Disabled 8-year-old hunter asks thieves to return stolen equipment: ‘I want my stuff back’

A disabled 8-year-old boy in Forrest City, Ark., is asking the thieves who stole his custom hunting gear to bring it back. Jayce Collum, who was partially paralyzed in a 2015 car accident, returned home from a stay in the hospital on Friday only to learn that his specially made hunting stand was robbed, WREG … Continue reading “Disabled 8-year-old hunter asks thieves to return stolen equipment: ‘I want my stuff back’”

A disabled 8-year-old boy in Forrest City, Ark., is asking the thieves who stole his custom hunting gear to bring it back.

Jayce Collum, who was partially paralyzed in a 2015 car accident, returned home from a stay in the hospital on Friday only to learn that his specially made hunting stand was robbed, WREG reported.

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Jayce’s grandfather, Glenn Shepherd, told the outlet he built the stand for his grandson to give Jayce the same opportunities as other children.

According to Shepherd, the thieves “pried the door open and ransacked” the hunting stand — making off with a custom stand that was bolted to the floor — and now Jayce isn’t sure he’ll have all the equipment he needs for an upcoming hunt.

"They stole the deadshot and all the things I had to help me hunt," Jayce told WREG.

"I want my stuff back and the people who did it to turn themselves in,” he later added.

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Jayce’s family has contacted the Arkansas Fish and Game Commission, and they say that no matter what, Jayce isn’t going to miss out on his hunt.

“You can’t hold him back. And we wouldn’t want him to be held back. Because we want him to have the same opportunity that every other kid has,” Shepherd said.

Commenters on Facebook, too, have offered to help Jayce replace his equipment.

"What does this child need? I'll help get it," one user wrote in response to WREG's Facebook post.

"How can people help?" another asked.

"Stealing is never OK but stealing from a kid? That's low," said another commenter.

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A representative for the Arkansas Fish and Game Commission confirmed to Fox News that the department is assisting with the St. Francis County Sheriff's Office in its investigation.

Illinois hunter bags 51-point buck, possibly one of the ‘largest bucks ever shot in America’

An Illinois hunter’s 51-point kill may be one of the “largest bucks ever shot in America,” the state Department of Natural Resources announced this week.

Keith Szablewski, of Johnston City, shot and killed the deer in November during the first weekend of the shotgun season in the state, WSIL-3 reported.

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"I was just sitting there and I heard the deer behind me," Szablewski, who only began hunting deer four years ago, told the news station.

After making the kill, "I walked up to him, I looked at it and thought, 'What a blessing,'" he added.

"I walked up to him, I looked at it and thought, ‘What a blessing.’"

— Keith Szableswki

State conservation officials have since told the man that the buck, which weighed roughly 265 pounds, “could have as many as 51 scorable points," WSIL-3 reported. That’s four more points than a world-recording breaking 47-point buck, which was shot in 2016 by a hunter in Tennessee.

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Szablewski reportedly plans to take the buck’s antlers to the Illinois Deer and Turkey Expo in July. There, a panel of judges will again score the animal and officially determine if it broke the record.

“I pray before I go hunting,” the hunter told the RFD Radio Network. “And on that day, I did pray to God to bring me a buck, and He sure answers prayers.”

Madeline Farber is a Reporter for Fox News. You can follow her on Twitter @MaddieFarberUDK.

South Carolina fisherman hooks 17-foot great white shark: It was a ‘monster’

As a charter fisherman who assists shark experts with their research by hooking and tagging great whites, South Carolinian Chip Michalove has come across a number of impressively-sized sharks throughout the years.

But none were more impressive than the “monster” great white he hooked earlier this week. Michalove told Fox News on Thursday he estimated the massive fish weighed 3,500 pounds and was roughly 17 feet in length.

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Michalove hooked the shark, a female, at roughly 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday off the coast of Hilton Head. He was accompanied by Jon Dodd of the Atlantic Shark Institute at the time.

Michalove, who also tags sharks on behalf of experts at the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries, wrote on Facebook the shark “spit the hook after a 15 [minute] battle.”

