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  • The 6 Best Rifle Cartridges for Moose Hunting

    10/23/2020 8:06:20 PM PDT · by DoodleBob · 54 replies
    Field & Stream ^ | October 22, 2020 | David E. Petzel
    Comparatively few people get to hunt moose. In Maine, where we have masses of moose, the odds on drawing a tag in any given year are 1,300 to one. In Alaska, where the moose are many, and there’s no problem getting a license, but for a nonresident, it’s an expensive and difficult hunt. On the other hand, I consider moose to be the best of all wild meats, and there’s a lot of it if you get one. So, let us consider the best cartridges for same. Moose are not smart or tough, but they are big. Bulls in the...
  • Biden Slams Trump Friendship With 'Thug'(s) Kim ("...and the Chinese president and Putin and others and he pokes his finger in eye of all of our friends...")

    10/23/2020 7:33:24 PM PDT · by Libloather · 14 replies
    IB Times ^ | 10/23/20
    Democratic candidate Joe Biden on Thursday denounced President Donald Trump for befriending North Korea's "thug" leader, likening his diplomacy to working with Hitler. In a sharp clash in their final presidential debate, Biden attacked Trump's insistence that he has avoided war through his summits with Kim Jong Un. "He's talked about his good buddy, who's a thug," Biden said of the young North Korean leader. "That's like saying we had a good relationship with Hitler before he invaded Europe -- the rest of Europe. Come on." But Biden indicated he was also willing to meet with Kim, saying his condition...

    10/23/2020 11:31:55 AM PDT · by SJackson · 18 replies ^ | October 22, 2020 | Colleen Flynn
    Katahdin, the northern terminus of the Appalachian Trail, is the end goal for many thru-hikers. COVID-19 restrictions caused many to postpone their hike in 2020. Fewer than 1,000 thru-hikers each year successfully complete the 2,190 miles stretching from Georgia to Maine that make up the Appalachian Trail (AT). In early March of 2020, scores of hikers descended on Georgia’s Amicalola Falls State Park—the southern terminus of the AT—eager to join those ranks and attempt the popular Northbound journey that they had spent months or even years planning. But as news of the COVID-19 outbreak spread in the spring, The Appalachian...
  • Donald Trump to hold rally in Waukesha on Saturday (Wisconsin)

    10/23/2020 6:42:15 AM PDT · by Libloather · 6 replies
    Wisconsin State Journal ^ | 10/23/10 | Mitchell Schmidt
    President Donald Trump will host a rally in the conservative stronghold of Waukesha on Saturday, marking his seventh trip to the state this year. Trump’s campaign announced Thursday the president will deliver remarks at Stein’s Aircraft Services at the Waukesha County Airport Saturday evening as part of a four-stop tour that also includes events in North Carolina, Ohio and New Hampshire. The announcement comes on the heels of Trump’s rally in Janesville on Saturday. **SNIP** Asked about Trump’s planned visit, Gov. Tony Evers said he strongly encourages the president to require all attendees to wear masks and practice social distancing,...
  • Trump to hold Pensacola rally Friday

    10/23/2020 4:39:56 AM PDT · by Libloather · 13 replies
    AI ^ | 10/21/20 | Leada Gore
    President Trump will hold a rally in Pensacola, Florida on Friday. Trump’s campaign announced the president will deliver remarks at a “Make America Great Again Victory Rally,” at ST Aerospace 1 Merlion Way in Pensacola on Oct. 23 at 7 p.m. CT. The event will feature remarks from the president and other Republican candidates. The complete lineup has not been announced. The event is general admission and you can register for tickets here. Doors will open at 4 p.m.

    10/22/2020 12:08:35 PM PDT · by SJackson · 18 replies ^ | October 21, 2020 | Allison Qiang
    Hikers at Nancy Falls in 1929 For centuries, hikers traveling in the Nancy Brook Scenic Area of the White Mountain National Forest have reported hearing cries and shrieks of laughter. These strange noises are thought to belong to a young woman named Nancy Barton, who had been hiking through Crawford Notch in the winter of 1778, when she succumbed to frostbite and hypothermia. Nancy died while in pursuit of a lover who had betrayed her. Her legend, detailed below, continues to fuel speculation as to whether this scenic area is haunted. For centuries, hikers traveling in the Nancy Brook Scenic...
  • Colorado hiker stuns onlookers while climbing mountains in high heels

