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

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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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  • 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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Top Picks

  • March 26, 2014

    Guns Don't Kill People; Ink Kills People

    By David E. Petzal

    Much as I try to introduce a healthy dose of the ridiculous, the grotesque, and the semi-believable (for example, Der Adolf raving about registering ARs) to this blog, life keeps beating me at my own game. Which brings us to the town of Norridgewock, Maine where, on March 18, one Michael Smith, who works the night shift (job unspecified) was awakened at 10 AM by tree surgeons taking down limbs that were threatening power lines near his house. Mr. Smith, who was shirtless, yelled at them from some distance to go away and let him sleep. But before you could say “Man with a gun,” his house was surrounded by Maine State Troopers and sheriff’s deputies, cocked and locked.

    How come? It seems Mr. Smith likes tattoos, and one of his tats is a life-size automatic pistol inked on his stomach whose barrel appears to be shoved in his pants. [ Read Full Post ]

  • March 26, 2014

    An Easy Way to Turn Your Bird Dog into a Shed Hunter

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    By Tony J. Peterson

    Ten years ago it would have been difficult to find anyone who used a dog to hunt shed antlers. Today, not so much. Not only do shed dog breeders exist across the country, it’s also possible to visit your local sporting goods store and purchase training tools specifically designed to teach dogs to seek out and retrieve cast antlers.
       
    These tools, along with a basic understanding of how dogs go about finding bone, can be used to turn any dog into a shed antler hunter. This is especially true if you have an established bird hunter who happens to possess a strong retrieving drive. Better yet, this can all be done without dulling any of your dog’s finely honed bird hunting skills. [ Read Full Post ]

  • March 26, 2014

    Year-Round Wolf Season for Northern Idaho Residents

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    By Ben Romans

    The Idaho Department of Fish and Game has announced it will allow wolf hunting 365 days a year on private property in the state’s northern Clearwater Region, an area that stretches from the Salmon River to the Canadian Border.
     
    IDFG made the decision last week during its annual meeting on proposed changes for the upcoming hunting season. IDFG Clearwater Regional Supervisor Dave Cadwallader told the Associated Press the change was largely made to give landowners the ability to protect their property.
     
    “It gives them an opportunity to help themselves if that is what they need,” he said. “In the end, I don't think you are going to see an active hunting effort.” [ Read Full Post ]

  • March 25, 2014

    The Drone Report: Do Unmanned Aerial Systems Have a Place in Hunting and Fishing?

    By Michael R. Shea


    A still image taken from a drone scouting mission in the Northeast.

    Three years ago, Cy Brown mounted a $10,000 thermal-imaging camera to a $100 foam airplane and launched it over his neighbor’s cow pasture. The lifelong hunter and radio-controlled model plane builder had just graduated from the University of Louisiana at Layette in electrical engineering, but wasn’t sure his contraption would fly. As the plane gained elevation, the video feed cleared up. Little white hotspots of cattle stood out against the neon purple farmland.

    “Holy cow,” his buddy said. “We have our very own predator drone.” [ Read Full Post ]

  • March 25, 2014

    Nebraska Legislature Votes to Ban Mountain Lion Hunting

    By David Draper

    As a Nebraskan, I never thought I’d be writing a news story about our legislature passing an anti-hunting bill based purely on sentiment. But that’s what happened yesterday when the Unicameral sent LB 671 to Governor Heinemen’s desk. Sponsored by Senator Ernie Chambers of Omaha, the bill would repeal a law enacted last year that allowed controlled hunting of the state’s growing population of mountain lions under a closely monitored quota system. According to a news report from the U.S. Sportsman’s Alliance, LB671 sets the dangerous precedent of removing “the authority of the state’s wildlife management professionals in favor of anti-hunting politics.” [ Read Full Post ]

