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

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

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    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.

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

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    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?

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    If you live in bronzeback country, small streams could be your best chance at big fish. Here's how to target them.

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    There's nothing quite like that angry tug you get when fishing big baitfish and leech streamer patterns for trout.

 

Top Picks

  • April 16, 2014

    E-Book Review: "The Tug is the Drug" by Chris Santella

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    By Kirk Deeter

    If you're looking for a good read on fly fishing that comes in short, palatable bites (a format I fancy most), go ahead and download Chris Santella’s new e-book titled "The Tug is the Drug: 30 Fly Fishing Essays from The New York Times and Beyond." ($6.99; this is the first collaborative e-book by Headwater Books and MidCurrent.)  

    Santella, author of "50 Places to Fly Fish Before You Die" (which is soon to become a television series on WFN), is one of the best in this business, and every story, every word from this collection demonstrates why I say that.

    Over the years, I've not only become a fan of his writing, I also got to travel with him to some very cool places. We were both part of "The Kodiak Project"; fished together in Ireland; on Bimini in the Bahamas; and we went to fish the Ponoi in Russia last year. [ Read Full Post ]

  • April 16, 2014

    Wild Game Recipe: Try a Pickle Juice Brine

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    By David Draper

    [ Read Full Post ]

  • April 16, 2014

    ATV Tips: How to Install an Aftermarket Electric Power Steering Unit

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    By Rick Sosebee

    In today’s market, side by side manufacturers offer three options when it comes to power steering: standard, optional, or none at all. For owners with vehicles in the last category, there are a few solutions available from aftermarket companies.

    Adding power steering to a machine that is not initially designed for it can be a little tricky. There are some small yet important things you need to consider before dropping big dollars on these products. Some involve the machine and the rest involve the type of steering assist you will actually get once the product is installed. [ Read Full Post ]

  • April 16, 2014

    Classic Deer Guns and Crapshoot Accuracy

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    By Dave Hurteau

    Generally speaking, today’s rifles are much more accurate than yesterday’s, which leads people to think that the old guns can’t shoot. Many can’t, for sure. But some can.

    I have a Savage 99 in .300 Savage that shoots just over a minute of angle and a Remington Model 141 in .35 Rem. that shoots just under. I got lucky with those. On the other hand, I have a Winchester Model 70 Classic Compact in 7mm-08 that won’t put three shots inside a cantaloupe no matter what I feed it. Them’s the breaks. [ Read Full Post ]

  • April 16, 2014

    Thing to Do in May: Go Flyfishing for Bluegills on a Float Tube or Pontoon Boat

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    By T. Edward Nickens


    Photo by Barry and Cathy Beck

    I'm four days late, but it's the best I can do. Every spring I plan to fish the full moon of May, the peak of a magical week when spawning bluegills simply can't keep their mouths shut. 

    [ Read Full Post ]

  • April 16, 2014

    Snap Goes The Rod A Whole Bunch Of Times

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    By Joe Cermele

    Remember that rod warranty card you didn't feel like filling out? Let the misery of the people in this video remind you why you might want to do that. Rod breaking is much funnier when it's not happening to you. And that's coming from a guy who has broken a rod in every way showcased here.

    [ Read Full Post ]

  • April 16, 2014

    New Zealand Pizza Chain Advertises With Billboard Covered in Real Rabbit Skins

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    By Phil Bourjaily


    Photo posted on Facebook by Hell Pizza

    Hell Pizza, a chain operating throughout New Zealand and with restaurants in London, Seoul and Brisbane, has created a stir with its latest artisanal offering just in time for Easter: rabbit pizza. If that wasn’t enough, Hell Pizza is advertising with a billboard covered in real rabbit skins, ABC News reports. Animal rightists are (surprise) outraged.

