SIOUX CITY, Iowa - Customers at a Chuck E. Cheese restaurant got more than they bargained for when a deer crashed through the restaurant. The deer jumped through the window at the pizza restaurant at Southern Hills Mall on Sunday.
No one was hurt, said Kris Walter, a mall spokeswoman.
She said a couple of guys jumped on top on the deer and held it down until officials from the Iowa Department of Natural Resources arrived.
The deer was injured but was able to be taken out of town and turned loose, Walter said.
Information from: Sioux City Journal,
Source: Sioux City Journal
Tuesday, March 27, 2007
SIOUX CITY, Iowa - Customers at a Chuck E. Cheese restaurant got more than they bargained for when a deer crashed through the restaurant. The deer jumped through the window at the pizza restaurant at Southern Hills Mall on Sunday.
Saturday, March 24, 2007
Search engines like Google help people communicate, access valuable information and browse through billions of web pages more rapidly and efficiently than ever before. Search engines are the perfect combination of research assistant and historian, as they make finding useful information a breeze, yet they archive data and never forget.
The power of the search has changed our world forever and until today I would have said that almost all of the changes have been for the better. I quickly learned that Power, even power contained by a cluster can be dangerous. Everything was just fine....
This blazing Orange horror scorched my eyes as my mind begged me to say it wasn't so. I felt sick, much like a trapped rabbit with no where to run. How could it be that the original version of our web page was still alive? Why oh why oh why!!!
I understand maintaining a database of historically valuable documents or dot coms, but how can storing a site like this benefit anyone?
I understand our original desire to have a website, I just don't remember it looking quite like this. I also vaguely recall writing:
"Join Ole GreyBeard, The Big Swede and friends on their annual journey into the wilderness. Heroes to beards and the men who grow them, these warriors eat chili, search for deer and answer the call of duty, whenever duty calls. See, Smell and Taste the Adventure! "It's not a season, It's a way of Life!" -
but it was much funnier when originally created!
What will my friends on Twitter blurb about me now?
Wednesday, March 21, 2007
10 Do you have this in pink?
9) Does this make me look fat?
8) Do my nipples show?
7) I'm not touching THAT?
6) You shot Bambi!
5) But they're so Cute
4) We should call the Kids?
3) Do you have a Blanket?
2) I'm Cold
1) I have to Pee
I hope you enjoy this post as it will most likely be the last one I make as a Married Guy
Tuesday, March 20, 2007
Source: Wyoming Game and Fish
The Wyoming department of Game and fish announced a confirmed case of CWD in an Elk
A cow elk displaying symptoms of chronic wasting disease south of Encampment was confirmed to have been infected with the disease Feb. 28, according to tests conducted by the Wyoming Game and Fish Department Laboratory.
It was the first elk to test positive for CWD in hunt area 14, although several deer have tested positive in the area in past years.
The elk had been reported to the Game and Fish by concerned public with the classic CWD symptoms of being emaciated, profuse salivation and disorientation. The animal was collected and taken to the laboratory by Game Warden Matt Withroder Feb. 17.
"We're not surprised at the discovery because the disease had been detected in deer in the area and it is also found in Colorado hunt areas to the south," said Jeff Smith, wildlife supervisor for the Game and Fish's Laramie Region.
CWD is a fatal neurological disease that has been diagnosed in deer, elk and moose in 10 states and two Canadian provinces. Animals show no apparent signs of illness throughout much of the disease's course. In terminal stages of CWD, animals typically are emaciated and display abnormal behavior.
There is no confirmed link between CWD and any human illness.
For more information on CWD visit the Game and Fish Web site at http://gf.state.wy.us.
Monday, March 19, 2007
Everyone loves video games, especially when they're free. The DeerBeards have again listened to they faithful members and are proud to announce the addition of three new free Hunting Games.
The new games are Hunting with Peter, Big Bird Hunting and Bird Hunting. These games are fun and best of all...FREE
While your there, please check out the DeerBeards signature Game
Big Buck's Revenge II is certain to be a favorite with wives, PETA and animal lovers everywhere. Practice safe hunting and take your best shots with the listed deer hunting games.
Sunday, March 18, 2007
ST. PAUL (AP) - Despite resistance from a powerful hunters' group, a bill that would tack an extra dollar cost onto deer hunting licenses remained on track Monday in the Minnesota House.
