Where to see the best fall foliage across the country

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It’s not too late to leaf-peep!  (iStock)

Peak leaf-peeping season is almost over, but it’s not too late for those seeki…

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The 'Devil’s Swimming Pool' on the edge of Victoria Falls is for adrenaline junkies only

By Stacey Leasca, Travel + Leisure

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The Devil’s Swimming Pool is shallow natural pool atop Victoria Falls.  (Reuters)

Victoria Falls, without question…

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Moose hunter slams Facebook critics who called her 'disgusting'

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A hunter claims she’s received death threats for posting pictures from her Alaskan moose hunt on Facebook.  (iStock)

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Deer hunting tips: 6 ways to find a buck you already scared off


By Gerald Almy

Hope isn’t lost just yet. Get back that buck with these expert tips.  (iStock)

“That’s it. It’s all over,” I thought. The 4-year-old 10-point buck that I had scouted, photographed, and painstakingly …

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How to heat a camping shelter without an indoor fire


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Published June 01, 2017

A fire lay isn’t appropriate for an indoor sleeping shelter.  (Tim MacWelch)

Nothing in the backcountry gives off heat like a roaring fire. That’s why our recent ancestors built…

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Spearfishing sensation Valentine Thomas: ‘Most of the negativity I got came from the fact that I was in a bathing suit

Spearfishing sensation Valentine Thomas: ‘Most of the negativity I got came from the fact that I was in a bathing suit

By Diana Falzone Published July 13, 2015 FoxNews.com Facebook64 Twitter135 livefyre116 Email Print NOW PLAYINGEnabling evil Never autoplay videos Valentine Thomas made quite a splash as one of the world’s sexiest spearfishers after the media noticed her Instagram account showcasing her catches and her swimsuits. The London-based spearfishing enthusiast spoke to FOX411 about her newfound celebrity and the mixed reactions to her favorite hunting hobby. FOX411: When did you start spearfishing? Why is it such a big passion for you? Valentine Thomas: I started about four-and-a-half years ago. A friend of mine was going to Egypt to take free diving lessons and he offered me to come along. I loved it straight away! The connection to the ocean they were teaching you was just unbelievable. A few months later, I visited Ascension Island for the first time (my first fishing trip), and luckily caught a fish that came in at 12 kg – only 200g below the world record! I was hooked. I love cooking, I love being outdoors and I love adventures, it was a perfect match for me.   FOX411: When did your pictures start going viral and why? Thomas: Hunting is really a taboo subject these days and it was really a roll of dice to see if people would yay it or nay it. Also, most journalists used pictures of me in a bikini to support their article and it is not a secret that girls sell these days, so I am guessing that a girl in a bikini doing an extreme sport made it popular. Nevertheless, most of the negativity I got came from the fact that I was in a bathing suit, which is quite shocking to be honest. In all of those pictures, I am at the beach, what am I supposed to wear? Also, if you look at my Instagram account, I am most of the time in a wetsuit, not in a bikini. FOX411: You have received some criticism from animal rights groups for spear fishing. What do you say to your critics? Thomas: Regarding the anti-hunting activists, I just brush it off. Most people eat meat and fish every day and by doing so they are most of the time encouraging the mistreating of animals. So to point a finger at hunters is really turning the blind eye and being hypocrite of what you eat! People also tend to forget that the articles are written by journalists that don’t necessarily have the knowledge of spearfishing and that things are misinterpreted quite often. It is their job and people shouldn’t take everything by the letter just to find a crack to make negative comments about the sport. Anyway, net fishing or even rod fishing is what can really cause damage,...

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Massive striped bass caught in Missouri sets state record

Massive striped bass caught in Missouri sets state record

Published May 27, 2015 FoxNews.com Facebook3689 Twitter434 livefyre415 Email Print Lawrence Dillman said he fought the nearly 50-inch striped bass for over 45 minutes at Bulls Shoals Lake, which sits on the state’s border with Arkansas. (Missouri Department of Conservation) A Missouri fisherman last week pulled in the largest striped bass ever recorded on a “pole and line” in the state, with the fish weighing in at 65.2 pounds. Lawrence Dillman said he fought the nearly 50-inch monster for more than 45 minutes at Bulls Shoals Lake, which sits on the state’s southern border with Arkansas. When the fish eventually came close enough to touch, he “bear hugged the fish and got out of the water on to the bank.” He caught the fish on a 20-pound test line and used a chub minnow for bait. The previous state record for a fish caught on a “pole and line” weighed in at 60.9 pounds, and was caught in 2011 on the same lake. The Missouri Department of Conservation pointed out that striped bass are most common on the Atlantic Coast, but have been stocked in reservoirs across the U.S. “Once the fish was on the line, I knew I had a decent one, but I didn’t at all think it was a striped bass,” Dillman told the department. “I thought it was a spoonbill or something else. But when I got him to the bank I knew I had something amazing.” Dillman’s catch was verified at a nearby hatchery and is currently being mounted at a Bass Pro Shop in Springfield.   Originally posted here :...

