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10 Key Hunting Accessories

10 Key Hunting Accessories | By Ryan Frank

When hunting season rolls around, it is important to have the right gear. Here is a compilation of key hunting accessories, no matter what type of game you are hunting.

1) The right clothes: Obviously, hunting climates vary across the country, but it is always important to stay warm. You can always takes a jacket off, but if you are cold, you are stuck shivering for your entire trip.

2) Good backpack: Camelbak makes some really great backpacks of various sizes, all of extreme durability.


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3) Maps: If you are taking a larger backpack, you should probably throw a few maps in there. Safety is the most important thing when you are hunting, and plenty of people have gotten themselves in dangerous situations by getting lost, so make sure you have a map if that happens.

4) Compass: for the same reason as the map, a compass is vital. You can often choose one or the other. Both are only really necessary when taking a longer trip.

5) Scent control: before leaving the house, it is important to mask the human scent. Animals have a much better sense of smell than humans, so even after masking the human scent, you will want to cover it with another smell from the wildlife.

6) Gun: Your gun is one of your most important hunting accessories. The type of game you plan on hunting is going to tell you what type of gun to bring.

7) Binoculars: It’s always better to have increased eyesight when hunting, so binoculars are extremely useful.

8) Knife: of all the accessories you will need, your knife will be the most handy. Whether you are headed out for an early morning hunt, or a weekend adventure, your knife will be needed. For large game, I suggest the Buck Alpha Hunter Gut hook. It is ergonomically designed, its durability is unmatched, and it is small enough to carry around, but large enough for big game.

9) Flashlight: if you are headed out overnight, make sure you carry a flashlight. I definitely suggest something really durable, such as an LED flashlight. The batteries will last longer, and LED is more resistant to cold and heat.

10) Extra ammunition: nobody wants to cut a hunting trip short because they ran out of ammo, right? Always bring a few extra cartridges along.

If you want to purchase these necessary hunting tools visit http://www.4lessdepot.com, an outdoor supplies shop.
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Largemouth Bass Fishing

The Basics of Extreme Largemouth Bass Fishing | By Adam Alpers

The thrill of the catch is what bass fishing is revolved around. Every aspiring angler new and experienced jumps at the challenge of landing that extreme largemouth bass or at any of the fish that are a species in the black bass family. Bass fishing is intriguing, exciting, and sometimes very rewarding, especially for new bass anglers who are venturing into this immense field of notoriety. Are you a fisherman who is considering crossing-over to the big guns fishing that largemouth bass fishing offers?


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It may be overwhelming to enter this abyss of possibilities, because there is such as vast array of information, advice, tips, articles, videos, and media that surround this highly-popular sport within the fishing genre. The basics are the first step to understanding how to land largemouth bass, and as you get accustomed with the general, then you can expand your horizons and peruse the details that will improve your techniques, skills, and odds at landing that (hawg) hog. The basics are enough to have your head spinning, as well as your rod and reel with that bass you want to land.

The basics of largemouth bass fishing:

Tackle – It is best to start your bass fishing tackle with the bare minimum necessities, because it can be a waste to spend the thousands of dollars on the fancy tackle that you may not be able to utilize until you get some largemouth bass catches under your belt. A single casting rod and one spinning rod should suffice you for a while. Try to purchase a good quality, medium stiff, 6ft casting or spinning rod that is in a fairly affordable price range, and allow the salesperson to direct you to the reel that will compliment your new pole. It is imperative to be certain that the reel and rod are of equal weight and balance one another out. This will spare your wrist the discomfort from having an unbalanced set-up.

Casting – You can get acquainted with the basics of casting by simply going out in your yard and practicing the feel of the rod and reel as you cast. You can gage your accuracy with each cast by composing a target point. Just by practicing your casting technique you can expand your fishing skills tremendously However, keep in mind that a spinning reel is less accurate, and the casting reel is the most difficult to master.

Line – It is best to purchase the high-end brand monofilament line in 10lb test. This line will come in very handy, especially when fishing for that extreme largemouth bass in mucky water that has brush and debris that the line can get hung on. This line is thin, however but has the strength necessary where the line will not be affected when tugged, nicked, or stuck in brush or rocks.

