May 9, 2008
Yesterday FLW Outdoors announced the launch of their new fantasy fishing game (fantasyfishing.com), and as touted it will be the "largest-ever guaranteed cash and prize payout in the history of fantasy sports."
Grand prize for being at the top of the fantasy fishing leaderboard after all seven events is a whopping $1,000,000! That's for picking 10 pro anglers to a roster at each event and hoping you have more guys standing on the podium (as close to the correct order as possible) at the end of the tournament than anybody else. Additionally, big prizes will be given out at each tour stop: $100,000 cash, Chevy trucks, Ranger boats, Yamaha ATVs and PWCs, Wal-Mart gift cards and more. In total the prize purse exceeds $1.7 million. That's some serious cash for any fantasy game. Just think about it: you have a chance to win big cash, a truck and a boat; not just once, but seven times! And for doing nothing but picking 10 dudes to a team!
The game's scoring system is based on several factors, the most important being the... [ Read Full Post ]
Like a million or more other middle-aged American men, when I was a five-year-old kid growing up in the 1950s, one of my most prized possessions was a coonskin cap, the kind worn by TV icon and "King of the Wild Frontier," Davy Crockett.
Back then, growing up in rural in southern Illinois, I was restricted to stalking big game and bad guys with cap pistols in my backyard, while singing the refrain from the popular show starring Fess Parker.
Born on a mountaintop in Tennessee; Greenest state in the Land of the Free; Raised in the woods so's he knew every tree; Killed him a bear when he was only three. Davy, Davy Crockett, King of the Wild Frontier!
So went the legend of the frontiersman, soldier and statesman who died at the Battle of the Alamo in 1835.
Now the legend of Crockett lives on, at least the bear-hunting part, thanks to kindergartener Tre Merritt, a true blood-descendant of Crockett. With the help of his grandfather this past weekend in Arkansas, the youngster "killed him a bear" --and he was only 5!
Take that,... [ Read Full Post ]
Hey Mike: Here's a picture of a monster taken by bow near Shawno, WI. This guy was hunting near the Menominee Indian Reservation. The reservation is the size of an average county and hunting is only open to tribe members. Many of the residents do not hunt so bucks can live to a ripe old age. Enjoy, Jason.
I am starting to believe that you ZONERS are sending me these drop-tine monsters to make me feel lousy, inept and emasculated, LOL!
Hell of a buck, once you get past the drop check out that beam palmation. [ Read Full Post ]
In its final proposal to reduce a problematic elk population in Colorado’s Rocky Mountain National Park announced this morning, the park service stopped short of opening a hunt to the general public, as was hoped by many hunters’ groups and some supportive legislators.
Under the U.S. Park Service plan, park personnel, authorized agents, private contractors and “qualified volunteers” selected and managed by park service officials may take 100 to 200 elk per year.
The proposal is a significantly reduced version of an earlier draft plan that called for culling up to 700 elk a year to bring the burgeoning elk numbers down more rapidly.
In addition to the culling plan, the Rocky Mountain News reports that park workers will install additional fencing around willow and aspen stands and use “aversion” techniques, such as rubber bullets or loud noises, to keep elk away from certain areas.
Despite the exclusion of hunters from the plan per se, hunting advocacy group Safari Club International announced in a press release today that the NPS decision to allow “qualified volunteers” as agents to help park personnel cull excessive elk herds is “a tremendous step... [ Read Full Post ]
Here’s a tale you may likely see in an upcoming Outdoor Life “This Happened to Me” feature.
Bill Carney was seated inside his camouflage pop-up hunting blind when a large whitetail doe appeared in a hollow about 60 yards away. The 59-year-old Sissonville, West Virginia resident calmly took aim, took a deep breath, and slowly squeezed the trigger on his rifle.
Seconds later, the deer, which had obviously taken a bullet, veered to its left. Carney assumed that in a moment, it would be over.
Up until then, everything seemed to be going according to plan.
That’s when the deer turned again and started running full bore—directly at Carney and his fabric hideout.
At first, he thought the oncoming deer would surely change course before reaching him.
“I thought it was going to go right on by me,” the hunter later told the Charleston Daily Mail newspaper.
But alas, Carney’s earlier good fortune had suddenly taken a sour turn, and the wounded, bloodied deer plowed headlong into the blind--knocking the hunter inside for a loop.
“It hit... [ Read Full Post ]
"As far a you are concerned, it makes no difference how many people have been attacked by bears; perhaps in one locality there may have been no record of any such attack. Yet keep in mind that you may establish the record."
