May 9, 2008
No sportsman on this continent has a monopoly on frustration when it comes to access. We all wish we had more, whether we’re Eastern trout anglers, Southeastern turkey hunters, Rocky Mountain elk bums, or Canadian hikers.
But Westerners’ access frustrations are born of tantalizing proximity to public land, much of which is inaccessible. The frustrations are detailed in a spot-on piece in last weekend’s Bozeman Daily Chronicle.
About 5 percent of my home state of Montana is owned by the state, and managed by the Department of Natural Resources and Conservation, which manages thousands of 640-acre sections spread from border to border. These lands are a the legacy of our homesteading era a century ago, when two sections—typically 16 and 36—in each township were set aside as rural school sites and funding engines for local education. The idea was that grazing or logging from the sections would fund schools in each township, reducing the property-tax burden on homesteaders. [ Read Full Post ]
The 2013 deer season just got stranger.
Earlier this month we told you how Georgia hunter Sam Hogan took an albino buck.
Now comes word that a Minnesota hunter has taken an 8-point doe. That's right. An 8-point doe.
Phil Klein was hunting near his father in north-central Minnesota when he heard a doe bleating. At first the younger Mr. Klein believed the sound to be his father in a nearby stand. That wasn't the case.
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Every outdoor enthusiast has probably had a touch of hypothermia at one point or another, and perhaps you’ve had more than just a touch. This dangerous cooling of the body occurs when a person’s body core temperature drops below 95 degrees Fahrenheit.
Water, wind, and cold temperatures can work against you, causing the loss of critical body heat. But how do you spot this condition in yourself or others? [ Read Full Post ]
The whitetail rut is still on in full force. More and more does are being bred every day as whitetails across the country are busy ensuring the survival of the species. But the breeding phase of the rut is transitioning from crazed bucks running about chasing does to hunter-savvy bucks getting it done on the quiet. [ Read Full Post ]
Anyone who has ever tried to draw a tag in a trophy unit in the West, and especially Wyoming (just ask our editor), will get the joke in this video immediately.
There are plenty of general seasons and over-the-counter units for hunters to chase elk, mule deer, and whitetails all throughout the Rocky Mountain states. But in those units you'll typically experience high hunting pressure and a low number of mature bucks or bulls.
If you want to hunt in places that offer the best chances of seeing a B&C animal, you're either going to have to pay big dollars for an outfitter or throw your name in the tag lottery. Obviously, the makers of this video have been trying, unsuccessfully, to draw a good tag for years.
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Virginia is one of the east coast’s hottest states for hunting whitetails, and hunter Ricky Grubbs is taking advantage of it. Last month Virginia Whitetails posted photos of Grubbs’ success in the stand, which includes a 9-pointer from this season and a massive 182-inch bruiser taken in 2008 (below). Both bucks were harvested in Surry County, Va. [ Read Full Post ]
Certainly, you wouldn’t want to see this gnarly mug staring at you whether on deck or below water. Native Costa Rican Mauricio Solis Salas was plying a stretch of his country's Rio Frio with local guide Francisco Naranjo, when he cast a tried and true Mepps Spinner into the murky waters. [ Read Full Post ]
From the country that gave us Nintendo, Pokémon, sushi, and wasabi Kit Kat’s, comes a TV show where a woman ties a piece of meat around her waist and runs from a hungry and surprisingly fast Komodo dragon. [ Read Full Post ]
The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) and the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources (WVDNR) recently confirmed that environmental DNA (eDNA) from the invasive Asian silver carp has been found in two water samples collected from the Ohio River. Anglers concerned with the nation's fisheries should pay attention to this finding. The rapidly reproducing invasive Asian carp (including bighead) pose a severe environmental threat by gobbling most of the algae needed by indigenous species. Originally imported for aquaculture, the fish escaped into the wild decades ago. [ Read Full Post ]
LED flashlights have come a long way over the past few years, and shrunk in both size and price. I recently received the Streamlight Microstream as a gift (thanks, Wes!) and here’s what I thought of it. Spoiler alert: great stocking stuffer, if you’re planning that far ahead already.
From the size of the light and the AAA battery enclosed in the package, I was expecting the Microstream to perform like a typical keychain light: Handy, but for short-range use only. But when I installed the battery and clicked it on, I realized that this little sucker is bright. [ Read Full Post ]
Last week I had the chance to hunt moose, wolves and mule deer with Rugged Outfitting in southern Alberta, Canada. Like any other hunt I've ever been on, the conversation eventually turned to guns and loads.
Without any hesitation, Outfitter Todd Bunnage said a moose hunter should be carrying a magnum .30 caliber rifle (or something bigger). The most popular choice is the .300 Win. Mag, Todd said. His reasoning is simple: "moose are big." [ Read Full Post ]
Bernie Campbell's wels catfish was 10 pounds heavier than the world record, yet his catch pales in comparison to those in the record book.
The English angler caught an albino – yes, albino - 8-foot, 206-pound wels catfish while fishing on the River Ebro near Barcelona, Spain. Campbell said he had been trying to catch a record breaker for the past seven years. His world record catch is not yet official. [ Read Full Post ]
Since signaling for help is your ticket to getting home, it makes sense that your signaling gear should work to its fullest potential. Just a few little tweaks can get your gear working harder and signaling farther. Here are three handy options for common signal equipment. Let’s just hope we never need them. [ Read Full Post ]
Never underestimate the predatory ability of a leopard. The greatest part of this video is seeing how quickly the leopard recovers from the mamma warthog's charge and snatches up the warthog.
We think these photographers were probably a little too close to the action. What do you think? [ Read Full Post ]