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  • Q&A: Bill Heavey vs. KVD

    Kevin VanDam on changing hooks, throwing crankbaits, fishing spinnerbaits, and eating "Sherry's Lucky Cookies."

  • Killer Frogs

    Frog baits can lose their potency over time if you keep using the same pattern. These 3 tweaks will turn on the bite.

  • Kayak Culture

    The second-largest kayak fishing tournament in the United States takes place in New York City. Here's what it's like.

  • What's Next

    We asked our experts to peer into the future of hunting, fishing, and conservation. Here’s what they see.

  • Best Reader Photos, March

    Check out the 25 best shots from our readers and submit your photos for the chance to win gear.

  • Bowfishing Gear

    The only required gear for bowfishing is a fish arrow tied to a line that’s tied to a bow. But good gear does make it more fun and productive. These items are definitely worth having.

  • The Real Fly Girls

    Meet seven women with the chops and attitude to infiltrate the industry boys' club and wade into the mainstream.

  • Bowfishing Rigs Test

    Don't trash your whitetail bow shooting carp, suckers, and gar. Get a dedicated bowfishing rig.

  • The Drone Report

    Some sportsmen have started using unmanned aircraft for hunting and fishing applications. But, where do we draw the fair-chase line?

 

Top Picks

  • April 22, 2014

    Retrievers: Train Your Dog for the Diving Duck

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    By Michael R. Shea


    Photo by Bill Buckley

    The last phase in Cabela’s pro staffer Jennifer Broome’s three-month retriever-training plan is called the Diving Duck—in which you’ll be working with a live bird. “Some people may not like the idea of live-bird training,” says Broome. “But this one pen-raised duck may ensure hundreds of successful and ethical retrieves.” If you don’t have a local gamebird breeder, a nearby dog trainer should be able to point you in the right direction. [ Read Full Post ]

  • April 22, 2014

    Bighorn Curls Found in Alberta Could Break The World Record

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    By Ben Romans

    The Edmonton Journal reports that Alberta Fish and Wildlife officers recently found a set of Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep horns that may be the largest in the world. A preliminary measurement of 209 1/8 inches beats the current Boone & Crockett record by less than an inch.

    Wildlife officers had kept track the ram in the past because of its particularly large body and horn size and went looking for it after it seemingly disappeared from the foothills near the town of Hinton. They found the skull and horns and said the decade-old ram apparently died of natural causes in the spring of 2013. They took the set to Dean Bromberger, a measurer for Boone & Crockett, though the official measurement will take place June 10th, after a mandatory 60-day drying period. [ Read Full Post ]

  • April 22, 2014

    How Long Has Your Fly Shop Been in Business?

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    By Tim Romano

    Why is the man pictured above smiling? Because he was celebrating his fly shop’s 32nd anniversary. His name is Steve McLaughlin and he owns Front Range Anglers. FRA — as we in Boulder affectionally call it — has moved and changed hands a number of times, but it’s one of the fly shops I grew up with, and it has been a part of my life and I’m sure many others for as long as I can remember. [ Read Full Post ]

  • April 22, 2014

    Leafs Fans Want A Little Less Fishing And A Little More Playoff Hockey

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    By Joe Cermele

    I find this short story on Nesn.com very comical because I can totally relate to thinking you are harmlessly posting a little factoid about yourself on BookFace or the like, and people manage to go on a tangent over a post you didn't think could possibly supply ammo for a tangent. Toronto Maple Leafs forward Phil Kessel decided to drop a little Tweet yesterday that read “Night fishing with friends doesn’t get much better." Well, sorry dude, all the Leafs fans that were hoping you'd make the playoffs disagree. The Twitter responses—such as Night fishing with friends doesn't get much better” Except perhaps playing hockey in the #StanleyCupPlayoffs—got so out of hand, Kessel eventually fired back, telling followers they need to "chill out." He quickly deleted the response, then likely spent the rest of his night fishing trip completely frustrated.

    [ Read Full Post ]

  • April 22, 2014

    Turkey Hunting: How Close is Too Close?

