Stephanie Mallory is a mom, a hunter and Realtree’s PR Coordinator. She’s here to deliver an insider’s look at the outdoor business and give her opinion on all things outdoors—whether you asked for it or not.
May 20, 2013 | By Stephanie Mallory
One Wisconsin woman might not have known how to load her husband’s shotgun, but that didn’t stop her from using it to stop a black bear that was attacking him. According to twincities.com, Gerre Ninnemann saw the bear running after his dog and went outside to call the dog inside. The dog made it inside, but Ninnemann didn’t. The bear attacked him biting and clawing his back. Ninnemann briefly escaped, but the bear caught up to him again and continued mauling him.
Ninnemann’s wife, Marie, grabbed a shotgun from the basement. She didn’t know how to load it, so she took the gun outside and hit the bear over the head with it, giving her husband a chance to escape. The couple backed their way into the cabin while pointing the gun at the bear, although the news report didn’t say whether or not they’d finally loaded the gun.
After they made it inside, the bear continued to circle the home while looking into the windows. Marie called the Sheriff’s Department, and after the deputy arrived, the bear walked to the front of the passenger side of the squad car, where the deputy shot and killed it.
Gerre was transferred to the hospital with multiple injuries including bite marks from his midsection up to the back of his head.
The year-old bear is being checked for rabies and health officials are performing a necropsy to determine what might have caused the bear to attack.
There have been a lot of bear attacks in the news lately, why do you think this one attacked? Any bear attacks in your area recently? Do you think Mrs. Minnemann wished she'd learned how to load that shotgun when the bear was attacking her husband?
May 16, 2013 | By Stephanie Mallory
You know what they say, "A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush." I wonder if it's worth a little more if you catch the bird in midair?
During a hunt with San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colt McCoy, Austin Community Church Pastor Matt Carter made a "sweet catch" on a quail that just happened to fly within his reach. With a grin on his face and accolades from his hunting buddies, Carter raised the quail above his head in a victory pose.
Friends Carter and McCoy have hunted together for years, and have recently teamed up to co-author a book titled "The Real Win: A Man's Quest for Authentic Success."
Some are doubting the video's authenticity. Others claim they were most likely hunting slow-flying, pen-raised quail, which makes the feat less impressive. Like McCoy, I think the catch was pretty "cool." What do you think?
May 13, 2013 | By Stephanie Mallory
One Florida man escaped immediate capture by the police only to end up in the jaws of an alligator. Talk about karma.
According to the Pinellas County’s Sheriff’s Office, Bryan Zuniga, 20, fled during a routine traffic stop at approximately 2:47 a.m., on May 9, 2013. Deputies attempted to pull his vehicle over for failing to maintain a single lane. Zuniga, brought the vehicle to a stop and jumped out of the passenger side door. While fleeing, Zuniga broke a vinyl fence by kicking the fence line to make a hole for him to escape.
Police found Zuniga a few hours later at a local hospital where he was being treated for multiple puncture wounds to his face, arm and armpit area. Zuniga told deputies he was attacked by an alligator near a water treatment plant in unincorporated St. Petersburg.
According to the New York Daily News, Zuniga ran from police because he was scared.
"I was too scared to stop because I thought he was going to tackle me or taze me or something,” Zuniga says. “He just got really mad because I ran. And then I just couldn’t stop."
Zuniga got into the water in an attempt to hide from deputies, but little did he know he was being stalked by something much more deadly. When the 6- to 8-foot alligator grabbed ahold of him, he thought he was going to die.
He told Fox 13 News he was almost knocked unconscious when the gator's mouth hit his head. With his head and arm in the gator’s mouth, he fought back with both legs and his free arm.
The alligator eventually let him go, and Zuniga managed to walk to the hospital, where police discovered him several hours later. You can see images of Zuniga’s wounds here.
Zuniga was released from the hospital and was transported to the Pinellas County Jail without further incident. He is being charged with breaking or injuring fences, fleeing and eluding a police officer, driving while driver’s licenses suspended/revoked and resisting an officer without violence.
Zuniga told Fox 13 reporters that he’s learned his lesson and if he’s ever pulled over again, he will stop. Do you think Zuniga learned his lesson?