Lures – Well, this accessory to your largemouth bass fishing endeavors, is one of infinite possibilities. There are thousands upon thousands of different lures that can be used to catch a largemouth bass, however until you have the proper experience do not blow your wallet out on buying everything you see. Instead, concentrate on the three main categories of lures that are essential for now. These would be plastic worms, deep divers, and spinners. The shades that you should choose should simulate that of minnows, sunfish, or perch. Start with the knowledge of using noisy baits in the late eve and early morn. These may include lures with white or yellow fringed skirts, spinners, and buzz baits. Another thing you may attempt is the floating lure that twitches and may be retrieved or ceased at will.

In the next series of bass basic articles I will explain in which circumstances to use the assorted lures. I will explain in further detail how conditions, location, weather, time of day, and water temperature all affect your chances of landing that extreme largemouth bass, and teach you how to observe those conditions and incorporate the lures you use individually to suit the best outcome.

Adam L. Alpers invites you to learn all about Largemouth Bass Fishing and Enjoy to the extreme this wonderful pastime today. Visit http://www.bassfishingextreme.com and also our blog at http://www.bassfishingextreme.blogspot.com to get more out of your fishing experience in every way.
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Carp Fishing Rigs

Carp Fishing Rigs – Getting Your Bait in the Fish’s Mouth! | By Simon Volk

So you have decided to go carp fishing, but have absolutely no idea what sort of carp fishing rig you need to do the job. When I refer to a rig I mean what is at the business end of the line where the actual fishing takes place. There are a couple of popular setups that I will discuss, specifically the hair rig and the bolt rig. Interspersed there will of course be a discussion of bait selection and fishing technique to increase your chances of landing one of these great fighters.


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To cover the basics, you will need a hook, bait, and some weight. The weight has multiple roles to fill. For starters the additional weight makes it easier to cast, especially if you have some light weight bait like corn. Secondly, it is a key element in getting the bait on or near the bottom. Since carp are bottom feeders, if you are carp fishing you need to be fishing on the bottom. It therefore is the genius behind what is called a bolt rig. A brief discussion about how carp eat is needed here. They tend to suck up the bait, taste it to decide if they want to eat it and then spit it out. They can do this several times before they actually eat the bait. In the bolt rig setup a heavy weight, 2 or 3 ounces, is used up line from the hook. When the fish sucks up the bait and feels the resistance of the extra weight, often times it will react by fleeing or “bolting” and there by hooking itself. The extra weight is also key in setting the hook at the fish bolts. If you do nothing else, using this bolt rig will increase the number of fish you catch.

Following down the line from our pole, we first encounter the weight as described above and next the hook. Finally the bait, in what is called a hair rig the bait is actually after the hook. The rig is one where a small loop of monofilament line or other material is trailing the hook and holding the bait – artificial or natural. So the bait is not actually on the hook, but on the trailing hair. It will seem an odd setup to many first time carp fisherman. As I discussed above, due to the way carp feed, when they suck the bait into their mouth to taste it they will also suck up the hook. It is reported that this rig generates higher rates of success and can be better for the fish as it typically results in a lower lip hooking which only benefits the fish. The other benefit of this setup is you can also thread items onto the hair to make the bait float just off the bottom making it easier for the fish to find.

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These two carp fishing rigs work together to increase your chances of catching the big fish. Getting the bait on the bottom and then arranging the hook and bait combination to work naturally with the fish’s feeding habit to put the odds in your favor and finally having a rig that helps set the hook. Get yourself a setup like this and a can of corn and head off to the lake.

Simon Volk has been a contributing author for websites and is an acknowledged expert in the field of health and fitness. He enjoys fishing and has recently developed a love for carp fishing.

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What is Poaching?


What is Poaching?
| By Joseph Devine

Hunting for sport is popular in areas that have woods, streams, and land populated with wildlife. Hunting and fishing is regulated and controlled by Federal, state, and local institutions to make sure that all actions are done legally. The act of hunting, fishing, or gathering fruits and other products from the land in an illegal manner is defined as poaching. In most states, poaching is considered a criminal offense, punishable by fines and criminal prosecution.

Specific seasons for hunting and fishing are typically established to protect wildlife from being hunted during breeding season. Hunters should be aware of the rules and regulations regarding each season and should consult their local wildlife office if they have any questions or concerns. Most states require all hunters and fishermen to apply for permits before they head out to hunt or fish.