    By Phil Bourjaily

    Our youth turkey season opened a few weeks ago, and I heard three reports from friends who had taken kids into the field. Three kids had shots at birds. One missed, one killed, and one decapitated his bird. The shots were taken at 10, 12 and 7 yards respectively. That brings up the question: how close is too close?

    The closest shot I ever took at a turkey was five yards. I missed. After I missed the bird up close I found a piece of cardboard in my car and shot a pattern with it at five steps. It made a hole under two inches in diameter which, I can attest, is easy to miss with when a turkey is almost close enough to touch and your heart is hammering. [ Read Full Post ]

  • April 21, 2014

    Topwater Tactics for Tidal Creek Stripers

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    By Ben Duchesney


    Photo by Jim Levison

    Throughout the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic, striped bass begin swimming up the coastal creeks, inlets, and rivers in May, where many will often remain for the summer to feed on the plentiful baitfish that get pushed with the tide in these high-current areas. Targeting these bass takes some stealth, as they can be highly pressured and wary. 

    [ Read Full Post ]

  • April 21, 2014

    The Magic Of Bass Tail Regeneration (And How It Can Help Humans)

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    By Dave Wolak

    I'm sure many of you have caught a bass around the spawn with a tail that was pretty worn out from fanning the nesting area. By early fall, however, those gnarly tails regenerate, and that's a pretty amazing phenomenon as far as I'm concerned. It kind of makes you wonder why if fish can do it, why can't we regenerate new toes if they get run over by the lawn mower? I recently called my friend Jim Burris from Duke Medical Center to ask a few of these questions, and the answers I got were pretty amazing. Thanks to studies of fish regeneration abilities, people in the future may, in fact, be able to regrow toes that collided with a John Deere.

    [ Read Full Post ]

  • April 21, 2014

    Is This the Best Shed Season Ever?

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    By Scott Bestul

    Last week, my hunting buddy Alan and I spotted the antler pictured above. It appears have come from 3-1/2 year old deer that I have trail-cam pictures of but never saw in person. This one side measures roughly 55 inches, putting the buck in the mid-120s last fall. Not a giant, but not bad either. More to point, it's one of many decent sheds we've found this spring and helps support a claim I've been hearing a lot lately—that 2014 has been one of the best shed hunting seasons in recent memory.

    [ Read Full Post ]

  • April 21, 2014

    Win New Tenkara Rod: What's the Dumbest Way You Broke a Fly Rod?

    By Kirk Deeter

    The bad news is that the flash of inspiration for this blog post happened yesterday, as I was getting ready to shove off on a trip.

    The good news is that my wife is now entered in this contest, not me.

    We've all had rods break the normal ways, like when dogs eat them, we slam them in tailgates or screen doors, or walk the tips into trees, but Mrs. D discovered a new way yesterday. [ Read Full Post ]

  • April 21, 2014

    Recipe: Orange Rosemary Fish with Maple Carrots

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    By David Draper

    The presentation for this dish was inspired by Texas chef Jesse Griffiths, who features a similar recipe for Baked Flounder with Parsnips and Carrots in his great cookbook, “Afield.” I love how the contrast of the white fish looks atop the bright orange of the carrots, but the dish is more than just looks. It tastes delicious as well, with the maple glaze on the carrots playing well with orange compound butter. You can use just about any firm, white-fleshed fish here such walleye and catfish that are starting off the spring bite this year. I have to admit, this dish in the photo was baked with hake I bought at the store, but hopefully I’ll have some fresh fish soon. [ Read Full Post ]

  • April 21, 2014

    A Good Place to Say Good-Bye

    By David E. Petzal

    The other day at the range I was talking with a pair of fellow codgers, and one of them allowed as how he had been hit by lightning a few years ago. A thunderstorm came up suddenly and he was unaware that his right foot was in a puddle of water. He became aware when a bolt struck his right foot, went up his leg, destroying a number of veins, into his chest where it punched a hole in his heart, and out his left hand, which for some reason it spared.

    He reminded me of a barber I used to go to who was with the Second Division at the Chosin Reservoir in Korea; every day he had after that was a gift.

