Fishing Summer Bass

Bass jumping in water

If you want some exciting action, try fishing topwater lures on Western reservoirs when predatory schools of black or striped bass are chasing large schools of shad. Quite often shad and bass are “busting” the surface during a feeding frenzy. Here’s how to get in on the action.

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Arizona Hiking: Beautiful Lost Dutchman State Park

Are you interested in finding the romance of the Old West, with a big side order of natural grandeur located less than an hour outside of Phoenix? Meet Lost Dutchman Sate Park. As a winter, spring or fall camping and hiking destination, it has a lot to offer with its desert wildflowers, Saguaro cactus, and magnificent rock structures.

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An Elk Odyssey: Part 5

I was having a hard time recovering from the events of the morning — I could not get the picture of a certain set of huge antlers out of my head! All I could think about were all the things that I “could have, should have” done differently to steer the outcome of the encounter in my favor. It was a bitter pill to swallow — having to accept that fact that I’d been in bow range of a 400-class bull, for a couple of minutes, and hadn’t even gotten off a shot! But the day was not done!

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An Elk Odyssey: Part 4

Sliding my Brunton binoculars to my eyes, I caught a flash of antler — big antler! I couldn’t believe what I was looking at — a long, thick beamed 7X7 that probably would break the 400-inch mark! Drawing my Mathews bow, I watched the bull stride
into the opening … .

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An Elk Odyssey: Part 3

The area where I’d place my opening-morning bet was on the fringe of the unit — a low-elevation spot which didn’t fit the bill as excellent habitat. From past experience, however, I knew that smart, old monarchs often hid out in these types of locations. Just as a new day was making itself evident in the eastern sky, a hoarse, vibrating bugle greeted my ears from below. Game on!

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An Elk Odyssey: Part 2

Pulling into central Arizona
on September 9, both Peg and I were excited to explore new
country. Heading for the forest, we were soon setting up a camp on the outskirts of my hunting area. From this location, we hoped to spend the next few days exploring my hunting unit — both scouting for elk, and looking for a new camping spot, which would be more centrally located.

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