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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Mark Zona's brand-new TV show for Outdoor Channel Mark Zona, host of Outdoor Channel’s, “Zona’s Awesome Fishing Show,” is featured on Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World radio. Joining Zona is Pat Nolde the general manager for the new Anchorage, Alaska Bass Pro Shops store. The show will air Saturday, July 12 at 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Eastern time on RURAL RADIO SiriusXM Channel 80. Zona, professional angler and TV show host, gives us a behind the scenes look at producing a fishing show for TV as well as the ins and outs of tournament fishing. Also featured are the…
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The red and white bobber bobbed on the surface of the small pond.  Although it was still early in the day, summer insects buzzed and whirred in the warm, still air.  But, my eyes were glued to that fishing bobber until they were almost crossed. Fishing is the perfect summer activity for kids. Then it happened.  The unmistakable ‘plop’ of the bobber going under and the slight tug on my line that meant I had a fish.  I was six; it was summer; and I was fishing with my mom.  What could be better? When looking for things to do,…
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Power-Pole pro Skip Johnson takes home the victory at Kentucky Lake FLW Heading into this morning, pro Skip Johnson was very confident. In fact, he let folks know that he was on the winning fish. This wasn't just boastful dock talk, nope, Johnson put the smackdown on the FLW Tour Top 10 and the Kentucky Lake bass to bring home his first Tour win in and a fat check worth $100,000. Johnson's Championship Sunday limit weighed 24 pounds, bringing his four-day total to (88-10). In second, just over a pound behind Johnson, was Mercury pro Jason Lambert with (87-8). Rounding…
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President George H. W. Bush is honored for his extraordinary record of supporting conservation and fishing in America and beyond. Front row: President George H. W. BushBack row left to right: Johnny Morris, founder and CEO of Bass Pro Shops; Matt Connolly, president of the Bonefish and Tarpon Trust; George Dunklin, Jr., president of Ducks Unlimited; Mike Nussman, president and CEO of the American Sportfishing AssociationParticipating by phone: Jeff Trandahl, executive director and CEO of the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation Helping former President George H. W. Bush continue to celebrate his 90th birthday, a group of conservation leaders, headed…
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YouTube screen grab   If you're looking for some extreme fishing, the crew at MorningTide Fishing brings you a breathtaking look at land-based game fishing. If you've never heard of land-based game fishing, check out the video to see for yourself. According to the International Land-Based Shark Fishing Association, land-based fishing is a form of extreme sport fishing that takes place from rocky platforms instead of on the beach or in boats. It's also restricted to only a few countries around the world, such as South Africa, New Zealand and Australia, which is home to the MorningTide Fishing crew. While…
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