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We’ve all heard the stories of the one that got away

Fish prove too much for these anglers to handle in this fish fail compilation.
It was this big! We’ve all heard the stories of the one that got away. We’ve been telling our buddies those tales since the first time dad handed us that old Zebco. Fortunately, for these lucky (or unlucky) anglers someone was right there capture the evidence of their epic fail on camera. Sometimes we just get caught by surprise.

These guys can let the video speak for itself. With this fishing fail compilation, there’s no need to exaggerate the story.

Sources: Minuto de Pesca Facebook, Reid Vander Vein

Hold on tight to that nice fish you just caught

Or you’ll end up like this guy.
Getting a good photo of the big lunker you just caught has never been easier than it is in today’s age of cell phones and small digital cameras.

Now you just have to remember that the big fish you just pulled out of the water wants back in real bad.

Here’s how you get a wet photo of your fishing buddy:

To the guy taking the video and laughing his head off: enjoy it now because your time is coming.

After that, raise your hand if you or your fishing partner have lost a fish trying to get a picture of it.

If you said no, you haven’t been a fisherman long enough.

Sources: Beer and Fishing Facebook, Craig Raleigh

Have you seen a Coyote with Five Feet before?

Well, this deformed coyote has them.

In a Facebook post shared by Mac Frederick, we see a coyote with five feet. This beast has a strange mutation that has given it an extra foot. These incredible pictures and x-rays prove the five-footed coyote is for real.

The above and below x-ray photographs show the skeletal makeup of this one-of-a-kind mutant coyote.

What would cause such a deformation in this otherwise normal coyote? A genetic defect certainly caused the growth of the extra foot. Could it have been influenced by toxins this coyote came in contact with, or was there a mix-up during gestation? The reasons for this mutation may remain a mystery for some time.

Sources: Mac Frederick Facebook, Eric Nestor

What’s with the Shotgun for Bass Fishing?

Would you think to bring a shotgun to bass fishing? Well this guy sure did, and with good reason.
In this video you’ll get to see some great blasting and casting when two guys bring a shotgun fishing.

They give some great tips about filling your bird tags and hooking lunkers for anywhere you call home.

As you just saw the reason this guy wanted to bring a shotgun bass fishing was because of the cormorant bird. These ‘water turkeys’ frequent lakes where you can also find hungry pre spawn bass.

Although the shotgun worked well for the birds, the angler was using a Zoom 4? Lizard to lure in the pre spawn bass. The fisherman used a dragging technique to find where the fish were biting. He put the Lizard lure on the line and with aide of the split-shot, it bounced along the ground as the boat slowly over along.

After searching around the lake, tho guy had the most luck with the lizard lure and the chatterbait. Keep in mined each area has a unique environment, so you’ll have to find out which patterns will catch fish in your neck of the woods. However if you’re after birds, shotguns work well no matter where you go.

Video Transcription
Alright, so you’re probably asking, ‘why would you ever bring a shotgun out on a fishing trip?’ Well here in the south, we have birds that I call ‘water turkeys’, but their official name is a Comerand, and they’re a nuisance to a lake, and they can actually come in and take over. They fly in in the south and they eat all your baitfish and your bluegills, and they can really destroy a lake in a short amount of time. So my man Fred here, his job today is to run ’em off, shoot ’em, do whatever we can do to kinda get rid of some of these and kinda help get some of these birds out of this lake before they destroy it.

Here we go!


Get ’em Fred!

There he is! [shot] Got him!

Alright guys, it’s pre-spawn here in Alabama, and I’m gonna show you some techniques I use that really work. And this is what I call the #Hundie rig, and I say that because it works 100% of the time. But all joking aside, it is a really good technique to catch pre-spawn bass, and specifically to find out where these fish are at. So I’ll just show you, for instance.

