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)

Hunting enthusiast Jessic…

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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


By Tim MacWelch
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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4 turkey hunting tactics that work when nothing else will

By Tom Carpenter, Ron Spomer and Jeff Johnston

Published May 01, 2017

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Sometimes turkey hunting is like magic, and responsive gobblers come in on a string. These…

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World’s most powerful passports ranked in study

World’s most powerful passports ranked in study

Published March 17, 2017 FoxNews.com Facebook Twitter livefyre Email Print  (iStock) The United States passport is more powerful today than it was a year ago, according to the results of a new study. The 2017 Visa Restriction Index released by Henley and Partners has determined that the U.S. passport ranks just behind Germany’s and Sweden’s in terms of traveling power — with Germany’s and Sweden’s allowing for travel to 176 and 175 countries, respectively, and the U.S. allowing for travel to 174. A year ago, the same index ranked the U.S. passport as the world’s fourth most powerful. America’s passport now shares its third-place ranking alongside those from Denmark, Finland, Italy and Spain, all of which allow for entry to 174 countries in total. PUTIN GIVES RUSSIAN PASSPORT TO US ACTOR STEVEN SEGAL The VRI arrives at a passport’s score based on the number of countries and territories its citizens are permitted to enter visa-free. Henley and Partners counts 219 countries and territories in total, with 218 being a perfect VRI score, reports MarketWatch. (A citizen needs no passport within their own country.) However, Christian H. Kälin, group chairman of Henley and Partners, says he expects subsequent rankings to change more dramatically than they have in the past, based on recent events. “We have witnessed several major events recently that are likely to have an impact on global mobility — including Brexit and the election of U.S. President Donald Trump. Both can be interpreted as steps toward restricting movement and creating barriers to entry,” said Kälin in a statement. “Generally, visa requirements are a reflection of a country’s relationship with others, and take into account diplomatic relationships between countries, reciprocal visa arrangements, security risks, and the dangers of visa and immigration regulation violations,” he added. Meanwhile, the countries whose passports currently have the least traveling power include Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, Syria and Somalia — all of which have ranked among the bottom five in VRI’s rankings since its 2015 index. VRI’s top 10 countries with the most powerful passports are listed below: Rank Country Score 1 Germany 176 2 Sweden 175 3 Denmark 174   Finland 174   Italy 174   Spain 174   U.S. 174 4 Austria 173   Belgium 173   France 173   Luxembourg 173   Netherlands 173   Norway 173   Singapore 173   U.K. 173 5 Ireland (Republic of) 172   Japan 172   New Zealand 172 6 Croatia 171   Greece 171   Portugal 171   Switzerland 171 7 Australia 170   Korea (Republic of, South) 170 8 Iceland 169 9 Czech Republic 168 10 Hungary 167 The full rankings can be found at Henley and Partners’ website. FOLLOW US ON FACEBOOK FOR...

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People can’t stop stealing summer’s hottest item, the Yeti Cooler

People can’t stop stealing summer’s hottest item, the Yeti Cooler

Published September 01, 2016 FoxNews.com Facebook Twitter livefyre Email Print This summer’s hottest item is actually pretty cool. (YETI) Stealing a cooler is so uncool, but it’s happening all over the country anyway, because there’s high-end cooler brand that’s really, really hot. It’s the Yeti, and it’s a far cry from that Styrofoam box that set you back five bucks at the Piggly Wiggly. That cooler won’t escape a hungry seagull. But the Yeti? It’s certified grizzly-proof. It also doesn’t come cheap, retailing for anywhere from $250 for a small model to $1,300 for a Tundra 350, which the manufacturers say is big enough to hold two large tuna or even three dressed elk. Manufactured by a process called biaxial rotomolding, the Yeti is basically the Lamborghini of coolers. In fact, if you leave a Yeti in the back seat of your unlocked Lamborghini, chances are it’s the Yeti that will be gone in the morning. That’s because thieves have been warming up to the Yeti all summer, swiping the pricey coolers from cars, boats and stores and on beaches all over the country, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal. It’s even earned a nickname: the “Redneck Rolex.” In Alabama and Mississippi, thousands of dollars in Yeti merchandise have been stolen from four Sand Dollar stores. Police in Mobile, Ala., suspect a gang of thieves is involved, and they say the suspects have occasionally used a Mercedes as their getaway car. In Kentucky, a couple of Yeti thieves chatted up some men, followed them to their lodge and stole nine Yetis from their pickup trucks and boats. Authorities caught up with the suspects, who now are cooling their heels in a hot cell. The thievery continues in Fairhope, Ala., where police reported 26 Yetis have been stolen this year. In Paducah, Ky., two women were arrested after they allegedly stole $500 worth of soft-sided Yeti coolers from a grocery store. Officials said the women themselves had a soft side, too. They hid the coolers by having two toddlers sit on top of them in their shopping cart. “I’ve seen some bizarre acts and criminal extremes in my time,” Capt. Matt Carter of the McCracken County, Ky., Sheriff’s Department told the Wall Street Journal. “This just goes to show the extreme that some people will go to.” In Odessa, Texas, police finally caught up with the “Yeti Bandit,” who pleaded guilty to stealing dozens of Yetis from truck beds. “When you have $400 coolers,” said arresting officer Det. Sgt. Trae Portwood, “people are going to start stealing them.” That’s for sure, said William Bowers, accused of stealing Yetis and selling them on Craigslist for about a week before...

