Hunting and Fishing

AR 15 Hunting – What Can You Hunt?

Have you thought about taking your AR 15 hunting? The AR-15 remains the rifle of choice for the modern era and can be found in any shooting discipline, in any shooting activity. From competition to home defense and law enforcement to military service, the AR-15 family of rifles remains completely dominant, the total choice for the discerning shooter. But there is still one area where the AR is meeting a little resistance, and that is hunting. Now you will find no shortage of AR-15s and their many variants roaming the woods and fields and mountains of America carried by hunters in search of game, but despite the emergence of Gun Culture 2.0, and an increasingly performance-driven shooting public that has been forced to acknowledge the supremacy of the AR and all its many guises, the AR lags behind more traditional choices when it comes time to put meat in the …

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Five Diseases That Can Ruin Your Hunting Season

No one ever wants to get sick or come down with a condition that is uncomfortable and/or unhealthy. It’s worse when it happens during the hunting season. This is the time of year when we want to take time off TO hunt, not BECAUSE we went hunting. There are so many illnesses, diseases, and conditions we can come down within our regular lives, let’s not add something we can get from going into the woods to the list. Not all of the diseases you can pick up in the woods can kill you, although some can. One thing is certain, one of them can definitely ruin your hunting season, so let’s try to avoid that. Please note that information on these conditions comes from the CDC and the U.S. Forest Service. Find out more information on the CDC website. Lyme Disease For comparison, the one on the right is a …

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Hunting Safety: Archery Hunter Killed by Elk

When it comes to hunting, we as humans feel as if we are the Alpha predator. However, every now and then a tragic incident occurs that keeps us grounded. Recently an archery hunter was killed by an elk that he thought he killed. When he approached the elk the next day, to his surprise, the animal wasn’t dead and had one last fight left in him. Unfortunately, this cost the hunter his life. This is a stark reminder that hunting safety and extreme caution must be taken when approaching your game. (Image by Oregon State Police) Police Report Oregon State Police (OSP) recently reported that on Sunday, August 30, 2020, a hunter was killed by an elk he shot with an arrow the day before. Here’s the news release from OSP: “On Saturday, August 29, 2020 Mark David (66) from Hillsboro was archery hunting on private property in the area …

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The Perfect Snake Boots for Turkey Season

A wise man once said, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” In other words, taking the proper precautions is better than dealing with the aftermath of a disaster. When it comes to turkey hunting in dangerous, snake-infested territory, that “pound of cure” is a $20,000 helicopter ride to the nearest hospital with antivenom after getting clipped in the calf by a cottonmouth…all because you weren’t wearing snake boots. Taking the Right Precautions That’s why we recommend the Guide Gear Country Pursuit 16″ Waterproof Side-zip Snake Boots. They offer top-to-bottom bite protection thanks to the Snake Guard fabric, which prevents penetration by most North American snake species. Furthermore, the Snake Guard is nearly impenetrable and super tough, but still flexible enough to cover more ground. Of course, snake protection is only half the battle. What good are snake boots if they aren’t comfortable? It’s simple. They’re no …

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How to Increase Your Compound Bow Accuracy

Archery season is getting closer and closer, and for some, it’s already here. Use these tips from GoHunt’s Trail Kreitzer to dial in your accuracy before heading into the field. I’ve been hitting up my local archery range almost every day lately. And a few little things have sprung up and found that I wasn’t as accurate as I would hope to be. So then, I hit the internet looking for ways to become more accurate in my shot prior to my hunts this fall. Therefore, I came across an excellent video that covers the fundamentals of compound bow accuracy and simple fixes to increase your proficiency with your bow. Furthermore, this video from GoHunt and Trail Kreitzer has been enormously helpful. In less than 15 minutes, Kreitzer explains the following in simple and helpful ways: The three points of contact Why the right draw length matters How holding weight …

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Buying a New Compound Bow? Make It Custom

Planning on buying a new bow? Try your custom ideas on a myriad of bows with the Mathews Custom Compound Bow Builder and explore the possibilities. For 30 years, Mathews has been building, innovating, and bettering the bow. Couple that with education and conservation efforts, and you’ve got a group of passionate archers involved in the hunt from top to bottom. Alongside their holistic effort to better archery, they’re also making custom bows that lend themselves to the personalities of the folks who shoot them. I built my TX-5 using Mathews’ Bow Builder, and even as a novice archer, the process was simple, fun, and intuitive. With nine customizable areas and deep dives into smaller custom notes — like choosing the color of your harmonic damper or center and end serving — the Bow Builder creates a bow that’s entirely unique to you. The author’s customized Mathews TX-5 Once you’ve created a …

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Integral Folding Knife Design: Pros & Cons

Folding knife construction has largely gone unchanged since the late 18th century. But recent advances have changed this mainstay — sometimes for the better, sometimes not. Here’s how integral folding knives stack up. A basic folding knife has a pivot, a blade, a blade channel, and two handle pieces on either side of the blade, all held together by fasteners. Knifemakers have made only some small modifications to this basic folding knife design over the years. They include different locks, different opening mechanisms, and standoffs (pillars that allow dirt and debris to flow through the blade channel instead of getting lodged against a solid backspacer). But that’s about it. That is, until about 15 years ago when things began to change. Machining abilities expanded, and the public’s willingness to pay high prices for both custom and production knives increased. We have witnessed a fundamentally different way of making a folding knife: …

