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Man catches 62-pound tilefish, possibly a state record

OCEAN CITY — A 62-pound golden tilefish that might be a Maryland record nearly jerked an angler out of his boat when the fish bit.
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Fishermen take to the street in FWB to protest amberjack lockdown
More than 100 fishermen, family and friends showed up Monday morning at the corner of U.S. 98 and Perry Avenue carrying signs in protest of the recent fish closures by the National Marine Fisheries Service.

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Good month, good numbers for Destin Fishing Rodeo
Although the last fish, a 24.4-pound grouper, was weighed at 6:55 Saturday night, things are still hopping at the Destin Fishing Rodeo.

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MS Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo returns to Gulfport
GULFPORT, Miss. — The champagne was flowing after news broke of the Mississippi Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo returning to its roots in Gulfport. The city made the announcement Tuesday afternoon during a news conference.

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Archer gets two bucks entangled
A remarkable incident occurred on the recent quota deer hunt on the Oak Ridge Reservation. On Sunday a hunter discovered two fighting bucks, an eight-point and a ten-point, with antlers firmly locked together.

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Texas hunters can count on good things starting Saturday
Saturday marks the opening of Texas' general hunting season for white-tailed deer, a fact easily discerned by observing traffic on highways across the state over the next 48 hours.
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530 Md. crabbing licenses retired under buyback program
More than 530 Maryland commercial crabbers have sold their licenses back to the state, the Department of Natural Resources announced today, easing fishing pressure a bit on the Chesapeake Bay's signature crustacean.
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Aussie kayaker fights off great white
SYDNEY — An Australian kayaker spoke of his terrifying escape from a great white shark on Saturday after it lunged at his canoe, capsizing him into the water.
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NH hunter shot while using rope to hoist rifle
OSSIPEE, N.H. — A New Hampshire deer hunter has accidentally shot himself in the right hand while trying to lift his loaded rifle into a tree stand using a rope tied around the weapon.
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Gator gets loose after show and tell
PANAMA CITY BEACH — A Florida Fish and Wildlife officer's attempt to use a 5-foot live alligator during show and tell Friday at Breakfast Point Academy ended with the critter on the loose in the woods near Pier Park.
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Youth's shooting of cougar justified
BUTTE — The Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife & Parks has determined that the shooting of a cougar by a 14-year-old elk hunter from Anacondawas justified.

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