Archive for the Other cool stuff Category

Fugu-Dinner of Death?

Posted in Fish, Other cool stuff, Saltwater on February 23, 2010 by thegreatwhitehunter

1200 times more toxic than cyanide.  1 fish can kill 30 people.  A fatal does is smaller than the head of a pin.

And the Japanese eat 10,000 tons a year of this fish?  Read the interesting story in time magazine,28804,1967235_1967238_1967227,00.html


High Water Bears and the Drowned Truck

Posted in Bear, Big Game, Guides and Outfitters, North America, Other cool stuff on February 21, 2010 by thegreatwhitehunter

Thanks to Cory from Got Hunts for forwarding this amazing post.  Talk about bear hunting guides who go beyond the call of duty.

To see video of the first truck river crossing visit

Here is what the Got Hunts website says about this amazing photo. 

Bear hunting this spring was quite an adventure. We had above average snow pack this winter and the creeks were raging. As you can see, it ended up getting us in some trouble. If you haven’t yet, watch the video before you read further.

Close call huh? Normally this stream is only a few feet wide and maybe a foot deep. Pretty incredible. That evening, we attempted the crossing again (we know we’re not too smart… hindsight is 20/20) in George’s Dodge diesel pickup and it got stuck too. Cory was able to winch him out with his Jeep again, but the pickup sucked water through the engine and the insurance company totaled it. This was an expensive hunt to say the least. We’re just glad nobody was hurt.

Fortunately, both hunters harvested beautiful color phase black bear.

Thanks Cory for the forward to this great story.  Be careful out there!  Congratulations to both of these hunters on amazing color phase bears and to the guides for going above and beyond the call of duty.

Tree Killed Elk-a different way to harvest a trophy

Posted in Big Game, Elk, North America, Other cool stuff on February 10, 2010 by thegreatwhitehunter

Windfall timber has always fascinated me.  A few years ago, I killed an elk on a solo archery hunt.  On my last haul of meat, it got dark and I lost the faint trail through an old stand of timber.  I wasn’t far from my vehicle, but I somehow wandered into a tangle of windfall that I estimated to be a quarter of a mile long.  After a long day of hauling an elk out alone, climbing over windfall every third step just about took the last of my strength.  I must have hit the ground no less than 30 times.  Try getting back to your feet with 60 lbs of meat strapped to your back when you were as tired as I was.  Needless to say, I was cursing my bad luck.  As I was stumbling and falling over downed trees I got to thinking, “Why don’t these things kill stuff.”  I mean, when was the last time you heard of a camper or hiker luckily avoiding a falling tree.  Is that because most trees come down in the winter?  Do people just not spend sufficient time in old growth stands of forest?  Not a big mystery I guess you could say…I was just wonderin’.

Then I was forwarded these photos.  No explanation in the email.  No explanation needed I guess.

Deer on the couch

Posted in Other cool stuff on February 9, 2010 by thegreatwhitehunter

My father just forwarded these photos to me.

Here is the email that went with the photos:


Could you imagine coming home from work to find this creature napping on your couch with your dog?
Guess who came for dinner?
It followed this beagle home right through the front doggy door.  This happened in Maryland recently.  The owner came home to find the visitor had made himself right at home.
Thanks Dad for the forward. What do you think-True or simply Internet age Rumor?  I’d love to hear from anyone who know anything more about this story.


Anaconda vs. World’s Biggest Rodent

Posted in Other cool stuff, Reptiles and Misc. with tags on February 7, 2010 by thegreatwhitehunter

Pretty amazing footage of an Anaconda taking down a 100 lb Capabara.

American Ingenuity

Posted in Big Game, North America, Other cool stuff on February 1, 2010 by thegreatwhitehunter

Click on the photo below for a bunch more photos of unusual big game transportation solutions.  Elk on a hatchback?  I couldn’t stop laughing.  I guess I have been in one too many situations where things had worked out BETTER than I had imagined.  That was when I had one of those realizations, “Now what am I going to do.”  I can’t imagine the handwringing that these folks must have gone through when they realized that they had to get their trophy of a lifetime from point A to point B, with exactly the WRONG vehicle.

Enjoy the photos-even if some look a bit photoshopped.

Click on photo above for more hairbrain ideas to bring the harvest home

Bear Hug

Posted in Bear, Big Game, North America, Other cool stuff with tags on January 29, 2010 by thegreatwhitehunter

I received this email from a friend.  I can’t attest to the full story, but the photos seem to speak for themselves.  Here is the text of the email:

I come in peace, unbelievable piece of photo journalism-real life events…

Norbert Rosing’s striking images of a wild polar bear coming upon tethered sled dogs in the wilds of Canada’s Hudson Bay.

The photographer was sure he was going to see the end of his dogs when the wild polar bear wandered in.

It’s hard to believe the bear only wanted to hug someone.

The bear returned every night that week to play with the dogs.

Thanks to chuck for forwarding this additional montage of this amazing encounter.