When my church resumes its Fishing Faith and Fun youth clinics in January, one of the basic points that program director Campbell Middlebrooks and his team will stress to beginners is to mash down barbs.
Flattening the part of the hook that helps keep fish buttoned up is a good way to help ensure the safety of young anglers and a safe release for the fish.
Gun dog owners know that flea and tick season starts up in early spring, and by July both populations are in full swing. A preventative measure, such as a flea/tick collar or topical applicant, is a must. This year however, it seems higher-than-average rainfall in parts of the country has contributed to a booming brown recluse population.
The Pittman-Robertson Act was signed into law by President Franklin Roosevelt in 1937 and has been a main engine for funding wildlife conservation in the United States. The PR Act, as it is known, levies a 10 to 11 percent tax on the sale of ammunition, firearms, and outdoors equipment, and has garnered more than $2 billion since its inception. Not all sportsmen realize, however, that PR funds also go toward hunter education and, by extension, toward public shooting ranges.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has allocated more than $138 million from PR tax revenues this year to states to expand hunter-ed and shooting opportunities.
Wherever your travels might take you around the globe, remember that many common wild edible plants have also gone global over the past few centuries. Some plants were carried to new continents because of their valuable edible and medicinal properties. Other plants have inadvertently tagged along with travelers and established themselves as invasive weeds in new lands. However the plants have spread, familiar edibles can now be found far from their places of origin.
Here's a finer point of shooting form that often gets missed: is your chin level at full draw? Take a couple shots and have a buddy watch you draw and shoot. If you have to move around to find your peep site or if your chin isn't level at full draw … it's time to move that peep site or evaluate the overall fit of your bow.
If you want to consistently shoot tight groups, you have to practice repeatable form, and that includes your noggin.
Some anglers are leaving warming rivers behind, but the trout are still feeding there. To have success in summer, you just need to understand a few subtleties.
1) Deer Espionage: Before visiting any hunting area, foreign or familiar, use Google Earth to learn its basics: boundaries, terrain features, hidden openings, and land-use patterns of the neighbors. Satellite views reveal subtle funnels and trails, and you might even discover features like adjacent crop fields that influence herd movement.
The much-anticipated U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service report on 2014 Trends in Duck Breeding Populations is in, and the news bodes well for waterfowlers.
The survey estimates an 8 percent increase in breeding duck populations — the preliminary estimate for total duck population is 49.2 million, up almost four million from last year.
Smoking meat and fish can produce some remarkably flavorful results, and it can be done without much in the way of modern conveniences. Smoking can also be used in conjunction with drying to save and preserve your meats and fish, all without the need for electricity or special equipment.
There are two traditional ways to smoke fish and other foods: hot smoking and cold smoking. Either can be performed with the same meats and the same apparatus, the only difference being the amount of heat used.
Illustrations by: Pat Kinsella
Seated comfortably in my friend Dave’s sleek little 13-foot fishing boat, we left the dock on a calm day full of blue water, blue sky, and even some picturesque white clouds towering far to the north.
I was there to fish, of course, but also to photograph the excursion, so I was particularly pleased with the clouds. In fact, my only concern was Dave’s mushy speculation about the best area for us to go to in search of fat walleyes. “I’ve got this feeling they’ll be hanging out at the upper end of The Narrows,” he muttered. I vaguely remembered that the lake was still a river at The Narrows.
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