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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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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What They Say About Senator Kerry

Oct. 19, 2004 — On the campaign trail in central Ohio on Saturday, candidate John Kerry stepped into the Village Grocery in rural Buchanan, where he purchased a non-resident hunting license and a federal wetlands habitat stamp. The presidential hopeful took the opportunity to announce that he has hunting licenses in three states and doesn’t get to hunt as much as he’d like. He told reporters in this staunchly pro-hunting part of the Midwest that he’d like to hunt larger game after the election. “I’d love to get a deer this year,” he said. Note to hunters: When was the last time you remember a presidential candidate saying those words? Here’s what sportsmen’s groups have to say about presidential candidate John Kerry.

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Sportsmen Targeted In White House Race

Oct. 6, 2004 — As a bit of a departure for The Outdoor News Hound, the next two installments will focus on a single news subject with national implications affecting those who hunt and fish, own firearms, enjoy the shooting sports and believe strongly in conservation of wildlife and wild places. With the general elections of November 2 less than a month away, sportsmen and women are being targeted in the race for the White House to a historic degree.

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Crazy Critter Chronicles Continue

Sept. 22, 2004 — The Outdoor News Hound presents a terrific trifecta of crazy critter chronicles this week, including stories about a blue-striped moose in Utah, an airborne fish that became roadkill in Montana, and a rambunctious black Labrador retriever cited for driving a pickup truck in Canada. For fans of wild outdoor stories, it just doesn’t get any better!

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Rumors Of My Death… .

There are many variations on the comment that originated from humorist Mark Twain’s letter penned to a friend in 1897, which contained the phrase “…the report of my death was an exaggeration.” Last week, a catfish angler from North Carolina must have thought he was hearing his own obituary when he saw a television news report about authorities searching for his body in the Catawba River. Also this week, you’ll read about a lucky henhouse snake and some suggestions for mountain biking in grizzly country: Ride loudly and carry a big can — of pepper spray.

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Brassiere Brouhaha

Officials from the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks removed about 20 frilly brassieres hanging on a fence near the Stickney Creek public fishing access area on the Missouri River, much to the dismay of the landowner who affixed bras-to-barbed wire as a creative expression. Beyond brassieres, regular Outdoor News Hound readers will find numerous additional “uplifting” stories this week, including a fish-bites-boy story from Minnesota, a fox squirrel with commode command, alligator roping, and much more.

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Broder Buck Saga Finale?

In May and June installments of The Outdoor News Hound, we reported on the case of the missing World Record Non-Typical Mule Deer head and rack, as well as bitter family feud over its ownership. In a Canadian court ruling earlier this month, it now appears the odd case of the Broder Buck has finally reached its conclusion. Also this week, you’ll be entertained (hopefully) with stories about a toothy fish that caught an angler, law enforcement’s use of animal scent to repel unsavory characters, and more!

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