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  • Taking Care of Business: Gun Cleaning Done Right
    As hunting season is just getting started, most firearms are still safely tucked away in the gun cabinet waiting for that first use.
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  • Mike Rogers Insider Tips: How to Win a Lottery
    Everyone loves being a winner and that includes iSportsman users.
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  • Dove Hunting Tactics
    As I stood there watching the little acrobatic flyers, I said to myself, “Why am I standing here?” There were no other hunters there to help keep the doves flying and moving.
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  • Barnett’s Explorer XP 400 is the Archery Season Upgrade You’ve Been Searching For
    Barnett’s Explorer crossbow series offers hunters user-friendly and performance features typical of crossbows costing much more.
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Dealing with a No-Start Boat Engine

Dealing with a No-Start Boat Engine

I’m not a trained marine mechanic, but I’ve been a boater all my adult life and have spent more time in less than perfectly maintained boats than ones that are checked and spit-polished by trained technicians on a regular basis. Most of the time, everything works. Some of the time the day starts at a standstill. The motor won’t start.

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Stay Adaptable for Springtime Smallmouth

Stay Adaptable for Springtime Smallmouth

April and May offer some of the best smallmouth bass fishing of the year but it also offers some of the most contrasting fishing conditions of the season.

One day might be perfect, with nice water and great weather, while the next day might bring muddy high water, thunderstorms and sometimes snow. This means that even more than lake anglers, springtime river bass fishermen must stay adaptable to the changing conditions.

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Bear Safety with Kim Titchener: Dispelling myths and best practices

Bear Safety with Kim Titchener: Dispelling myths and best practices

Kim Titchener began working with black bears and grizzlies at Banff National Park while attending university. Her lifetime experience has been critical in providing vital information to improve bear safety. From personal accounts from friends and survivors of bear attacks to immediate response to fatal bear incidents in the town where she lived, Kim is passionate about helping everyone enjoy the outdoors and do so safely. 

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Catfishermen Shouldn't Stink

Catfishermen Shouldn't Stink

A catfish’s sense of smell (and taste) is so great they are likely capable of perceiving their entire universe with their sniffers. Much the same way we observe four separate pine trees on a hill, catfish can likely smell four different carp swimming alongside a distant brushpile. 

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Beyond the Food Plot: Managing Your Land for Total Hunt-Worthy Health

Beyond the Food Plot: Managing Your Land for Total Hunt-Worthy Health

While food plots remain a popular land management method for deer hunters to provide nutrition to the landscape and attract deer, a more successful approach involves improving the quality of the overall habitat located on their property. As iSportsman covered in the recent article, Manage Your Land to Minimize Coyote Predation, time and energy spent on trapping predators is often better directed into improving the overall landscape so wildlife has a better mix of forage and hiding cover.  

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Bass fishing doesn't have to be complicated

Bass fishing doesn't have to be complicated

“I don’t fish for bass,” a guy mentioned last week as we discussed this spring’s fishing bonanza at a local boat ramp. “Besides, there is no way I could afford it,” he said gesturing towards a glistening metal-flake bass boat loaded with rods, boxes of lures and mysterious electronic gadgets. “It can get too complicated and too expensive,” he added.

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Tips for the tail end of turkey season

Tips for the tail end of turkey season

It happens every year. We hear tales of the new guy who stumbles into the woods for the first time, scratches out a few calls and nails a big gobbler before the sun clears the horizon. But what you don’t hear are stories about the film crew and hunting pro who spend a full week in prime turkey country but fail to fill a tag or footage. We also don’t hear about the well-seasoned hunter who ends the season empty handed. For every beginner’s success there are dozens of other hard-luck stories in which hunters spend day after day in the woods without connecting. No doubt wild turkeys can humble anyone.

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One Secret for Success: Midday Turkey Hunting

One Secret for Success: Midday Turkey Hunting

A turkey gobbling his head off on the roost can excite a hunter like few other sights or sounds. The excitement can be short lived though if the old Tom has already made up his mind to fly down away from you. A fired up a gobbler in the midday is different. He’s likely without hens and looking for love. There’s a good chance he’ll aggressively close the distance to your calls.

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Take Care During Late turkey Season

Take Care During Late turkey Season

As we progress later and later into turkey season, hunters should remember things grow a little more dangerous as undergrowth does likewise. Turkey hunting safety should be at the front of your mind when taking to the late-season woods.

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It pays to "sit right" during turkey season

It pays to "sit right" during turkey season

It’s funny the things that sometimes remain in our minds. They don’t have to be life altering events or items of historical significance. Each year during our wild turkey hunting season I recall a seemingly insignificant incident that happened years back.

The first time I heard the phrase “I sat down wrong” was decades ago when my wild turkey hunting career was still young. Back then my attitude still brimmed with the brashness of youth. I was mired deeply with that know-it-all arrogance that comes from already having a half dozen kills under my belt.

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