Please Sign In

Please enter a valid username and password
  • Log in with Facebook
» Not a member? Take a moment to register
» Forgot Username or Password

Why Register?
Signing up could earn you gear (click here to learn how)! It also keeps offensive content off our site.

TOP STORIES

  • Kayak Culture

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

  • What's Next

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

  • Best Reader Photos, March

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

  • Bowfishing Gear

    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.

  • Bowfishing Rigs Test

    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.

  • Early-Season Streamer Tactics

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

 

Top Picks

  • March 13, 2014

    Extremely Rare White Marlin Caught in Costa Rica

    8

    By David Draper

    Earlier this week, Karen Weaver, from New York, hooked and landed an all-white blue marlin while fishing out of Los Suenos, Costa Rica. She was fishing aboard the 43-foot Spanish Fly and fight lasted an hour. Weaver, along with her husband Bob, Captain Juan Carlos Zamora and mates Carlos Espinoza Jimenez and Roberto Salinas, quickly realized they had something special on the line when the fish made a series of several jumps, many of which were caught on camera. [ Read Full Post ]

  • March 12, 2014

    5 Ways to Use Venison Minute Steaks

    7

    By David Draper

    The other day I pulled this package of meat from our freezer—a steak that had been given to us by my girlfriend T. Rebel’s dad from the cow elk he shot last fall. The label instantly transported me back more than 30 years. I hadn’t heard the phrase “minute steak” since my childhood, when it meant a round steak smothered in canned tomatoes, onions, and green peppers served over rice, best known in the Draper household as Swiss steak. I don’t know why the Swiss get blamed for this classic concoction of busy mothers everywhere, but I’m betting it’s a dish familiar to any American who grew up anytime between 1950 and 1990. [ Read Full Post ]

  • March 12, 2014

    The Secret to Better Casting With Your Non-Dominant Hand

    By Kirk Deeter

    I can think of many situations where being somewhat ambidextrous as a caster can pay off in a big way.  

    Say you're left-handed and fishing your way upstream along a left bank. When you want to pop casts around the bushes that protrude into the water (where the fish often are), it would be better to use your right hand than reach across your body with your left. [ Read Full Post ]

  • March 12, 2014

    7 Reasons Why a Machete is the Only Multitool You Really Need

    By Shane Townsend


    Photo by Gorman Studio

    If I could have only one tool, it’d be a machete. People around the world have long relied on the machete, kukri (shown here), and other close kin to hunt, fish, farm, build, process food, and fashion all types of tools. Every machete has at least seven smaller tools built into it. Your creativity and practice will unlock the full utility of each, but here’s a start. [ Read Full Post ]

  • March 12, 2014

    If a Fishing Hook is Stuck in Your Throat, Rice and Water Will Not Remove It

    7

    By Joe Cermele

    Came across this news snippet in the China Post about a Taiwanese woman that bit off a little more than she could chew while having a fresh fish dinner. According to the story, "after having a few bites the woman stated she felt extreme pain in her throat, and was rushed to the hospital." Turns out she had swallowed the hook her grandson used the catch the fish earlier, along with 5 inches of line still tied to said hook. I have questions.

    [ Read Full Post ]

  • March 12, 2014

    What Happens To Dead Eagles?

    9

    By David Draper

    I have to admit, I’ve never wondered what happens to dead eagles. I guess I’ve never seen a dead eagle so it’s just not something that crossed my mind, but when I came across this blog post from NebraskaLand magazine, I had to click on it. [ Read Full Post ]

  • March 11, 2014

    Fear and Loathing in Connecticut

    By David E. Petzal

     

    In my post of October 21 of last year, I pointed out that there were similarities between the catastrophic debut of Obamacare and the law requiring registration of AR-type firearms foisted on the Nutmeg State shortly after the shooting at Newtown in December 2012. Healthcare.gov. seemed to have been put together by Moe, Larry, and Curly, and today, despite fixes to the website and all manner of backtracking by Obama & Co., only 11 percent of new enrollees are citizens who didn’t have health care before.

    Why? In addition to good old American mismanagement, Congress miscalculated how people would react. 

