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The ocean is a never-ending source of fascination for me. In terms of the known world, our oceans are the least known parts of the planet. Only about 5% of the ocean has been explored, according to NOAA.

There are many ocean exploration operations that are ongoing as the rest of us go about our land-based lives. The E/V Nautilus is one such vessel exploring the depths. It is a 211-foot research vessel that operates two remote operation vehicles (ROVs), Hercules and Argus.

During a recent expedition in the Gulf of Mexico, E/V Nautilus encountered a rare sight, the Vampire Squid. Check out the amazing video.

Photo, video: E/V Nautilus

Years ago, a “green field” was just about any grassy patch where deer would feed when the acorns supply had exhausted. It was a great place to wait in a shooting house for deer to appear, where you might be able to bag one in a place of easy recovery.

Today’s specialized food plot strategies have revolutionized this old-fashioned form of hunting and transformed it to a successful strategy that many hunters enjoy. Here’s a quick look down memory lane, along with a host of suggestions for turning grandpa’s ho-hum strategy into a whitetail dynamo, as reported in Whitetail Institute.

aint_Page_2_Image_0001Once upon a time, your granddaddy’s rye grass field and an old, wooden tree stand was the only game in town. He planted the greenfield, hoping seed would sprout, the drought wouldn’t be severe, and that the deer had nothing else to eat. Today, that kind of thinking runs like a Model-T at Daytona. Just because your daddy or granddaddy did it, doesn’t mean it can’t improve. Take Fred Abbas, for example, a fellow from northern Michigan who retired with a challenging ambition to hunt trophy bucks in his home state of Michigan. Guess what? There weren’t any.

Perhaps he should have moved to Iowa, Illinois, or Kansas. No, Abbas believed that he could change the environment and create an incubator for big deer in a state with more licensed hunters than the standing armies of most civilized countries. Was he crazy? Maybe — like a fox. Today, thanks to a unique approach to the basic “greenfield” Abbas and his son have become so successful that they host Away Outdoors Television where they hunt on six leased farms and one they own to entertain mega-thousands of viewers on where, when, and how to harvest big bucks in the land of the pumpkin army.


This massive skate fish is the largest fish ever caught from British shores.

British angler Daniel Bennett recently caught an enormous skate fish on a rod and reel while fishing on the coast of the Isle of Sky in northern Scotland.

Bennett, 26, spent nearly two hours reeling in the 208-pound skate.


“The key to catching the fish was having a lot of patience,” Bennett told the Mirror. “My back is absolutely killing me now though.”

A spokesperson for the British Record Fish Committee has confirmed Bennett’s catch is the largest fish on it’s current record lists.


“Once we receive pictures from Dan we will pass them on to our scientist who will check the images and hopefully confirm the unofficial record,” said BRFC spokesman Nick Simmonds.

The record skate fish measured 88.25 inches long by 66.75 inches wide. Bennett caught the beast with a half fillet of mackerel as bait. Skate fish are rare and protected species, so Bennett released it back into the sea after catching it.


Bennett said his catch was especially rare for where it was caught.

“West Scotland is known for skate fishing but not Skye. We were the first to catch one there for at least 30 or 40 years.”

Photos: Mirror Online


A 9-foot bear shot by a homeowner is a reminder of what it means to live in the Alaskan wilderness.

The Peninsula Clarion had the story of Jim Landess of Sterling, Alaska, who awoke one morning earlier this month at 3:30 a.m. to loud banging on the outside of his home and windows.

“My son was sleeping downstairs and stood up to be eye-level with a 9-foot brown bear looking at him through the dining room window,” Landess told Alaska Dispatch.

Gunshots scared the bear off, at least until 6:00 a.m., when more banging woke Landess up again.

The bear was attempting to get inside a second time, and now Landess felt as though he needed to take matters into his own hands.
His took aim with a .45 pistol from his raised deck and shot the bear seven times. He said it “got crazy” and ran about 50 feet before collapsing and dying.

Things of this sort aren’t all that uncommon in Alaska, and Landess himself said he routinely scares bears away from his property each summer. But, this 9-foot behemoth was the first big game he had ever killed.

“I’m not a hunter; I’m a fisherman,” he said. “It wasn’t something I wanted to do. I wanted to scare him off.”

The bear was a male, approximately five years old.

Recent reports put bear-human interactions on the decline in Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula this year, but as the summer stretches on, bears will be looking to pile on the pounds as the gear up for winter.


Surviving in the desert isn’t impossible, if you follow these 10 tips.

We talk all the time about the tips and tools you need to survive in the woods, or to make it through a winter survival situations, but we don’t talk a lot about how tough the desert environment is.

While your hunting or camping exploits won’t always take you into the hot sands of a desert, it’s always good to have survival skills and knowledge in your back pocket, just in case a scenario arises where you’ll need them.

With that in mind, here are 10 tips that can help you survive in the desert.


1. Stock up on water

As obvious as it is, the importance of staying hydrated in the desert can simply not be overstated. Whether you are taking a drive across the desert or venturing out into a desert reserve like the Joshua Tree National Park, you need to make sure you have a lot of water.

