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During hunting season, I wake up sometime around 4 a.m. whether I set an alarm or not. Even if I go to bed late, I rise like the living dead and wander the house half-conscious as the dogs follow me around jockeying for a spot on the line-up. No dogs are coming along for deer hunts, of cours…

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In sharp contrast with the miserable outlook conveyed in my last column, the daisy chain of weather fronts that passed through the Great Lakes region over the past two weeks have drastically changed hunting and fishing conditions for the better.

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About mid-day Friday, the phone calls and texts started coming in – “You have any birds on your place?”, “What’s your plan for the morning?”, “I think I may have a field full of geese if you want to come”, “I’m so frustrated”, “I want to move” – and so on and so forth.

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When I was growing up, my parents took my brother and I on family vacations regularly. We always thought that was a big deal when they pulled us out of school for an extra day or two around school breaks. Apparently, the Nuns at St. Bernard’s in Wabash always encouraged them when they did th…

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Outdoorsmen come from a broad range of backgrounds, and while we may not fall into the same income bracket, most of us are cut from the same cloth. We tend to be fairly passionate, easy-going types that enjoy the company of others with similar interests. We also like to tell stories. Fisherm…

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In the Grateful Dead song "Black Peter," Jerry Garcia sang in his unmistakable tobacco addled voice about a poor man’s thoughts on his last day of life. Allegedly anyway, many songs written by Garcia and John Hunter remain a mystery as to their genuine meaning, or combination thereof.

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As the days grow shorter and the late-afternoon sun creeps lower in the sky, the hunter’s mind stirs with anticipation. Anxiousness invades our every thought as hunting season is in the back of our minds constantly. Our time is coming, and the anticipation is difficult to contain. Just ask o…

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Now that August is upon us, it’s hard to ignore that little bit of fall that is in the air. Sure, it’s going to be summer for quite a while, but when nighttime temperatures hover in the low-60s and upper-50s, good things happen. Fishing picks up and hunters stir as they know the time to hit …

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ICAST is an acronym that stands for International Convention of Allied Sportfishing Trades - you can see why they use the acronym. IFTD is also an acronym that stands for International Fly Tackle Dealer (Show). They’re both “shows” actually. Last week in Orlando, Florida’s Orange County Conv…

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Now that summer is here, it seems like a good time for a fishing story. So, grab your favorite beverage, kick back and enjoy. Oh yes, I should mention that these stories are all true and only slightly treated with embellishment when necessary to maintain your utmost attention.

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Enhancing the general health of white-tailed deer while attracting and holding them on or near a hunting property has never been easier. Nor has it been more economically feasible. A range of affordable products is available, specifically designed for any project scenario or scope.

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On Wednesday afternoon I was guiding a couple anglers on the St. Joseph River just over the state line in Michigan. We were after smallmouth bass primarily, but unfeisty rock bass, tasty walleye and northern pike occasionally engulfed flies as well. The pike occasionally broke off by biting …

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When it comes to fishing rods, make no mistake — any rod is better than no rod at all. Some of the best fishermen you will ever meet get the job done with what most anglers would consider junk. If you know what you are doing, the rods and reels are basically an afterthought. That said, once …

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No, this is not a contest. You aren’t going to win a t-shirt or patch to have your grandma sew on your favorite fishing vest.

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In the film Caddyshack, one of the main characters, Ty Webb (played by Chevy Chase) blind-folds himself prior to taking a golf shot and has this to say to his caddy, Danny Noonan, “I’m going to give a little advice. There’s a force in the universe that makes things happen. And all you have t…

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I’ve been lucky to fish in some pretty cool places. Unfortunately, I often only have a few hours to check things off my bucket list.

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Compared to other years, I believe this turkey season has been the lousiest one I’ve ever experienced. Though, judging by my Social Media feeds, many other hunters have been very successful. I find the number of turkey hunters incredible - the number of successful hunters, astounding. And to…

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Last Wednesday I drove up to one of the double top secret turkey spots in Berrien County, Michigan. Upon arrival, I parked behind some shrubs so I wouldn’t spook birds, then scanned the valley with my binoculars. To my amazement, I could see an individual walking in circles right where the b…

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Hexavalent chromium may sound sinister and make a great name for a shiny villain that fights super heroes, but the real element has been used for nearly 100 years to make things look cool. That custom Harley that just rumbled past on the highway may have a bunch of “show chrome” plated parts…

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Recently, the American Kennel Club announced that for the 26th year in a row, the Labrador Retriever is the most popular dog breed in America.