    [ Read Full Post ]

  • March 11, 2014

    Ice Castle Maker Adds New Factory to Meet Increasing Demand

    0

    By Phil Bourjaily

    Here is one positive effect from the endless winter of 2013-2014: there will be more Ice Castles on midwestern lakes next year. American Surplus and Manufacturing, the Montevideo, Minn., maker of these RV-style luxury ice houses, is expanding to a second factory in the face of increased demand.

    “Ice fishing is just hot right now,” Mike Nussman, president of the American Sportfishing Association, told StarTribune. “[It] has certainly had some decent growth. In past winters, when we had warm weather, all my ice fishing guys were singing the blues and saying, ‘The world will end.’ But this year, they are all like, ‘Yes! Let’s expand.’” [ Read Full Post ]

  • March 11, 2014

    Indiana Fails to Pass Amendment That Would Protect Hunting and Fishing

    2

    By Phil Bourjaily

    Seventeen states have passed amendments to protect hunting and fishing. Indiana has been trying to pass a similar “right to hunt and fish” amendment since 1998 and once again, the measure has faltered.

    State Senator Brent Steele, (R-Bedford) says the amendment is more than symbolic.

    “There are people that don’t believe you ought to hunt or fish. We need protection from them,” he told reporter.net. [ Read Full Post ]

  • March 11, 2014

    Turkey Hunting Tips: How to Ready a Glass Call

    0

    By M.D. Johnson


    Photos by Luke Nilsson, Turkey photo by Sam Zierke/Windigo Images

    Take on this little project before turkey season starts: Get your glass call ready for natural yelps, clucks, and purrs. Here's how to do it the right way. [ Read Full Post ]

  • March 11, 2014

    Wild Game Recipe: Rabbit Sott'olio

    1

    By Jonathan Miles


    Photo by Johnny Miller

    Craig Wallen, the chef at New York City’s ’Cesca restaurant, does an amazing thing with rabbit: Employing an old Italian method of preserving meats and vegetables called sott’olio, he submerges rabbits in oil and slow-cooks them until the meat is tender and rich. Then he dresses the warm meat in a salad for a perfect counterbalance. The only difficult part of this recipe is pouring that much oil into a pot—but it’s worth it. Be sure to fish the garlic out of the oil for later: Spread the cloves on toasted bread for a killer snack. [ Read Full Post ]

  • March 11, 2014

    Caption Contest: Sage 2250 Fly Reel Winner Announced

    4

    By Tim Romano

    This last caption contest was a popular one with you folks. I gotta say it was a very tough choice to pick who won the Sage 2250 Fly Reel. There were so many entries that made me laugh. Some of my favorites are below, but I have to give the reel to BEich0117, who wrote: "Hey Bob, check it out!" "that sucker took the bait hook, line, and sinker."

    Congrats, BEIch0117! Shoot me an e-mail at tim@anglingtrade.com with your mailing address and I'll get you hooked up.

    Here are some of the others that got my goat… [ Read Full Post ]

  • March 11, 2014

    Singing Big Mouth Billy Bass Thwarts Robbery

    2

    By Joe Cermele

    When the singing Big Mouth Billy Bass first popped up on shelves at every Wal-Mart, Target, Bass Pro, K-Mart, truck stop, and Stucky's in America, all I can remember thinking was Oh God, please don't let anyone buy me one of those. Thankfully, no one ever did. And as far as I know, the owner of Hooked On Fishing Bait & Tackle in Rochester, Minn., is the only guy who is genuinely glad someone picked him up a Billy. Watch the video and you'll see why. [ Read Full Post ]

  • March 11, 2014

    ATV Maintenance: 5 Tips for a Better and Smoother Ride

    0

    By Rick Sosebee


    CC image from Flickr

    Many maintenance items often get overlooked when an ATV is being prepared for the riding season. Most are simple things that can make a huge difference during an epic ride. Here are some things to pay extra attention to when your machine is still in the garage. [ Read Full Post ]

  • March 11, 2014

    How to Purr with a Diaphragm Turkey Call

    0

    By Will Brantley

    http://ak.c.ooyala.com/FvajU1bDpYy_Hm1ps5H7jw4iwHV65ryy/PE3O6Z9ojHeNSk7H4xMDoxOjBzMTt2bJ