    One of the first species introduced by Europeans, rabbits quickly overpopulated parts of the islands and are now pests in New Zealand. Stoats, ferrets and weasels were introduced to control rabbits, and the result was a disaster for New Zealand’s native birds. [ Read Full Post ]

  • April 15, 2014

    Otter Fishing Tradition May Be Coming to an End in Bangladesh

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    By David Draper

    In the past few months we’ve heard of otters eating alligators and terrorizing customers at a fast food restaurant, tarnishing the furry mammal’s cute and cuddly reputation. But not all otters are vicious creatures out for blood. Some, like the endangered short-haired otters, have been helping fishermen in Bangladesh catch fish for centuries.

    Otter fishing is a centuries-old tradition in Bangladesh; a rare technique that is passed on from father to son.

    “We use them because they catch more fish that we can alone,” Shashudhar Biswas, a fisherman in his 50s whose family has trained otters for generations, told Time. [ Read Full Post ]

  • April 15, 2014

    Write Best Anagram and Win a Pair of Redington SonicDry Waders

    By Tim Romano

    Here's my challenge to all you Fly Talkers: The person who writes the best anagram, rearranging the words "Redington SonicDry Waders," in the fishiest manner will win a pair.

    According to Wikipedia, “an anagram is a type of word play, the result of rearranging the letters of a word or phrase to produce a new word or phrase, using all the original letters exactly once; for example orchestra can be rearranged into carthorse. Any word or phrase that exactly reproduces the letters in another order is an anagram. However, the goal of serious or skilled ‘anagrammatists’ is to produce anagrams that in some way reflect or comment on the subject. Such an anagram may be a synonym or antonym of its subject, a parody, a criticism, or praise; e.g. William Shakespeare = I am a weakish speller." [ Read Full Post ]

  • April 15, 2014

    High-Speed Video: Shooting Federal Shotgun Loads

    By Phil Bourjaily

    During my recent visit to the Federal factory we got to film quite a bit of what we were doing (more about that in a future column in the magazine) with high-speed cameras. We took video of me shooting two loads designed for completely different purposes. It’s fascinating how shotshell engineers can make pellets do what they want them to by switching components. The video may appear slightly squished to you viewers at home.

    The first shell I’m firing is a buckshot load intended for home defense. Most HD encounters take place at very close range, and while a shotgun is devastating at close quarters, its pattern is overly tight. Federal engineers wanted a pattern that would open up quickly to make it easier to hit with at close range under stress. [ Read Full Post ]

  • April 15, 2014

    Commercial Ice Fishing The Baltic Circa 1933

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    By Joe Cermele

    You think you're beat after a long day of lugging flashers and gas augers around only to catch three perch? Try hacking it with these guys on the Baltic Sea circa 1933. I know I couldn't. Pretty cool old footage, though.

    [ Read Full Post ]

  • April 15, 2014

    March(ish) Madness: Announcing the Deer Shotgun Champ

    By Dave Hurteau

    And so it's the 870 in a walk. I might fall down dead of shock.

    From the very beginning our online editor, who is still young enough that the spark of romanticism has not yet been fully stamped out, dreamed that the Ithaca might win this whole thing. That would have been surprising, and wonderful. But, like so many things, it couldn't be.

    Instead, you have voted for the 870 fair and square (and shoved our online editor a bit farther down the knife's edge of life). [ Read Full Post ]

  • April 14, 2014

    How to Make a Turkey Cape Display

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    By Will Brantley

    You want to remember a special gobbler from a special turkey hunt, but you're not quite ready to fork over the grand for a full-body mount. A turkey cape display looks cool, and is much more affordable. You can have a taxidermist do a professional cape display for a couple hundred bucks, or can do it yourself for the cost of a handful of table salt and a few staples. This video details the steps. 

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  • April 14, 2014

    How to Catch Monster Channel Catfish

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    By Will Brantley


    Photo by Bill Lindner

    I was bank-fishing the upper stretches of a Tennessee River tributary and could hear the fight: The sounds of a strained Zebco 33 in the hands of a 12-year-old battling a catfish a third his size aren't subtle. The kid bear-hugged the thing all the way up the mud bank to land it. No more than an hour later, I reeled one up that was even bigger, and it was heavier than any cat I'd ever caught in a farm pond. Since then, I've never underestimated small moving waters for big channel cats.

