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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Selecting the right weapon for bear hunting is important, and knowing how to skillfully use it is even more important.   Black bears often weigh 300 pounds or more; so using the right weapon for hunting may make the difference in a wounding or killing shot when a trophy finally makes an appearance. When hunting with a rifle, most experts recommend .30 caliber or larger. A .30-06 or 7mm Remington Magnum will do the job, but for more killing power, it may be best to use larger cartridges like the .300 Winchester Magnum or the .338 Winchester Magnum. Remember, too,…
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Smaller rivers and large creeks often harbor excellent smallmouth bass populations. Because these places require extra effort to get to, these populations often see fairly light fishing pressure. Such places are the home of the angler with a shallow water jet boat, kayak or waders, depending on the size of the water in question.   Chances are there's some good summertime smallmouth bass fishing in a flowing water near you. Here are some ways of catching those bronze batters during the summer and early fall.   Get on the Water Early During those clear, stable-weather nights of mid-summer river valleys often fill…
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Now that you purchased a game camera, how do you best use it? Well, it depends on the game you are scouting. Trail cameras can be used year around to keep a watchful eye on that buck of a lifetime. First and foremost, be discrete. Don't overuse the game camera, there is no need to check it every other day. Daily intrusion into your hunting spot can only do one thing: scare game away. The whole point of a trail camera is so that you don't have to enter the woods often to scout the area, just leave it be.…
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The mercury in the thermometer has swollen to nearly reach the 100-degree mark, and the sun is bearing down unmercifully as you stand by the river's edge. Your annual fly-fishing vacation is underway, but you're faced with high heat, mandatory stream closures by the state's fish department and uncooperative trout. Even more discouraging, you've driven half-way across America to go fly fishing. Now what do you do?   When temperatures rise, state fish departments take quick action to protect trout so have a backup plan if you plan a trip during the heat of the summer. There are several ways…
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No fish are more appealing to go after on a hot summer day than panfish. Unlike bass, trout and stripers, which can sometimes be difficult to catch, species like crappies, bluegills and white bass are almost always willing to nab a lure, bait or fly. They're made to order for those days when you want to take it easy, kick back and enjoy being out on a lake or river without too much concentration on finesse tactics-yet still come home with a cooler full of fish! Simply put: panfish are reliable. And because of that, they're great quarries for taking…
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How to Prevent Tick Bites

Thursday, July 10 2014 6:00 am - for General Outdoors
    Don't let ticks keep you from enjoying the great outdoors. Fortunately, there are several tactics you and your family can use to prevent tick bites and reduce the risk of tick-borne illnesses such as Lyme disease.   Use a DEET or permethrin-based insect repellent when outdoors. Repellents containing DEET will repel ticks several hours and are safe for use on skin and clothing if you follow label directions and precautions. Permethrin products such as Permanone and Duranon will kill ticks on contact for several days when used to treat clothing, shoes, tents, sleeping bags and chairs, but these…
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A successful hunt falls on lessons learned and how you apply that to the next hunt. It's also about preparation, whether scouting or talking with land owners early in the year. Remember, the early bird gets the worm.   Critiquing Last Season   A friend once told me, "If they live, you learn," and I consider that great advice. You should learn something from every bowhunting mistake. But you should also learn from successes.   For example, one year I failed to take the biggest buck of the year because I stayed in a stand after the wind shifted. Though…
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For many, bow hunting for deer is not just a passion, it's a way of life. If we're not trying to fill tags, we're reliving the glory days or remembering the mistakes that will forever haunt us. We read about it, investigate the latest gear, and make plans for the season to come.   That last part is especially important because how you prepare for next season has a direct impact on the memories you'll take away from it. With that in mind, here are a few things that every bowhunter should do well before the leaves turn color.   Tune…
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Stripers are seldom thought of as summertime fish, but in the right places, and with the right baits and presentations, you can experience some unbelievable action in hot weather with these monster predators. I'll reveal my summer livebait striper strategies under one condition: that you practice catch and release with these great gamefish.     Summer Striper Hotspots Stripers  move into the headwaters of river-run reservoirs and find near-perfect  water temps and plenty of dissolved oxygen — along with a never-ending  supply of forage fish. Landlocked stripers crave cool water (temps ranging from 55 to 65 degrees are ideal) with plenty…
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