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Hunting and Fishing Icons at Risk

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Badly planned and fast-tracked energy development in places like Wyoming’s Red Desert, or the sprawl of housing, fences, and roads around northern plains communities and cities, could spell the end of the great pronghorn recovery.
The nation’s largest migratory pronghorn herd, 50,000 strong, roams here along with the nation’s only true desert elk herd.
See this place while you can.
The Greater Sage Grouse The greater sage grouse was once an iconic feature of the western sagebrush steppes.
There are still opportunities to hunt these birds, but if their numbers continue to fall, of course, and if the sage grouse becomes federally protected as an endangered species, hunting them will end.
The fact that we have just come to understand that the sage grouse is our big wild canary-in-the-coal-mine of the same American landscape that supports sustainable livestock grazing and some of the best publicly accessible big-game hunting left on the planet.
This is not about whether or not you support mining; the Pebble Project is simply in the wrong place, and no one—not even its former CEO—will say that the operation poses no risk to the fisheries here.
There will be no way to keep our hunting and fishing—our American icons of wilderness and wildlife—if we are not willing to fight for them.
We will be told that we cannot have jobs and energy development if we protect the migration routes of pronghorns, the winter ranges of mule deer, or the dancing grounds of sage grouse.
Take your power from the American landscape and all it holds, and then use that power to make sure it all goes on.

Women Nominated to the NRA BOD

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What does the Second Amendment mean to you, and why is it important to you to protect and preserve this part of the Bill of Rights?
Should you be elected, what experience(s) will you bring to help make future policy within the NRA, as a Board Member?
What does the Second Amendment mean to you, and why is it important to you to protect and preserve this part of the Bill of Rights?
Should you be elected, what experience(s) will you bring to help make future policy within the NRA, as a Board Member?
I believe women are and will be instrumental in the advancement of Second Amendment issues and in the fight to protect our rights.
What does the Second Amendment mean to you, and why is it important to you to protect and preserve this part of the Bill of Rights?
Should you be elected, what experience(s) will you bring to help make future policy within the NRA, as a Board Member?
Advocating for the rights of hunters and future generations to follow, I actively share in the experience of hunting and shooting sports with a focus on the importance of the relationship between firearms owners, hunters, wildlife and conservation.
Should you be elected, what experience(s) will you bring to help make future policy within the NRA, as a Board Member?
Serving on the NRA Board of Directors is a great opportunity to unite more women, to defend Second Amendment freedoms and help to encourage and inspire more women to participate in shooting sports.

Tips for King Mackerel Tournament Fishing

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Fishing competitively for king mackerel is an infectious sport that combines skill, teamwork and speed.
Make sure your rods and reels are all working properly and load all reels with fresh line.
Prepare live bait rigs beforehand and stock up on frozen bait for a backup.
Go over the boat, motor and trailer thoroughly before the tournament starts.
Most successful crews pre-fish for several days before an event to find out where both the fish and bait are located.
Trophy kings don’t get big by being stupid.
Load up on local live bait and make sure it stays lively in the well or a reserve bait tank.
If you run out of bait or yours are sluggish, go catch some more.
Timing is everything.
Many veteran “smoker” hunters swear by lunar tables and feed times to catch their fish.

Pattern Fishing For Large Stripers

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I won’t catch many but I will catch some, and I’ll have a chance at a big one.
I’m interested only in the intersection of a series of conditions or windows –a given place at a time of year at a time of day on a certain tide with typical water conditions.
If you have your mind set on catching quality stripers, the first thing to come to grips with is that larger stripers have very different behavior than the smaller ones.
If you think you’ll catch big stripers just by catching a lot of small ones and that some big ones will mix in, you’ll never achieve trophy catches with any consistency.
If you can figure out where some bass will be located given a certain set of conditions, you’ll have a pattern that will consistently produce.
The big bunker are there one night and gone the next.
But, there’s a problem with staging stripers—they’re not actively feeding.
Whether fished live or rigged dead, eels produce big bass at times when the fish will completely ignore other offerings.
Bucktails in the inlets and near the bridges, darters in the rocky surf at night, big plugs in the presence of adult bunker—these all have a history of giving up large stripers.
The fact that patterns arise from the interaction of various conditions and a particular piece of water is one of the most interesting aspects of fishing.

