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YouTube duck killers plead guilty, apologize for antics
SASKATOON, Canada — Two brothers who recently moved to the small town of Cudworth from Toronto say they had never fired a gun before the July day when they riddled a country pond with bullets.
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Ducking Poaching Video On Youtube Has Nothing to Do With Hunting
SASKATOON, Canada — The recent "Duck Hunting" video playing on Youtube that showed 3 Saskatoon Canada poachers has nothing to do with the real sport of Duck Hunting or Waterfowling.
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Eckman Lake bass sets fishing record
Newport's Todd Pietsch is in the record book again after landing a 19-inch, 4.65-pound largemouth bass at Eckman Lake Aug. 2. The fish is an Oregon 20-pound line class record, and Pietsch caught it with a homemade lure (Faith Bait Lure) that's available in a number of local stores.
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Falling fish shatters Ohio driver's windshield
MARBLEHEAD, Ohio — A woman in Ohio is telling a fish story about one that got away - from a bird, and damaged her car. Authorities in northwest Ohio say the fish - a Lake Erie freshwater drum, known as a sheepshead - smashed a car windshield Tuesday when an eagle dropped its catch from a height of about 40 feet.
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Woman says she was repeatedly bitten by otters
DRUMMOND, Wis. — An Austrian woman on vacation in Wisconsin is getting rabies shots after she said she was bitten by otters while swimming in a lake. Brigitte France, 51, told the Duluth News Tribune that she was swimming on Lake Owen near Drummond last Wednesday when three otters suddenly appeared. Feeling concerned, she swam to shore.
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Fox shot after biting Mass. woman on the buttocks

WHITMAN, Mass. — Police said an animal control officer has shot and wounded a fox suspected of biting a woman on the buttocks and tearing into the sneaker of a teenager in southeastern Massachusetts. Officer Robert Stokinger said the fox was shot and fled into the woods Monday. He said police officers who pursued the animal did not immediately find it.
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Oklahoma man dies in noodling accident near Idabel
IDABEL — Authorities this morning recovered the body of a man who was swept over a dam in the Little River near Idabel while he and two others were noodling, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol reported.
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Florida Bay's ecology on the brink of collapse
ISLAMORADA, Fla. — Boat captain Tad Burke looks out over Florida Bay and sees an ecosystem that's dying as politicians, land owners and environmentalists bicker.
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RIP: UK fishermen mourn passing of celebrity carp
LONDON — She was big. She was beautiful. And boy was she popular with the fishermen.
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Vast expanses of Arctic ice melt in summer heat
TUKTOYAKTUK, Northwest Territories — The Arctic Ocean has given up tens of thousands more square miles (square kilometers) of ice on Sunday in a relentless summer of melt, with scientists watching through satellite eyes for a possible record low polar ice cap.
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Man indicted in death of Hawaiian monk seal
HONOLULU — A federal grand jury has indicted a 78-year-old Kauai man in the shooting death of an endangered Hawaiian monk seal in May.
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Maryland outdoors writer Bill Burton dies at 82
Bill Burton, who wrote about Maryland's outdoors and was a fierce advocate for its natural resources for more than a half century, died Monday. He was 82.
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