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  • Couple launches completely clear 'bubble' tents in secret secluded locations

    11/19/2017 10:17:41 AM PST · by mairdie · 101 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 19 November 2017 | Laura House
    ...'There was a meteor shower as well and we had this profound experience. But after the tour we went home and couldn't sleep under the stars so we took blankets out to a pontoon on the lake in freezing weather so we could look at the sky. 'We were just thinking about how amazing it would be to stay under the stars but there wasn't anything like that available so when we came back to Australia we decided to try and replicate the experience we had for others.' The couple started looking up bubble tents - completely clear inflatable tents...
  • Why hunters are trading in traditional hunting rifles for the AR-15

    11/18/2017 6:57:29 AM PST · by Simon Green · 101 replies
    Guns.com ^ | 11/17/17 | Jack Billings
    AR-15s have long been a symbol of the tactical world, but black rifles are slowly creeping their way past military and law enforcement applications and into the world of hunting. Touting more caliber options, efficiency and modularity, the versatile platform is transforming the way hunters down prey, but what’s causing hunters to ditch traditional rifle set-ups in favor of modern sporting rifles? The biggest benefit to the AR, or modern sporting rifle, platform has always been its modularity. Unlike traditional bolt-action setups, gun owners can easily swap between an almost endless sea of uppers and lowers. This ability to...
  • The Rise of Run Rage

    11/17/2017 6:50:24 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 75 replies
    Runner's World ^ | February 27, 2017 | Cindy Kuzma
    Most of the time, Chris Coon is a mild-mannered, low-key pastor at Urban Village Church in Chicago.But when the collar comes off and the running shorts—and especially a race bib—go on, the 49-year-old turns into a different person. An angry one. The things that stoke his ire? Poor race organization. Course volunteers who don’t direct runners at turns. And cars, especially those that don’t yield the right of way or even acknowledge his presence in an intersection. Not only does anger bubble up more frequently when he’s running, he says, he’s also more likely to act on it. “I’ve flipped...
  • Sheriff's Department: 2 Soldiers Spent Night on Hiking Trail After Getting Lost

    11/17/2017 4:59:16 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 26 replies
    Killeen Daily Herald ^ | Nov 15, 2017 | Josh Sullivan
    Two Fort Hood soldiers who went for a hike Monday evening at Chalk Ridge Falls Park ended up staying the night after getting lost, according to the Bell County Sheriff’s Department. The two soldiers, both women, were hiking at the park along Stillhouse Hollow Lake when it began to get dark and they lost their way, said Bell County Sheriff’s Department spokesman T.J. Cruz. They called 911 when they got lost. Deputies searched with dogs for the soldiers. “They were hiking along the fence line when they took a left instead of a right,” Cruz said. “They were never in...
  • ‘National Take a Hike Day’ Coming Up (Today)

    11/17/2017 11:09:59 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 8 replies
    Lace up your hiking boots and dab a little Musher’s on your pup’s paws and let’s hit the trails! Nov. 17 is National Take a Hike Day. Hobo the Wonder Dog enjoys getting on a hiking trail and enjoying the sights, sounds and smells of the wilderness — and so do I. November is a perfect time to enjoy a hike with your dog. The mountains are calling and Hobo and I hear their call. Whether you head out on a tried and true hiking trail or search for a new path, your adventure is never the same. The thing...
  • Scenic San Mateo County Beach Linked to Singer Chris Isaak to Become New Public Park

    11/16/2017 11:36:52 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 8 replies
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | November 16, 2017 | Paul Rogers
    TUNITAS CREEK BEACH — For the past few years, this magnificent mile-long stretch of remote oceanfront property seven miles south of Half Moon Bay has become known for its abandoned bluff-top house, rowdy overnight beach parties and rumors about a rock-star absentee land owner. Hundreds of people with stereo systems, disco balls, tents, kegs and mattresses have left huge amounts of trash, set off fireworks and used the beach as a bathroom during all-night raves. Last year, a San Jose man drowned there. On Wednesday, however, the beach began a new chapter when a Palo Alto-based environmental group closed a...
  • Blue Whale Invasion in Monterey Bay

    11/16/2017 8:25:16 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 24 replies
    KSBW ^ | 11/16 | Caitlin Conrad
    The largest animal on planet Earth, blue whales, and the second-largest animal, fin whales, are swimming in the Monterey Bay in large numbers. Beginning Monday, up to 50 blue whales have been sighted off the coast of Monterey. Advertisement Professional photographer Slater Moore shot mesmerizing video of the gentle giants from a Discovery Whale Watch boat Nov. 13. Watch it above or click here to watch. “In the past eight years, I have never seen that happen in the month of November,” said Keith Stemler with Chris’ Fishing and Whale Watching. There are also many humpbacks in the bay. VIDEO:...
  • Drunk Michigan man found covered in blood, screaming, waving deer meat in parking lot

