By J. Wayne Fears
My, how spring gobbler hunting is changing! The latest generation of shotshells are making a big difference in downrange performance.
I was on a spring gobbler hunt with the management team of Benelli. We were filming hunts for their TV programs and we had split up into two teams. Joe Coogan, Benelli Brand Marketing Manager, and I were hunting with the 12-gauge Franchi I-12 and Stephen McKelvain, Benelli VP, along with Calli Morris of Hazel Creek Taxidermy were hunting with M-2 Benelli in 20-gauge. Also, Stephen and Calli were using the new 20-gauge Federal 3-inch Heavyweight Turkey Load featuring 1 1/2-ounce of high density #7 shot held in place with the new Flitecontrol wad.
By Sam Hall
Learning about our newest Alabama Outfitter partner, Leavellwood, has rekindled great experiences from my youth.
As a young boy growing up in Alabama hunting, fishing and enjoying the outdoors, my father made sure we touched ground in every region of the state. He was an outdoorsman, not a great outdoorsman, but a great educator, and he made sure I was taught or subjected to the vast natural resources the fair state of Alabama offers.
Wilderness, USA: Today at Heritage Quest wilderness camp, GO Youth councilor, Hunter Worth, pointed to the final resting place of ol' Joe the turkey hunter as the source of quakes felt across the region. Per Hunter, we were up Cemetery Hill overlooking HQ headquarters just admiring the run of gobbles that rolled up the hill from the training center below. We knew Eddie Salter and Jim Martin of GO Game Calls were dueling to perfection on two of the "Haint" gobble calls from Down N Dirty Outdoors.
There are so many Social Media tools available out there. We have embarked on a mission to explore each to see if they can help Global Outfitters expand our following and help us assist our Outfitter partners, adventure seekers, and teachers teaching tip and techniques for all outdoor adventure sports and cooking.
Teachers Teaching at Bass Pro Shops
Global Outfitters Outdoor University is part of the new Bass Pro Shops BassPro1Source.com. Phase 1 of the new informational website was unveiled earlier this year with two new additions coming before formal release sometime in late May 2013.
Posted by Sam Hall
I recently paid a visit to one of Alabama's top Outfitters, Harlan Starr of Chattokee Lodge. Rick Flippen and I were there to film a number of gundog training tips for Global Outfitters Outdoor University to be posted on Bass Pro Shops new www.BassPro1Source.com website. Watch this video.
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Isaac - Trek to King's Mountain, by J. Wayne Fears, is awarded the prestigious Pinnacle Book Award given by the Professional Outdoor Media Association for outstanding achievement. It is the first time an e-book has won the award.
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A hot June day spent shooting on a dusty range in Alabama is a good way to test shooting optics. Rifles are shot a lot, usually under hot conditions. Ammunition is tested out to 300 yards or more. And hunting optics, spotting scopes, rifle scopes and binoculars, are subjected to lots of dust and if not dust and grit, then the occasional rainstorm.
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By Steve Perrins Posted by Sam Hall
Rainy Pass Lodge is proud to present and offer for purchase a very limited edition 75th Anniversary rifle built by Winchester Repeating Arms. We are very fortunate that Winchester also celebrated its 75th anniversary of the model 70 the same year and together we built a very special rifle.
Challenges, sparring and fights are a normal part of the rut and can occur at all times during the day. Whether you are hunting the rut with a rifle or a bow you have rules to follow. . . and break to up your odds of success.
This article will describe tactics for early season birds that have worked for me. This is when they may still be bunched up in their wintering flocks or just beginning to break up into smaller breeding flocks. I will talk about the kind of calls that I like to use and I use a variety of them. The advantages and disadvantages of each call will be touched upon, as well. Then we will talk a little bit about turkey behavior in the early spring and how you as a turkey hunter can use those behaviors to your advantage. So let's get started.
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It was the Christmas of Christmas's. Under the red cedar Christmas tree, we had cut behind the barn, brought into the house and decorated with popcorn and colored paper chains, was my very own Daisy Red Ryder Carbine. It was a dream come true. Like Ralph in The Christmas Story, after months of frantic wishing, I had a real Red Ryder BB gun.
I don't remember how old I was when I got the Red Ryder Carbine. Not much over nine years if I had to guess. I am sure it was a financial strain on my parents budget to pay for the gun but thy felt it would help me learn responsibility and to learn the life skill of marksmanship. They were right on both accounts.
As a tinnitus sufferer, compliments of the U.S. Marine Corps, and avid hunter, hearing has been a significant hindrance to my success in the field. While many count on hearing, sight and smell on the hunt, I have lost much of the second most critical sense we carry into the woods.
So, what’s a frustrated hunter to do? I had heard great things about the quality and customer service at WildEar so I picked up the phone and ordered the Master Series Hearing Enhancement System (HES). What a Godsend!
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Gimmick or Game Changer?
Imagine yourself in a trespasser, thief or poacher's shoes. Your photo has just been taken. You break or steal the camera or steal the SD card to eliminate incriminating evidence. Imagine your surprise the following day when 8-megapixel images of your face are plastered all over the community. Now imagine law enforcement officers cuffing you as they advise you of your rights. How on earth did they catch you? With SpyPoint's Tiny-W2!