    A mouth call’s versatility is tough to beat, and the hands-free operation is a huge asset when turkeys are in close. But it’s unquestionably the most difficult type of call to master, especially when it comes to the subtle sounds, like clucks and purrs. Both sounds require soft, controlled air flow to replicate, but it can be difficult to blow the average mouth call that softly while still vibrating the reeds enough to make noise. [ Read Full Post ]

  • March 10, 2014

    Poll: Rank Hot-Button Issues for Whitetail Hunters

    1

    By Scott Bestul

    I just returned from the Quality Deer Management Association’s first-ever Whitetail Summit, held at Big Cedar Lodge near Branson, Mo. More than 200 hunters, property owners, biologists, researchers, and industry representatives braved a freak early-spring snow-and-ice storm to attend this inaugural event and discuss the hunting, management, and future of whitetail deer. It was a great forum.

    Over the last couple of decades or so, we’ve reaped the benefits of the whitetail boom, but now many factors indicate that the bubble has burst, or is at least bursting. With that in mind, on the Summit’s second day, attendees divided into stakeholder groups (including Academia/Research, Hunters, Industry, Landowners/Managers, Non-Governmental Organizations, and State/Provincial Agencies) and each set out to identify the most important issues and challenges facing whitetail deer and deer hunting.  [ Read Full Post ]

  • March 10, 2014

    What's the Strangest Thing You've Ever Eaten?

    By David Draper

    A few weeks ago I was up in Milwaukee, speaking about food at the 2014 Pheasant Fest. I ate plenty of good food while I was there, and had a couple beers of course, but by far and away the best meal I had was at Hinterland. I can’t recommend it enough. Along with Hank Shaw and several friends from Pheasants Forever, we were lucky enough to secure the chef’s table, and gave ourselves to the whims of Chef Dan Van Rite and the rest of his staff.

    After an initial appetizer of roasted Brussels sprouts, I don’t think we saw another vegetable for about eight, or maybe nine, courses. Instead, we got salami, beef heart tartare, oysters, elk loin and I don’t even remember what else. It was all amazing and by the end I was in physical pain from the food, drink, and laughter we enjoyed over several hours.

    One thing I did not get while I was there, but was featured on the menu, was the Pan Seared Duck Testes. [ Read Full Post ]

  • March 10, 2014

    Waterfowl Shooting: Effective Range of Steel Shot

    By Phil Bourjaily

    Since we have been talking about long- and short-range waterfowl shooting lately, there has been some faint praise and some downright criticism of steel among the comments. It’s true that steel isn’t as effective as lead, but I really believe there is a lot of selective memory among hunters old enough to recall the days of lead. People crippled and sailed plenty of birds back then, too.

    Even HeviShot, which is arguably deadlier than any lead load ever made, doesn’t kill everything it hits stone dead. Last season I had to make a 600-yard retrieve on a goose I hit hard with HeviShot 2s. I centered another bird at 15 yards over the decoys with HeviShot 4s only to have the bird hit the ground and then get up and try to walk away. That doesn’t happen often with HeviShot, but it happens. [ Read Full Post ]

  • March 10, 2014

    Video: Hunter Shoots Charging Boar at Point-Blank Range

    By Ben Romans

    If you’ve ever had an up-close-and-personal encounter with an angry wild boar, you know the business end of their tusks are no joke. Fortunately for a hunter in a recent video posted on LiveLeak, quick reflexes and good aim saved him from finding that lesson out firsthand.

    According to the poster’s description, the incident occurred in Sweden. As the hunter stands post, scanning the terrain for movement and seemingly ready to react at any moment, a wild pig charges from his blind side. The man barely has time to react, but hits his mark, and likely saved himself from serious injury.

    [ Read Full Post ]

  • March 10, 2014

    New Trout Fishing Boat: Raft or Drift?

    By Kirk Deeter

    Many of you know that my partner Tim Romano is a rowing fool. He has a handful of boats, from inflatables to an old wooden dory (drift boat) he is restoring. Tim has let me row his boats over the years. I've borrowed a number of others and I’ve had a small inflatable raft and whitewater canoe for many years now, so I feel pretty comfortable behind the oars (or with a paddle).