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Examples of Poaching

Actions that may be considered poaching may include:

• Taking fish from a lake, stream, or pond without a proper license, or during a prohibited season.
• Hunting game without proper state permits.
• Hunting during prohibited season.
• Hunting or fishing on private property without consent of the property owner.
• Removing plants, fruit, vegetables, firewood, or other products of the land from private property.
• Using prohibited or illegal weapons to hunt game.
• Using illegal methods or means to fish or hunt game.
• Hunting or fishing for endangered or prohibited species.

It is important to note that different states have laws regarding the method and manner in which game is hunted. Hunters that use bows, rifles, shotguns, and other weapons should consult state and local regulations to find out information about which seasons each weapon may be used. Information may be available through specialty stores, government offices, or posted online.

Only wildlife, fruits, vegetables, firewood, and other products that come naturally from the land may be poached. The act of taking domestic animals is considered theft. Any individual looking to hunt or fish should make sure to apply for all of the proper permits before taking any action. Poaching causes serious environmental damage and should be avoided at all costs.

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Many people are unaware of the laws in their area and the criminal prosecution they may face if accused of poaching. If you would like to know more about poaching laws in the Wisconsin area, visit the website of the Appleton criminal defense attorneys of Kohler, Hart & Priebe.

Joseph Devine

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Addicting Outdoor Adventures in Maine

Hunting and Fishing Activities – Addicting Outdoor Adventures in Maine | By David Urmann

Maine is known for its 17 million acres of forest, 711 mountains, 3500 miles of coastline, and 6000 lakes and ponds. This nature abundance makes Maine a destination for outdoor recreational activities all year round. Activities that can be enjoyed in the summer are hunting, fishing, biking, canoeing and kayaking, hiking as well as whitewater rafting, windjammer cruising and golf. Skiing, snowboarding and snowmobiling are winter adventures.


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Fishing in Maine

Fishing opportunities are abundant because of its many coastlines, rivers, lakes and ponds. A wide variety of species inhabit Maine’s waters. Freshwater fishes are categorized into living in cold and warm waters. Cold freshwater fishes identified are the landlocked salmon, splake, arctic charr and the trouts- brown, brook, lake and rainbow.

Warm freshwater fishes are those that prefer shallower waters. Examples are the northern pike, chain pickerel, bass- largemouth and the smallmouth along with the perch- white and yellow. The latter types of fish are easier to catch and therefore preferred by fishing beginners.

Freshwater Fishing versus Saltwater Fishing

Freshwater fishing requires a license from residents and non-Maine residents. Saltwater fishing, on the other hand, requires no license. Both types of fishing activities have set limits in the number of fishes that can be caught. Saltwater fishing is also strict with the fish size. Most common fishes in Maine’s coastal waters are the mackerel, striped bass, pollock, bluefin tuna and the pollock.

Open water fishing season usually starts in April and ends in September. However, there are some exceptions. A handbook containing details of fishing regulations and licensing fees are sold at information centers near fishing areas.


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Among the most famous fishing locations in Maine are the Sebago Lake and Rangeley. Sebago Lake is the second largest in the city. Both are excellent fishing destinations in North America. Another recommended fishing location here is Belgrade in Kennebec with six island-dotted lakes. The Belgrade lakes are prominent for its notable species of bass, trout and northern pike.

Hunting in Maine

Maine’s richly forested land along with its embellished waters makes the state a main place for hunting. It is one of the most populous areas in small and big game species. The demographics of deer, bear, moose, waterfowls and birds are ranked higher than most of the other states. Hunting requires specific permits for each species, whether it is for a small or big game.

The state is strict in implementing the hunting season and the bag limit to avoid abuse of the resources. They are also particular with the type of hunting method to be used as well as the type of bait or if the hunter is accompanied with a dog. Beginners are usually required to undergo a hunting course.

Big game hunts seek bigger species like bears, deer and moose which can be found throughout the state. Bears are found near their food source such as trees and grass. The deer is located in wet areas like swamps. The moose can be hunted out of the woods. The waterfowl, birds and other small game are abundant in the Kennebec Valley and Mooseriver area.

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The hunting season is mostly implemented from October to December. Sunday is considered a non-hunting day. License fees vary according to the type of residence, type of wildlife to be hunted, type of weapon to be used and the age of the hunter. They also offer a combination of hunting and fishing licenses. This type of license costs $38 for residents, $137 for non-residents and $178 for aliens.

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Which Type of Small Fishing Boat Do I Need?