I’m gonna target areas that are maybe 40-50 feet off the bank, and in the pre-spawn, these fish, the water temps aren’t warm enough to go spawn yet, so they’ll sit out here in what I call the prime real-estate. So just say, if there’s a stump right out here, 40 ft off the bank, there’s always gonna be a fish on it, even if you pull up and you catch that fish, you know, thirty minutes later, a day later, another fish is gonna move in. These are paths that they use in the spring, and kinda staging positions that they sit in. And the thing that I like to do is throw a really tiny lizard, I use a Must-add grip-in hook, and that hook will keep that lizard head from sliding down, so that’s a really cool hook for this technique. Eight-pound test line, a split-shot weight, and a spinning rod. And I’m just gonna cover all of this area, and I’ll catch a lot of small fish using this technique, but it’s really good to let me know what depth they’re holding in. Because the water’s still cold enough that they could be sitting out here in the deep part, they could be 20-40 feet off the bank, I don’t really know yet, so I’m gonna use this rig, find out where the fish are, and then I may swap over to a chatterbait or something, or maybe try to go for one of those bigger fish. But this is really successful because it’s a finesse presentation, and in the wintertime when the water’s still cold, or pre-spawn, they’re not necessarily wanting a heavy meal, you know. They’re fattened up over the winter, they’re looking for something a little light, and this is just small enough and just tempting enough to get them to bite it. So let’s see if we can catch something with this technique, and then we may swap them over to something and look for something big, but I have caught big fish on this finesse presentation before. So let’s try it out.

Oh yeah, and don’t forget the secret sauce. I always use it on my soft plastics. Make ’em hold on to it.

Here’s one. Got her. ‘No giant, but I’ll take it. Probably the number-one question I get asked on my Youtube channel, is ‘have you ever caught a small fish’, and of course, I catch a bunch of small fish throughout the year, but a lot of them don’t make the cut. But I’m gonna make sure that I show you guys some dinks in these videos. Little dinks, but still just lettin’ us know, we’re trying to key in on where they’re hanging out at, and hope to get into a big one soon.

So just to take a quick look, I probably caught that fish about fifty yards off the bank, but the fish that’re hanging out here are probably gonna move up into that cove there in the spring, and that’s where they’re going to spawn at. That’s the number one problem I see in the people fishing at the pre-spawn, they go straight to the banks, but a lot of the fish are still hanging out here offshore, so it just takes a little time to find ’em, but it can be rewarding.

There he is. Got him. Got a little drag for a little guy. I like it. A little junebug lizard. Come in here buddy. There we go. A little male bass. Got pretty colors on him, a little technique. There’s my lizard.

Now I’ll show you one other technique I like to do, I call it a dragon technique. What you do is just flip it out behind the boat and uh, if the wind is blowing, you just let the wind carry you. But if not, you just put the trolling motor down on the slowest speed and just drag it along every now and again, just cut it off. You’re not wanting that split-shot to be sitting down there on the bottom, and you’re wanting that lizard to kinda be bouncing back there on the other side of it, and I’ve had some good luck doing this, especially if I don’t know what area to target, I’ll drag until I get a bite, and then I’ll start casting and try to pick a spot apart, but we’ll see if they’re up for Dragon technique today.

Got him. Let’s see, what do we have here… Feels like it might be a decent little fish. Nope, not a little dink. Still fun catching ’em. Notice how far it was off the bank right there. That’s what I’m looking for, information. Not necessarily big bass right here. Oh this thing’s a fighter. Come on in here, buddy. There we go. Little healthy fish. Well alright, I think that’s enough to kinda tell us what we need. So we’re gonna put this one back. Haha.

Here we go. Oh yes sir. That’s a nice one. [something about good females] She’s got some power to her. Just gonna take my time, let her run out. Come on in here. There we go. A nice springtime fish right there. That could be a big male. Now these fish are confusing me. If that was a female, she should have some eggs. That’s probably a nice male right there. But hey we’ll take it on the hundie rig. Can’t beat that.

Alrigh now I’ve figured out where they’re at, located ’em, might swap over to spinner bait or chatter bait and try to get a real big one. But my rig did its job.

Alrighty, first fish out here with pre-spawn techniques. Chatter bait, search bait, trying to figure out where they’re at. Nice little chunker, female. Yep, that is a good way to start. Females are moving up. I’ll take it. No red tails, but you can tell she’s getting ready to pop.

Oh! That was not a good female; chopped up, spitted out. Hey we’re runnin’ a little bite here.

