May 9, 2008
I have often wondered what the world was like before the days of the electronic media release.
I suspect there was much of the same with one difference: The barrage of releases cluttered up actual mailboxes instead of those of the virtual variety.
That said, there are times when one of those releases contains information I'm actually interested in. One such release made its way to my inbox from New York City (of all places).
The release highlighted New York Governor Andrew Cuomo's list of proposed projects designed to increase and improve public access. But the item that caught my eye might not be the one that you’d expect. [ Read Full Post ]
While the Surgeon General of the United States does not craft policy, impose regulations or pass laws, as "The Nation's Doctor," he or she certainly has a pulpit in the spotlight.
Which is why Second Amendment advocates are concerned with President Obama's nomination of Dr. Vivek Hallegere Murthy -- a 38-year-old British native and ardent gun-control zealot -- to become the 19th Surgeon General of the U.S.
Obama made the nomination last November. Since then, Murthy's appointment had been delayed in Senate confirmation hearings. In February, however, the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee voted 13-9 to send Murthy’s nomination to the Senate. But, as many as 10 Democrats are ready to join Republicans in opposing it on the floor. [ Read Full Post ]
Eliminating body odor is a major priority for deer hunters. Hundreds of products out there are designed to deodorize your camo and remove smelly traces from your gear. Scent-free science has helped hunters for years, and now it turns out we’re not the only ones benefiting from the technology. Researchers revealed yesterday at an American Chemical Society meeting that research for scent-eliminating technology could be used to help develop a life-saving device for diabetes patients. [ Read Full Post ]
Photos by Ralph Smith
A select few baits have souls—personalities that defy their production. Why one chunk of plastic or wood outperforms the next is curious, to say the least. But these six specific lures have become favorites because they catch fish when nothing else can, to hell with explanation. Beneath the teeth marks and battle scars you can sense their desire to be in the water, looking to add to their legend. [ Read Full Post ]
We’ve all been in the wrong place at the wrong time. But what happens when you have the wrong gear at the wrong time? This is where a few creative survival hacks can save the day. In the modern vernacular, hacks are alternative plans, utilizing materials at hand, to get a job done. They are usually smart, expedient, and easy to perform. Here, we’ll examine a few hacks that will come in handy on a hunt, in your camp, or, God-forbid, during a survival situation. And if you still find yourself trying to pound a square peg into a round hole, just ask yourself, “WWMD?”—What would MacGyver do?
Hack Your Fire
Can’t get that damp tinder to light? Then dip into your food supply and pull out some high-calorie comfort food—especially chips. Delicious greasy snack chips make an outstanding fire starter when you apply an open flame to them. Sacrificing two or three corn or potato chips won’t put much of a dent in your food supply, but they can have a massive impact on your fire building.
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If you walk into any sporting goods retailer, you can quickly find and buy a good turkey call. At Cabela’s, you can find hundreds of options including new mouth calls, box calls and pot calls, but sometimes being different can pay off. Every turkey hunter should have an oddball call in their vest — a custom-made call that sounds different from the rest. The following are four oddball calls you probably haven’t heard of or seen. They might cost a bit more than your run of the mill dime store diaphragm, but these calls are hand made, one at a time, by an artist, not by a machine.
Roanoke River Yelper
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The president recently unveiled his new budget for 2015. For hunters and anglers, it’s a good-news-bad-news scenario. Some things make perfect sense while others will leave you scratching your head.
Either way, the president’s budget is a starting place, when it comes to protecting access and investing in America’s public lands.
LWCF: The president has included full funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund. LWCF helps pay for fishing access sites, boat ramps, and protecting key habitat, using royalties that oil companies pay for offshore oil drilling. LWCF has given American hunters and anglers some premier spots for chasing big game. Places like the Tenderfoot Acquisition in Montana, the Silvio E. Conte National Wildlife Refuge in New England, and inholdings in the Tahoe National Forest in California. [ Read Full Post ]
Zoo attendees in Billings, Mont., were treated to a scene of destruction Saturday as grizzly bears Bruno and Ozzy were let loose in a fake campsite to do what bears do in the woods. The bears shredded a tent, a sleeping bag, and chairs; knocked over and tore through a garbage can; and ripped into food containers. The only thing that survived was a bear-proof cooler that neither bruin could manage to get into.
