May 9, 2008
Michael Foor has fished Michigan’s Grand River for the better part of two decades, so when he felt the weight on his line one evening last week, he could tell it was something big.
The Plainfield resident was fishing near a bridge in Grand Rapids when he boated the first part of his unusual catch.
Later that evening, with the aid of divers from the Grand Rapids Police Department and a truck with a powerful winch, the remainder of Foor’s catch was eventually hauled ashore.
Even though he chose not to officially weigh or measure his catch, Foor was confident that the sludge-covered, burned-out 1989 Dodge Omni will rank up there as the biggest thing he’s ever hooked.
We predict that Foor’s unpretentious comments, appearing in the Grand Rapids Press, will not soon be forgotten by the News Hound faithful.
“I’ve caught a lot of stuff in this river,” he said, “but I ain’t never caught a car.”
Well, now you have, Mr. Foor. Now you have. [ Read Full Post ]
A Canadian soccer coach used some fancy foot and body maneuvers to prevent a potentially fatal mountain lion attack on a young boy in the British Columbia backcountry last week.
Colton Reeb, 12, was camping with a friend and her family at their summer residence northeast of Kamloops when the attack occurred. Authorities said the big cat apparently ambushed the youngster as he walked to the outhouse one evening last week.
Responding to the boy’s screams for help, Mark Patterson, 45, found the mountain lion in unmistakable attack mode, clawing at the youngster’s chest and biting his head.
“I’m a soccer player and I kicked the cougar in the head five times and it didn’t flinch, so I grabbed him by the throat and squeezed as hard as I could and he finally let go,” Patterson later told the Calgary Sun newspaper.
With the boy free from the lion’s grip, the stout 5-foot-6, 210-pound Patterson confronted the hissing attacker with his bare hands.
“I growled back at him and said ‘I’m ready to go!’” said Patterson.
After less than a minute of hand-to-paw combat, the cougar retreated into the... [ Read Full Post ]
Ambitious legislation introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives this week is aimed at reducing the increasingly high costs associated with non-resident big game hunting permits on federally owned lands located primarily in the Western U.S.
On Tuesday, Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-CA) announced his introduction and sponsorship of the Teddy Roosevelt Bring Back our Public Lands Act, a bill that would limit the amount states could charge those from other states who hunt big game exclusively on U.S. Forest Service or Bureau of Land Management lands.
Congressman Hunter—who is also an announced candidate for President on the GOP ticket--is an avid deer and elk hunter. He said he believes the inflating cost of elk and deer-hunting tags to out-of-state hunters is a direct affront to the average American who would like to hunt big game on public land in the West.
“Today, bureaucracies in state governments are closing down the outdoor opportunities for average Americans,” Hunter said “They are slamming the door on outdoor families the old fashioned way: with outrageous fees for non-resident hunters, even when the hunting is done exclusively on federal land.”
Hunter cited non-resident... [ Read Full Post ]
This has absolutely nothing to do with turkey hunting, but some things are just so, well, off-the-wall, they have to be shared...Armless Man Gets 5 Years for Driving By Associated Press
NEW PORT RICHEY, Fla. - A man with no arms and one leg who wouldn't stop driving despite a long list of traffic violations was sentenced to five years in prison Friday on felony driving and drug charges...
...Wiley taught himself to drive after losing both arms and a leg in an electrical accident when he was 13. He has already spent more than three years in prison for habitually driving without a license, kicking a state trooper and other charges.
There’s a gang of terrific new 2008 fishing tackle coming. Some of it will even be available late this season and some of it is ready now. Periodically I’ll be reporting on some items that caught my attention at the recent tackle trade show; stuff I think that answers a real need and that I think you’re going to like.
PERFORMANCE YOUTH TACKLE
When kids start outgrowing start-up Pirates-of-the-Caribbean, Barbie, Batman spincast rods/reels, what do you get them? One good choice would be the new Advanced Youth Systems (AVS) combos that Zebco/Quantum teamed up to create. The transitional outfits target two age groups: 6-10 and 9-14. The AVS v1.0 rigs for the younger group include spincast, spinning and triggerspin (the reel hangs under the rod and a trigger controls the freespool) models. The latter reel is fitted onto a 4-foot, 8-inch two-piece rod, while the spin and spincast reels are on 5-foot, 4-inch two-piece rods. AVS v2.0 for the older kids includes two spinning reel sizes on appropriate 5-foot, 8-inch or 6-foot, 2-inch medium-light rods. There are two baitcast... [ Read Full Post ]
Call it the Outdoor News Hound extreme kayaking trifecta.
