Whitetails have consistent spots where they traditionally enact the "chasing" phase of courtship. By locating these chasing grounds and hitting them during the prime time when does are just about to come into estrous, you can be in the sweet spot for tagging a mature buck.
Vic Gaspeny is a name well-known to saltwater anglers. The Tavernier, Fla., resident is a light tackle fishing guide in the Florida Keys who works out of the famous Bud N' Mary's Marina in Islamorada, Fla. He's gained an international reputation for his ability to put anglers onto tarpon, and for helping pioneer "Day Dropping" for swordfish off the Florida coast.
Some hunters think staying put on their stand all day is a macho thing to do. Tough guys don't have to take a break and stretch or go back to camp for a hot meal. And they definitely shouldn't take a siesta during midday to recharge their batteries!
Two goals were foremost in Robert Hopkins' mind when he set out to build a new fishing spoon in the early 1940s. He wanted a lure that would cast for long distances to reach far-away gamefish. And he wanted a lure that would fool a wide variety of saltwater species.
Sure, virtually every fly fisherman enjoys fishing a dense hatch of aquatic insects where trout become frenzied in their feeding. If the truth be known, though, finding such a heavy hatch is not a common event on trout streams in northern Virginia today. And when you do run into such heavy emergences, they are usually short-lived affairs that last for an hour or two if you're lucky.
When Ray Scott, founder of the Bass Anglers Sportsman Society, decided he would get into the business of producing and selling seeds for hunters to plant for deer, one should have known big things would come from it.
Lauri Rapala was born in Finland over a century ago, in 1905. When he was in his 20's, he moved to the shores of a huge lake to try to make a living as a fisherman. While waiting for the nets to fill with perch and whitefish, he would row his wooden boat, attempting to catch a trout with lures to add to the catch he could sell.
Mention crankbaiting and most anglers picture hefty baitcast reels, heavy line, stout rods and sore muscles at the day's end from hard reeling against the pressure of big-lipped lures. But there's another kind of diving plug, one that has proven its worth on a number of species in varied fishing conditions. And it's a lure that won't leave you sore at day's end from fishing it. That lure is the mini-crankbait.
As we approach hunting season, many people are still hoping to get in a food plot, but haven't begun yet. Don't worry. It's still not too late. In fact, this is the perfect time to put in many plant species. These fall into two broad categories -- cereal grains and brassicas.
If you like fishing, this is your time of year. Sure it's hot. But virtually every gamefish in fresh and saltwater is biting now. One type of fishing that you may have overlooked is fly fishing for largemouths. A lot of local anglers fly fish on the Shenandoah, but there's plenty of good long-rodding available for bigmouths, too. Lake Anna and the game department managed lakes nearby are good bets. But my first choice for catching largemouths on flies would be a farm pond of one-half acre or larger.
Last week we looked into some of the factors that need to be addressed if you want to create a food plot that provides nutrition to deer and also draws bucks out during shooting hours. One of the major ways to do that is to place or plant cover around the edges and even in the plot so that bucks feel secure using it in daylight.
If you want to create a food plot that provides nutrition to deer and also attracts mature bucks out into the open during shooting hours (with a camera or a gun), you need to think creatively. Forget your preconceived notions of what such a setup should look like. Picture-book plots with one plant growing lush and green from edge-to-edge won't accomplish this goal.
One of the first decisions you'll face when choosing any lure is what color to select. I use two factors for deciding this. One is what the most dominant local forage fish look like. The second is simply what has worked best in other similar fishing situations with that particular lure.
Sometimes it's in your favorite local pond or a nearby creek that you discover how productive and versatile a particular fishing lure is. Other times it's on an exotic trip to some far-off destination.
If ever there was a piece of deer hunting equipment that has been universally embraced by sportsmen, it's the trail camera. I wish I'd bought stock in some of these companies when they first came out. But now it may be too late. I think every hunter in the woods has at least a couple, so we may have reached the saturation point.
Many people believe they can't improve their deer hunting property because they don't have a huge tractor and barn full of expensive equipment. The truth is, you can improve both the quality and quantity of natural forage with just a few quick, easy projects.
Bass, stripers, catfish and trout all have their avid fans. But when you want to simply go out and have a fun day on the water without traveling a great distance or spending much money, it's hard to find a more obliging quarry than the humble bluegill.
I've been blessed to fish for trout with dry flies on some of the top streams and rivers in the country, from the Bow River in Alberta to the Big Horn in Montana. Over those decades of angling, several hatches have stood out for providing spectacular fishing.
A broad array of new hunting gear was unveiled at the recent Shooting, Hunting and Outdoor Trade Show in Las Vegas. Here are some of the highlights of items that might be of interest for this fall's hunting seasons.
There's no question about it. For the ultimate in brook trout fishing one needs to travel to the cold waters of northern Canada, where orange-bellied fish of four and five pounds smack huge streamers and large dry flies with a vengeance. I've done it a number of times, and it's a blast.