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  • October 23, 2010

    California Shark Attack-1

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    From The Examiner:

    A UC Santa Barbara student was killed Friday by a large shark off Surf Beach near Vandenberg Air Force Base. Lucas Ranson, 19, was bodyboarding Friday morning when a large shark took him under by his leg. His friends and other surfers helped him to shore but he bled to death before emergency medical help could arrive.

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  • October 19, 2010

    Mountain Goat Kills Hiker-4

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    Robert Boardman, 63, was hiking with his wife and friend in Olympic National Park on Monday when he was attacked and killed by a mountain goat. The trio was hiking up a popular switchback trail and decided to stop for lunch when the goat approached them and started acting aggressively.

    Boardman tried to scare the goat off, but instead of running away, it charged him goring him badly in the leg. More hikers came to try to help Boardman, but the goat stood over the man's body and wouldn't let any other hikers come to his aid.

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  • October 19, 2010

    Tactical Shotgun: Is a 20 ga. Enough?-8

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    A couple weeks back I flew down to Colorado to get a look at Weatherby’s lineup of new products for 2011. Included in the mix is the SA-459 in 20 ga. This shotgun is in Weatherby’s “Threat Response” family of guns — apparently if they use the word “tactical” in California Nancy Pelosi will emerge from her crypt and eat the soul of a child — and is geared toward the personal defense crowd.

    I’m a big fan of personal defense shotguns. I have an 870 that I’ve modified with an extended mag tube, collapsible buttstock, 18-inch barrel and a Surefire weapon light forend for my home.

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  • October 13, 2010

    Best Grizzly Defense: Bear Spray or Gun?-15

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    Last week a Wyoming elk hunter was attacked by a grizzly bear. The hunter, whose name has not been released, was able to shoot and kill the bear, but not before it sank its teeth into his arm. Luckily, the hunter was fine. He walked three miles out of the backcountry, drove himself to the hospital and was released the next day. The bear on the other hand, died from its injuries.

    As grizzly bear attacks in the Yellowstone area continue to make headlines, many outdoorsmen are faced with a question that their lives could depend on: what's the best defense against a charging bear, a gun or bear spray?

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