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Family camping in Idaho saves girl from mountain lion

Family camping in Idaho saves girl from mountain lion

Published August 14, 2016 Associated Press Facebook784 Twitter316 livefyre589 Email Print REXBURG, Idaho –  A family camping in eastern Idaho scared off a mountain lion that tried to snatch their 4-year-old daughter away from a campfire. Idaho Fish and Game said Saturday that the cougar dropped the girl and left Friday evening after family members yelled at the animal. The child had a few scratches but no other injuries. The family was camping near Green Canyon Hot Springs east of Rexburg and had spotted the mountain lion in the area earlier that day. Fish and Game regional conservation educator Gregg Losinski said such sightings and attacks are unusual. With the help of a local hound hunter, agency officials tracked the cougar to a tree a few hundred yards from the camp about 2 a.m. Saturday. Losinski said Madison County Sheriff’s deputies killed the animal. Other campers in the area were also alerted. Losinski praised the family for its vigilance and quick...

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Teen who survived Washington state plane crash released from hospital

Teen who survived Washington state plane crash released from hospital

Published July 15, 2015 FoxNews.com Facebook58 Twitter327 livefyre36 Email Print May 9, 2015: This photo provided by Sierra Lundy shows Autumn Veatch in Bellingham, Wash. The 16-year-old survived a small plane crash on Saturday, July 11, 2015 wandering in a mountainous area for several days before being picked up by a motorist and taken to a local hospital on Monday, July 13, 2015. Her step-grandfather, who was piloting the plane, and his wife did not survive the crash. (Sierra Lundy via AP) A 16-year-old girl who survived a plane crash believed to have killed her step-grandparents over the weekend was released from a Washington state hospital late Tuesday. Dr. James Wallace of Three Rivers Hospital in Brewster, Wash. told reporters that Autumn Veatch had been though “quite an ordeal,” but was “doing very well.” Wallace said the teen had been treated for severe dehydration and exhaustion, as well as minor burns and bruises from the Saturday plane crash. Meanwhile, authorities continued their search for any sign of the red-and-white Beech 35 aircraft and its two other occupants, 63-year-old Leland Bowman and his 62-year-old wife Sharon. The trio had been scheduled to fly from Kalispell, Mont. to Lynden, Wash. Family members alerted authorities when it failed to arrive as scheduled Saturday evening. Okanogan County Sheriff Frank Rogers, who interviewed Veatch and provided details of her ordeal to the Associated Press, said that Veatch had told him that the plane it entered a cloud bank. Then the clouds suddenly parted, and from her seat behind the cockpit, Veatch could see a mountain and trees ahead. Leland Bowman, who was piloting the plane, unsuccessfully tried to pull up. The plane struck the trees, plummeted to the ground, then caught fire. “She tried to do what she could to help her grandparents,” Rogers said of Veatch, “but she couldn’t because of the fire.” According to authorities, Veatch walked down the slope of the mountain, and followed a creek to a nearby river. She spent Saturday night on a sandbar, where she felt safer. She drank small amounts of the flowing water but worried she might get sick if she drank more. She followed the river to a trail, and the trail to a highway. Two men driving by stopped and picked her up Monday afternoon, bringing her — about two full days after the crash — to the safety of a general store in Mazama, a tiny town in north-central Washington, near the east entrance of North Cascades National Park. There, she called 911. “So tell me exactly what happened,” a dispatcher told the girl, according to a transcript of the call released Tuesday. “I was riding from Kalispell, Montana, to Bellingham, Washington,...

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