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An attempt to bring 12 million acres of watershed conservation areas managed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers under the same firearm rules as other federal lands failed in the Senate on May 8.
Senators voted 56-43 for the proposal by Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.), four ballots shy of the 60 votes needed for passage.
The measure, backed by the National Rifle Association, would have let people use guns for any legal purpose -- including open and concealed carry -- on 12 million acres of ACE-managed lands that abound with lakes, rivers, campsites and hiking trails. The ACE estimates that 370 million people visit lands it manages -- more than any other federal agency because 80 percent of its tracts are within 50 miles of urban areas. [ Read Full Post ]
Norman Dreger of Germany got the surprise of his fishing career — and possibly his life — when an eagle swooped in to steal his dolly varden char, all his backing, and his fly. Fortunately for those of us sitting in front of a computer screen the entire event was captured on film. [ Read Full Post ]
It’s a phone call I’m sure he’ll never forget.
At 2:00 PM on Monday, May 13 James R. Bramlett received official word that his goliath striped bass is the new International Game Fish Association world record for a landlocked stripers.
James caught the 69-pound, 9-ounce fish on the Black Warrior River, near the Gorgas Steam Plant in Alabama on February 28, 2013. IGFA World Records Coordinator Jack Vitek told James that his fish entered the record books at 69 pounds 9 ounces, 44.1 inches long with a 37.75-inch girth.
To put these statistics into perspective, consider that an average 10-year-old American boy weighs 70 pounds and measures 51 inches tall.
That’s a big fish!
James’ fish tops the previous Alabama state record set in 1959 by 15 pounds and the former IGFA record by about two pounds. [ Read Full Post ]
During early summer, big bluegills, in full spawning hues, start their gradual migration toward the shallows. As water temperatures reach 70 degrees, their breeding nests begin to appear—imagine elephant tracks on a lake bottom. Breeding often continues through August. These fish, the biggest bulls you’ll see all year, are aggressive biters and hard fighters. Perhaps best of all, their shallow-water haunts are easily accessible from a boat or from shore.
Minnesota’s Dave Genz, an icefishing master, calls these fish “no-nosers”—nothing but forehead. He focuses on them the instant that the ice melts, trading his jigging sticks for 12-foot spinning rods. But that’s pretty much all he changes. His terminal gear strategy remains a constant, and it’s a topnotch way to catch plate-sized fish. [ Read Full Post ]
What are your chances of getting Lyme disease this year? On average, I’ve been pulling two ticks a day off myself, just from walking through the woods and fields near my home in Virginia. That’s not counting the time I stumbled into a nymph nest under a cedar tree last week. I was picking those baby ticks off for a good 20 minutes. That amount of exposure sounds bad, but at the end of the day, your chances have a lot more to do with your geography than the amount of time you spend outside. Recent Lyme cases have been at their worst in the northeast, western Oregon, Minnesota, and Wisconsin. [ Read Full Post ]
Michael Eisele of Kiel Germany caught this enormous 103-pound cod while fishing off the coast of Norway. If the catch is approved by the International Game Fish Association, it will break the current world record (which has stood for 44 years) by about 5 pounds.
Eisele battled the fish for half an hour before two of his friends finally helped him haul it into the boat, according to the Daily Mail. The cod measured more than 5 feet in length. [ Read Full Post ]
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 ]