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Nov. 8, 2006
Bull Elk Story Is Pure Bull
Were you among the thousands of hunters who received an e-mail in recent weeks
that included a photograph of a two men posing with an enormous bull elk? This
week, The Outdoor News Hound brings you the real story behind the photo. We
also have reports of two wild critter attacks, one by a coyote and another by
an airborne barracuda!
‘World Record’ Was Canadian Ranch Elk
Hunters around the world received the photo of the huge elk in their e-mail in-boxes with the accompanying caption: "This elk was killed with a bow in
(Idaho’s) Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness. He green-scored at 575 inches and
should net out at about 530 non-typical."
Well, the big bull story is just that — bull.
But the photo is the real deal — apparently.
Several outdoor writers have since discovered the true source of the
photograph, and it was not anywhere near the Selway-Bitteroot area of Idaho as
In fact, it wasn’t even in the United States.
Mike McLean, a writer for the Coeur d’Alene Press, tracked the source of the
photo and the elk to a high-fenced, private hunting preserve in Canada.
McLean writes that Tony Barber, manager and guide at Laurentian Wildlife
Estate near Arundel, Quebec, confirmed the elk came from his private reserve.
The Manitoba elk sported a 12×10 rack.
Before the true story of the bull surfaced in recent days, most folks who
understand hunting and genetics doubted whether such an animal could have
originated in the alleged region of northern Idaho.
If so, its rack would have been more than 100 inches larger than any bull
elk ever taken by a hunter there.
"The 79-inch spread and all of the measurements are too big for a wild
elk," Jim Hayden, regional wildlife biologist for Idaho Department of Fish
and Game told the Coeur d’Alene paper.
Here’s a photo of the elk that was allegedly shot in Idaho.
He said more than 40,000 elk have been measured in the Panhandle Region and
none scored close to 500 inches.
"There is no way anything up here could have produced that elk,"
So now you know.
Pennsylvania Couple Slams Rabid Coyote
Pennsylvania wildlife officials have confirmed that a coyote shot late last
month after chasing a man into his house tested positive for rabies, the first
confirmed case of the disease carried by a coyote in the Keystone State.
In a bizarre series of events, Craig Luckenbill said he heard one of his
dogs barking outside his Sinking Springs, Pa., home and discovered it was
fighting with a coyote on the patio.
He pulled his dog free and attempted to lead it to safety, but the
aggressive coyote followed them in hot pursuit.
That’s when Luckenbill’s wife, who was observing the mayhem from inside the
house, slammed the door on the coyote’s neck, preventing it from entering.
After fetching his 12-gauge shotgun, Luckenbill said he shot and killed the
coyote as it continued wildly biting the door and the front of the house.
"I’m a hunter but I’ve never seen anything like that," he said
after the incident.
According to reports, the dog received rabies booster shots following the
Study: CWD Carried By Blood, Saliva
The findings of a new study conducted by researchers at Colorado State
University point to blood and saliva as the carriers of the proteins that cause
the spread of chronic wasting disease (CWD) among deer and other ungulates.
The results of the study, appearing in the journal Science, indicate that
the disease may spread from animal-to-animal through mosquitoes and ticks well
as when animals groom and lick each other.
"It might explain why the disease transfers so quickly," said Dr.
Ed Hoover, a Colorado State University professor in the Department of
Microbiology, Immunology and Pathology.
As part of the study led by Dr. Hoover, saliva was taken from wild Colorado
deer known to have CWD, and placed into the mouths of three of the healthy farm
deer. The quarantined test animals all became infected with the disease.
Deer given a single transfusion of blood known to contain CWD prions
(proteins) also became infected.
Leaping ‘Cuda Takes Bite Out Of Florida Angler
Thanks to an experienced and quick-thinking Florida fishing guide, an angler is
no worse for the wear today after meeting with the business end of an airborne
Fort Lauderdale guide Capt. Carl Ball related one of his wildest fishing
tales of the year to Steve Waters, outdoor writer for the South Florida
It seems Ball took a couple of fishing clients to Biscayne Bay where they
enjoyed an outing with plenty of red snapper and bonefish action. After a
darting barracuda bit one of the angler’s bonefish in half as he reeled it in,
Ball rigged a heavy conventional outfit with a Penn 4/0 reel to see if they
could hook a hungry ‘cuda.
And they boated one, albeit very briefly.
As one of the anglers was fighting an aggressive 20- to 25-pound barracuda,
the fish suddenly leapt into the air and headed toward the surprised angler
through the air, its mouth open wide, exposing razor-sharp teeth.
"It happened instantly," Ball told the Sun-Sentinel writer.
"Somehow or another the angler deflected it and the ‘cuda just bounced
back into the water.
"Right away I say, ‘Are you all right?’ I saw the ‘cuda’s teeth and I
was afraid his teeth had gotten him. The guy pulls up his left sleeve and blood
just comes squirting out of his arm."
That’s when the experienced guide took charge.
Ball grabbed the fishing rod from the injured angler and instructed his
companion to place pressure on the wound using a rag.
Then he called 911.
"I told them what was going on and told them we were going to the boat
ramp at Crandon Park Marina (in Key Biscayne) and to meet us there, we were 10
Paramedics were waiting for Ball and his injured fisherman at the marina.
After initial treatment and blood pressure monitoring, the angler was taken
to a nearby hospital where he was treated and released.
While the wound turned out to be relatively minor (requiring a couple of
stitches), the fishing story itself is one that both guide and angler will
likely classify as one of their biggest ever.
Quote Of The Week
"Of all the liars among mankind, the fisherman is most trustworthy."
-William Sherwood Fox
“Silken Lines and Silver Hooks,” 1954
J.R. Absher is a freelance outdoor writer whose articles and columns appear
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