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Take Advantage of Your Training Sessions for Retrievers

By Kristy Fike If you research or ask any retriever trainer how long it takes to train a retriever from a puppy to a finished retriever, you will find out that it takes months and even years of training. What…

Poor Man’s Tarpon

By Mark Fike Who says you have to travel to the Florida coast to bend a rod on a tarpon? While catching or landing a tarpon or even hooking such a grand fish would be amazing, there is a poor…

Calling All Predators

By Pete Rogers Predator hunting is a popular sport across the country. The focus is on coyotes, but where it is legal, other predators are also fun to hunt. In much of the nation, the red fox and grey fox…

Guide’s Goal This Time of Year Is To hook into a Giant Snag

By Brent Frazee When Cody Vannattan launches his boat this time of the year, he has a simple goal – to guide one of his customers to the biggest fish in the lake. An unrealistic aspiration? Hardly. When Missouri’s paddlefish…

Record Flooding in Nebraska Brings Concerns For Fishermen, Campers, Turkey Hunters

By Brent Frazee Ordinarily, this would be a season of hope for Nebraska fishermen, turkey hunters, campers and hikers as spring arrives. Not this year. After what many are describing as a “perfect storm,” large parts of eastern Nebraska have…

Bushwhacking Small Stream Trout

By Richard Hines Across many states, March is the time for trout stocking particularly those in the Southeast where late spring water temperatures can quickly displace trout or cause them to search out more suitable water. Anglers will generally find…

Staying in Charge of Your Batteries

By Capt. Steve Chaconas If you have a bass boat, you have at least three batteries.  These batteries are responsible for starting your outboard, and running your electronics, and powering trolling motors.  Any failure and you are dead in the…

It’s Wacky

By Capt. Steve Chaconas Almost forgotten since the domination of the Senko, floating plastic worms rigged weightless remain one of the best finesse baits for pre-spawn and spawning bass on just about any fishery. Wacky-rigging appeals to the visual senses of a bass. The vulnerability of…

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…

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