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.
November 19, 2012 | By Stephanie Mallory
You shouldn't mess with 56-year-old Aishat Maksudova, a grandmother from Russia, as one wolf found out just last week.
Maksudova, who lives in the village of Novo Biryuzyak in the Dagestan region, was herding sheep and cows with a group of villagers when she heard the sound of a calf being attacked by a wolf. When she confronted the wolf in an attempt to scare it away, it attacked her, but she didn’t back down.
“When I raised my arm up like this, the wolf was just holding my hand,” Biryuzyak says. “Trying to claw my hand. I wanted to open his mouth and put my fist all the way there, all the way to his throat. But I could not open him. So I just left my hand, and the wolf was just clawing into it, pulling on it, pulling away like this. And then I took the axe and hit him on his head.”
She had to strike the wolf with the ax several times before it finally died. Those in her province now consider her a hero, and Gawker has given Maksudova the title of "Most Badass Person in Russia."
Check out this video and share your thoughts on this grandmother’s brave response to the wolf attack?
November 15, 2012 | By Stephanie Mallory
I’ll never forget the night. I was only 6 or 7 years old and was sitting in the back seat of my parents' Oldsmobile as we made our way down a rural Alabama road. I remember my dad slamming on the breaks, my mom yelling out and a loud bang as we collided with a deer that had run across the road in front of us. Dad pulled over to the side of the road while asking us if we were all OK. We were. The front of the car was not. The headlight was busted and the front bumper was dented in, but the deer was nowhere to be found.
That night made a big impact on me. Quite frankly, it scared me to death. For months after, I nervously scoured the wood lines and roadsides for deer that might dart in front of our car at any moment. I am still very cautious while driving at night in rural areas. I know that we were very lucky that night, as many people have been seriously injured and even killed in deer-car collisions. Unfortunately, the number of collisions involving deer is increasing throughout the U.S.
According to a recent study conducted by State Farm, the number of deer-related collisions in the U.S. has increased by 7.7 percent over the last year with an estimate of 1.23 million collisions caused by the presence of deer occurring in the U.S. between July 1, 2011 and June 30, 2012.
For the sixth year in a row, West Virginia tops the list of states where a driver is most likely to hit a deer. Using claims data and state licensed driver counts from the Federal Highway Administration, State Farm calculates the chances of a West Virginia motorist striking a deer over the next 12 months at 1 in 40, compared with 1 in 48 the year before. South Dakota, Iowa, Michigan and Pennsylvania round out the top five states in which drivers are most likely to hit deer. With a 1 in 6,801 chance, Hawaii ranks as the least likely state for deer-vehicle mishaps. I was surprised to find out that in my home state of Alabama, I have a 1 in 146 chance of hitting a deer in a year’s time. I thought it’d be a little higher.
The study also states unsurprisingly that deer-car collisions are most likely to occur in November, with October and December showing an increase in collisions as well.
Wonder what the odds are in your state for hitting a deer? Check out this map to find out.
So, have you ever hit a deer with your car? How bad was the damage?
November 13, 2012 | By Stephanie Mallory
Dylan Mayer, 19, is lying low after being condemned by critics for capturing and killing a giant Pacific octopus during a recent dive in Seattle’s Cove 2. Other divers in the area quickly posted Miller’s actions on dive sites, blogs and social media platforms, hammering him even though he did nothing illegal. Miller had a valid shellfish permit and did not violate any laws.
Mayer told the Seattle Times he killed the octopus to draw it for an art project and to use it for its meat.
Divers are so enraged by Miller’s action that they’ve created a petition to “Save the GPO” from being harvested in the region, since it is regarded as an icon throughout the Pacific Northwest.
Octopus must be hunted by hand, as state law forbids using any instrument that could pierce the animal's skin. Mayer was seen punching the octopus as he came out of the water because it had wrapped its tentacles around his mask, nose and mouth and he couldn't breathe.
Those who dive in Cove 2 regard the area as a marine park where animals should not be harvested, even though it’s not a designated protected park.
Mayer’s mother, who is now answering the phone as “Octo-Mom,” claims he is being threatened by these critics and that they are putting her son’s life below that of an octopus. Some critics have commented online that they wished someone would tie weights around her son and sink him.
Mayer says he hunts octopus once or twice a year, though it is legal to hunt and kill one daily, and he says he didn’t know the waters were informally regarded as a park among local divers.
Mayer told the Seattle Times that he was sorry for taking the mollusk, saying that had he known so many people were that protective over the octopus, he wouldn’t have done it.
He was then quoted as saying, "If people feel this strongly about it, they obviously need to voice it and a sign needs to go up and make it a park. But I don't think all of Puget Sound should be off-limits. That is like saying you like deer so there should be no hunting, or you like cows, so there should be no meat."
Do you think Mayer has any reason to apologize?
November 5, 2012 | By Stephanie Mallory
Queens residents are picking up their bows and guns, but they’re not hunting. Instead they’re defending themselves and their property against lawless trespassers and looters. According to the New York Daily News, ever since Hurricane Sandy tore up the Queen’s peninsula, known as the Rockaways, residents have had to arm themselves with guns, booby traps, baseball bats and even hunting bows and arrows to ward off looters who are taking advantage of the chaos and darkness.
Apparently these criminals are knocking on doors in the middle of the night while pretending to be workers with the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA), while the real workers are nowhere to be found. Cops are just as rare in the area, which many fear will descend into anarchy if help doesn’t arrive soon.
Resident Danielle Harris says her family has booby trapped their front door and they keep a baseball bat beside their bed. A local surfer says he keeps knives, a machete and bow and arrow ready at all times.
Gunshots are ringing out all too often as people are taking matters into their own hands.
LIPA, which supplies power to the entire peninsula, inspected the area Thursday, but state senators claim the utility is dragging its feet claiming LIPA is serving the richer areas of Long Island and ignoring the Rockaways.
So, do any of you have family or friends living in the Rockaway areas or any of the other storm-damaged areas along the East Coast?
November 5, 2012 | By Stephanie Mallory
Last Thursday, Alex Machado, a 22-year-old hunter from Medford, Ore., learned the hard way that you should always confirm an animal you shot is dead by checking it with the barrel of your gun. After shooting a bear, Machado and his hunting partner, Nathan Shinn, mistakenly believed the bear, which was lying on its side, was dead. When they approached it, the bear grabbed and began biting Machado on the right side of his body, injuring his right hand and arm. The bear and Machado rolled down a 50-foot embankment, while the bear continued to maul him. Shinn ran after them and managed to shoot the bear in the head, killing it for certain that time.
After killing the bear, Shinn and the injured Machado got separated as Shinn walked off in an attempt to get cell service. After just 10 minutes passed, a sheriff’s office lieutenant found Machado walking down a road and quickly took him to an area where Mercy Flights had staged. He was then taken to Rogue Regional hospital by ground transportation. Shinn was located an hour later, uninjured. Neither hunter was able to recall the exact location of the dead bear at the time, but efforts were being made to locate it.
Most hunters know to always approach an animal they shoot from the front to determine if it’s truly dead, but sometimes, even the most skilled hunters can be fooled. So, have you ever approached an animal you believed to be dead, only to discover it was still alive? If so, what happened?
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