Hunter's Choice, 1946 [ Read Full Post ]
Mike: On November 24, 2007, my hunting buddy Todd Allen and I finally worked our way from my farm in Northwest Ohio to my cabin in Meigs County in Southeastern Ohio. Deer gun season is always a special time for me. The crops are off, the machinery is put away and it is time to play.
Following a great meal at the cabin on Sunday evening, I settled in on the couch to watch the news, the weather forecast in particular. Opening day was not going to be pleasant, with a forecast of 100% rain.
I reached over and grabbed a book, Outdoor Life’s Trophy Whitetails. I had read this book before and would recommend it to any serious hunter. On this cold and rainy evening, I leafed through the pages to the chapter “Racks in the Rain.” After re-reading it, I was ready to call it a night and rest up for the big day.
Monday morning came early. Fog lay in the ravines and low-lying areas; the downpours settled into a hard, steady rain. At 9:00 a.m. I had... [ Read Full Post ]
For the past seven years, the holiday display depicting an armed Santa Claus stalking his most famous reindeer has become something of a Christmas tradition in a small Bossier Parish, Louisiana community.
The man behind the festive decorations says it’s all in good fun, despite some of the criticism he receives every December.
Instead of the twinkling lights and inflatable snowmen found on neighboring lawns in the small town of Princeton, Matthew Caillouet has opted for a something with more of a sporting theme.
“It came up just kind of as a joke, trying to do something Christmassy without the lights, just do something random. Totally different,” Caillouet says.
A life-sized wooden Santa figure appears to be aiming a rifle in the direction of the red-nosed Rudolph—leading viewers to assume that the unsuspecting ungulate is about to become venison.
“You either love it or you hate it. I’ve had people say they were going to tear it down. Others say they’ll fight to keep it up,” Caillouet told a local television station.
Caillouet admitted that even his own family was divided over the display, saying they thought the shooting... [ Read Full Post ]
I WAS HUNTING WITH SOME GOOD FRIENDS THAT AFTERNOON WHEN A DOE CAME BY. FIVE MINUTES LATER THIS MONSTER WALKED UNDER MY STAND. I SHOT HIM AT 2 STEPS! THE BUCK ONLY WENT ABOUT 50 YARDS BEFORE GOING DOWN.
I KNEW THE RACK WAS WIDE, BUT I REALLY HAD NO IDEA HOW BIG HE WAS UNTIL WE FOUND HIM, AND I SAW THE EXCITEMENT ON MY BUDDY RICH'S FACE.
THE DEER IS A MAIN-FRAME 10-POINT WITH 21 TOTAL POINTS; 20 1/2" INSIDE SPREAD.
ONE BROW TINE IS APPROXIMATELY 10" LONG AND PALMATED, WITH 6 POINTS ON TOP. THE OTHER SIDE IS A SPLIT BROW ALSO ABOUT 10" LONG. BEFORE DRYING, THE RACK ROUGH SCORED ABOUT 195". THANKS, TROYCE from LOUISIANA
One of the coolest giants of 2007, you will never see more amazing brows!
A 2-yard bowshot sounds like cake, but you’re aiming straight down and have a weird, skinny view of a buck’s vitals in the peep. You’ve got to stay calm... [ Read Full Post ]
Been in a gun shop lately? How was the customer service?
I ask because customer service is a fast-disappearing aspect of the American retail experience. Here’s an example: a friend interested in a new deer rifle walks into a store where he encounters two salesmen engaged in conversation with a customer. As my buddy politely waits his turn, he realizes the “customer” is a friend of the countermen, and the “transaction” in front of him is merely an extended bull session. He leaves without receiving any acknowledgement whatsoever from the staff.
“How does a store like that stay in business?” he asked me.
My pet peeve—besides not being greeted by the staff—is to walk into a poorly lit retail operation and realize the shelves haven’t been dusted since the end of the Bronze Age.
I’m not alone in this assessment.
Miles Hall, owner of H&H Gun Range & Shooting Sports Outlet in Oklahoma City, says, “Frankly, a lot of gun stores are dark, depressing and intimidating.”
Hall, who is an enterprising fellow, realized that to attract the next generation of shooters his store needed to appeal to the younger shooter’s sense of style. So he looked at how the stores at his local... [ Read Full Post ]
Do you feel confident with your GPS skills in the fields and mountains? For your sake, we hope you're more proficient than the man who oversees the New Mexico Game and Fish Department.
