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    What the heck is the Montauk Monster?

    Read the full article from FoxNews:
    ‘Montauk Monster’ Has Hamptons in a Tizzy

    Wow - It’s going to be interesting to see what this is! Hoax? Diseased creature? Man, it sure is creepy lookin’

    The animal looks like a bloated, hairless dog, except that it’s got an eagle-like beak, a prominent brow ridge and a curiously elongated front paw.

    Photo from Gawker

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    Posted on 31st July 2008
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    Weatherby Foundation International’s Outdoor Expo Program Continues Rapid Expansion

    Weatherby Foundation International’s Outdoor Expo Program Continues Rapid Expansion Across the U.S.

    Weatherby Foundation International (WFI) continues to see tremendous growth in its outdoor expo program, encouraging increasing numbers of youth and families to enjoy nature by hunting, fishing and taking part in other activities.

    WFI-sponsored expos are scheduled for 28 locations in 19 states this year, with an estimated 280,000 people expected to attend. In 1998, the first year of the program, WFI sponsored two expos in Wyoming and Texas. Over the years, more than one million people have participated in WFI-sponsored expos. About 450,000 were less than 18 years old.

    States receiving expo grants and other support from WFI in 2008: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Nebraska, New Mexico, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming.

    In addition, WFI was a sponsor of the National Archery in the Schools (NASP) Program tournament in May. Held in Louisville, Ky., it was the largest archery tournament in U.S. history with more than 3,000 entrants representing 175 schools from 22 states.

    Through WFI’s outdoor expo program, state wildlife agencies and other non-profit organizations receive grants and other support for planning, developing and conducting expos. Expo Program Coordinator Dave Lockman is available for one-on-one support, to conduct group workshops or pass along a comprehensive planning guide.

    Outdoor expos are free events providing hands-on introductory experiences for youth and families in a wide range of pastimes including shooting, fishing, canoeing, camping and wildlife observation. Conservation education is a key offering at most expos.

    Since 1998, WFI has provided nearly $1 million for start-up and maintenance grants, as well as planning assistance and other support. Because of this growth and success, WFI welcomes donations to continue support of the program.

    “Taking part in outdoor activities is a great way for families to spend time together, but if you don’t know how to fish or get ready for a hunting or camping trip, it can be difficult to get started,” said WFI President Craig Boddington. “The outdoor expo helps youth and families learn the basics so they can begin enjoying the outdoors. It is also a focal point for outdoor organizations to rally around and work together in the common cause of promoting outdoor education and participation.”

    For more information about the outdoor expo program, contact Dave Lockman at wyodave@qwestoffice.net or (307) 635-3865. Or visit www.weatherby-foundation.org.

    Weatherby Foundation International was established in 1988 in memory of Roy E. Weatherby (founder of Weatherby, Inc.). For more information or to make a contribution, write the foundation at 145 N. Westhaven Drive, Suite BB204, Oshkosh, Wis. 54904; or call 920-385-7252. The foundation is a nonprofit, tax-exempt organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Contributions are deductible.


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    Posted on 31st July 2008
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    Taking a CCW Class

    I am pretty excited to know that I will be taking a CCW Class in September. I have been speaking with John Hansen of Black Wolf Defense and not only am I going to take his class, but I will be doing a blog post with photos about the class as well.

    I am not sure at this point whether I will actually apply for the CCW Permit, but I have always wanted to take the class. I think the information covered is useful for any firearm owner.

    Here is some info about John and Black Wolf:

    Black Wolf Defense (formerly known as Hollow-Point Defense) has been around since 2003. We have helped lots of people get their CCW permits. I believe I have good reputation in helping people out. I started this ordeal to be customer friendly, and I will do what ever I can to keep that going. I start by keeping prices affordable for all.

    About the Instructor
    - John Hansen, Jr. I am currently in the Law Enforcement field, I have been doing AZ CCW permits since 2004. Over 1500 satisfied people. I have been involved in law enforcement investigations and I have had the opportunity to talk to various types of criminals (Gangsters, Murderers, Rapist, Car Thieves and Armed Robbers). In short, when I answer a question of yours I believe I can give you the best possible answer! I work on the Law side and I get to talk to the criminals that commit these crimes against us, my answers are NOT based on a book or class that I have taken some where.

    Our website is ever changing and continuously improved to be a beneficial site to all that visit here!

    When it comes to Self-Defense, there are three truth’s:




    You will not be disappointed in our classes!

