Following the July 26 announcement from mega-outdoors retailer Cabela's that it will build a store in Anchorage, Bass Pro Shops this week announced plans to open its first store in Alaska's largest city in 2013. "We plan to have it open by this spring," Bass Pro Shops spokesman Larry Whiteley said from the company's headquarters in Springfield, Mo on Tuesday. "Just in time for fishing season." Anchorage Daily News.
In commemoration of its 125th anniversary, Boone and Crockett Club has released its historic list of the Top 125 trophy counties across the U.S. The list is based on B&C big-game records--trophy data going back to 1830 and long used to gauge outstanding habitat, strong recruitment of game animals into older age classes, sustainable harvest objectives and other elements of sound wildlife management and fair-chase hunting.
Who needs Rasmussen and Gallup to know the Presidential race is as tight as they come in the swing state of Colorado? All one needs to do is take a drive on Colorado Rt. 52 outside Boulder and see the miniature yard signs adorning the entrances to prairie dog burrows there. And in case you were wondering, varmint support appears to be evenly divided between Romney and Obama. Daily Camera.
Officials with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources have confirmed that the trailcamera photos belonging to hunter Mark Cobb of Sherman show a mountain lion in the Central Illinois location where he said the camera was located. "It is rare to get a photo that clear and that true," DNR spokesman Bill McCloud said of Cobb's photo. "It's very clear what the animal is ... It's a very impressive photo." Chicago Tribune.
Outdoor writer Doug Smith at the Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports that 614 leftover hunting licenses for Minnesota's early wolf season were snapped up by anxious hunters within minutes after going on sale Monday. "I heard they were gone in 3 1/2 minutes,'' said Ed Boggess, Department of Natural Resources Fish and Wildlife Division director.
A hiker was attacked by a swarm of bees and fell about 150 feet to his death off Camelback Mountain in Phoenix on Monday, according to fire officials. Two other men hiking with the victim were airlifted from the mountain after each suffered more than 300 bee stings, Phoenix fire Capt. Scott McDonald said. Arizona Republic.
An angler fishing central New York's Onondaga Lake caught and released an unusual-looking largemounth bass that appeared "camouflaged," with dark-colored spots last week. "It looked really healthy," angler Nick Giamei told Syracuse Post-Standard outdoopr writer David Figura, adding he caught it on a jig and pig lure. "It definitely had some unique markings. I caught a couple of others that day with tags, but no others had markings."
The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) has confirmed a photograph of a mountain lion taken by a hunter's trail camera on Oct. 10 in the Current River Conservation Area about five miles south of Ellington. The agency noted that sightings or photographs of mountain lions may be of the same animal, but it cannot confirm individual animals without DNA evidence.
The number of deer farms under Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture quarantine had grown to a dozen by Friday as the agency continued its effort to find additional deer that had contact with the animal that was the state’s first confirmed case of chronic wasting disease. In addition, one deer from the New Oxford farm where CWD was confirmed remained at large after breaking through the fence Oct. 18 as staff from USDA's Wildlife Services was killing the remaining herd. Patriot News.
An antique pistol described as an A.S.M. (Armi San Marco), black powder .31 cal. was discovered in a hollowed-out book donated by an unknown person to the Porter County Public Libary in Valpariso, Indiana. "Somebody just opened it up and said, 'Oh my,'" said Assistant Library Director Phyllis Nelson. NW Indiana Times.
The Minnesota Supreme Court has denied an emergency motion by the activist groups Center for Biological Diversity and Howling for Wolves to stop the wolf hunting and trapping seasons scheduled to begin Nov. 3 -- Minnesota's first since the region's wolves were removed from the federal protection last January. DNR Commissioner Tom Landwehr praised the ruling, saying it resolves uncertainty over the hunt. Mnpls Star-Tribune.
We know readers are anxious about the fate of the man who sparked a $1.4 million blaze at a Holland, Mich. apartment complex when he used a propane torch to burn a squirrel's fur as he readied it for dinner. The Holland Sentinel reports apartment management will hold that resident responsible for the building’s $10,000 insurance deductible, said Debra Spohn, of Cottonwood Residential. "We'll send a demand letter for that and give him 30 days to make arrangements." she said.
Earlier this week we brought readers the story and photo of four mountain lions captured by a hunter's trailcam in Montana's Sapphire Mountains. Now, a Darby Mont. couple has come forward with incredible video footage that appears to show six lions at once as they fed on an elk carcass in their pasture. "I've never seen nothing like it," said Ben Ricciardi. "That carcass is only 75 or 80 feet from my house. They devoured that whole elk in three days. Hide, bones, everything." Ravalli Republic.
Citing a Wyoming law that protects landowners who allow outdoor recreation on their land, a federal judge ruled Tuesday against a woman who filed a wrongful death suit that blamed federal researchers after her husband was killed by a grizzly bear that had been tranquilized and released near the East Gate of Yellowstone National Park in June 2010. Missoulian.
Mike Knoedl, who has served in various capacities with the Arkansas Department of Game and Fish for more than 35 years has been named director of the agency. He will replace Loren Hitchcock, who announced in April that he would retire but extended his directorship until a replacement was chosen. Arkansas Democrat Gazette.