By Sam Hall
The Global Outfitters Show is a fast paced outdoor variety show staring industry icons helping adventure seekers learn where to go for there next outdoor adventure, how
to improve outdoor skills to enhance their experience, and what with --- the best products to insure a successful adventure.
We are so excited about going HD and moving to cable in 2013, along with the addition of Chris Reed and Tom Boatwright to Global Outfitters' all star lineup of America's top outdoorsmen. Stay tuned as we release more previews of the segments that make up the 2013 Global Outfitters Show:
Global Outfitters, Inc. announces partnership with BMW Hunting of Biggers, Arkansas to promote duck and goose hunting along the Mississippi Flyway. Our web and TV audience wants more on waterfowl hunting --- where to go waterfowl hunting, how to improve their waterfowl skills and the products needed to insure successful waterfowl hunting. We plan to deliver.
Thousands of articles have been written on the subject of how to manage a whitetail deer herd. When I first began to hunt whitetail deer in North, Florida as a young man, the subject was never discussed and when it was brought up, the old hunters would say son, "if it is brown shoot it". I remember when you would hunt for days and if you seen a whitetail deer it was running for it's life in front of a pack of dogs.
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Gun Dog Train and Shoot Workshop
Chattokee Lodge, Britannia Kennels and Tibea Gundogs from the UK hosted a scccessful gundog workshop June 23-24, 2012. The workshop was open to all sporting breeds and the ages of the dogs was 7 months to 10 years. Register now for the March 2013 event.
I have watched the Redneck Guru over the past two years working his magic constructing the first deer feeder that is only open for business for deer and large game. He has gone back to the drawing board to include continuous improvements. I have witnessed it in the field and at deer breeder operations. Everyone should step up and take notice of this feeder the hogs and varmints cannot get to.
The resounding differences between mass produced and custom built calls are sound, quality and value
Few things are better than spending a few spring days tucked into the turkey woods with a bow, crossbow or shotgun. The resonating tumbling gobble of wise toms in every direction mean that whether you harvest a turkey or not, you're in for a good time!
It was a still cold morning in south Alabama and turkey season had been underway for about two weeks. The location is a 10,000 acre hunting lease just outside the town of Elba in Coffee County. The lease is composed of swampy hardwood stands adjacent to the Pea River scattered here and there amongst sandy soil pines, palmetto, and saw grass. Even in early spring, the temperature at midday is near 100 so we always hope to complete our hunts by noon.
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Posted for Mike Semanoff
Silencers are Legal Shoot at Elm Fork Shooting Range in Dallas, TX, April 28th 2012
DALLAS, TX - Silencerco will be hosting The Silencers are Legal Shoot located at Elm Fork Shooting Range in Dallas, TX, April 28th 2012. It was announced today by Joshua Waldron CEO of Silencerco. The Silencers are Legal Shoot promises to be most hands on, educational, and exciting gun show of the year. Proceeds from this live fire event are going to benefit The American Silencer Association, which will support the pursuit of education, public relations, legislation, hunting applications, and military applications for the silencer industry. Attendees are invited to bring their firearms and test out the most current products on the market and learn more about the uses and benefits of silencers.
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At the end of October, 2011, when professional bass fisherman Dan Morehead of Paducah, Kentucky, accepted a $50,000 check and the keys to a fully-rigged Ranger boat worth $40,000, for wining the EverStart National Championship at Kentucky Lake, he helped to write a new page in the history of bass fishing with the new lure the Alabama Rig, created by Andy Poss of Muscle Shoals, Alabama.
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My recent trip to Chattokee Lodge was to be my introductory experience to the world of hunting, lodges and so forth. I was quite excited to be recruited as an extra camera man, to help film the recent continental pheasant hunt. Rolling up a gravel road...
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"They're gonna do it," Hunter said. "They're locked up. They're gonna do it." He felt lightly for his shotgun as he kept his eyes glued to the sky. His fingers touched the cold steel and his hand slid around the stock. His father blew another series of feeding chuckles and then let the calls rest on his chest, dangling from the band-laden lanyard. Hunter's black lab, Flash, sat motionless on the dock just outside the blind, his thick coat sleek and beautiful in the early morning sun. Hunter had been admiring the dog when Flash tensed up and looked skyward. The ducks made one final swing and Hunter's father gave the signal, "Take 'em."
G.O. Joe Archer, circa 1912, had to camo-up and develop new tactics before becoming much of a threat hunting turkeys with a bow. In fact, the bow toting turkey hunter reached near extinction as Native American Indians gained access to modern firearms in the 1800's. It wasn't till the very early 1900's when the first archery hobbyist mastered field archery and first considered testing their sporting skills against our almost national bird, the Wild Turkey. The transformation has taken over a hundred years. This is relatively a short span of time in evolutionary terms, and it is safe to say that both human species and Meleagris gallopavo (turkey) species are certainly alive and flourishing.
