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

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Top Picks

  • April 7, 2014

    Finally, NOAA Officially Recognizes Saltwater Sportfishing

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    By Bob Marshall

    How should you react when a person you’ve been standing in front of for decades finally recognizes you?

    Do you cheer, or snarl?

    I did a little of both late last week when the Fisheries department of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced it was going to develop a national recreational fishing policy. [ Read Full Post ]

  • April 7, 2014

    Two Ways to Deal with Buck Fever

    By David E. Petzal

    Drawing on my extensive medical background, I classify buck fever as a form of hysteria in which your cerebrum and cerebellum shut down simultaneously and you are left either paralyzed and unable to do anything except wet yourself (or worse) or do really odd things like cycling a whole magazine of ammo through the rifle without pulling the trigger.

    We know that the sight of a big-game animal can have a profound physical effect on the body. Back in the 1990s, at a plantation loaded with really monstrous whitetails, scientists attached heart monitors to a number of deer hunters who then climbed into their trees stands to await one of these behemoths. When a Serious Deer did stroll by, heart rates went instantly from normal resting (about 72 beats per minute) to close to 200 per minute, which is a trip to the ER for many people. [ Read Full Post ]

  • April 7, 2014

    How Many Times Have You Caught The Same Bass In The Same Spot?

    By Dave Wolak

    I was in Jackson Hole, WY, not long ago and ended up having a long conversation with guide who fishes the Snake River. He’s a really busy guy in the spring, and knowing that he fishes the same stretches day in and day out, I asked if his clients ever catch the same trout multiple times a week. It didn't take him long to answer, "Yup, I could even call my client's shots every once in a while," he said. I can't even count the number of times I've caught the same bass, and when you’re talking about a big, educated fish, it can have the power to infect your brain lure you back over and over.

    [ Read Full Post ]

  • April 7, 2014

    Tips for Buying a New ATV

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    By Darren Warner

    An all-terrain vehicle (ATV) is one of the best ways for people to traverse tough terrain and haul hunting gear. If you’re planning on buying one, have an honest conversation with yourself about your riding skills and how you’ll be using your ATV before you visit an ATV dealer.

    Manufacturers pack plenty of power, convenience – like power steering – and thrills into machines that satisfy a user’s need for speed. They like to highlight the horsepower of an engine, but you should focus on buying a machine that meets your needs and won’t break your budget. For example, if you’re looking specifically for a hunting rig, an ATV that runs quietly and smoothly might be more useful than a super-fast machine. [ Read Full Post ]

  • April 4, 2014

    Wild Cocktail: How to Mix the Mallard Manhattan

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    By Colin Kearns

    For a couple hours last Thursday afternoon, the entire 9th floor of our office building transformed into the biggest bar on Park Avenue when the various departments and magazine staffs here held a friendly competition—the Cocktail Challenge.

    The rules were simple: Each team had a $50 budget and was tasked with making or creating a cocktail for the employees in the company to drink and judge. After tasting all of the cocktails, employees were asked to vote for their one favorite. The team with the most vote wins. (In case you’re wondering, the sample sizes were all very small to ensure we could still walk at the end of the tasting. We are “professionals,” after all.) [ Read Full Post ]

  • April 4, 2014

    March Madness: The Final Four of Whitetail Shotguns

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    By Dave Hurteau

    Two Final Fours in one weekend. What more do you want? And ours is a contest of mostly classics, including the Remington 870, the Mossberg 500, and the Ithaca Model 37 Deerslayer. It was, in fact, nearly a contest of all classics, as the 8-seed Browning Auto 5 was outpacing it's superior A-Bolt sibling until the final minutes, when a late run put the latter on top at the buzzer. [ Read Full Post ]

  • April 4, 2014

    Hand-Feeding Fish That Can Feed On Your Hand

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    By Joe Cermele

    Hey, anyone can swing by SeaWorld and feed sardines to a stingray. It's a total snore-fest, though. I want to hand feed something that can actually eat my hand. This video is funny because people log thousands of air miles and dollars trying to hook into just one giant trevally. This guy has hit the motherload, though I imagine baiting and hooking one would be like bowhunting deer at the petting zoo. Still, they got big mouths and teeth, so hat's off to you, friend. Have a great weekend.

    [ Read Full Post ]

  • April 4, 2014

    Caption Contest Winner Announced!

    By Scott Bestul

    A great prize always brings out the best captions, and with your choice of three Cabela's trail cams on the line—you guys came through again. As usual, the elite judging panel at Whitetail 365 (Hurteau and me), chuckled, guffawed, and argued until we had a winner.

    But first, here are ten entries that came oh-so-close to claiming the prize.

    [ Read Full Post ]

  • April 4, 2014

    Gunfight Friday: Pledge Week

    By Phil Bourjaily

    Thanks to reader Shawn Sipes, who sent this picture of his wonderful trio of Remington Model 14s in .25, .30, and .32 caliber. And, thanks to all of you who have offered up your guns in these last 10 months or so to make Gunfight Friday so much fun. Every week your guns and your insightful comments about them make Gunfight Friday read like a great hunting camp argument right here on this blog.