The Environmental and Natural Resources Committee approved the surcharge on a 10-5 vote. The money it would raise each year - almost $500,000 - would repay meat processors who turn donated deer into venison for food shelves.
R. Jane Brown, executive director of the Second Harvest Heartland food bank, said finding enough butchered venison is a continual challenge.
"Deer meat is highly desirable because it is abundant and nutritious and high in protein, which is in short supply among donated food products," Brown said in an e-mail to lawmakers....
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Since 1991, Virginia deer hunters have donated in excess of 3 million pounds of venison to a nonprofit organization called Hunters for the Hungry.
More than 12 million servings of venison have reached our state's poor and hungry. In 2006 alone, Virginia hunters donated 356,054 pounds of meat to this organization; that equals 1,000 pounds of food a day for people who suffer the effects of poverty and disaster. We cannot think of a better way to help the community than to feed those who need it most.
The fees for hunting and fishing licenses are an important source of revenue for game preserves. These preserves enable deer and other animals to live in a natural habitat with no danger of the land's being developed.
The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries uses that money to maintain more than 1,000 miles of road and 200,000 acres of land in 36 management areas that are kept open and in good condition for public use.
They also work with the U.S. Forest Service to help manage 1.5 million acres of wildlife habitat in National Forest lands in Virginia. This would be impossible without the fees hunters and fishermen pay for licenses.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has reported that about 1.5 million deer-automobile accidents occur each year in the U.S. Those accidents account for about 150 deaths and $1.1 billion in damages. Not only would these statistics grow astronomically if people were unable to hunt, but auto insurance bills would skyrocket, as well.
So please, before anyone runs off at the mouth about how hunters "enjoy killing" or "should leave the control of wildlife population to God," educate yourself on the subject.
Chris and Sarah Hart Stafford
Hunters Against HungerHunters Against Hunger is a program dedicated to providing quality venison to food shelves in the state of Minnesota. It is designed to follow all of the rules and regulations set forth by Minnesota's Department of Agriculture (meat quality regulation) and Department of Natural Resources (big game hunting regulation).
Hunters Against Hunger is run by volunteers from Minnesota Deer Hunters Association and funded by participating chapters and the state office.
How and where can I donate?
A hunter can donate an entire deer or a portion of a deer. Click here for full details on donating.
MDA Approved Processors
Click here for a list of Minnesota Department of Agriculture approved processors
Participating Food Shelves
Find a local foodshelf. When contacting a local food shelf, be sure to ask if they accept and pick up donated venison from MDA approved processors.
DNR Field to Fork Brochure
Download the PDF: HAH-DNR_Field_to_Fork_Brochure.pdf
Rocky Mountain oysters
The Testicle Festival is held in spring because that's when calves are castrated. Steers render better meat than bulls. Castration also calms their tempers and prevents inbreeding once they're released to pasture.
Rocky Mountain oysters, as they're referred to elsewhere, are nothing to blush about. They are good eatin' for those with old-fashioned pallets and a sense of culinary efficiency.
Like sweetbreads and menudo, Rocky Mountain oysters are classic among ranchers with strong stomachs and a flare for masking dishes with heavy seasoning, bread crumbs and creative names.
Those who've tried them describe them as crunchy on the outside, soft and warm on the inside.
More on the Story CLICK HERE
Hunting ethics is a term which defines the true standards, conduct and moral judgement of a sportsman. Some say that people's hunting ethics are also a mirror image of the rest of their personal lives.
Ethics for the hunter can be broken down into personal and public ethics. The personal ethics of a sportsman deal with the way he treats his sport, the animals and other hunters. Though often distasteful, personal ethics do not usually entail illegal activity. On the other hand, public ethics deal with issues such as breaking game laws, trespassing on private property, poaching, etc.
Every ethical hunter should practice personal ethics as a way of showing respect for his fellow sportsmen and the animals. Instead of fighting over a particular hunting area, it is considered ethical to share the area or invite the other hunter to hunt it one day and then you hunt it the next day.
Personal disregard for another hunter's right to be in the woods should also be avoided, such as making noise to chase away game because someone beat you to your favorite spot, or putting on a drive where other hunters are stand hunting.
One of the most ethically irresponsible things a hunter can do is not follow up his shot. Always do everything possible to retrieve a wounded animal, including spending the entire day looking for it.
