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Zombait, is this the Future of Bait?

Is this invention the problem-solver of dead baitfish?
Called the Zombait, it just may become the next big-selling bait enhancer.

CNBC posted a very interesting invention on Facebook that has caught our eye. When this bait enhancer is placed in a dead baitfish, it makes the fish come alive like a zombie. Its battery-powered movements make the dead fish wiggle and move like a real live fish.

Will the Zombait be the next big hit in the fishing world? We’ll certainly find out when it hits the retail market.

Sources: CNBC, Eric Nestor

Girl catches Big Snake with DIY Snake Trap

Now, this is something you don’t see every day. Many a man would scream sooner than do what this young lady did.
DIY stuff is big these days. There are more articles, how to’s, and DIY ideas than you can shake a stick at. But what about the DIY snake trap that catches huge snakes? Well, we’ll just leave that to this young lady.

If you don’t like snakes, you sure won’t like this video. Calm, cool, and collected, this gal looks like a seasoned veteran in the snake trapping game.

Pretty smart little contraption if you ask me.
By simply using an electric fan guard, she has come up with a trap that seems to be very effective. And like I said early, it is pretty clear she is a veteran at this and it isn’t her first rodeo.

Sources: Colton Bailey

Why you never wear a Wedding Ring in a Deer Stand

Sitting in a 10-20 foot deer stand has some dangers, but don’t let this be one.
Many people are married, and many of those people hunt. Word to the wise… buy a QALO ring, or just leave your wedding ring at home when in the stand.

Just ask this fellow about his experience. Or you can just look at these pictures and take our word for it. Not exactly sure of the details or the hunter’s name, but it is a confirmed tree stand accident, and good grief, it looks painful.

While slipping from a step, he went down, but his ring had other ideas and kept him from doing so. This is the end result, and it is hard to swallow.

So, fellas… I think it would be a pretty easy sell to convince your wife you might need some kind of rubber wedding ring for those deer hunting days.

If you’re not willing to purchase one, simply leave your ring in the truck. If you ladies worry about him not having a ring on in the woods to show he’s taken, there might be bigger issues than this.

Not sure if it is possible, but if you aren’t sold based on these pictures, call this dude. I am sure he can persuade you with his experiences.

Oh, and if you need any more proof that it happens, here are photos from another incident as well…


Ouch… need I say more?!

Sources: Hunting and Fishing Memes, Colton Bailey

Gutted Fish, urr Zombie Fish

What happens when you put a gutted, dead fish back in the water?

Apparently it swims on its own! Maybe, its like the chicken running around after the head has been chopped off. This video footage of a fish that has been completely gutted and had the meat filleted from its sides and is then dropped back into the water.

It is crazy what happens next.

While this seems completely crazy, there must be a reasonable explanation. Either the fish was not actually dead, and was just quickly gutted while still alive, or like many animals, its body can continue to move in familiar ways after it is killed.

Obviously as an outdoorsman, I am hoping that it is the second of these two explanations. I personally would never want to promote making an animal suffer. If you are going to harvest an animal it should be done in the quickest and cleanest way possible to ensure that the animal does not have to suffer.

If this is a case of the neurons continuing to fire after the fish dies (think chicken with its head cut off), then it is actually really neat that it was able to be captured on film. This would mean that the fish is already completely dead and feels nothing.

Sources: Jimmy Huynh Youtube, Chris Buckner

12 Yr old Takes down 2 Deer with 1 Shot

A 12-year-old making an incredible archery shot on a deer is quite a feat in itself.
Now how about that same shot but arrowing two deer with a single shot?

This incredible shot was caught on camera as proof.

When Dan Cooley was on his first bow hunt at the age of 12 he made a remarkable shot that brought down two deer with only one arrow.

Amazing shot Dan, and we hope you enjoy a long life with many hunts ahead. You are well on your way to being a master hunter.

All you veteran hunters raise your hand if you’ve had a double kill. That’s what I thought…

Sources: Eric Nestor

Watch how this man set this Enormous Wolf Free

The timber wolf, also known as the eastern wolf, Algonquin wolf, and deer wolf, stalks the forests of the Great Lakes region. While long considered a subspecies of the gray wolf, more recent genetic studies indicate the timber wolf may be a species in its own right.

Wolves have often been feared and loathed by people. While some agrarian and hunter-gatherer societies held them in high regard, keepers of cattle, goats, and sheep felt very differently. In folklore, this apex predator is often pictured lurking in the forest waiting for its next victim, sometimes devious enough to dress up as someone’s grandmother! In fact, attacks on humans are very uncommon and usually involve a wolf with rabies. Wolves are closely related to dogs but are nearly impossible to domesticate.

The timber wolf mainly preys on mid-sized game like white tail deer and beavers. Larger prey like moose and elk are the preserve of the larger gray wolf. The arrival of European settlers in North America introduced livestock to the timber wolf’s diet. This and the traditional fear of wolves led to the eradication of the timber wolf over wide areas. Bounties were even offered to encourage this. As things stand now, human activity and hybridization with coyotes have resulted in the timber wolf becoming an endangered species. The good news is that in some places, measures have been taken that have resulted in wolf populations rebounding.

While out in the woods of Wisconsin, John Oens saw a great big timber wolf with its paw caught in a trap. Fortunately for this beautiful animal, he knew just what to do. In the video we’ve posted above, you’ll see his simple but ingenious wolf release technique.

Sources: Petenrock Youtube, John Oens

Haunted Hiking Trails

Bloody Lane Trail, MD
This 1.5-mile trail in Antietam National Battlefield was one of the deadliest Civil War battles in 1862. Which explains, visitors report seeing ghostly soldiers both day and night. Many soldiers are buried around Burnside’s Bridge, and phenomena include witnessing balls of blue light, hearing drumming, gunfire and battlefield songs and smelling gunpowder.