"This is cancer." The doctor's words are seared into my wife's memory. As painful as the doctor's diagnosis was, it must have been doubly worse for my wife as she waited for me to awake after the procedure so she could get the horrible little secret off of her chest.
Hunter watched as the squirrels chased each other from tree to tree while his dog, Flash, looked on intently, waiting on Hunter to loosen up on his collar. Hunter had recently graduated from high school where he was a star athlete and a good student. He put a lot of time into sports and a fair amount into his studies, but Hunter's true passion hung solidly, like a well-built ladder stand, in the outdoors.
Of all the field shooting positions, the kneeling supported position is the one most often done incorrectly. It is a very useful position, swift to assume and, if done correctly it offers a very stable shooting platform. This is a useful position when calling coyotes if you are behind a adequate support or maybe if you are using shooting sticks where there is high grass you have to be able to see over.
Sheep hunters first borrowed the term Grand Slam from baseball to recognize the accomplishment of taking one of each of the North American sheep recognized by the Boone & Crockett Club: Dall's, Rocky Mountain bighorn, Desert bighorn, and Stone's. Later, turkey hunters applied the term to taking each of the four recognized subspecies of North American wild turkey: eastern, Rio Grande, Merriam's, and Osceola. Now we have caribou slams, moose slams and even a Super Slam, coined by bowhunter Chuck Adams, the first to all of the North American big game species with a bow.
This is not an unclad video game warrior it is the Vitruvian Man, circa 1487. Also known as the Canon of Proportions or Proportions of Man, this pen and ink on paper is arguably Leonardo da Vinci's most famous work Vitruvian Man.
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Global Outfitters Selects Alpen Optics to the "Best of the Best" for Turkey Hunting Setup
By Joe Wieczorek
Back in the early 1900's ol' Joe didn't have many rules or much technology to help him almost eradicate the Wild Turkey population. Most likely, Joe used a rifle to pluck turkeys from the roost in bunches. How much times have changed! Modern wildlife management practices and conservation laws have helped bring back this national treasure to record numbers. But, none of this keeps hunters and manufacturers from searching for the best equipment and technology to give them the edge while turkey hunting.
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By J. Wayne Fears
Deciding whether to use a tractor or ATV to prepare a wildlife food plant is a big decision to make and the decision may have a lot to do with the success or failure of the food plot. When the decision is made to go ahead and use an ATV on a food plot that is not suitable for ATV ground breaking, the results is usually a very poor job of seedbed preparation.
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I hear, that somewhere out there someone is working a Dominant bird;
12" beard, spurs over an inch and a third - least that's what I've heard.
I hear that a man went grey just past last spring;
He wanted that turkey more than anything!
He's been tossing and turning eleven long months,
Reliving each and every one of those unsuccessful hunts.
Now it's that time of year, and Spring is near;
He's been searching and gathering up all the latest turkey hunting gear.
Says this is going to be his year --- says that ol' Tom should live in fear!
I believe he should --- based on what I hear!
* Take Slabs in Treetops: A large tree lying in the water is a potential crappie hot spot. Look to the center of that treetop for a narrow opening between branches, and try to hit it. Retrieving the crappie out of that hole may be difficult, but big crappie are caught by those willing to fight for them.
Success, it is said, is where opportunity meets preparation. The preparation part means being ready mentally, physically and mechanically. You practice with your firearm to become familiar with it, and ensure it and you will be ready if and when the opportunity arises. You anticipate how your will react. Still, you can never really be completely prepared, particularly when game takes you by surprise.
Let me say this up front, I like the 45-70. With proper loads it is suitable for anything on the planet. I currently own one .45-70 Marlin 1895 SBL fitted with an XS Lever Rail which includes a ghost ring rear and post front sight. There is also a variable powered Leupold Scout Scope attached in quick release rings. I really like this rifle but I also understand that the .45-70 is not a do everything rifle.
Editor's Note: Captain Johnny Greene of the "Intimidator," based at Orange Beach Marina in Orange Beach, Alabama, often takes his customers on 2-day, overnight trips to catch many varieties of offshore fish available.
Friend and owner of Hardcore Huntin' Music, Steve Conover says it best in a song from his Hardcore Huntin' Hits CD entitled Real Tree Hugger. "Rise, kill and eat. That's good enough for me. It's a tree huggin' way of life."
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Heritage Quest Merit ProgramBy Hunter Worth
Build a wood duck box, earn a badge. Find sustainable habitat to hang the box, earn another. Like conservation, the opportunities for our youth at Heritage Quest to earn badges are limitless.
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Winter is here and snows blanket much of the country, even as far south as Texas. They come on northern winds and cover the open fields with a blanket of white. But the snows I'm referring to aren't the kind you shovel. They're the kind you shoot - snow geese.
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"We plant food plots, but still don't have big bucks on our property," is a statement wildlife biologists hear often. Far too many property owners, and hunting clubs who lease land, think that just planting food plots is all there is to having big bucks. This is far from the truth! There are many steps that must be taken to have big bucks and one of the first is to start a record keeping system on the deer harvested.
The wildlife professional who guides you down the road to having big bucks needs an annual record of the deer taken, the more years the better, before making long-term management recommendations for your property.
