Monthly Archives: March 2012

Great owl video, but not a Raytheon bird

We all get e-mail photos and videos that seem to be good true, right?

So it seems to be with a neat video that’s circulating around Wichita, claiming to be taken by a security camera at Raytheon, according to an e-mail I got this morning. A friend’s e-mail said it was shot at another local airplane manufacturer.

CLICK HERE to check out some great footage of an owl flying towards a camera in slow motion.

As I watched it the first time it struck me that the bird didn’t look like a great-horned, barred or any other owl native to this area. It also looked like it had some kind of leather bracelets on each leg.

Bob Gress, of the Great Plains Nature Center, had already seen the footage and confirmed the bird is an eagle owl that’s being handled by a falconer. (Or is it an owler?) We can’t say for sure where it was taken but it doesn’t look like some place where a major airplane manufacturer would have a security camera.

Anyway, it is fun to watch but chalk it up with other online hoaxes like the guy in the garage with the mountain lion supposedly shot near Leon, or the mountain lioness with two cubs supposedly eating a dead deer by Wellington, or the mountain lion supposedly dragging a nice eight-point buck by a feeder in the Flint Hills, or the mountain lion…

Well, at least this online hoax with some neat footage and it’s not another mountain lion.


Swamp People stars, outdoors celebrities, coming for Cabela’s grand opening

Two of America’s best-known, ‘gator-hunting, Cajuns are coming to Wichita as part of Cabela’s grand opening celebration.

Swamp People’s Troy and Jacob Landry will be at the store Saturday, March 17, from noon to 4 p.m., according to a Cabela’s press release.

The new 80,000 square-foot store near K-96 and Greenwich opens March 14 at 10:45 a.m.

March 16-18 about a dozen outdoors celebrities will be at the store to meet the public. Most host popular hunting and fishing  television programs. Several state and local outdoors groups are also planning events for the public.

Below is a list from the Cabela’s press release.


Mark and Terry Drury, Cabela’s Ambassadors –  Saturday, March 17,  Sunday; March 18, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. both days

Melissa Bachman, “North American Hunter” TV host – Saturday, March 17, noon to 7 p.m.; Sunday, March 18, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Tom Nelson, Cabela’s Pro Staff – Wednesday, March 14 through Friday, March 16, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. all days

Babe, Kris and Karlee Winkelman, “Winkelman Productions” – Friday, March 16, 5 to 8 p.m.; Saturday, March 17, 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. AND 1:30 to 5 p.m.

Steve Pennaz, “North American Fisherman” TV host – Saturday, March 17, noon to 7 p.m.; and Sunday, March 18, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Don and Kandi Kisky, “Whitetail Freaks” TV hosts – Saturday, March 17 AND Sunday, March 18, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. both days

CJ Buck, President and CEO of Buck Knives – Friday, March 16, 4 to 8 p.m.; Saturday, March 17, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. AND 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.;  Sunday, March 18, 10 a.m. to noon


FAMILY ACTIVITIES – Saturday, March 17 and Sunday, March 18, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days

Tazer and gun-handling basics with the SRT group

Wild game cook-off with Safari Club International

“Skins and “Skulls” with the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism

“Nerf Gun Shootout” with Kansas State Rifle Association

Meet-and-greet champion dogs from the Wichita Kennel Club

Ducks Unlimited interactive retrieving with “Bo the Duck Dog”

Displays from Wichita EMS and fire departments

Kids casting contest with Kansas Hunt for Hunger

Interact with birds of prey from Eagle Valley Raptor Center



Enter for a chance to win a 4-day, 4-night fishing trip for two to Hatchet Lake Lodge in Saskatchewan, Canada, valued at $8,190 (includes $1,300 travel voucher and $500 Cabela’s gift card)

Enter for a chance to win a complete Coleman package valued at more than $1,500

March 15 – first 100 customers through the door receive Cabela’s gift card between $5 and $20

March 16 – first 100 receive Cabela’s stainless steel BBQ tool set valued at $39.99

March 17 – first 100 receive Cabela’s ½-watt LED AA flashlight valued at $14.99

March 18 – first 100 receive Cabela’s gift card between $5 and $20