The purpose of the demonstration was to allow Bruno and Ozzy to work through some deep emotional issues both had carried since childhood. OK...
The real reason for the show was to demonstrate how most bear-proof items aren’t bear proof at all. [ Read Full Post ]
Time to upgrade your old turkey vest? Here's our take on five that are making their debut this spring.
Rating Key: **** - Excellent; *** - Very Good; ** - Good; * - Fair
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If you had a little too much green beer over the weekend, don’t worry — you weren’t alone. St. Patrick’s Day may have a rich historical point of origin in Ireland, but here in the States, it’s often just an excuse to chug cheap brews died into verdant colors. So here’s a little shamrock for the outdoor lover who might still overindulge. [ Read Full Post ]
One of the most disappointing and irritating moments in ATV ownership is when your machine decides that it’s just not coming out to play.
Although most of today’s ATVs and UTVs can come to life after sitting for long periods of time with little more than a battery charge, it’s not always that easy. Older machines, in particular, can be fussy when it comes to fuel and will need more TLC to get back in the game after winter storage.
Any form of maintenance should always refer to the manufacturer’s specs. Unfortunately, these are often not readily found on the web. While there are numerous helpful forums and online sites to look through when a problem does arise, most owners I know lack the single most helpful tool to keep their wheels turning: a factory service manual. [ Read Full Post ]
A 60-pound Pacific snook caught in Costa Rica two weeks ago may be headed for the International Game Fish Association (IGFA) record book. The monster fish was caught by Orlando guide Ward Michaels who has made more than 80 trips to Costa Rica in 27 years after his favorite species.
His latest trip coincided with the spawn. At the first sign of the mass movement, Michaels called his buddies in Texas and told them: “To come on. The time is now.” In three days the group had caught more than a dozen fish, most in the 30-pound range, with two special fish going 47 and 50 pounds. But it was Michaels’ 60 pounder that garnered all the attention. [ Read Full Post ]
Photo By: Quinn Badder
In late summer of 2012, bowhunters in southern Michigan began finding large numbers of dead or dying whitetail deer. Prior to death, affected animals showed similar symptoms: swelling of the head and neck, lesions in the mouth, lethargy, and a loss of their natural fear of humans.
All signs pointed to an outbreak of epizootic hemorrhagic disease, or EHD. The disease doesn’t affect humans, either by contact or by consuming meat of an affected deer, but the 2012 Michigan event was responsible for the deaths of nearly 15,000 deer across 30 counties. Ionia County lost 2,000 deer to the disease, or about half the number of deer harvested annually by hunters in the county. [ Read Full Post ]
Diver Jason Dimitri captured a nightmare scene on video in the form of a shark attack on March 13 while diving in the Caribbean. Mr. Dimitri was spearfishing for the invasive lionfish 70 feet below the surface when a reef shark took an interest in his catch…
And then him.
The shark attacked repeatedly before it was eventually deterred by a series of jabs from Dimitri’s trident. [ Read Full Post ]
While most hunters spend their spring weekends waiting for turkey season, Aaron Milliken spends hour after hour studying Google Earth. He dedicates so much time to the virtual mapping program partly because it's his job, but also because he knows it's the first critical step in finding and patterning mature bucks. Milliken is a Land Specialist with Whitetail Properties (a real-estate company that deals some of the best deer hunting land in the country) and it's his job to assess properties and predict how trophy bucks will utilize them.
Earlier this month I spent a weekend scouting and shed hunting with Milliken on his home turf in west-central Illinois. Later this year we'll hunt the rut in this classic Midwestern whitetail country, but first we need to find the right place to hunt. Here's what we did to get started, first with aerial scouting through Google Earth and then by putting boots on the ground.
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