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Game Warden Field Notes
The following items are compiled from recent Texas Parks and Wildlife Department law enforcement reports. Up to No(se) Good A Travis County game warden and K-9 partner, Ruger, were requested by the Jonestown Police Department and the Travis County Sheriff’s Office for a canine sniff search of a vehicle.... Read more
Arkansas Angler Breaks State Record with 105-pound Paddlefish
Arkansas wildlife officials announced last week that the state’s paddlefish record has been shattered by a 105-pound fish that came out of Beaver Lake. The prehistoric-looking fish was caught by Jesse Wilkes of Springdale on a 30-pound-test line when he and his fishing buddy, Richard Wynne, were trolling for some eating-sized... Read more
Texas Senate Approves Open Carry — and Gov. Greg Abbott Is ‘Warming Up’ His ‘Signing Pen’
The Texas Senate on Monday gave preliminary approval to a bill that would allow open carry in the Lone Star State. Senate Bill 17 makes open carry legal for gun owners with legal concealed carry permits. Senators voted 20-11 to approve the bill for a final vote. It was... Read more
Sweetwater Holds Annual Rattlesnake Roundup And Fry
This week, the annual Sweetwater Jaycees World’s Largest Rattlesnake Roundup took place. Thousands gather to watch as the snakes are milked, skinned, and fried. Visitors even dip their hands in rattlesnake blood and leave bloody handprints on a wall. The roundup hosts vendors, demonstrations, hunts, eating contests, and even... Read more
Iowa Trail Cam Captures Footage of Sika Deer Next to Whitetails (VIDEO)
Here’s something you don’t see on your trail cam every day. Lee and Tiffany Lakosky’s livestreaming trail camera set up next to a deer feeder in their Iowa hunting property recorded footage of an animal you don’t usually see near whitetails—a Sika deer. As you can tell by the footage, the whitetails... Read more
The ATF’s Ammo Ban Is Back…in the Form of a New Bill From Democrats
Four House Democrats have taken the Obama administration’s idea of a regulation to ban a widely used kind of ammunition — one it had to pull back because it was so unpopular — and turned it into legislation. Rep. Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.) introduced the Armor Piercing Bullets Act, which he said... Read more
75-year-old Martial Artist Strangles Rabid Raccoon after It Attacks Her
An angry raccoon can be a nuisance, but a rabid raccoon can be downright life-threatening. For 75-year-old Cass Overton, what had been a pleasant bird-watching trip to the Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden in Virginia ended with her pinning a large raccoon to the ground. “I tried to shake it off... Read more
Trampoline-sized Stingray May Be Largest Freshwater Fish Ever Caught
At nearly 800 pounds and 14 feet long, a massive stingray caught in Thailand’s Mae Klong River could take the title of the world’s largest freshwater fish ever taken on rod and reel—and using a 300-pound test line, no less. The capture was made by a group of scientists... Read more