I smell something really bad about to happen, but this guy won’t be smelling anything for a while.
Knives are sharp and dangerous when handled without care. That is why you always hear your parents say, “Don’t play with knives; they are not toys.”
Well… these guys didn’t take that advice to heart, and the only thing that might be more dangerous than playing with a knife is playing with a sword. A few beers, a party cheering you on, big sword, a sausage, and your buddy attempting to chop it out of your mouth?
I mean, what could go wrong?
Short answer: a lot.
With a swipe of his buddy’s arms, this guy’s nose folds over like a peeled banana peel. Quite frankly, it is rather disturbing.
You can’t help but wonder, what were they thinking?! Hope he didn’t mind having his sense of smell cut off for a while.
You’ve never seen hog hunting footage like this before.
The state of Texas is overrun with hogs, they’re literally everywhere. Just last week, I saw one hit by a car on a busy road just miles outside of Austin. For those who don’t live it, the overpopulation of hogs isn’t just a problem for farmers and landowners in remote parts of the state; it’s a problem for everyone.
With millions of dollars worth of damage caused by hogs every year, hunters across the state are doing everything they can, every chance they get to curb the increasing number of pigs. This incredible hog hunting footage from the Lone Star state will help illustrate.
But I certainly know plenty of hunters who deploy trail cameras for the purpose of monitoring deer activity in and around their hunting areas, who have gone out to check their cameras only to find them missing.
I have no doubt it’s a hollow feeling. I have had tree stands stolen, and I’m sure finding a trail camera missing is just as deflating.
It largely hurts because there’s a good chance the person who stole the camera is a fellow hunter. I know I have come across my share of trail cameras hanging in the woods while hunting and scouting, and the thought of taking them has never occurred to me.
I know why it’s there. I know the anticipation and excitement felt by the owner every time he or she checks it.
Did I get any photos of good bucks this time?
So my thinking upon finding one of my cameras missing would be, “How could another hunter do that to me?”
Like the thieves who have stolen my tree stands, I’m sure catching whoever stole a trail camera is like finding the proverbial needle in the haystack.
But there’s one Pennsylvania lawmaker who wants to make it sting for those camera thieves who do get caught.
State Rep. Neal Goodman, D-Schuylkill County, on Feb. 14 introduced House Bill 484, which seeks to boost the penalties for stealing trail cameras.
“In recent years, the use of trail cameras has increased and given hunters a new tool to identify and pattern wildlife,” Goodman wrote in a memorandum announcing his legislation.
“Unfortunately, a result of the greater number of these cameras in the woods has been a spike in the number of cameras being stolen.”
Under the bill, the theft of trail cameras used to visually record wildlife would be added as a specific crime within the state Game and Wildlife Code. The crime would be covered under the section of the code that governs the theft of tree stands, blinds and decoys.
This move means the theft of a trail camera could be reported to a state Game Commission wildlife conservation officer.
Currently, theft of a trail camera must be reported to municipal or state police, who certainly have lots of more pressing issues to deal with.
Goodman’s bill would make the theft of a trail camera a first-degree summary offense, which carries a fine of up to $1,500 and potential jail time of up to three months.
Also, there would be a mandatory, one-year hunting license revocation for anyone convicted of stealing a trail camera.
If added to the law, will these penalties curb trail camera thievery? That remains to be seen, but they might make someone think twice before doing it.
“With my legislation, I hope to give hunters an added protection for their investment and property,” Goodman said.
HB 484 has been referred to the House Game and Fisheries Committee, where it awaits legislative action.
Richard Louis Proenneke (1916-2003), known as Dick, has become an icon of wilderness living in Lake Clark National Park and Preserve. Born in Iowa, he worked as a farmhand and rancher before joining the Navy the day after the bombing of Pearl Harbor.
After receiving a medical discharge in 1945 (following a bout of rheumatic fever), he again took up ranching. In 1949, he made his first visit to Alaska at the invitation of a friend. He lived and worked in Alaska off and on for years, making his first visit to Twin Lakes in 1962. By 1967, he had begun work on a cabin there. It was completed in 1968.
His was not the first cabin on Twin Lakes, nor was it the biggest. Proenneke’s cabin, though, stands out for its remarkable craftsmanship, which reflects his unshakeable wilderness ethic.
The cabin was built using only hand tools, many of which Proenneke himself had fashioned. Throughout the thirty years he lived at the cabin, Proenneke created homemade furniture and implements that reflect his woodworking genius…
A trio of Mississippi huntsmen found something strange in the tail of the massive Gator they had just killed. Small metal pellets that appeared to be musket balls were lodged deep under scar tissue near the animal’s tail.
They sent the metal objects off for testing and researchers determined that not only were they musket balls, they were fired over 150 years ago. A series of metallurgical tests confirmed that the ammunition was authentic and likely fired from an Enfield pattern 1853 rifle-musket by Confederate troops near the start of the American Civil War.
Scientists examined the gator and determined it’s age to be roughly 185-years-old, an unprecedented discovery. The majority of American alligators usually only live to be 80 years old, but there are similar reptiles known to live well beyond the age of 150. Their catch is also one of the largest gators on record weighing in at an unbelievable 910 lbs.
If you’re like us, you can’t resist the deer hunting video game Big Buck Hunter. In this video, John Oens takes down three bucks in 35 seconds, in what looks like a real life version of the classic arcade game.
John takes aim at the first buck at 200 yards and drops the animal with an Ithaca Deer Slayer III 20 gauge slug gun. Then, just like in the game, two more bucks run in front of John’s first-person camera. He makes it look easy as he shoots the two deer sprinting by him. Tough shots!
John ends up with a nice 10-point buck and two 8-pointers; that’s got to be a high score!
“We got to the lease an hour before we needed to be in the blind, just so Brooke could shoot a few practice rounds,” said Mike Bateman said in an interview with Dallas News. “She had not fired a rifle since missing the doe last year.”
About 4:30 .p.m that afternoon, several hours after seeing nothing in their blind, their luck changed. A melanistic buck, or black whitetail, walked out in front of them. At first, they weren’t really sure what it was. Mike quickly called one of his hunting buddies who shares their lease and asked what his thoughts were on taking the deer. Their lease has an eight point or above rule for all bucks.
Both men agreed that a deer as rare as this was something that couldn’t be passed up. Brooke was then given the okay to fire.
“It was nerve-racking, but I knew I could do it,” Brooke said. “At first I was so excited that I couldn’t pull the trigger. Dad helped me calm down with deep breaths. I found the deer in the scope again, took a deep breath and shot. The deer fell over backwards. It was awesome. I love hunting with my dad.”
Black whitetail have an overabundance of melanin in their system. In fact, these deer are so rare that on average, out of all estimated 600,000 total deer that will be taken in Texas this season, one might be like this.
Black whitetail have only been documented in 29 states. There seems to be more in south-central Texas than anywhere else.
To give you another idea of how rare this deer is, out of the entire country’s total harvest numbers, no more than five black whitetail have ever been registered in a given year.
This hunt is something to be proud of, and Brooke and her father certainly seem to agree.