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Game & Fish South

Game & Fish South May 2020

Each issue of Game & Fish South details proven local strategies for whitetails, turkeys, bass, catfish and more. Discover the best places to hunt and fish from North Carolina to Texas, 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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País:
United States
Idioma:
English
Editor:
KSE Sportsman Media, Inc.
Periodicidad:
Monthly
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2 min.
lunch break

TEN-FOOT-TALL windows encircled the spacious meeting room, affording me plenty of opportunity to look out on the spring landscape of northeastern Texas. Outside the windows stretched the well-manicured lawn of the lodge, which included a gazebo and several benches for gatherings such as weddings. Beyond that was a pond. I found it difficult to concentrate on the presentation. The speaker was engaging and had helped design a major truck company’s flagship pickup. He provided a behind-thescenes look at what went into producing the year’s updated model, but while he discussed specifications I noticed a large stand of cattails at one end of the pond. Before he had finished, I realized there was a steady wind blowing across the pond directly into the standing vegetation. I imagined several Texas-sized largemouths stacked back in…

3 min.
the 1/3-second zero

THERE ARE many ways to sight in a rifle for hunting big-game. Adjusting a scope’s reticle to cross the bullet’s path of flight is only one aspect of the process. Selecting the most practical point along that path where the reticle intersects—in other words, the distance at which the scope is zeroed—is another. After nearly half a century of trying just about every method, I’ve settled on what I call the 1/3-Second Zero. I’ve come to realize it offers the most pragmatic approach. Before I explain the process, you need to understand something about external ballistics and trajectory. Regardless of the cartridge or bullet, the amount of bullet drop over a specified duration of time is a given. This is because the effect of gravity is a constant; it pulls on…

4 min.
controlling factors

MANY OF my fondest fishing memories are of the twice-a-year trips I enjoyed with my dad and his buddies when I was a kid. During the long Memorial Day and Labor Day weekends, we would venture from the concrete jungle of Chicago to the relative wilderness of central Wisconsin and Buffalo Lake, which is little more than a slow, weed-choked portion of the Fox River. Our group would hit the water in leaky 14-foot rowboats equipped with crumbling bench seats and powered by smoke-belching 5-horsepower outboard engines in pursuit of largemouth bass, northern pike, the lake’s abundant panfish and the occasional bullhead. We had two choices for boat control when it was time to dress hooks with bait: anchor up using a cement-filled coffee can tied to a tattered rope, or…

3 min.
pr via p-r

OVER THE past few months you may have heard more from your state fish-and-wildlife agency than you expect. Maybe you’re receiving emails or Instagram posts reminding you that a new license year is approaching. Or maybe it’s a text message alerting you to a public meeting in your area to discuss hunting regulations. After decades of considering your participation a given, fish-and-wildlife agencies are borrowing a page from business and starting to treat you like a customer. State agencies are increasingly aware that fishing and hunting are choices. And they are choices that compete with plenty of other pushes and pulls on your time and money. As part of this business mindset, agencies have joined the customer-acquisition and -retention game, and they’re using modern techniques to reach you. Interestingly, they’re using an…

11 min.
may i have another?

THE TORMENT starts earlier every year. In the begin ning, my spring turkey switch flipped on just before April. Then my bones started to ache for gobblers in early March. Now I’m ready to start loading my turkey vest shortly after Christmas. Obsessive plotting, sleepless nights, hundreds of hours, thousands of miles and as many busted heads as the heavens will allow—there’s no escaping Ol’ Tom’s grip once his claws have sunken into your soul. Many of our country’s latest turkey seasons run through May, with Maine typically conducting closing ceremonies the first week of June. Thankfully, while so many folks choose to lock up their turkey guns and hang up their bows sometime in May in exchange for fishing rods and patio chairs, the best days in the turkey woods…

1 min.
travel light, hit hard

COVERING GROUND is the best way to fill late-season turkey tags consistently. Avoid burnout and stay agile by striving to achieve efficiency in your turkey gear. Now more than ever, manufacturers understand the importance of providing lightweight product solutions for mobile hunters. Here are some of the latest examples. 1 The new Mossberg SA-410 Turkey weighs just 6.5 pounds and is designed to cycle modern, magnum .410 shells like butter. It’s concealed in Mossy Oak Bottomland with a 26-inch barrel and receiver-mounted rail. If you don’t want to add an optic, the adjustable fiber-optic ghost-ring sight system is accurate and reliable. MSRP: $735; mossberg.com 2 Federal Heavyweight TSS .410 turkey loads are nasty. The Flitecontrol Flex wad is filled with No. 9 Tungsten Super Shot, which is 56 percent denser than lead.…