Yooper’ Cougar Confirmed

Feb. 23, 2005 — Dozens of residents of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula (U.P.) claimed to have seen cougars in the wild during the past year, but until last week the state’s game agency said they might be mistaken. Now, armed with new DNA evidence, some “Yoopers” have proof that they weren’t creating an urban myth about Michigan mountain lions. Also this week, you’ll be treated to tales about a dog that was anything but gun-shy, a scientist/angler who created a new fishing line that turns color before breaking, and more.

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Lost & Found Friends

Feb. 16, 2005 — Talk about “small-world” news. What are the chances of a search and rescue volunteer finding a lost hunter who just happened to be an old high school chum from across the country who he hadn’t seen in 55 years? Well, that’s just what happened in the mountains of Arizona during elk-hunting season. In addition this week, you’ll be treated to tales about a 3.4-ounce record-breaking whopper, a fish-tracking dog, and some college boys who unwittingly took a car ride with a potentially dangerous wild mountain lion!

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True Fishing Lies

Feb. 9, 2005 — A Florida fisherman who claimed he placed his gold wedding band on a sailfish’s bill before releasing it in 2002 — and then caught the same fish more than two years later with the ring still attached — passed a polygraph examination to confirm his outlandish fish tale this week. Keeping with a theme of fishing and truth, we dispel the urban legend about hallucinogenic catfish slime, as well as one about fishing worm feelings and emotions. Really. Would we lie to you?

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For The Sportsman Who Had Everything

Feb. 2, 2005 — Today’s sportsman knows that a lifetime spent outdoors requires a significant amount of specialized equipment and gear — much of it with a hunting camouflage design. But what about when your time afield comes to an end? Well, thanks to a new company in Arkansas, you can go to your final resting-place inside a casket that bears your favorite camo pattern — for all eternity! Also this week, you will get an update on the priest in Saskatchewan who caught that monster walleye last month, a conceited buffalo in South Dakota, and a beagle pup that is helping Florida clean up its snake problem.

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One Toke Over The Line

Jan. 26, 2005 — Now, what did I do with those rolling papers? The Outdoor News Hound goes psychedelic and hippy-dippy this week with a selection of stories guaranteed to blow your mind clear to San Francisco’s Haight-Ashbury. What are we smoking? Well, for starters, we have tales about a pothead deer hunter, a deer plot that was mistaken for a marijuana field, state legislators voting to officially recognize imaginary animals … hey man, far out!

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On A Jig And A Prayer

Jan. 19, 2005 — Father Mariusz Zajak, a Roman Catholic Priest from Nipawin, Saskatchewan, says it’s not unusual for him to recite liturgies while partaking in his favorite pastime, fishing on Canada’s Tobin Lake. But Fr. Zajak is convinced his praying of “The Magnificat” coincided with his hooking and landing the new provincial record walleye while ice fishing on January 4. Also this week, you’ll read about America’s Top Dog, an unusual punishment given to an admitted salmon poacher, and more!

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Lost And Found — Briefly

Jan. 12, 2005 — When a duck hunter who was lost in an Arkansas swamp heard a helicopter flying overhead, he realized his potential rescuers couldn’t see him because he was dressed head-to-toe in camouflage and daylight was fading into dusk. Knowing he must act quickly to draw the attention of the chopper crew, the clever hunter tied his only piece of white clothing — his underpants — onto the barrel of his shotgun to use as a signal. Also this week, you’ll read about students who receive extra credit for bringing deer hearts to science class, a stolen seven-hole Minnesota ice-fishing house, and more!

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Keeping The ‘Wild’ In Wildlife

Jan. 5, 2005 — An incredible challenge, to be sure, but the team of editors here at The Outdoor News Hound (OK, so there’s really only one of us) has finally assembled the Wildest Critter Tales of 2004 for your reading pleasure. The explicit criteria for judging these finalists, as you might expect, was painstakingly adhered to during the selection process. You guessed it, we just picked our favorite ones! Happy New Year!

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Going To The Dogs

Dec. 29, 2004 — During this festive season, we know that nothing warms a sportsman’s heart like a few glasses of spiked holiday punch — and a good dog story. With that thought in mind, and continuing with The Outdoor News Hound’s Year in Review, this week we’ve selected our favorite stories about man’s best friend from 2004. And coming next week — the wildest critter tales of the year!

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