    John Hansen

    Here is the course outline:

    CCW-Concealed Carry Course

    Topics Covered:

    Legal Issues
    Use of force
    AZ concealment laws
    Levels of awareness
    Threat analysis
    Conflict resolution
    Home defense plan
    Non-lethal defense
    Shooting fundamentals
    Malfunction clearances

    Course Length: 1 day/ 8 hours

    Written test 20 questions, must obtain 100% score on test

    Shooting requirements: TQ 21 Target

    5 rounds at 5 yards
    5 rounds at 10 yards

    You can learn more about CCW fundamentals HERE.

    You can also learn about AZ justification laws via John’s site.

    John’s contact info:
    1313 North Litchfield Road
    Goodyear, AZ 85338
    ph: (623) 694-0377

    John has come highly recommended and if you have any interest in taking a CCW Class, I strongly suggest you contact him. Look for a follow-up story some time after September 13th. I sincerely want to thank John for working with me on this project!

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    Posted on 30th July 2008
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    Some more inane ramblings

    Well, at least Tom S liked my feeble attempts at poetry. Here’s another:

    Fly Fisherman

    Rapids. Bubbling swirls.
    Calm pools, like diamonds strewn on glass.
    Ripples. Flashing trout.

    Kingfisher swooping.
    Blackflies. Mosquitoes. Mayflies.
    Dry fly – match the hatch.

    The fly disappears
    The reel begins it’s scream
    The frying pan smiles.

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    Posted on 29th July 2008
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    Hunt Your Next Trophy At Eye Level With New Boiler Room Ground Blind

    Hunter’s Specialties® new Boiler Room Ground Blind offers hunters plenty of space to draw and shoot a bow or take a friend along on the hunt.

    The new rugged hub style blind has a 76″x76″x69″ (hub to hub) interior with a zippered arched doorway for easy entry and exit.

    The blind has camouflaged windows on four sides offering 360° visibility if desired. The split window coverings with interior black-out panels can be dropped down and secured to expose just the right amount of the replaceable shoot-through mesh for every hunting situation.

    The Boiler Room Ground Blind can be set up in seconds. It folds into a light, compact easy-to-carry package when it is time to move.

    There are eight tie-down points with eight stakes and four ropes to secure the blind in almost any weather conditions.

    The Boiler Room Ground Blind allows you to hunt clean-hunt scent-free with the included durable scent-safe blind bag, locking in cover scents while locking out unwanted odors. A 24-ounce bottle of Scent-A-Way Plus Fresh Earth Advanced Formula Spray and two fresh earth scent wafers are included allowing hunters to keep not only themselves, but also the blind scent-free.

    The blind comes in Realtree® AP™ camo with sewn on loops for adding natural brush or other materials for ultimate concealment.

    The Boiler Room Ground Blind with Scent-Safe Blind Bag sells for a suggested retail price of $299.95.

    For more information, log onto the Hunter’s Specialties website at www.hunterspec.com, write to 6000 Huntington Court NE, Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52402,or call a Consumer Service Specialist at 319-395-0321.

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    Posted on 29th July 2008
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    Excited To Hunt Turkey

    This year I decided to put in for a turkey tag. I have never hunted turkey in my life. I have never been on a turkey hunt. The only wild turkeys I have ever seen were in Maine, or at the zoo. In other words, I am going to need a lot of help from my friends.

    I drew a Unit 22 tag for Merriam’s Turkey.

    Species Application: TURKEY

    Drawn Hunt Number: 04065

    Permit No: 000116 - Congratulations! Draw Successful.

    The tag is good for October 3 - October 9. Due to some situations at home, I will probably only spend a couple of days at it, but I am psyched, nonetheless!

    Woo hoooo

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    Posted on 28th July 2008
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    The Mega Mac Daddy® From Carlton’s Calls™ Can Pull That Big Trophy Bull Elk Into Range

    Wayne Carlton’s Calls™ new Mega Mac Daddy® elk call has all the features hunters need to call in a big bull elk.

    The mouthpiece comes with a removable baffle, large removable grunt tube with an Advantage® Max-1 camo cover and a lanyard with 4 loops to keep everything together.

    The internal diaphragm on the Mega Mac Daddy uses Hunter’s Specialties® new Infinity Latex™, the most consistent, realistic and lively latex available. Infinity Latex requires less air pressure to run the call and no break-in period is required.

    The Mac Daddy series of calls are extremely easy to use by beginners and seasoned hunters alike. By blowing the call and changing pressure on the plunger, everything from cow and calf calls to deep resonant bugles can be produced.

    The detachable baffle can be used to adjust the call’s volume. Attaching the large grunt tube allows hunters to make the deep, rich bugles of a mature bull.

    Suggested retail price is $34.95.

    For more information, log onto the Hunter’s Specialties website at www.hunterspec.com, write to 6000 Huntington Court NE, Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52402,orcallaConsumer Service Specialist at 319-395-0321.

