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  • Kayak Culture

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

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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.

  • The Real Fly Girls

    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?

  • Small-Stream Smallies

    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

  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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 ]

  • March 20, 2014

    How to Teach a Kid to Turkey Hunt

    By Phil Bourjaily

    Photo: Wyatt Bradford Barrett, 8, Florida

    A couple of years ago, on a plane returning home from Texas, I sat next to a 7-year-old boy who had just added a Rio Grande to his Osceola, putting him halfway through his turkey Grand Slam. Whether a 7-year-old is mature enough to understand a Grand Slam—or even killing a turkey—is a question for another time. What’s undeniable is that many kids now get their introduction to hunting in the turkey woods.

    My generation started with .410s and squirrels, but we didn’t have any choice: There weren’t any turkeys. Now they’re everywhere, and most states hold youth seasons before the regular season. Many adults are more interested in turkey hunting than in small game anyway, and that’s how their kids learn the sport. [ Read Full Post ]

  • March 20, 2014

    Tired Of Ice Fishing? 4 Million Pounds Of Steel Will Open That Water Right Up

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    By Joe Cermele

    As many of you already know, the Great Lakes had a record amount of ice this year thanks to the extreme cold of this nasty winter. Well, the shipping industry has been sitting idle long enough. Time for the U.S. Coast Guard to step in. This video gives you a close-up view of how one of their cutters just obliterates ice that's five feet thick in some places, which sometimes requires the 4 million-pound ship to back up and go full-on ramming speed. Pretty wild. Why wait for spring when the Coasties can just make it for you?

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  • March 20, 2014

    Tactical Rifles

    By David E. Petzal

    When I was in the Army, I was once herded to a class on anti-tank weapons, during the course of which the instructor repeatedly used the phrase “neutralize the enemy.” Someone asked the sergeant what “neutralize” meant. The sergeant smiled a slow and beautiful smile and said: “You’ll blow the living s**t out of him.” 

    “Neutralize” was a euphemism, and so is “tactical.” A tactical rifle is a firearm designed for shooting people in a precise manner, as opposed to New York City Police Department doctrine, which is to empty the magazine as fast as you can in the general direction of everything standing and hope for the best. 

    If a gun company were to announce its new model so-and-so people-shooting rifle there would be hell to pay. So the easy way out is to simply call the gun a tactical rifle and everyone is happy. [ Read Full Post ]

  • March 20, 2014

    Hooded Vandal Dumps Elk Urine Into Car Ventilation

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    By Ben Romans

    A surveillance camera outside John Lindgren’s home in Portland, Ore., recently filmed a hooded person pouring elk urine into his car’s ventilation system, OregonLive.com reports.

    The vandal emptied two containers of frothy liquid at the base of the windshield. Lindgren, a manager for United Grain Corp., a wheat exporting company, wrote in a crime report that he believes he is being targeted by members of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union because of his involvement in an ongoing labor dispute with them. [ Read Full Post ]

  • March 19, 2014

    Shotgun Review: Franchi Aspire

    By Phil Bourjaily


    Photo courtesy of JJ Reich

    A shootable 28 gauge built on a true 28 gauge frame is a wonderful thing, and hard to find in the U.S. market, too. The discontinued Ruger Red Label 28 is one example. It was a great upland gun, but most 28s you see are built on 20 gauge frames.*

    Franchi’s Aspire O/U is a true 28. It’s built on the same action as the 12 and 20 gauge Franchi Instinct O/Us (also the same action used by a whole raft of Italian O/Us) but trimmed down to 28 gauge proportions. [ Read Full Post ]

  • March 19, 2014

    Fat-Washing Whiskey is Apparently a Thing Now

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    By David Draper

    Forgive me if I’m late getting on to the fat-washing bandwagon, but it takes a little while for hip trends like skinny jeans, ironic mustaches, and greasy drinks to reach those of us who choose to live out here in the sticks. Maybe you’re like me and never heard the term “fat-washing” before today, so let me try to explain it to you. The process involves taking perfectly good liquor and mixing it with some type of fat. Rugged folks use things like pork fat and bacon, while more subtle tenders of the bar opt for the oils of olives, nuts, and seeds. The grease-slicked spirit is then placed in the freezer where the fat solidifies so it can be strained of skimmed off the top, leaving behind a spirit infused with another layer of flavor. For a more detailed explanation of the process, check out this recipe for venison-fat infused whiskey over at Foodbeast. [ Read Full Post ]

  • March 19, 2014

    California Drought: Salmon Stocks Might Get Shipped to Sea

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    By David Draper

    As it’s been said, desperate times call for desperate measures. The ongoing drought in California has made conditions beyond desperate for salmon stocks (as well as plenty of other fish and game). As a result, hatchery managers there are planning to give salmon smolts a lift by transferring them via water trucks to the ocean if water levels in the Sacramento River drop below a pre-determined level, the Sacramento Bee reports:

    “[S]tate and federal wildlife officials announced a plan to move hatchery-raised salmon by truck in the event the state’s ongoing drought makes the Sacramento River and its tributaries inhospitable for the fish. They fear the rivers could become too shallow and warm to sustain salmon trying to migrate to sea on their own. Shrunken habitat could deplete food supply for the young fish, and make them easier prey for predators. It also would make the water warmer, which can be lethal to salmon. [ Read Full Post ]

  • March 19, 2014

    Is It Bait Or Alien Spawn From A Far-Away Galaxy?