    11/15/2017 9:30:22 PM PST · by Rebelbase · 44 replies
    click on detroit ^ | 11/15/17 | Ken Haddad
    MASON COUNTY, Mich. - A man was arrested Monday afternoon after police found him acting "extremely bizarre" in a parking lot in Northern Michigan. WPBN reports police were called to an BP Gas Station in Scottville (just East of Ludington), Michigan, for a man walking around the parking lot covered in blood and sitting in a car that did not belong to him. Police arrived and found the man in the car. When they approached, the 62-year-old man rushed at them, screaming and began trying to attack the deputies. The man, identified as Roy Purple, was arrested for the attempted...
  • Surfer Punches Shark in Nose to Escape Attack in Australian Waters

    11/15/2017 7:43:34 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 12 replies
    Global News ^ | November 15, 2017 | Rod McGuirk
    A novice surfer mastered a pro’s move on the first try: He punched a shark on the nose to escape its jaws. The attack Monday afternoon off the Australian coast left Charlie Fry with superficial puncture wounds on his right shoulder and upper arm. A British doctor who arrived in Australia two months ago to work, Fry said Tuesday he had recently watched a video in which Australian professional surfer Mick Fanning described his famous escape from a great white shark during a surfing competition in 2015.
  • Missouri Hunter Bags 39-Point Buck on Last Day of Season

    11/15/2017 7:34:51 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 14 replies
    KFOR ^ | NOVEMBER 13, 2017 | K. QUERRY
    For the past four years, Tim Phillips has been searching for a massive buck in the Saint Paul area of Missouri. The deer had been seen by several people over the years, but no one had been able to set it in their sights. “I knew he was out there, but had to wait for the right time,” Phillips told KSDK. On the last day of the season, Phillips shot the 39-point buck, which was estimated to be about 8-years-old. Phillips tells KSDK that he is donating the meat to Share the Harvest, a program that feeds those in need.
  • Missing explorer Benedict Allen in Papua New Guinea searching for tribe of headhunters

    11/15/2017 2:36:22 PM PST · by Red Badger · 90 replies
    metro.co.uk ^ | Wednesday 15 Nov 2017 7:24 am | Richard Hartley-Parkinson
    Explorer Benedict Allen has gone missing after attempting to find an indigenous tribe in Papua New Guinea, it is reported. The 57-year-old, who has previously recorded series for the BBC and written books on exploration, was on a journey to rediscover the Yaifo tribe. In a post on his website before setting off titled ‘I may be some time’, adding ‘don’t try to rescue me, please – where I’m going in [Papua New Guinea] you won’t ever find me you know…) Mr Allen said he was looking to meet with the tribe 30 years after discovering them for the first...
  • Moratorium Proposed to Stop New Gun Store (Turner's - San Carlos)

    11/14/2017 12:10:34 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 12 replies
    Palo Alto Daily Post ^ | November 13, 2017 | Emily Mibach
    The debate over gun control, which has heightened after mass shootings in Las Vegas and Texas, is playing out in San Carlos with the City Council considering a 45-day moratorium that would stop a new gun store from opening. The moratorium, if approved by council tonight (Nov. 13), would give City Manager Jeff Maltbie more time to research what regulations the city could impose on gun stores, according to a report to council from City Attorney Greg Rubens, Community Development Director Al Savay and Maltbie. About a dozen residents asked the council at its Oct. 23 meeting to impose a...
  • Alabama teen fatally shot in hunting accident, police say

    11/14/2017 11:17:23 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 24 replies
    cbs ^ | 11/14/2017
    Authorities say a teenage girl has been killed in a hunting accident in Alabama. News outlets report the 15-year-old was shot on Monday about 20 miles southwest of Birmingham. Jefferson County Sheriff's deputies believe the girl and an adult family friend had been on a youth hunt. Authorities say the girl climbed down from a tree stand while they prepared to leave. As the friend passed down her rifle, deputies say the gun fired and struck the teen.
  • Walker eliminates Wisconsin's minimum hunting age