“After she threw the hook and came partially out of the water twice, she turned and chased the bait back to the boat as we reeled it back in,” he continued. “We dropped the bait back to her, but she wised up. She wouldn’t give us another shot.”

A roughly 10-foot great white Michalove hooked and tagged Tuesday. (Chip Michalove/ Outcast Sport Fishing)

“It was a bittersweet day because we did land and tag a 10-footer, but I can’t help but think about the one I lost,” he said. He also hooked a shark later that afternoon but lost it. He told The Island Packet he and Dodd were too tired from the battles with the two other two sharks, which is why they were unable to tag the third.

Michalove — who is “obsessed with sharks” and has been “ever since [he] was little and watched ‘Jaws’”— told Fox News this was only the second time he has hooked three great white sharks in one outing; the first time being a couple of years ago.

“To get three in one day was pretty surprising; it’s extremely rare,” he said.

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The fisherman, who is the charter captain at Outcast Sport Fishing, said he finds the most great whites off the Hilton Head coast during the winter months. It’s for this reason he’s confident the 17-footer who escaped him Tuesday will return.

“I’ll have another shot,” he said confidently. “She’ll be back.”

Madeline Farber is a Reporter for Fox News. You can follow her on Twitter @MaddieFarberUDK.

New York hunters fined after ‘undead’ deer jumps from truck

Two New York hunters have been smacked with a fine after an “undead” deer they had shot – illegally – hopped out of the back of their pickup truck, creating danger in the road and a perfect trail for authorities to catch them on Thanksgiving night.

On Nov. 22, law enforcement officials in the town of Berne, in Albany County, stopped a pickup truck with two male passengers inside after a witness “spotted them shoot from the truck and then drive off,” the state’s Department of Environmental Conservation reports, as per New York Upstate. According to the outlet, responding official ECO Brian Canzeri found “fresh blood” on the tailgate and rear of the vehicle.

The responding official seized two rifles and spotlights from the illegal hunters, and soon discovered that both of the men had criminal records. (iStock)

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According to the outlet, the unnamed hunters told Canzeri that a 4-point buck ran in front of their vehicle as they drove down Bradt Hollow Road, prompting one of the passengers to shoot out of the driver’s side window, attempting to kill the deer. Believing the animal to be dead, the men loaded the deer into the bed of the truck, and drove away — but the creature had other plans.

“However, the deer was not dead and approximately a mile down the road the deer jumped out of the bed of the truck. They turned around to look for animal and were stopped by Deputies as they tried to flee,” Upstate reports. “The wounded deer was located soon after and put down.”

Canzeri proceeded to seize two rifles and two spotlights from the illegal hunters, and soon discovered that both of the men had criminal records. One of the suspects had an arrest warrant pending, while the other had past hunting violations in the area.

According to the outlet, the officer proceeded to issue several tickets for their actions, including “taking big game deer with the aid of light, shooting within 500 feet of a dwelling, discharging from a public road, loaded gun in a motor vehicle, taking by means not specified, and taking deer from a motor vehicle,”

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Two days later, on Nov. 24, three more dead deer were found near the scene of the crime, with evidence indicating that they are likely connected to the illegal hunters. Moving forward, additional charges may be filed.

Representatives for the DEC did not immediately return Fox News’ request for additional comment on the story.

Janine Puhak is an editor for Fox News Lifestyle. Follow her on Twitter at @JaninePuhak

Fisherman criticized by fellow anglers, animal activists over 1,400-pound marlin catch

A fisherman in Australia has been skewered online after reeling in a 1,431 pound black marlin off the coast of Queensland last week.

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Angler Rob Crane reportedly snagged the giant fish north of Fraser Island, which died during the struggle.

“EPIC Fish caught off the top of Fraser Island just weight at our Urangan Marina Hervey Bay Qld – Black Marlin 1431lbs ( 649.87kgs ),” a Facebook post with pictures of the enormous sea creature read.

Though the fishermen involved were truly pleased with the record catch, not everyone on social media was happy.

“Sorry but this is absolutely bull s— just a f trophy such a disgrace sorry,” Vicki Roberts wrote.

