Will Louisiana Buffer Its Coastline from Commercial Menhaden Fishing? It’s Possible.

Menhaden are vital forage for nearly all nearshore predatory game fish. Courtesy Virginia Institute of Marine Science / Chris Crippen Louisiana has been the one state among the five bordering the Gulf of Mexico that has welcomed the entire Gulf fleet of commercial menhaden net boats. The other four Gulf states have either banned commercial …

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Watch: Nebraska Man Rescues an Ice Fisherman (and His Fish Finder) Using a Tent Bag, a Kayak, and Two Hammers

The kindness of strangers came full circle in Nebraska last month when a good Samaritan rescued a fellow fisherman who crashed through the ice. The unknown angler had just shared some minnows with his neighbor, Travis McIntosh, when the man broke through the ice. McIntosh hauled the angler from the frigid water using the tent …

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A Dead Cougar Was Found in Arkansas for the First Time in a Decade. Experts Aren’t Sure What Killed It

A U.S. Forest Service employee recently discovered an adult male mountain lion carcass in Sylamore Wildlife Management Area in Stone County, Arkansas, prompting Arkansas Game and Fish Commission veterinarian Jenn Ballard to conduct a necropsy on Thursday. Not only were the results confusing, but so was the discovery itself. No one has seen a mountain …

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Chesapeake Channa Might Be the Most Delicious Freshwater Fish of All Time

Albert Einstein is commonly credited with defining insanity as doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result. Old Albert immediately popped into my mind when I read that a Maryland senator is trying to pass a bill that would rename northern snakeheads “Chesapeake channa,” at least on restaurant menus and fish …

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Protect the Blue: Faces of Conservation in the Florida Keys – Marathon

Diving, snorkeling, boating, and fishing are all daily occurrences in Marathon. Anglers know Marathon for its variety of fishing, both offshore and inshore. Around Marathon’s reefs, life abounds. The reefs in the Florida Keys are under attack amongst rising water temperature and human impact. Cindy Lewis of Keys Marine Lab, a coral recovery center, shares …

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A Hunting T.V. Show Host Who Says He Didn’t Know the Regs Just Got Fined $31K for Poaching Violations

A joint investigation between Alberta and British Columbia conservation officers resulted in multiple charges filed against the host of Wild TV’s Alpine Carnivore, Michel Beaulieu, both agencies announced on social media on Thursday.  Beaulieu and his wife, Lynn, have been fined more than $31,500 for a laundry list of charges stemming from at least three …

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Retired Game Warden Under Investigation After Shooting a Collared Wolf in Wisconsin. He Claims Self Defense 

A retired Wisconsin conservation warden and prominent figure in state wildlife issues is under investigation for shooting a collared wolf, allegedly in self-defense. Pat Quaintance, who served on the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Wolf Management Committee, self-reported the shooting which took place around 1 a.m. on Dec. 25, 2023. “Patrick Quaintance called us reporting …

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Nebraska Politicians Are Jeopardizing $20M in Wildlife Funding, Partly Because a Senator Can’t Catch Fish

In his state of the state address last month, Nebraska Governor Jim Pillen announced Operation: Clean Out the Closets, a coordinated initiative to sweep cash “hoarded” by state agencies into Nebraska’s general fund in order to reduce property tax increases. In all, Pillen’s administration identified some $274 million in over 500 agency funds, including nearly …

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Valhalla V-29 Hybrid

The V-29 Hybrid is packed with angling amenities. Courtesy Valhalla Boatworks Visit Valhalla Build Your Valhalla Find a Valhalla Dealer The Valhalla V-29 Hybrid is designed to strike a balance between a hardcore fishboat that can work inshore reefs or bays while also serving as a day cruiser for family outings. Angling amenitiesinclude a trolling …

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How to Sharpen a Chainsaw

We may earn revenue from the products available on this page and participate in affiliate programs. Learn More › We have all heard the idiom that “there’s more than one way to skin a cat”, and while I don’t know too many methods for skinning felines, I do know plenty of ways to sharpen a …

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The onX Effect: Digital Mapping Apps Have Changed the Way We Hunt. Now What Will They Do With All Our Data?

