Outdoor Life Nr. 3 - 2020

Our readers' hands-on spirit is reflected in the magazine's comprehensive gear tests and personal adventure stories. Whether shopping for a new rifle, searching for the hottest fishing holes this weekend or thirsting for exciting adventure tales, Outdoor Life is the ultimate resource.

United States
Camden Media Inc.
4 期号


tokyo rig takedown

IT’S NOT THAT BASS PRO Mike Iaconelli had an issue with being outfished; he just wanted to know why his Japanese host was smoking him, like 4 to 1, during a 2017 trip to Tokyo’s famed Lake Biwa. Frustrated and curious, Iaconelli confiscated his host’s rig and found something he’d never seen—a leadered punch shot. This became the inspiration for his collaboration with VMC hooks, and three years later, they introduced the aptly named Tokyo Rig. VMC’s proprietary model consists of a welded ring that links a rolling swivel line tie, a technique-specific hook (wide gap, flipping, or worm), and a 2 1⁄2-inch leader connected with another rolling swivel. Slip a weight onto the leader, turn the tip 90 degrees to prevent slippage, and you’re ready to fish. The Tokyo Rig is…

killing kermit

WATCHING A MASSIVE bass blow up on a topwater frog bait is one of the most thrilling moments in all of fishing. In a single instant, you get to witness the power, aggression, and speed of our most prominent and willing freshwater predator. The ferocious strike always seems like a miracle, and yet it’s totally inevitable on the best bass water around the country in late summer and fall. To consistently get more strikes on a hollow-body frog bait, you’ve got to understand the frog as a prey species—it skitters across lily pads and grass mats with sporadic kicks, and then it pauses in an opening between the vegetation, twitching those legs ever so slightly. This is one of the great advantages of a frog bait—you can fish a small patch…

schools of higher learning

SPEND ENOUGH TIME at any boat ramp from Sam Rayburn Reservoir in Texas to Mille Lacs Lake in Minnesota and you’ll hear a common complaint: “Man, it’s getting harder and harder to catch a bass.” Your buddies will want to blame fishing pressure. And while real cause-and-effect is tricky to pin down, there is some good science to support those claims that bass may actually be getting tougher to catch. LETTING ’EM GO AND WATCHING ’EM GROW Before we dig into the research, a quick history lesson. Sixty years ago, bass fishing was primarily a Southern thing. Many new reservoirs had growing largemouth populations, plus good habitat that was easy for anglers to identify. Bass fishing was excellent—for a while. But over time, catch rates began to decline. Angler harvest was partly to blame.…

the good new days

THERE HAVE BEEN SOME INCREDIBLY BAD predictions made in the last eight months. Guessing what the future might hold has become such a crapshoot that many folks have simply given up trying at all. But when it comes to hunting and fishing, we’ve got plenty to look forward to. One of the unforeseen silver linings of the coronavirus crisis is that more Americans are putting a priority on self-reliance, killing and butchering their own meat, and finding value in nature. There are still plenty of challenges ahead, but here’s one hopeful prediction: Hunting and fishing just might be on the brink of a resurgence in this country. So, what the hell? Let’s lean into the future. It sure beats looking back. JOHN LAMBING/ALAMY (MOUNTAINS); TAMMY WOLFE/ALAMY (BISON); ALAMY (MALLARDS); TESS ROUSEY…

your deer cartridge will be plastic

AS AMERICA’S HUNTERS PREPARE FOR THE WOODS AND FIELDS this autumn, the U.S. Army is gearing up for an even longer and more uncertain season. Military evaluators this fall are assessing what the Army calls its Next Generation Squad Weapon (NGSW), a replacement for the venerable M4 carbine and the M249 light machine gun. If its predecessor as the everyday-carry weapon for America’s fighting force is a guide, then this new rifle could be used in combat missions for the next 40 years. The current M4A1, chambered in 5.56mm, has been the workhorse of GI grunts since the Vietnam War. The M249 light machine gun, also known as the Squad Automatic Weapon, or SAW, has been around nearly as long. We actually know precious little about this new squad weapon, since military…

there will be a muzzleloader hunting boom

Real talk—most of us who hunt with muzzleloaders don’t wear buckskins or moccasins; we hunt with them because they give us longer seasons or because regulations prohibit centerfire rifles. And most of the state agencies that write the rules around muzzleloader use aren’t dedicated to preserving the heritage of old flintlocks. These agencies want to hit their management objectives, which, at least in the Midwest and Northeast, oft en means harvesting more deer and gett ing more hunters in the field. The product designers at Federal understand these realities well, and introduced a product earlier this year that makes muzzleloading a hell of a lot easier. The FireStick is a capsule that comes preloaded with powder that you load through the gun’s breech. The system is much faster and infinitely…