Party hunting, shooting an animal for another hunter, poaching, or leaving a deer in the woods because it is "just" a doe or small buck are not only grossly unethical, but also illegal. If the sportsman is supposed to be in the deer woods to commune with nature and enjoy the animals we love so much, it is reasonable that an ethical hunter would not even consider some of the above mentioned ethical and legal violations.
Today, hunters are waging a battle against anti-hunters. We're also waging a more discouraging battle against adverse publicity from those few unethical sportsmen who's actions give the majority of ethical, law abiding hunters a black eye.
Ultimately, public opinion will decide whether hunting as we know it will continue. It is our duty to do everything possible to win this war. Sportsmanship
If I were to ask you what you thought America's deadliest big game animal was, what would you say? This animal kills or injures more people every year than any other animal. Would you say the grizzly bear or maybe the mountain lion? You would probably be very surprised when I told you that the white-tailed deer not only causes more human deaths and injuries but also causes more damage and destruction than any other big game animal.
Over 120 people are killed in the United States each year in deer-related car crashes, and hundreds more are injured. This far surpasses the few deaths and injuries caused by mountain lions and grizzly bears.
According to the Insurance Information Institute, average cost of damage to each of the 300,000 vehicles involved in collisions with deer each year is over $600, totaling more than $180 million.
Deer cause enormous damage to farm crops and suburban landscaping as well. Biologists studying declining bird populations, including woodcock, believe there is a link to the consumption of habitat by deer.
Another growing problem caused by deer is Lyme disease and two new diseases, Ehrlichiosis and Babesiosis, all three carried by deer ticks. About 14,000 new cases of Lyme disease alone are reported in the United States annually. These tick bites are not just coming from the deep woods but from people's backyards in their urban neighborhoods.
Sixty-five years ago it would have been laughable to imagine too many deer in North America. There was even concern at that time that they would soon be extinct. Today there are more than 25 million white-tailed deer and 5 million mule deer in the United States, and the populations continue to climb.
The cause of the deer population explosion is multifaceted. Foremost, state conservation departments have for decades been successfully managing deer for hunting by providing the animals with food, cover and protection. Additionally the 65 million people who feed birds in their backyards have also successfully managed deer by unwittingly providing optimum habitat.
Nature has also had a hand in the success. Prior to the 1980s, winter kill was a part of the deer management formula. But the mild winters in the past decade have resulted in very little mortality.
The only effective way to reduce deer populations is to cull them, preferably by hunting. Many conservation departments have dramatically increased their deer permits for both residents and non-residents.
This can help, but more controversial is how to control deer in urban and suburban areas and people's backyards where public hunting is either not permitted or is impractical. Numerous methods of control have been attempted, from trapping to contraceptives, but except for shooting the deer outright, nothing has proven effective.
Urban deer task forces consisting of cross sections of community interests continue to grapple with the problem of what to do with America's deadliest and most destructive big game animal
Saturday, March 17, 2007
Armadillos are an amazing group of animals that originated in South America. Armadillos are mammals and their closest relatives are sloths and anteaters. Armadillos are built to dig. They have short, strong legs that are well suited to rapid digging, either for food or for shelter. Like their cousins, the sloth and anteater, armadillos have strong claws.
On top of all these amazing facts, Armadillos taste great. There are numerous recipes for Armadillo including Armadillo in Cream Sauce, Armadillo and Rice and of course my favorite
Two lbs. armadillo meat
8 ounces of butter
Dash onion salt
Salt to taste
Pepper to taste
Lemon pepper to taste
Season with salt, pepper, lemon pepper, lemon juice, and rub with butter. Wrap in foil and bake at 325 degrees F. for approximately 45 minutes. Remove foil, add more butter and brown. For barbecued armadillo, baste with barbecue sauce over grill after removing foil
Grizzly Bears are one of the last remains "Wild Animals" who can still raise the back of all Outdoor Enthusiasts. Imagine a peaceful afternoon spent trout fishing when you are greeted by the sight of a charging Grizzly.
I was browsing the internet when I came across this amazing site The Traveling Hunter from Anthony Acerrano . This article answers the question "What's the best way to defend yourself if you run into a grizzly while hunting--or if a grizzly tries to run into you?"
Nearly all authorities on the subject agree that the first two words to memorize in this regard are "pepper spray." I'm fully aware that some hunters associate pepper spray with politically correct, granola-eating, New Age, tree-hugger crapola. "Just give me my gun," these guys brag, "and I'll drop any charging griz like a sack of rocks."