“Yeah that’s a big fish. Shame it’s now dead,” Trevor Brown commented.

“I’m over this crap if ya can’t eat it let it go what a waste,” Peter Forrest wrote on Facebook.

On man who claimed to be a fisherman called the catch "a waste of a beautiful old fish."

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Many were calling out Crane for killing the old fish, but several commenters said the catch was legal.

Though Queensland Game Fishing Association vice president Joshua Cox said most anglers practice catch-and-release, when a fish dies during the struggle of being reeled in – like Crane’s catch – the fishing association will take it for research purposes.

"[Our club] is predominantly tag and release, and basically all the research that we have on fish species is from the ones that died like this one did, during the fight," he said.

The Fishing with Scotto page, which shared the image of the behemoth marlin defended Crane, saying catches like this are vital for research and conservation efforts.

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“Big game anglers tag and release more than 95 per cent of their catch and in doing so contribute more to the conservation of gamefish than any other group,” the page wrote.

A commenter claimed the fish will be donated to research and not eaten.

Alexandra Deabler is a Lifestyle writer and editor for Fox News.

‘Beloved’ wolf killed just outside Yellowstone renews debate over buffer zones

A 7-year-old wolf known as Spitfire, who was a popular sight among wildlife watchers at Yellowstone National Park over the last several years, was shot and killed by a hunter last weekend after wandering just outside the park’s border.

The incident closely mirrors the death of that same wolf’s mother — who was known as 832F, and nicknamed “06” after the year she was born — in 2012, The New York Times reported.

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Upon her death, 832F was eulogized by the Times and called “the most famous wolf in the world” by wildlife photographer Jimmy Jones. A book, “American Wolf: A True Story of Survival and Obsession in the West,” had also been written to celebrate her life.

Montana wildlife officials say Spitfire, also a female, known as 926F of the Lamar Canyon Wolf Pack, was killed sometime in late November. Despite being a legal kill, admirers of Spitfire and her mother have since vowed to fight to establish buffer areas around the park’s borders where hunting such animals for sport would be off-limits.

“We are passing along the devastating news that our beloved 926F of the Lamar Canyon Pack was killed in the Montana trophy hunt,” a Facebook group called The 06 Legacy wrote in a tribute Friday.  “She was the daughter of our namesake 06 and she was known as the Queen of the Lamar Valley.”

Karol Miller, the founder of the Facebook group, added that she and her followers are now planning to fight “even harder” for protections for Yellowstone’s wolves, which she says “are killed for nothing more than sport.”

Critics have also questioned the sportsmanship of killing wolves just outside Yellowstone’s boundaries, as some have learned to see humans – including the ones who photograph them on wildlife tours – as not being a threat to their survival. Yellowstone’s wolf biologist further told the Times of hearing hunters brag about the ease of killing wolves who wander just over the border.

“Wolf hunters talk about seeing a pack of park wolves outside the boundary and being able to pick the one they want,” Doug Smith told the outlet.

Proponents, meanwhile, say that hunters are needed to control the population of wolves in Montana to protect nearby big-game species.

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Smith confirmed that the Lamar Canyon Wolf Pack’s chances of survival have been hindered with Spitfire gone, and her two children are now serving as the alphas of the pack. He estimates there being around 100 protected wolves in Yellowstone National Park, spread across 10 packs.

Dramatic video shows hunters rescuing buck deer from frozen lake

Two hunters rescued a deer stranded on a frozen lake in Pennsylvania — and the dramatic sequence was all caught on video.

Josh Davis and Ed Schmalzle found the eight-point buck laying helplessly on the ice of Greeley Lake “over 100 yards” from shore on Saturday, just two days before hunting season.

The two men didn’t want to see the animal suffer, they said, so they performed a rescue mission to save him.

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"He must have made it out that far, slipped and fell, and couldn't get back up," Davis told WNEP.

Schmalzle carefully slid out onto the ice in a boat then tied the deer up with rope and was towed back to land while photographer Jeff Sidle captured the whole thing on camera.