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    Posted on 27th July 2008
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    Arizona Fishing Report -

    Recorded public call-in line: (602) 789-3701

    Rory’s Tip
    I am on vacation, so the ever-able Jim Harken will be performing this report’s editing duties while I am away refining the art of gallivanting (thanks Jim).

    If you want a superb wildlife and fishing adventure you’ll be talking about for years, head for the Willow Beach area of the Colorado River to see desert bighorn sheep in the rut and to fish for rainbow trout, plus huge stripers (see our new interactive fishing map for the location and directions). http://www.azgfd.gov/h_f/where_fish.shtml

    You might just see or hear bighorn rams butting heads for the right to mate with a waiting harem of ewes. It’s a remarkable wildlife experience.

    What’s more, the federal fish hatchery at Willow Beach stocks rainbow trout every Friday like clockwork. And just like clockwork, huge striped bass weighing from 10 to 50 pounds will come in to feed on stocker trout - lollygaggers get eaten.

    Just take along some trout-imitating “swim baits” and get ready for action. Be sure to have new fishing line on your reel, preferably 20-pound strength or greater. Do the math: If you have a 40-pound striper traveling at 30 mph hitting a one-ounce lure on the end of 50 feet of line, the coefficient can be . . . a broken line. Not to mention a broken heart from losing a monster fish. At the price for some of those swim baits, losing one might even cost you a few crocodile tears.

    My family also likes to fish frozen anchovies while drifting for stripers and searching for bighorns moving about the shoreline or along the rugged slopes of Black Canyon. It’s amazing when you see bighorns bounding up or down cliffs.

    But keep a close watch on your fishing poles - when a fast-moving striper hits, an unattended pole can disappear faster than the last potato chip at a Saturday night poker game.

    Be sure to get on the water early - like at first light. Not only is the fishing better at that hour, it is also cooler. By late morning, the temperatures in Black Canyon can stress out a cheap thermometer or an expensive tan.

    If you plan on taking a swim to escape the heat, keep in mind that the water temperature can be around 50 degrees cooler than the air temperature: be sure to wear a life jacket. The shock of that cold water can do strange things to your bodily functions.

    It’s a bit of a drive, so at these gas prices, maybe plan on visiting Willow Beach then visit Hoover Dam with a possible side trip to Lake Mead, Boulder, or even Las Vegas. Always look at ways of maximizing your recreational time in the field - it just makes sense, no matter how you spell it.

    Good luck. Go catch some remarkable memories. I’ll be back the first week of August.

    I strongly suggest that you take time to view the AZGFD’s Weekly Fishing Report Blog

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    Posted on 27th July 2008
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    Hunter education classes ramped up for fall hunters

    Hunter education classes ramped up for fall hunters

    July 24, 2008

    Courses now offered statewide and on the Internet
    PHOENIX — With the fall big game hunt results announced, now is when the planning begins. Proper preparation includes exercising, researching hunt areas, and honing your marksmanship skills. But what about having a safe hunt?

    One way to assure a safe trip afield is by taking a hunter education course. Taught by certified, knowledgeable and experienced volunteer instructors, the program teaches the basics and beyond, to make your hunt satisfying, successful, and most of all, safe.

    The Arizona Game and Fish Department has hunter education classes available throughout the state, including metro Phoenix, Tucson, Yuma, Camp Verde, Lakeside, Kingman and many other areas. Some of the classes begin as soon as this Friday, July 25.

    For a full listing of classroom courses, visit www.azgfd.gov/education and click on “hunter education.”

    “Although hunter ed is not mandatory for adults, youth hunters ages 10, 11, 12 and 13 are required to have a valid hunter education certification from Arizona or other approved program to participate in a big game hunt,” says Hunter Education Coordinator Mark Quigley.

    Hunting remains one of the safest recreational activities. Hunting-related incidents in Arizona are extremely low, averaging around three accidents a year with rarely a fatality. Hunter education provides a sound foundation for young hunters and those new to hunting in the West, or it is an excellent refresher for experienced hunters.

    “Our course is very diverse and fun. We teach about ethics, fair chase, hunting laws, firearm safety, wildlife identification, conservation, game care, first aid, survival and much more,” Quigley adds. “We also offer several different types of courses, including introductory, basic, combined basic/bowhunting, and our latest online self-paced Internet course.”

    For more information about the online hunter education course, visit www.azgfd.gov/education and click on “hunter education” and then “online course.”

    “Although it’s the middle of summer, right now is the time to take a class,” says Quigley. “Class availability will dramatically decrease as the hunting season progresses.”

