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Lets Go Bow Hunting with the Yamaha Whitetail Diaries Crew + Video

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Three years ago an invitation to visit the Yamaha Whitetail Diaries camp in southwest Texas resulted in my first ever hunting experience and a freezer full of organic goodness.
The following morning, the other two hunters and I loaded up and prepared to make our way to various stands across the property.
That is very much a shooter deer, but he wasn’t terribly interested in getting close enough or in good enough position for me to try and put an arrow through him.
Eventually the 11-point deer did get into a good shooting position and there was another mature deer within range, but we decided to wait and see if the stud in the distance would get closer.
After the deer cleared out, Wade and I headed back to camp with me questioning my decision to hold off taking down one of the two great deer that were in position.
We made our way back to the Killing Tree mid-afternoon and waited for the deer to start moving again.
We watched and waited some more and he gave me a slightly quartering away shot at about 25 yards.
I stood up, drew back my bow and that’s when he decided to move, turning his back to me and forcing me to let down.
But not more than a couple minutes later, the stud buck we saw in the morning appeared on the other side of the pond about 55 yards away.
I later learned that Wade had been hunting this deer for two years.

A Gourmet Backpacking Holiday Outside

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We planned on cooking and dehydrating an entire holiday meal.
Crumble veggie sausage into skillet with rosemary and thyme and cook over medium heat until browned.
Dehydrate different foods at the same time that require the same temperature.
Chef Avry took the classic Brussels sprouts side dish and elevated it.
Eat your dried meats within three months.
To rehydrate your food, simply add boiling water to just cover your food and let sit for 12-20 minutes.
Not into hot food?
Cook in olive oil in skillet over medium-high heat.
“A little more seasoning than you think you should,” Chef Avry said.
Add a little more oil to the skillet.

20 Great Fisherman Gift Ideas for Under $20

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The person on your list will love On The Water Outfitters’ new 16 oz Cape Cod Striper Pint Glass!
Features our striper logo on one side and the map of Cape Cod on the other.
It’s available in two sizes, 4 and 5 inch, and three colors, light gill, dark gill, and red-ear.
It’s available in two different sizes: 6 and 6-3/4 inch, and in 10 proven colors.
Striper fishermen know that there’s no bait too big for a cow striper, which is exactly why the 13-inch Otter Lure and Tackle Eel is perfect for attracting monster bass.
They’ll love the new On The Water Outfitters Striper Key Fob!
The double-jointed Livingston Head Hunter combines the slow-swimming action of a swimbait, the hard-vibrating, hunting action of a shallow crankbait, and an enticing kick-out/darting action of a stickbait.
Its industrial aluminum alloy and ABS construction will sharpen non-serrated knives, scissors and shears.
Located in Maine, Stewart has created burns of the Northeast’s most popular sport fish including striped bass, mahi, fluke, black sea bass, and yellowfin tuna.
Each monthly box comes loaded with premium flies, fly-fishing accessories, and more, providing a value of more than $30.

Team “Weez in the Keys” Wins Operation Sailfish With Late Push

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The team fishing aboard Weez in the Keys released three sailfish in the final hour to win the sixth-annual Operation Sailfish tournament out of West Palm Beach, Florida.
The team released 14 sailfish and won $210,000 in the opening leg of the Quest for the Crest sailfish series, held Dec. 8-10 at Sailfish Marina.
After the first day of fishing, Capt.
Chris ‘Zig’ Zelienski and his crew had 11 releases.
12 just before 1 p.m. on Day Two and bumped Weez in the Keys from the lead.
The late push meant Utopia finished second with 13 releases and $75,150 in prize money.
The Seraphim team finished third with 13 releases and won $122,180.
The tournament included 42 teams and started with the “Take a Hero Fishing Day,” where 30 veterans, wounded warriors and active-duty military paired with elite sailfish anglers for a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
She released seven sailfish.
Weez in the Keys angler Wes Stevens released seven sails to win the Top Male Angler title, and Choate edged Stevens on time to claim the Master Angler award.

