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Mercurys New Outboard Engine

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Mercury introduces all-new 3.4L 175 / 200 / 225hp V-6 outboards At 10:15 a.m. EST on Thursday, February 15th at the Miami International Boat Show, Mercury unveiled its new 3.4L V-6 outboard platform .
Building on the success of Mercury’s 75 – 150hp FourStroke outboards, the new V-6 extends Mercury’s FourStroke offering to 175, 200 and 225hp.
The new Mercury FourStrokes are precision engineered from skeg to cowl.
Packed with advanced technology to improve all aspects of performance and reliability, the robust 3.4-liter V-6 engines – designed to minimize weight and maximize fuel economy – deliver Mercury’s best-ever FourStroke hole shot, top speed and fuel efficiency.
The new FourStrokes also provide unsurpassed dampening of sound and vibration for a superior boating experience, and Idle Charge battery-management prevents boaters from draining their batteries while operating multiple electronic devices.
The new V-6 FourStroke engines, available with mechanical or Digital Throttle and Shift controls for enhanced versatility and repower compatibility, look like nothing else on the water.
Bold, contemporary styling is inspired by speed and power, and multiple color options make it easy to personalize.
The new 175 / 200 / 225hp FourStroke will be available in spring, so be sure to visit your authorized Mercury dealer for more information today!

Introducing the Thunder Shaker Gobble

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For years and years, turkey hunters around the country have sought to realistically imitate the sounds of a hen turkey during the fevered days of the spring mating season.
While there can be little doubt about the effectiveness of such sweet yelps and purring melodies rolling out of a box call, a slate call, or a mouth diaphragm call, the truth is that there’s another way to coax a lovesick tom turkey into shotgun range.
And that’s with the sounds of another dominant, realistic gobbling noise that can instantly turn on a big old longbeard’s FIGHT!
reflex when he hears the intruding noise of an interloping wannabe with the audacity to trespass on his side of the springtime woods.
Thanks to the new Thunder Shaker Gobble call from Flextone, making such challenging noise is easily mastered.
Durable for years of use and simple to master, all a hunter has to do is to give the call a shake for some woodsy music that is sure to set an old boss gobbler on edge.
Simply create your winsome hen sounds, then unleash the Thunder Shaker Gobble call at just the right time.
When the real boss gobbler hears what he thinks is a challenge to his dominance and an attempt to steal one or more of the hens that he has carefully courted, the result is quite often a longbeard virtually running into battle.
And when he sees a gobbler or jake decoy used in conjunction with the calling sounds, the result is often a lovesick longbeard throwing virtually all caution to the wind as he comes rolling in, spoiling for a fight.
As long as a springtime turkey hunter can shoot straight and true, the result of using the easy-to-use, durable, and realistic Flextone Thunder Shaker Gobble call is often a can’t refuse dinner table invitation for Mr. Johnny Longbeard!

The 28 Gauge and Square Loads

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The 28 gauge patterns efficiently because its ¾-ounce payload is “square” (inasmuch as anything packed in a cylinder can be square), according to conventional shotgunning wisdom.
The 28 has a bore diameter of .55 inches and a shot column that’s about an inch in height, and “volume of black powder” isn’t a useful metric anymore.
And, given improvements in shot that resist deformation and wads that cushion shot and protect it from scrubbing by the gun barrel, the idea of a square load may not matter as much as it used to.
Squareness aside, a lot of people are convinced the 28 gauge is magic anyway.
To way over-simplify their findings: The bigger the bore, the better it patterned, and we could discern no magic .55 inch, ¾ ounce payload relationship.
Shot strings weren’t any shorter, either.
Years ago, I was invited to shoot with a bunch of top DNR officials and the governor at a preserve near Des Moines.
For some reason, the big shots went home shortly after I arrived, leaving me alone and all dressed up in the new brush pants I had splurged on for the occasion.
Loading the 28 up to an ounce offends 28-gauge purists.
It’s even less square and therefore not as efficient as a ¾-ounce load, but it still will put more pellets on target than a ¾-ounce load will.