    “But,” he said, “my wife doesn’t want me to go hunting any more. She’s afraid I’ll have a heart attack and die in the woods.” [ Read Full Post ]

  • April 21, 2014

    Q&A: Bill Heavey Takes on Kevin VanDam

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    By Bill Heavey

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  • April 21, 2014

    Video: Moose Charges Snowmobilers

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    By Phil Bourjaily

    New Hampshire snowmobilers Bob and Janis Powell captured a run-in with a moose on video last Friday. The couple was riding a trail near Jackson, Maine when they encountered the moose. Moose frequently use the trails and ordinarily run away from snowmobiles. This moose turned and charged.

    Bob Powell jumped off his snowmobile and tried to keep it between himself and the moose but had to make a run for his wife’s machine. Janis fired a pistol shot into the air which seemed to dissuade the moose from further attacks. It wandered off the trail and into the woods, leaving the Powells shaken but unhurt. [ Read Full Post ]

  • April 18, 2014

    Potential World Record Mako Shark Caught on Gulf Coast Beach

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    By Ben Romans

    Here’s a bit of advice to any angler who catches a potential record-breaking fish and wants to keep it hush-hush: don’t leave the fish draped out in the back of a pickup truck while making a pit stop for gas in broad daylight.

    Florida anglers Earnie and Joey Polk learned that lesson the hard way this week after they teamed up to land an incredible 11-foot long, 805-pound shortfin mako Tuesday night. They wanted to keep the catch a secret, but the shark exceeded their pickup’s bed capacity. A protruding dorsal fin and tail draped over an open tailgate attracted onlookers when the cousins stopped for fuel. A candid photograph of Joey at the pump landed on Facebook and has since gone viral. [ Read Full Post ]

  • April 18, 2014

    Yet Another Use For Asian Carp

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    By Joe Cermele

    Do you smell what the carp is cooking? Have a fresh, clean weekend.

    [ Read Full Post ]

  • April 18, 2014

    The Correct Way to Introduce a Woman to the Ways of the Rifle

    By David E. Petzal


    Photo by Dusan Smetana

    A few years ago a friend and I gave a compressed instruction course to two women who were about to go on a mule deer hunt and had never fired a rifle before. We conducted the class separately, and after an hour or so my friend walked over to where I was and said, "I can't show her anything. She hits the 10-ring every time she pulls the trigger."

    [ Read Full Post ]

  • April 18, 2014

    The Real Threat to Coastal Fishing

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    By Bob Marshall

    The saltwater angling community is doing victory laps after finally gaining some parity with its commercial competition in federal management circles.

    It’s a well-deserved celebration after a long, uphill battle.
     
    But now it’s time to take on the real threat to its future, a challenge that will make gill-netters, purse seiners, and those interest-stacked policy boards seem like minor nuisances.
     
    This fight isn’t about who gets which share of the fish – it’s about having any fish left. [ Read Full Post ]

  • April 18, 2014

    Gunfight Friday: Winchester Model 12 vs Browning Citori

    By Phil Bourjaily

    In my extremely biased opinion, we haven’t featured enough shotgun gunfights. We have a good one today, as two classic smoothbores collide: the Winchester Model 12 and the Browning Citori.

    The Winchester Model 12, introduced in 1912 and made for over half a century, earned the nickname “The Perfect Repeater” for its slick action and lively handling. In 16 gauge, it is makes a wonderful, trim gun to carry in the field. The Browning Citori, initially intended as a low-cost Japanese replacement for the expensive, Belgian-made Superposed, has become a classic in its own right. Having visited the factory where Citoris are made, I can attest to the amount of skilled hand labor that goes into each one.
    Here are today’s guns: [ Read Full Post ]

  • April 18, 2014

    Do You Forage for Wild Foods?