    By Joe Cermele

    A German lure maker called Fresh Bait recently posted a video about their new biodegradable, edible soft-plastic lures made purely from an organic, protein-rich gelatin. I was going to post that video, but then I found this one. The same company sells kits to make these maggot-filled gel balls. They're intended for carp, but I bet a bruiser brown or steelhead would slurp one up faster than my dog lunges for a fallen Dorito crumb. On another note, is that not the creepiest, most alien-like bait you've ever seen? Looks like something Ellen Ripley would have torched with a flame thrower.

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  • March 19, 2014

    Whitetails By the Numbers: A Snapshot of Our Sport

    By Scott Bestul

    As some of you know, I attended the inaugural QDMA Whitetail Summit early this month at Big Cedar Lodge outside Branson, Missouri. I listened to an all-star lineup of speakers, who presented a dizzying amount of information about deer. To be honest, I’m still digesting it all. 

    In the meantime, while going through my notes, I jotted down a bunch of facts and figures that jumped out at me. Compiled from different lectures spread across three days of meetings, some of these numbers are positive, some are just puzzling, and several are downright troubling. Together, they reveal an interesting snapshot of the state of whitetail hunting today. Here they are: 

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  • March 19, 2014

    Video: The Ultimate Turkey Hunting Bike

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    By Will Brantley

    I can’t tell you how many times I’ve read to “take a mountain bike turkey hunting.” It’s a great idea in theory that rarely pans out in real life, due largely to the limitations of the bike itself. 

    The tires on a typical bike are too skinny to maintain balance at slow speed, much less get traction on a sloppy springtime trail. There’s nowhere really good to carry your gun or bow, and riding while wearing a turkey vest is difficult. Most mountain bikes are painted in gaudy colors, too. That’s OK if you’re a spandex-wearing granola cruncher (or just riding for fun), but turkeys do not like bright, shiny things. Usually, you’re just as well off to walk. [ Read Full Post ]

  • March 19, 2014

    Suckers: Fishing for Spring’s Most Overlooked Species

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    By M.D. Johnson


    Photo by Bill Lindner

    Suckers are a spring thing. As water temps rise into the 50s, the fish begin their spawning runs into shallow tributary streams. Here, males scoop out rudimentary nests and await the females. Both white and redhorse suckers will measure up to 24 inches and weigh from 1 to 4 pounds. [ Read Full Post ]

  • March 19, 2014

    How to Get Your Dog in Hunting Shape During the Off-Season

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    By Slaton L. White


    Photo by Bill Buckley

    Though waterfowl season is months away, you need to think now about a training regimen for your dog. As a diehard waterfowler, Total Outdoorsman Challenge competitor Scot Marcin knows all about keeping a retriever in shape. “You’re asking the dog to sit with you in a blind when it’s 20 degrees and jump into icy water to retrieve. He’s got to be in shape to do that,” Marcin says. Here are tips designed to ensure your dog is ready to hunt when you are. [ Read Full Post ]

  • March 18, 2014

    A Run-and-Gun Turkey Hunt Through the Nebraska Sandhills

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    By T. Edward Nickens

                      Photos by: Dusan Smetana

    We were trapped, caught between the cedar-choked ravine we’d just clawed up and a huge sweep of grassy meadow a bobcat could barely slink through. No way this was going to work, I thought.

    “Go! Go!” I hissed. “We gotta get in front of these birds!”

    And just like that, Nathan Borowski was gone. He didn’t hesitate a second—just gripped his shotgun like a firehouse pole and dropped down the face of the ridge luge-style, feet first and streamlined. As he slid under a scary latticework of cedar limbs, my mouth hung open. Then his buddy, Wes Remmer, followed suit and hurtled down the slope from zero to man-that-has-to-hurt in two seconds flat. A contrail of pine needles and Nebraska dust marked their free fall—that and the sound of cracking limbs. [ Read Full Post ]

  • March 18, 2014

    Float the Colorado River from Home via Google Street View

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    By Tim Romano

    Last week Google and American Rivers announced a partnership that brings Google's "Street View" to a river. Specifically, they're working on the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon. For the first time ever you can ride through all 286 miles of the chasm in 360-degree photo spheres without leaving your house.

    While part of me hates this, I understand what a powerful tool it is. How many of us are ever going to raft down the entire length of the one of the most amazing canyons in the world? I would guess a small percentage. It's certainly at the top of my bucket list, but until then you can bet I'll be taking a tour of the rapids and my future camp sites via Google. [ Read Full Post ]

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