    11/13/2017 4:01:48 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 23 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov 13, 2017 5:30 PM EST | Todd Richmond
    Children of any age can hunt in Wisconsin, after Gov. Scott Walker signed a bill that eliminates the state’s minimum age. Walker quietly signed the Republican bill Saturday, exactly a week before the state’s nine-day gun deer hunting was set to open. The law took effect Monday. Kids will have to wait five days before they can start shooting deer, but they can participate in several seasons already underway, including bow deer, pheasant, ruffed grouse, rabbit and squirrel. A Wisconsin resident must be at least 12 years old to purchase a hunting license or hunt with a gun. However, until...
  • Hiking Rancho Corral de Tierra (Northern California)

    11/08/2017 10:56:52 AM PST · by ProtectOurFreedom · 71 replies
    Free Republic ^ | 11/8/17 | Me
    FReepers NickCarraway and ProtectOurFreedom hiked Rancho Corral de Tierra in San Mateo County yesterday. It was of those rare and magnificent days where you could see the hard edge of the ocean out at the horizon -- it wasn't masked in a fog bank at all. This park is now part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, but is not promoted much and there are no explanations we could find about where to park. We went up Ranch Road in Moss Beach past many beautiful horse ranches to eventually find the Spine Trail trailhead. It was a good slog...
  • Mossberg Issues Product Recall On Some Maverick Hunter Shotguns

    11/07/2017 10:41:07 PM PST · by LegendHasIt · 9 replies
    Bearing Arms ^ | November 7, 2017 | Tom Knighton
    Maverick Arms has discovered that a small number of Maverick Hunter™ Over/Under 12-gauge shotguns (SKU 75445) have been marked incorrectly. The chamber marking indicates that these shotguns are chambered for 3 ½” shells, however, the chambers are manufactured for 2 ¾” and 3” shells. Snip Each Maverick Hunter™ shotgun is marked with a chamber designation on the right side of the barrel, just below the safety warning. If your shotgun marking reads “12 Ga 3 ½” Maverick Hunter” then your shotgun IS affected by this recall. Discontinue use of this shotgun and immediately follow the instructions provided below. Note that...
  • Rescued Sea Otter Found Shot, Killed in Morro Bay

    11/07/2017 9:44:12 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 29 replies
    San Luis Obispo Tribune ^ | NOVEMBER 07, 2017 | GABBY FERREIRA
    California authorities are investigating the fatal shooting of a protected southern sea otter that had been rescued and returned to the ocean last year. The state Department of Fish and Wildlife said Tuesday that the dead otter was found floating in Morro Bay in September and a necropsy determined it was killed with a pellet gun. A numbered tag identified the animal as an otter that had previously been found tangled in a fishing line. It was rehabilitated and returned to the wild in July 2016. Southern sea otters, which are also known as California sea otters, are listed as...
  • Bear Sighting Reported in Monterey at Jacks Peak Park

    11/07/2017 9:20:01 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 23 replies
    KSBW ^ | Nov 7, 2017 | Amy Larson
    Hikers reported seeing a black bear at Jacks Peak Park in Monterey on Monday. Monterey County's parks department issued a public warning about the bear. Park rangers tried to find the bear, but were unable to locate it Monday afternoon. County spokeswoman Maia Carroll said the warning was issued to park visitors out of an abundance of caution. "Jacks Peak is quite wild. You have to know you're among nature," Carroll said. The park's peak is the highest point on the Monterey Peninsula.
  • VIDEO: CHP Crew Makes Dramatic Night Vision Rescue Of Man Trapped On Beach

    11/06/2017 7:04:53 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 7 replies
    CBS San Francisco ^ | November 6, 2017
    With daylight failing, a California Highway Patrol helicopter crew had to depend on night vision technology Sunday evening to rescue a man who had fallen from a cliff onto a Daly City beach. The CHP said the crew was called to assist in the rescue near Muscle Rock at about 5:50 p.m. Sunday. By the time the helicopter arrived, the beach was covered by darkness. A 34-year-old San Francisco man was hiking when he slipped on the rocks and tumbled to the beach, suffering leg injuries. When the helicopter arrived, the man was at the bottom of a 300-foot cliff....
  • An 82-Year-Old Man Celebrates After Hiking the Entire Appalachian Trail

    11/05/2017 9:22:55 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 33 replies
    Sentinel Source ^ | 11/4 | Tara Bahrampour
    There was a moment back in August when Dale “Grey Beard” Sanders considered giving up. In the middle of the 100-Mile Wilderness in Maine, far from help, he was bleeding internally and having heart palpitations — not surprising considering that he was 50 or 60 years older than most of the people he had met on the Appalachian Trail. Sanders called his wife in Bartlett, Tennessee, and she urged him to keep going. With a go-ahead from his doctors, he did, and on Thursday, Sanders, 82, officially became the oldest person to hike the entire 2,190-mile trail in a year....