    [ Read Full Post ]

  • April 14, 2014

    Wish Granted: Fly-Fishing Fairy Godmother Awards "Do-It-Yourself Bonefishing" Book

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    By Kirk Deeter

    Okay, so I now wish that I hadn't posted a picture of myself wearing a dress for the Field & Stream nation to see. 

    But true to my word, I am going to award a copy of Rod Hamilton's "Do-it-Yourself Bonefishing," which I do believe to be one of the best bonefishing books ever written to airbornedoc, who said: "I wish there was a snow cone holder on my wading belt."  

    I just got to thinking about casting on a hot summer day, and having a snow cone attached to my wading belt, and I thought, "Now there is a good wish!" Who wouldn't want to fish with a snow cone? That's pure fantasy, and that earns a book.

    Granted, there were many funny answers. (I really liked Cermele saying he wished that I did birthday parties… if this writing thing ever doesn't work out, I could a backup plan.)  I also liked po2p7so's "I wish they would start testing for HGH in these Miss USA pageants." [ Read Full Post ]

  • April 14, 2014

    Bear Attacks Florida Woman in Her Garage

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    By Phil Bourjaily

    A Florida woman was attacked by a bear in her garage on the evening of April 12, Orlando Sentinel reports. Terri Frana, who lives near Lake Mary in Seminole County, saw two bears in her driveway and, knowing her children were riding bikes nearby, went outside to check on her kids. She went into her garage where she found five bears eating her garbage. One attacked her, biting her head. The bear tried to drag Frana away but she escaped into the house.

    She also sustained bite marks to the arm and leg and claw marks on her back. She required 30 staples and 10 stitches to close the wounds to her head. Frana is expected to make a full recovery. [ Read Full Post ]

  • April 14, 2014

    How To Learn From Those Rare Days When It Seems Bass Will Hit Anything

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    By Dave Wolak

    In the video below, you’ll see a man catch a big ’ol bass on a hot dog chunk and a Barbie rod. It sort of proves the point that no matter how technical and complex we make bass fishing, there are those scenarios where it seems bass will eat anything that hits the water. During those rare opportunities to catch loads of big bass in short order, the average guy is simply going to try to catch as many as possible until the window closes. But when I’m treated to an all out frenzy of fish, I use it as a learning tool that helps me greatly on those more common slow days.

    [ Read Full Post ]

  • April 14, 2014

    I Have Pressing Business Elsewhere

    By David E. Petzal

    This was prompted by the convergence of two forces. First, I’m engaged in compiling a list of the people I’d least like to hunt with, and first on it is Old Five Deferrals himself, Dick Cheney, game hog and general menace. The second was the announcement that a member of a club I belong to had acted unsafely on the pistol range and had his shooting privileges suspended until he could be re-educated.

    Poor behavior with a gun can lead, in an instant, to a tragedy. The military, when I was in it, dealt decisively with unsafe gun handling on the range. You would be spoken to immediately and forcefully, and might find yourself scrubbing pots in the messhall overnight to remind you to keep the muzzle pointed downrange. [ Read Full Post ]

  • April 11, 2014

    Recipe: Making Bannock Bread at Camp

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    By David Draper

    I’ve been reading a bunch of frontier history books lately, including Hampton Sides excellent Kit Carson overview, "Blood and Thunder." I’m always interested in what kind of vittles frontiersmen and explorers subsisted on as they pushed across the West. Certainly wild game made up an important part of their diet, but hardtack and bannock were also among the rations. While hardtack, a simple cracker made from flour, salt, and water, was much reviled, bannock bread was a welcome meal, and an easy one to prepare as long as some type of leavener was available. (Traditional bannock was often made without a leavening agent, but adding baking powder, buttermilk, or a sourdough starter made for a lighter, better tasting product). [ Read Full Post ]

  • April 11, 2014

    3 Things to Consider When Buying ATV Tires

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    By Rick Sosebee

    Sooner or later you will need to change the tires on your ATV or UTV. Choosing good replacements can be a bit confusing, but diligent research of tire reviews and knowing how each tire design affects the ride of your machine is crucial and a good place to start. Here are some simple things to think about when shopping for tires.