    Now, Gunfight Friday needs your guns. [ Read Full Post ]

  • April 3, 2014

    Would You Eat Fake Meat?

    By David Draper

    Despite a recent Austrian study reporting vegetarians suffer from poorer health and more chronic diseases—including allergies, cancer, and mental-health ailments—than us meat-eaters, sales of fake meat continue to rise.

    According to The New York Times, manufacturers are investing time and money into developing new vegetarian alternatives to meat and other animal-based food products as a growing number of consumers are demanding them due to “concerns over the impact of industrial-scale animal husbandry on the environment.” [ Read Full Post ]

  • April 3, 2014

    More Misleading Fishing Info From Your Friends At eBay

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    By Joe Cermele

    I think it's great that the eBay people are posting tutorial videos about fishing. We need more anglers buying more fishing gear and getting on the water. But listen, eBay, give us a call when you're planning the next one. If you thought their reel buying tutorial was tough to watch, you'll love this one on choosing spoons. First of all, eBay, you're showing spinners, not spoons. Second, I've never heard anyone use the term "large cast." Third, please, please do not try to sum up spoon tuning in 3 words. You're going to have every novice that watches this shopping for flat spoons and bending the heck out of them. 

    [ Read Full Post ]

  • April 3, 2014

    How to Catch Monster Walleyes on Hometown Waters

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


    Photos by Bill Lindner

    Countless destination lakes have well-known reputations for producing giant walleyes. Still, a good majority of the biggest fish ever documented came from smaller lakes and reservoirs. With much less water to sort through, you can actually have a better shot at catching the 'eye of a lifetime on these smaller bodies. In many cases, the reason you don't hear about big walleyes in that lake up the street isn't because they don't exist, but because they aren't targeted. [ Read Full Post ]

  • April 3, 2014

    Outdoor Survival: First-Aid Kits

    By David E. Petzal

    I was asked what’s in my first-aid kit. Since I don’t remember, and I’m too lazy to dig it out, I’ll give you some general rules about first-aid kits that will be more useful than an item-by-item rundown.

    Don’t think about a first-aid kit as a fixed and immutable object. The kit should expand and contract, depending on where you’re going, what you’re likely to encounter, and how long will it take to get to a doctor, or have a doctor get to you. I have two first-aid kits, one for hunts, which are in close proximity to civilization, and the other for places like Alaska, where you may be left to your own devices if something happens. This saves me the trouble of re-building a single first-aid kit over and over.  Whatever you take, it should be small enough that you can keep it with you. My small kit is a little bigger than a fist and fits in a fanny pack with no trouble. The larger one is the size of maybe two fists. Package it in something waterproof, like a Ziplock bag, or better, the rollup Velcro-seal plastic bags sold in camping-supply stores. [ Read Full Post ]

  • April 2, 2014

    Controversial Wyatt Earp Guns Up for Auction

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    By Ben Romans

    Guns that reportedly belonged to Wyatt Earp, one of the most iconic figures of the Old West, are slated to go on the auction block on April 17 at the J. Levine Auction & Appraisal in Scottsdale, Ariz.
     
    The owner of the auction house, Josh Levine, told the Arizona Republic the collection also includes guns owned by Virgil Earp and their grandfather. But the centerpiece is a .45 caliber revolver Earp descendants say he carried in Tombstone, Ariz.; possibly at the infamous shootout at the O.K. Corral.
     
    “This is American history here — and not only is it that, it's Western folklore... This gun, the O.K. Corral shootout, it's lived on where other stories have not stood the test of time,” Levine said. [ Read Full Post ]

  • April 2, 2014

    The Elusive Blue Trout of Pennsylvania

    By Joe Cermele

    Genetically modified Palamino or Golden trout have always been a prized catch in the areas I grew up fishing in Jersey and Pennsylvania. But to be completely honest with you, they never did much for me. I never found them pretty and they weren't something I was dying to catch, though I have many comical memories of watching swarms of crazed anglers bombing a poor Palamino in a hole with every kind of bait and lure in their vests. I think the fact that the fish stick out like sore thumbs in most waters contributed to the loss of luster in my mind. However, if you dig hooking those orangey-white slobs, I've got a new quest for you: the elusive Pennsylvania blue trout.

    [ Read Full Post ]

  • April 2, 2014

    Video: Kayaker vs Shark

    By Ben Romans

    Angler Jason Downs was working a hooked grouper from his kayak when a bull shark broke the water’s surface next to his kayak and stole the fish.

    He was fishing off Florida’s Navarre Beach and managed to film the incident. He said the fact the shark stole the grouper made him more angry than scared.
     
