information included with the video, but the footage speaks for itself. [ Read Full Post ]
Timothy Beck took this outrageous buck last fall in Indiana. The deer was officially accepted by the Boone & Crockett Club earlier this year with a net score of 305 7/8 inches. It's the fourth largest nontypical in history and one of only five bucks to break the 300-inch mark. "This is one of those deer that come along so rarely, it makes you pause and marvel at the wonders of nature and modern conservation," Richard Hale, chairman of the B&C's records committee, said in a press release.
To celebrate this incredible whitetail, B&C rounded up the only 5 whitetail bucks that boast more than 300 inches of antler. [ Read Full Post ]