Small Fishing Boats – Which Type of Small Fishing Boat Do I Need?
| By Trevor Kugler

When it comes to small fishing boats there are a ton of choices available, but which type is the best for fishing. That largely depends on the type of fishing that you enjoy doing and in this article I will outline some of the more popular small fishing boats that are available to anglers. All of the small fishing boats being outlined in this article are inflatable for two simple reasons.

Inflatable boats are the most cost effective and convenient types of boats available today. Traditional boats, even if they are small, can be quite a strain on the wallet and can be less than convenient to get from here to there. The options are being listed in no particular order. As I said before the type of boat that is best for you will largely depend on the type of fishing that you personally enjoy.


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With any inflatable fishing boat the key is to purchase a quality product, which means buying form a quality manufacturer. Quality manufacturers can be found by looking for things like money back guarantees and free trial periods. The bottom line is that when it comes to small fishing boats any of these options are a good choice for the discerning angler.

  1. Kayaks & Canoes – Inflatable kayaks and canoes are a great choice for the individual angler who is on a budget. This type of small fishing boat is extremely maneuverable and can be easily transported from fishing spot to fishing spot. These small fishing boats are best for those of you who like to fish in rivers and streams for fish such as trout or smallmouth bass. Because of their size, they are probably also best for the angler who likes to fish alone. Although two people fit in inflatable kayaks and canoes, having enough room to fish effectively can be another story.
  2. FoldCat & Frame less Pontoon Boats – These small fishing boats are probably the most comfortable and effective small fishing boats on the market today, and yes they are also inflatable which makes these boats incredibly convenient. The FoldCat pontoon boat is for more than one fisherman and is best suited for lake and pond fishing, although it can also be used in larger river fishing situations. Frameless pontoon boats are again for individual anglers and are best suited for fishing in small to medium sized rivers, whatever species of fish the angler chooses to target.
  3. Float Tubes & Outcast Pontoon Boats – These small fishing boats are maybe the most versatile boats for individual anglers. These boats are best suited for fishing in lakes and ponds. Although these inflatable boats are probably best known for being used by fly fishermen, they are also quite effective for the person who likes to fish for largemouth bass. They offer the bass angler the ability to get into very “hard to reach” areas. These small fishing boats are also easily transported into “hard to reach” mountain lakes.

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You should now have a better understanding of which type of small boat you or the angler in your life needs. Inflatable small fishing boats are a great choice for any serious, yet cost conscious angler. And before you start to think that an inflatable fishing boat won’t last, consider the fact that I’ve had both my Fish Cat float tube and FoldCat Pontoon boat for more than 15 years without any problems!

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Surf Fishing

Start Surf Fishing With Two Popular Surf Fishing Rigs | By Randy Meyers

To start surf fishing you will need to get familiar with the two most popular surf fishing rigs used. These two rigs are sometimes referred to by other names but most surf anglers refer to them as the fish finder rig and the fireball rig.

The Fish Finder Rig

The purpose of the fish finder rig is to allow the live bait to free line in the surf until a fish picks up the bait. The sinker rests on the bottom and the rig allows the line to feed the bait out freely. It works well with an out going tide or in moving current. As the tide moves out it takes the bait with it. When a fish picks up the bait it doesn’t feel the weight of the sinker until it’s hooked.


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The hooks used are based on the size of the bait and the sinkers are based on surf conditions. The weight of the sinker has to be heavy enough so it holds the bottom. These rigs are very easy to make. The sinker must be able to slide on the main line. Use either an egg sinker (for light surf) or a pyramid sinker (for heavier surf conditions). Both sinkers are slid on to the main line before tying on a swivel. Pyramid sinkers require a plastic sleeve with a snap swivel in order to slide them on the main line. Egg sinkers can slide directly on the main line.

Whichever sinker you decide to use will go on the main line followed by a plastic bead before you tie on a swivel. The bead is used to protect the knot at the swivel so the sinker doesn’t damage it.

Make up a short leader 18″ to 24″ long with a hook of your choice on one end and tie the other end on the swivel and you’re ready to start fishing. Cast the fish finder rig out into the surf and let the line feed out freely with the current or the tide until a fish picks it up.

The Fireball Rig

The fireball rig is completely different from the fish finder rig. It’s probably easier if you buy these rigs made up rather than make them yourself. This rig is usually about 12″ to 18″ long with a regular swivel on one end and a snap swivel on the other. In between the swivels there are two hooks tied on with short leaders. Each hook will have a small float attached near it. The purpose of the floats is to keep your bait just off the bottom so the crabs won’t steal it.

