Angling For Forgiveness

Sept. 28, 2005 — Everyone is familiar with the old axiom about how fishermen often stretch the truth, but we think a Texas angler who was recently convicted of cheating during a bass tournament sponsored by a Christian angling club may have to answer to more than a court of law in the Lone Star State. Can I have an Amen? We also have a story about a golf match that was interrupted by a passing mountain lion, tips for hunting in grizzly bear country, and more!

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Travel Smart With Guns

Sept. 21, 2005 — Sportsmen planning to fly to hunting destinations this fall should do their homework to ensure that they know the rules for transporting guns and ammo in order to prevent incidents and unnecessary travel delays. To that end, the federal Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has just published a list of air travel firearms regulations that hunters and shooters should commit to memory. Also this week, you’ll read about a bowhunter who won a race with a bear, the forecast for a historic pheasant season, and more!

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Conservation Officers First In Gulf Rescue Effort

Sept. 14, 2005 — Most sportsmen think of them as the field representatives of their state DNR or game and fish department. More than likely, you’ve had one of them approach you while fishing or hunting and request proof of the correct license or tag. They’re state conservation agents and game wardens — and most are also full-time law enforcement and emergency personnel. And, for the past two weeks, hundreds of them have been serving on the front lines along the U.S. Gulf Coast, rescuing stranded hurricane victims and saving lives — by the thousands.

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Biker Versus Buzzard

Sept. 7, 2005 — From the Outdoor News Hound’s “You Can’t Make This Stuff Up” department comes a story out of Wyoming about a gluttonous turkey vulture that became what it normally favors — roadkill — at the expense of a surprised (and somewhat messy) motorcyclist. Also this week, we report on cases of Chronic Wasting Disease that were confirmed for the first time in West Virginia and Alberta, how Michigan sportsmen are organizing for a 2006 voter initiative campaign, and more.

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Crazy ‘Bout A Mercury

Aug. 31, 2005 — Sportsmen may remember reading an item in the news last month about the record-breaking, 873-pound tuna landed by an angler off the Delaware coast. Well, it turns out that the whopper smashed another record — for toxicity! We also have a tale about an armed fish robbery that occurred this week, a report on an open season for an exotic dove species, and more!

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Critter Week At ONH

Aug. 24, 2005 — This week, we know what the hosts of those television nature programs must feel like when they have an exceptional lineup of wild adventures. For starters, there’s the bear in Alaska that ran into a motorcyclist. Then, there’s the wayward Rocky Mountain goat that did a tap dance on a truck in Utah. Oh, yeah, and there’s the copperhead snake in New Jersey that didn’t want to be helped across the road. Marlin Perkins would be so proud!

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Smile! You’re On Critternet

Aug. 17, 2005 — Popular robotic cameras wired into the World Wide Web allow Internet surfers these days to view everything from scenic vistas and historical sites, to university campuses and private offices — “live” and in “real time.” Recently, such technology is being utilized by scientists and wildlife professionals to track and monitor wildlife in its natural habitat — and we’ll tell you about some of the interesting new “critter cams” we’ve discovered.

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Urine: A Heap O’ Trouble

Aug. 10, 2005 — A Kentucky State Health Laboratory supervisor will likely be hunting for a new job after allegedly placing commercially-produced deer urine on a fellow supervisor’s desk and chair last week, a move that prompted a visit from the National Guard Hazardous Materials Team in Frankfort. This week you’ll also read about some Florida golfers who were out-foxed, the upholding of a challenge to a state hunter harassment law — and more!

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Timber: The Best Of The Litter

Timber was the best of the litter of five Walker hound puppies, bred for hunting coyotes. Like his father, Amos, he could take a cold trail under fresh snow, and he ran hard, saving his rolling bay until he caught sight of the coyote. Billy whipped around and spotted Timber for just a few strides before the hound reached the edge of Tumbledown’s cliffs and kept going, running out into space. Billy soon reached the top of The Chimney and looked down, but there was no sign of Timber.

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