Keep Your Gun Dog Healthy In The Field

As we all rejoice in the majesty of yet another hunting season, let me temper the mood for just a minute and talk about the importance of keeping your gun dog safe and sound in the field. Regardless of where you hunt — in the cold of North Dakota, or the heat of Texas — it’s incumbent upon dog owners to make smart decisions in the field to ensure that man’s best friend doesn’t suddenly become man’s lost friend.

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Hunting’s Expectations

The other day I ran into a hunter I knew had just returned from a Dakota pheasant hunt. “How’d ya do?” I wanted to know. “Great,” he said. “The first two days we were filled out and headed back to the motel by 10 in morning.” A couple days later I ran into another member of the group and asked the same question. “Pretty good. The first two days were nothing special — lots of easy birds and we filled by 10 in the morning.” What’s wrong with that?” I interrupted. “I didn’t drive all the way out there to hunt a couple hours.” This is a prime example of how hunting is all about expectations.

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Tips On Fuel Economy For Fall Fishing

The moaning and groaning you hear is the sound of sticker-shocked anglers filling up their gas tanks in the post-Hurricane Katrina era. No doubt, rising gas prices will play a role in how much many anglers will wet a line this fall. Fishing — from pulling a boat, to filling a boat — costs money. But there are ways to increase fuel efficiency, for your boat and for your vehicle. Here’s a list to consider.

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Securing Private Property For Hunting Is Difficult, But Not Impossible

Each fall, millions of hunters across the nation take to the field. Fall is also the time in which many hunters renew their contacts with landowners — landowners who have graciously granted them permission in years past to hunt their property. However, for many hunters, particularly those who have moved away from rural America, finding private land to hunt is becoming more and more difficult. Here are some tips on accessing private land.

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Bowhunting Not Just For The Young Of Heart

This isn’t a story about your typical “from-the-womb-to-the-woods” bowhunter. Dave Twite of West Salem, Wis., didn’t grow up in that culture. But his story is a good one, because it illustrates that no matter your age or predisposition, an outdoors life is always waiting with open arms.

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A Lost Art: Hunting Bunnies

When you talk about lost traditions, hunting bunnies ranks near the top of forgotten pastimes. Think about it. When’s the last time you planned a cottontail hunt? It’s hard to remember when, right? It’s a rarity, that’s for sure. But some quaint traditions should never die, and bunny hunting is one of them.

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How To Take Quality Fish Photos

A picture is worth a thousand words. We’ve all heard that saying before, right? But it is so true. With the help of Nikon, I’ve assembled the following information in hopes of helping novices capture some of those timeless fishing moments. Keep in mind; the same principles can be applied to most outdoor photography, including hunting photos. Good luck!

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Check Out This Good Book On Fishing

In the first chapter of his book, “Fishing Made Easy,” author Wade Bourne throws conventional wisdom overboard and makes a trophy-sized promise. “This book will teach you how to catch fish — guaranteed,” writes Bourne. After reading his 160-page hardcover book, you come away feeling that he isn’t blowing smoke, that he has written a fishing primer as good, as comprehensive and as easy to understand as any on the market today.

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Preparation Is Key Before That Summer Camping, Fishing Trip

For many families, the annual summer camping and fishing trip is the only trip they’ll take the entire year. That’s why pre-trip preparation is so important. In fact, part of the romance of taking a trip — any trip — is the amount of research and energy you put into it. Here are some tips I’ve learned over the years to get ready for that summer trip.

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