Alright guys, I’m gonna end today’s video here. I did end up catching some really nice fish, but I’m gonna save that, it’s gonna be a whole new video in itself, and it’s all thanks to this new rig I showed you. So hopefully you can go out and use it and find some pre-spawn patterns in your area, but before I end this video, I want to show you some typical spring lures that you’re gonna see me using this upcoming spring. Spinner bait, that’s the rig I was just using, swim jig, chatter bait, now these are all really good baits for the springtime. ‘nother chatter bait, and something like a big– that’s a custom-painted bluegill. And if you wanna see me use any other techniques or whatever for the springtime, just make sure to leave it in the comments below and I’ll try to make sure to cover those techniques, but make sure it’s a shallow water springtime technique. So get ready folks, I’m pumped up, it’s finally spring, the fish are finally moving up, and you’re definitely gonna see some big bass caught on our channel, so guys, get out there, and catch some of those springtime fatties!

Sources: BammaBass Youtube, Johnny Certo

Don’t mess with this Donkey

Donkeys hate coyotes, so much so that they sometimes go postal on intruding ‘yotes like this donkey did.
South Carolina landowner Steve Hipps has a grass pasture in his backyard that’s guarded by a donkey named Buck.

Buck used to share the pasture with a female donkey, but when she had babies, Hipps decided to let Buck have it all to himself.

“I just wanted something in there to keep the grass eaten down, and I’ve always loved donkeys,” Hipps told Georgia Outdoor News.

But Hipps got more than a grass muncher; he got a coyote killing machine.

One afternoon, Hipps’ neighbor phoned him up to say that he’d just seen a coyote headed towards his pasture. Coyotes seldom come out during the day, but this particular female coyote had been scouting out the neighborhood during daylight hours.

When Hipps went outside to check, Buck had already taken care of it.

“By the time I got over there, Buck was stomping the coyote. Then he reached down and picked him up by the neck and started slinging him like a rag doll. I grabbed my phone and got two pictures.”

Buck doesn’t mess around. Buck might also have a screw or two loose.

Though, Buck’s behavior is pretty normal for a donkey. Farmers often keep donkeys with their livestock, particularly cows and horses, because donkeys don’t take any sh** from coyotes.

They’ll stomp on, and buck, intruding coyotes to death, or they’ll warn the rest of the herd by braying.

Not all donkeys do, though. Some are about as dumb as you’d expect. And, donkeys are pretty slow, so they are typically the first animals to get taken down when a pack invades.

But not Buck. I mean, look at the guy – just don’t look him in the eyes.

Flush and Shoot

Watching good dogs work over a first-person pheasant hunt will keep you warm and have you looking for your shotgun.
Here’s a nice video that will only take up a few minutes of your time and keep you from forgetting that beautiful pointer laying on the dog bed beside you.

Enjoy a little pheasant hunting from the comfort of your living room while you clean the 12-gauge. We’re out here waiting for you.

That looks like some good fun! It’s probably a pheasant club somewhere since the birds were letting the dogs and hunters get right up on them.

Some of us in the hunting community will cringe at the sight of any pointing breed creeping on a bird when it should be holding the point, and worse, chasing on the flush.

Maybe the hardest thing for me was with 40 seconds left watching the dog bring back a downed bird and dropping it at his feet, only to watch it break and flush again. We taught our pointers (with the help of professional trainers) to hold until given the “out” command, and it saved a few wounded birds from escaping.

by Craig Raleigh

Sources: I Love Hunting Facebook

Fast Shoot 3 Bucks in 35 Seconds

While participating in a party hunt, this hunter (John Oens) shoots 1 ten point and 2 eight point bucks in 35 seconds with an Ithaca Deer slayer III with a 20 gauge. The first buck is at the 200 yard range but the Hornady SST slugs does its job.

This shooting skill is off the charts. Try doing this, yourself! It’s difficult task to harvest two bucks in one hunt, much less three.

The hunter and his uncle are driving the deer which forces them up on their feet and gives the hunters their shots. Though it seems like he shoots a lot, the hunter is a pretty good shot by downing three deer with limited ammo locked and loaded.

All three bucks are good sized deer. The gun is pretty darn accurate as you can tell by the first semi-long distance shot to finish off the first deer behind the tree.

When it’s all said and done the hunter harvests two 8-pointers and one 10-pointer in 35 seconds.

Video Transcription

Alright, just to give you some background before all the shooting starts: I’m making a Deer drive with family and friends when I’m walking through the center of this piece, and I notice that herd of deer are trying to cut out the side of our drive. So I picked out a nice buck at what looks like about two-hundred yards, he stops with his head just behind a tree, and I take a shot.