How to Fish Bucktails Jigs to Catch More Fish

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Bucktail Voodoo Of course I have a few bucktails in my tackle box — most anglers probably do — so I find one not too ancient and rusted, tie it on the end of my line, thread a plastic twister onto the hook to give it some added appeal and start casting.
It can be dressed with an eye-catching tail that also provides color contrast.
“Depending on where I’m fishing and what I’m fishing for, bucktails are not usually my go-to bait,” says Capt.
Reflecting their individual levels of modernity, Darwin prefers adding pork rind and Nonn favors tipping his ’tails with plastics.
“I almost always add a plastic tail to a bucktail,” he says.
Ed Darwin and Capt.
The two factors go hand in hand sometimes, but you might need to vary one without changing the other.
•Remember that a bucktail in and of itself has very little action.
•Bucktails aren’t the most realistic-looking lures in the world, so don’t give fish a ton of time to look at them.
If you’re being followed but not hit, speeding up usually works better than slowing down.

Tiny Gyroscopes Improve 3D Fish Finding

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Now, that miniature motion sensor can be found in the newest 3D sonar transducers, enabling stabilized, more realistic bottom returns.
“The challenge we have for measuring anything with 3D — whether sound energy or radar — is having a steady reference point to measure from.” By Definition For Raymarine’s new RealVision 3D and Furuno’s DFF-3D sonar units, both introduced in 2017, and for Garmin’s Panoptix all-seeing sonar, which debuted in 2016, that has meant adding a tiny gyro to the transducer.
Furuno calls it an MEMS motion sensor; MEMS stands for micro-electromechanical system.
But the sensor is also capable of stabilizing a traditional 2D sonar return as well.
“This is a chip that can sense motion,” says Eric Kunz, Furuno senior product manager.
Heave-Ho Furuno has offered what it calls heave compensation as an option for recreational sonars since it first introduced NavNet 3D display systems in 2007.
Heave is caused when a boat vertically rises and falls, which also produces sawtooth bottom returns.
Once properly aligned, the system returns an accurate image of the ocean bottom — stable enough to see even the slightest structure or trough in any kind of seas.
Furuno’s DFF-3D multibeam sonar system employs MEMS in its transducer.
We do that with the gyro sensor.”

Is Constant Human Noise Stressing Out Wildlife?

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Noise-tolerant species moved closer to the sites while more sensitive species fled the area.
One site in each pair had a droning compressor while the other was more silent.
Then, over the course of three years, he monitored three cavity-nesting species that used the boxes: the western bluebird, the mountain bluebird, and the ash-throated flycatcher.
Western bluebirds, however, seemed fine with increased noise levels and nested everywhere on the sites.
Nestlings in high-noise areas had smaller body sizes and reduced feather growth.
“A mother bird in a loud box might be leaving the nest box more often and might not be brooding as much so the temperature wavers.” The team also found something unexpected: All the birds nesting in noisy areas had lower baseline levels of corticosterone, a key stress hormone.
“That’s an insight into conservation physiology that his study tightens,” says Kleist.
But any disregulation suggests chronic stress.” There is still a lot to work out about how exactly noise impacts wildlife and human health, but Kleist says there’s mounting evidence that it’s an element policymakers and land managers need to begin thinking about.
It reduces the value of habitats like parks,” he says.
“To make them as valuable and useful as possible to wildlife, we need to consider the impact of noise.”

Advanced Hike: The Baldfaces

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Group: Random Group of Hikers When: Saturday, February 24, 9 am-9 pm Where: Baldface Circle Trail, North Chatham, NH Cost: Free (registration required) Details: We’re going to hike The Baldfaces (3,570 & 3,610ft), two dramatic rocky peaks on the east side of the White Mountains.
This very challenging winter hike involves nearly 4 miles of above treeline travel and will require the use of crampons with front points (along with mountaineering snowshoes and microspikes).
DISTANCE: about 10 miles.
ELEVATION GAIN: 3,700ft.
HIKING TIME is relative.
Plan on a full day of hiking– we may not finish the hike until after sunset–bring TWO headlamps with spare LITHIUM batteries for the cold.
• Put your name on the waitlist if you would like to go.
• No Guests–have your guests sign up and RSVP, please.
• This trip limited to 10 participants to responsibly reduce impacts to habitat, trails, and the experience of other hikers • What the group will expect of you: Humanity humility and cooperation.
You must convey this information to the event organizer in advance AND keep a written summary of it located within an easily accessible part of your backpack.