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High-tech fishing gear for landing a big lunker

High-tech fishing gear for landing a big lunker

By John Brandon Published May 04, 2015 FoxNews.com Facebook73 Twitter148 livefyre Email Print  (Minn Kota) Every year, angling gets a bit more high-tech. The rods use materials that can bend farther and won’t snap. The reels handle the fishing line a bit more accurately thanks to new interior components. This year is no different except that a few products even give you the edge by letting you see underwater in high-definition and cast new lures created using 3D modelling to imitate real fish. Which one of these high-tech products will hook you this spring? 1. Aqua-Vu AV Micro 5 camera ($600) A thinner and lighter version of the Aqua-Vu underwater camera, the Micro 5 lets you feed a high-resolution camera under your boat up to about 100 feet and look for fish. The 5-inch LCD screen has a sunshield and is fully waterproof. The battery lasts about 8 hours per charge. As a bonus, you can also record fish movements on an 8GB internal card. 2. Rapala Shadow Rap lure ($10) You wouldn’t think a fishing lure could benefit from modern technology, but Rapala builds 3D models on a computer and tweaks every feature for more accurate bait replication. With the new Shadow Rap, the movement mimics a dying minnow as it struggles, jerks, kicks, and flails. There’s even a “death quiver” that looks ultra-realistic in the water. 3. Wilderness Systems Advanced Tactical Angling Kayak (A.T.A.K.) ($1,795) Most fishing kayaks feel a bit unstable on the water. The Advanced Tactical Angling Kayak (A.T.A.K.) is designed for a perfect balance — you can even stand up and walk around while you’re fishing. (The company put most of the flotation on the outer edges.) A unique console, called FlexPod OS, is positioned close to the seat and supports electronics like fish finders and a GPS. The “perched” seat gives you higher view of the fishing action. 4. Megabass S-Crank lure ($20) If the Rapala Shadow Rap mimics how a dying minnow looks in the water, the Megabass S-Crank mimics how a baitfish acts when it is being hunted. The movement is erratic and sudden, darting from one side to the other. Megabass built 3D models and computer-designed prototypes to get the right balance of the lure tip size, angle, and shape. 5. Bass Pro Shops Johnny Morris CarbonLite rod ($100) Memorize the term “carbon coil” before you use this high-tech rod. The materials are wrapped in a double helix pattern (or coil), which means they add extra durability. The rod feels almost too light to be so bendable and nearly unbreakable. It’s also ultra-sensitive. A matching reel also uses lightweight components and creates the right balance for casting. 6. Minn Kota...

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TripAdvisor names world’s best beaches

TripAdvisor names world’s best beaches

Published February 18, 2015 FoxNews.com Facebook117 Twitter97 livefyre12 Email Print TripAdvisor Next Looking for a warm-weather getaway this chilly winter? No need to waste time deciding where to go. Travel site TripAdvisor has announced the Travelers’ Choice winners for the best beaches around the globe. For the second year in a row, Baia do Sancho, Brazil secured the top spot as the world’s best beach getaway. Though the beach is located on a remote island, travelers say its worth the trek. There are winners on every continent—besides the Artics of course—with favorites for families, romance, action or relaxing. And there’s no need to break the bank, TripAdvisor says that many of these destinations have hotel options for less than $200 a night. The top beaches in the world are: 1. Baia do Sancho, Fernando de Noronha, Brazil 2. Grace Bay, Providenciales, Turks and Caicos 3. Rabbit Beach, Lampedusa, Italy 4. Playa Paraiso Beach, Cayo Largo, Cuba 5. Playa de Ses Illetes, Formentera, Spain 6. Anse Lazio, Praslin Island, Seychelles 7. White Beach, Boracay, Philippines 8. Flamenco Beach, Culebra, Puerto Rico 9. Whitehaven Beach, Whitsunday Islands, Australia 10. Elafonissi Beach, Elafonissi, Greece No U.S. beaches cracked the global 10 list but we’ve got TripAdvisor traveler picks for the best domestic beach getaways right here. Click here if you want more information about booking a trip to these destinations. 1. Siesta Beach, Siesta Key, Florida TripAdvisor Average nightly hotel rate:  $225 Located along Florida’s Gulf Coast, this beach boasts pure, quartz crystal sand and tranquil surf making it a fantastic spot for travelers with children in tow. Visitors lauded the serenity of the beach and praised it for being clean and well-maintained. 2. Saint Pete Beach, Saint Pete Beach, Florida TripAdvisor Average nightly hotel rate: $208 A picture-perfect beach with miles of white sand, turquoise water, windsurfing, vivid sunsets, and a lively restaurant scene. 3. Ka’anapali Beach, Lahaina, Maui, Hawaii TripAdvisor Average nightly hotel rate:  $303  This beach isn’t just for sunbathers and beach bums but travelers will marvel at the natural beauty Ka’anapali Beach located on the west side of Maui. Beach goers can snorkel around Black Rock where they will see a stunning array of sea life. 4. Wai’anapanapa State Park, Hana, Maui, Hawaii TripAdvisor Average nightly hotel rate: $387  “It’s the Hawaii experience all in one place. Caves with pools, black sand beach, lava rocks and blowholes. A definite must-stop,” notes a TripAdvisor reviewer of this Maui spot. Surrounded by dark volcanic rock, this secluded Hawaiian beach embodies the spirit of aloha with its tranquil setting. Travelers can enjoy a picnic by the sea or hike along an ancient coastal trail where they can explore the flora and fauna. 5. Pensacola Beach, Pensacola Beach,...