Ideally, every person in your party will carry enough water for themselves, ideally a gallon per day. This may add a lot of extra weight to your pack, but it could also save your life, so don’t skimp on it.



2. Dress properly

Since desert environments are inherently warm, you may feel the desire to dispense with most of your clothing when heading out on a desert adventure. Don’t. A lightweight tank top or t-shirt may seem comfortable for a bit, but once you start burning under the unforgiving sun, you’ll be scrambling to find shade that isn’t there.

In the desert, your clothes usually are your shade, so wear long sleeves, long pants, sunglasses, thick boots or shoes (no sandals – this isn’t the beach) and wide-brimmed hats to keep yourself protected. Keep cool by wearing lightweight and breathable clothes in light colors. And don’t forget about the fact that it typically gets cooler after the sun goes down, so bring a sleep bag if you know you’ll be spending the night.


3. Stock your car

Even if you’re just driving across the desert – whether to reach a destination in the middle or simply get to the other side – it’s important to be prepared for the possibility of a survival situation. Whether your car runs out of gas, overheats, gets a flat tire, or otherwise breaks down, you need to be ready for the possibility of either hiking your way to civilization or sitting tight until help can come along.


4. Bring a four-season tent

If you are simply going out into the desert for a day hunt, you probably won’t want to be lugging around a tent. However, if you expect a lengthier adventure, invest in a four-season tent and put it in your pack.

The tent will provide much needed shelter if you find yourself in a survival situation. Just make sure you know how to pitch the thing quickly and on sand.


5. Avoid the midday sun

No matter what your desert journey is, there’s no reason to schedule it in the middle of the day. When the sun is at its peak position in the sky – especially in the middle of the summer – it’s just about as brutal and unforgiving as any force on the planet.

Plan your desert forays in the morning or evening, when most hunting is better anyway.


6. Bring extra layers for evening

Like we said, if you are heading out into the desert in the evening or at night, don’t expect high heat. Deserts may see some of the hottest temperatures on Earth in the daytime, but they get surprisingly cold after the sun goes down.

If you are going to be exploring the desert after hours – or even spending the night there – you are going to want to bring the right clothing and gear.


7. Remember flash floods

Another contradictory thing about deserts is their propensity for flash floods. Check the weather forecast before you decide to go see the sites in a desert canyon, and absolutely never pitch a tent on a canyon floor if you end up camping in the desert.

Remember that desert canyons were initially formed by water, usually via floods. If such water flows are powerful enough to carve formations into sand and rock, they are also strong enough to sweep you, your tent, and your friends away without warning, so always be on the lookout.


8. Consider investing in hiking poles

With enough water and done at the right time of day, a hike through the desert can be a fun experience that really gives you a chance to bask in the solace of open spaces. Remember, though, that walking on sand isn’t the same as walking on packed dirt or stable pavement.

Sand erodes quickly, and since the desert is littered with rugged terrain and uneven footing, it’s all too easy to trip and fall. Hiking poles can give you the support you need to stay on your feet and keep moving at a steady clip.


9. Inform loved ones where you are going

Whenever you are going into the desert – be it for a drive, a hike, or some other adventure – tell a friend or family member precisely where you are going and how long you will be gone. The desert is littered with dead spots, which means you might not be able to use your phone to call for help if you run into trouble. By keeping someone else abreast of your plans, you may just be giving yourself a lifeline.


10. Bring water purification tablets

While you probably won’t find many water sources in the desert, it’s not a bad idea to toss a few water purification tablets into your pack just in case you get lost and run low on water.

You never know when you are going to stumble across a pool of standing water, and purification tablets can turn that pool from a contaminated puddle into a wellspring of life.


The world of crossbow technology continues to improve with the introduction of Barnett’s new RAZR. Crossbows with arrow speeds of 400 fps or faster often are large and heavy, while Barnett has engineered the RAZR without either of those drawbacks. Aside from looking like an arrow-launching spaceship, this new model features a trigger with just a 3.5-lb. pull, a critical element of crossbow hunting accuracy. Here are the details from the manufacturer.

Barnett  Razr  SideThe RAZR is the perfect marriage of efficiency, speed, balance and power. Weighing just 6.5 pounds, the RAZR produces speeds up to 400 fps. The industry’s only titanium and carbon stock paired with Barnett’s proprietary Carbonlite Riser Technology (CRT), drastically reduces weight while ensuring long lasting strength and performance second to none.

Another industry first, the RAZR comes with a second set of light tracks specifically made for the smaller diameter arrows, further enhancing speed.  The reverse cam system increases the speed and power stroke without extending the overall length of the bow, while the retractable underarm support system adds counterbalance stability to the rear of the bow. This innovation gives the RAZR the most balanced feel of any crossbow on the market.  Crosswire premium crossbow strings blend Barnett’s fibers with the industry’s toughest-serving materials, resulting in the most stable and reliable string in the industry. The MIM (Metal Injection Molding) trigger contains the added safety precaution of the ADF “Anti-Dry Fire” feature, eliminating unintentional dry firing of the RAZR. MIM components allow for a smooth 3.5 lb pull.