Arizona Will Stop Auctioning Big-Game Tags to the Wealthiest Hunters

The Arizona Game and Fish Commission voted Friday to abolish the state’s practice of auctioning big-game tags. In their controversial 4-1 vote, the commissioners decided that, although these tags have provided millions in wildlife conservation funding by selling coveted tags to the highest bidders, auctions should be replaced with a more equitable system. The decision …

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2 Men Charged for Killing 3 Wild Burros with Night Vision, Unregistered Short-Barreled Rifles in California

Christopher Arnet of Loveland, Colorado, and Cameron Feikema of Yorba Linda, California, face up to 11 years in prison with additional probation and $12,000 in fines for shooting and killing three wild burros with unregistered short-barreled rifles in the Mojave Desert in November 2021.  Court documents acquired by Outdoor Life detail Arnet and Feikema’s activity …

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Guide Who Puts First-Time Angler on World-Record Paddlefish Says It’s a ‘Dream Come True’

Chad Williams of Olathe, Kansas, might never be able to top his first day fishing for paddlefish. On March 17, Williams went on a guided trip with five other friends and family members on Missouri’s Lake of the Ozarks, where the group caught several big fish during the opening weekend of the state’s snagging season. …

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Unusual Tuna Hotspots

Various tuna species swim in oceans around the world. The Atlantic bluefin tuna is the grandest of them all; huge, sleek, warm-blooded, the king of Atlantic waters both warm and cold. Some places are known for their big tuna: the Outer Banks, the Canadian Maritimes, and the Gulf coast, for example. But lately, tuna are …

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Poacher ‘Made a Poor Choice’ When He Shot a Trophy Buck While Driving Through a Cemetery

A Pennsylvania man was cited for multiple wildlife crimes this past deer season for shooting a trophy whitetail buck in a cemetery with a handgun. Game wardens with the Pennsylvania Game Commission shared some of the details about the incident in a Facebook post last week, which details how the poacher shot the 150-inch deer …

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Watch: Skier Sticks His Hand in a Coyote’s Face, Seems Surprised When It Bites Him

Some human-wildlife interactions are unpredictable. That unpredictability is the best argument for keeping your distance and doing everything in your power to avoid up-close encounters. Then there are the human-wildlife interactions that we see coming from a mile away. The national park “touron” approaching the bison or elk with a selfie stick and getting gored …

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Congress Killed Our Last Big Conservation Package Because It Was Too Expensive. This Politician Says His Bill Is Cheaper and Better

The House Natural Resources Committee earlier this month heard the opening notes of what is likely to be the main chorus of federal conservation funding for the year, the $320 million America’s Wildlife Habitat Conservation Act. The hearing framed both the ambition and the limitations of the bill, which was authored and introduced by the …

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The Best Fishing Boots of 2024

We may earn revenue from the products available on this page and participate in affiliate programs. Learn More › Best for Hiking Simms G3 See It Best Value Huk Rogue Wave See It Best For Extreme Conditions Grundens Crewman Tall Boots See It Whether you’re walking the bank or running through chop at 40 mph, …

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California Man Charged with 48 Alaska Game Violations After Allegedly Falsifying License Info, Hunting Bears, Sheep, and Goats Without a Guide

On Wednesday the Alaska Department of Public Safety and State Troopers announced that 44-year-old Dustan Currier of Palo Cedro, California, is being charged with a whopping 48 hunting and fishing violations stemming from years of trips within the state. Details surrounding the case are limited since the investigation, which began in August, is ongoing; however, some …

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Top Spanish Mackerel Fishing Tips

Double up on Spanish mackerel while you can; eventually, these speedsters get suspicious of wire leaders. George Poveromo Florida anglers, ­especially those in the Florida Keys, can practically set their watches to the start of the Spanish mackerel run. Once water temperatures drop into the low 70s, staggering quantities invade Florida Bay. Materializing by December, …

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How to Fell a Tree

We may earn revenue from the products available on this page and participate in affiliate programs. Learn More › Knowing how to fell a tree is a valuable skill set. But firing up a chainsaw and ripping into a tree is also very dangerous. So, whether you’re clearing land, removing a hazardous tree from your …

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The Trail Is Not Enough for Pierce Brosnan, Who Owes $1,500 for Breaking Tourist Rules at Yellowstone

