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Living Large Off the Land for a Day

By Mark Fike My family lives off the land as much as possible. My wife and daughters join me in hunting, fishing, and raising animals for our food. We also grow many vegetables and herbs in our garden. With that…

Preparing Pen Raised Bobwhite Quail for Eventual Release

by Andrew T. Whitman  Bobwhite quail have been in decline nationwide for at least four decades. But finally, state governments have begun to take notice and express some concern in recent years. You can get involved in the recovery effort…

Hiding Your Rifle

By Pete Rogers If ever there was a time my heart raced, and palms were sweating, it was the first time I took a spray paint can to one of my prized rifles. Yes, you read that right. I paint…

Kansas ‘Stock Market’ Creates Boom Times for Fishermen

 By Brent Frazee “Move over, Mother Nature. We’ll take it from here.” That could be a motto for the fish hatchery system of the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism. Using innovative approaches, the hatcheries are not only maintaining…

Cobia Test Your Tackle and Patience

 By Jeff Dennis In what should be a true test of your tackle, the best chance to cross paths with a cobia is in early summer. Renowned for an appearance that resembles a shark, cobia fight harder than many saltwater…

Putting Together a First Aid Kit

Mark Fike How many of you have a first aid kit in your truck or boat? Most of you are probably saying, “I don’t.” With the exception of a military surplus kit, I didn’t have one either. But that changed…

Frugal Fisherman

By Brent Frazee Ned Kehde takes a frugal approach when it comes to bass fishing. No $50,000 bass boat for him. No expensive electronics, high-dollar rods and reels, or tackle boxes filled with the latest lures either. Kehde, 79, of…

A Handful of Spades

By Mark Fike May, June and July can be the hottest months to saltwater fish on the Atlantic seaboard with plenty of species to choose from. However, one species, the Atlantic Spadefish, is probably pound for pound, one of the…

“Dos” and “Don’ts” for Booking a Fishing Guide

By Richard Simms “What time does your boat go out today?” As a fishing guide, that’s a question that always makes me smile. I immediately know that the only time this person has ever been on a paid fishing trip…

Carry What You Must

By Pete Rogers As a big game hunter, I have acquired many backpacks for different occasions. Small ones are used for scouting expeditions. Medium-sized ones for day hunts, and big ones for extended backcountry outings. In all of these packs…

Great American Wildlife

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