Some weeks back I covered the story of a Florida kayaker whose craft was bumped by a huge hammerhead shark. Last week there was the wild tale of a great white shark that chomped on a California angler’s kayak.
Now here’s one out of northern British Columbia, where a hunger-crazed wolf attacked a long-distance kayaker on a remote beach earlier this month.
The unnamed paddler told wildlife authorities he used his bare hands to fight off the attacking wolf for a few long minutes, suffering multiple bites to his leg and hands as he fought to pry its jaws apart and put it in a headlock. He eventually was able to drag himself and the wolf to his boat, where he retrieved a 4-inch knife and began repeatedly stabbing the animal until it was near death.
British Columbia wildlife authorities said there was no doubt about the wolf’s intentions.
“This was a predatory wolf attack,” conservation officer James Zucchelli told the Vancouver Sun newspaper. “That fellow was perceived as a prey source. He was attacked with... [ Read Full Post ]
The massive online commerce Web site eBay has announced it is expanding its restrictions for the listing of gun-related items to include “any firearm part that is required for the firing of a gun,” effective mid-August.
The move is in apparent reaction to the shooting tragedy that occurred at Virginia Tech earlier this year, after it was revealed that some of the items used by the killer might have been acquired on eBay.
In an announcement posted on eBay this past Monday, Matt Halprin, eBay’s Vice-President of Trust & Safety, revealed that restricted items will include "bullet tips, brass casings and shells, barrels, slides, cylinders, magazines, firing pins and trigger assemblies."
Specifically citing the Virginia Tech shooting rampage, Halprin wrote that eBay executives determined that the policy change was “the right thing to do.”
Though the popular Web site has never been known as being particularly “gun-friendly,” it was considered by many to be a good source of firearm replacement parts, magazines, accessories and hard-to-find items necessary for gun repair.
It’s a shame the eBay corporate suits and lawyers can’t see beyond their own apparent firearm prejudice... [ Read Full Post ]
Swordfish are among the toughest big game fish to swim as young Rachel Olander just found out. She was soaking a dead mackerel on a circle hook 60 feet down over a 1,200-foot drop called “The Spur” off Destin, Fla., when the big fish ate. An hour into the fight the fish finally showed itself confirming Capt. Donnie Brown’s early comment that this fish had definite shoulders. “I didn’t realize just how big it really was,” Brown said.
Rachel is a fit marathon runner. Still, the fight was epic. The fish was hooked at 3:30 am. It finally came to gaff 7-1/2 hours later at 11:00am.
Donnie Brown raced his 55-foot Hetteras See Ya back to Destin’s Harbor Walk Marina where it pulled the scale down to 363 lbs. before an awe-struck crowd.
Angler Rachel is the daughter of Doug Olander, editor of Sport Fishing, part of Outdoor Life’s magazine family. Her fish was taken on a Daiwa Saltiga rod fitted to a Daiwa MP 3000 Power Assist Reel spooled with 150-lb. Daiwa Dendoh Braid. Although the reel has automatic winching... [ Read Full Post ]
Those of us who spend much time in the field with hunting dogs often find ourselves in awe of the canine olfactory prowess. But even the best tracking dog’s nose doesn’t come close to the sniffing ability of grizzly bears, says a former pioneering neurosurgeon who today specializes in bruin physiology.
Dr. George Stevenson, a retired neurosurgeon who now hails from Jackson Hole, Wyo. has been studying the brains of grizzly bears for the past several years, publishing papers and presenting seminars on the bruin’s incredible sense of smell.
When it comes to sniffing things, bears are simply the best, Dr. Stevenson says.
“These bears are amazing creatures,” Stevenson told the Missoulian newspaper. “I believe they have the most impressive olfactory system of any animal on the planet. Their nose is the very best.”
Just how good is a bear’s sense of smell?
Considering that the average dog’s nose is 100 times more sensitive than a human’s, and the very best dog may have a sense of smell 300 times greater than man—a grizzly’s sniffer is at least 7 times more powerful than the best hound, according to Stevenson.
