Leaving Young Wildlife Alone Best Course of Action

If you stumble upon a young animal outdoors, your instinct may be to save it. But by placing your hands on it or especially by removing it from its natural environment, you are likely causing more harm than good. Babies are often left unattended while their mother feeds. Even if they have strayed, she’s likely […]

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Morel mushrooms are one nature’s great treasures

Sitting here staring out the window at a creek flowing over its banks, I could be sad all the best fishing rivers are blown out. Instead, I am giddy with excitement. The sun is supposed to shine this weekend, which should make morel mushrooms jump out of the ground. Fresh fried crappie, roasted wild turkey […]

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Don’t overlook the excitement of White Bass

White bass are running up creeks right now. This means you need to drop what you’re doing, find a buddy with a boat small enough to navigate shallow water, and head to your favorite feeder creek at dusk. All you need is a good light action rod, a few jigs and a strong arm. 

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Time to Prepare for Spring Turkey Season

It’s not all fun and games. Being an avid sportsman takes work and dedication. While it’s just now becoming nice enough to fish, I’m already stressing about turkey hunting. I’ve been busy spooling up my reels with new line in anticipation of chasing spring crappie and bass. You’d think we’d have a little time to […]

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Four Early Hot Spots for Crappie

Crappie fishing is one of my favorite pastimes. These large panfish are fun to catch and great to eat. Using minnows under slip-bobbers is my favorite tactic for catching crappie, but jigs work just as well or better. This time of year, you’ll catch crappie shallow in less than seven feet of water over solid […]

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Louisiana Redfish on a Fly Rod Beats Cold Weather Back Home

The brutal cold snap a couple of weeks ago was the final straw. After years of turning down invitations from my good friend Kevin Morlock to join him on the Gulf Coast of Louisiana for a few days of fly fishing for redfish, I hopped on a commercial plane for the first time in a […]

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Desert quail hunt spurs new upland passion

I’ve been flirting with upland bird hunting most of my life. As a teenager, I had a weimaraner named Remington. Together, we’d shoot pheasants busted from fencerows in the agriculture lands of northern Indiana. There wasn’t a lot of skill to it, but I grew to love the flush, and I loved that bird dog. 

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