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Life Lessons From Spring Gobblers

By Madison Whitman Hunting is a great way to teach adolescents patience and respect for wildlife. It also provides an opportunity for fathers to connect with their children. Turkey hunting, in particular, is challenging as they are elusive birds, but…

Drought and Wildfire Affect Trout in the Smoky Mountains

By Jeff Dennis In November of 2016, the outskirts of Gatlinburg, Tennessee was hit with a scorching wildfire that was inspired by drought and driven by record high winds. The Chimney Tops 2 Fire originated in the Great Smoky Mountains…

HUNTERS NEED NOT FEAR COPPERHEADS

Southern copperheads living in sandhill habitats often have light body coloration, in contrast to the darker pattern of northern copperheads. By Whit Gibbons Hunters, hikers, and bankside anglers encounter copperheads more often than any other pit viper in the eastern…

Bull Reds at Lake Calcasieu Jetties

  By Jeff Dennis When the bull reds are biting hard in Southwest Louisiana, the demand from saltwater anglers equals the supply of trips available from local fishing guides. Booking a trip with Big Lake Guide Service on Lake Calcasieu…

Prescribed Fire Is Effective Habitat Management Practice

By Jeff Dennis The use of prescribed fire is the most cost effective landscape scale management tool available, but variables can dictate how and when to apply it. Too wet and fuels won’t burn, too dry and you risk tree…

Falling Into the Trap

By Steve Chaconas One of the last of the American-made fishing lures, the Bill Lewis Rat L Trap, has been found in tackle boxes for the past 50 years. The original stood alone as word got out that Rat L…

“There’s No Getting Rid of It Without Killing Everything”: Chronic Wasting Disease in Arkansas

By Emily Franks FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Nathan Ogden believes it’s just a matter of time before he encounters the disease that’s killing deer and elk before he gets the chance to hunt them in northwest Arkansas. “I’m sure it’s here,…

Get Your Gear Ready For Spring Fishing!

By Captain Steve Chaconas It’s time to fish, unless you’re a diehard and have been out during the winter. If you haven’t prepared your tackle for this season, it’s not too late. Here are a few tips on replenishing, repairing…

Sheepshead Fishing Bite Strong Despite Cold

  By Jeff Dennis Fishing for sheepshead gains popularity each winter like fans jumping on the proverbial bandwagon of a winning college basketball team during March Madness. Why? Sheepshead can be eager to bite even during cold snaps that may…

Tips for Buying a Gun Dog Pup

  By Kristy Fike When it is time to choose a new pup for hunting and a family companion, there are several important questions that you should ask yourself. What traits do you look for in a hunting dog?  What…

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