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High school anglers come to the rescue during fishing tournament

FLORENCE, Ala. — Two young anglers competing in a high school fishing tournament rescued two other competitors whose boat was sinking on a lake in northwest Alabama. Sardis High School 10th graders Garrett Howington and Issac Darden are being called heroes for their actions during an Alabama Student Angler Bass Fishing Association tournament at Pickwick Lake. Howington and Darden were…

Report: Record number of wolves in Oregon

SALEM, Ore. — A record number of wolves are roaming the forests and fields of Oregon, 20 years after the species returned to the state. The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife reported Monday that the number of known wolves in Oregon at the end of 2018 was 137, a 10% increase over the previous year. There are likely even…

For national crappie tournament winner and runner-up, weight of a nickel difference between tens of thousands of dollars

FARMERVILLE, La. — Less than a nickel’s weight made the difference between first and second place – and tens of thousands of dollars – at a recent fishing tournament in Louisiana. Tony Hughes and Jeff Riddle, both of Hornbeak, Tenn., pulled in 35.94 pounds of fish at the American Crappie Trail ‘s national tournament at Lake D’Arbonne. Daniel Porter of…

Study: Effort to protect Mississippi River headwaters shows benefits

The Mississippi River headwaters at Itasca State Park. (Photo by Brian Peterson)  ST. PAUL, Minn. — The economic benefits of preserving and restoring land in the upper Mississippi River’s headwaters region nearly outweigh the costs, according to a new study. Protecting the roughly 200,000 acres would cost between $400 and $600 million, but it would yield almost $500 million in…

Bill would lower threshold for hunting while intoxicated

ALBANY, N.Y. — The Democratic-controlled state Legislature has passed a measure to lower the legal blood-alcohol content threshold for hunting while intoxicated. The Senate passed the legislation Wednesday, a day after it was approved in the Assembly. The current legal BAC threshold for hunting while intoxicated is 0.10 percent. The legislation seeks to lower it to 0.08 percent, the same…