“It’s how... [ Read Full Post ]
A ZONER saw this buck on the Hunter’s Specialties website and bought it to my attention.
I checked it out and saw that Bruce Thompson shot the massive 8-pointer (with his bow) in Highland County, Ohio last fall. It grossed 180 2/8 and netted 174 5/8.
“This buck came running to the True Talker grunt call,” said Bruce. (The best advertisement the product ever got.)
Anyhow, this is one amazing animal. By my calculations it is only one of 35 typical 8-pointers ever to net 170” Boone and Crockett. The biggest 4x4 of all-time netted 180 3/8”; it was killed by a rifle hunter in South Dakota back in 1965. Only a few inches bigger than Bruce's buck!
Many of the big-time trophy hunters I know believe a clean, giant 8-pointer is the ultimate whitetail that walks the woods. One more look at Bruce’s titan and I find it hard to disagree. Check out those long beams and G-2s! Super mass too.
BTW, if you see if a thick-racked 8-pointer that will score 130" and up this fall, shoot it man! That is... [ Read Full Post ]
I pulled this excerpt from a Reuters story at yahoo news:
…conservationists are concerned that a planned border security fence to stem illegal immigration from Mexico could cut this delicate area up even more and possibly remove the corridor of vital riverbank habitat that remains.
Scientists for the Wildlife Conservation Society (and other greenie-weenie groups based in New York, Chicago and other cities I am sure) fret that a fence/wall built along our southern border would restrict and/or isolate some animals and put species like the ocelot (wild cat) and several birds and butterflies at risk of local extinction.
Birds and butterflies? I thought they could fly a wall, and I thought most of them thrived in the edges of new, cut habitats. But I’m just a redneck hunter, what do I know?
I can confirm what U.S. Border Agents say, that the illegals are trashing the environment down there. When I hunt the West Texas plains (that's a wide-open Mexico... [ Read Full Post ]
Regular readers know how much we appreciate a good dog story here at the Outdoor News Hound. Here’s one about an outfitter’s dog that traversed nearly 100 miles of some of North America’s toughest terrain—while forest fires burned around him—to return home safely last week.
Bandit, a 4-year old Australian shepherd/border collie mix, was unintentionally left behind by his owners, Tucker and Amy Mills, after they loaded their 26 head of stock, numerous tourists, assorted tack and gear following an abbreviated pack trip into Montana’s Bob Marshall Wilderness on Friday. The Millses opted to cut the multi-day wilderness trip short after they received word that a wildfire had blown up behind them, cutting off the regular return route to their Augusta ranch.
In the mayhem of horses, trailers and trucks, Bandit went missing.
“He must have gotten confused with all the vehicles,” Amy Mills later told the Helena Independent newspaper. “Or maybe he went to take a nap in the shade and just missed the ride.”
The Millses contacted the nearest ranger station and told them about Bandit, but they realistically doubted they’d see him again.
Then, on Saturday... [ Read Full Post ]
“There is much confusion in the world today concerning creeks and cricks. Many otherwise well-informed people live out their lives under the impression that a crick is a creek mispronounced. Nothing could be farther from the truth. A crick is a distinctly separate entity from a creek, and it should be recognized as such. After all, a creek is merely a creek, but a crick is a crick.”
“How to Fish a Crick”
A Fine and Pleasant Misery, 1978 [ Read Full Post ]
Those of you who spend much time around guides and outfitters know that from time to time, a small fib or a slightly embellished hunting story may pass through their lips. That’s why if I’d heard from my old buddy Larry Amos—a Colorado outfitter for a quarter century—that one of his pack mules had given birth, I would have just chalked it up as another of his whopper tales.
That’s before I saw the story in today’s Denver Post.
Sure enough, a mule belonging to Amos, who operates Winterhawk Outfitters near Colbran, Colo., achieved a genetic impossibility and baffled scientists three months ago when it gave birth to a foal. Subsequent genetic testing has confirmed that Kate the pack mule is indeed the mother of the yet-unnamed youngster.
Here’s today’s News Hound science lesson: As a hybrid of two species--a female horse and a male donkey—mules have an odd number of chromosomes, rendering them sterile. A horse has 64 chromosomes and a donkey has 62. A mule inherits 63. An even number of chromosomes is needed to divide into pairs for reproduction to take place.... [ Read Full Post ]