  • March 25, 2014

    New Hook Shots: Arizona Desert Madness

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    By Joe Cermele

    I swear it feels like I just tucked the cameras away for a long winter nap, and on the road I go again. In an effort to thwart this winter that continues to keep anti-depressant sales at an all-time high here in the Northeast, fellow F&S blogger Tim Romano and I dusted off our flip flops and booked a flight to sunny Arizona. The plan was to cash in on a moon phase that would provide some of the best sight-fishing for bass on Lake Havasu I was told I'd ever see...but plans change. Before we knew it, we spiraled into a week of hooking drag-screaming goldfish, consorting with nude book store owners, perusing endless bins of cheap cold medication, battling wills with very upset largemouths, and fishing the land of technicolor dream carp. One way or another, it's always a good time. Special shout out to the boys at The Hook Up Outfitters in Phoenix for helping turn this dream into a weirder dream. Enjoy the show.

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  • March 25, 2014

    5 Tips for Venison Hamburger Steaks

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    By David Draper

    Much in the same way minute steaks were an instrumental part of my family’s dinners, so too did hamburger steaks make a regular appearance on the plates of my childhood. Of course, they were almost exclusively served a la Salisbury style, smothered in onions, mushrooms and thick brown gravy. I’m not ashamed to admit my busy mom sometimes served us Salisbury steak Hungry Man TV dinners, which we quickly learned not to complain about.

    Like the minute steak, hamburger steaks somehow slipped out of my culinary ken until I stopped by my sister’s place a while back, and she and her husband were eating hamburger steaks simmered in chili beans and topped with salsa. [ Read Full Post ]

  • March 25, 2014

    Better Bait: How to Keep Crayfish Alive For Weeks

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    By Joe Cermele

    Crayfish are one of my favorite live baits for smallmouth bass in late spring and throughout summer. Rather than catch them as needed, I like to keep a few dozen on hand for impromptu floats down the river or short trips to a local stream. Unlike some other live baits, crayfish are very easy to keep and don't require a large fish tank with a filtration system. If you've got a drill and a large rectangular plastic storage container with a lid (the kind you might store sweaters in), you can keep crayfish for weeks in the garage or basement. [ Read Full Post ]

  • March 25, 2014

    Video: Off-Duty Policeman Frees Deer Stuck on Fence

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    By Ben Romans

    An Attleboro, Mass., family rescued a whitetail deer that wedged its hind legs between the slats of a backyard fence, pinning its chest and head to the ground.
     
    Grant Kelley, 7, said the encounter started Saturday when Dixie, the family dog, wouldn’t stop barking in the backyard. He went outside and immediately noticed something on the fence. [ Read Full Post ]

  • March 25, 2014

    Video: School of Sharks Follow Boat to Eat Chum in Australia

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    By Ben Romans

    While chumming near northern Australia’s Gulf of Carpentaria, these fishermen attracted quite a crowd when countless sharks answered the call of the dinner bell. As the men motored away, someone captured underwater footage of the predators following en masse, eating the leftovers along the way. [ Read Full Post ]

  • March 25, 2014

    8 Early Spring Streamer Tactics

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    By Tim Romano

    One of my favorite ways to fish for trout is by throwing streamers. I'm a total sucker for it. Whether that's out of a boat or walking down a bank, there's nothing quite like that big tug you get when fishing those bigger baitfish and leech patterns for trout. Heck, even if you aren't landing fish you at least get the satisfaction of the swipes, tugs and long follows. That's why utilizing a streamer might just be your best bet for some action early in the season. Typically the water is higher and colder, and less insects are hatching — making a streamer pattern an easy choice for its simplicity. Just don't fish it like you would in the middle of the summer or early fall. Here are eight tips that are sure to help improve your fishing with the big bugs this spring. [ Read Full Post ]

  • March 24, 2014

    Does Your Camo Match?

    By Phil Bourjaily

    I don’t do redneck often, but my turkey gun is an exception. It’s an 870 Super Mag with a Mossy Oak Break-Up stock. The rest is well-worn Realtree APG camo. To top it off, the sling is Avery KW-1, a camo pattern meant for waterfowl hunting.

