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Monday, April 15th, 2024

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Sportsmen Since 1967

Monday, April 15th, 2024

Breaking News for

Sportsmen Since 1967

Steve Heiting

Buying live sonar? Here’s what to know about rigging it on your boat

Chances are good that you have heard of forward-facing (or “live”) sonar.
Perhaps you may have already bought the relatively new fish-finding technology. Maybe you’re trying to determine if it’s for you. Live sonar is a big consideration for many, and once you’ve decided to add it to your fishing boat, you’ll face another big question: how you want it rigged.

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Steve Heiting: A ‘no-frills’ turkey vest that has stood the test of time

The shotgun scope filled with gobblers. Four of them had charged from the woods to confront the jake decoy. Now they were swatting it with their wings. When one bird separated from the pack, the crosshairs settled on its neck. He collapsed in a feathered heap after I pulled the trigger.

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Heading west to hunt mule deer? Following these steps can help fill tags

Few things are as much fun as an out-of-state hunting trip. Not only will there be a strong sense of adventure, but there will be months of increasing anticipation.
In many cases you will learn something new on your hunt that you may be able to apply back home or on future hunts. For many of us, this trip will be to the Great Plains of the western states to pursue mule deer.

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Learning from experience: Here are nine things not to do while deer hunting

Because I’ve made so many mistakes over 40 years of hunting deer, I like to think that I’ve become sort of an expert at avoiding them. At least until my next one.

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Three cures to help you catch muskies after summer cold fronts

Easing the boat into the narrow bay, I could sense our fishing success was about to change.
Through five hours of fishing under cloudless skies we had raised only a single, lazy muskie, but now the conditions finally felt right. We had chosen the bay because it faced eastward and was, thus, protected from the stiff northwest breeze that followed the passing of a cold front. All day the thick weeds that lined the back of the bay had been warmed by the sun, and cabbage tops protruded above the surface.

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Want a giant walleye? Try fishing for muskies

Just as I had done a thousand times that week, I swung the big crankbait around in a figure-eight alongside the boat. As the crankbait hesitated in a turn, a fish flashed out from beneath the boat and T-boned the lure.
I set the hook and grunted “Fish!” to let my partner know I was hooked up to what I thought was about a 40-inch muskie, judging by the width of its head. But I was stunned to see a white tip on the fish’s tail waving much farther back in the water than it should have been.
I’m a muskie fisherman first, and all the walleyes that hit muskie baits were incidental catches. But when something occurs multiple times when fishing, you’ve discovered a pattern, and big walleyes on big baits is a great one.

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Catching muskies from the ‘wrong’ side of the boat

The muskie’s “shadow” on the side imaging electronics was unmistakable – and it appeared in the opposite direction of where we were casting. At my suggestion that he throw a cast at the fish to see what would happen, my friend Charlie Buhler lobbed a soft plastic bait.
As he worked the lure, a muskie appeared behind it. Buhler swung the multi-tailed lure into a big figure-eight, and the water exploded as the muskie grabbed on. What Buhler did to catch that muskie is what some anglers call “wrong way” casting. Let me explain.

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Here’s how to self-film your fishing trips

Even if you don’t dream of being a social media influencer, you should consider filming fishing outings. Not only is it a fun way to relive the excitement of catching a big fish, but the camera is an impartial observer that can help you become a better angler. Cast a critical eye at the footage a camera produces and you will not only see what you did right but – more importantly – what you may have done wrong.

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Does color really matter with muskie baits?

The term “every color of the rainbow” doesn’t apply to fishing lures, especially those designed for muskies. Lure manufacturers today offer far more options than even Mother Nature ever dreamed. A skeptic may say wild colors are simply an attempt to sell more lures, but an angler with a hot lure would argue otherwise. And a newcomer to the sport may find it all very confusing.
So, does lure color really matter?

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