In mid-November, New Mexico Game and Fish conservation officers performed decidedly uncomfortable field duty when they stopped and cited their boss, department director Bruce Thompson, for illegal hunting and illegal possession of a mule deer. Thompson allegedly killed the deer on private land without the landowner's permission, according to a news release from the department.
Claiming he made an honest mistake, Director Thompson said he misread the coordinates on his GPS unit and thought he was hunting on public land--instead of a neighboring private ranch.
Investigators determined based on evidence and witness accounts that both misdemeanors were committed unintentionally. However, New Mexico law does not make allowances for lack of intent.
"I have cooperated with the investigation and I will accept the consequences of my honest mistake," Thompson said in a department-issue press release. "I apparently used an incorrect entry in my GPS unit while conducting my hunt, but that is no excuse, and... [ Read Full Post ]
For the indecisive gun owner life is about to get more complicated. The number of cartridges in the short fat magnum category continues to grow like mushrooms in a cave. Witness the latest cartridges to sprout from the partnership between Sturm Ruger and Hornady ammunition.
On the heels of last year’s .375 Ruger, a standard-length cartridge that delivers .375 H&H performance, we now have the .30 and .338 RCMS—short for Ruger Compact Magnums—built on the .375 Ruger case.
Both cartridges have intriguing characteristics, but the .338 RCM is particularly interesting. It is going to go head-to-head with the .338 Federal, which was unveiled at the 2006 SHOT Show, and which has carved out a niche among its devotees as a versatile all-around big game cartridge. One criticism of the .338 Fed., however, is the relatively light weight of the bullets offered. The heaviest current load is a 210-gr. Nosler Partition, a wonderful bullet to be sure, but not in the class of the 225- and 250-grain bullets many fans of the .338 Win. Mag. swear by. [ Read Full Post ]
As a child, John discovered his great-grandfather Samuel Marsh’s rifle in the attic of his family’s home place. The rifle, originally a .31-caliber percussion action, was built in 1850 near Lexington, SC by a gunsmith named Elijah Hall.
Although it would be politically incorrect today, John remembers playing cowboys and Indians with the old and obviously unloaded gun as a boy. This resulted in a damaged rifle that would wait many years for attention.
Realizing later on in life that he had something of great personal value, John set out to fix what he had broken. He sent the rifle’s barrel to West Virginia to have it re-bored and re-rifled. Another stop in a Pennsylvania shop got the action in order. Now a .45-caliber, the rifle was ready for its next season.
No doubt Samuel hunted with the gun in the 1800s; and John’s uncles... [ Read Full Post ]
An interesting bit of information crossed my desk yesterday from, of all publications, the New York Times. The Times isn’t exactly the bastion of conservative journalism, so I was pleasantly surprised when I saw their report on the ever-growing problem we’re facing with exploding whitetail populations.
It comes as no surprise to those of us who live in the burbs and regularly hear stories about collisions with deer that the Times quotes the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, which reports: “there are about 1.5 million deer-vehicle collisions each year.” The result? People who might have been anti-hunting are beginning to change their attitude because the collateral damage deer are doing to their cars (not to mention their yards) is hitting them right in the pocketbook. (My neighbor hit a beautiful 5x5 last year at night—right in the heart of the rut. Total damage to their Cherokee was over $5,000.)
Use of firearms for hunting is strictly prohibited where I live, but a strong case can be made for a controlled bow hunt. Now, if I can just convince the city council…
-Todd Smith [ Read Full Post ]
You’ve likely seen airport baggage handlers and ground crews wearing safety vests and hearing protection while engaged in their work, but at Pittsburgh International, personnel who spend time on the tarmac might want to consider adding blaze orange jackets and bright caps to their attire.
That’s because Pennsylvania wildlife authorities say that an increase in illegal hunting on the 9,000-acre fenced facility has the potential to pose a significant danger to planes and personnel at PIA.
A spokesman for the Pennsylvania Game Commission told the Allegheny Times this week that trespassers who brazenly enter the airport compound in pursuit of deer are a growing problem for safety officers there.
Why the airport, when there’s plenty of wild hunting land available in the Keystone State?
Easy answer: Craig Swope, district supervisor for the USDA Wildlife Services Division, said there are hundreds, if not thousands of whitetail roaming the sprawling facility.
“There are certainly some very nice bucks in there—bucks of a lifetime—and many have never been hunted before,” Swope said “It’s not uncommon to see 40 or 50 together in a two-acre field. That’s not normal, and for some, hunting there... [ Read Full Post ]