Use a sinker large enough to hold the bottom based on surf conditions. Attach the sinker to the snap swivel and tie your main line to the regular swivel and you’re ready to fish.

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Cast the fireball rig out into the surf, keep your line taunt and wait until a fish picks up the bait.

Both surf rigs are simple to use and can be fished with a variety of baits. The two most popular kinds of bait used on these rigs are shrimp and sand fleas.

Randy Meyers is a surf angler who has been fishing the surf for over 30 years. He is the author of Surf Fishing – The quick Start Guide To This Exciting Sport. Visit his site for a free 10 part surf fishing mini-course. Randy owns and operates the surf fishing website Surf-Fishanybeach.com where you can find more surf fishing articles.
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Determining the Best Bass Fishing Lures

Determining the Best Bass Fishing Lures | By Jon Arnold

Every bass angler has an arsenal of bass fishing lures in his/her tackle box. All different shapes, sizes, colors and types can make the selection a difficult one for the novice. Heck, picking the right lure can be a challenge for a pro at times, too. Here is a guide to some of the lures available at sporting goods stores everywhere.

Keep in mind that just going to a tackle shop and asking the clerk is not the best way to choose a lure. You need to assess the spot you are fishing and know the water type, temperature, weed beds, native aquatic life and such. Using a plastic leech where leeches are not native is not going to produce.


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Top water “surface” lures

These are the ones that stay on top of the water and you can actually see a strike. Some look like minnows or baitfish while others may resemble insects or bugs. Some may make noise or just mimic a swimming prey.

Spinner baits

These lures are designed to be cast and retrieved at a moderate speed. Metal blades attached to it spin and attract the bass on a visual level.

Soft plastics

This is probably the widest category of bass fishing lure anywhere. These can be made to look like worms, lizards, snakes or even small bait fish. The vast color selection is unbelievable. Soft plastics can be bought Texas rigged (with hooks already in them) or plain (no hooks).

Swim baits

Swim baits are soft plastic bass fishing lures that are designed to look like small prey fish. Most have tails that “wave” as they are retrieved. Usually, swimmers are retrieved like plugs; either at a steady pace or brought to a full stop, then retrieved again at a high speed.

Spoons

Spoon lures look like the inside of a spoon, hence the name. They are metal, have a color side and a plain, shiny side. As a spoon is retrieved, it spins and attracts the bass visually.

Jigs

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This is a simple one, folks. Jigs are weighted hooks that are normally combined with a soft plastic worm. The weight causes the hook to fall to the bottom, so the angler needs to jerk, or jig, the rod tip to make it move. Done properly, it will resemble an injured prey fish. Most of the time, bass hit these on the fall. This is a particularly deadly bass fishing lure choice.

Plugs

Plugs are also known as crankbaits. Typically made of either wood or hard plastic, they are designed to move in a specific way. Some will resemble small fish or other prey attractive to bass. These are classified as floaters, shallow divers or deep divers. I think you can figure out what those terms mean without too much discussion, right?

In theory, any lure can produce fish, given the proper conditions and lure selection. Bass are especially territorial and aggressive, so will attack just about any thing that moves through the water near them. This is especially true of things that look like a meal to them. The best advice is to make your bass fishing lure look like a tasty treat and you will eat fish for dinner that evening!

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Home Building – A Fishing Boat

Home Building – A Fishing Boat | By Jeff Spira

One of the most popular uses for boats is for fishing. People sometimes look at the bewildering array of available boat types and are confused about what type is most useful for them. Hopefully this article will make you aware of the various types of fishing boats there are so you can do a good job going about picking the best design for you to build in your home workshop.

The first thing you have to decide is what type of water you’ll be fishing on. A suitable boat for small ponds and backwaters would not necessarily be the best choice for near coastal conditions where bigger seas might sneak up on you. Similarly a river fishing boat capable of handling wild whitewater might be a disappointing performer on larger, open lakes. A boat that will have to do double duty as a fishing and waterfowl hunting boat will be very different from a boat that will be doing double duty as a fishing and water skiing boat. Spend some time identifying the uses of your boat first – what kind of water, how fast, how many people – these are what will dictate the best type of boat for you to build.


