FOREVER YOUNG

by Marshall Nych Fellow fishermen and women reading this are quite familiar with the annual ritual of purchasing a fishing license. Be it a bait shop or sporting goods of a department store, a glass counter houses fishing reels, rifle scopes, and knives. Like entering a favorite restaurant, eyes fix on a menu. Choices here […]

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MAKING YOUR LAND WHITETAIL FRIENDLY

by Ralph Scherder Think about your own needs and what it takes for you to feel comfortable in an environment.  What makes you feel safe and secure? In truth, all living creatures have the same needs – food, water, and shelter – and if even one of those components is missing, they’ll never truly thrive […]

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THE ESSENTIAL LONG GUN

by William Boggs Occasionally, the question comes up if I could have only one firearm, what would it be? I’m sure that everyone contemplated this question at some time. In times of plenty, many hunters have been able to assemble a “golf bag” of assorted firearms, each for a specific purpose. Let’s start with a […]

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SUCKERS FOR CATFISH!

by Rich Faler The gasoline lantern’s monotone hissing is machine gunned by the pinging and sizzling of dozens of small flying insects. They are drawn to the light, who knows why, and fry for their efforts. Shadowy bats flight just on the fringe of the light’s aura. A muskrat leaves a wake a few feet […]

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FLY FISHING WITH A SPINNING ROD

by Ralph Scherder I love fly fishing. I love the way trout feel on a fly rod. I love casting and working the water with a fly rod. Sometimes, though, a fly rod isn’t the ideal piece of equipment for the situation. Sometimes a spinning rod is more effective for presentation. I’m no purist. When it […]

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FROM THE EDITOR … Natives!

by Rich Faler Natives! This single word brought more excitement to me while I was a teenager than just about any other. Natives meant brook trout, our state fish. But why does this fish build such excitement? Native brookies are dinky. Natives of this era are usually sardine-sized trout found in small waters. A native […]

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THE HOLIDAY TREASON

by Marshall Nych In the Nych family, the day following Christmas rivals the excitement to the day of Christmas itself. Flintlock season arrives in a red-and-black checkered, wool package. Nych hunters have the opportunity to use a flintlock muzzleloader reproduced with a pre-1800 design, to again miserably miss the deer we failed to hit with […]

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GETTING STARTED WITH FOOD PLOTS!

by Ralph Scherder The past 20 years have seen hunter interest in whitetail management spike.  Now more than ever, hunters talk about such things as buck-to-doe ratios, age structure of the herd, genetics, and so on as they relate to antler growth and trying to grow a record book whitetail.  None of those things mean […]

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THE .30-06 IS THE BEST!

by William Boggs Here are ten reasons why the .30-06 remains the best: 10. Ernest Hemingway prefer-red his .30-06 to his .470, even on buffalo and rhino. 9. It was America’s military service round for more than 50 years. 8. The .30-06 in the M-1 ruled the roost at Camp Perry for decades. 7. It […]

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FISHERMEN + EYEGLASSES = PROBLEMS

by H. “Bumper” Bauer If you’re an outdoorsman who wears eyeglasses there is little doubt in my mind that you have run into these problems. The high cost of prescription sunglasses, expensive clip-on or flip-up types that never seem to stay on your glasses, never seem to return to the right position when flipped up […]

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