    “To be honest, my first reaction was anger,” Downs explained in an email to GrindTV Outdoor. “The reason I muted the video after the shark took my grouper was not because I was cussing out of fear; it was because I was cussing at the shark for taking my grouper! [ Read Full Post ]

  • April 2, 2014

    96-Year-Old Nebraska Waterfowl Guide to Retire

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    By Phil Bourjaily

    The end of this year’s spring snow goose season also marks the end of Ralph Kohler’s career as a Missouri River waterfowl guide. At 96, the Tekamah, Neb., guide is a living legend among Midwestern waterfowlers. Kohler began guiding hunters near Omaha when he was 16 years old, often hunting every day of Nebraska’s duck and goose seasons. He is retiring to move to California to be closer to his family.

    Kohler spent more than 45,000 hours in a blind and kept records of every hunt he made over the years. He is credited with making the first full-body goose decoy, the now-collectible K and W, which he made out of paper mache in his garage. Kohler and Dorothy, his wife of 79 years, were the only husband and wife to earn All American honors in trapshooting. They also competed successfully in ballroom dance competition throughout the country. [ Read Full Post ]

  • April 2, 2014

    My Favorite Online Fishing April Fool's Day Gags

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    By Tim Romano

    As every new April Fool's day comes and goes, the internet hoaxes seem to get more prevalent and elaborate. I was had by my mom (just briefly) and few jokes online today. Here are a few of my favorites from the fishing world.

    1. YETI Coolers sent a press release that was titled "YETI Launches Casket for Die-Hard Outdoor Enthusiasts." [ Read Full Post ]

  • April 1, 2014

    App Review: Gogal's GPS Topo USA

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    By Kirk Deeter

    Granted, sometimes you want to get out in the wild to intentionally get lost and be out of touch.  But then again, it's always nice to have at least a hint of where you are going.  I get to test a number of GPS and navigation devices, some of which cost hundreds of dollars, but the GPS Topo USA from Gogal Publishing is a simple iPhone (or iPad) app that I've taken a shine to because it costs $6.99, and it can be used either online or offline.

    [ Read Full Post ]

  • April 1, 2014

    Lawsuit Filed Against Mining Exploration on Montana's Smith River

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    By Sarah Grigg

    In the same week that some anglers received coveted lottery permits to float Montana's iconic Smith River—a bucket list experience for many trout anglers—environmental groups filed a lawsuit to prevent mining exploration near its headwaters.

    [ Read Full Post ]

  • April 1, 2014

    Gear Test: 4 Top Red Dot Sights

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    By Slaton L. White


    Photo by Satoshi

    When a gobbler's glowing head pops up, a red-dot sight helps you put him down. All last season, our testers evaluated four models to see which performed best.

    [ Read Full Post ]

  • April 1, 2014

    Opt For White Or Chartreuse Plastics When Fishing Bass Beds

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    By Joe Cermele

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    While hunting for bass beds in the clear waters of Arizona's Lake Pleasant just a few weeks ago, guide Dale Merry of The Hook Up Outfitters surprised me by tying all the rods up with white or chartreuse plastics. Being not as well-versed in fishing bedded bass as I probably should be, I asked why he liked these colors. His answer made a lot of sense. Check out the short video to find out why these hues are his spring-time go-tos.

    [ Read Full Post ]

  • April 1, 2014

    Turkey Hunting: Sit or Sneak on a Flocked-Up Tom

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    By Dave Hurteau

    Flocked-up birds? Toms not leaving hens? Here are two ways to fill your tag anyway.

    As I hunted Nebraska's Pine Ridge with Allen Williams of Dos Plumas Hunting Ranch last year, bitter weather lingered into early spring and kept the turkeys on a mostly winter pattern. Huge flocks of hens hung tightly together. Although the shadowing toms would gobble and strut, there was no luring them away from all those girls—no matter how sweet our turkey calling. We certainly tried, but eventually, we switched to a pair of less conventional tactics to get shotgun-close to those cold-weather toms.

    [ Read Full Post ]

  • April 1, 2014

    Video: Can You Spot the Mountain Lion?

    By Ben Romans

    Eric Martin was recently hunting for bobcats with a decoy and predator call and had his video camera rolling when a much larger cat showed up on the scene.

    In this short clip, it looks like the lion seemingly materializes from the brush. But later review reveals that it was actually present through most of the scene. If you enlarge, view at the highest quality setting, and look closely, you can see the cougar enter the frame in the first few moments of the footage. Obviously confused by the decoy, the cat approaches with caution and doesn’t waste time retreating when it realizes the ruse. [ Read Full Post ]

  • April 1, 2014

    Surfboard and Boat Innovator Hobart 'Hobie' Alter Dies at 80

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    By Ben Romans

    Surfboard pioneer and founder of the Hobie fishing company, Hobart “Hobie” Alter, passed away at his Palm Desert, California home on March 29. He was 80 years old.

    The son of a second-generation orange farmer, Hobie spent most of his youth in the garage of his family’s Laguna Beach summer home where he combined his two loves — wood working and water — crafting handmade 9-foot balsawood surfboards for his friends. [ Read Full Post ]

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