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If you primarily intend to fish in rivers, especially smaller, fast moving rivers, you’ll want a drift boat, that is one that is primarily intended to drift down rivers. There are two types of these, the Western style, sometimes called, McKenzie River drift boats, and Midwestern style drift boats less for canyon shooting in the mountainous West, and more for smaller rivers and streams common throughout the US. The Midwestern style can be rowed much faster and with more control than the Western types intended only for drifting downriver, where the oars are only used for keeping the boat pointed downriver.

If you intend to fish on lakes, bays and protected waters, you have a choice of quite a few designs. If you intend to both row and use moderate power, there are few better choices than a Carolina style dory. These easy-to-build boats get up and plane easily, carry lots of load, are quite stable and yet still may be rowed in a pinch.

If you want to go fast, under primarily engine power, and still plan to mostly fish in wide rivers, lakes, bays, etc., a semi V or full V-bottom power boat may be your best choice., These come from smaller – two passenger sizes, easily pulled on a trailer behind a small car, all the way to big, 6 or 8 passenger models that can also handle sea conditions. Another option for this kind of conditions is the Pacific power dory. These highly stable and efficient hulls can outperform commercially made fiberglass models and can be built for a fraction of what a new boat costs.

If you would like a man-powered or small engine boat you can toss in the back of a pickup or on a car roof and head to a stream, lake, bay or bayou, consider one of the ultra-light boats with plans available. They come in various shapes, from prams and dories, to canoes and kayaks. Larger sea-kayaks are suitable for fishing and waterfowl hunting. Using modern materials some of these boats can weigh as little as 40 pounds so can be carried to the water with one hand.

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Finally, if you want to use your boat to fish in the ocean, you’ll be faced with very different conditions than in protected waters so need to look for a boat designed for ocean conditions. V-bottom Carolina dories, Pacific power dories, and V-bottom center console boats are all suitable for coastal conditions, and also will outperform heavier factory made boats and may be used with smaller, more economical engines.

For offshore conditions, very specialized craft are called for. Grand Banks dories are some of the most seaworthy boats ever designed. They’ll power through any weather, though they’re no speed demons, and can also be sailed. In 1876 (the 100th year birthday of the USA) an 18-foot open dory, named the Centennial was used on the first single-handed North Atlantic crossing from New York to England. Other candidates for home built offshore fishing boats include Hawaiian sampans, mullet skiffs, and larger v bottom Carolina dories. Each has their pluses and minuses, depending on whether speed, economy, or a smooth ride is the more important characteristic.

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Tips For Deer Hunting

Tips For Deer Hunting – 10 Time Tested Tips For a More Successful Season | By Nick Moran

Getting ready for deer season demands boning up on your deer hunting knowledge. Here are 10 tips for deer hunting to help you have a better season.

1. Start Asking for Permission Early

The time to ask for permission to hunt farmer’s land is as early as December. The earlier you start the better. Its a lot easier to get a “yes” when you arrive early and neatly dressed.


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2. Be Respectful of Landowner’s Property

Let the land owner know that you will respect his property by closing any gates you open and removing any litter; yours or any you find. This is one tip for deer hunting that would benefit all hunters if they actually followed it.

3. Display Your Appreciation

Don’t just show up when deer season rolls around. Offer to share meat with the land owner. Come and visit during the year once or twice. Offer to help during harvest season, or when its time to mend fences. Say thank you.

4. Keep Your Screws Tight

Make sure all the screws on your rifle and scope are tight. Screws sometimes come lose over time with repeated shooting. Loose screws will keep you from shooting accurately.

5. Safety First

Pay attention in hunter education class. Those safety tips are to be followed at all times, they may save your life or the life of another. Look beyond your target, do not take an unsafe shot.

6. Practice Scent Control

Make sure your body odor is not interfering with your hunt. Wash your clothes with odor killing detergent. Keep them in a clean and odorless plastic container. Keep the wind in your face.

7. Be Quiet at All Times

Walk slowly, muffle your coughs, don’t habitually clear your throat. If you have to slap at a bug, slap silently and super slowly.

8. Walk Slowly Through the Woods

Don’t rush around in the forest, if you hope to see any deer. Move slowly, take one step at a time. Do not take a second step until you have fully scanned the area.

9. Practice Shooting Often

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Shoot your bow or rifle as often as you can.Being comfortable with your weapon is supremely important to your success. Practice at the range will pay off huge dividends when you’re on your actual hunt.

10. Have Patience & Have Fun

Hunting isn’t just about the kill, so relax and enjoy yourself. There is a lot to see, feel and experience in the woods. Show patience and nature will reward you with her treasures.