Landmark Legislation To Benefit Saltwater Anglers Advances In U.S. House

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200 and highlighted the importance of incorporating saltwater recreational fishing management provisions into the nation’s primary law governing federal fisheries management.
2023, the Modern Fish Act, to address the challenges facing recreational fishermen in the federal fisheries management system.
He was joined by a bipartisan list of 24 cosponsors.
“We owe great thanks to Chairman Rob Bishop, Congressman Don Young and Congressman Garret Graves for working together to bring meaningful change to recreational fisheries management through the reauthorization of the nation’s marine fisheries law,” said Jeff Angers, president of the Center for Sportfishing Policy.
In 2014, the Morris-Deal Commission released “A Vision for Managing America’s Saltwater Recreational Fisheries,” which included six key policy changes to produce the full range of saltwater recreational fishing’s social, economic and conservation benefits to the nation.
On December 8, the coalition requested in a letter to the U.S. House Committee on Natural Resources that the Modern Fish Act be included in the reauthorization of the Magnuson-Stevens Act and moved to the House floor for final passage.
Furthermore, 135 marine recreational fishing and boating industry executives signed a letter to the U.S. House Committee on Natural Resources on December 11, in support of the Modern Fish Act and its inclusion in the final reauthorization of the Magnuson-Stevens Act.
“Stakeholders of the recreational boating industry, a uniquely American-made industry with an economic footprint of more than $121 billion annually and more than 650,000 American jobs, are encouraged by the Committee’s action today, and we hope to see final passage by the House very soon.” “We commend the U.S. House Committee on Natural Resources for taking the next step in reauthorizing the Magnuson-Stevens Act,” said Patrick Murray, president of Coastal Conservation Association.
We look forward to the full House consideration of the bill.” “The provisions of the Modern Fish Act included in H.R.
“We also commend Congressman Don Young and Congressman Garret Graves for drafting this landmark legislation that will increase angler access while continuing to rebuild recreational fisheries.” “Recreational fishing and commercial fishing are two fundamentally different activities needing distinctly different management tools,” said Angers.

President Trump Plans to Shrink Bears Ears by 1.1 Million Acres

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According to a draft document obtained by Outside, President Donald Trump on Monday plans to gut Bears Ears National Monument, the first such area to be co-managed by native tribes, reducing it from 1.35 million acres to 201,397 acres.
“Those numbers match what you’ve been hearing out of Utah,” says Peter Metcalf, former president of Utah-based Black Diamond Equipment and a longtime public lands advocate.
Ms. Landreth added: “They’re bluffing.
Bears Ears National Monument will become two new monuments, Indian Creek National Monument and Shásh Jaa’ National Monument.
(Shásh Jaa’ is Navajo for “bears ears.”) Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument will in turn become three monuments: Grand Staircase National Monument, Kaiparowits National Monument, and Escalante Canyons National Monument, together comprising 997,490 acres.
Trump’s announcement comes after months of speculation about the future of Bears Ears.
Republican Congressman Rob Bishop, for example, has spent much of his career trying to gut the Antiquities Act, which presidents since Teddy Roosevelt have used to protect lands without Congressional approval.
Other members of the Utah delegation, including Governor Herbert and Senator Orrin Hatch, have also been eager to reduce the size of the monuments.
Along with NARF, the Navajo Nation, Patagonia, and a host of environmental groups plan to file suit arguing that President Trump doesn’t have the authority to so drastically resize Bears Ears.
“If this leaked document is true, the Administration’s unlawful actions betray our shared responsibility to protect iconic places for future generations.

The Best Fall Bass Fishing Tips

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Are you ready to catch some bass this fall?
Not fishing junk but just use a different techniques for each different spot or cover.
As the scorching summer waters cooled the bass are moving from deep to shallow water in search of baitfish.
We all recognize when late fall changes begin to occur.
Here are some of our lure suggestions to help catch more fish in late fall: Lipless Crankbait: In fall bass are hungry and ready to fill up on their favorite baitfish in preparation of the long winter.
You can also utilize the lipless crank as a search bait when on the prowl for schools of active bass Tip: Toss your lipless crank into submerged grass, rip it out, and let it fall back in.
Jigs: Time has proven that the jig has been deadly on late fall bass.
Similar to the lipless crankbait, the jig gives the angler an alternative presentation of baitfish in solitude.
You can pair it with the trailer of your choice to create a swim jig, flipping jig, or skipping jig – imitating various types of forage.
The spinnerbait is known to trigger brutal ambush strikes and when you feel that tug on the pause, you’ll be shouting in excitement.