Other hunters are less fanatical on the subject, but simply have serious (and understandable) doubts about the efficacy of a spray can to stop one of the largest and most dangerous animals in North America. Doesn't it just make sense that a high-caliber bullet is more potent, and more effective in a life-or-death situation?
It’s a reasonable question, and by no means should hunters dismiss the power and value of their firearms, as we'll discuss later. But as is so often the case when it comes to bears, the answer is more complex than it might first appear.
Studies by biologist Stephen Herrero and others indicate that pepper spray works on charging bears about 90 to 96 percent of the time. Mark Matheny, a hunter who was seriously mauled by a grizzly several years ago while deer hunting north of Yellowstone Park, and who subsequently began a career devoted to bear self-defense and the manufacture of UDAP pepper spray, explains how a mere blast of cayenne aerosol can stop an angry griz:
"First, with a charging bear the loud hissing and billowing cloud startles them, lessening or turning their aggressive intentions into a state of surprise or even defensive evasion. When a bear hits the wall of fog and breathes it in, his sense of smell is instantly shut down, which confuses any animal. Chemically, pepper spray is an inflammatory agent, an irritant, that gets into the bear's mucus membranes, causing temporary blindness, choking, and difficulty breathing. In many cases, they go off hacking and coughing."
For those who believe a gun is still a better bet to stop a bear, Matheny adds:
"Some people think a .44 magnum or large-caliber rifle is going to have the 'power' to stop a bear. But you're talking about a bullet not much wider than a writing pen hitting a vital area. That's assuming you even get a bullet off. Most times when someone with a firearm is attacked, they don't get a shot off. You've got to get the gun up, aim, and fire. With pepper spray, you can fire right from the holster, putting up a wide stream, even a fog, of deterrent. You can respond instantly and the likelihood of hitting the bear is much greater."
Another compelling reason for the use of pepper spray instead of bullets is that many grizzly charges are not full "attacks," but are only attempts by the bear to discourage and intimidate human intruders. For instance, if you surprise a grizzly feeding on an elk carcass (possibly your elk carcass), the bear might charge without intending actual contact, its purpose being to simply drive you away.
Of course, for those who aren't expert at reading bear behavior, it's fair to ask, "How am I supposed to know whether the bear means business or is just bluffing?" Which is precisely why pepper spray is a better alternative to a bullet in most situations. With the spray, you can very likely discourage the bear without worsening the situation or elevating it to an irreversibly deadlier level. If the bear breaks through the spray blast, and you're an armed hunter, you still have your gun as a last resort. But if a sprayed bear veers off, the encounter is over. No one is hurt. Conversely, if your first line of defense is a gunshot, and you shoot at the bear, the results will almost always be more severe. If the bear was only bluffing, you've now either killed or wounded a bear unnecessarily. Also possible is that by wounding it you've turned a bluffing bear into a seriously enraged one, intent on killing you. Another scenario: You shoot at an attacking bear and--because they come so fast, unbelievably fast if you've never experienced it, often catching you in utter surprise--you simply miss. The bear is on you. What you missed with bullets you could have easily hit with deterrent spray.
But aren't there times when you should shoot, or perhaps must shoot? While pepper spray is generally considered the best primary, first-choice bear defense, you wouldn't want to make the same mistake as the hunter in Wyoming's Bridger-Teton National Forest who, when charged by a sow grizzly with three yearling cubs, allegedly threw his high-powered rifle at the bear and pulled out a can of pepper spray, which by that time failed to stop the attack. The hunter was mauled until his partner shot and killed the 475-pound animal. Later, from his hospital bed, the hunter said he didn't want to shoot the bear because he feared going to jail (for killing an endangered species) and losing his hunting privileges.
The reality is, if a grizzly attacks, sometimes you have to shoot, and, further, you would be foolish not to. That is why I think of pepper spray as "the first line of defense, when feasible." If there's no time to hit the spray button (and with the canister mounted pistol-fashion on your belt, you can aim and fire from the hip in mere seconds), or if you spray and the bear keeps coming, you have little choice but to shoot. With a grizzly still far enough away to dissuade, you can try a shot into the air or into the ground near the animal, hoping the muzzle blast or bullet noise will stop or turn the charge. But with a close, fast-incoming bear, don't waste time with a warning shot. Aim for the deadliest point you can find. On a close-in, charging bear, this will probably be the face or upper chest. Often full-attack grizzlies lower their heads as they come in, so that's about all you have to aim at. More than one Alaskan guide of my acquaintance suggests aiming for the snout--a high shot goes into the upper skull or even over the top, into the neck or spine; and if the bear hops or you shoot low, you have a chance at the throat, chest, or even a shoulder or leg, all of which can stop the animal, if only long enough for you to aim and shoot again.
