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Planning Your Deer Food Plot for Optimum Success

Although many hunters do have success simply tossing out some seed and letting it grow, in order to gain top performance from your deer food plot, you should instead plan carefully and keep some basic principals in mind. For instance, your deer food plot can be optimized for either early season hunting (warm weather) or late season hunting (cold weather) by planting different plant species. The

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10 Tracking Tips for Bowhunters after the Shot

One of the most exciting parts of bow hunting is following a blood trail.  Feelings of anticipation and confidence are mixed with uncertainty and doubt.  Here are 10 tips that can help you follow your trail to a happy ending. 

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Ten Best Deer Hunting Tips for West Texas

Seeing I live in West Texas where it is dry and desert terrain, it takes a lot more preparation for harvesting deer. Food sources are scarce as well as water. So pre-season scouting and preparation is vital. Over the past ten years of living in this area, I have learned a lot from experience. Bedding areas, well-traveled paths, rubs and scrapes are rare to find. Needless to say, there is a lot

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Fly Selection and Managing Your Fly Box

When I first started fly fishing forty-some-odd years ago, my gear was primitive by today's standards and the only fly I was familiar with was the Royal Coachman. Then, as my passion for fly fishing evolved along with my age, I slowly became aware of the modern advancements in fly fishing technology as well as the huge body of fly fishing literature that is available which most fly anglers seem

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Balance Your Fly Rod For Better Performance

Before purchasing a new fly rod, most fly fishermen give the matter a tremendous amount of thought because the purpose of purchasing a new fly rod is to fill a niche for a particular type of fly fishing. Therefore, they contemplate the length of the rod, the line weight it was designed for and, most importantly, they consider the action because all of these factors will have a tremendous affect

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Porting Your Revolver's Barrel: Fact or Falsehood?

Due to the fact that my father was an avid hunter, firearms have literally been a part of my life since I was little kid. In fact, although I don't recall the experience, my father once told me that he helped me to I shoot my first handgun when I was only three years old! However, what I do recall is the he gave me my first .22 rifle when I was eight years old and my first 20 gauge shotgun when

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Spring Gobblers: An Excellent Way to Extend Your Hunting Season

According to the commentators on Carolina Outdoor Journal most of the lower 48 states now have sustainable wild turkey populations and North Carolina happens to have more of them than any other state! Therefore, most states either already have, or are in the process of, creating a spring turkey hunting season.

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Feral Hog Hunting: Do a Farmer a Favor

For many years, hunters have been misunderstood and even maligned by members of the general public who are not hunters and have even been subjected to such derogatory terms as "Bambi Killer". However, the tables are turning fast in many states where the feral hog population is growing faster than animal control experts and eradication programs can keep up with. Thus, the transformation of the p

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5 Tips For Dove Hunting Success

I received an e-mail from the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission informing me that Mourning Dove and White Winged Dove season starts on Monday September, 1st. (as if I have not been anticipating it for weeks now!) and that this year, legal shooting starts one half hour before sunrise instead of at noon as it has traditionally done in the past. I thought that I would pass along a few d

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Dissolved Oxygen: A Necessity of Life for Trout

When I was a kid, although I was aware that trout breathed oxygen just like humans do, I just assumed that because water was made of both Oxygen and Hydrogen, that trout somehow used their gills to extract the oxygen they needed from the water by breaking down the water molecule. However, as I got older and gained a better understanding of the trout's environment, I discovered that this is not