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Sell Me Your Dog

It’s time for me to get serious about adding bird dog number two. As you may have picked up on through my previous postings, I am absolutely in love with my German shorthaired pointer. However, I’m open to considering other breeds for dog number two.We all know how attached bird hunters are to their favorite breed, so today’s exercise will…

No Mouth-Fishing in Pennsylvania, and More

This week, we’ll arm you with science stuff you can use to amaze your waterfowl hunting friends while you’re looking up at the duckless sky. But first, a warning for eastern mouth anglers. No Mouth-Fishing in Pennsylvania If you’re planning a trip to Pennsylvania to do some angling using only your mouth, you’d better reconsider. Why? Because mouth-fishing is strictly…

Hooking grubs for crappies and sunfish

For years, dedicated readers and attendees at my seminars have heard me explain that I always hook maggots through the beveled end. That’s changing a bit, but one rule that’s not changing is the need for a sharp hook. Why? Because you want to pierce that outer skin on your grub, not annhilate it.I take my hook and slip it just…

Welcome to Offbeat Outdoors!

Greetings and salutations Outdoor News readers. My name is J.R. Absher (call me J.R.), and I will be presenting you with my collection of offbeat and sometimes downright wacky tales from the outdoors once each week-or more often when I just can’t help myself. You’ll read about outdoor misfits, bizarre animal behavior and times when fish and wildlife turn the…

Hanging your Bird Dog above the Fireplace

While flipping through a recent bird hunting periodical, I encountered an advertisement for dog head urns. That’s right; there’s a company selling taxidermy replica heads of your favorite breed of bird dogs with a quail or pheasant in its jowls and inside your pup’s ashes are stored for posterity. Check out the photos by following this link. Call me a…

HOW TO Name Your Bird Dog

I received the following email recently: So you seem to think of yourself as an expert in naming bird dogs. What do you suggest I name my new pup that starts with the letter “L?” Considering my past blogs titled Please Don’t Name Your Bird Dog That and Please Don’t Name Your Bird Dog That Either, I thought the emailer…

Please Don’t Name Your Bird Dog That

Got a new bird dog puppy at home? Having trouble picking out that perfect name? The name you choose says as much about the bird hunter as it does about the bird dog. Choose wisely and you’ll be the envy of your hunting party. Choose poorly . . . well, your hunting buddies won’t likely let you up for air….

Jigs for walleyes

There’s a lot of misunderstanding about what type of jigs to use for walleyes. In winter, short-shanked jigs are the way to go, not long-shanked. The latter are for adding a dressing, particularly in an open water fishing situation. Short-shanked jigs are for live bait only, and we want to use the lightest jig possible to be in contact with…

Putting it all together on ice

Let’s focus on how to target a specific species on a specific body of water. Different scenarios require different equipment, plus we need to understand fish behavior and the water we’re working. Water clarity, weather, fishing pressure, type of lake, and availability of food sources all play a role here.Before hitting the ice, ask yourself: What do I think is going…

Cold-water stimuli for multiple species

How does cold water affect aquatic creatures? Understanding this will help us learn how to target fish under the hard water.Fish adjust to water conditions. Their metabolism slows in cold water, but they still react to light, sound, temperature, feel and smell. The reaction time of these cold weather creatures has slowed down, but they still need to eat.It’s hard…

Northern pike early ice locations

During early ice, weedlines are very productive. We still have some green weeds producing oxygen, so this sets up a food web. Green weeds are key, so generally, these fish are going to be shallower, though this is all relative to lake construction. Here’s how to target northern pike under such conditions.Work one rod with a leadhead jig or vertical…