No Yellowstone tourist is apparently safe from the consequences of leaving established walking paths to get up close and personal with the park’s many sensitive natural features — not even 007. Now actor Pierce Brosnan must cough up $1,500 in fines (a small fee for someone whose net worth is estimated at $200 million) for …

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Musher Dallas Seavey Wins the Iditarod, Sets Record Despite Penalty for Poorly Gutting a Moose Mid-Race

Veteran musher Dallas Seavey was the first to cross the Iditarod finish line in Nome, Alaska, on Tuesday at 5:16 p.m., coming from behind and beating out runner-up Matt Hall to win the 52nd running of the annual 975-mile race. He is the first-ever musher to win the Iditarod six times, and took home a …

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The 6 Best Buzzbaits of 2024

We may earn revenue from the products available on this page and participate in affiliate programs. Learn More › Best for Skipping Strike King Skip’ N Buzz See It Best Premium Megabass Jamaica Boa Buzzbait See It Best Double Blade Buckeye Lures Double Bladed Buzzbait See It A buzzbait may not look like anything found …

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Auction vs. Raffle Tags: Should States Stop Selling Big-Game Tags to the Highest Bidder?

This Friday Arizona’s Game and Fish Commission may direct the agency to consider alternatives to its controversial system of auctioning coveted hunting opportunities that raise millions of dollars for trophy big-game animals and their habitat. It’s a surprisingly fraught decision for a state agency that has been among the most active brokers of auction tags, …

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Great White Shark Makes Record 2,000-Mile Journey from South Carolina to Mexico Border

A 14-foot female white shark with a tracking tag that biologists nicknamed “LeeBeth” has traveled over 2,000 miles since Dec. 8, from the waters off the coast of Hilton Head Island in South Carolina to Matamoros, Mexico, near the Texas border on the Gulf Coast. Her journey to the waters near the border marked the …

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Deadly Pneumonia Hits Bighorn Sheep in Prime South Dakota Unit

South Dakota Game, Fish, and Parks wildlife division director Tom Kirschenmann interrupted a commission meeting Thursday to share some troubling news with attendees: the Hell Canyon herd of bighorn sheep is likely in the early stages of a pneumonia outbreak.  SDGFP biologists were recently conducting a collaring project in Hell Canyon (not to be confused …

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The Best Fishing Lines for Crappie: Braid, Mono, Copolymer, and Fluorocarbon

We may earn revenue from the products available on this page and participate in affiliate programs. Learn More › Best Monofilament Maxima Ultragreen See It Best Copolymer P-Line Floroclear See It Best Fluorocarbon Seaguar InvizX See It To catch a crappie you have to properly present a lure, or bait, at the right depth, detect …

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Trash Fish or Treasure? The Value of Black Drum, Bonita, and Mahi Depends on Where You Fish for Them

In February, angler Andrew Quintana made local news in Texas after landing a massive 50-inch black drum from shore. According to the story on Chron.com, Quintana’s fish drew a divided reaction when posted on social media. Some commenters referred to this fish and all other large black drum as “big uglies.” The catch even sparked …

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Gobbler Getters in Every Gauge

Obsessive turkey hunters (there is no other kind) understand that the right shotgun is crucial for a successful hunt. Whether you prefer lightweight and innovative small gauges, the ultimate power of a 10 Gauge, or something in between, there’s a shotgun out there to meet your specific turkey hunting needs. Each model brings unique qualities …

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Iditarod Musher Gets Time Penalty for Poorly Gutting the Moose He Killed in Self-Defense

As Dallas Seavey and his team of dogs work their way across Alaska in the 52nd running of the Iditarod, the competitor is now handicapped by a 2-hour penalty for what the Iditarod Trail Committee called an insufficient attempt to gut a moose. Seavey was forced to shoot the moose in question with a handgun …

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State-Record Tiger Trout Disqualified Because Angler Didn’t Have a Fishing License

There’s been a shake up in the Idaho fishing records book, as state officials were forced to rescind an angler’s record nearly six months after it was certified. Unlike other recent fishing-records scandals, there was no doubt as to the true weight of Kody King’s tiger trout, which nearly doubled the existing record for the …

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Where’s the Data for Making Changes to California’s Halibut Regulations?

