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State-by-State 2019 Spring Turkey Hunting Forecast
Posted on: 02/06/19
Attention turkey bums: Your job has become substantially more difficult. With great spring hunting opportunities available coast to coast from March through early June, you’ll probably have to pick and choose your adventures. For many folks, that means southern Florida Osceolas in early March—or, for the eager crowd, maybe Hawaiian Rio Grandes even earlier. Your choices expand as seasons for hard-gobbling Easterns open throughout the Southeast and Midwest. And then there’s that quick jaunt to Texas for loud-mouthed Rios — or maybe north to the prairies for last-chance Merriam’s...

Simple Tricks to Protect Ice Fishing Gear
Posted on: 01/11/19
It’s amazing how far ice fishing tactics and gear have come in a relatively short amount of time. But even the latest and greatest tools and gear are susceptible to damage, because let’s face it—ice anglers are known to brave some of the nastiest conditions. In this article is a few simple tricks to protect ice fishing gear...

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Apply Now for Alaska 2019 General Season Hunts for Moose, Caribou, Black Bear, Deer & Sheep
Posted on: 02/21/19

The Alaska general season harvest is the type of hunting most people are familiar with — the basic hunt where you buy a license, get tags or harvest tickets for big game, and follow the general season dates and bags limits. The 2019 General season hunts are available to Alaska residents as well as non-residents. (Note; non-residents will need a guide to hunt in Alaska and most guides will get the permits you need). You can apply for Moose, caribou, black bear, deer...

Egg-Fly Tricks to Catch More Steelhead
Posted on: 02/21/19

Take the guesswork out of egg-fly selection to catch more steelheead on Great Lakes tributaries from Minnesota to New York. The chromers that run the Great Lakes tributaries from Minnesota to New York peel as much line and jump as high as their Pacific kin. For many flyfishermen, the ultimate thrill is getting one to hit a streamer on the swing. These tips will help you tighten up your egg arsenal for any Great Lakes trip...

All-Inclusive Hunting in Saskatchewan, Canada: What It Includes and Where You Should Go
Posted on: 02/22/19

Saskatchewan might be the best under-the-radar hunting destination in North America. The “prairie” province is a hunter’s haven. It’s wild forests and prairie potholes, provide incredible big game and bird hunting, without the crowds. There’s plenty to get excited about: Vast wide-open spaces, pristine boreal forests inhabited by massive black bear and moose, trophy white-tailed deer, huge flocks of...

Strategies for Catching More Winter Wahoo
Posted on: 02/22/19

Frequent fronts often make the postcardlike conditions in these locations disappear. So why visit when strong sea legs are a requirement? Because any Southern captain will tell you that wahoo go on a feeding tear during the less-than-ideal winter conditions that aren’t for the average tourist. This is your best chance at scoring both numbers of and trophy-caliber wahoo. If you and your hardcore group of buddies are looking for a winter getaway that will end in sore arms and some of the finest sashimi you’ll ever eat, these three top captains will show you the way to trophy ’hoos...

Things Outdoorsmen Need to Know About the Public Lands Package
Posted on: 02/21/19

Recently the U.S. Senate passed the largest public-lands bill that we’ve seen in a decade. It approved the bill by an overwhelming 98-2 vote. The legislation, known as the Natural Resources Management Act S. 47, will now head to the House for approval, and then hopefully be signed into law by the president. The package combines more than 100 separate bills that will affect public land in every state in the union. So just what exactly does this bill mean for hunters and anglers? Let's take a closer look...

Florida 2019 Spring Turkey Season Opens March 2
Posted on: 02/20/19

Florida’s spring turkey season opens Saturday, March 2– April 7 on private lands south of State Road 70, making it one of the first spring turkey hunting opportunities in the country. North of State Road 70 the season runs March 16 – April 21. Youth turkey hunting weekend, Feb. 23 and 24. The spring season bag limit on WMA's is 2. On private lands, you may take...

Michigan Master Angler Program has Some New Rules for 2019
Posted on: 02/20/19

Anyone hoping to submit a catch to the Michigan DNR’s Master Angler program – which each year recognizes the largest fish of several dozen species – will want to pay close attention to the 2019 application. A few new rules have been added to the program for 2019, including...

Montana Elk & Deer Permit Applications Due March 15
Posted on: 02/20/19

For those hunters interested in applying for Montana elk or deer permits for the 2019 season a critical deadline is approaching, March 15. Resident hunters need a 2019 conservation, elk or deer license, and base hunting license to apply for a special elk or deer permit. Archery hunters must have purchased a...

State of Emergency Declared as Mass Polar Bear Invasion Raids Russian Town - See Video
Posted on: 02/20/19

A small town in Russia declared a state of emergency over last weekend after a mass polar bear invasion left residents afraid to leave their homes. Polar bears are massive in size, and notorious for their aggressive behavior. Adult male polar bears can weigh between 772–1,543 pounds and stand nearly 10-feet-tall! This problem began...

Washington 2019 Spring Black Bear Special Hunt Applications due Feb 28
Posted on: 02/20/19

Washington hunters must purchase and submit their 2019 spring black bear special hunt applications by midnight on Feb. 28. Hunts will occur in specific areas of western and eastern Washington. Hunters who submit their applications are entered into a drawing in mid-March for 272 permits in western Washington and...