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Monday, July 22nd, 2024

Breaking News for

Sportsmen Since 1967

Monday, July 22nd, 2024

Breaking News for

Sportsmen Since 1967

Joe Martino

Ticks wreaking havoc on moose. Are deer next?

Ticks suck. I don’t mean just literally, but in other ways, too.
In addition to being the carriers of more than 16 viruses, including Lyme Disease and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, which can wreck your life as you know it, they also pose a serious threat to the health and numbers of our deer herd.
Some theorize recent mild winters have not been harsh enough to kill the ticks left over from the year before, increasing their numbers to sometimes alarming proportions.

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Simple and spunky, fishing for summer bluegills never gets old

As summer approaches, I am taken back to my time as a youth, and to my son’s time when he was a kid to the simpler times of fishing. These types of outings are still very possible and should happen just as often.
A particular trip many years ago readily comes to mind. As we eased the boat into that tiny cove on a crowded lake, the children made their first casts. The bobber did not even have time to settle on the water’s surface before it plummeted downward. Within seconds, the first fish of the evening was on and my friend’s young son was grinning ear to ear.

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Time to cash in on crappies in the Midwest; here’s what to know

As I pen this story, the crappie bite here in the Midwest is heating up, a bit later than usual, thanks to warmer temperatures not really hitting us too hard early on. With the warmer days finally on the horizon, however, the water temps will rapidly climb, meaning the slab-sided papermouth action is here.
Crappies don’t actually spawn until the water temperature is between 62 and 65 degrees (although black crappies may start a little earlier and white crappies a little later). But they begin actively seeking out suitable areas to spawn when the water is much cooler than that.

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Play the wind to get your gobbler this spring

Perusing the hunting section of a local farm store one spring day, I asked the associate where the scent free soap and sprays were. “Man, you know turkeys can’t smell you, don’t you?” he said. “I do,” I said, “but deer can, and bumping deer can ruin a turkey hunt if they spook and run through the bird(s) you’re working.”
For that reason, I try to remain as scent-free as I can when hunting turkeys, but there is another, probably more important reason to play the wind when hunting for these big birds.

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Versatility pays off as much as any trait in the turkey woods

Turkey hunting is supposed to be heart-pounding. Gobblers are supposed to march into your decoys and respond to your calling. But that doesn’t always happen. In fact, when dealing with long-shanked, old birds, it rarely, if ever happens.

Yeah, it would be nice if all birds played by those rules, but they don’t, so in order to be consistently successful at tagging turkeys, you sometimes have to break from the norm and get a bit spicy.

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Pros offer advice on how to fill your spring turkey tag in all parts of the season

When it comes to turkey hunting, sometimes we all question ourselves.
When to call, what types of sounds to make, or how and where to set up on that gobbler are all things that we could all use some advice on. I am always amazed at how I am hunting an animal with a brain the size of a walnut, yet I often times get duped by these birds. Well, for this story, I interviewed two of turkey hunting’s best in an effort to help you learn a few more tricks to hopefully help you put a notch on your spring turkey permit.

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Simple tools for the turkey woods that make a big difference in helping a youngster get started

The youth turkey season is fast approaching in Ohio (April 13-14) and it is absolutely one of my very favorite times of the year.
Turkey hunting is my passion, and as the father of a young hunter, it allows me the opportunity to get in the turkey woods a bit earlier than I normally would as I get to take a youngster hunting and help introduce the kid to the wonderful world of the spring turkey hunting.
I have found a few things that can be important when taking kids out in the field after a spring turkey, and I feel that they will make a difference for you too if you plan on taking a youngster out.

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Joe Martino: Patience pays off in the turkey woods

Patience kills turkeys. That is a fact. Even so, there are those times when running and gunning is the best way to kill a bird. But for the purpose of this week’s feature, I’ll stick to the topic of patience.
Being patient can be one of the absolute most difficult challenges when turkey hunting, but learning to do so can yield big dividends.

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