Kayak Camping Pancakes

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Ingredients will be crammed in a bulkhead compartment that may be wet at times, fresh foods tend to get squished, and you’re bound to want fast calories after long days on the water.
Making delicious meals is manageable, though.
A Few Freshies Go A Long Way While you might be used to packing freeze-dried meals for the backcountry, keep in mind that when you’re packing for a kayaking trip, a few fresh ingredients can go a long way toward making meals tasty, satisfying and healthy.
When you’re planning your menu, look for recipe ingredients that are durable, travel well and don’t need to be refrigerated: fresh garlic, an onion or two, maybe some ginger root or a sweet potato.
Incorporate Foraged Foods In many places around the world, this is one the joys of paddling trips: You’re surrounded by delicious food.
Try this easy crowd-pleasing twist to turn a favorite breakfast food into a satisfying anytime meal.
Savory Pancakes for Indian Curry Makes 4 servings Total time: 15 minutes Ingredients: 2 cups instant powdered pancake mix (the kind that only requires adding water) Garlic (fresh, freeze-dried or powdered) Onion (fresh, freeze-dried or powdered) Chives (fresh, freeze-dried or powdered) Salt and pepper Oil, butter or cooking spray Optional: Spicy dish to pair with pancakes, like a freeze-dried curry Directions: Fire up your camping stove.
(Bonus: If you have any other savory vegetables, feel free to add them too—these pancakes would be great with finely chopped and sautéed carrots, sweet potatoes, broccoli, etc.)
Spoon the batter into the pan to form pancakes that are roughly 2 inches in diameter.
Ideally, these savory pancakes are best paired with a spicy dish like the GOOD TO-GO Indian Vegetable Korma or the Backpacker’s Pantry Kathmandu Curry.

Have You Got What It Takes To Hunt A Bighorn?

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In Act One, a correspondent of mine emailed that he was going to take the trip of a lifetime, a sheep hunt this coming fall.
The problem is, he’s 71, and carrying a lot of weight.
Get your deposit back if you can, but don’t go.
You’ll either die, or have such a wretched time trying to keep up that it will be a nightmare instead of a dream hunt.
So, if you show up overweight and short of breath, or unable to sit a saddle, or unable to hunt from can to can’t, there’s going to be no mercy.
On top of this, the outfitter may assign you a 20-year-old guide who’s made of whalebone and auto leaf springs.
These people do not get cramps in their legs, have worn-out knees that torment them with every step, or see stars from lack of oxygen at 10,000 feet, and they can’t imagine that you do.
I sent off the e-mail and there was a long silence.
Finally, came Act Two, in which my correspondent said that he had hunted with this outfitter, and the man had said that if he could lose 30 pounds, he could get him to a sheep.
Oh ho, wrote I, that’s an entirely different kettle of fish.

How to Catch a Bluefin Tuna for Your Christmas

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It’s a sight-fishing game once you hit the water.
Only a few captains know how to do that right.” Birds are always helpful when hunting down these ghosts.
Then you’ve got to get them to eat.
For better or worse, it’s all adrenaline-laced, run-and-gun casting with spin gear.” It helps to have the right plugs.
In fact, most of the time they will only eat stickbaits.
“You’ve got to be ready to jump on it when you get the weather.” Of course, every once in a while it all comes together—a good weather window, lots of fish pods feeding aggressively under birds.
Yet even then, it can take several dozen shots or more into feeding fish before you get one to eat.
Technological advances in spinning gear that allow anglers to put significant pressure on incredibly strong, fast fish well north of the 100-pound mark helps greatly.
Although no one has quite figured out why the ghosts of December will aggressively crash baits one day and then seem uncatchable the next, pulling your topwater plug through a pod of big feeding fish and having a bluefin explode on it makes an impression.
Pulling the boat for the season can wait just a little bit longer.