    1. Weight
    The weight of each tire adds to the overall weight of the machine but it goes a bit further than that. Heavier tires will put an additional load on the engine and its components as you ride along the trails. Be sure to choose a tire that can easily be turned by the engine of your machine. Larger displacement engines, such as a 499cc and above, have little trouble pulling most after market tires. But smaller engines will strain to turn more aggressive heavy tread. [ Read Full Post ]

  • April 11, 2014

    Wendy's Vs. Burger King: "Super Official" Fish Taste Test

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    By Joe Cermele

    In case you ever thought about lowering your standards enough to eat the mystery patties that Burger King and Wendy's call fish, thanks to this guy who goes by Daym, you'll know which one has a better ground fin to ground gills ratio. I don't want to give away the outcome of this "super official" taste test, but to quote my man Daym, "Wendy's all stuck all up in my throat!" Have a great weekend.

    [ Read Full Post ]

  • April 11, 2014

    Gunfight Friday: Mini-14 vs M1 Carbine

    By Phil Bourjaily

    Writing about his M1 carbine, Dr. Ralph supplied the theme for this gunfight: Big Boys’ .22s. Both rifles were designed for shooting more than paper and tin cans, but these two are primarily peaceful plinkers. Critics might say plinking is all they are suited for, since they are chambered for rounds that many argue are underpowered for combat. The Mini-14 is a .223, while the M1 is chambered in .30 Carbine. Both rifles were also designed, at least partially, by two very different American firearms geniuses. Sturm Ruger’s William Ruger adapted the Garand action to the Mini 14, while moonshiner David “Carbine” Williams came up with the basis for the M1 while serving time in prison. [ Read Full Post ]

  • April 11, 2014

    Stop Using Bacon. Seriously.

    By David Draper

    Of all the game-cooking myths and missteps I preach about, telling readers to stop using bacon is the most likely to start fights. Bacon is so popular and universally loved that I’m almost scared to bring it up because I’ll alienate all my readers, but it’s worth talking about, if only briefly.

    Ever eat duck breast wrapped in bacon? Or bacon-wrapped dove? Or anything game covered in bacon? What does it taste like?

    That’s right, bacon. [ Read Full Post ]

  • April 11, 2014

    Barrel Length: Shorter is Better

    By David E. Petzal

    Warren Page was once asked why most of his barrels, including his beloved 7mm Mashburn Old Betsy, had short barrels.

    “Because I gave up pole vaulting after high school,” Lefty snarled.

    Like most highly experienced hunters, Page came to learn that a barrel even an RCH longer than the absolute minimum is a hiss and a byword — more weight to carry, more length to snag on brush, and less accurate than a short barrel.  [ Read Full Post ]

  • April 10, 2014

    Holiday Spirit: Fly Patterns With Easter Grass

    By Joe Cermele

    Back in January, I posted a news story about Sister Carol Anne Corely, who is a long-time fly tier and trout fisherman. She also teaches the kids at St. John's School in Arkansas how to spin up bugs. In that article, it said one of her signature patterns is the Resurrection Fly, which incorporates Easter grass. The other day I was at the drug store and noticed the, um, entire aisle devoted to this colorful shredded plastic. Taking a cue from Sister Carol Anne, I decided to see what I could come up with at the vise. I figured for $.89 a bag, it was worth a shot, and if it was any good, I'd have a big enough supply with just two bags to last until the Rapture. Here are the five patterns born of this madness.

    Ol' Dirty Grasstard: Easter grass, I learned, is much more durable than Mylar or Flashabou. With that in mind, I figure this fly will withstand multiple pike chomps before retirement. The grass is pretty kinky out of the bag, but if you give the strands a stretch, they limp right up and should breathe nicely.

    [ Read Full Post ]

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