May 9, 2008
It took me a couple of years of doing it the hard way, but once I started treating my food plots with chemical herbicides I couldn’t live without them. They keep your plots growing strong and can double (or even triple) the life of a perennial food plot like clover or a clover chicory mix. They are best applied when things green up and are growing strong which in most parts of deer country is now. [ Read Full Post ]
If you have a little space to grow some plants, you can get a lot of enjoyment and even some medicinal relief from growing your own remedies. While these should never take the place of professional medical care, it’s nice to have a sense that you are not helpless, should you end up having to fend for yourself. This is a list of 10 great plants that you can pick up now at home improvement stores and garden centers, and set out as your own personal medicine garden. [ Read Full Post ]
Here’s your chance to ask anything you want of high-level African hunting officials. Outdoor Life Editor Andrew McKean has arranged an interview with Namibia’s Secretary of State, Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah next month in Namibia.
Nandi-Ndaitwah was previously the country’s Minister of Environment and Tourism and during her term in that office she promoted the concept of selective and ethical hunting as the primary wildlife management tool in the southwestern Africa nation. [ Read Full Post ]
The tactical shotgun is perhaps the least understood firearm used for defense or competition. The skills and techniques employed for shooting a rifle or handgun are extremely similar, and for most shooters it’s easy to learn one if you have mastered the other. But the shotgun requires a much different technique.
There are two approaches. One is to shoot purely from a tactical aspect, using sights for every shot. But that limits what you can do and how fast you can do it. The other aspect is to learn to shoot a shotgun the way it is designed to be shot. That is, to learn wingshooting techniques and apply them to tactical shooting.
Tactical shotgun shooting for competition or defense is a multifaceted thing. But the bottom line is that the better and faster you can shoot it, the higher the odds are for victory. [ Read Full Post ]
All but 10 of Colorado's 64 elected county sheriffs have signed onto a lawsuit filed on May 17 in U.S. District Court in Denver challenging the Constitutionality and practicality of new state laws mandating universal background checks for private firearms transactions and limiting magazine capacities to 15 rounds.
The two laws, set to go into effect on June 1, were approved Colorado's Democratic-controlled state Legislature earlier this year. The lawsuit seeks to delay implementation of the laws pending review of the sheriffs' concerns. [ Read Full Post ]
How do you get a black bear down from a tree? Leave it alone and let it climb down … or, you tranquilize it and tether it to a crane.
This from Business Times: "According to the Colorado Springs Fire Department, a female black bear climbed and got stuck in a tree Sunday morning, though residents did not notice the bear until about 3 p.m. that day.
That’s when the fire department and officers from the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Department were called in to subdue the bear."
The first attempt to tranquilize the bear failed, and the bear climbed even higher up the tree. Five hours later, with a crowd of locals gathered round, the bear was finally sedated and hauled from the tree by a crane. [ Read Full Post ]
With our wounded economy limping along as pathetically as a run-over possum, and no apparent relief in sight, you might be wondering if you can afford to buy emergency supplies and survival gear right now. Car and home payments, light bills and groceries do seem to have most of our attention these days. But does this mean that we just forget about preparedness? Or put off our purchases until “better times?” What if there are no “better times” ahead?
Most often, if you really want something, you’ll find a way to make it happen. So let me offer five ways to come up with the cash and five high-value/low-cost preps. [ Read Full Post ]
Uber-liberal HBO 'Real Time' host Bill Maher has never been vague in expressing his contempt for the Second Amendment and gun owners.
But it wasn't until the Friday, May 18, segment of 'Real Time' that viewers learned that Maher, like so many left-wing elitists, doesn't think the same laws that apply to you apply to him.
While mocking the Constitution and Bill of Rights during a panel discussion with documentary filmmaker Michael Moore, Andrew Ross Sorkin of The New York Times and MSNBC’s S.E. Cupp, Maher criticized the failed Manchin-Toomey expanded background checks bill because it prohibited a national gun registry. [ Read Full Post ]
From Florida to Texas, walking a topwater bait offer one of the most exciting and effective tactics for nabbing speckled trout. We all have our favorites, but savvy anglers will keep a diverse selection handy to offer not only color options, but also size and sound choices.
When a full-size topwater like the MirrOlure Top Dog or Heddon Super Spook entices a strike, it's usually the trout you want. However, even the big fish occasionally shy away from large baits, so it's important to have a smaller version of the bait that's been working. [ Read Full Post ]
The ability to communicate with your friends, family, and loved ones anytime, anywhere is one of the most undervalued features of the modern world. When an emergency cuts off this ability, we can be caught off guard and out of the loop if we are unable to reach out to those we wish to contact.
There are a few things that can help us, if we should find ourselves in this disorienting situation. [ Read Full Post ]
Residents of Weston, MA have no trouble understanding that their homes were built in an area that supports a sizeable population of whitetails.
Understanding that the deer population has just one predator willing to control it, however, is proving to be wicked haahd.
Just a year ago, the Weston Conservation Commission passed a law allowing bowhunting for whitetails on Town-owned land. Weston, which is located just outside of Boston and touts its “quiet, country-like setting” on its website, has an issue not unlike those facing thousands of other communities where homes are landscaped with deer food and built so that there are small pockets of undeveloped land between homes, thus creating ideal deer habitat. The area has way too many deer. [ Read Full Post ]
Along with my mouth calls, a sweet David Halloran slate-over-glass pot call, and a lightweight run-and-gun turkey vest, my most essential turkey tool includes a bright, compact binocular.
If that surprises you—if you figured I’d cite a shotgun or a special choke constriction or a decoy—then you probably aren’t killing as many gobblers as you should. That’s because you’re not seeing them.
The basis for using optics in any hunting situation is that you can’t kill what you can’t see, and acute vision is especially important in the spring turkey woods, where you need the ability to scan distant field edges as well as close-quarters woodlots and leafy brush. [ Read Full Post ]
Todd Doebler hails from the big woods of northern Wisconsin, so when he went on his first Western big-game hunt—to western North Dakota’s badlands in 2008—he bought the best optics for the opportunity.
“I bought a Swarovski spotting scope, which proved almost too much glass for the hunt,” he said. Then a sort of buyer’s remorse kicked in. “Here, I spent $3,000 for an optic that I used for a week. I thought, there has to be a better way.”
What, he wondered, if he could rent premium optics for short-term events, like birding festivals and destination hunts. That is the origin story of his business, Optics4Rent, which loans premium binoculars and spotting scopes to sportsmen and women for a fraction of the cost of buying the optics. [ Read Full Post ]
Finding bass can sometimes be the easiest part of the fishing equation. When getting them to eat becomes an effort in futility, keep these bronzeback bon bons in mind. Here’s my lineup for the best smallmouth bass fishing lures ever made. Let us know in the comments section below if we left out your favorite smallie bait. [ Read Full Post ]
Fish traps may be as old as fishing itself, and can prove vital during a survival situation. Even if the fish you catch are not big, getting any amount protein is worth the trouble when you’re up against it. A funnel fish trap can be used in two different ways to get you some small fish, either to eat directly or to use as bait for other things.
One way is to build a large, cone-shaped funnel 4- to 6-feet long; and place it in running water, preferably with a blockade around it to direct the fish into the trap. The pressure of the moving water tends to keep the aquatic creatures packed down in the bottom of the trap, but you need to be right there to lift the trap from the water and retrieve the fish, eels, or crustaceans. The other way to make a funnel trap is to have an insert in the trap that allows the fish to go into a container, but prevents them from coming out. This is the style we will work on today. [ Read Full Post ]