The best way to learn the trajectory of your bullet is to shoot at long range. That's not an easy option for many shooters so we rely on ballistic reticles, drop charts or ballistic software to help us reach out and get hits. External ballistics - the flight of the bullet between barrel and target - is just a physics problem. Yes, it's a complicated physics problem but there's always a mathematical solution. Nikon has simplified this math problem so anyone can work it.
To catch the biggest bass in any lake, a fisherman must study the lake, the other anglers and the baits most-often used to pinpoint the high-pressure fishing regions. Then you'll know the target sites where many sportsmen are fishing and the depths of water that most of their baits are covering. For instance, visible targets like points that look as though they will hold bass, or trees and bushes close to shore are places any bass fisherman will point out and say, "I bet bass are there." However, I search for areas to locate big bass, like an isolated stump well-off the bank that you only can find by crashing a crankbait into it. I'll also look for a segment of water where baits aren't being run-through. For instance, if most anglers are fishing deep-diving crankbaits or plastic worms that cover the bottom and buzzbaits and top-water lures that run along the surface, I'll fish a medium-diving crankbait. This region is obviously not getting any pressure, so big bass should be holding there.
When considering hunter ethics, the most important element beyond the scope of wildlife conservation and habitat preservation is shot placement. Good bowhunters understand this critical ingredient and practice year round to ensure their prey receive nothing short of best efforts from confident, ethical integrity-minded sportsmen.
I was exited from the get go about the .30 Remington AR because it finally established the AR 15 as a true big game rifle. Sure, there are AR 10s out there but have you picked one up? They're heavy! All the virtues of the AR 15; like its serviceability, accuracy, reliability and most notably, its lightweight, are what make it even more special when chambered for the .30 Remington AR.
Many of the better hunting properties available today were once farms. Often the area around the old farmstead is grown up, almost a jungle, and the fields and old pastures are in planted pine or CRP grass. Unless the old farm house is good enough for a camp, the farmstead is ignored, sometimes for years, until the landowner wants to spend the money to have the area cleaned up and planted in something that produces cash.
At Heritage Quest, the mentors are not only teachers, but also students. In life, we are forever learning. The knowledge of our elder mentors will trickle down through the ranks of junior mentors and then on to the kids.
As the sun clawed its way out of the Gulf of Mexico to brighten-up the skies and push-away the darkness, I could see that the silhouettes at the end of the pier included both men and women with their rods bent like question marks in the air. "The bulls are running!" one man yelled to encourage anglers to cast their rods out in the direction of his line to hook-up the school of redfish. The red drum, also known as redfish, were moving-out of the deep water and close to the shore at the Gulf State Park Pier in Gulf Shores, Alabama, as they chased schools of baitfish. The very-big bull redfish that weigh from 12- to over 30-pounds each are showing-up all along the Upper Gulf of Mexico coastline, making their winter run near shore during the last week of November and beginning of December. Several methods will catch these bull reds.
Cold weather bowhunting offers great opportunities to see and harvest some of our nation's finest trophies in some of the most pristine environments on the planet; however, doing so comes at a price. Do you have what it takes to stand up against brutal subzero conditions? Hunting deer in some of Montana's most brutal, bone-chilling environments, where survival is dependent on preparation and on the fly decision making has taught me some valuable lessons. Here are the top seven:
As a new products specialist I get to test out a lot of new stuff in the field, where it really matters. Over the coming weeks I'll be sharing with Global Outfitters fans some of the stuff I've had a chance to use out in the woods this fall. This week we'll look at broadheads
I was five years old sitting beside my father with a .410 shotgun in my lap watching squirrels running a muck for nuts. And, I was out of ammunition. I don't remember how many times I fired but my shoulder was sore. On the way back to camp I asked if I could use the .22 rifle next time. Dad said, "I reckon so." I did and never looked back. No more shotgunning squirrels for me!
Food plots planted near public roads or near property lines invite poaching and I am hearing from a number of readers who have trespass problems. I have an e-mail from one Global Outfitters reader who has planted turnips in a food plot within sight of a county road. It is not poachers who are coming in on his food plot, it is turnip lovers.
The holiday season is upon us and it's time to start shopping for the outdoorsmen or women in your family. As you make out your shopping list, you might think about giving a gift that provides benefits far above and beyond the recipient. Here's a few suggestions.
We snuck around the outcropping of mesquites then froze in our tracks. I looked back at my huntin' buddy and put my finger to my lips. Shhhh. Slowly pushing through the briars brought us to a clearing where our prey its destiny. My buddy stayed behind me, holding onto my shirt to keep his balance. I steadied my bow and came to full draw. I could feel my buddy's excitement building as he wringed the back of my shirt. Thwack! The jackrabbit ran frantically through the briars but escape was futile; he piled up a short 15 yards away. I turned and fell to my knees as my buddy rushed in for a high-five, "Congrats, dad!" The hug that followed was a reminder of one of few bigger-than-life reasons we fight so fiercely to protect our outdoor heritage.
Maybe It's Your Trigger.
