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Top Picks

  • 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

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    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 ]

  • 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

    Like a lot of game meats, wild turkey gets a bad rap for being difficult to cook. Much of this negative reputation comes from the tendency of hunters to overcook their meat, but I’ll admit cooking any wild bird does come with a challenge. Wild turkey meat has a tendency to dry out quickly when subjected to high heat due to the limited amount of fat these birds develop. As I’ve written about recently, marinades don’t add moisture to meat like most people think they do. However, there is a technique that all but guarantees a moister end product, whether you roast, grill or fry your turkey – brining. [ 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

    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. 

    http://ak.c.ooyala.com/BtOWMzbTrrTztDY4XmcEroRfjbAheo-I/XzOTlMlQSGUnbGTX4yMDoxOjBzMTtyGk
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