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Of all the fish we catch, bluefin are known for being one of the toughest to catch.

Unlike the Nat Geo show Wicked Tuna, we don’t usually catch bluefin that are more than 100 lbs. However, it often takes a light fluorocarbon leader and small hooks to get them to bite. Then you find yourself battling a very hard fighting fish on light line. I’ve seen several times where we come upon vast schools, only to pick off a few fish. That is why it’s very hard to fathom why further restrictions are needed for them.

However, fisheries regulators are looking to do exactly that, which will drastically cut bag limits on this fish. Find out the reasoning why in this article from San Diego Union-Tribune.

fortune_bft_California anglers will be restricted to just two bluefin tuna per day instead of 10, under proposed changes to limits for the popular sportfish.

The Pacific Fishery Management Council – the rule-making body for federal fisheries – voted on Monday to sharply cut the bag limit for bluefin, after reports showed the fishery is collapsing.

It also proposed reducing the number that fishermen may have in their possession from 30 to six.

The council will vote whether to finalize that change at its November meeting in Costa Mesa. In the meantime, council staff will analyze how different bag limits will affect catch levels, and what the socieoeconomic impacts of those changes could be.

Photos: San Diego Union-Tribune (top); Fortune Sportfishing (above)

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Bill McKinley received a TenPoint Crossbow for his 70th birthday, along with arrows and HellRazor broadheads. McKinley lives in Maryland, where a recent stretch of cool, mid-fall weather seemed to have the deer moving.

“I awoke early yesterday morning and thought I’d test out the new crossbow in one of my favorite stands,” he said. “I knew that deer often transitioned through a small patch of woods from an alfalfa field, and I could hardly believe my eyes when a big 8-point in full velvet moved right toward my stand. It paused at 20 yards and the TenPoint was deadly accurate and shot through both lungs and buried the bolt six inches in the ground on the other side.”

Probably a 3.5 year old deer, McKinley was thrilled with the hefty harvest and the rack in full velvet.

Early season can be one of the best and most predictable times of year to bowhunt. And who among us wouldn’t want to hear other hunters’ strategies for success? Check out this helpful article from OutdoorHub.

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While I don’t love the mosquitoes that often accompany an early season deer hunt, I do love the opportunity that early bowhunting presents. Deer are in predictable patterns during the early weeks of many states’ archery seasons in September.

Whitetail bucks are in velvet until about the first of September. In fact, the bucks in my area lose their velvet nearly always within a week of September 1. Up until that time, the bucks are generally bunched up into what we often refer to as bachelor groups. These are usually three to six bucks of all ages that are traveling, bedding, and feeding together. You can find them quite easily with a pair of binoculars in August, just start snooping around at the alfalfa and soybean fields and they’ll turn up during the last hour of daylight.

Hunting in bear country requires extra caution, whether you’re in pursuit of the grizzly, with its bad temper, or the milder black bear, which has a much more expanded range.

Although both bears are dangerous, the approach to a bear attack is very different. With a grizzly or brown bear attack, “playing dead” sometimes works, whereas if you’re attacked by a black bear, you’ll want to fight for your life. Black bears usually attack with the intent to kill you.

One unfortunate hunter in Alberta found just how deadly a bear attack can be, as reported by OutdoorHub:

Nissan AK 2 112A missing hunter that was found last week in Kananaskis County, Alberta appears to be the latest victim of an uptick in bear encounters across the province. According to the CBC, the remains of veteran hunter Rick Cross were found near Picklejar Creek Trail alongside his backpack and rifle. Cross was reported missing on September 6, just one day before search teams recovered his body. Officials from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police confirmed that the cause of death was severe trauma inflicted by a grizzly bear, likely a sow with cubs. Due to the presence of a fresh deer carcass nearby, conservation officers say that the bear may have been more aggressive than usual.

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Cabela’s new Ultimate Alaknak tent can hold you, your dog, your hunting entourage, your family, your friends, their dogs, your gear, their gear…

This new tent from Cabela’s is really big. But if you’re setting up camp for an extended period of time and not carrying it in for miles then it’s perfect. tent

The tent is 13 x 27 ft., more spacious than my apartment, and is even equipped with a stove jack and multi-paneled windows. This tent has 10 sturdy poles and the Cabela’s proprietary tent material, X-treme Tent Cloth, is rugged, highly water resistant and has quality tear/puncture strength.

tent1The tent has two doors, including a screen door, with an awning over the entrance. It sleeps 11.

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The Ultimate Alaknak tent makes the ultimate base camp, hunting camp, if you just want a lot of space in your tent or if you have nine kids and want to get away for the weekend. The tent is 127 pounds so it would be difficult to bring on your backpacking trip and costs $1,500. Maybe for Christmas?

Photos: Cabela’s

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Let’s just say the pending world-record gator didn’t like to eat slowly.

Taxidermist Ken Owens saw something he’d never seen before last week when he cut into the stomach of a pending world-record alligator caught earlier this month on the Alabama River.

Owens incision into the gator’s belly revealed the carcass of a 115-pound doe, according to al.com. Apparently, the 15-foot, 1,011.5-pound gator swallowed the deer whole with one gulp.

“I always thought that once an alligator killed something that it ate it a piece at a time,” said Owens.

Most of the deer’s hair had deteriorated, but the meat on its body and its hooves were still intact. Owens estimates the doe was three years old.

“I can’t imagine how it got ahold of that adult deer and ate it in one piece like that. It’s unbelievable,” Owens said.

Here’s a video of Owens and his taxidermy team at work on skinning the gator. Unfortunately, it seems like the video was shot before they gutted the thing, and it doesn’t make mention of the deer. It’s still some amazing footage.

Believe it or not, the deer wasn’t the only thing Owens found in the gator’s stomach. The giant reptile had also eaten two whole squirrels, both of which were mostly intact.

Owens estimates the record gator ate the animals a few days prior to being killed by hunter Mandy Stokes and fellow gator hunters on Aug. 16. The team fought with the beast on the Alabama River for five hours before Stokes delivered a finishing blow with a shotgun to the gator’s skull.

Mandy Stokes and company with the pending world-record gator. Photo: Sharon Steinmann/Al.com

The worldwide media have focused their attention on the gator, as it is a contender for the world record American alligator. The current record is a 14.8-foot, 880-pound alligator taken near Lufkin, Texas in 2008.

Owens, who is also a certified scorer for Safari Club International, measured the gator for the official world record application.

“I’ve done a few SCI Gold Medal deer and such, but this is the first as far as a potential world record goes,” Owens said.

The SCI could take up to 45 days before they make a decision to confirm the record.

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Whether or not you’re planning an elk hunt any time soon, you’ll want to check out this video. Realtree’s 15-Yard Files team kick off their 2014 fall season with a pulse-pounding video feasting elk-hunting footage you simply must see.

It’s one thing to target an elk from a comfortable distance, but when that giant creature is a mere four yards away? Well, we’ll let the video do the talking for us…

Have you ever squared off with an elk or other animal at such close range? Tell us about it in the comments section below.