By Richard Mann
There are three main points of interface between you and your rifle; the stock on your shoulder and in your hands, your eye and its view through the scope or sights and your finger and the trigger. All three are important. If you cannot hold a rifle comfortably, you cannot shoot it well. If you cannot see your target you cannot hit it. And, if your finger and the trigger do not get along, you'll miss.
One of the most frequently asked questions I get is in regards to using an ATV for planting a food plot is, "Can I use my ATV to plant food plots or should I invest in a tractor?" The condition of the ground to be broken up, the power your ATV has and the equipment you have to break the soil all has to be taken into consideration to answer that question.
I get to spend a lot of time in hunting camps around the country with professional guides whose clients run the gamut from experienced veterans to rank amateurs. Because it's such a popular topic, I invariably ask what are some of
the most common mistakes their hunters make.
The Scout Rifle, as conceived by Gunsite founder Jeff Cooper, was supposed to be a short, light, handy rifle, with sufficient power and range to accomplish any reasonable task in the hands of a skillful rifleman. To me, a Scout rifle is sort of a cross between a battle rifle and a hunting rifle; a rifle that would excel in both applications - a multi-purpose rifle.
The lever-action rifle is America's most iconic firearm and possibly the most popular deer rifle in the world. Funny thing; a lot of folks don't know how to load one. The lever-action is such a popular rifle and has been around so long, you'd think they'd be teaching the proper manual of arms for this rifle in junior high schools.
Editor's Note: Mark Nichols, president and founder of DOA Lures in Stuart, Florida, provided a fantastic day of fishing at Big Mud Creek in St. Lucie, Florida that would be every angler's dream fishing trip.
An experienced gun writer once asked me what I thought was the best hunting bullet. I responded that it was, without question, the .224 caliber, 60 grain Nosler Partition. He gave me a dumbfounded look and I continued, explaining that it is an engineering marvel to create a partitioned bullet that small but still capable of providing results so effective and consistent.
I knew I was going to be hunting there and had the time to go. He even invited me to help check stands, etc. but I declined; I was simply too busy. The result of my inability to "make time" was the excruciating hunt I describe for you below.
By J. Wayne Fears
What you have heard about using deer to remove small stumps is correct in many cases. By making each stump an artificial salt lick, in time, the deer will keep digging until they dig the stump up. The best time to start the process is in the summer.
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There are many rewarding aspects to being a parent but one of the biggest for me was being able to introduce my kids to hunting. They started, like most kids, plinking with .22s, then graduated, first to a .410, then to a 20 gauge shotgun. When it came time to hunt big game, I needed a rifle.
When you say the words Niagara Falls, most people think of one of the world's greatest honeymoon spots where newlyweds go to watch millions of gallons of water flow over a precipice and crash into the river below. However, when I hear the words Niagara Falls, I think of Ernie Calandrelli, big salmon and tons of smallmouths.
I enjoy hunting with AR style rifles but have found most riflescopes with standard eye relief can make it difficult to access and operate the charging handle. The long eye relief was initially what attracted me to the Bushnell Elite 6500 1.25 - 8 X 32 mm riflescope.
Cooler temperatures are finally upon us, marking the beginning of what is sure to be a memorable hunting season for scores of hunters, myself included. And, if you are an avid bowhunter, chances are you plan to spend time with your bow in hand even during rifle season. Hopefully, your time afield prior to this season has afforded you ample opportunities to scout your hunting properties and layout your hunting spots after considering a few key concerns; the greatest of these are scent control and wind direction.
My introduction to Egyptian wheat, a tall growing grain sorghum, had nothing to do with squirrels. It was simply a supplemental plant for Quail Haven soybeans to run up. The main crop was the running soybeans as a warm season wildlife food plot. However, by early fall I was watching wild turkey and quail going to great lengths to get to the Egyptian wheat seed heads, and more impressive were the number of squirrels coming out of the nearby woods to feed on the wheat seed.
When most folks think about turkey hunting, they think about spring, and mating season, when you try to exploit a gobbler's amorous Achilles heel by imitating a lovesick hen. It's fall now, and while most folks are thinking about deer hunting, a few die-hard aficionados of the king of North American game birds are thinking about the other turkey season. Fall birds are less inclined to come to a call, though they will if you give them a reason. You must rely more on the turkey's gregarious nature.
Editor's Note: Bass professional Mark Davis of Mount Ida, Arkansas, is the only angler to have won the B.A.S.S. Angler of the Year and the Bassmaster Classic Tournament in the same year - 1995, and he also won B.A.S.S. Angler of the Year in 1998 and 2001. Davis consistently places in the money and has earned more than $1-1/2 million from catching bass. To help you catch fish now, Davis shares one of his late fall tactics.
Shooting from the standing, off-hand position is the least stable of all but there are some tricks to it. Stand with your body bladed at about a 35 to 45 degree angle to the target. Your support-side foot should be pointed toward the target and your strong-side foot should be at a 90 degree angle to your body or at about a 45 degree angle to the target. Your feet should be about shoulder width apart.
