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We knew the streets of New York were wild, but with a coyote captured in Manhattan, things are a little more wild than people thought.

It had been over two weeks since Riverside Park Administrator John Herrod first sighted the coyote. Although park officials and Animal Control knew it was there, cold weather and the coyote’s elusiveness kept them from finding it. Until this past weekend.

Watch this news clip to see what happened when they finally got close enough for a capture.

For two hours, NYPD and Animal Control attempted to capture the coyote in Riverside Park in Upper Manhattan, but due to the extreme cold, the tranquilizer darts kept freezing. Trying to keep the process as humane as possible, new darts were received and the coyote was eventually cornered in a basketball court.

The coyote was hit with a tranquilizer gun around 8:30 p.m. on Saturday and taken to the Animal Care and Control on Sunday, where it was given a clean bill of health by a local veterinarian. Later that same day, the coyote captured in Manhattan, nicknamed Riva by those who interacted with her, was released in the wilderness area near the Bronx.

As populations grow, coyotes are known to cause problems in urban areas due to less and less natural habitat, and apparently New York City is no different.


If there’s one annoying thing about hunting with a crossbow, it’s the need to discharge the cocked bow at the end of the hunt. As with muzzleloading rifles, the best way to unload is to fire away. Sportsmen can shoot their bolt into the ground, yet this often destroys an expensive arrow and broadhead. The folks at Rinehart have a simple solution that easily solves this problem: a small angled discharge target. Here are the details from Archery Business.

At the end of a hunt, discharging a crossbow into a soft target is the safest way to unload.

At the end of a hunt, discharging a crossbow into a soft target is the safest way to unload.

As a bowhunter who shoots a lot of arrows throughout the year, I’m always on the prowl for a cool target. I’ve always been drawn to the durability and self-healing foam of Rinehart’s line, and its 3D targets make for fun realistic target sessions. Both 3D and large foam targets are great leading up to a hunt, but I also feel the need to shoot my bow often while on an actual hunt.  Whether I’m camped in the mountains hunting screaming bulls or just driving down the road to my whitetail haunt, nothing builds confidence like placing a few arrows in the 10-ring before hitting the woods.   MORE


Steelhead…it almost has a mythical ring to it. I haven’t caught a lot myself. I have had the opportunity to catch them, and they’re not only a thrilling gamefish to catch, but also fantastic table fare. To northern anglers looking for opportunities at winter fishing, steelhead also offer one of the very best games in town. One of the best places to play are within the Great Lakes and its tributaries.

Outdoor megastore Cabela’s would like to help you get in on the action. In this post from Cabela’s blog, they review the best techniques and gear needed to target steelhead from a boat or the shore.

steel_cabelaAh, winter. To some people it is a time to ski down a hill, or pull the dust cover off the snowmobile. For me, it is my favorite time of year to hit the rivers around my hometown in Michigan. Sure it is a little cold outside, and there are days when fishing just isn’t in the cards. But there are those days when the fishing is epic, and those are the days worth living for.

There are two basic types of winter river fishing. A good way to think about it is to compare camping in a tent versus camping in a motor home. I’m referring to shore/wade fishing versus using a boat.

Shore/wade fishing is a good way to take on a river, especially if you don’t have a boat or are unfamiliar with using one on a river. I don’t think winter is the time to become familiar either. If you know good spots that can be easily accessed via wading, then you’re set. If you’re short on good spots to fish, well, it is really beautiful and peaceful that time of year. As far as clothing goes, layering is the way to go with as much waterproof protection as you can muster. For waders, you’ll want neoprene and thick neoprene too. I’d even suggest you go for a solid pair of waterfowl hunting waders, as you’ll get more abrasion resistance. Remember there will be some shore ice, which can cut through weak waders like a knife. They’re pretty warm too.

Photos: Reel Action Flyfishing (top); Cabela’s (above)


By El Marshall

Camping trips can seem harder to accomplish as life gets busier, but it doesn’t have to be. A few simple mindset adjustments can help you fit camping into even the most jam-packed schedule.

When you’re young, camping is easy. My friends and I could plan and be ready to execute a trip in a day’s notice and we did so often. The older we have all gotten, though, the fewer and farther between our trips have become. We’re now all grown up with families, jobs, and grown-up responsibility. A couple of years ago I realized that if you asked me to describe myself, “camper” was still one of the first five words I would use, but I was only dedicating time for it a few times a year. To fix that, I had to change a couple of things about my camping persona, and it has made all the difference.
These are some things that have helped me work camping back into my life, and I hope they’ll help you as well.
1. Involve the whole family.

When I was 15-22 years old, camping is what I did to get away from my family. My friends and I loaded up and hit the woods and I was not responsible for anyone except that group for the next few days. Now, I invite my whole family along. Parents, kids, cousins…we have made it an adjustment to be an experience we can all enjoy. More than one birthday party has been held at a campground so that the non-campers can still drive out and enjoy the day with us and we still get to camp.

Combining family obligations with camping desires has given us a great new avenue to celebrate milestones.

2. Embrace the weekend getaway.

There was a time when I thought a couple of nights camping just was not worth spending the time and effort on. If I could not be gone for at least four days, then what was the sense of even going? In my adult life, I have realized that it’s the quality of your experience camping, not the quantity of time that matters. So now if we spot a free weekend, it’s time to camp. We’ll have the stuff loaded and ready to leave by the time the whistle blows on Friday and we’ll be home in time for me to cook dinner on Sunday.