    10/21/2020 4:23:16 PM PDT · by SJackson · 62 replies
    NY Post ^ | October 20, 2020 | Kenneth Garger
    An avid Colorado hiker looking for a new challenge traded in her trail shoes for high heels to climb some of the state’s highest peaks. Erin Ton, 22, switched to the unconventional hiking footwear last month after climbing 57 of the state’s “fourteeners” — Colorado mountains over 14,000 feet — since August 2018, The Colorado Springs Gazette reported. “I thought it would be a fun celebration to hike Elbert again, but do it in high heels,” Ton told the paper, referring to Mount Elbert, the first of the fourteeners she hiked years before. “It’s kind of a full-circle thing.” Since...
  • Vermonters flock to the outdoors during pandemic, keeping Search and Rescue teams busy

    10/20/2020 11:42:46 AM PDT · by SJackson · 7 replies
    VTdigger ^ | Oct 19 2020 | Amanda Gokee
    Waterbury Center State Park on Waterbury Reservoir in early September 2020. Photo by Cate Chant/VTDigger Packed parking lots, litter and crowding on trails, more accidents in the backcountry, pressures on wildlife: These are some of the signs that Vermonters and out-of-staters have been flocking to the outdoors since the pandemic began. Local search and rescue teams around the state have also been getting more calls than normal, with some logging record-high years. In spite of accidents and other challenges, state officials remain positive about people turning to the outdoors during a difficult time. Get all of VTDigger's daily news. You'll...
  • I Missed Bars. So I Built One in My Own Backyard

    10/20/2020 7:33:54 AM PDT · by SJackson · 27 replies
    Outside ^ | 10-15-20 | Nick Heil
    During a hot and lonely summer, I grabbed my tools and created an outdoor watering hole to entertain friends—at a safe distance, of course! This may be the best idea I’ve ever had One day in May, feeling bored and bummed out by the pandemic, I launched into a home-improvement project that I hoped might ease my unease: building a bar. Bars are good places for bad times—or at least they used to be, before they were canceled along with everything else. My last public drink was consumed on March 6: a Bud Light at the Hogs and Heifers Saloon...

    10/19/2020 8:07:27 AM PDT · by SJackson · 20 replies
    Meat Eater ^ | Oct 16, 2020 | Sam Lungren
    I’ve often been accused of carrying a lot of stuff going into the mountains for all-day or multi-day hunting adventures. But I’ve never once been accused of being unprepared. Every elk or mountain muley hunter exists on a spectrum of comfort—and associated pack weight—ranging from spartan to cushy. Some folks simply are tough as granite, but I truly believe that most of us will hunt better, go further, and stay longer when we have the appropriate gear to make us feel comfortable and relaxed. Besides injuries and dealing with other hunters, the only way to ruin a day in the...
  • Thousands impacted as Calwood and Lefthand Canyon fires ravage parts of Boulder Co.; 26 homes lost

    10/19/2020 7:59:09 AM PDT · by george76 · 10 replies
    Denver 7 ^ | Oct 19, 2020 | Robert Garrison
    BOULDER COUNTY, Colo. — A large area of Boulder County, including the towns of Jamestown and Ward, are under a mandatory evacuation order after two new wildfires sparked over the weekend. The 8,788-acre Calwood Fire started Saturday and is burning near the Cal-Wood Education Center in the Jamestown area, and officials Sunday night confirmed that 26 homes were lost to the fire, so far, mostly on the eastern side of the fire along Mountain Ridge Drive and Foothills Ranch Drive. No injuries were reported. ... On Sunday, a new wildfire, dubbed the Lefthand Canyon Fire, started in the 14,000 block...
  • Florida Judge Could Hold Up Carnival’s Restart of Operations

    10/18/2020 1:25:35 PM PDT · by Capt. Tom · 32 replies
    Cruise Hive ^ | Oct. 18, 2020 | Robert McGillivray
    While Carnival Corporation focuses on restarting operations in December, a Florida judge might throw a spanner in the works for them. The Miami Herald reports that U.S. District Judge for the Southern District of Florida Patricia Seitz, who heads an investigation against the company for environmental crimes, announced she would require the company to comply with their probation obligations 60-days before ships re-enter U.S. waters. The order will require each ship to carry certification from CEO Arnold Donald regarding its environmental compliance status and serve a 60-day notification period before re-entering. Carnival Corporation lawyers scrambled to have a delay of...
  • Weird venomous caterpillars that look like walking toupées are invading Virginia

    10/17/2020 12:43:55 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 46 replies
    LiveScience ^ | 10/16/2020 | Rafi Letzker
    A bizarre little insect that looks like a walking toupée and squirts venomous pus from knifelike spines is terrorizing Virginia this year, according to the state's Department of Forestry (VDoF). The venomous pus caterpillar is the larval form of the southern flannel moth (Megalopyge opercularis), and if you see one you should stay away from it. Its "hairs" are actually spines that make it among the most venomous caterpillars in the United States. A woman in New Kent County described the sensation of a "scorching hot knife passing through the outside of my calf" when she brushed against one on...
  • ‘There’s a lemur!’ 5-year-old helps crack SF Zoo theft case