"I wouldn't want to see the deer suffer. I am a hunter. There's a giant difference between an animal being harvested humanely and one being left out to die on the frozen ice," Davis said.

The hunter said that even if someone kills the deer during hunting season, which began Monday, at least it would feed a family instead of going to waste.

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"People don't realize that just because hunters go out and kill that they're not humane or they don't have those feelings about animals and the environment. That's the way we are. It captured who we are," Sidle said.

Michelle Gant is a writer and editor for Fox News Lifestyle.

Viral video shows fisherman shot with ink while trying to reel in squid

Good aim.

Jarrad Edwards, 35, was fishing with a friend off the coast of St. Kilda, Adelaide, in Australia, when he snagged a squid on his line.

The fisherman took two tries to finally hook the clever cephalopod while his friend Casey Mitchell recorded him in the small fishing boat.

“Got him!” Edwards yells excitedly on the video, as he reels in the crafty creature.

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Edwards and Mitchell are heard celebrating the catch, but as the squid is drawn in closer to the boat on the line, it suddenly shoots ink directly at Edwards’ face.

Edwards, who told The Daily Mail he thought he was “safe” from the ink attack, was shocked by the direct hit.

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“I saw the squid inked in the water so I thought I was safe. Little did I know it had a backup plan,” Edwards said.

Edwards told the outlet he and Mitchell had been frustrated on not catching any squids before the incident.

“[Casey] was feeling frustrated on not catching any and I gave him a chance, but the squid preferred my jig,” Edwards said, noting the pair was planning to head back to shore before the catch.

Funny video: Seal slaps kayaker with octopus in the face

A kayaker in New Zealand, Kyle Mulinder, was in for a surprise when a nearby seal popped up and slapped him with an octopus.

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He’s not the only Australian fisherman to be left stunned by the antics of a sea creature.

In September, a video went viral showing a kayaker getting slapped by an octopus while it fought with a seal.

Alexandra Deabler is a Lifestyle writer and editor for Fox News.

Viral video shows fisherman shot with ink while trying to reel in squid

Good aim.

Jarrad Edwards, 35, was fishing with a friend off the coast of St. Kilda, Adelaide, in Australia, when he snagged a squid on his line.

The fisherman took two tries to finally hook the clever cephalopod while his friend Casey Mitchell recorded him in the small fishing boat.

“Got him!” Edwards yells excitedly on the video, as he reels in the crafty creature.

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Edwards and Mitchell are heard celebrating the catch, but as the squid is drawn in closer to the boat on the line, it suddenly shoots ink directly at Edwards’ face.

Edwards, who told The Daily Mail he thought he was “safe” from the ink attack, was shocked by the direct hit.

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“I saw the squid inked in the water so I thought I was safe. Little did I know it had a backup plan,” Edwards said.

Edwards told the outlet he and Mitchell had been frustrated on not catching any squids before the incident.

“[Casey] was feeling frustrated on not catching any and I gave him a chance, but the squid preferred my jig,” Edwards said, noting the pair was planning to head back to shore before the catch.

Funny video: Seal slaps kayaker with octopus in the face

A kayaker in New Zealand, Kyle Mulinder, was in for a surprise when a nearby seal popped up and slapped him with an octopus.

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He’s not the only Australian fisherman to be left stunned by the antics of a sea creature.

In September, a video went viral showing a kayaker getting slapped by an octopus while it fought with a seal.

Alexandra Deabler is a Lifestyle writer and editor for Fox News.

Illinois first deer hunting weekend yields 59,000 deer

Illinois deer hunters started the fall’s firearm season with a bang, napping nearly 59,000 deer in a single weekend.

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The state’s deer hunting season this year is running in two sets: Nov. 16-18 and Nov. 29-Dec. 2.

In the first, hunters pulled in 58,836 deer, which according to the Illinois Department of Natural Resources represented a 14 percent increase over the first weekend of the season last year, which totaled 51,450.

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Illinois deer hunters will be given another opportunity to nab a buck in the weekend of Dec. 7-9, when muzzleloader-only season opens.

Archery season will continue through January 20, 2019.

Alexandra Deabler is a Lifestyle writer and editor for Fox News.