New Diesel Power from Volvo Penta

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Volvo Penta has reached the vaunted 1,000 hp category with its new marine leisure diesel engine: the D13-1000 inboard and D13-IPS1350, mated with Volvo Penta’s pod drive.
The D13-IPS1350 is so named because its 1,000 hp engine delivers to the water the equivalent power to a 1,350 hp engine with inboard running gear, according to Volvo Penta.
Designed for multiple engine applications in boats as small as 60 feet and as large as 120 feet in length, the 12.8-liter, inline-6 twin-turbo Volvo Penta diesel brings forward a number of improvements that boost horsepower and durability.
“Our boat partners have been asking for more horsepower, and this is what we delivered.” says Jens Bering, vice president of sales for Volvo Penta of the Americas in Chesapeake, Virginia.
That technology transfers over to the brand’s marine diesel development, resulting in an advantage in fuel efficiency versus competitive marine diesels, he adds.
Bering cites the company’s comparison test of a twin D13-IPS1350 system against twin 1,360 hp competitive inboard diesels in a 68-footer.
To deliver this, the new engines use Volvo Penta’s twin, dual-entry turbocharging system to maximize torque at a relatively low rpm, he reveals.
of torque at 900 rpm.
Maximum rpm is 2,400.
Again, however, the greater efficiency of the IPS drives are factors that cannot be ignored when it comes to quicker acceleration versus inboards.

What Sportsmen Need to Know About the Boundary Waters Mine

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Just before Christmas, the Department of the Interior reversed an Obama administration decision and opened the door for a copper-nickel mine near the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness in the northeast Arrowhead region of Minnesota.
The Twin Metals mining leases are located along the southwest border of the Boundary Waters.
A recent study conducted by Key-Log Economics estimated that out-of-state visitors spent $1.42 billion in Minnesota’s Arrowhead region in 2015 (the most recent numbers available).
The U.S. Forest Service set out to conduct a two-year study on environmental impacts of mining near the BWCAW that could have placed a 20-year moratorium on mining.
Under President Donald Trump, the Department of Interior reversed its decision and will now allow Twin Metals to renew its leases.
There are Democrats and Republicans on both sides of the battle.
Democratic Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton opposes the mine but supports another copper mine that would likely be less of a threat to the Boundary Waters.
Then the Environmental Impact Statement will begin, which could take several years.
“For sulfide-ore copper mines, 100% have polluted water.
This is why a decision on location is critical.

8 Ways to Prevent Tick Bites, and 5 Tick Bite Symptoms

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Top 5 Symptoms Sometimes, no matter how careful you are, ticks will find a way to your skin.
Bull’s-Eye Rash: A common sign of Lyme disease, but this symptom does not present in 30 percent of Lyme victims.
Joint and Muscle Pain: A common symptom for a variety of tick-related illnesses.
Extreme Fatigue: Another common symptom that is sometimes the sole sign of infection.
Here are some vital prevention tips that are actually useful for turkey hunters.
Apply it to your clothing and let it dry.
It’s EPA-approved and lasts up to six weeks, even if your outerwear gets wet.
Using tweezers or specialized tick removal tools, pull it immediately and from as close to the skin surface as possible.
It is also treated with a permethrin-based product.
Great if you prefer not to wear chemically treated clothes.

The New Pennsylvania Archery Record Buck

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All through the summer of 2017 Ron’s eight trail cameras were busy recording the pictures and patterns of three good bucks in Forbes State Forest in Westmoreland County, east of Pittsburgh.
The trouble was that once hunting season started neither of the two bigger bucks were showing themselves in the daytime in front of Ron’s trail cameras, and the only buck he was seeing while hunting was the smaller 10-point.
The Hunt for a Monster Buck Of course, no one thinks a miss is lucky when it happens, but Ron’s luck became obvious later when the mature bucks started getting restless.
At first the deer was leaving plenty of blood, but after following it for about 125 yards the blood was getting difficult to find, so he texted a buddy who was hunting about a mile away.
Even after the archery season came to a close Ron never gave up.
That’s when he started seeing deer hair.
It was 41 days into the search when Ron Shaulis finally walked up on his buck, or what was left of it — the spine, the head and the massive antlers.
It was just big.
In Ron’s case, plenty of trail camera photos and the word of a couple of friends he let in on his quest to find the buck, plus a detailed account of the hunt and the recovery, was enough to confirm that he was indeed the hunter who arrowed the new state record for typical archery bucks.
The gross score was 193-3/8 inches; after deductions the net score was 185-4/8 inches.

She Loves to Fish: Ladies Walleye Weekend 2017

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– I’ve been fortunate to spend time targeting the magnificent walleye on the Bay of Quinte over the years with friends in their boats, and in my own boat.
These large migratory walleye start to make their way into the Bay of Quinte from Lake Ontario during late summer.
This migration creates a unique opportunity to catch huge Lake-grown walleye for those willing to bare the elements as the fish reach the Bay in the fall.
This is one of my favourite fishing experiences and I wanted more women to get out there have an opportunity at catching these world class fish.
Our Guides – Of course this event wouldn’t have been possible at all without a couple of fantastic charter captains who were on board to get this group of ladies out on the water.
The Fishing – What can I say about the fishing?
Embarking on this adventure, all the ladies knew that fishing is fishing.
Thankfully all participants had an opportunity not only to catch walleye (some for the first time ever) but many were trophy-class fish too!
there’s a lot of screaming and cheering in this video, mostly from me!).
Continue reading featured blogger Ashley Rae’s, “Ladies Walleye Weekend 2017” here and visit her blog, “She Loves to Fish.” The Women’s Outdoor News, aka The WON, features news, reviews and stories about women who are shooting, hunting, fishing and actively engaging in outdoor adventure.