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Teen reels in 1,058-pound blue marlin off Hawaii

Teen reels in 1,058-pound blue marlin off Hawaii

Published February 21, 2015 FoxNews.com Facebook1235 Twitter1003 livefyre204 Email Print At 16 years old, Kai Rizzuto may have caught the fish of his life. The teenager was fishing off Kona, Hawaii, on Wednesday when he felt a big tug on the end of the line. The teen grabbed his fishing pole and followed the line out about 100 yards from his charter boat and saw the monstrous, 1,058-pound marlin emerge from the blue Pacific. Related Image Expand / Contract Kai Rizzuto, 16, managed to pull in a 1,058-pound blue marlin, known as a grander, after a 30 minute fight off the coast of Kona. (Ihu Nui Kona Sportfishing) He was buckled into the seat on the back of the boat and began what he later said was the biggest fight he’s ever had reeling in a fish. Rizzuto managed to pull in the massive marlin, known as a grander, after a 30 minute fight. He is thought to be one of the youngest fishermen to ever reel in such a monster fish. Watch the GoPro video of the catch “It was a 30-minute fight,” he toldHawaiiNewsNow.com. “I’ll tell you, it was the hardest 30 minutes I’ve ever fought a fish. When I saw that fish at the end of line I was just thinking: don’t break off; do not break off.” The marlin was caught on a green Koya Poi Dog lure that features a yellow shell and red eye that resembles a large squid. Related Image Expand / Contract Capt. McGrew Rice, angler Kai Rizzuto and crew Carlton Arai flank the 1,058-pound blue marlin. (Ihu Nui Sportfishing)   The boat’s crew talked Rizzuto through the ordeal. The fish cleared the water a few times but never got closer to the boat than 100 yards, FishTrack.comreported. The fish eventually rolled over. When it reached the boat, the crew tried to revive it, but the fish reportedly could not be saved. The fish, which measured 11 feet from its bill to its tail, was dead after the struggle so the fish’s meat was set to be shared with the people in the area. “My estimate is today there are over 100 people that are enjoying that fish,” Jim Rizzuto, the teen’s grandfather, told the news site. Photo by IHU NUI...

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Mysterious photo surfaces, purportedly of record largemouth bass caught in 1932

Published June 18, 2013 FoxNews.com This photo turned up mysteriously on the anniversary of George W. Perry’s record catch. (Augusta Chronicle) An old fishing mystery came back to life on the 81st anniversary of the day a Georgia farmer caught what remains the world-record largemouth bass. George W. Perry caught the 22-pound, four-ounce lunker on Montgomery Lake, in Telfair County, on June 2, 1932. Although the fish was fried up for dinner that same day – and served for two nights – its weight was duly recorded and remains a record. But bass fishing fans have long sought photographic evidence of the prized catch ever since Perry, a pilot and mechanic who died in a plane crash in 1974, cryptically mentioned two pictures that were taken of it. One, found in 2006, shows two unidentified people holding what appears to be Perry’s bass, though Perry himself is not in the photo. The whereabouts of the other photo have remained a mystery. But Augusta Chronicle outdoors writer Bill Baab received an e-mail earlier this month containing a photo of Perry holding a massive fish, and a message saying, “Happy Anniversary.” Baab is not sure whether the photo is legit or fake, but he would be the likely recipient of it. A fishing legend in his own right, and the paper’s outdoors writer since 1964, he wrote a 2009 book about Perry and the mythical fish that won praise from no less than former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue, who was well aware of the lore surrounding Perry. “You have beautifully awarded Perry with the honor that he deserves,” Perdue said. “He is a true legend in the sport.” Baab is sure the man in the photo is definitely Perry, but he could not say whether the fish he is holding is the 22-pounder or even if the photo has been doctored. The email’s unidentified sender claimed to be a descendent of a fishing buddy who was with Perry when he set the world record. The photo was found in a barn the family owned in Florida, the  sender told Baab, before declining to answer more questions. Click for more at The Augusta Chronicle. Read...

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