    Now that my son is 13 years old and taking a strong interest in rowing himself, I'm vowing to make this the year when I step up in class and get a new boat. But I am still on the fence as to what type I should get. Should I get a drift boat or a raft with a frame? Your advice would be appreciated. Here’s some baseline information to help you guide me: [ Read Full Post ]

  • March 10, 2014

    A Jig Trick Sure To Score More Ice-Out Bass

    3

    By Dave Wolak

    For many bass anglers, ice-off is both cause for celebration and frustration. Yes, you can launch the boat again, but now you’ve got to manipulate bass in frigid water into biting. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: location is the most important part of bass fishing. You have to be where they are first. But if there is ever a time to think more critically about lure selection, it’s just after the ice melts. Some anglers have a habit of being so gung-ho when the season starts that they fish too aggressively. What I’ve noticed is that there are baits that get a handful of bites this time of year, and a few that get consistent bites. I’m going to tell you about the one that works best for me, and how to tone down your approach to make it produce for you while the other guy is fiercely ripping a crankbait, hoping for that first big slam of the season.

    [ Read Full Post ]

  • March 10, 2014

    Book Reviews: 'Mastering the Art of Long-Range Shooting' and 'Metallic Cartridge Handloading'

    7

    By David E. Petzal

    While pondering what the Rockwell hardness of the ice on my driveway might be, I was smitten by a blinding flash of insight—I will write two book reviews for Gun Nuts. (My best guess about the ice is Rc 70-72, and if any of you are concerned about the connection between ice hardness and book reviews, save it.)

    Mastering the Art of Long-Range Shooting, by Wayne van Zwoll
    You may be so sick of long range by now that you’d like to hurl on my Mac keyboard, but the fact remains that if you hunt enough you’ll eventually be faced with the choice of making a long shot or going home to eat your own spleen. There are books and Internet articles in profusion on this subject, but the ones I’ve seen are oriented toward competitive and tactical riflemen, and not toward hunters, and the authors almost immediately get into Heavy Math, which is about as comprehensible to most people as the workings of a cyclotron.

    Dr. van Zwoll has written for hunters and made the subject comprehensible to the math-challenged and his approach is anecdotal. (I find it very interesting that he calls his book the art of long-range shooting rather than the science because when all is said and done it still is an art.) Wayne’s attitude is worth commenting on. In talking to me about the book he said, “I can shoot at long range but I prefer to get close. I’m a hunter.” [ Read Full Post ]

  • March 10, 2014

    Bluegill Fishing: How to Catch Prespawn Slabs

    5

    By Will Brantley


    Photo by Tim Romano

    If nothing fires you up like a bug-eyed, plate-size freak of a panfish, then you need to be on the water now—and try these prespawn trophy-slab tactics.

    As fishing goes, it doesn't get much easier than filling a bucket with summertime sunnies. But to stack up honest-to-goodness slab panfish—titty bream, elephant perch, and the like—now is the time.

    [ Read Full Post ]

  • March 7, 2014

    U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Opens More Refuges to Hunting and Fishing

    5

    By David Draper

    Earlier this week, America’s sportsmen and women got permission from Uncle Sam to hunt and fish on thousands of additional acres of public land. According to a recent press release from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 26 National Wildlife Refuges will either be opened up to hunting and fishing for the first time or have opportunities expanded. Currently, regulated hunting is allowed on more the 335 wildlife refuges, while anglers can fish on more than 271 different complexes within the National Wildlife Refuge system. [ Read Full Post ]

  • March 7, 2014

    Food Fight Friday: The Last Supper

    By David Draper

    When Field & Stream Deputy Editor Colin Kearns suggested a weekly post pitting food photo against food photo, I never thought it would make a successful three-year run, but that’s just what happened. Each week since April 1, 2011, a few Field & Stream staff members—and lots of loyal Wild Chef readers—have raised their hands when I asked the question:

    “Who wants to fight?”

    We had many epic battles among Wild Chef readers. MaxPower, SMC1986, Levi Banks, KoldKut, and Neil Selbicky, among others, regularly showed their chops in the kitchen or on the grill, and continually inspired me with new ideas about cooking wild game. Along the way we learned there were few keys to victory, what I called the Three B’s: backstrap, bacon and beer. If a picture featured one of those three things, it was likely to win. If it happened to have all three, the photo was a lock. [ Read Full Post ]

bmxbiz-fs