Woods and Waters An outdoor blog by John McCoy

Surgeon is a cut above when it comes to knife-throwing

thrower.jpgImagine coming home and finding your neighbor, dressed is surgical scrubs, out in his driveway throwing knives at a woven straw target.

Ted Eisenberg’s neighbors see it all the time. Eisenberg, 57, of Merion Park, Pa., is a surgeon who specializes in cosmetic breast surgery. His hobby is competing in knife- and tomahawk-throwing competitions.

He also has a sense of humor. His nickname at competitions is “The Boobinator.” The Philadelphia Inquirer has Eisenberg’s story.

oughtsix.jpegWSAZ-TV reports that a Charleston man suffered a serious hand wound when he tried to make a keychain charm from a live .30-06 rifle round.

The 57-year-old man, whose name has not been released, originally refused treatment. A neighbor reportedly convinced him to go to St. Francis Hospital.

Can you say “whoopsie?”

Man shoots self instead of possum

opossum.jpegLarry Tenbrick needs to work on his pistol technique.

When the Mount Vernon, Wash., man ventured outside to deal with the opossum that had been killing his chickens, he tapped the trigger on his .22-caliber handgun a bit early and shot himself in the thigh.

The Skagit Valley Herald has the full — and rather amusing — story.

Falling fish smashes driver’s windshield

fwdrum.jpgYou know you’re having a bad day when you see a bald eagle flying over your car — and then it drops a fish through your windshield.

That’s what happened to Leighann Niles of South Euclid, Ohio, as she drove through the northwestern corner of her home state. She told police the “most beautiful eagle I’d ever seen in my life” lost its grip on a rather sizable freshwater drum, and the fish fell 40 feet onto her car’s windshield. 

The Sandusky Register has the full story.

Sure it’s protein, but…


Where wild meat is concerned, I’ll take venison any time. Or a juicy moose steak. But I draw the line at the “delicacy” profiled in this recent Associated Press snippet:

Cooked, salted or dried, field mice strung on sticks are sold as a popular delicacy in Malawi markets and roadside stalls.
The mice are hunted in corn fields after the harvest when they have grown plump on a diet of grains, fruits, grass and the odd insect. The most widely eaten species is known locally as Kapuku, gray in color and with a shorter tail than the more common rat.
Young boys have to be quick as they chase the mice through the fields and catch them. But local villagers have also come up with an innovative trap.
One method involves digging holes and putting clay pots filled with water into them. The mouth of the pot is smeared with fried corn husks. As some of the mice fight for the husks, they fall into the pot and drown.
Malawi, with a population of 12 million, is among the poorest countries in the world, with rampant disease and hunger, aggravated by periodic droughts and crop failure.

OK, maybe THIS is the ‘deadliest catch’

sidewinder.jpgSalomon Rodney, a commercial fisherman out of Pinellas County, Fla., made a catch of  a differents ort when he hauled in a live Sidewinder air-to-air missile from the Gulf of Mexico.

According to a story in the Fort Myers News-Press,  Rodney strapped the 8-foot weapon to the top of his boat and continued fishing. A few days later, he reportedly hauled in another Sidewinder. That one was still beeping, so he let it go.

A bomb squad in Madiera Beach later defused the missile and sent it to MacDill Air Force base to be destroyed. The Air Force is trying to figure out how the missiles got there in the first place.

Update 6/11/09: The Air Force now says the missile didn’t contain any explosives. It was a “telemetry missile,” filled with gauges and sensors, and used to test air-to-air flight characteristics.

lightning.jpgA Loveland, Colo., man suffered serious injuries when lightning struck him and another shooter during a round of skeet.

Josh Renuche, 32, had just called “pull” when the lightning struck and exploded his shotgun. A friend, 32-year-old Brent Kuehne, was also injured.

The Greeley Tribune has the entire story.

Updated 5/27: Renuche remains in critical condition with burns over most of his body.

Hat tip: J.R. at The Outdoor Pressroom

vidcam.jpgIn the “almost too dumb for words” department, there’s the tale of four New Yorkers arrested for turkey poaching in Connecticut.

It’s bad enough they were doing what they were doing; it’s even worse they were stupid enough to videotape themselves.

The Hartford Courant reports the four were hoping to sell the video to a cable outdoors TV program.


The fish certainly were a-jumpin’

steeljump.jpgThree anglers in Washington State got a bit of a surprise recently when 10-pound steelhead leaped into their boat.

According to the Longview (Wash.) Daily News, the fish cleared the water a couple of times before its final jump landed it among the anglers. Since they didn’t actually catch the fish with hook and line, the trio did the honorable thing and returned it to the water unharmed.

Hat tip: J.R. at The Outdoor Pressroom

22hp.jpgFrom Indiana comes news of the fellow who decided to get rid of a .22-caliber cartridge by putting it on a rock and smashing it with a hammer.

The result, predictably, required medical intervention.

WANE-TV in Fort Wayne, Ind., has the story and a video clip.

Hat tip: J.R. at The Outdoor Pressroom