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Outdoors

  • An early onset of spring means an insect feast for these spiders

    By LES HARRISON

  • A newbie at pistol competition match

    By MARJ LAW

    Firearms Instructor and Security Training Specialist NRA instructor Bob Wetherington held an NRA Police Practical Match at our Wakulla County Sheriff’s Office range on Saturday, Feb. 25.
    This Precicion Pistol Competition is an NRA sanctioned law enforcement shooting competition program designed to: “provide police officers with a competitive program which will improve their skill and competence.”

  • Underwater Wakulla

    By Gregg Stanton
     

  • This James Bond gun is dirty

    “I’ve got guns all over the house,” says Dick. “Look here.”
    He pulls open a drawer, and yes, there’s a gun.
    “And here.” Dick opens a pantry door.
    “And here!” he opens a cupboard and, yep, there’s another.
    “How many handguns do you have outside your safe?” I ask.
    Dick winks and grins. “Enough.”
    He fishes a small gun from behind the flour bin.  
    “I’ve had this guy for 45 years,” he says, handing it to me butt first.

  • Lionfish trapping

    A new approach to capturing the ever-increasing population of the invasive Lionfish has been developed by Dr. Steve Gittings of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
    Previously, this poisonous spined fish was captured best by spearfishing techniques. As their size increased in local populations, so did their food value, now selling at between $4 and $5 a pound.
    Intensive diving and greater fish resident depths also brought greater risk of injury, encouraging an alternative, perhaps safer, collection technology.

  • Just like Daniel Boone

    When I was young, I wanted to be just like Daniel Boone on TV: “with an eye like an eagle… brave, fearless and as tough as a mighty oak tree.”
    Ah, the romance of America’s folk hero!
    My buddies and I would traipse through the forest, trying to walk silently: avoiding dry leaves and crunchy sticks. Sporting shiny chrome-colored toy guns, we could kill bears at 90 feet.

  • You want to become a dive instructor

    We have recently had a surge of interest for people to become a dive instructor. As a course director for a national training organization, I get asked about this often. Certification to become an instructor in diving is not like becoming a basic diver. The best way I can describe the process is as a mentoring program. You love diving and you want to share that discovery. And better yet, why not get paid to teach your passion?
    This training begins after you become a certified diver, and find your passion to share your discovery of an alien world just off the beach.

  • Underwater Wakulla

    Mimicry Underwater.

    To mimic is to copy, to represent yourself as someone or something else. People steal the identity of another person often on our internet, gaining access to resources of another through mimicry.
    A few years ago an unidentified person convinced a bank teller through an email, that he or she was me and made off with $21,000.
    Earlier this year, and again now, someone duplicated my Facebook page and began soliciting donations on my behalf. Mimicry works – just look around.

  • Underwater Wakulla- March 23, 2017

    Mimicry Underwater.

    To mimic is to copy, to represent yourself as someone or something else. People steal the identity of another person often on our internet, gaining access to resources of another through mimicry.
    A few years ago an unidentified person convinced a bank teller through an email, that he or she was me and made off with $21,000.
    Earlier this year, and again now, someone duplicated my Facebook page and began soliciting donations on my behalf. Mimicry works – just look around.

  • Underwater Wakulla- March 16, 2017

    You Want to Become a Dive Instructor

    We have recently had a surge of interest for people to become a dive instructor. As a Course Director for a national training organization, I get asked about this often. Certification to become an Instructor in Diving is not like becoming a basic diver. The best way I can describe the process is as a mentoring program. You love diving and you want to share that discovery. And better yet, why not get paid to teach your passion?