It seems that no good deed goes unpunished. Supporting a decision to shut down salmon fishing in 2023 earned California anglers a cut in halibut limits. Keith Alexander Lee Fishery regulators in California want to reduce the daily recreational bag limit statewide for California halibut to two fish (from five fish in southern waters and …

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States Want to Issue Lots of Transferrable Big-Game Tags to Landowners. Regular Hunters Want to Stop Them

Deer hunters in Kansas turned out in force last month to kill House Bill 2672, which would have allowed landowners to receive one deer permit for every 80 acres of Kansas ground they own. The deer tags would have been transferable, meaning they could have been sold to any resident or non-resident deer hunter, essentially …

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Reward for Intel on Oregon Bighorn Poacher Hits $4,500 as Conservation Orgs Chip in

Three hunting and wildlife conservation groups have joined forces to put up a $4,500 reward for anyone with information leading to the felony arrest of a bighorn sheep poacher in eastern Oregon. The Oregon Wild Sheep Foundation and the Oregon Hunters’ Foundation contributed $2,000 each, while the Oregon Wildlife Coalition posted $500. The investigation remains …

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Inline Fabrication Review: The Ultimate System to Organize Your Reloading Room and Workbench

We may earn revenue from the products available on this page and participate in affiliate programs. Learn More › Inline Fabrication has been a lifesaver for my reloading room and workshop. The plates, mounts, and storage solutions allow me to quickly swap reloading presses, reloading accessories, bench vices, and other mission-critical items while keeping everything …

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A Stretch of the Yellowstone River Long-Closed to Waterfowl Hunting Might Reopen Soon. Some Hunters Aren’t Thrilled

Next month the rule-making body for Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks will decide whether to pass the migratory bird regulations proposed for 2024-2025. This year’s regs include a proposal to allow waterfowl hunting on an 87-mile stretch of the Yellowstone River in eastern Montana that’s currently off limits to waterfowl hunting. Even though most waterfowlers …

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The Best Spincast Reels of 2024

We may earn revenue from the products available on this page and participate in affiliate programs. Learn More › Best Overall Zebco Model 33 See It Most Durable Ugly Stik Ugly Tuff See It Best Budget Shakespeare Synergy TI 10 See It Almost every angler will agree there’s a learning curve to using standard spinning …

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Huge Smallmouth Bass Caught in Indiana Should Break 32-Year-Old State Record

Earlier this month, angler Rex Remington caught a smallmouth bass from Indiana’s Monroe Lake that should break the existing state record by nearly a pound. Remington weighed the bronzeback on a certified scale in front of officials with the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, and it weighed 8.23 pounds, according to Wired2Fish and other sources. …

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Guide to Spring Sailfish Fishing

Live baits, fished from kites or on the troll, provide exciting sailfish action. Jason Stemple Colbalt-purple, northward-flowing ocean water out front of Miami makes magic, especially in the spring. Terry Flora and I barely finished setting out a spread of live baits between Haulover Inlet and Government Cut before the first sailfish came to play. …

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Catch More Striped Bass This Spring

Spring Striped Bass Courtesy Terry Nugent Spring has sprung, and from Maryland to Maine, stripers are on the move. The combination of optimal water temperatures and the northbound migration of bunker is the driving force. Dedicated bass hounds follow the striper run along the East Coast, intercepting the fish as they return to their main …

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The Biggest Fire in Texas History Will Help Quail Someday. Right Now It’s Killing Them

As of Wednesday afternoon, the Smokehouse Creek Fire has burned over 1 million acres of the Texas Panhandle, making it the largest wildfire in state history. It’s one of four wildfires currently burning in the panhandle At the time of publication the largest, the Smokehouse Creek Fire, was 44 percent contained. Incident command estimates crews …

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Palmetto State Armory PSA Sabre AR-10 Review: An Accurate, Versatile, and Affordable Rifle

We may earn revenue from the products available on this page and participate in affiliate programs. Learn More › The PSA Sabre AR-10 is a rifle that’s built in the style of designated marksman rifles like the Knight’s Armament M110. AR-10s have been around even longer than AR-15s, but in modern form, they aim to …

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Feds Say Mining Company Can’t Divert 1.4 Million Gallons Water per Day from Georgia Wildlife Refuge

Mining company Twin Pines Minerals’ plans to extract titanium dioxide 3 miles from Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge on the Florida-Georgia state line ran into some federal red tape at the end of January, according to a letter recently acquired by the Associated Press. In it the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service reminded the Georgia Environmental …