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5 Steps to Field Dressing a Deer

While larger big-game species are often boned-out, it’s common practice for deer hunters to gut, skin, and hang deer. The procedure is a simple one, and if you follow our tips and tactics, the process of field dressing will be headache-free. Caring for your own meat is a rewarding process. So then, before you begin field dressing, there are some tools that will make the job much easier. A sharp knife is a must. If you’re good with a sharpening stone, a standard blade will do the job. I’m not good with a stone and prefer today’s replaceable-blade knife options. In addition to a knife, I also recommend a Wyoming Saw. This packable, easy-to-assemble saw comes with wood and bone blades and can come in handy during the process if legs, horns, and the like need to be removed. So then, let’s dive in! ViperSharp 1. Prep for gutting. The first …

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The New Ol’Man Assassin Tree Stand

The new Ol’Man Assasin tree stand is ready to accompany you on your next deer hunt. The new lightweight and durable line of a tree stand, ladders, and accessories come in many configurations to suit your specific hunting needs. The New Ol’Man Assassin Tree Stand – Ready for Hunting Season The Ol’Man Assassin is an entirely new system of the tree stand and can be adapted for different situations. The Hang On Tree stand is a lightweight and mobile system. Which is able to accompany hunters who are constantly moving. The Millennium style ComfortMax seat makes the stand comfortable to sit on for extended periods of time. The entire package weighs only 19lbs. The Assassin folds up easily so you can make standing shots and the powder-coated finish ensures lasting durability without rusting.   The Ol’Man Assassin Speed Rail Hang On Ladder is the perfect accompaniment. With innovative design features …

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Five Biggest Myths About the AR-15

There is no other firearm available today that has more misinformation about it floating around than the AR-15. The amount of information that is simply wrong, or flat-out lies regarding these sporting rifles is rather astounding. There are many on the 2nd Amendment side who feel this is due to political and media bias. Is that true? Maybe, but we don’t get into those types of discussions here. Let’s just take a good, hard look at five of the top myths about AR-15s, and the real truth about today’s modern sporting rifle. What does “AR” really stand for? This is one of Eugene Stoner’s prototype ArmaLite Rifle, Model 15s. We’ve all heard this one before, that “AR” stands for “Assault Rifle.” We all know full well that that is definitely false. “AR” stands for ArmaLite Rifle, the company founded by Eugene Stoner, the inventor of the rifle and the original …

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The Best Hunting Boots for Men in 2020

Whether you’re hunting moose in the Yukon or wing-shooting pheasants in South Dakota, we’ve done the research and rounded up the best men’s hunting boots of the year. Hunting boots are a particular kind of beast. Boots are generally individualistic and will depend on the wearer and the feet they’re packing. But some boots just stand above the rest, heeled or not. So, when looking for the best of the best, we doubled down on researching what hunters wear for various styles of hunting. And that specialization can mean the difference between an optimal day in the field or hoofing it back to the truck empty-handed because your feet are unhappy. From the best elk hunting boots to the warmest boots for the treestand, you’re bound to find something that’ll work in this list. Testing boots and gaiters in some of the nastiest mud we’ve ever experienced during a pack-in …

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How to Fish Without a Pole – Survival Skills

Do you know how to fish without a pole? Most emergency/survival kits include a small assortment of hooks, line, and perhaps a few swivels and weights – but no fishing pole. Quite understandable since it’s assumed you’ll simply cut a branch off and use it as a cane pole.  However,  there are several ways to catch fish without the need of a rod and reel. And doesn’t have to be only in survival situations, either. How to Fish Without a Pole There are several methods and techniques within the three main categories of fishing without a pole, each one requiring certain bait on certain size hooks attached to certain weights of main lines and drop lines – all in the quest for a certain fish, which in most cases is catfish. Three classic ways to fish are limb lines, trotlines, and jug fishing. Some consider a “throw line” as a …

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Benchmade Hunting Knives Just Got an Upgrade

Benchmade just gave its line of fixed-blade hunting knives a facelift. Here’s what hunters can expect from a new Benchmade hunting knife in 2020. Benchmade makes a few of the best hunting knives on the market. But it can be tough to cut through the competition with lots of strong brands. So to stay competitive, the Benchmade made some small (and a few large) changes to six of its cornerstone hunting knives for fall 2020. The changes hit Hunt Class knives in the Saddle Mountain Skinner, Steep Country, and Hidden Canyon families. These names will be familiar if you’ve flipped through the Benchmade catalog. But the brand contends that this is “not a fresh coat of paint slapped on an old model.” The ergonomics and in-hand design have been updated for each, along with the sheath systems. Benchmade HUNT: S90V, SelectEdge Benchmade will offer multiple models of the Saddle Mountain Skinner and …

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Everything You Need to Know to Start Fishing