May 9, 2013 | By Stephanie Mallory
Since last September, hunters have turned in more than 6,000 dead coyotes to Utah’s Division of Wildlife Resources as part of the state’s coyote bounty program. Those taking part in the Predator Control Program redeem $50 per coyote.
The Predator Control Program was designed to significantly decrease the state’s coyote population in an effort to benefit the deer herds.
Although the Predator Control Program has enjoyed a smooth launch, the effect it will have on the state’s wildlife is being debated.
According to KSL.com, Camilla Fox, executive director of Project Coyote, says the Predator Control Program is “ecologically reckless, economically unjustifiable and ethically reprehensible.”
Fox claims that coyote bounties are ineffective at reducing coyote populations and can even be counterproductive. According to Fox, decades of research indicates the systematic killing of coyotes increases reproduction, immigration and survival.
Dr. Robert Crabtree, founder of the Yellowstone Ecological Research Center, agrees, saying, “It cannot be overemphasized how powerfully coyote populations compensate for population reductions.”
John Shivik, mammals coordinator for the Division of Wildlife Resources, says although it’s too early to assess the program’s impact, the department has been collecting data to help evaluate the program’s effectiveness. He says the biggest challenge is identifying the deer populations most affected by coyotes, because the DWR is “trying to be as efficient and effective as possible with our resources.”
Another criticism bounty programs often face is they’re susceptible to fraud. Typically, all that is required for payment are portions of a carcass (paws, jaws or ears). For this reason, authorities can’t be sure the coyotes were killed within the state offering the bounty. The DWR requires hunters to document the date and location of each kill before paying the bounty, but this information could be easily fabricated.
Fox claims these past problems are proof that bounty programs are a waste of money. “These programs are very often fraught with illicit activity,” she says. “I would ask: How many of the coyote body parts turned in for the $50 bounty were actually killed in other states?”
Despite the controversy, Utah’s Predator Control Program is receiving enthusiastic support from many local hunters who feel it will have a positive impact on the deer population. Learn more about the program and register for the bounty by visiting www.wildlife.utah.gov/predators.
So do you think the bounty program will be effective at decreasing the number of coyotes in the state? Does your state or region offer a coyote bounty program? Has it worked?
May 6, 2013 | By Stephanie Mallory
A turkey hunter in my home state of Alabama believes he saved his own life by using a bite and sting venom extraction kit after getting bitten by a timber rattlesnake.
According to WSFA.com, Chad Cross was turkey hunting when the snake bit him in the lower leg.
“"[The] Best way I can describe it is as someone taking a full swing with a baseball bat and hitting me in my calf," Cross said.
Cross was alone when bitten.
"I was so nervous and scared," Cross said. "I knew I had to calm down and get my heart rate down because the faster my heart was pumping, the faster my heart was pumping and I knew the faster that venom was going through my system."
Cross pulled out the bite and sting venom extraction kit that he’d carried in his turkey hunting equipment for years. He had to read the directions because he’d never used it.
After using the kit to extract the venom, Cross went to the hospital. He said the doctor told him the venom kit possibly saved his life.
“He said, if you got a full dose of venom in you, you would have died before you ever made it back to your truck if you hadn't had that kit with you," Cross said.
Cross spent two days in the hospital where he received a tetanus shot, antibiotics and pain medicine. So far, no nerve or tissue damage has been discovered.
According to the Center for Disease Control, it is estimated that each year, between 7,000 to 8,000 people in the U.S. are bitten by venomous snakes and about five of those people die. The number of deaths would be much higher if people did not seek medical treatment. Those with severe allergy to snake venom have a much greater risk of death if bitten.
In all likelihood, Cross probably would not have died from his snakebite, even without using the snakebite kit, unless he had a severe allergy. But, he and his doctor believe the snakebite kit saved his life.
I’ve read contradictory research that advises people to forego the kit and seek immediate medical assistance if bitten by a venomous snake. Studies claim the kits remove just a minute quantity of venom. In fact, some doctors fear the deep suction could even worsen outcomes by killing skin at the wound site. Either way, kudos to Cross for remaining calm and doing what he believed he needed to do in order to save his life.
What would you do in this situation? Have you ever been bitten by a venomous snake? Ever used a snakebite kit? Do you believe they work?
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