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Endangered Sawfish Are Dying in the Florida Keys and Scientists Aren’t Sure Why

Another sawfish was found dead in the lower Florida Keys Friday, heightening concerns around an ongoing outbreak of sick and dying fish in the area. Florida wildlife officials are working with biologists, researchers, and volunteers to collect samples from the affected fish and investigate what’s sickening fish, which they now believe is some sort of …

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300 PRC vs 300 Win Mag

We may earn revenue from the products available on this page and participate in affiliate programs. Learn More › If you want to ignite a spirited conversation, ask hunters and shooters for their take on the 300 PRC vs 300 Win Mag. You will quickly encounter opinions harder than granite bedrock and as difficult to …

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Proposed Legislation Seeks to Curb Bycatch in Gillnet Fishery

A new bill would place new restrictions and create greater oversight aboard boats using set-gillnets off the California coast Courtesy Adobe Stock The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (DFW) was recently charged the state’s Fish and Game Commission’s Marine Resources Committee with prioritizing recommendations for improving data collection and minimizing bycatch in the state’s …

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Florida Python Trackers Remove Two Giant Mating Balls in Record Day of Snake Hunting

Ian Bartoszek didn’t need the beeping radio receiver to know there were pythons nearby. As his team of four walked single-file into the dense oak woods of South Florida, they couldn’t help but notice snake sheds littering the ground. “In my 10 years of doing this I don’t think I’ve ever seen this much snake …

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Here’s Why No One Can Agree on How to Manage America’s Old Growth Forests

As the presidential election looms and the odds of a 2020 rematch grow, natural resource management is just one of many issues at stake. The Trump administration emphasized logging, thinning, and “raking” in the name of emboldening the timber and paper industry. Conversely, the Biden administration has reversed most of Trump’s forest policies in the …

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Hikers and Backpackers in the American West Hit Their Garmin InReach SOS Button Most Often

A new report from Garmin that examines global inReach SOS data from 2023 shows that it’s not just backcountry adventurers who are triggering SOS calls these days. Although hikers and backpackers are the largest user group relying on the GPS feature to contact emergency services, Garmin’s data shows that the biggest increase in SOS calls …

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Cod Hotspots

Looking to catch some fish in the colder months? Consider going after cod. Joe Albanese Cod may not be as abundant as they once were, but they still provide anglers in the Northeast with bent rods and tasty filets. If you live in the New England region, there are a handful of places where you …

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Where to Fish in March

For North American anglers, March is the cruelest month. After a winter of short days and long, cold nights, the water temperature is warming and fish are slowly returning to their spring playgrounds. While other people hide inside, intrepid anglers brave March’s famous furious weather to catch the season’s first fishing. Northeast Atlantic Cod and …

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Walther PDP Steel Frame Match Review: A New Level for Striker-Fired Pistols

We may earn revenue from the products available on this page and participate in affiliate programs. Learn More › Walther has a long-standing reputation for producing quality pistols like the P38 and PPK, and fans of the current Walther PDP lineup claim that there isn’t a better striker-fired pistol made today. The PDP has been …

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Tennessee Man Who Poached 20 Deer from the Road, Threatened to Kill a Landowner Gets Lifetime Hunting Ban

In August, William Stamey Jr. of Whitesburg, Tennessee, pointed a gun at a landowner who caught him and an accomplice spotlighting and shooting deer on McKinney Chapel Road in Rogersville. Now, after pleading guilty in Hawkins County Circuit Court to aggravated assault and multiple big game poaching charges on Friday, Stamey will spend six months …

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Canadian Authorities Searching for Antler Thief Who Stole 14 Deer Mounts from Hunter’s Residence

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police are seeking information about a mass antler theft that took place at a residence in B.C. earlier this month. The thief stole 14 deer mounts, along with a bear hide, a wolf hide, a sheep hide, a mountain goat hide, and multiple boxes of .22 ammo. Authorities with the RCMP …

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Wahoo Fishing Guide

Wahoo are known for their speed. Kevin Dodge With an economy of words, Capt. Mike Dupree sums up the appeal of wahoo: “It’s the baddest fish in the ocean,” says the skipper based out of Harkers Island, North Carolina. The one characteristic of wahoo that accounts for that reputation, in the minds of enthusiasts, is …

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