Top Prespawn Smallmouth Tactics

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“The very first bait I try for prespawn smallmouths is a jerkbait,” Pyzer says.
Very early in a cold spring, you find fish suspended off spawning areas at times.
Work it slowly with long pauses, letting it settle.
The less going on with the lure in cold water the better.” After the hair-jig and jerkbait days fade with warming water, I often rely on 1/16- to 1/8-ounce jig-grub or jig-worm combos.
I always put the grub on with the tail-down, hook point up so it doesn’t interfere with the hook when a fish bites and you set.
I want it in the strike zone, doing its thing as long as possible.
Bass turn to investigate when they hear a lure hit the water and you want it to still be falling, not resting on bottom.” Pyzer also places the tube in his top-five, but fishes it more often during late prespawn than early.
It’s usually the last bait I throw to a spot when I’ve fished other lures and want to catch one or two last fish.
A drop-shot-worm tactic works well once smallies are pegged shallow, from mid- to late prespawn.
“It’s a key tactic when smallmouths are in knee-deep or shallower water.

Best New Hunting Scopes From SHOT Show 2018

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Simmons Whitetail Classic Simmons is an option for many budget-minded hunters, and the company is bringing back a popular line in the Whitetail Classic, with six versions to cater to all sorts of hunters: This year, Simmons is also bringing back a classic — the Whitetail Classic Riflescope.
Available in six popular deer-hunting configurations for short- and long-range enthusiasts, they offer a timeless look with Black Granite finish and are specifically designed for hunting’s most timeless trophy.
Fully multi-coated, with a large field of view and long eye relief, they are a natural fit on any rifle.
Add in waterproof, fogproof and shockproof construction and you can put meat on the table in any weather.
Simmons AETEC AETEC is another older name which Simmons is re-introducing, with both standard or illuminated reticles, and a choice of turrets.
These key features are proof to today’s modern hunter that the AETEC line is back and better than ever.
Leupold & Stevens displayed their new VX-Freedom line of rifle scopes at the 2018 SHOT Show.
The scopes update and replace their previous VX-1 and VX-2 scope lines.
The VX-Freedom family includes rimfire scopes, a muzzleloader scope and several centerfire scopes.
Dubbed the Intercept, it’s budget-priced for the options, at $200 MSRP.

Meet The Marauder High-Speed Trolling Lures

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PlayAction Braid Products says it has re-engineered the internal design of the popular Marauder high-speed trolling lures, improving durability.
The through-wire process was changed to make it almost impossible for hooks to pull out of the lure body.
The company changed the welding process to improve connections.
Marauders are now pull-tested up to 350 pounds, with no failures at any connection point, the company says.
Troll these baits up to 12 knots for species such as wahoo.
Marauders come in small (6½ inches), medium (8½ inches) and large (10½ inches), and in dozens of colors.
They cost $35 to $55.
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Furuno NXT Open-Array Radar

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Furuno has expanded its solid-state Doppler radar to include new open-array configurations.
The NXT radar series features pulse compression and Doppler frequency-shift-sensing technologies.
Designed for use with TZtouch and TZtouch2 displays, the NXTs come with a target-analyzer feature that changes the color of fast-approaching targets to red.
Stationary targets, land or slow-moving vessels show up as green echoes.
The arrays are available in 3½-, 4- and 6-foot sizes with 2.3-, 1.9- or 1.4-degree horizontal beam widths.
Captains can see targets as close as 30 feet and as far as 72 nautical miles.
The array sensors cost $5,400.
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