A Lesson in Bowhunting Ethics and Wildlife ConservationBy Kevin Reese
I just returned from my central Texas honey hole where I encountered a good population of deer amidst one of the Lone Star State's best examples of our great outdoors. A cold front last week had whitetails of all ages out frolicking in the crisp morning air; it was quite a sight to behold. I watched longer than I should as I stayed at the ready, longing for them to make their way down the trail a mere 20 yards to my front; unfortunately, they never did find that trail; I'm not sure why, the wind was perfect as I sat patiently on their downwind side. I had to remind myself of my wife's favorite saying, "It's called hunting, not killing."
Want a deer magnet? Find a fruit bearing Common persimmon tree and take a stand.
Most years the female Common persimmon tree bears fruit. Deer love this fruit when it ripens and falls to the ground in the autumn. It is usually available under the tree for a month or more as only a few persimmons fall at a time.
Long-time industry leaders in illuminated riflescopes, Trijicon has brought their "Brilliant Aiming Solutions" to the archery world with the Trijicon AccuPin, a single-pin adjustable sight with some neat innovations. One of those solutions is a high-contrast triangular aiming point, which has proven more accurate in firearms. Another is a clear pin. In this configuration, the aiming tip points to your target instead of obscuring it, addressing a serious concern for many bowhunters.
Editor's Note: Captain Jimmy Taylor of Biloxi, Mississippi, lacks one billfish, the swordfish, to have caught every species of billfishes in the world and qualify for the IGFA Billfish Royal Slam that recognizes anglers who have caught nine billfish species, the Atlantic and Pacific sailfish, the Atlantic and the Pacific blue marlin, the black marlin, the striped marlin, the white marlin, the swordfish and the spearfish. He's won two Grand Slam Jupiter Billfish Tournaments and finished 4th in the 2010 World Billfish Series Tournament, competing against more than 10,000 anglers.
A lot of hunters don't realize that the terminal performance of .22 Magnum ammunition varies greatly from load to load. Maybe even more so than ammunition for most big game cartridges. The key to employing the .22 Magnum successfully is selecting ammunition best suited to the game you're hunting. With differently constructed bullets weighing between 28 and 40 grains, and velocities varying as much as 15%, your choice is critical.
Usually, when you read about a food plot crop you read all the about all the wonderful values of the plant or plant mix. Catch words such as nutritious, high protein, drought hardy, etc. are often used to describe the plant. However, when you mention Japanese honeysuckle the first thing you hear is pest, weed, invasive, snake cover, etc. In the right place, with the correct management, this honeysuckle can be all the good things better known crops planted for wildlife are, and more.
Using archery equipment to bag the buck of a lifetime, or any mature buck for that matter, is no small feat. Great time and energy is focused on ensuring a broad array of variables come together at just the right moment. But, when it does happen I can scarcely think of anything that compares to the flood of emotions and sense of achievement a bowhunter experiences. I've often sworn if that unspeakable excitement, adrenaline and feeling of accomplishment fails to wash over me upon the release of my arrow, I'll stop hunting. Two weeks into this archery season and several close calls (and great memories) behind me, I recognize more than ever that my passion for bowhunting is destined to outlast me.
Probably the most diverse group of waterfowl, and most popular to hunt are the puddle ducks. And the methods for decoying them are as varied as the species hunted and the habitat in which they occur. Hunting over potholes and small ponds, you can literally toss out a few blocks and expect a reasonable chance of success. However, big water, flooded timber or heavily- gunned areas may require more specialized techniques.
While at a field trial last year I witnessed a handler going ballistic when his dog was disqualified for breaking at the line. As he yanked the dog back to his truck he was yelling obscenities at the top of his lungs. What made the situation worse was that the poor gent had two dogs competing and the first dog took off to retrieve a fallen pheasant, and no lie, the dog grabbed the fallen bird and kept going until he ended up in a corn field about half a mile from our location.
Research done for establishing a long term perennial food plots recommend that Durana clover be considered as the crop to plant due to its shade tolerance, wide adaptability to weather extremes, low maintenance, high protein content (up to 28%) and long life, 7 years or more with proper management.
By Bob Humphrey
I'm not a gunsmith; nor do I play one on television. When I need some serious smithing done I take my guns to a professional. So I don't need a full complement of gun shop tools. But I do handle some of the basics, like properly mounting and sighting my guns, jobs made much easier by having the right tools. Thus, I was delighted when Battenfield Technologies sent me a few of their latest to "test fire."
When I was 15 I was walking down an old logging road with my rifle slung over my shoulder - feeling for all the world like Jack O'Connor. (I might have even have been wearing a cowboy hat.) Thick laurel bordered the road and visibly was limited. I hadn't gone far when the largest whitetail buck I'd ever seen bounded out, stopped and looked me right in the eye. I struggled to find my breath and to bring my rifle to bear but was too slow doing both and he was gone. Forever.
The music that causes giant earthworms to come out of the ground has been played by the hill folks along the Appalachian Trail for many years. William "Bubba" Childers of north Alabama learned the tune from his granddaddy, who was taught by his granddaddy. The Childers' family has been making mountain music to take fish bait as long as there has been a Childers' family. "Whenever we want to go fishing we just fiddle-up some fiddle worms," Bubba Childers says. "If you know where the worms are, you can fiddle for 15 to 20 minutes, particularly if the ground is wet and catch up to 100 fiddle worms a day. One time I called up about 300 worms in less than 15 minutes by fiddling at a point just above an underground stream."