It’s a short trip, but it’s so worth it.

3. Get to know your local campgrounds.

I’ll admit it. My name is El and I am a recovering camping snob. I used to think that camping was only camping if you drove for hours to a secluded area and hiked five miles to get to your campsite with everything you needed on your back. I judged those who pulled their RV into the local campground and were just ready to go. I still think traditional camping is the best, but it’s also a big reason camping wasn’t fitting into my life. Now, I have been to every campground within an hour from my house, and while I’m still all about my tent, some of my best friends have RVs and I love them, too.

Campgrounds came about for camping convenience. Take full advantage of them!

bigstock-Caravan-with-a-awning-at-a-cam-733034054. Be OK with technology.

As I mentioned, I used to be a camping snob. A purist, so to speak. Camping grills, electricity and Internet connection were not allowed on my trips. I humbly admit though, I was wrong. I have finished up a project in my tent after the kids go to sleep more than once. I have a Coleman grill for some of our meals so my family does not have to spend hours cooking for a weekend getaway. I have even taken out a coffee pot. Why? Because being able to do these things frees up our time to both be able to get out at all, and to make the most of the days that we have.

If I could not finish that project, maybe we would not have been able to go out that weekend at all, and if we did not have coffee quickly the next day, I may not have been able to get out of the sleeping bag.

5. Start a tradition.

I have made some changes to my camping routine, but every once and a while I do still want to hike those five miles to the campground and stay there for a week without my computer, and so my friends and I have made it a tradition at least once a year to do a bucket-list trip. By making it a tradition, we made it a priority and we get it done, because we know it’s good for us. Now, at least once a year, we can count on going back to our roots, making memories, and having a great time.

If you follow some of these steps, you will be able to get out there and spend some time in the mountains again.


By Brad Smith

Sometimes a trail cam captures a little more than expected.

Most hunters use trail cams all throughout the year to track animal movements during the seasons. By the time deer season rolls around, hopefully all deer patterns are pretty buttoned down and the hunter is in a good position to bag a big one.

These cameras roll 24/7, night and day. Every now and then, a trail camera captures a picture of something that is unidentified. The mind often wanders about the possibilities of what these unidentified trail cam objects could be, but maybe, just maybe, it’s something that can’t be explained.

Deer have red eyes?

Phantoms & Monsters

I understand that those are other deer eyes reflecting in the night against the flash, but what about those large red eyes above them? Perhaps that stand should go to the new guy hunting the property this year.

Pac-Man Weirdness

Phantoms & Monsters

The first thing I thought when I saw these strange lights captured on this trail cam photo was that they looked like the little ghosts from Pac-Man. What about you?

Bigfoot, is that You?

Phantoms & Monsters

So, if this is a picture of a Bigfoot, I think he may have fallen on some hard times. What the heck else could this be? Alright, alright, it’s just a bug reflecting off the infrared light that is somehow involved with the sun reflecting off Jupiter during a meteor shower or something. Obviously it’s easily explainable… You can hunt that property. I’m good.

Anybody Remember The Phoenix Lights?

Phantoms & Monsters

Back in 1997, a whole bunch of strange lights appeared over the city of Phoenix, Arizona. If you aren’t familiar with that story, click here. There were many eye witnesses and no real good explanations of what the lights really were. Long story short, they looked just like this.

I’m Certain this Came from the Government

Doubtful News

I’m all ears. What is this? More importantly, what would you do if you caught this on your camera? Would you tell anybody or just delete and act like you never saw it?

And this is What, Exactly?

The Gralien Report

You want to hear what a going theory is on this photo? This is what Bigfoot looks like dematerializing when it detects a trail cam. See, now it all makes sense.

This is Why it Should Always be Gun Season

Above Top Secret

When I first started hunting back when I was a kid, those long walks to my stand before sunrise and those long walks back to the truck after dark were often pretty terrifying. Seeing stuff like this just brings all those memories right back. Maybe I actually had a reason to be afraid!

Now this is Just Strange

Before It’s News

I oftentimes find myself praying for deer during some very slow times throughout the season. Perhaps this is what comes along and ushers those deer in range of my bow or gun. Or, maybe this is what comes along and pushes hunters out of their treestands. What do you think?

If You Saw this, Would You Shoot it?


This one just has me stumped. It’s not a great picture because it was taken in low light, but still, just what is it?

You Don’t See this Everyday


This photo was taken in Kentucky. I know I don’t get around much, but I’m not familiar with animals that look like this in Kentucky. Some people say it might just be house cat, some even say some sort of monkey. What do you think?


One great way to help the winter fly by is to prepare for spring turkey season. What better way to warm a frigid day than to burn hot powder?

Winchester just introduced a more powerful turkey load, one that’s designed to make maximum use of maximum range. Here’s the turkey forecast from their perspective.

Patterning a turkey load is a great way to prepare for the spring season.

Patterning a turkey load is a great way to prepare for the spring season.

Winchester’s Long Beard XR turkey ammo was a big success in 2014 and 2015 looks to have big things in store as well. By big, we mean magnum. The Long Beard is a 3 times NWTF world record holder and now magnum shells will be available to further inflict damage on many an unsuspecting bird. The secret behind the Long Beard XR magnum is the SHOT LOK technology that enables twice as many pellets to be on target at 50 yards compared to a standard lead load. You might want a few of these in your turkey bag this spring.