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Make A Case
When the Otter splashed down on the remote Labrador lake, I was the poorest man exiting the door. I was there as a guest of the Labrador government to write about a new brook trout lodge. The guys that had paid full price each cut a check that would
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How We Test
The Game & Fish Tackle Test utilizes a comprehensive scoring system to evaluate each rod and reel across numerous criteria. Scores are tallied after each day on the water. Once all the numbers are crunched (and after some heated debate), winners in e
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On The Chew
Temperature. Light penetration. Water clarity. Wind. In spring, the most successful anglers fishing trout lakes pay attention to these factors. Over the course of a week or even a day, the variables change, affecting where and how trout and their pre
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Support Mechanisms
There are two rules every big-game hunter should live by. Jeff Cooper laid them out in The Art of the Rifle when he wrote, “The basic principle of field marksmanship can be stated thus: 1. If you can get closer, get closer. 2. If you can get steadier
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A Well-stocked Tackle Box
You’ll catch more trout if you come prepared to entice fish under a wide variety of feeding conditions, from highly active trout on the surface to finicky fish that won’t strike unless the bait looks and smells just right. To cover your bases, bring
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The Arsenal
Berkley and Rapala generously provided our test team with a wide selection of lures and baits to use during testing. Here are some of our favorites. Easy to cast for both distance and accuracy, the Hit Stick achieves the high-speed roll of a balsa ba
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Attention Getters
It was less than a 10-minute walk across a winter wheat field before I hit the wood line, and I was barely inside the trees when I paused to call. I was only able to get two yelps out before a gobbler cut me off, and he was close. Hoping that the nea
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The Field
The Veritas, with its distinctive bright white paint job, is delightfully lightweight, with a great reel seat and handle. The 3M Powerlux 100 blank is particularly sensitive for an econo-priced rod. A high-modulus blank matched with advanced resin bl
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Battle Of The Baitcasters
Modern bass fishing has become a game of strength dominated by power techniques and power gear. Today, the best bass anglers in the business grind through water quickly in search of hungry fish willing to bite. Whether dredging an oversized crankbait
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Springer Training
There were three of us in the boat—my fishing buddy Jarod Higginbotham, my father and me. We were anchored high on a riffle, fishing a bend in the river for spring chinooks. Salmon were rolling low in the hole, but we struggled to reach them. “You gu
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Get Down
Dynamic Lures HD Trout Lure; 1/10 oz., 2 1/4"; slow-sinking Bass Pro Shops XTS Micro Light Mini Crankbait; 1/11 oz., 1 1/4"; floating Leland’s Lures Trout Magnet Trout Crank; 1/8 oz., 2 1/2"; suspending Rapala Original Floater F07; 1/8 oz., 2 3/4"; f
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Top Run-and-gun Decoys
Avian-X decoys (avian-x.com) have become my go-to dekes for a couple of reasons. First, they’re extremely lifelike and you can get them in either Rio Grande or Merriam’s versions to “match the hatch” where you’re hunting. They are lightweight and inf
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Go Light And Non-leaded
Turkey hunters who cover lots of ground and want to keep things simple should consider joining the .410 revolution. The small-bore shotgun—and the excellent loads now offered for it—is becoming increasingly popular for spring gobblers. Downsizing you
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The Science Of Scent
Every time we hit the water, we use baits and lures to deliver a set of sensory inputs designed to elicit strikes from fish. The critical fishy senses that we must appeal to include sight, hearing/vibration, smell and taste. Many of these work much l
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Walk The Line
If you accept the proposition that wild turkeys split the difference between upland birds and big game, then you understand one of the central tensions of a hard-core turkey hunter: you work upland ground hard for a single shot, but once you make it,
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The Do-all Rod
There’s a wide selection of specialized salmon rods out there. Investing in multiple rods meant to fish specific ways is something to consider if you fish a lot, but it’s not a requirement if you want to have a good chance of catching spring chinooks
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Herring Plunking Rig
This plunking rig can be used by bank anglers as well as boaters, and works very well when fish are along the bank in a river recovering from spring runoff. Boating anglers can also back-bounce this rig at controlled rates through good holding water
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Travel Light
On long hikes away from the road, pare your gear down to only what you’ll need. For me, that means: • Daypack or turkey vest• Hunting license and (if required) turkey tag• Toilet paper and paper towels in a zip-top bag• Jake and breeder hen decoys an
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The Field
The Concept is built from carbon fiber, resulting in a wispy, 5.8-ounce overall weight and excellent corrosion resistance. Our 8.3:1 test model gobbled up line on the retrieve and casted exceptionally smoothly. The Concept is a bit longer than most m
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Friction Fixin’
The more time you spend in the spring turkey woods, the more you understand the importance of quality calls—and the need to take care of them. To optimize the quality of the sounds you make to draw in gobblers, conditioning your friction calls before
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HIDE & SEEK BASS
Fach spring, adult largemouths go through three critical reproductive phases: pre-spawn, spawn and post-spawn. While winter and summer are fairly distinct and uniform periods of time, the springtime spawn phases for largemouths are more nebulous and
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Around The West
Finally, a month in which we don’t have to talk about ice! For trout anglers,April is the time to beat runoff and match early mayfly hatches, but streamers and egg patterns will catch the biggest spawning rainbows, especially in tailrace sections of
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Game & Fish West
PUBLISHER Michael F. X. Cassidy EDITORIAL DIRECTOR Adam Heggenstaller | Adam.Heggenstaller@outdoorsg.com EDITOR John Taranto | John.Taranto@outdoorsg.com REGIONAL EDITORS David F. Johnson, Dr. Todd A. Kuhn, Drew Warden ONLINE CONTENT EDITOR Scott
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The Test Team
Dr. Todd A. Kuhn is Game & Fish’s South region editor. He holds a Ph.D. in environmental engineering and has 18 U.S. patents for outdoor gear. He’s been fishing for more than 50 years. Capt. Jamie Harris, a fishing tackle gearhead in the truest sens
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Cold Feet
Ice clung to their gun barrels, and the old Lab’s teeth chattered like a railcar. Three men and one boy hunkered with their collars up, chins tucked like prizefighters and hands buried in coat pockets. The thermometer said 10 degrees, but it was clos
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Turkey Load Shootout
A couple springs ago I shot a turkey at 57 long steps that would have been safely out of range just a few years prior to that. But some of today’s best turkey loads deliver performance I couldn’t have dreamed of when I shot my very first bird in 1987
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Inside The Test
The 12-gauge Remington 870 Super Magnum and .660-constriction choke I most often use to hunt turkeys is representative of an average turkey gun, which is why I chose it for this test. I set it on a bench in a recoil-absorbing rest and shot three roun
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SHOT SHOW New Product Premiere
It’s an event that holds all the excitement and anticipation of the opening weekend of deer or turkey season. The annual Shooting, Hunting and Outdoor Trade (SHOT) Show, produced by the National Shooting Sports Foundation, brings together thousands o
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Seeing Is Believing
If you’re struggling to see what’s under the water with your own eyes, you might try an aquascope, also known as a bathyscope. The Flogger from LureCraft is a popular version that looks a lot like a funnel or old-fashioned megaphone. You simply place
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Going Broke
Spin it however you want, but death is the definitive prerequisite of a “successful” hunt. Sure, we make it a goal to enjoy the entire hunting process and find fulfillment in every aspect of the hunt, but the ultimate goal demands killing an animal t
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