John McCoy is the Charleston (W.Va.) Gazette’s award-winning outdoors writer. His "Woods & Waters" page appears weekly in the Sports section of the Sunday Gazette-Mail.
In 32 years of outdoors writing, John has had articles published in Field & Stream, Outdoor Life, Bowhunter, North American Whitetail, Hatches and other publications. His works have earned more than 50 state, regional and national awards for writing and photography.
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Relax, it wasn’t as bad as it sounds. From the Associated Press:
ANTIOCH, Ill. (AP) — A boy fishing in a northern Illinois lake hooked — and then lost — what he thought was a human foot, but a search determined the appendage had belonged to a mannequin.
The (Arlington Heights) Daily Herald reports that divers and sonar teams spent nearly 10 hours searching Lake Marie, near Antioch, before they located the fake foot Wednesday evening.
Authorities say the boy reeled the foot to within three feet of his boat before it fell back into the murky water.
Gurnee Fire Department Battalion Chief John Skillman says the search was launched because the boy was considered a reliable source.