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Game & Fish East

December/January 2020-21

Each issue of Game & Fish East details proven local strategies for whitetails, turkeys, bass, trout and more. Discover the best places to hunt and fish from Maine to Virginia, 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.
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Monthly
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12 Números

en este número

2 min.
the gift of time

It’s almost never difficult to shop for hunters and anglers. We’re tough on gear, which constantly needs to be replaced, and we covet the latest anything, from bullets to boats. Our friends and family should thank us for these character traits, especially during the holiday season, instead of dismissing them as flaws. We make it easy on them. But when it comes to gifts from one hunter or angler to another, I think the best ones I’ve given and received have been something other than items that were boxed and wrapped. Spending time afield or on the water with friends and loved ones, creating moments that will be remembered long after new camo fades and a once-fresh supply of soft-plastic baits is gone, can be the greatest gift of all. I was…

4 min.
take tools

With age comes wisdom, and wisdom is often the product of mistakes from which you’ve learned. That’s why old guys who’ve been doing things for a long time know stuff. One thing I’ve learned after nearly a half-century of hunting with rifles is that it’s not a good idea to head out on a hunt without some tools you can use to service your rifle. It’s not that rifles break down frequently, but they do often need some care during a hunt. Trying to work on a rifle with the hammer and pliers you keep behind your truck seat never turns out well. Some years back I put together a toolkit that goes with me anytime I’m hunting. I’m not paranoid and I don’t normally hunt with rifles that are junk,…

6 min.
you can do this

I am very much a DIY guy. I would even go so far as to say I’m a bit of a DIY snob. Being able to fix things and making stuff last longer than it really should bring me a lot of satisfaction. In a lot of situations, my DIY mentality stems from fiscal responsibility. Put another way, I’m cheap. I refuse to pay someone to handle a task that I should be able to do myself. I also find myself in situations where there is no option for help. That happens a fair bit while hunting. I don’t like to hunt areas near high human populations, so when my truck breaks down or my bow goes off the rails, I need to solve the problem myself. Necessity, as it’s been…

6 min.
your rod, your way

Things escalated quickly. I proposed a short DIY piece on how to repair a damaged wrap on a rod, and somehow found myself sitting at a table covered with spools of thread, unfamiliar tools, multiple sticky substances (I am not good with sticky substances) and an assignment to build a rod from scratch. I would like to say it went as smooth as Tennessee whiskey, but it didn’t. Nothing ever does the first time you try it, but in the end I had a great custom rod and a newfound hobby. As intimidating as it appeared at first, this rod-building thing is actually pretty easy. The secret is to order a Turnkey Rod Kit from Mud Hole Rod Building & Tackle Crafting ($159.99-$279.99; mudhole.com). The kit comes with all the components and…

6 min.
conservation roadmap

If you’re like me, Washington, D.C., is as unknowable as the mind of a February gobbler, and as hard to navigate as a coastal estuary at low tide. But so many vital decisions are made in the nation’s capital that we ignore Washington at our peril. Everything from our ability to own and use guns, and access federal land, to funding for keystone conservation programs comes from decisions made there. You’re right if you think your representatives listen more to organized advocacy campaigns than to your lone voice—and vote—back home. The latest election should remove all doubt about the power of collective action. The folks who get paid to think about our nation’s conservation priorities know that, and it’s a lesson they’ve learned the hard way, by being shut out of…

9 min.
ghosts in the glass

It was a cool, quiet morning in early January when we reached the point of entry into Mexico at Douglas, Ariz. Ted Jaycox of Tall Tine Outfitters danced gracefully through the armed guards, paperwork and other formalities that would get us across the border into Agua Prieta—our first steppingstone in the Mexican state of Sonora. After a couple of handshakes, some Spanish small talk and a subtle exchange of American dinero, we were on our way. Fifty miles south, tucked into a hidden fold of the Sierra Madre mountain range, a remarkable destination awaited four eager deer hunters. Just before the bumpy pavement transformed into dusty gravel, we paused to admire a marvelous wall painting on a small building. It was a Coues deer, standing tall and regal with a muscular…