    Which brings up the question: Does your camo match? Since the parts of my gun don’t even match, I’m going to have to admit my camo doesn’t match very often. Some people, however, are obsessive about having everything in the latest pattern, and all of it the same. [ Read Full Post ]

  • March 24, 2014

    How to Train a Bird Dog in Your Living Room

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    By David DiBenedetto


    Photo by Denver Bryan/Images on the Wildside

    Not too long ago many trainers believed that bringing a young gun dog in the house would ruin its nose and its passion for the field. Thankfully, that notion has since been shot down. Mike Stewart of Wild Rose Kennels in Oxford, Miss., understands that most gun dogs spend the majority of their life at the foot of the easy chair. Here are his rules to ensure your four-legged hunting partner amounts to more than a warm-blooded couch cushion. [ Read Full Post ]

  • March 24, 2014

    SxS Review: 2014 Yamaha Viking

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    By Lance Schwartz

    2014 Yamaha Viking
    MSRP: Starts at $11,500

    After spending an eventful day trail riding and rock crawling California’s wonderful San Bernardino National Forest in the 2014 Yamaha Viking, there's no question the new Viking is a significant improvement over the decommissioned Rhino it now replaces. The all-new model is the most powerful, comfortable, and capable SxS Yamaha has ever produced. [ Read Full Post ]

  • March 24, 2014

    Hunting Gear: Screwing Up

    By David E. Petzal

    One of the things I will go to my grave without knowing is, why is so much hunting equipment put on the market with obvious flaws? Is no one paying attention? Last week I attempted to mount a scope on a new rimfire rifle and found that when the scope was correctly positioned, the objective-lens bell collided with the rear sight. The rear sight folded down, but that didn’t help. The only way the scope would fit was if I punched the rear sight out of its slot, leaving a gaping hole, or used high rings, which are an affront to God, Man, and the Principles of Good Marksmanship.

    Did no one think: “If we put rear sight there, it get in way of scope. How about we cut slot one inch closer to muzzle?” That would have solved the problem, but it was apparently beyond whoever designed the rifle. [ Read Full Post ]

  • March 24, 2014

    Why Bass Boat Safety Procedures Must Be Automatic

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    By Dave Wolak

    Take a look at the video below. It's a scary scene recently shot by a news chopper on Claremore Lake in Oklahoma. Both anglers in that bass boat were jerked out when they hit a submerged stump. One was pulled to safety, the other was not so lucky. Though we'll never be able to say this particular scenario was entirely avoidable, it's a warning for all of us to make safety precautions more habitual. We all make mistakes, but carelessness comes out too often with super-exhilarating experiences, like driving a bass boat at high speeds.

    [ Read Full Post ]

  • March 21, 2014

    Write Best Caption, Win a Cabela's Trail Camera

    By Scott Bestul

    Happy spring, and what better way to celebrate the (supposed end) end of a long, nasty winter than scoring a new trail camera? Sure bucks are weeks away from growing antlers, but if you’re like me, your trail cam use has become a year-round passion, so you might as well add another to your arsenal.

    What’s that? You don’t own a camera? Well, you can fix that right now. All you have to do is write the winning caption for this photo, and you can have any one of the three camera in the Cabela’s Outfitter Series ™ line. [ Read Full Post ]

  • March 21, 2014

    Wild Game Recipe: How Marinades Really Work

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    By David Draper

    For some reason, the go-to recipe for wild-game always starts with “Soak (insert game meat here) in Italian dressing for three days.” Seriously, how many times have you heard a hunter say this? This statement turned me off marinades for a long time and I have often mentioned on this blog I don’t use marinades. My stance on marinades has softened as I’ve come to value them for their ability to enhance the taste of wild game.

    One argument for using marinades is that they help tenderize tough meat. But this is probably the biggest misconception about using marinades, at least if you believe in science. According to a study done by Fine Cooking magazine, acidic marinades may, in fact, make meat tougher: [ Read Full Post ]

  • March 21, 2014

    Video: Mayfly Eggs Hatching a Minute After Being Laid 

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    By Tim Romano

    This is one of those got-to-see-it-to-believe-it videos.

