3 Things Great Deer Hunters Do

Friday, July 31 2015 6:00 am - for Deer
Increase Your Odds for Bagging a Deer ... Start Planning Your Hunt Now! 1. While you’re sitting at home in the air conditioning, great deer hunters are out in the heat locating deer they plan to hunt in the fall and patterning their movements. 2. While you’re inside watching the baseball game, they’re outside locating food, water sources, and hard-to-reach areas of cover where they will hunt deer. 3. While you’re reading the newspaper, they’re reading a topographical map to find saddles, funnels, and edges that deer use to hide their movements. Then they determine locations for treestands and hang…
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Arizona fishing pro Josh Bertrand is never happier than when he’s staring at his graph, working a dropshot rig in water at least as deep as his Nitro boat is long. In a perfect world, he’d be looking at ‘em in 40, 50 or even 60 feet of water, because that’s when many of his peers start to get a little nervous and think about giving up. There can’t possibly be a bass that deep, can there? Of course there are bass there, but sometimes they aren’t the tournament winners. On occasion, even a deep water freak, the Elite Series…
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A walleye’s metabolism rises with the water temperature in summer and that means they need to eat more, not less. Most walleye anglers fish with leeches and minnows on Lindy rigs in deeper water during this time of year. But, also try finding them where they are suspending with baitfish or prowling around on shallow reefs, weedbeds, shorelines, and points. These are all primary locations for catching walleyes in summer. Using tactics you would use to catch bass will put you on active walleye quicker and help you put more of them in the boat during summer. A plate full…
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On Lake of the Woods or any other body of water holding walleyes, there is one fishing presentation that has become a staple for putting walleyes into the boat.  Growing up, I really didn’t pull spinners much.  When I did, it was a Lindy / Little Joe spinner rig, usually with a small Colorado style red and white blade and one hook.  I would slow troll or drift with either a leech or a minnow.  It was effective, but not a staple. As I matured as an angler, I considered rolling the dice and going pro.  I began fishing as…
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Summer fun with Ike Berkley fishing tackle pro Mike Iaconelli is an icon in the world of professional fishing, known for his exuberant yelling even when hooking and landing fish of a somewhat diminutive stature. Of course, Iaconelli is also famous for his multiple tour-level wins, Angler of the Year title and Bassmaster Classic victory. So, what type of bass fishing does Mike like when he's not chasing bass for bucks? Think small, nearly inaccessible public waters. Yep, the stuff everybody can fish, even if you don't have a bass boat. Less pressure equals better bass fishing. "I loved fishing…
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In the summer, or even fall, winter and spring in some parts of the world, heat can be a dangerous element in the outdoors. According to the Centers For Disease Control, 7,415 deaths in the United States were associated with exposure to excessive natural heat from 1999 to 2010. That’s an average of 618 per year! Photo credit: Pixaby.com   Don’t become a statistic and use these tips to keep cool in hot weather. 1. Avoid The Sun Follow the lead of animals. If you don’t see any snakes or iguanas or squirrels or birds, it’s probably because they are…
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Summertime Means Hopper Time for Trout

Thursday, August 28 2014 5:00 pm - for Trout
A recent trip to the Grand River in Ontario confirmed what I should have taken as an article of faith — it's hopper time. Hopper pattern flies are a must for summertime trout. Unfortunately, this occurred to me too late, after witnessing a brown trout that had to be somewhere north of 20 inches, clear the water in a violent, slashing rise. Two things were unusual about this. First, it was a ridiculously hot day, which is why we had just spent all our time achieving a mediocre level of success by dragging tiny nymphs though a deep shaded pool and…
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I know when you hear the words "fishing the flats" you are thinking somewhere tropical, but Lake Superior has its own version. The flats on Superior are opposite of what you would think of fishing in the salt. Instead of being in just a few feet of crystal clear water, the Superior flats are 100 feet deep and turquoise in color as far as you can see. On the southeast side of Madeline Island, fishermen frequent the flats in search of lake trout. While the action on the flats seems to start around July, the best fishing for Lakers continues…
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Rivers, which make up a significant bass-fishing resource in our country, function differently than reservoirs or natural lakes. River bass are subject to the regular rises and falls in flow, which plays a huge factor in where they locate within a river. When the flow is up, which it has been all summer on my home waters of western Pennsylvania, it pushes bass close to the bank. And when they are tucked tight to shore, in water that is most likely murky, I've found that nothing catches them like a spinnerbait. Here are a few tips and items in regard…
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For fly anglers, as we enter the long dry conditions of late July and early August, fishing your favorite streams and rivers can become exceedingly difficult. This difficulty is due to the low water conditions and abundance of insects to satisfy hungry fish. Fly anglers need to be able to turn from their time trusted nymphs and streamers techniques and go with a more radical approach, flamboyant hopper patterns. As far as fly fishing is concerned, there is not many more exciting ways to catch big browns than with topwater flies. And better yet, big browns seem to have a…
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