    10/17/2020 12:43:52 PM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 20 replies
    AP News ^ | 17 Oct 2020 | AP
    Five-year-old James Trinh was unaware of the headlines when leaving his preschool Thursday in Daly City, about 5 miles from the zoo, and exclaimed, “There’s a lemur! There’s a lemur!” Cynthia Huang, director of the Hope Lutheran Day School, Huang was skeptical at first. “I thought, Are you sure it’s not a raccoon?” she said. The children, parents and teachers watched as caretakers arrived and coaxed the lemur into a transport cage, Huang said. San Francisco Zoo director Tanya Peterson said Maki was “an aging wild animal who needed special care” for ailments including arthritis. “He’s still agitated, dehydrated and...
  • National Park Service interns unearthed fossils of a bizarre 220-million-year-old reptile

    10/16/2020 10:20:54 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 34 replies
    CNN ^ | Fri October 16, 2020 | Scottie Andrew
    A peculiar, 220-million-year-old species of burrowing reptiles that evaded scientists has been found, fossilized. A team of National Park Service interns are credited with its discovery. Hidden in a once-vibrant part of Arizona's Petrified Forest National Park, the burgeoning paleontologists unearthed fossils of the Skybalonyx skapter, an "anteater-like reptile" that probably predates dinosaurs, according to findings published this month in the Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology. It's a new species of a reptile previously thought to only live in trees. The unusual Skybalonyx skapter belongs to the group Drepanosaur, often considered the ugly duckling of reptiles (perhaps partly because they bore...
  • No, That Mountain Lion Wasn't "Stalking" a Runner

    10/16/2020 11:46:27 AM PDT · by SJackson · 59 replies
    Backpacker ^ | Oct 15, 2020 | Adam Roy
    A viral video of a mountain lion has inspired headlines about the cat "stalking" the runner who recorded it. But that's not what the clip shows. By now, you've doubtless seen *that* viral mountain lion video. Shot in Utah, the six-minute clip shows a mountain lion advancing, snarling and batting at the air, as Kyle Burgess, the trail runner holding the camera, slowly backs away down the gravel path. Since first appearing online, the video, titled "Cougar Attack in Utah | Mountain Lion Stalks Me For 6 Minutes!" has appeared in publications from CNN to Newsweek, many of which have...
  • How to Clean, Cook, and Eat Trout in the Backcountry

    10/16/2020 11:44:53 AM PDT · by SJackson · 12 replies
    Outside ^ | Oct 15, 2020 | Ryan Wichelns
    It's the lightest backpacking meal—and one of the easiest and tastiest Freshly caught trout tastes way better than a bag of freeze-dried slop. Backpacking food is often uninspiring. Because vegetables and meat are heavy and inconvenient, they often get left behind. And many easy-to-make, lightweight, dehydrated meals are bland or textureless. It’s a shame when you consider the wealth of free and delicious wild foods we’re surrounded by on so many backpacking trips. Plus, if you gather your meal at camp, it won’t weigh you down on the trail. If you want to go this route, your options are: get...
  • A shark attacked a seal close to the shore of Race Point Beach in Provincetown today. Check out this video Corey Nunes took! 🦈

    10/16/2020 7:23:53 AM PDT · by Capt. Tom · 32 replies
    Twitter ^ | Oct. 15, 2020 | Mike Saccone
    A shark attacked a seal close to the shore of Race Point Beach in Provincetown today.
  • BEST Horror Movie Ever! -- My Octopus Teacher

    10/15/2020 9:39:30 PM PDT · by Vince Ferrer · 58 replies
    Maggie Mae Fish ^ | October 14, 2020 | Maggie Mae Fish
    A review of the Netflix film "My Octopus Teacher." BEST Horror Movie Ever! -- My Octopus Teacher Oh, just try it.
  • ‘What They’re Doing Is Signing A Death Warrant To The Animal’: Man Seen Dumping Eels Into Prospect Park Lake

    10/15/2020 5:33:16 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 26 replies
    Witnesses captured a man on video throwing eels into Prospect Park Lake in Brooklyn. The man got away, but wildlife experts are hoping many take away an important message from the illegal activity. “Yo, you’re not supposed to be dumping eels here, dude,” Dominick Pabon said as he approached the man on Sunday night. He said alerted the man that his actions were against the law. “That’s not legal,” Pabon says on a video he shot on his cellphone. “I save life,” the man responds. “No, you’re not. You’re killing other life in here,” Pabon responds. Pabon fishes often, as...