I pulled up to an obscure two-track on the side of a dirt road years ago while turkey hunting in Wyoming’s Black Hills. A tangled barbed wire fence stretched across the road with a sign saying, “POSTED No Trespassing.” There should have been a sliver of public land I could shimmy through, attached to a …

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Meet the Arkansas Great-Grandma Who’s Completed the “Triple Trophy” for 20 Deer Seasons

Charleen Parten was an adult-onset hunter before it was trendy.  Deer hunting was part of her retirement plan from a life of farming in southern Arkansas. The kids had graduated from school and were out of the family house, and Parten golfed, but she wanted to spend more time outside. So she started hunting with …

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The Believer: A Review

The Believer follows the author’s fishing adventures for a year. Joe Albanese The Believer is New York Times bestselling author David Coggins’ second book on fly fishing, and the fly fishing lifestyle. He follows up his hit, The Optimist, by taking the readers along with him as travels throughout North America, South America, and Europe …

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Montana Man Charged for Illegally Cloning and Breeding Threatened Sheep from Central Asia

A Montana game farm owner is in a world of trouble after federal investigators busted up his yearslong, multi-state wild sheep cloning, breeding, and trafficking ring that involved test tube embryos, straws of semen, falsified veterinary certificates, and tens of thousands of dollars exchanging hands.  Arthur “Jack” Schubarth of Vaughn, Montana entered a plea agreement …

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Drones Could Revolutionize How Hunters Recover Lost Deer … If They’re Not Banned First

Mike Yoder is a small business owner facing a big problem. He’s built a successful model around new technology that could change the way hunters recover their deer in the field. But while the demand for this tech grows, the service he provides has come under scrutiny from state agencies and some members of the …

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30 Super Carry vs 9mm: Which Is the Better Self-Defense Cartridge?

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Question of Ethics: The Buck I Was Snow Tracking Suddenly Broke Through the Ice. Should I Shoot Him?

It occurred to me that I might be a lousy friend as I turned uphill, abandoning my buddy Ed to shiver it out alone at our agreed-upon meeting place way off on the opposite side of the drainage. The willow-choked ridge above me was pockmarked with the first fresh mule deer tracks I’d seen in …

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A Complete Guide to Animal Tracks

Animal tracks are a key component to successfully watching, scouting, hunting, tracking, and photographing different wildlife species. If you want to know where the animals are, you often need to start by figuring out where they were, even if they aren’t there anymore. Sure, they may occasionally leave scat behind. (Brush up on your bear …

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California Guide Tags Pending World-Record Roosevelt Elk. It Wouldn’t Be His First

The Boone and Crockett Club announced on Wednesday that a giant Roosevelt elk killed by Tim Carpenter in northern California in 2023 could be a new world record. The skull is awaiting confirmation by a judge’s panel, which will determine whether it’s crowned the new No. 1 Roosevelt bull in the B&C book. Although the …

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Even for Archery Prodigy Liko Arreola, the Journey to Becoming a Champion Is Full of Highs and Lows

Liko Arreola draws her Hoyt and settles her dot on the golf-ball-sized 10 ring. Somewhere between drawing and releasing, a dozen things could go wrong. Liko could be distracted by the shifting crowd, or a fellow competitor, or the fact that she’s shooting for a prestigious title and thousands of dollars. The Vegas Shoot demands …

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“Disrespectful Violations” Prompt Ute Tribe to Close 4 Million Acres to Nontribal Hunters, Anglers, Campers

The Ute Indian Tribe has terminated all active nonmember hunting, fishing, and recreation permits for its 4-plus million acres of tribal lands in the Uintah Basin of northeastern Utah, an area that’s twice the size of Yellowstone National Park. The Tribe has also set “an indefinite moratorium” on issuing any new permits for nonmembers. The …

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Florida Rep Cites ‘Crack Bears’ in Effort to Legalize Killing Black Bears in Self Defense

A debate over black bears in a Florida House of Representatives committee meeting on Jan. 30 took a rather comedic turn when Rep. Jason Shoaf of Region 7 in the Panhandle started talking about bears on crack. Shoaf’s comments, which were oddly reminiscent of the plot of the 2023 horror flick Cocaine Bear, were part …

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Sig Sauer P320 XTen Comp Review

The new Sig Sauer P320 XTen Comp is a line extension that hasn’t initially turned many heads — and why should it? I count a total of 27 different P320 models on Sig’s website, encompassing a variety of sizes, configurations and colors. This might seem like an overboard move  to tempt cosplaying fanboys, but Sig …

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Therm-a-Rest NeoAir vs Nemo Tensor