Chilnualna Falls Trail, California

Yosemite National Park is home to some of the country’s most beautiful (and deadly) hiking paths. The Mist Trail is more popular for its two gushing waterfalls, but the Chilnualna Falls Trail is more haunted (and boasts three waterfalls). The difficult 8.4-mile loop passes Grouse Lake, where, according to Awahnechee tribal legend, the cries of a young boy who drowned in the lake can still be heard, and anyone who jumps into the lake looking for the boy will also drown.

Transept Trail, Utah

The three-mile Transept Trail in the Grand Canyon’s North Rim is one of the best-known haunted paths, since stories of the Wailing Woman are well documented by hikers. She’s often seen at night wearing a white dress with blue flowers, bemoaning, according to local tales, her husband and son who died in a hiking accident.

Iron Goat Trail, Washington

The Iron Goat Trail in Stevens Pass in the Cascades was the site of one of the worst railroad accidents in U.S. history. In 1910 an avalanche knocked two trains off the tracks while they were snowed in at the Wellington depot, killing almost 100 people. After the accident the Great Northern Railroad abandoned the tracks and built new routes and tunnels. The abandoned tunnels and snow sheds still exist on the trail, and hikers share tales of hearing voices, screams and sounds around the crash site of Tye Creek in the (now ghost town) of Wellington. However, hikers aren’t allowed on the trail at night, and under no circumstances should anyone enter the tunnels, which are all in danger of collapse—if they haven’t already.

Warm Springs Canyon Road, California

This death seeking 16-mile hike in Death Valley National Park is not for the faint of heart, and not just because of extremely hot temperatures and abandoned homes along the route. Don’t let the pleasant-sounding name fool you, Warm Springs Canyon Road leads to Barker Ranch—the former hideout of the infamous Manson Family.

Charles Manson and his followers lived at the ranch for a period of time in the late ‘60s while on the run following the tragic Los Angeles murders of Sharon Tate and six others.

Manson and company was eventually captured at Barker, where he supposedly killed more people, although the bodies have never been found. A fire destroyed Barker Ranch in 2009, so now only the shell remains. Hikers who are brave enough are allowed to camp on the grounds, and some reported hearing screams, the feeling of being watched and smelling decomposing bodies.

Sources: TravelChannel.com

You really can find anything at Walmart – even a Deer

The whole town of Wadena, MN has been talking about its special guest at the local Walmart store, distinguished visit aka a “deer”.

As always the young deer was probably looking for food when it accidentally entered the building from the garden center. This created a panic amongst the current shoppers. Just like in the movies, when people started screaming, the deer obviously was freaking out. Running to look for an exit but instead running into people until finally ran into Tom Grasswick.

“It felt like I got slugged or something” said Grasswick when the deer ran into him. Then his instincts kicked in and he subdued the young deer. Tom must have been a wrestler as he easily tackled and held the deer as pictured above.

Look at that form, as a former wrestler that deer isn’t moving. Covering the eyes is a nice touch to keep the deer calm. Even though at 100 pounds the deer probably didn’t stand a chance. Shortly, after taking down the deer others came to help cover the deer’s eyes. Once it was blinded it was released with the aid of other customer’s outside and unharmed.

The young deer was said to be feeding on flowers in the garden center when it wondered through. To prevent this from happening again Walmart will be changing it’s door policies. Hopefully, that will be enough to keep the deer away. Anyone else wondering what plant drew the deer in despite all the people in the area? That’s what I need that in my food plots.

Sources: Wadena PJ, Jake VanDeLaare
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Getting Real Close to this Hog

There’s close… and then there’s REALLY too close! Watch as a hog almost takes this hunter out.
Let me set the scene: A trio of hounds have a large hog pinned to the ground while a hunter shouts commands from some 15 feet away. Well, at least that’s how it begins. The scenario quickly unravels, however, as the pig suddenly leaps to it’s feet and begins a direct charge forward.

This intense video shows why hog hunting isn’t for the faint of heart. Things can change in a split second, and as you’re about to see, this hunter came within inches of getting seriously hurt – or worse.

Think this guy thanked his lucky stars for getting that shot off at the last second? Talk about fight or flight.

One thing’s for certain – that’s a heck of an adrenaline rush!

Sources: Hit em Hard Outdoors Facebook, Justin Hoffman

Georgia DNR looking for leads on Poached Duct Taped Deer to a Sign

Else where in the U.S., Georgia authorities are looking for your help to nab whoever taped this deer to a road sign.

Officers said the deer was found on Highway 90 after several people called 911 to report it. According to officers, the deer had been shot, so they are investigating if the deer was illegally hunted.

In a photo posted on Facebook, you can see someone duct taped sunglasses on the deer, and it appears they also put a shirt on it.

Photos of the deer first appeared on Facebook on Tuesday. And now WALB reports authorities are saying the deer was shot and they are investigating the incident further. A reward is also being offered for leads in this strange case.

Not only does it appear the deer was shot, but the person or persons responsible also apparently put a shirt on the animal and taped sunglasses to its head.

If you have any information on this strange case, contact the Georgia DNR on their poaching tip line at 1-800-241-4113.

Interestingly, this isn’t the first time that this has happened of someone duct-taping a dead deer. Back in January, authorities in Ohio were looking for leads on the carcasses of several deer that were found with holes bored in their bodies and wrapped in tape.

Information unknown of any arrests relating to that case.

Sources: WALB News, Travis Smola
Photo from WALB News