    We all know that aquatic insects lay their eggs in water and many of us have seen them doing just that when we're out fishing. What I doubt is that any of us have seen this spectacle up close and in person though. Thanks to the Stroud Water Research Center and the wonders of YouTube, we can now. [ Read Full Post ]

  • March 21, 2014

    A Reel-Buying Tutorial From The "Pros" at eBay

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    By Joe Cermele

    Clearly this man is a diehard. So if you're shopping for a reel on eBay for an angler of his caliber, here are a few pointers. With any luck, the reel you buy won't have line put on it as poorly as this guy's stuff. Ugh. Have a great weekend, shoppers.

    [ Read Full Post ]

  • March 21, 2014

    How to Hunt Turkeys in the Backcountry

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    By Jace Bauserman

                          Photo: Bill Kinney

    Break out the backpack and camp out for a wilderness turkey this spring. The farther you go into the mountains or deep woods, the better your chances of not seeing other hunters—and of finding birds that have never been called. Here’s how to plan an overnight hunt, what to bring, and tactics for finding a gullible gobbler. [ Read Full Post ]

  • March 21, 2014

    Gunfight Friday: Lee Enfield vs Remington Model 14

    By Phil Bourjaily

    This week’s matchup is a couple of older rifles, and age is about all they have in common. Rob’s Remington Model 14 slide action in .35 Remington is a deer woods classic. MReeder’s Lee Enfield is a classic, too, of another kind.

    The Lee Enfield was England’s service rifle from 1895 to 1957. MReeder’s No. 4 Mk. 1 is of World War II vintage and, as he notes, this particular Lee Enfield was actually made in the United States by Savage. Although we think of the Lee Enfield as a battle rifle, it was also used as a hunting rifle throughout the British Empire. There’s no way of knowing, but the Lee Enfield may have accounted for more animals, and certainly more different kinds of animals, than any other rifle. [ Read Full Post ]

  • March 20, 2014

    Swift Fly Fishing Company Offers New Way to Build Custom Fly Rods

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    By Kirk Deeter


    Photo by Swift Fly Fishing via Instagram

    Given the popularity of the "take-and-bake" pizza, I figured it was only a matter of time before some fly rod companies embraced the concept. Sure, rod builders have always been able to order custom components and make their own creations. And some companies, like Scott, offer a custom shop where you can pick your own parts and the factory will build the rod for you. But now Swift Performance Fly Fishing, a New Zealand-based manufacturer of some of the world's best fiberglass rods, is actually taking that up another level.

    They’re offering anglers three options: you can pick your pieces and they'll build it and ship it to you; you can pick your blanks and components and they'll ship them in a kit so you build the rod yourself; or you can pick the parts and they'll ship them to a master rod builder in your country to have them build it for you. [ Read Full Post ]

  • March 20, 2014

    Tennessee Teens Snag Stolen $10,000 with Fishing Lure

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    By Ben Romans

    Two teenage boys recently made their catch of a lifetime when one of their Rat-L-Trap lures snagged a bag full of money. Mark Spicer and Dylan Crumbley thought they initially had a turtle latched on to the end of the line. They dragged the bag to shore, looked inside, and found $10,000 of red-stained bills, permanently damaged from an explosive dye pack, ABC affiliate WTVC reports.
     
    Amazingly, the boys were able to snag another sack of money from the same area while Rhea County Investigator Mike Owenby was on the scene to inspect the catch. The bags are likely loot from a botched robbery that took place last December. [ Read Full Post ]

  • March 20, 2014

    Bass Fishing: How to Find the Hottest Bite on the Lake

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    By Don Wirth


    Photo: Eric Engbretson

    To find the hottest bass bite this month, launch the boat and motor north. “Cold northerly winds blow right across the north shore and hit with greatest severity on the lake’s opposite side,” says Tennessee bass pro David Walker. “As a result, the north side’s water temperature can be from 5 to 10 degrees warmer than elsewhere in the lake. This is a huge drawing card for bass, because in early spring, they’ll always gravitate to the warmest water they can find.” [ Read Full Post ]