[Shooting and pursuit]

Alright, so while I’m working my way up this hill to check on my first buck I shot at, I wanna tell you about the shotgun that I’m using. I’m shooting the Ithaca Deer Slayer III, chambered in 20 gauge. This was a 200-yard gun. It’s accurate, it’s reliable, it’s made like a rifle, and it looks like a shotgun. And I’m shooting Hornady SSTs out of it.

Alright, let’s take another look at this thirty-five seconds of shooting. Buck number one at the top of the hill, he goes right down. Then I fire a couple more rounds at these bucks that’re running. They run toward my uncle, and you’ll hear him shoot a couple times. I shoot at another buck, and then two more come from back by my uncle. So buck number two is hit, buck number three is hit. Then this shot finishes buck number three.

So here we are back to buck number one, looking for him, I’m making my way to the top of the hill, and then I see him move. I’ll take one more shot to put him down. I just approach him to make sure that he’s finished off, and he’s a decent eight-pointer. Then I have to go track down buck number two. Here’s number three, he’s still down. Decent little eight-pointer. Then I look for blood and find some, and here’s buck number two. Nice little ten-pointer. That’s three bucks in thirty-five seconds. Some meat in some freezers, another good day for me.

Sources: petenrock Youtube, Nathan Unger

2016 Compilation of Wild Boar Hunt

For some families if into hunting, it’s spending time with family and friends in the woods, especially by doing a wild boar and deer drive.

There is nothing like a good ol’ day in the woods with the gang armed with their favorite long guns, rounding up some hogs and deer.

It definitely tests your skills to shoot ethical shots on the run, can help reduce the boar herd and manage deer herds.

Bottom line, we enjoy hunting, and this is just one tactic that when it comes together, it can be a fun hunt.

Or maybe this version:
We all know that wild boar play havoc on the local ecosystem. They’re invasive, they’re potentially very dangerous, and they aren’t exactly good for the landscape.

That in mind, here’s a compilation of boar hunts and shooting. While these boars (and a few other animals) make tracks, the hunters put them down quickly in the name of conservation– and a good Pulled Pork sandwich or Hawaiian BBQ.

In most -if not all- cases, wildlife officials are more than happy to get rid of wild boars before they start making litters and breeding like mad– or worse, injuring somebody! With the amount of fat and muscle they have, they’re not necessarily easy to put down, and can have sharp tusks that cause serious damage.

It’s good to see hunters taking part in helping the environment in a way that makes for plenty of meat for the freezer in the process.

by Sam Morstan

Source: Potterek81 Youtube

Three for a Buck

Finding a three-legged mule deer is rare. It’s even more uncommon to see an antlered doe.
With all the predators in the West, it’s extremely uncommon to see a mule deer with a significant handicap. Not only does it make them an easier meal for coyotes, bears, wolves, and cougar, but it makes them more susceptible to malnourishment and weather.

Taking that into consideration, you would probably feel pretty lucky to come across such a sight. But, what if you that three-legged mule deer was an antlered doe? You imagine no one would believe you unless you have a video of it.

Tammy Russell Facebook captures this on video below!

In Tammy’s Facebook post she says:

Doe with velvet horns and her three legged velvet friend. Anybody who knows deer knows that does don’t have horns and there shouldn’t be any bucks with velvet horns this time of year. Unless its also a doe or been castrated. In the comments section of Tammy’s post she added:

We were looking for nuts on both them but couldn’t see any then the one pee’d. [We’re] thinking they may both be does. If the bigger one is not a doe then its nutless.
What do you think? Is the three-legged mule deer a buck or antlered doe?

Another version is:

Occasionally, you see a doe with antlers.

Occasionally, you see a buck with velvet on his antlers in December.

Occasionally, you see an animal with three legs.

How often do you see a deer with velvet antlers in December and three legs?

This funny critter seems to have no problem walking around and hopping fences and navigating snow with three legs, whether it be Buck or Doe.

Here’s to hoping for a long and interesting life for this grass-muncher. It’ll be neat to see what comes of them!

by Sam Morstan

Source: Tammy Russell Facebook, Dominic Aiello