Bring home a buck to be proud of this season! For more hunting tips and to learn about the comprehensive course on deer hunting that is guaranteed to improve your success visit => deer hunting course

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Fly and Bubble Fishing – Frequently Asked Questions

Fly and Bubble Fishing – Frequently Asked Questions | By Nick Moran

A lot of people are aware of the power of the fly and bubble fishing technique. Yet many do not do very well when using it. This is because knowing the generalities of fly and bubble fishing is easy, but extracting the pesky details that make it work is something else altogether. In this article I’m going to go over some common questions that people have about fly and bubble fishing and provide some answers that will set you on the road to fly and bubble fishing success.

Can I use a home made float for fly and bubble fishing?

You may be able to get away for this for a while, but you won’t experience the same kind of success you could, if you where to just purchase a good fly casting bubble. Manufactured casting bubbles are created with certain features that homemade floats simply don’t have. The time it would take to incorporate those features into your float would be much better spent fishing, don’t you think?


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Can I use a regular bobber for fly and bubble fishing?

Yes, you could. But, you won’t be as effective at catching fish, as you would if you where using a proper casting bubble. This is mostly due to the size of bobbers in comparison to casting bubbles. But, the shape also has an effect. Fly and bubble casting bubbles are made to be opened so the weight of it can easily be adjusted. Does your bobber do this? Probably not. Forget the bobber. You will end up spooking more fish than you catch.

How long should my leader be?

The length of your leader when fly and bubble fishing will depend on the water that you are fishing and the fly that you are planning on casting. A good place to start is at four feet. If you are not getting any bites at four feet, then increase your leader accordingly.

How fine should my leader be?

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If you are going after trout, your leader needs to be fine. The more clear the water, the finer your leader needs to be to go undetected by the trout. For most trout applications I prefer to go from 4 lb test to as low as 1 lb test.

How do you cast the whole set up?

The easiest way to cast is off to the side, using a side arm tossing motion. This will help you avoid snapping of your lure (especially with some of the heavier subsurface flies) as commonly happens with fly and bubble fishing beginners.

If you want to know more about the fly and bubble technique and are ready and willing to master it, then go directly to The Spinning Fly: Mastering the Fly and Bubble Technique at http://www.fishingnoob.com/~/spinningfly. For general spin fishing guidance, check out my blog http://www.fishingnoob.com
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Hunting And Fishing Is A Way Of Life For Some People

Hunting And Fishing Is A Way Of Life For Some People | By Mike Selvon

Hunting and fishing is the way many people survive in this world. Rather than going to the local supermarket, many people rely on hunting and fishing to supply them with meat and other nutrients for their bodies.

While some people grew up in families where hunting and fishing was used to supply food for the table, others have found it to be a rewarding experience later in life. Hunting and fishing are also activities that many people choose for recreational purposes.


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Deer hunting is the most popular type of hunting in North America. The white tail deer continues to be a great catch, but its challenges often make it nearly impossible to capture. Its wilderness survival far surpasses other deer species because of its extra keen sense of smell as well as sight and sound.

A white tail deer can detect a variety of scents and it also has stronger olfactory senses than many breeds of dogs. Their skittishness also makes them an elusive figure in the woods.

Hunting and fishing is not only a challenge for many people, it gives them a chance to relax and something to focus on besides the usual grind of work and everyday life. Hunting and fishing can be like a vacation in the middle of a weekend or for a few hours after work. It can also give you a chance to be with friends and family who are just as busy as you are.

One challenge that hunting and fishing also provides is the quest for a trophy sized animal or fish. This is one goal that any sportsman secretly, or not so secretly, longs for. Most beginners are glad to catch or take fish or game of any size, but as experience kicks in, the desire to catch something worthy of hanging on the wall intensifies.

Many hunters will begin to pass on animals they could take, in hope that a big one will soon appear. Veteran anglers may begin to get out fished by novices because they refuse to put on the lure that their companions are using to catch anything that will bite. They use big lures designed to catch the attention of big fish that got big by passing on those other lures that the little fish go nuts over.

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Hunting and fishing is a pastime for many people in much the same way that baseball is a pastime. As such, outlawing hunting and fishing would only lead to many people changing their way of life.

Whether they go hunting and fishing to supply food for their family or simply as a means of relaxation, it is enjoyed by people who truly understand the importance of it.

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