Craig Morgan is serving as the honorary chairman for National Hunting and Fishing Day. On Sept. 27, 2014, experts estimate nearly four million Americans will participate in over 3,000 outdoor events on National Hunting and Fishing Day. This special day was set aside to provide people a chance to experience, understand and appreciate traditional outdoor sports. In addition, National Hunting and Fishing Day recognizes the contributions of sportsmen and women have on behalf of conservation. While many are aware that several species of wildlife were on the brink of extinction in the early 1900s, the fact that hunters and anglers…
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Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014, is National Hunting and Fishing Day, a time to celebrate two of America’s most enduring pastimes. Unfortunately, those pursuits are imperiled by the diminishing access for sportsmen to millions of acres of land and waters. According to a congressional study, more than 35 million acres of public lands – that’s roughly the size of Alabama! – are effectively inaccessible to the public, largely because of changing demographic patterns on private lands and the loss of traditional access points. America’s 40 million hunters and anglers are the first to see changes in the land. It is up…
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43rd President George W. Bush Attends Tracker Marine Conference at Big Cedar Lodge on Table Rock Lake September 15, 2014. Attendees celebrate 36th anniversary of Tracker fishing boat popularity and success An avid fisherman and outdoorsman, President George W. Bush made a surprise appearance as keynote speaker Sept. 15, 2014, at the Tracker Marine Conference at Big Cedar Lodge on Table Rock Lake. The president’s father, George H. W. Bush, addressed the same convention 20 years ago in 1994, nearby Springfield, Missouri. Bass Pro Shops/Tracker Marine Founder Johnny Morris presents President George W. Bush with Tracker Bass Force One, patterned…
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The first frost of the year hit this morning, marking the end of the shallow water largemouth bass bite. Water temperatures have plummeted the last week, going from a balmy 77 degrees F to a chilly 58 degrees F – literally overnight. Anglers who focus their fishing efforts along the weedline this fall may wind up with a dandy bucketmouth like this one. Largemouth bass have now transitioned to their mid-fall locations so it’s time to adjust your largemouth bass fishing strategies. Here is where to find them – and more importantly – how to catch them. Send Out the…
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To make fall fishing comfortable, planning for the right cold weather gear will will make your trip a good. For anglers in the north, the arrival of fall means two things - cold temperatures and hot fishing. Banner days on the water are the norm, but to make these trips comfortable and safe, preplanning and ensuring certain items are in the boat will make your excursion a good one. Choosing Clothing for Fall Fishing Conditions can vary come fall and will often change by the hour so make sure you choose fishing clothes that keeps you warm and comfortable. Concentrate…
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It is no secret that access is one of the major deterrents to participation in hunting and fishing. If you fall into that category, or know someone who does, public lands may be the answer to your dilemma. Millions of acres across the nation are available to public hunting, fishing, hiking and general enjoyment. Finding those lands are not as difficult as you might think. Here are some tips to help you get started. State Lands Public rivers, such as this one on the Missouri River in Montana, offer anglers opportunities to fish. Photo credit: Bureau of Land Management Every…
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If you love the outdoors--and we know that you do--there are beautiful things to see and do all over the United States. From the Pacific Northwest or the deepest of the Deep South, there are people who love to hunt, fish and explore the wilderness around them. We took a look at each of the 50 states and found an amazing, strange or incredible fact about its great outdoors. What's your favorite outdoor fact about your state?  
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 I saw the flash of silver as the fish broke the surface of the water.  I jerked the rod up sharply and then let the line play out as the big salmon bucked and arced in its dance to shake the hook from its mouth.  I called out to the guide, Ryan, to come with the net and soon I had landed my very first salmon on the Kenai River. Ceiling mural at the Bass Pro Shops Anchorage Outpost  "Welcome to Alaska!" said Ryan as he gve me a high five. This once-in-a-lifetime experience came on the heels of our…
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For anglers, dealing with the sun and hot temperatures is part of summer fishing. Like most things outdoors, one's comfort and safety in hot weather are directly related to planning and preparedness. It's important to take the time to get organized when heading out into hot weather to ensure you don't get dehydrated, sunburnt or succumb to heat stroke. Here are some tips to keep you cool during hot days on the water.          1. Staying Hydrated         Perspiration is one way your body regulates its temperature. In hot and humid conditions, you need to frequently…
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Did you ever wonder how the flashlight got its name? Early models were powered by energy-inefficient carbon-filament bulbs that "rested" periodically for short intervals. They could be used only in brief flashes, and thus were called flashlights.   The flashlight's inventor was David Misell of Great Britain. In 1899, he patented the first — just a paper tube containing "D" batteries, with the light bulb and a rough brass reflector at the end. The devices didn't gain popularity, however, until 1904 when the development of improved batteries and the more efficient tungsten-filament bulb made flashlights more useful and popular. Today's…
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