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Game & Fish Midwest

Game & Fish Midwest

June/July 2020

Each issue of Game & Fish Midwest details proven local strategies for whitetails, turkeys, bass, walleyes and more. Discover the best places to hunt and fish from North Dakota to Kentucky, and learn the top times for success in the field and on the water. Get info on hot new gear and how it performs, as well as updates on trends, regulations, seasons and destinations to help you plan your next outing.

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United States
Langue:
English
Éditeur:
KSE Sportsman Media, Inc.
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2 min.
a meal and a memory

THE TROUT came from the cold, deep water like a jewel from a mine, sparkling green, red, blue and white. My 5-year-old son gave a giddy squeal as he pulled the 9-incher onto the bank. “Can we keep it, Dad?” he asked through a smile that beamed brighter than the fish’s pink-orange fins. Any other time the answer would have been no. It was a native brook trout, a treasure in Pennsylvania, one I usually quickly admire and then release. But this day was as special as the fish my son and his grandpa had been pulling from the pale water. It was his first trip for trout, and the little stream was the same one on which his “Papa” had revealed trout to me when I had been a kid more…

3 min.
strap or sling?

MOST HUNTERS don’t realize there’s a difference between a rifle strap and a rifle sling. A rifle strap helps to carry a rifle on your shoulder; a rifle sling helps to stabilize your shooting position. Though there are exceptions, straps and slings are mutually exclusive. A good carry strap cannot be employed as an effective shooting sling, and a good shooting sling usually sucks for carrying a rifle. Almost every rifle needs a carry strap, and most hunters could benefit from a shooting sling. A quality strap allows you to comfortably carry a rifle on either shoulder for long periods of time. Hunting that way, however, is not a good idea. On one fall day when I was about 15, I was walking an old logging road. I’d just passed another…

1 min.
carry and shoot

1 .The best carry straps I’ve found are made by Vero Vellini (vero-vellini.com).Their neoprene makes carrying a rifle on your shoulder comfortable, but because it has some stretch, these are no good as shooting slings. 2 .One of the best shooting slings I’ve used is the Rhodesian sling from Andy’s Leather (andysleather. com).With it you can snug into a very tight and stable shooting position. On the other hand, you have to hold on to it at all times if you use it as a carry strap. 3 .An alternative is the sling I developed with Galco Gunleather (galcogunleather.com).The RifleMann Sling keeps the rifle on your shoulder, and you can use it to sling up with either the support or shooting arm. (I’m not mentioning it because I get a royalty every…

3 min.
topwater tech

FEW EVENTS in the fishing universe rival the excitement of a bass crushing a topwater lure. The visual experience of presenting a frog, popper or walking bait on the surface creates a palpable sense of nervous anticipation, which can only be relieved by a positive hookset. Let’s examine some of the current tools of the top-water trade that will help you hoist more bass into the boat. MODERN CLASSIC While poppers, walking baits, prop baits and frogs are classic topwater lures, modern innovations in materials and manufacturing ensure they remain timeless in their effectiveness. Consider the hollow-body frog. Today’s best frogs balance sufficient weight for long casts with optimum buoyancy to float with a lifelike profile at rest: head high and tail low. Their soft, flexible bodies collapse readily under the pressure…

2 min.
shore thing

THE EXPLORERS who used waterways as early travel routes regularly caught fish and ate them fresh for lunch. The high-protein meal would keep them energized for the rest of the working day. For anglers, a tasty shore lunch can induce a food coma that requires a short siesta under the summer sun. The meal is a midday reward that leaves anglers feeling content, proud of their fishing skills and maybe even a bit gluttonous. Plan the lunch before heading out to fish and prepare a kit with things needed for the meal, from cooking utensils to ingredients. Having items ready to go in a standalone kit allows a fishing crew to make lunch quickly and efficiently, which means more time on the water. The anticipation of a scrumptious shore lunch often prompts…

4 min.
greenbacks for greenheads (and other game)

THINK OF all the good ideas that have their expression in our conservation heritage. There’s the good idea that in order to have wildlife to hunt and fish for, the “users”—hunters and anglers—should help pay for game and fisheries management. That user-pay idea culminated in the creation of state wildlife agencies, and the mechanism of hunting and fishing licenses. There’s the good idea that wildlife should be owned by everyone in general and nobody in particular. That’s the public-trust idea behind our very democratic arrangement in which we all have a stake in the fate of our ducks and deer and doves, whether we hunt for them or not. Then there’s the good idea that public wildlife isn’t really public unless hunters and anglers can set foot in the places where game…