Although this is legitimate self-defense, it clearly is not a desirable outcome. That is why Mark Matheny likes to tell hunters, "Spray 'em, don't slay 'em." He points out that too many close-encounter grizzlies are killed unnecessarily; which is not only bad for the bears, but also for hunting's already precarious social image. Long-time bear biologist Chris Servheen agrees, calling the unnecessary killing of grizzlies by sportsmen nothing less than "a threat to hunting."
In the end, the ideal is to protect yourself while sparing the bears, whenever that's possible. --Anthony Acerrano
Source Sport Afield
Friday, March 16, 2007
Thursday, March 15, 2007
Outdoor enthusiasts are familiar with the phrase "Hunting Beard", but much like telling camp stories of Sasquatch, no one knows when the tradition started. Through out history, hunters and mountain men have always grown and maintained flowing manes of facial hair. Fundamentally, the purpose of a hunting beard was to provide warmth and protection for the hunter. Today, a beard directly connects the hunter to their primal roots.
The evolutionary history of bearded hunting clans can be traced back for some 4 million years, as one of the oldest of all surviving mammal groups. Most paleontologists consider that these "clans" share a common ancestor with early primates and probably lived during the late Cretaceous together with the last dinosaurs. It was during this time that the oldest known Big Game Hunting Clans flourished in North America, but they were also widespread in Eurasia and Africa.
During the tropical conditions of the Paleocene and Eocene, things looked bleak for the Clans, as heat exhaustion and chaffing were major concerns. With the beginning of modern climates, marked by the formation of the first North American ice, many primates went extinct but the bearded clans survived and are known today as...THE DEERBEARDS
What is a DeerBeard?
"Deer Beards" are special for these are the beards grown by otherwise cleanly shaved men, solely for the hunting season. Unlike our bearded ancestors, modern day hunters spend far less time engaged in their favorite past-time. Scientists blame Mans transformation from "Hunter/Gatherer" to "Sitter/Sleeper" on a steady food supply, but some experts blame the invention of the "Drive Thru window", cable and the term "WIFE". Today, the typical hunter gathers only once a year to relive the glory of eons past.
Growing a Deer Beard affords these domesticated coach potatoes an opportunity to achieve the special bond that starvation and scurvy created in our forefathers. Shedding most modern conveniences, these hunters return to their original state of MEN! Men of the woods, men who eat jerky, cold chili and say things like "If it's Brown, It's Down" and "If growing a beards wrong, I don't want to be right."
A Deer Beard affords the common man an opportunity to connect to something special. It is the membership card into the Club of Men. It says "I take my coffee black, change my own oil and can drop a deer from 200 yards."
Wednesday, March 14, 2007
Off Argentina and the Crozet Islands, Orcas feed on South American sea lion and elephant seal pups in shallow water; even beaching themselves temporarily. Beaching, usually fatal to whales, is not an instinctive behaviour. Adult Orcas have been observed to teach the younger whales the skills of hunting in shallow water. Off Argentina, adults pull seals off the shoreline for younger whales to recapture. Off the Crozet Islands, mothers have been seen pushing their calves onto the beach, waiting to pull the youngster back if needed.
Another technique for capturing seals is known as wave-hunting: Orcas spy-hop to locate seals resting on ice floes, and then create waves by swimming together in groups to wash over the floe. This causes the seal to be thrown into the water where another Orca waits to kill it. This behaviour has only been recorded a few times and it is not known how often it occurs. The most recent recorded instance in April 2006 ended with the group of Orcas actually returning the seal to the ice floe after they had shown the younger animals how to properly perform the technique.
In Prince William Sound, killer whales feed primarily on Dall's porpoise and harbor seals. When hunting seals, the whales separate and slide along shorelines or through tight, rock-strewn channels. They also forage near tidewater glaciers in search of seals that haul out on the ice floes in late spring. In open water, where Dall's porpoise are found, the whales of this region spread out across a passage, breathing quietly, milling at the surface, silently awaiting prey. The whales of this region do not eat fish.