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    By David Draper

    This time each year renewed interest in foraging pops up like a mushroom in the woods. In fact, the morel is probably responsible for all that chatter about finding your own food, as April generally marks the start of the season across much of the country. It’s also when a lot of hunters are in the woods hunting turkeys, so there’s a natural convergence of people and wild food happening anyway. According to this article in the Austin Chronicle, there’s also a renewed interest in urban foraging:
     
    “Until approximately 12,000 years ago, when the first agricultural systems were developed, across every border and cultural divide, foraging was the predominant means of sustenance... The lost art is gaining momentum for a variety of modern reasons, including economic hardship, increased interest in sustainability and ecological well-being, and a desire to reconnect with nature and food. [ Read Full Post ]

  • April 18, 2014

    Bowhunters Help Reduce Car-Deer Collisions Outside Cincinnati

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    By Ben Romans

    The number of auto accidents stemming from deer collisions outside of Cincinnati is declining, and residents have bowhunters to thank.

    Indian Hill Rangers Police Chief Chuck Schlie told the Cincinnati Enquirer that drivers reported just eight collisions in 2013—down from 44 in 1997—and he credits a tightly monitored, archery-only deer hunting program for the decline. [ Read Full Post ]

  • April 17, 2014

    A Change in the Wind

    By David E. Petzal

    “You don’t need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows.” —Bob Dylan

    And you don’t need to be able to sing to make a fortune in the music biz, but that’s not important now. Those of you who remember the 1960s recall that, after the assassination of John Kennedy, there was no significant gun control law passed by Congress. What led to GCA ’68, which was the most significant piece of firearms legislation of the last century, was the nearly back-to-back murders of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and Robert Kennedy. Then, the impetus for a sweeping national gun law was overwhelming and irresistible. [ Read Full Post ]

  • April 17, 2014

    Pike Fishing: How to Catch Big Fish on Small Waters

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    By Will Brantley, Joe Cermele, Mark Modoski, and Ross Robertson


    Photo by Kyle Thompson

    Like me, you may have a handful of local waters known for pumping out small hammer-handle pike, but quite often there is a trophy fish swimming among the smaller specimens. You just have to be willing to sacrifice lots of hits to connect with any gators swimming in your favorite fishing hole. But seeing a 40-plus-inch northern pike shaking its head at the end of my line makes it all worthwhile.

    [ Read Full Post ]

  • April 17, 2014

    Video: Florida Black Bear has Rough Landing

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    By Ben Romans

    Last Monday, a big black bear crashed to the ground with a thud from its perch 30 feet up in a tree after Florida Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWCC) officers shot it with a tranquilizer and tried catching it with suspended tarps.

    A story from UPI says some residents in the Panama City, Florida neighborhood initially thought the animal was a dog roaming the streets until they saw it climb a tree, but were glad officials were relocating it to the Apalachicola National Forest—especially after its hard landing, which FWCC Officer Jerry Pitts said actually went just as planned. [ Read Full Post ]

  • April 17, 2014

    Hot Gear: 4 New Hunting and Fishing Items for Spring 2014

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    3-Tand TF Series Fly Reels

    If you’re looking for a reel that has the guts, rock-solid construction, and tanklike toughness of the most expensive fly reels, without the big price tag, you can’t beat 3-Tand’s new TF series. Available in weights 1 through 8, made from T-6 cold-forged aluminum, and featuring a sealed NanoCF carbon-fiber drag, these reels are exceptionally smooth and rugged. The bottom line is that you simply will not find this kind of performance anywhere else for under $250. Having put both the 7-weight and 2-weight models through their paces, I’m confident in saying either one could stop a bonefish or withstand being run over by an M1 Abrams. —Joe Cermele [ Read Full Post ]

  • April 17, 2014

    Slide Show: Fishing the Kayak Classic Outtakes

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    By Tim Romano

    Last year I had the privilege of tagging along with F&S editor Nate Matthews on a photo shoot just outside New York City, camping at an abandoned airport in Brooklyn and taking photos of what has to be the craziest (in a good way) bunch of kayak anglers I've ever met. The shoot covered the Kayak Fishing Classic, put on by Jerry Collins, a retired FDNY lieutenant who owns a kayak shop on Long Island and is one of the nicest people you will ever meet. Yesterday Field & Stream published the piece which documents the fun and chaos. Today I thought I'd share the rest of the story with outtakes and a larger photo edit from the event. Enjoy. [ Read Full Post ]

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