For years, possibly decades, in the great Therm-a-Rest NeoAir vs Nemo Tensor debate, the NeoAir XLite reigned supreme in the world of ultralight backpacking and thru-hiking. Its yellow-curry hue is so iconic that when ultralight sleeping bag manufacturers took product shots, that’s typically what you would see poking out the side. And the reason for …

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Inline Spinners: How to Pick the Best Spinner for the Conditions

French angler Andre Meulnart invented the inline spinner in 1938 while working for a company called Manufacturier d’Engins de Precision pour Peches Sportives. You probably know the brand by its acronym—Mepps. The Mepps spinner is still one of the most popular and widely sold lures of all time, mostly because it’s so versatile.  Today there’s …

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“I Caught That Fish Legally and Honestly.” Kansas Officials Seize State-Record Crappie, Strike It From Record Books

It took 60 years for someone to break the Kansas state record for white crappie, and only six months for that record to be taken away. Now, the angler who caught the alleged state-record fish is crying foul. “I caught that fish legally and honestly,” Bobby Parkhurst wrote in a Facebook post Saturday, claiming that …

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Houndsman Killed a 400-Pound Bear with a Knife to Save His Dog and Hunting Buddy

Editor’s Note: A version of this story was originally published in local Michigan publications in 2007. We’re republishing it here to serve as a reminder: Never forget the backup gun.  Black bear attacks are rare, but they do occasionally happen. Many reported attacks involve mother bears protecting their young. However, wounded bears can also be …

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British Columbia Records First Instances of Chronic Wasting Disease in a Whitetail and a Mule Deer

British Columbia became the latest Canadian province to confirm the presence of chronic wasting on Wednesday. Both a hunter-harvested mule deer buck and a whitetail doe that died in a vehicle collision tested positive, the British Columbia Wildlife Federation announced the day following the confirmation. Both detections occurred in the Kootenay mountain range near the …

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Hiking the John Muir Trail: How to Start Planning for the Greatest Wilderness Hike in America

Even among long trails, the John Muir Trail, colloquially called the JMT, is unique. It hovers around 8,000 feet for most of its 211 miles, crossing six major mountain passes in California’s Sierra Nevada range. While it’s named for early twentieth century naturalist John Muir, who founded the Sierra Club, the JMT itself parallels the …

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I Took an Avalanche Course to Learn How to (Probably) Not Die in the Mountains

There are signs before an avalanche occurs. The snow under your feet may start to crack, slide, or sluff away. You might hear the snow collapse on deep layers, too weak to support your weight. Not to mention the public data, reports, forecasts, and warnings issued daily in most developed mountain towns detailing that specific …

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The Next Generation of Digital Smart Optics Promises to Replace Traditional Scopes and Binoculars

When we were all worried about Y2K, I don’t think anyone thought their landline was a living fossil. But, in 2007, the first iPhone came to market with GPS, web browsing, email, and a 2-megapixel camera. And just like that, a phone was more than a phone.  I think the same evolution is about to …

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Body Cam Footage: Kodiak Bear Cubs Found Wandering Down Road in Florida, Thousands of Miles from Native Range

The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office in the Florida Panhandle received a strange call at 3:30 a.m. this winter. An unidentified man had found two bear cubs on the side of a road in the small, inland town of Baker on Dec. 5. This wouldn’t have otherwise been an oddity, as northwestern Florida has a robust …

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Mysterious Polar Bear Heist Has Canadian Authorities Scratching Their Heads

When employees at Alberta’s Lionsheart Wholeness Center returned to work after a cold snap that hit over the weekend of Jan. 13, it took them a while to notice that something was mysteriously absent from the rural retreat center. Somehow, a 12-foot-tall, full-body polar bear mount that had long presided over the second floor had …

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Light Tackle Sharks

The author’s wife, Jana Frazee, poses with one of the many blacktip sharks she caught with Capt. Jack Callion, right. Brent Frazee When Capt. Jack Callion steered his boat onto the Atlantic Ocean off the Florida Keys, I envisioned a scene out of the movie Jaws. That’s why I was so surprised when he handed …

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How to Cook Catfish

If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. The saying applies to a lot of things, but it’s especially true when talking about how to cook catfish, specifically Southern catfish cooking. I’m not suggesting that it’s wrong to get experimental with fresh catfish, of course. It’s a mild, white-meat fish, which means you can do anything …

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Federal Judge Overturns California Law Requiring Background Checks for Every Ammo Purchase