I want to tell everyone about a special Outfitter.Chattokee Lodge and owner Harlan Starr have become a favorite here at Global Outfitters. After winning our distinguished 2010 "Outfitter of the Year" award, Chattokee Lodge has continued to partner with us a host destination for our TV show, and delivering a great destination for GO Adventure Seekers that are looking for awesome hunting, fishing and shooting experiences.
Since seeing SpyPoint's booth at S.H.O.T. Show this past January, I've been itching to give this particular camera a thorough beating. I've done everything I can to wear this camera out and it keeps on ticking.
Yes, I've said it, and I'm sure some, perhaps many will stop reading my articles based on irreconcilable differences. It's not debatable, it's a fact; if you're not practicing you're not a good hunter. My boss had a saying, "If you don't like it, fix it!" The readers agreeing with me come from two groups - those that do practice year-round, and those who feel somewhat convicted because they know I'm right!
I quieted my calling as they neared. I let out an occasional yelp and cluck to comfort them. I had an arrow nocked and ready. With every step, my heart beat louder. Butterflies flooded my guts as I felt blood surge through the veins in my neck, my pulse quickened. I talked myself off "the ledge" as turkeys filed into a draw at 60 yards, as I lost sight of them I knew they were still on their way.
The misnomer that hog vitals are the same as a deer's has resulted in many a troubled hunter. Even most hog 3-D targets display vitals located too far back. With this problem gnawing at me like a tick, I wanted to take a moment to talk about shot placement.
Alpha Omega Video is offering a videography workshop on June 3 - 5, to anyone interested in capturing outdoor memories, especially that hunt of a lifetime! All training and filming is scheduled to take place at the Stretch-A-String Bowhunting Ranch, near Jacksonville; in my opinion, the 3,000-acre jewel of east Texas.
Photo: Chris Stack, Owner of BruzerGear with a great Nevada Mountain Goat!
. . .what I expected to find was just another low grade hunting pack, the type one might find on the clearance shelf of some dimly lit retail store. What I found inside was anything but that! This pack was much heavier than anything I have used in the past. Let me clarify, I do not mean heavier in terms of more than I would like to carry; to the contrary, I mean heavier in regards to the weight of premium quality materials I was excited to carry!
Photo: Professional Outdoor Writer, Lisa Metheny, takes a great New Mexico mule deer with her 2010 Bowtech Heartbreaker!I love seeing my wife and sons open presents in as much as it adds to the magic of Christmas and promotes the heart of giving, at least it does to me. It's in that spirit that I hope to oblige you with some gift ideas I know your family of hunters will love!
The Delta Waterfowl mobile migration map is cutting-edge technology to help the Arkansas duck hunting enthusiast get a better grasp on how the ducks are moving. This duck hunting iPhone app has two types of waterfowl migration map report: trusted reports from guides and outfitters, and user-submitted reports.
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Deer hunters love to talk about the rut more than any other subject under the whitetail hunting umbrella. From the beginning of bow season (and even before), discussions of rattling, grunting, chasing and scrapes are the topics of choice over morning coffee. By the time mid to late October rolls around, when the leaves are changing and the weather begins to cool, it might be harder to judge who's more in heat: the hunters or the does.
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by Kevin Reese, Just-Hunt.com
The primary reason hogs are so prolific is their breeding abilities. Sows mature to reproduce after only six short months, although they don't typically breed until reaching 10 months or more. A gestation period lasts 115 days, allowing for sows to birth up to two litters per year...
Early goose season is often overlooked because people think these are park or pet geese. But rest-assured, the resident geese are not stupid birds, they know the lay of the land. These 10 tips for Early Arkansas Goose Season will help you overcome the advantage they have on you and help you bag more birds.
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As many of you may know the AGFC has three different season dates proposed for the 2010-2011 Arkansas duck season, which seems to be the norm around this time of year now. The normal date (option 1) is the weekend before Thanksgiving and is my bet for the opener.
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Several years ago, I was turkey hunting with a great friend of mine and ended up pulling no less than five ticks off of me in one afternoon; fortunately, none had bitten me at that point. Later that evening I found number six; my buddy pulled him off while uttering words that are now seared into my memory banks, "Don't worry, he wasn't eating, he was just latched on."
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Today artist have more choices than ever for making reproductions, or prints, of their original artwork. For years offset lithographs were the industry standard, but with the release of affordable Giclee printers artist seem to be gravitating toward that technology.
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I am heading out to my local archery range for an afternoon of practice. What are the 15 most important items needed for my outing? How different are these items from our target archer of 100 years ago? Work with Global Outfiters this year as we answer these questions. A little history and lot of modern technology will be the discussion as we "Get Geared Up" for Bow Shooting in the 21st Century.
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The key to finding the right hunting companion is to hire the best pup for the job. Many waterfowlers are decoyed into buying premium shotguns and the latest camo patterns. Madison Avenue isn't stumping for what might be one of the greatest joys of the hunt, your canine hunting partner. As in life, the right companion can make or break your hunt.
