Geese, both Canadas and Snows, are big, tough birds built to take the harshest weather conditions Mother Nature can dish out. To hunt them successfully, you need a shotgun as tough as your quarry. While smaller guns, with the correct loads, can take geese down at 20 yards, add a few yards with less than favorable shot angles and a strong wind and the little guns will not fly. So what exactly is the right gun for goose hunting? There are several factors to consider. What to Consider When Looking 1. Adjustability — Foul-weather goose hunting requires heavy clothing…
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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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If ever there was a piece of deer hunting equipment that has been universally embraced by sportsmen, it's the trail camera. I wish I'd bought stock in some of these companies when they first came out. I think every hunter in the woods has at least a couple. It's easy to understand why. Not only can trail cameras help you determine where deer are traveling and when, they can allow you to carefully study antlers and body features to age bucks and decide which ones are ready to harvest and which need to be passed up to grow another year.…
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As the water cools and leaves change color, smallmouth bass begin to feed voraciously — bulking up for the long winter that lies ahead. It is also a timely coincidence that football season is in full swing, as many giants you hook will resemble the gluttonous shape of the symbolic pigskin. Here are five proven baits that should be in your tackle box this fall. Spinnerbaits Why they work: Smallmouth bass love to clobber a fast-moving spinnerbait. As water temperatures drop, fish will be actively chasing down prey — and this lure mimics their food of choice perfectly. I like to use…
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Dove season is upon us. It only seems a week ago that I sat on a stool in a melon field awaiting sunrise. It is the quick passage of time that often catches us on the short end of the preparation stick for the opening day of dove season. Don't fret. A few weeks to prepare is better than no time at all. The following tips will help you play catch up and be ready for opening day. 1. Shoot Your Shotgun This may be an obvious but dove hunting requires a lot of shooting to be successful. The average…
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    White mist swirled over the emerald green waters of Virginia's Leesville Lake, we raced toward the frothing commotion of churning gamefish and frantically skipping shad. Cutting the outboard motor, we cast our white bucktail jigs toward the melee and soon all three rods in the boat were bent double. My lure pulled free, but was immediately grabbed by another hungry striper. Meanwhile, both other anglers in the boat, guide Dale Wilson and client Ralph Key, battled huge fish of their own. By the time the commotion ended 20 minutes later we had two mid-20s stripers in the boat,…
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Most anglers own a collection of jigging spoons, but for many, they are relegated to the third or fourth drawer of the tackle box — destined to rarely get wet. For those that jump on this vertical approach, though, big fish and plenty of them are yours to reap. Primarily a fall tactic that produces tremendous results, spoons are also a proven method for connecting with summer smallmouth. Knowing where to look and what to do will give you the knowledge for getting into fish.
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Feb. 14-16, I was in Nashville, Tenn., for the NWTF National Convention. Lots of folks had a tough time getting there because of the major snow storm back east.  This year, I was honored to emcee the Grand National Turkey Calling Finals. WOW, what a treat! These were some of the best turkey callers in the country competing for the title. Every caller had to win a local sanctioned calling contest in order to qualify, so that tells you these guys and gals are good. Go to www.nwtf.org to learn more about the turkey calling contest and to see all…
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Cold Water Bass Lures

Monday, January 13 2014 10:00 am - for Bass Fishing
Bass, as you probably know, are cold-blooded creatures, meaning their body temperature is the same as that of their surroundings. As the water temperature drops, so does their metabolic level. The digestive process is greatly slowed; according to Doug Hannon, ESPN's Bass Professor, it takes a bass about four hours to digest a meal in 80-degree water, four days in 50-degree water! As the water temperature plummets, the need for frequent feeding diminishes, and bass become less active. But then, if you've ever gone strikeless at a bass club tournament on a frigid winter or early spring day, you already…
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Jig Trolling for Fall Walleyes

Tuesday, November 19 2013 12:00 am - for Walleye Fishing
As summer begins to wind down and the season edges toward autumn, walleye location and activity level makes a transition. Fish begin to move off the flats and begin to congregate near sharper breaks. They’re not exactly “bunched up,” but they aren’t widely scattered over a piece of structure either. While the water temps have dropped significantly from where they were several weeks ago, the feeding activity of the walleyes really hasn’t. They may not be “jumpin’ in the boat,” but they’re still in a feeding mood, looking to build up their reserves for the upcoming cold water season. Vertical…
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