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Feds unexpectedly close recreational amberjack fishing
Despite a one-fish-per-person daily bag limit and 30-inch minimum size limit, the recreational amberjack season will close at one minute past midnight Friday because NOAA Fisheries Service has determined that the 1.368-million-pound recreational quota has been met.
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Gun clubs fired up against proposed regulations
BRAINTREE - Once a month on a Saturday, the Braintree Rifle & Pistol Club hosts the Second Amendment Sisters, a national organization that advocates and provides firearms training for women. Women who have never held a gun before are invited to learn to shoot. The club provides the weapons and ammunition, and the cost to the woman learning typically does not exceed $10.
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Fisherman battled crocodile to land record catch
He had been battling to reel in the 249lb fish for 45 minutes when the crocodile tried to hijack his catch and launched itself at his tiny boat. Mr Smith, 39, an art teacher, was fishing on the Victoria Nile in Uganda, eventually landed the perch — which stands taller than him — after prizing it from the crocodile's jaws as it went into a ''death roll''.
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EU opens probe into wetland that has dried up, is on fire underground
MADRID — The European Union has launched an investigation into a prized Spanish wetland that has turned bone dry through mismanagement of water resources and is now on fire underground, white smoke now rising from areas where fish once swam. The EU wants the Spanish government to explain how it plans to save Las Tablas de Daimiel National Park in the central Castilla-La Mancha region, European Commission spokeswoman Barbara Helfferich told The Associated Press on Thursday.
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Minn. buck could break state nontypical record
Scott O'Konek may have rewritten the Minnesota record books when he tagged a 32-point buck on Oct. 15, the first day of Camp Ripley's annual two-day archery hunt. The deer's green score of approximately 228 nontypical would be more than enough to dethrone the current state-record archery buck, a 222 5/8 nontypical taken in 1992 by Gary Martin.
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Waycross boy killed while deer hunting
WAYCROSS, Ga. - Students and teachers wore camouflage to class Monday in memory of a Ware County Middle School seventh-grader killed in a hunting accident on the first day of deer season. Michael James Hurst Jr., 12, of Waycross died Saturday morning when a .30-.30 hunting rifle accidentally discharged as he climbed down with it from a deer stand in woods near Windmill Road in Manor, Ware County Sheriff Randy Royal said.

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Hunter photographs mountain lion in northwest Kansas
WAKEENEY, Kan. — Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks (KDWP) staff have verified that a mountain lion was photographed by a deer hunter northwest of Wakeeney. The sighting is the first ever live wild mountain lion documentation in Kansas although many other reports have been received in the past.
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Historic elk hunt a success
History has been made in Tennessee's rich conservation legacy. After a nine-year effort to restore huntable populations of wild elk to the Volunteer State, three hunters successfully harvested the first animals Monday morning on the Upper Cumberland Wildlife Management Area 50 miles north of Knoxville. The last documented elk taken in Tennessee was in 1865.
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Minn. man faces steep fines, jail time for gross over-limit of walleye
A Twin Cities man faces nearly $9,000 in fines and restitution, plus jail time for a gross overlimit of walleye. State conservation officer Scott Staples of Carlton received a call May 11 that a large overlimit of fish was being transported through Cloquet by a Burnsville man.
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4-year-old catches 45-pound fish in Trinity
FORT WORTH — This story may sound fishy to you, but the Smith family of Joshua has a photo to prove it. Four-year-old Caden Smith, who weighs 40 pounds, hauled in a 45-pound flathead catfish Saturday while fishing from the banks of the Trinity River near downtown.
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EU officials warn of disappearing cod
BRUSSELS — The European Union's executive body is calling for sharp cuts in the amount of cod fishermen can catch next year, pointing to estimates that the fish is close to extinction in some major fishing areas around Europe.

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Survey: Park Service averages 11 searches per day
SALT LAKE CITY — Whether it's saving a stranded hiker with a broken leg or fishing out a capsized boater, a new study says national parks launch 11 search-and-rescue operations on an average day.
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Capsized hunter says life jacket saved him
A day after his rescue from the St. Louis River, taking it easy in bed was the last thing on duck hunter Rob Christman's mind. "I'm leaving the ducks alone for a week, but I will go bow hunting tonight and try not to fall out of the tree," joked the 46-year-old Superior resident, who estimates he spent up to an hour in the St. Louis River on Thursday morning after his boat capsized.
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Couple to hunter: 'Leave without your dead deer'
REDDING — There is a dead deer lying about 40 yards beyond Lynn Gorfinkle's back deck. It has been there, with a fatal arrow wound in its side, since Oct. 2. And it will remain there indefinitely, she said.
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In trying times, hunters go after deer to put food on the table
Kenny Weaver, furloughed from his job at a Paoli furniture factory, faced the hiatus like a sportsman: He went deer hunting. Weaver, 50, is a self-described "country guy" who'd rather watch the Outdoor Channel than a Colts game. He goes deer hunting every fall.
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Climate concerns turn city smell into cash cow
GREELEY, Colo. — The smell of manure hangs over Greeley as it has for half a century. These days it's more than just a potent reminder of the region's agricultural roots and the hundreds of thousands of cattle raised on the city's outskirts.
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FWC to consider overhaul of black bass management
TARPON SPRINGS — Nearly 50 years ago, Florida's unofficial, state-record largemouth bass was a 19.6-pounder caught by Riley Witt using a live eel for bait on the south end of Lake Tarpon in Tarpon Springs.
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Rare tropical fish caught in British waters for first time
A pub landlord has become the first person ever to catch a rare breed of tropical fish off the coast of Britain. Neil McDonnell, 37, is the first angler on record to use a rod and line to catch an almaco jack — a fish normally found in the Caribbean.
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Swamp to sandwich: Fla. gators sliced and diced
HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. — The knives are sharpened and the shiny steel gurneys bloodied at All American Gator Products, the end of the line for about 1,000 alligators killed during this year's hunting season in Florida.

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Greedy dogfish blamed for Mass. fishery's problems
CHATHAM, Mass. — The sea air isn't all that's salty when fishermen in the Cape Cod town of Chatham talk about the hated spiny dogfish.
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Report: 5 foreign snake species threaten US
MIAMI — Watch out, animals of South Florida: It's a wild world out there. There are five species of foreign snakes just waiting to eat you.
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Steelhead limit goes to five a day Sunday on some northeast Oregon rivers
ENTERPRISE — Record numbers of steelhead returning to the Snake River system have prompted Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife officials to increase the bag limit for hatchery adipose fin-clipped steelhead in several northeast waters.
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Feds deny protection for spotted seals near Alaska
ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Spotted seals off Alaska's coast do not merit endangered species protection despite losses of Arctic sea ice from global warming, a federal agency announced Thursday.
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Exotic deer gores man to death
A 27-year-old game manager has been gored to death at an exotic game hunting ranch in Central Texas by a rare deer known for its full, sharply pointed rack.
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Deer hunt helps disabled rediscover outdoors
It's been nearly 15 years since LaDonna Brock accidentally dropped a handgun on her way to a shooting range, causing it to discharge and paralyze her from the waist down. But along with the challenges, Brock's disability has brought her new friends and adventures through her involvement with Wheelin' Sportsmen, an outreach program of the National Wild Turkey Federation.
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Rare tropical fish caught in British waters for first time
A pub landlord has become the first person ever to catch a rare breed of tropical fish off the coast of Britain. Neil McDonnell, 37, is the first angler on record to use a rod and line to catch an almaco jack — a fish normally found in the Caribbean.
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