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.
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.
On May 12, a soldier at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson (JBER) died of injuries sustained in a bear attack on May 10 while working in a JBER training area. Staff Sgt. Seth Michael Plant, 30, an infantryman from the 3rd Battalion, 509th Parachute Infantry Regiment was a dedicated servicemember who lost his life in an untimely tragedy.
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.
The Sidewinder Weapon Mounted Game Call is designed for the days when staying mobile and keeping a low profile are top priority. From Convergent Hunting Solutions, the Sidewinder Weapon Mounted Game Call offers premium sound quality on-the-go with smartphone controls.
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.
Whether you’re driving to work, cooking dinner or simply itching to get back outside, you can enjoy the outdoors by tuning in to some of the most interesting and diverse storytellers from the marshes, fields and backwoods. Check out four of our favorite outdoor podcasts we think you’ll really like, too.
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.
It’s common knowledge it takes nine months from conception to birth for a human baby. It’s actually, 280 days - give or take a day - but normally, that figure is spot on. Humans have no “breeding season” as do many animals so the number of births on any particular day or time of year is constant. For cottontail rabbits it’s only 29 days and with a breeding season here in the upper Midwest from March through September, figure baby bunnies could be encountered anytime from now well into October.
In 2021, Cornell University conducted research on the customer satisfaction of iSportsman users at the U.S. Military Academy West Point. Cornell’s findings indicate that iSportsman users believe the additional safety measures provided by the iSportsman system improve their hunting and angling experience by providing a greater sense of security and situational awareness that they don’t find elsewhere.