A California law requiring in-person background checks for every purchase of ammunition was overturned Tuesday by a federal court in the District of Southern California, bringing the state’s regulation of ammunition sales more in line with the rest of the country.  In his decision U.S. District Judge Roger Benitez called the background checks both unconstitutional …

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Does Ozonics Actually Work? Here’s What 5 Independent, Diehard Deer Hunters Say After Field Testing

Many of the deer hunting strategies we rely on aren’t scientifically proven. For the most part, we go with the gear and tactics that have worked in the field, not necessarily in research studies. The most controversial example of this is probably scent control. Numerous products claim to minimize human scent, and some of them …

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Watch: Elk Hunter Faces Off with an Aggressive Coyote That Won’t Back Down

An elk hunter in Wyoming encountered a strangely aggressive coyote over the weekend while hunting along the Wind River. Using his phone, David Mossburg caught the whole encounter on video and uploaded the footage to YouTube. On Monday, he spoke with Cowboy State Daily about the stand-off, and he explained that he almost shot the …

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Springtime Vessel Safety Checklist

You can contact your local Coast Guard Auxiliary for a vessel safety check. They will go over your safety equipment to ensure you have what you need should the unthinkable happen. Jim Hendricks For many coastal boating anglers, winter is the off-season. Fishing opportunities can be a bit lacking, but the downtime offers a good …

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A Fur Ban in Washington Could Cripple Fly Tyers, Lure Makers, and the Larger Fishing Industry

New legislation proposed in Washington State that would ban the sale of fur statewide is getting some outsized attention from a niche community in the outdoor world: anglers and fly tyers who use fur and other natural fibers to create handmade flies and fishing lures. A few of these advocates spoke up during a public …

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Where the Acorn Falls

Running Salt Water Sportsman was just one of many adventures Rip Cunningham experienced. Frank Woolner, Rip Cunningham Editor’s Note: Colin M. “Rip” Cunningham Jr. ranks as a true living legend in the saltwater angling community, sport-fishing journalism in particular. Joining Salt Water Sportsman in 1973, he served as a guiding editorial force in building this …

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Red-Dots for Wingshooting? Manufacturers Say We’ll Soon Have Optics on Our Duck Guns

Judging by the new shotguns of SHOT Show 2024, it’s clear that gun makers are anticipating an as-yet untapped horde of optic-buyers: duck and upland hunters. Several manufacturers have introduced dedicated waterfowl (and in some cases, upland) shotguns with receivers that are pre-cut to directly mount red-dots — no Pic rail needed. Both the Mossberg …

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The Biggest Fish Ever Caught

We may never really know precisely what the biggest fish ever caught was — or who caught it, or where. The world’s waters are deep and mysterious places, and the best fishermen are good at keeping secrets. That’s just one reason why any modern list of the world’s biggest catches includes some caveats. If we’re …

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The Best Home Safes of 2024

Best Overall SentrySafe Waterproof and Fireproof Safe See It Best Portable Vaultek Essential Series VE10 See It Best UL-Certified FireKing KR Series See It We all have things we want to protect from floods, fires, and thieves. A home safe can keep your valuables out of harm’s way. But, if you choose poorly, all they’ll …

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Offshore Jigging Tactics

Catching albies on the surface with light tackle is an exciting Northeast tradition. Courtesy Savage Gear Offshore jigging has really taken off in the past couple of years. Sure, some early adopters have been jigging with metals for decades, but it was never something utilized by the masses. That’s changed in a big way. Today, …

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Watch: Hundreds of Mallards Swim Out of Flooded Timber, Swarming Hunters

If you want to see what a truly giant raft of mallards looks like, check out this video that longtime waterfowler and hunting personality Dennis Loosier, better known as “Dr. Duck,” shared to Instagram Tuesday. Loosier recorded the video while hunting public land with some buddies, and it’s the stuff that mid-winter waterfowl dreams are …

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New Ammo of SHOT Show 2024

There are plenty of new cartridges, handgun loads, and shotshells being introduced at SHOT Show 2024. Staff writer Tyler Freel tracked down the new rifle and handgun ammunition that interested him, and executive editor Natalie Krebs rounded up notable new shotshells. Expect more additions to this list as we track them down. New Rifle Ammo …

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This Swarovski AX Visio Binocular Can Mark a Deer’s Location, Identify Animals with AI

For digital optics, integrated ballistic programs and rangefinders were just the beginning. Swarovski’s latest binocular has EL-quality glass with AI recognition software, a camera, and a compass. Here’s more on what it can do. Swarovski AX Visio Highlights  See It Available February 1, 2024 10x magnification 32 mm objective  Field of view at 1,000 yards: …

