How to Cut an Ice-fishing Hole Without a Power Tool

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Three ice-fishing experts explain their favorite power-auger alternatives for punching through hard-water With every swing of the ax the ice splintered and cracked, sending whooping echoes beneath my feet that sounded like a Star Wars blaster. I remember thinking; “There’s probably a better way to do this.” But that’s how we got through the hard-water. […]
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The Unwritten Rules of Fly Fishing Etiquette

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Fly fishing is often a solitary sport, and many anglers like it that way. The experience of being alone on a pristine river with just a gentle breeze and the swish of the line playing out, not to mention the glory of reeling in a big one, is an almost religious endeavor for some outdoor […]
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How To Wash Gore-Tex Hunting and Fishing Gear

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Learn how to maintain your waterproof clothing so it keeps you warm and dry every season The weather forecast called for sunny skies a high of 83 degrees. Instead, it’s minus-25 and starting to snow, and the wind-chill factor is enough to make a longshoreman blush. Underneath my rain suit, I’m dressed in a t-shirt […]
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Aggressive Tactics For Late Season Deer

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If you still have a buck tag to fill, it’s time to ditch the usual stands and blinds and get aggressive. The clock is winding down, for one thing, and you’ve got little to lose. But more important, it works. A few weeks ago, during the Illinois second gun season, I hunted with The Buck […]
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Total Outdoorsmen: Eat, and Share, What You Kill

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No matter if it's a gourmet feast or a rustic camp supper, a family meal of shared wild game has always brought hunters together Illustration of hunters and fishermen sharing food Matt Twombly The dusky grouse came from the big slopes of the Flathead and Kootenai national forests, behind Tom Healy’s house in the Northern […]
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The Deer Hunter’s Guide To Fall Turkey Hunting

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Last night, I set up within bow range of a chestnut oak that was raining acorns onto leaf litter scattered with fresh deer poo. I love this time of year, when most of the trees have dropped their leaves, but not the oaks. It makes it so easy to find the mast trees and figure […]
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