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It is very difficult, next to impossible to get me to do anything on the weekend other than go deer hunting from mid October thru the end of January. If it is not your birthday, holiday or someone has passed away it just won't happen unless you have a very good reason to persuade me.
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It's 2010 and I am leaving home on a Water Fowl hunt. What are the twenty most important items needed for my adventure? How different are these items from our Water Fowl hunter of 100 years ago? Work with GlobalOutfitters.com this year as we answer these questions.
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The bull darted though the small saplings, stopped, and bugled. The magnificent roar echoed through the tall pine forest. I cow called once, and the bull headed my way, glunking with every step. At 30 yards, the bull stopped and bugled again. I realized this was the caliber of bull I was looking for.
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Hogs are a peculiar animal. They do what they want, when they want, and how they want to do it. A hunter scarcely sees another animal as difficult to pattern as a wild (feral) hog; trying to pattern them generally results in a great loss of hair, dignity, and respect among hunting buddies who already understand that patterning is nearly futile.
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Turkey season is just a few short weeks away. Let me tell you what keeps you coming
back after these crazy birds. I won a trip to White Oak Plantation last year at a charity
auction. Myself and and three other turkey enthusiast went down south to one of the
finer hunting establishments
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Student Outdoor Experience (SOE) educates the Next Generation and gives them the life skills they need to be great role models and leaders. We use our passion and the backdrop of fishing, hunting and the outdoors to teach students lessons related to character, integrity and vision. This is done with a focus to preserve our heritage. At SOE we never feel like we "go to work" because our work is our love and passion. That passion is to see students become ALL they were created to be. We want them to become great leaders of homes, families, communities and the outdoors.
Kids Hunting For a Cure is a non-profit organization which provides financial support to research hospitals/foundations dedicated to developing cures for cancer and childhood diseases. Monies are raised by children and adults through community-sponsored outdoor events designed for youth.
An unforgettable experience, a real accomplishment, something to be proud of for the rest of your life; an Outward Bound course will be all that and more. Our courses designed specifically for teens deliver leadership skills and achievement and provide each student with an opportunity for success. Whether you're rafting in Utah, paddling canoes in Minnesota, or climbing mountains in Colorado, the wilderness can teach you skills that will become lifelong tools.
Recognized as the most comprehensive youth hunting program anywhere in North America, the Youth Hunter Education Challenge (YHEC) is NRA's "graduate studies" program in outdoor skills and safety training for young hunters. Open only to those who have completed hunter-safety training at the state or provincial level, the program is conducted under simulated hunting conditions to provide the best practical environment for reinforcing and testing a young hunter's skills.
Sierra Club's Building Bridges to the Outdoors (BBTO) project is committed to a future where all youth have the opportunity to get outdoors. We have seen how direct nature experiences have shaped the lives of young people, opening doors they always thought were permanently closed. Research also suggests that outdoor education can improve self-esteem, raise test scores, and help kids lead healthier lives. These benefits are invaluable in a world where the pressures in children's lives are varied and increasing.
"Hunt Of A Lifetime" is a nonprofit organization with a mission to grant hunting & fishing dreams for children age 21 and under, who have been diagnosed with life threatening illnesses. We are doing what we can to make a difference in their life, a dream come true. But we need your help, we are looking for people interested in helping the kids live their dreams, without you, we can't give them the dreams they so desire.
The mission of the AMC's Youth Opportunities Program (YOP) is to make the outdoors accessible and meaningful to urban and at-risk youth. YOP operates as a resource center for youth agencies throughout the Northeast, teaching youth workers the skills they need to independently take their youth outdoors.
Northland Adventure Education & Therapy Center, Inc. is a fully-insured, not-for-profit organization (501c3 recognition pending) dedicated to facilitating the growth of individuals and organizations through adventure-based programming. It is our belief that the future of our world hinges upon the successful instruction of youth and adults in community involvement, global awareness, environmental sustainability, educational opportunity, and somatic healing. We seek to foster experiences that will expand an individual's own awareness of self and empower them to be successful as a force of change in our world. These ideas are instituted through the vehicles of alternative education schooling, domestic and international expedition-based travel, adventure-based somatic therapy, and industry development and promotion.
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The 976-Tuna Youth Fishing Program Seeks to provide children in Southern California with the opportunity to experience the wonders of saltwater sport fishing. Though an introduction to the sport, the program hopes to instill in children a sense of appreciation of the wonders of nature as encountered on the Pacific Ocean along the coast of Southern California.
One of the fastest growing youth related movements across the country are High School fishing clubs!
The Bass Federation, the nation's oldest and largest organized grassroots fishing organization, is leading the way with the development of the Student Angler Federation.
Tilling the PlotBy J. Wayne Fears
If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then you had better plan on purchasing a tractor and plow or contracting with a local farmer to break the plot with a strong farm tractor and plow. Trying to use an ATV in most of these situations can be dangerous, hard on the equipment used and frustrating to you resulting in a less than desirable crop. It's simply more than an ATV was designed to do.