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Thursday was National Puppy Day. Yes, that’s a thing apparently. I had no idea to be perfectly honest – or maybe I just forgot. Given that we have a seven-month-old puppy in the house and the fact that I’m a big puppy lover, you’d think I’d know about something that important.

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Last week in this column, essentially, I claimed that spring has sprung, though I think I left myself a bit of an out by mentioning snow and colder weather was a sure thing. I was really hoping we could dispense with the frigid temps, but judging by the forecast that has drastically changed …

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Despite the warm sunny days and thunderstorms earlier this week, it’s fairly obvious now that it’s still winter.

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If you’re like me, you cringe every time you read the news. Regardless of your politics, it’s hard not to notice that most of what is reported — whether it be print, radio or TV — has been compromised by opinion.

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In recent years, predators such as coyotes have become so common that when somebody says, “I saw a coyote,” it hardly warrants a “wow” response.

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I’ve been an avid fisherman for all of my adult life and much of my childhood, and for the past 20 years or so I’ve been a fishing guide. It’s safe to say I spend a lot of time on the water.

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Whenever I work outdoor industry trade shows, I start to get a lot of inquiries from friends about what new stuff they should watch for once it hits the market. It’s not everyone that gets a look at this merchandise before the rest of the world, so it’s kinda neat to be a part of the process.

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Last Friday night I boarded an Airbus A-321 with my buddy Josh Lantz for a three-hour flight home. We had spent the prior three hours loafing around McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas.

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This week I had the pleasure of working the Archery Trade Association show in downtown Indianapolis for Traditions Media. The ATA show is big shindig that started as an archery specific industry trade show, but eventually morphed into a fairly stout industry outdoor show.

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When I moved to Northwest Indiana from the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, the weather was comparatively balmy here. It was 1996 and friends of mine that were holed up beneath eight feet of snow in Marquette, Michigan would come down to fish or hunt occasionally.

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Odyssey, noun — 1. a long wandering or voyage usually marked by many changes of fortune; 2. an intellectual or spiritual wandering or quest. (From Merriam-Webster dictionary)

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When people talk about how great it was growing up in a small town I can’t help but to smile a little. Wabash, Indiana, was as a good a place as any to grow up and most definitely better than average.

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Just about any outdoorsman will tell you that the weather the past four or five years has been sketchy at best for fall hunting opportunities, and in many cases, even fishing. Just because it’s nice out, doesn’t necessarily mean it should be. The natural world evolves with the given seasons …

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I’ve had Labrador Retrievers since the late-80s and I’m not sure I’d want to spend a lot of time on this planet without them. That may sound silly, but I have only met a few Labradors that weren’t awesome dogs. I wish I could say the same for people.

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Last Saturday evening as I scrubbed the deer blood from my hands, I thought of the old saying “Even a blind squirrel finds a nut once in a while.”

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It’s an oft-discussed topic in deer hunting circles: What is a “shooter” buck? This is a question that can only be answered by the shooter.

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A week from Tuesday may quite possibly be one of the more dreadful days many of us experience in our lifetimes. Judging by the fanaticism directed towards or against the two Presidential candidates, it’s safe to assume some Hoosiers will be “slightly” upset with the result. On the other hand…

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The past couple of weeks the Anglin family has shrunk a bit as “our” litter of puppies left to live with their new families. It’s all about socialization and I’m quite certain all of these puppies will contribute positively to society, canine and otherwise.

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Saturday morning, an army of hunters will slip quietly into the woods with the modern version of one of the most tried and true weapons ever devised by man. Whether they carry a state of the art compound bow, elegant recurve or primitive long bow, these hunters are typically well-practiced a…

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There are certain times of year when I find myself waxing poetic, as I stare across the somewhat featureless Indiana farmground as the sun slips below the horizon. The corn is starting to look a little wispy, the beans are burning off after fighting the hot August sun. A special scent pervad…

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This Thursday, Sept. 1, those of us who love to “wingshoot” will have the opportunity to warm the barrel up on our favorite shotgun when the 2016 Indiana Mourning Dove season opens. Mourning doves are without question one of the sportiest targets there is and an incredible number of shotgun …

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My late uncle was a great photographer. You may not have heard of him, but his peers had. Right after graduating from Indiana University, he moved to New York City where he briefly photographed fashion models, but quickly grew tired of their neurotic behavior. Over the course of the next 30 …

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A big walleye probably isn’t the image that most people conjure up when they imagine an “odd fish."