Start Fishing Today! Learn Everything you Need to Know! Have you always wanted to start fishing? One of the best things about fishing is that it can challenge and reward you for a lifetime. There’s always another species to outwit, another body of water to explore, another skill to master. It’s also a great way to spend quality time with friends outdoors and get a big dose of all the positive benefits of simply being outdoors. But because fishing is so varied and nuanced, it can be tough to know how to break into the sport. Where to start? Patrick Mapes, the founder of Urban Angler USA, a blog that highlights how accessible and close-to-home to start fishing can be, suggests spin casting. “The gear is easy to use and inexpensive.” Here’s everything you need to get going. Is It Safe to Fish Right Now? The short answer: yes. But …

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Fishing Skill to Develop – Use Your Peepers

I love fishing clear water and here’s why – I find it extremely exciting to target bass that I can spot with my eyeballs.  I can’t help but lose my mind and raise adrenaline when I happen across a decent-sized bass, unsuspecting my intentions. Not only for the excitement but using eyesight can make for an efficient way to mount a very successful day on the water.  Yes indeed, eyesight is a monster of a weapon when bass inhabits shallow, clear water.  And when an angler uses his/her eyes to search and catch bass, this is commonly referred to as “sight-fishing.” Developing this fishing skill is crucial. A tremendous amount of area is searched when cruising shallow, clear water with a trolling motor on a fast speed. Lengthy shorelines of nothing can quickly be eliminated without having to actually cast to it all. Key areas can be found as much …

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Father’s Day Gift Guide: Fishing Gifts for Dad

Father’s Day is coming up on June 21. Don’t let it sneak up on you! We’ve compiled a Father’s Day Gift Guide for dads who love to fish. There’s a bait-shop joke that goes, “Give a man a fish, feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, he has to buy rods, reels, waders, bait, a boat …” It’s a bit corny, but you get the point. Anglers always need some new doohicky to improve their kit. So if your dad (or any other man in your life) loves to fish, you’re in luck. We’ve got gifts for every budget and every fisherman right here. Fishing Gifts for the Angler in Your Life Fenix HM61R Headlamp: $85 on Sale Sponsored The Fenix HM61R rechargeable headlamp is a perfect multifunctional gift for the dad that does it all on the water. The high-performance headlamp shines up to 300 hours …

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Leupold Scopes – Freedom RDS Black Ring

The original Leupold Optics “Freedom RDS” (Red Dot Sight) was introduced only a year ago in 2019 with the iconic gold ring around it. Leupold Scopes have bee in high demand after a lot of customer feedback and requests for a surprisingly more plain and sleek appearing optic Leupold has responded with the Freedom RDS Black Ring! There are a few updated features to it aside from the aesthetic change that shooters will hopefully appreciate. The Freedom RDS Black Ring features a crisp 1 MOA red dot, on its medium brightness setting you get over 1,000 hours of battery life, and it includes a mount that is the optimal height for AR-style rifles. Some of the other key features to this red dot sight can be read below as presented by Leupold Optics: Tactical Black Ring – New black ring design for a sleeker look on AR-style platforms. BDC Model – Designed …

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5 Large Freshwater Fish to Catch in North America

With fishing open in most states, there’s no better time to try and catch new fish species on the other end of your line. And these large freshwater fish can fill your freezer with one cast. There are over 1,000 species of freshwater fish in the inland reaches of North America. And among those are many big ‘uns that are fishable game species for both sport and food. Some are nonnative but loved by anglers. Others are invasive and have the potential to destroy ecosystems. And others still are prehistoric relics that few people know about. Of course, there are native classics like bass and brook trout. But there are a ton more species to add to your catch list. Here are five of the largest freshwater fish to seek out as spring warms us into more time on the water. Sheefish: Alaska, Northwestern Canada Illustration credit: United States Fish …

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Bass Fishing – Bass Feed When It’s Right

Have you found bass but then struggled to catch them as I have?  Sometimes, bass fishing can be difficult and I can never understand this.  Shouldn’t a wild animal take advantage of every feeding opportunity?  The pet dogs I’ve had in my life sure took advantage.  They ate everything I threw their way!  I guess domesticated dogs must be different from wild bass. For example, I can cast a topwater lure around an area that I know is loaded with smallmouth and catch nothing because water temperatures dropped twelve degrees overnight.  It may be less than five feet of clear water but yet they refuse to seize the opportunity of an easy meal floundering on the surface.  But I know they are there because I can visually see them and then I can catch a few of them using other techniques.  Why aren’t these smallies in this situation swimming a …

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Fishing the Meramac River

Let me tell you about one of the many mishaps that I made on an outdoor excursion and the lesson that I learned. First, I need to give a little background. It was 2007, and I was attending some military training in Missouri. During the week, the class kept me overly busy, which often led to homework. So, when the weekends came around, I was ready to get out and enjoy some of the beautiful things offered in the “Show Me” State. On this particular weekend, I wanted some peace, so I did some searching and came across a fishing trip at the Meramac River. So, I was excited and bought a 4-hour float trip in a canoe. I was thinking to myself that it would be peaceful and fun to do some fishing and swimming. So, I started loading up my canoe around eight o’clock in the morning with …

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