    Lastly, Quigley suggests, “even if you don’t take a hunter safety course, all hunters are encouraged to wear “hunter orange” in all hunting situations - except spring turkey season - and to remember Arizona’s safe hunter’s slogan, tab plus one (T.A.B. +1): T=Treat every gun as if it were loaded; A=Always keep you muzzle pointed in a safe direction; B=Be sure of your target and beyond; +1=Keep your finger outside the trigger guard until ready to shoot.

    Early deer season starts in late August, and then dove, small game and fall big game hunts begin. There is no time to waste – sign up for a hunter education course today.

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    Posted on 27th July 2008
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    Wolves kill six hunting dogs near Kamiah

    A snippet from this AP story: Wolves kill six hunting dogs near Kamiah.

    Wolves kill six hunting dogs near Kamiah

    Associated Press - July 25, 2008 9:35 AM ET

    KAMIAH, Idaho (AP) - Members of a northern Idaho family say 6 of their prized Walker hounds were killed in confrontations with wolves during a hunting excursion.

    Members of the Schilling family, of Kamiah, say the dogs were killed Sunday in the Smith Ridge area during a run to track down bears.

    The dog’s owners returned to the area Tuesday to document the attack with a trapper from the Federal Wildlife Services agency.

    More at the link above….

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    Posted on 26th July 2008
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    Operation Predator 5 DVD

    The new Operation Predator 5 DVD from Johnny Stewart® Wildlife Calls shows viewers why predator hunting is the fastest growing sport in America.

    Predator calling experts Gerald Stewart, Ed Wimberley and 2007 World Coyote Calling Champion Al Morris bring you along on successful hunts that let you see how they set up to call predators into range.

    Whether you’re a die-hard predator hunter or just wanting to get started in the sport, this is a DVD packed full of entertainment and useful information. Operation Predator 5 contains two hours of fast paced calling action.

    It comes packaged with a Johnny Stewart Wildlife Calls window sticker at a suggested retail price of $11.95.

    For more information, log onto the Hunter’s Specialties website at www.hunterspec.com, write to 6000 Huntington Court NE, Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52402, or call a Consumer Service Specialist at 319-395-0321.


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    Posted on 26th July 2008
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    Denny Corriveau just keeps going “wild”!

    I took a minute to touch base with my friend Denny Corriveau, the WildCheff the other day. Wow! Denny’s business is going wild!

    Here’s what Denny had to say, when I asked him what was new:

    Marshall….lots going on….

    I was approached by the Editor of Ruffed Grouse Society as she wants to feature me and a couple of my recipes using my spice blends in their Fall magazine edition was also approached to do a co-authored piece for the NH Fish & Game featured in their Fall magazine about game butchering and game preparation

    I also was just asked to do a couple of events in Maine:

    1) Wild Game Cooking clinic, cooking demos and a book signing this October for Kittery Trading Post’s Hunters Gear up Weekend…and

    2) Also asked to be a judge and do a wild game cooking demo at a wild game cook-off for the Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine (both are listed on my website)

    I also am going to be part of the POMA Speaker’s Bureau which will be launched at the Annual meeting (people will be able to hire me for speaking engagements)
    Mossy Oak has asked me to write cooking columns for them quarterly in their Mossy Oak Hunting the Country and Farming Wildlife magazines
    Northwoods Sporting Journal will be featuring “Cooking Tips” from me in their monthly magazine
    I just did a radio interview with Jim Ferguson (Great American Outdoor Trails) which will be Podcast and I believe on his internet site
    I also have 4 new Spice Blends that I have added to my line-up (they are only offered in a sample size currently - I also offer a sample pack now so people can try a smaller quantity to find their favorites/people can find it in my Product Catalog section of my website) The 4 new Blends are:
    WildCheff Lemon/Pepper (awesome for fresh or salt water fish, making Picatta or any lemon pepperecipes)
    WildCheff Sesame/Ginger (great for wild game stir-fry or coating fresh tuna or salmon steaks, as well as honey - sesame chicken, etc)
    WildCheff Jalapeno Flakes (awesome air-dried jalapenos to season any Tex/Mex recipe)
    WildCheff Chipotle Flakes (incredible smoked jalapenos that add a tremendous smokey heat to Southwestern and Tex/Mex dishes)
    I will be doing some filming soon for a couple DVD’s that I will be producing….

    Never a dull moment and much momentum happening….cookbook will be published soon.

    Keep in touch.

    Bon appetite,

    Denny Corriveau
    President/Master Game Chef
    Mossy Oak National Pro-Staff Game Chef
    WildCheff Enterprises, LLC
    Amesbury, MA /Sebago Lake, ME
    “We’re Game if You Are!”

    Denny also let me in on something very big that is brewing with Mossy Oak - more to follow on that!

    Venison Fajitas w/ WildCheff

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    Posted on 26th July 2008
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