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Caught in Lake Mille Lacs: a yellow perch that’s blue

Caught in Lake Mille Lacs: a yellow perch that’s blue

Dan Hanson caught a peculiar perch while fishing the Johnson’s Portside Perch Extravaganza on Lake Mille Lacs on Saturday.

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Youth and hard water: Tips for taking kids ice fishing

Youngsters naturally love to crank up fish. Keep it enjoyable and you’ll help build the next generation of anglers, plus a fishing buddy for life.

Bluegill size exposed! (Via your ice fishing spring bobber)

Watch your ice rod’s spring bobber to determine the weight of those sunfish nipping at your ice fishing bait

Ice fishing tips: Refining your jigging techniques for light-biting crappies and sunfish

Catch more fish with the right bait or lure, then know how to identify the slightest of bites.

A multi-species approach to mid- and late-ice fishing season locations

Walleyes, bluegills, crappies, and pike face similar constraints as the mid-ice season of February unfolds

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Youth and hard water: Tips for taking kids ice fishing

Youngsters naturally love to crank up fish. Keep it enjoyable and you’ll help build the next generation of anglers, plus a fishing buddy for life.

Ice fishing tips: Refining your jigging techniques for light-biting crappies and sunfish

Catch more fish with the right bait or lure, then know how to identify the slightest of bites.

A multi-species approach to mid- and late-ice fishing season locations

Walleyes, bluegills, crappies, and pike face similar constraints as the mid-ice season of February unfolds

Flying high again: Boating industry unveils top models for 2015

New model boats keep the best, update the rest

When panfish behave badly

A common mistake some anglers make is thinking the world below the ice is static and that nothing changes.

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Flying high again: Boating industry unveils top models for 2015

New model boats keep the best, update the rest

2015 Boat Motors. Stylish, quieter and more fuel-efficient

Four strokes still coming on strong in outboard marketplace

Ice show season: Checking out innovations for hard water 2014-15

From tip-ups to headlamps to augers, some highlights from last weekend’s 22nd Annual St. Paul Ice Fishing and Winter Sports Show.

Holiday Gift Guide for the Naughty or Nice

After a season of hunting and fishing, the outdoor enthusiasts in your life are sure to know what gear needs replacing, upgrading, or retiring

2015 brings more value-priced ATVs, bigger side-by-side UTVs

Manufacturers of traditional ATVs and the increasingly popular side-by-side UTVs are expanding their lineups at both ends of the spectrum.

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Youth and hard water: Tips for taking kids ice fishing

Youngsters naturally love to crank up fish. Keep it enjoyable and you’ll help build the next generation of anglers, plus a fishing buddy for life.

The language of fishing and its un-subtle nuances

From suspended fish to lead-core to kickers and socks, sport anglers use terminology that almost require a glossary for the new or uninitiated

Bluegill size exposed! (Via your ice fishing spring bobber)

Watch your ice rod’s spring bobber to determine the weight of those sunfish nipping at your ice fishing bait

Ice fishing tips: Refining your jigging techniques for light-biting crappies and sunfish

Catch more fish with the right bait or lure, then know how to identify the slightest of bites.

Lawmakers seek to modify AIS training, decal law

Some lawmakers want to repeal the AIS training and decal law, while others are pushing to modify it

A multi-species approach to mid- and late-ice fishing season locations

Walleyes, bluegills, crappies, and pike face similar constraints as the mid-ice season of February unfolds

Got water? Answering two tough watercraft and boating questions

When fishing big water and traveling long distances, you’ll be glad your outboard has some horsepower… and don’t forget the resale factor

Don’t mess with Mother Nature: Too much litter in the great outdoors!

A simple matter of right and wrong, the littering problem continues to be an unnecessary and unfortunate issue among slob hunters and anglers.

How to Catch a Bass as Big as a Damned Mailbox

Winter is here. For those of us who prefer soft water over hard, it will be months before we can enjoy our craft. Unless we travel.

Angling advice: Is it possible to think like a fish?

Human consciousness can’t honestly relate to small-brained, cold-blooded creatures living in an entirely different environment. But we can study these amazing animals and apply what we learn to better fishing.

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Archive »Cooking

Fajita Kabobs

Looking for a recipe that makes a tough cut of meat something worth savoring?

Spicy Grilled Hungarian Partridge

With grouse and partridge seasons here, you couldn’t find a better reason to fire up the grill this fall for this simple, yet elegant presentation that uses your fresh birds

Aging & Cutting Game Meat

What Makes Wild Meat Tough? There are two factors: the animal itself and the hunter.

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Archive »Travel

Lake Shelbyville

Lake Shelbyville is certainly the center of central Illinois’ outdoors paradise. And the opportunities surrounding the massive area provide anglers, hunters, bikers, birdwatchers and everyone else a year-round playground.

The traveling hunter: Flying with firearms

Planning, preparation make a difference

Writer's treehouse stay doesn't disappoint

House built by Ohio couple near Mohican

Ontario unveils a few new fishing rules for 2014

No updates to OWI rules from last year

A bass’n plan: Head south for open water

The Great Lakes region offers fabulous bass fishing – except during the winter when the lakes are frozen and the seasons are closed.

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