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Walleye Tournament Cheater’s Deer Poaching Charges Dropped

A handful of poaching-related charges against former walleye tournament pro-turned-criminal Chase Cominsky have been dropped, according to multiple local news outlets citing records from Mercer County Court in Cominsky’s home state of Pennsylvania. The charges included accusations of night hunting, taking big game out of season, failure to tag deer, and using others’ tags on …

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Yamaha and Siren Marine Announce Major Upgrades to Siren Connected Boat Mobile App

Siren Marine’s new Connected Boat mobile app promises to deliver a host of boating resources right at your fingertips. Courtesy Yamaha Marine Siren Marine revealed today the newly upgraded Siren Connected Boat mobile app, now featuring integration with Yamaha outboards and control systems. It also has the ability to personalize the boating experience. “Through Siren …

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Ohio Crossbow Hunter Gets Her Target Buck Along with a ‘Touch of Frostbite’

Heather Nicole was six hours into an all-day sit when she briefly considered packing it up. Hunting from a homemade ground blind on her uncle’s 9-acre property in southeastern Ohio, she looked out over a landscape covered in snow. Temperatures were well below freezing, the wind was howling, and her feet were especially cold. But …

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Montana Man Killed a Grizzly, Threw Its GPS Collar in the River, and Hid Its Claws in a Hollow Tree, Feds Allege

An elderly man from Troy, Montana filed a plea agreement with the U.S. District Court for the District of Montana on Monday after a damning affidavit from a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service special agent alleged that he killed a grizzly bear and tried hiding the evidence in November 2020. He was charged with tampering …

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We Tested the Best Patagonia Jackets

Best Synthetic Patagonia Nano Puff Jacket See It Best Technical Fleece Patagonia R1 Air See It Best All-Season Rain Jacket Patagonia Torrentshell See It Patagonia is one of the most well-known outdoor brands. They have a reputation for bright colored outdoor gear and apparel made from synthetic and recycled materials. Patagonia will repair most products …

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New Shotguns of SHOT Show 2024

Truly new shotgun introductions at SHOT Show have always been a boom-or-bust proposition, with new guns everywhere one year and scarcely a semi-auto the next. At SHOT Show 2024, companies seem to be responding to customer feedback with increasingly niche products. So far noteworthy shotgun introductions include fun subgauges for sporting clays, lightweight upland guns, …

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New Marine Electronics for 2024

This year ushers in a wealth of advancements in marine electronics to help boating anglers navigate, communicate, entertain and, of course, catch more fish. Much of the innovation focuses on integration of electronic elements, but there are also remarkable developments in new multifunction displays, ultra-sophisticated sonar transducers, and a new mobile app that lets you …

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This Company Makes Affordable Night Vision Binos, and a Crossbow Scope That Works in the Dark

One of the advantages of premium binoculars is that they allow you to observe animals up until the last moments of daylight. But what if you didn’t have to pay thousands to buy a binocular capable of extreme low light performance? Buk Ops, a company owned by Surge Outdoors, is banking on customers who want high …

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New Knives of SHOT Show 2024

If you like knives, then the annual SHOT Show is the place to be. Many of the best knife companies exhibit there and launch exciting new models and product lines. The 2024 SHOT Show is no exception. There’s not enough time to cover all the new knife introductions, but here are some of the standouts …

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New Handguns of SHOT Show 2024

The proverbial New Year’s Day of the gun world is marked by the kickoff of SHOT Show. Though we’ve been seeing new products released on a more widespread schedule in recent years, SHOT remains the biggest introduction of new shooting sports products. So, I’ve scoured press releases, twisted arms for the best early details, and …

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New Rifles of SHOT Show 2024

Each SHOT Show brings new rifles of every type, style, and caliber, and we’ve seen some interesting ones over the years. We’ve seen booms in ARs and tactical rifles over the years — a trend that has influenced the style of hunting rifles, too. This year we’re noticing an excellent mix of tactical and precision-influenced …

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Poachers Posed as Photographers, Hikers in ‘Elaborate Scheme’ to Kill Big Urban Bucks

Two men have lost hunting privileges for five years and were fined $1,075 because of their involvement in an elaborate deer poaching scheme in western New York. A Jan. 19 press release from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation mentions the scheme involving Jayson Zorda, of Oneonta, and Kevin Butler, of Afton. Both …

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