Not what you’re looking for? Find more articles on hunting birds! Think about how, when and where you’ll use your decoys before you buy As a waterfowl hunter, I love decoys and can’t ever seem to have enough of them. It seems every year I add more decoys to my spread. My collection includes both duck and goose decoys and consists of full bodies, shells, windsocks, silhouettes and floaters. While each variety of decoys will attract and lure birds, there are times, locations and conditions where one decoy type is better suited than the others.   Full-body decoys Full-body decoys … Read more »


Christmas is right around the corner and outdoor enthusiasts can be some of the hardest people to buy a Christmas gifts for. It seems they have everything or there’s something new on the outdoor market that they just can’t live without. However, there are several things that the outdoor enthusiasts can never have enough of and they will use these items on a daily basis. And best of all, they will cost you under $100. These items could be something as simple as rope, waterproof matches, backpacks, clothing, maps or even camp cooking items. All these items have a time … Read more »


I felt the subtle tap of another fish on my fly and I instinctively set the hook. My fly rod bowed under the weight of the fish as I worked my fly line back onto my reel. The fish instantly came to the surface, trying to spit the hook. But I could see he was hooked well in the top of his mouth and I now had all my line back on my reel. Moments later, I landed the first whitefish of the day. We’re into December and the hunting season is all but over. With any luck, your freezers … Read more »


Not what you’re looking for? Find more hunting articles! An adventure across the Scardroy estate to cull a wary stag Colin leaned over and whispered, “I could call and get him up, but he might run down the hill without giving us a shot. Better to wait until he gets up on his own.” I nodded agreement. Eighty yards downhill, the antlers of a red deer stag showed just above the little ridge that concealed its body. We had been stalking it for several hours, keeping hidden behind the hills as the herd meandered along. Eventually they had laid down … Read more »


Not what you’re looking for? Find more hunting articles! Generations of reliability and use There were at least 80 caribou scattered across the valley floor. Five mature bulls were bedded right out in the open. Their dark antlers, clearly visible above the short willows, gave us a constant reference point as we slowly worked our way closer. Knee-deep snow, and alder tangles so thick we had to belly crawl through them, slowed our stalk. We had just reached the edge of the large meadow when one of the bulls got up to stretch. My wife quickly settled in behind her … Read more »


A recent e-mail triggered the idea for this blog. The e-mail asked if I use a guide for any of my fishing trips. The answer is yes. The lady e-mailing was looking to book a surprise deep-sea fishing trip for her husband on their winter vacation. She wanted to give the surprise trip to her husband for Christmas and was looking to book the trip now. The e-mail asked several questions about how to book a guided trip, and what to look for when booking. I’ve had the good fortune of fishing with some incredible fishing companies. My most recent … Read more »


Not what you’re looking for? Find more hunting articles! To get the most our of your firearm, think about investing in a chronograph As long as we’re watching for it, an education can come to us from a lot of different sources and it invariably costs either time or money – often both. The hunting and shooting sports are no different. We need to put in the time and effort to learn about the creatures we hunt and the tools we use to hunt them. For those latter lessons, I think the chronograph plays a vital role. The term chronograph … Read more »


Not what you’re looking for? Find more articles on fishing gear! Picking out the right fishing gear will help you land more fish Walk into any outdoor sporting goods store and you’re sure to find multiple aisles of fishing rods. The price of these rods will vary from $15 for a rod/reel combo to hundreds of dollars for a single rod and can leave an angler scratching his or her head. With hundreds, maybe even thousands, of rods and reels to choose from, how do you know you’re getting the right rod and reel combination for the fish you’re targeting? … Read more »