Hottest New Compound Bows and Crossbows From the 2018 ATA Show

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The bow show is back.
Both models are also available in 65-pound draw models (a much welcomed option) as well as standard 10-pound increments ranging from 40 to 70 pounds.
Selling for $499, this 32.375-inch bow weighs in at 3.8 pounds and delivers speeds up to 308 fps.
The draw length is easily adjustable from 18-26.5 inches and a weight range of 15-60 pounds.
The new ZT Hyper cam allows for three inches of draw length adjustment and has plenty of zip with speeds up to 340 fps.
The bow sells for $1,099.
The R20 platform features a total length of 34.5 inches with the same narrow profile as previous models (six inches when cocked).
A riser level comes standard with the package as well.
It throws arrows at 410 fps and is available in a package that includes TenPoint’s new EVO-X line of premium accessories (the package includes the EVO-X Marksman scope and EVO-X CenterPunch arrows).
This creates a crossbow system unlike others including controlled acceleration that Mission claims is a key to accuracy.

How to Stay Powered Up on the Road

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Running dead is not an option—at least not one we want to contemplate More and more, we rely on electronic devices to stay entertained, informed, connected, and employed on the road.
Though it’s getting easier to keep the phones, readers, cameras, and laptops charged (thank you, power outlets in economy), there are still times when you need to bring your own juice.
Powermat Ring ($15) Wireless charging is probably the future.
This device plugs into your phone’s micro-USB or iPhone port and feeds energy into the phone.
RAVPower 22000mAh Portable Charger ($50) This is about as big a battery bank as you want to travel with.
The 2.4-amp input and USB-C outlet are ready for fast-charging the newest devices but are still compatible with older standards.
While that’s not enough power to bring a dead, energy-hogging iPhone 7 back to 100 percent, it is enough to revive your phone from low battery mode.
You can plug in devices like a cellphone and the Nomad will charge them in about an hour.
The Pocket Socket 2 is a hand-crank generator with a standard 120-volt power outlet.
Lifeproof Lifeactiv Power Pack ($55) This Lifeproof phone case does three things to keep your phone alive: An LED flashlight provides more illumination than a phone’s puny light (so you can keep it off and not sap the phone battery).

2018 New Bows

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Every year compound bow manufacturers continue to push the envelope of speed, accuracy, quietness and balance in their new hunting bows.
This year is no different — we are constantly amazed and excited about the improvements and innovations that are offered to bowhunters of all sizes, experience levels and budgets.
The Archery Trade Association Show gives us a great chance to check out the new offerings all under one roof.
There really is a bow perfect for everyone out there, and it’s a lot of fun trying them all out to find the perfect match.
Here are a few of the hottest new bows from the 2018 Bowhunting Trade Show.
Mathews Archery, Inc.
Bow: Triax IBO rating: 343 fps Axle-to-axle: 28 inches Brace height: 6 inches Weight: 4.4 pounds Let-off: 75 or 85 percent PSE Archery Bow: Xpedite IBO rating: Up to 360 fps Axle-to-axle: 33 inches Brace height: 5-1/4 inches Weight: 4.4 pounds Let-off: 65 to 75 percent Bow: Kuma IBO rating: 345 fps Axle-to-axle: 33 inches Brace height: 6 inches Weight: 4.3 pounds Let-off: 75 percent Bow: Hyperforce IBO rating: 340 fps Axle-to-axle: 32 inches Brace height: 6 inches Weight: 4.3 pounds Let-off: 80 to 85 percent Bow: Logic IBO rating: 330 fps Axle-to-axle: 31 inches Brace height: 7 inches Weight: 4.3 pounds Let-off: 80 percent Bow: Ritual IBO rating: 335 fps Axle-to-axle: 33-1/4 inches Brace height: 6-3/4 inches Weight: 4.3 pounds Let-off: 75 to 90 percent Bow: BX32 IBO rating: 330 fps Axle-to-axle: 32-1/4 inches Brace height: 7-1/4 inches Weight: 4.2 pounds Draw length: 24-1/2 to 30-1/2 inch options Bow: Fixation 6M IBO rating: 354 fps Axle-to-axle: 32-1/4 inches Brace height: 6 inches Weight: 4-1/2 pounds Let-off: 80 percent