May 9, 2008
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. [ Read Full Post ]
A vintage shot of Glen Eberle competing in the biathlon.
If you have limited time to watch the 2014 Sochi Olympic Games, do yourself a favor and skip the ski jumping and figure skating, and hold out for the biathlon, which starts on Feb. 8 and runs until the 22nd (see the full schedule here). There are a total of 11 biathlon events — five for men, five for women, and a mixed team relay. The cross country skiing aspect of the event is impressive, but tune in for the shooting — it will be some of the best you'll see for the next four years.
We sat down with Glen Eberle (pictured above), founder of Eberlestock and former biathlete, to gain an inside perspective on the sport. Eberle competed for the U.S. national team for eight years in the 80s and also competed in the 1980 Olympics in Lake Placid. Eberle worked to make guns lighter and was one of the competitors who ushered in a new era of biathlon that was faster paced and a lot more fun to watch. [ Read Full Post ]
After more than two decades of research and recovery efforts, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposed Tuesday to remove the Oregon chub from its threatened status under the Endangered Species Act. The three-inch minnow is endemic to the Willamette Valley of western Oregon where it now flourishes in floodplain habitats of sloughs and silty marshes. The chub is the first fish to ever make it off the Endangered Species List — without going extinct.
The ESA turned 40 years old in December and a great deal of criticism has been aimed its way over the last few decades. Just a few short years after its conception, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled the ESA was designed to halt and reverse species extinction “whatever the cost.” But some say that cost is too high. State and federal agencies spent more than $1.7 billion on threatened and endangered species in 2012 alone. Billions of dollars, habitat restrictions, and untold manpower stretching across four decades have recovered just 30 species. There are currently 1,519 threatened and endangered U.S. species on the list.
Historically the ESA has proven successful at arresting species teetering on the brink of extinction. It’s the recovery process that moves more slowly. Although 40 years is a short time to reverse centuries of human impact, at times the ESA list seems like a conservation black hole from which species rarely escape.
But this one tiny fish from Oregon is finally making it off the list. Here’s how. [ Read Full Post ]
When it comes to matches, waterproof ones are best, especially in dire circumstances like a flood. Since they're much more expensive than their pedestrian cousins, you might want to make your own.
Use the Candle Technique
Burn a candle long enough for a pool of wax to form around the wick. Blow it out, then dip the head of your match into the wet wax, about of an inch (3 mm) up the stick. Remove the matchstick and allow the wax to dry, pinching it closed to form a water-tight seal. [ Read Full Post ]
If you want to critique your shooting form or just post cool footage onto your YouTube page, Replay has two cameras that can help. The 1080 Mini and the Prime X have features have a handful of features that will make them well fit for the shooting world.
The cameras are super portable, they vibrate when turned on (so you won't have to stop and check to make sure its recording), and they come with a picatinny mount. The Mini version is a 5-megapixel camera and will retail for $199. The larger version is a 16-megapixel camera and has a 3.5-hour batter life. [ Read Full Post ]
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. [ Read Full Post ]
The Kawasaki Teryx has been a popular choice in the SxS market since its introduction back in 2008. For 2014, Kawasaki redesigned the original two-seater Teryx to roll on the same chassis as the Teryx4, a four-seater with a redesigned chassis, longer wheelbase, and enhanced creature comforts like Electronic Power Steering (EPS) that was released in 2012.
The 2014 Teryx is considered a sport/utility SxS rather than just targeting the pure sport, or pure utility market. Jumping into the sport/utility category of SxSs is risky business; mostly because the vehicle must be designed to perform two completely different tasks well: the suspension needs to be plush enough to pamper the passengers at slow speeds without running out of suspension travel at high speeds. After spending a considerable amount of time behind the wheel of the 2014 Teryx, Kawasaki has definitely gotten it right. And the Teryx is now more comfortable, capable, and competitive than ever before. [ Read Full Post ]
Illustration by Kevin Hand
There was a time when you could experience the morose howl of the coyote only in the most rural corners of America. Nowadays, coyotes have filled every imaginable ecological niche. How these predators make their living in close proximity to humans prompted two radio-tracking studies that had fascinating results: one in Rhode Island’s Narragansett Bay region, and a second by the Ohio State University under the direction of Professor Stanley Gehrt.
After plotting GPS tracking pings from multiple animals fitted with transmitters and meshing the data with scat samples and verified interactions, researchers have a very good idea of how these animals spend their days and nights. Here is the behavior of a representative individual coyote. [ Read Full Post ]
Could you survive at sea for a year, by yourself, in an open boat with no fishing gear? Last Friday, a strange tale of unlikely survival began to circulate. This story revolved around a man who was reportedly rescued after being adrift in the Pacific for more than a year, according to the AFP.
The man, who initially identified himself by the name Jose Ivan, was rescued by two locals last Thursday near Ebon Atoll. This tiny coral island is in the southernmost part of the Marshall Islands, roughly 8,000 miles from the purported beginning of this man’s journey from Mexico. During his debriefing with local officials, he admitted that his name was Jose Salvador Albarengo, and he began his shark fishing voyage with another man, a teenager known by the name of Xiquel. After strong weather blew their 24-foot fiberglass boat off course, they were soon lost in the Pacific. Albarengo claimed that the teen had starved to death after only a few weeks, refusing to eat the raw birds and other food they were catching. [ Read Full Post ]
The 2014 SHOT Show offered something for every outdoor enthusiast on the planet. Take for example the new knives and cutting instruments unveiled in Vegas. While many were tailored to anglers and hunters, others addressed the needs of survivalists, and still others whetted the appetites of law enforcement and military professionals. Regardless of the need, these cutting edge blades are sure to fit the bill.
This year Buck Knives celebrates the 50th anniversary of the 110 Folding Hunter, available in a plain or finger-grooved Macassar Ebony Dymondwood handle. First introduced by Al Buck in 1964, today it is one of the most imitated and recognizable knives on the market. [ Read Full Post ]
Walking through deep snow is tough work that will drain you of crucial energy. These snowshoes will help you glide across—not plow through—the snow's surface.
Start by cutting two pine boughs with ample foliage to about 3 feet (1 m) long.
Tie a string near the base of the branch, where you cut it. Then flip the branch over and tie an overhand knot on the opposite side. [ Read Full Post ]
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EDITOR’S NOTE: There are few things as polarizing — or as important — in whitetail management than harvest reporting. Two Outdwoor Life editors take different perspectives on the topic. Who do you agree with? Let us know in the Comments section below. [ Read Full Post ]
These spearfishermen got a little more excitement than they bargained for when a tiger shark began to stalk them on one of their dives. They were fishing in the Coral Sea of Australia, according to the YouTube video, which was posted last month. These guys definitely kept their cool, except for the one high-pitched scream in the middle of the video.
Luckily, both the divers and the shark escaped the encounter unscathed.
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Since a good bug out bag is supposed to provide the most basic needs of its owner and reflect the most likely emergency scenarios, it should be modified throughout the year to match the current season. Just as your sleeping bag and clothing choices change from summer excursions to winter campouts, so should the contents of your bug out bag. If you’re forward thinking enough to own a B.O.B., then consider altering it in these three areas for the dead of winter. [ Read Full Post ]
Here's a good example of why hunting for deer and turkeys should be allowed around urban areas. This video shows a flock of turkeys flushing over what appears to be a dorm or apartment building. One of the birds doesn't fly quite high enough. [ Read Full Post ]