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Largemouth Bass Fishing Tips

  By Pete Rogers The Largemouth bass, Micropterus salmoides, is the number one sought after game fish in the world. This one species alone accounts for $115 billion annually in the United States. Each year in the US, 47.2 million anglers are hitting the waters looking for fish, and the majority …

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Training A Hunting Dog – Month Two

  Molly’s First Month at Home. By Jason Herbert Wow I forgot how much work puppies were! Although I am exhausted, Molly’s first month in our home has been a fun one! At times she’s the most attentive, smart, well trained puppy around. But more often, she’s distracted, silly, hyper …

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How To Fish For Smallmouth Bass

  By Pete Rogers Smallmouth bass was once considered only a northern relative of the black bass family. Kind of the second cousin twice removed from the long heralded largemouth bass. But as time has moved on, more and more anglers have become enamored with this feisty distant cousin. Smallmouth …

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Situational Broadheads – What To Use

  By Jason Reid While broadhead choices boil down to one’s personal preference and brand loyalty, we hunt in an age of specialized gear. Broadheads are now specifically designed to handle different species of game. However, do we as hunters always match a broadhead to the game they are chasing? …

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A Fourth of July Wild Game Barbecue

  By Nancy Jo Adams During the Fourth of July, a celebration of our great nation in the midst of the dog days of summer, backyard barbecues, fireworks, family, and friends are on the agenda. It shouldn’t come as a surprise that the amount of red meat and pork purchased …

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Youth Hunting And Ground Blinds

  Ground Blinds are a Practical Solution When Introducing Youth Hunters to Hunting Heritage By Nancy Jo Adams Introducing youth to hunting is always rewarding for the mentors. Those first experiences in the woods are crucial in deep rooting the hunting heritage in a young novice hunter and can be …

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Picking Out A New Hunting Dog

  By Jason Herbert Finally! After completing construction on my dream home, a modest ranch we built with help on my family’s 60 acre farm, I was able to start looking for the puppy I’ve always wanted. Blessed with four active children, my wife and I agreed early on that …

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Improve Your Core Stability

  By Mayrena Hernandez When it comes to any physical activity, the importance of a functional central core is crucial to performance and avoidance of injury. You might be reading this article because you are curious on just how to improve your “core.” Maybe someone has told you this is …

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Digiscoping—Not For The Faint of Heart

  By Guy J. Sagi The experts make it look and sound easy when they routinely capture wonderful images through their spotting scopes. My experience—despite using the bright and clear optics of a Vortex Viper HD 20-60x80mm—made it obvious there’s a whole lot more to digiscoping than meets the eye. …

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Hiking As An Alternative To Running

  By David Link It was Freshman year of college that I truly realized the benefits of hiking. The infamous “Freshman 15” had just struck me, probably because I subsisted mostly on unhealthy late-night cafeteria food, but I had to do something about it. At that time, running and I …