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COAST Knives

Thu, 05/11/2017 - 18:32

I like to fancy myself somewhat of a prepper and survivalist. Not one of the conspiracy theory living in an underground bunker types but more of a guy who likes prepping for tragedy. Tornadoes, hurricanes, floods and any of a dozen other disasters can cause a person to rethink his or her level of preparedness

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Glide Baits – Killing um Softly

Thu, 05/11/2017 - 18:25

Every few years we have a “hot bait” phenomenon to come on the bass scene.  It was a zoom brush hog, then a reactions innovations sweet beaver, then West Coast swimbaits, then chatterbaits and now it is the Glide Bait. A glide bait is usually a 2 or 3 segmented section hard plastic bait that

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“Black panther” photographed in Texas?

Thu, 05/11/2017 - 13:56

“Black panther” reports are common in the American South. Accounts of mysterious black cats crossing the road in front of motorists or seen by hunters are frequent but are rarely backed up by photography. In my 25 years of wildlife journalism I have learned most people assume the animals they are seeing are black (melanistic)

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Podcast: Dustin’s Mad Minutes-NRA Show 2017 Highlights

Thu, 05/11/2017 - 11:36

The NRA Annual Meetings and Exhibits were hosted in Atlanta, Georgia at the end of April and I was there to take it all in. Being a consumer show, the NRA show hosts some of the best and brightest companies in the hunting, shooting and outfitting world, all exhibiting their products and services and competing

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More on Texas monkeys (photos & stories)

Wed, 05/10/2017 - 07:30

Wow! The response to our story on feral monkeys in South Texas has been tremendous. Since our original posting we have received several interesting stories and photos from people who have encountered these animals. First up is an account shared by Rico Ramirez. I had a client of mine who hunted near Dilley, TX. His

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The Outboard Propeller that Helps You Catch More Fish

Tue, 05/09/2017 - 09:00

Well, okay – no propeller is really going to help you catch more fish. However, there is one prop that can most certainly spook fewer fish, thereby increasing your catch. We’re talking about Yamaha’s SDS propeller system. You can hear that metal-on-metal “clunk” every time you shift your boat into and out of gear, right?

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Middle School Student Suspended for “Liking” Gun Photo

Tue, 05/09/2017 - 07:48

We have all heard the stories of youngsters being punished at school for pointing a finger like a gun or eating a sandwich in such a shape.  But the latest in ridiculousness a 10 day suspension for “liking” an instagram post of an airsoft gun. Ohio’s Edgewood Middle School’s side of the story is that the

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NRA Show Coverage: Part 4

Tue, 05/09/2017 - 07:47

If you have never been to an NRA show, imagine the largest gun show you have been to and multiply it many times. It can get really crowded in a hurry! Since there are no limitations on who can come (unlike SHOT and other trade shows), so long as they are a card carrying NRA member, just

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NRA Show Coverage: Part 3

Tue, 05/09/2017 - 07:47

The NRA Show continually impresses me each year with the range of products and services that are available to us as consumers. The field of options for hunters, shooters and general outdoorsmen and women continues to grow and I get excited as duck chasing a June bug with every one of these shows I attend.

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NRA Show Coverage: Part 2

Tue, 05/09/2017 - 07:44

The amount of companies in business today in the outdoor industry is absolutely amazing. What you really see at a show like this is how fierce the competition can be between companies and that only makes it great for you and I, the consumers of all of these great products and services. Our coverage continues!

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Gyroscopic Stabilization for your Entire Boat: We are NOT Making this up!

Tue, 02/28/2017 - 09:00

Yes, you can actually get gyroscopic stabilization for your entire boat. What the heck does this mean? A reduction in your boat’s rocking and rolling by 70 to 90 percent. Now, wait a sec – that sounds like utter nonsense, doesn’t it? You can’t stop a boat from rocking and rolling! Well, yes you can.

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Texas Game Wardens Lead Successful Joint Operation Bahia de Aransas

Fri, 02/24/2017 - 15:21

Texas game wardens over the weekend wrapped up a successful six-day multiagency initiative, called Operation Bahia de Aransas, designed to increase law enforcement presence along the coastal bend region. The initiative was in response to increased commercial oyster activity in Aransas, Carlos and Mesquite bays. Throughout the week of Feb. 13, patrols were conducted by

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Poison Pork

Fri, 02/24/2017 - 15:16

The latest news has it that the state of Texas in its infinite wisdom has decided it is a good thing to use poison to attempt to combat the massive feral hog invasion of our state. This has got to be just about the most bone headed ill advised attempt to get a grip on

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The Bass Spawn: Love is in the Water

Fri, 02/24/2017 - 14:46

This time of year is when most Texas anglers flood the boat ramps and go searching for big bug eyed largemouth that are getting ready to spawn. But, do we really understand what they are doing and why they are doing it?  If knowledge is power, then you will want to read on.  I have

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Texas Parks and Wildlife Game Warden Field Notes

Fri, 02/24/2017 - 14:43

The following items are compiled from recent Texas Parks and Wildlife Department law enforcement reports. Leaving a Game Camera Trail Texas game wardens were able to make a solid case against four individuals in Wilson County last season for hunting without landowner consent after the landowner provided photos of the subjects he captured on a

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Biologists Confirm Genetics of First ShareLunker Offspring Entered into Program

Fri, 02/24/2017 - 14:28

In March 2006, angler Edward Reid pulled a staggering 14.48-pound largemouth bass from the depths of Lake Conroe near Houston. On Feb. 10, nearly 11 years later and more than 234 miles away, angler Ryder Wicker caught the 13.07-pound offspring of that fish from Marine Creek Lake near Fort Worth. The Lake Conroe fish, later

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Mmm…Tilapia and Bowfishing Fun

Fri, 02/24/2017 - 13:35

Bowfishing for tilapia is probably one of the most challenging, but fun activities I enjoy in the outdoors. A couple of weeks ago I had the sincere pleasure to go bowfishing again with Marty McIntyre with GARQUEST Bowfishing Adventures  on Lake Fairfield in North Texas. If you have never tried bowfishing and live in or

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Three Leased Public Fishing Access Areas Open for White Bass Anglers

Fri, 02/24/2017 - 07:10

White bass are one of Texas’ most sought after game fish, especially when they make their annual spring spawning migration into rivers above reservoirs. Now that those fish are on the move, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) River Access and Conservation Area program has opened free public access sites for anglers at three

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Excalibur Releases New Flagship Crossbow, Micro 355 Packed with Features

Tue, 02/21/2017 - 10:00

Built on the incredibly popular Micro 335 platform, the new Micro 355 packs incredible speed and power into an ultra-compact design. Imagine the Micro 335 loaded with more power, and that’s what to expect from Excalibur’s flagship 2016 crossbow. Reliability, maneuverability, incredible performance and ease of use are all a part of the Micro 355

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Choosing the Right Kayak for Fishing

Tue, 02/21/2017 - 09:00

Kayak fishing has been growing by leaps and bounds, and there’s now a huge number of kayaks specifically designed for the sport. Just check out a few of our past blogs, like Freshwater Kayak Fishing, 34″ Trout Landed on Kayak, or Fishing Kayaks: Should a Yak be your Next Boat? and it quickly becomes apparent just how

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