Killer whales off New Zealand toss venomous stingrays back and forth with their teeth. As reported in the New Scientist, a whale will pluck a ray off the ocean floor. When the whale resurfaces, the ray is still alive, flapping in the whale's mouth. What happens next can best be described as a marine version of a game of frisbee: one whale tosses the ray to a second, which then either tosses the ray back or forwards it to a third. Researchers believe the action is an attempt to position the ray so that it can be eaten safely. Another possibility is that tossing stingrays is one way adult killer whales teach their offspring to catch dangerous prey.
Tuesday, March 13, 2007
Facing a lion in the African savanna is an experience that is not quickly forgotten. Hunting a lion will change your life forever. Watch as a guided lion hunt in the African savanna almost turns deadly as the hunters become the hunted.
LION - Panthera Leo
Of all Africa's animals none are better known than the mighty "King of the Beasts" immortalised in many Hollywood movies and adventure hunting novels. The lion exudes majesty and power, always a breathtaking sight to any hunter and rightly so.
No hunter can ever forget the gaze of intent yellow eyes calculating from within dense thorn scrub, the earth shattering roar or the crunching of bones in the darkness. Try hunting a hungry lion that has no fear of man, on foot, in dense vegetation...if you survive you'll come away with a new perspective on life.
Monday, March 05, 2007
In all my years spent whitetail deer hunting, I have come across some mighty strange things. During the mating season, or Rut as it is called, Whitetail deer go a little nuts. I guess "Nuts" might be a little weak....The Deer Lose their Minds!!
What would Ann Coulter say about this
Simply put, squirrels are typically peaceful animals. Though somewhat territorial, squirrels will most often live in harmony with other animals. In this video, a whitetail deer moves in on the squirrels turf and WHAM...the squirrels kicks butt.
It is interesting to note that the average gray squirrel can jump 3 to 4 feet straight up and can leap horizontally around 10 to 12 feet.
Here is a family video shot of what would appear to be a family reunion. Some familys goes fishing or play games at a family reunion, these guys shot m-60's and cannons.After seeing this, I almost would vote for gun control. Oh wait, those are my kids.
I have seen this video 100 times and it is still hilarious. I would love to see this guy out Deer Hunting. Can you image what would happen when this gun went off? He would go flying out of the deerstand.
Whitetail deer are beautiful, strong and peaceful, but during mating season battles for dominance can turn deadly. These two deer are locked in a death match, luckily the both survive. The incredible strength of these animals is displayed here as they battle for survival
Ok the story behind this video is as follows. This was a commercial that actually made air time. The video however contains something that was captured unintentionally. In this segment of the video clip you watch a car from a distance to the sound of pleasant music. The Car disappears behind some trees. Just as the car re-emerges into view if you look closely you might see a big buck that was moving along the edge of the tree line.
The big buck isn't all that apparent and you have to look closely to see it. The commercial was made without the buck being noticed apparently. Some people have had a hard time seeing the buck initially. But once you see it there it will stick out to you like a sore thumb.
The buck will be about 30 yards from the road on the tree line
The total number of deer taken during all 2006 deer seasons (firearms, archery, muzzleloader) for a several-county area of southwest Minnesota is up from both the 2005 harvest and the average of the previous 10 years, according to the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) wildlife office at Windom.
Hunters, Hikers and Nature Lovers are helping local officials in the battle against Meth.
In the past decade, there has been a dramatic increase in the abuse of the drug methamphetamine (meth) in Minnesota. The production of meth in illegal “meth labs” has also been a serious problem for agencies and communities throughout the state.
Minnesota observed its highest numbers of (reported) meth labs and other meth-related events (meth chemical dumps, anhydrous ammonia thefts) in 2003 with more than 500 events reported. That number decreased to 320 events in 2004.
How can you Help?
While out hunting, hiking, nature viewing or doing other outdoor activities, if you see what appears to be a methamphetamine lab, contact your local law enforcement agency or conservation officer immediately.
Items to watch for
Signs of a methamphetamine lab include large quantities of common household products. Used as designed, these household products are generally safe. Mixed together, they can become explosive and/or give off toxic fumes.
- Cold pill packets containing ephedrine or pseudoephedrine
- Drain cleaner
- Engine starter
- Iodine Heet
- Lithium batteries
- Matches (red phosphorous)
- Muriatic acid
- Anhydrous ammonia
- Red Devil lye
- Salt (table or rock)
- Sodium metal
- Trichloroethane (gun cleaning solvent)
Meth Lab Equipment
- Aluminum foil
- Blender Bottles
- Coffee filters
- Gas can
- Hot plate
- Paper towels
- Propane tank/thermos
- Pyrex dishes
- Rubber gloves/tubing
Meth can be easily be made from these common household chemicals and products. These ingredients are mixed and "cooked" to make this dangerous drug. The cooking process can also create potentially harmful chemical residues that can remain on household surfaces for months or years after "cooking" is over. There may be adverse health effects in people exposed to lab chemicals before, during and after the production process.
Each meth lab, spill or dump is a potential hazardous waste site, requiring assessment and remediation by experienced and qualified personnel.
The Methamphetamine Program at the Minnesota Department of Health, in conjunction with many public and private organizations, has been working to share resources, raise awareness, protect endangered children, provide technical advice for the remediation (cleaning) of meth labs, and to help Minnesota communities work together to create a strong, local response to this problem through education, training, and civil action
Sunday, March 04, 2007
Through the ages, hunters have gathered together in dance to bring good fortune from the Gods to their hunts. Among hunting clans, the deer hunters are nearly all great dancers, imitating every animal they know, and dancing out their own legends.
The deer hunters will gather in groups of several men to engage in a circle dance, which has no obvious explanation other than the pleasure of the motion. The hero or "Stag" of the group will typically wear a traditional headpiece which has been fashioned as a replica of their prey.
These groups have been reported "in a band of from twelve to twenty hunters, trotting and spinning quite rapidly, with occasional awkward plunges, in a circle perhaps thirty feet in diameter. Rare footage of this dance was recently caputed by a local Minnesota DNR officer.
I was surfing the Web last night when I came across this hilarious video discussing which animals are better than people. As a hunter, I continuously analyze my prey. I was relieved to learn that the mighty Whitetail Deer didn't make the list of animals that are better than people. Deer remain safely on the list of Animals that taste better than People.
I hope you enjoy the video
Friday, March 02, 2007
Global Warming has hypothetically placed humanity on a ticking time bomb. If the vast majority of the world's scientists are right, we have just ten years to avert a major catastrophe that could send our entire planet into a tail-spin of epic destruction involving extreme weather, floods, droughts, epidemics and killer heat waves beyond anything we have ever experienced.
I understand that Global Warming is a growing problem, but I live in Minnesota and we have had two major snow storms in 7 days. The latest storm dropped as much as 17 inches of snow in parts of the Twin Cities. In northern Minnesota, Finland got a reported 25 inches and Duluth got 18 inches.
Here was my personal wake up call this morning
I found it rather ironic when I finally made it to work this morning and sitting in my inbox was an email from the Minnesotans for Global Warming Solutions. I actually laughed out loud as I read their email discussing rising temperatures as the melting snow soaked through my boot and pants.
The morning News had reported that more than 350 schools and school districts reported class cancellations Friday. At the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, operations were "pretty much back to normal" by about 9:30 a.m. Friday, a day after 400 flights were canceled. The entire area was a complete mess.
Considering all the current weather conditions, I think the Minnesotans for Global Warming Solutions marketing effort might be met with a lot of laughs.
Thursday, March 01, 2007
A bow hunter is attacked by huge whitetail deer. Luckily, the Deer didn't use its horns.
Deer Hunting enthusiasts are familiar with the phrase Deer Beard, but does anyone really know what the heck they are or why hunters insist on growing them?
Who are the DeerBeards?
DeerBeards are the beards grown by otherwise cleanly shaved men, solely for the hunting season. Hunting season is that fabled time of year when man and beast unite and husbands return to being Men. Men of the woods, Men who eat jerky, cold chili and say things like “If it's Brown, It's Down” and “If growing a beards wrong, I don't want to be right."
The main purpose of a Deer Beard is to provide warmth and protection for the hunter. Secondly, a beard directly connects the hunter to their primal roots. Since the dawn of time hunters have grown beards. This unwritten rule is known by all men and the beard of a hunter is not to be taken lightly.
Another benefit of growing a DeerBeard is that upon reaching day 5, any man can enter a suburban outfitters and feel right at home with the other ruggeds. Once timid, he can now confidently shop for blaze orange, discuss various types of doe urine and refer to everyone of his bearded com padres as “Buddy”.
A Deerbeard is the membership card into the club of men.
It says, “I take my coffee black, change my own oil and can a drop a deer from 200 yards”.