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The First Augmented Bass Fisherman? Bassmaster Pro Puts a Fish-Finder In His Glasses
There have been leaps and bounds in bass fishing technology over the last decade, but this is the first one we've heard involving augmented reality. Ed Loughran, a 53-year-old Bassmaster Elite Series pro, may (self-admittedly) not be a technology guy, but he made an astounding discovery recently when he figured out how to link augmented reality glasses with his Garmin LiveScope.
Ice Fishing Madness: Inside a Crazy Tournament on Minnesota's Lake of the Woods
My plane lands in Minnesota and I meet Hawaii Mike—a giant Ukrainian dude with long hair, some fading tattoos, and a round-toothed, kiddish smile. Despite it being 20 degrees outside, he's wearing a custom Hawaiian shirt covered in big Hibiscus flowers and walleye, and suddenly the nickname makes sense.
Should You Be Shooting a Lighter Gauge Shotgun For Turkeys?
I was out in eastern Montana the first time I ever saw what I'd consider a true light turkey gun. By "light," I don't mean a turkey gun with all sorts of fancy cutouts built with tactical composites. (If you hunted turkeys anytime around 2010, you know what I mean.) What I mean is, that I ran into another turkey hunter carrying around a .410, a gun that's the bore size equivalent of a 67½ gauge.
Endangered Florida Sawfish Found Dead, with Saw Removed—$20,000 Reward Offered
A Florida smalltooth sawfish met with an untimely—and likely agonizing—death on January 31. Witnesses saw the animal near the shoreline struggling to swim, according to National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Office of Law Enforcement officials; eventually the sawfish became stranded on a sandbar. When OLE and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Refuge officers responded, they saw that the fish was missing its rostrum, otherwise known as a saw.
15 Freight Cars of Coal Tumble Into California's Famed Feather River
After multiple 2023 train derailments (Montana and Ohio), yet another river has fallen victim to a hazardous material spill—this time in Northern California. On February 11, a freight train carrying 118 tons of coal derailed, dumping an "unspecified" amount of coal into the Feather River in Plumas County, according to a Facebook post from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife. Officials said that 15 railcars filled with coal derailed near the Middle Fork of the river due to a track defect.
Want to Bring Your Dog to These National Parks? Get a B.A.R.K. Ranger Badge
Much to many pet owners' chagrin, many national parks don't allow dogs to join in on the fun. What's more, the parks that are dog-friendly have struggled to get owners to follow rules for dogs on hiking trails. People often allow their pets to disturb plants and wildlife, as well as Leave No Trace Principles, leaving their pet's waste behind—bagged or otherwise.
Ground Venison Burger Bowls Are an Easy Work Night Treat
If you haven't already noticed, we are all about quick and easy dinners around here, especially when it allows us to use game meat. Ground venison is a healthy, leaner replacement for ground beef and generally less expensive, especially if it came from this year's deer hunting season. Plus, it can make so many different meals, like this venison burger bowl.
Watch: Yellowstone's Wapiti Wolf Pack Visits Old Faithful
It's nice to see Yellowstone National Park's animals out enjoying themselves without human interference this winter. Thanks to volunteer-operated webcams, wolf enthusiasts are in for a special treat. The footage captured by cam operator Kathy Schmidt was shared on social media platforms like Facebook and X. Wolves aren't often seen...
Lead Ammo vs. Non-Toxic Ammo: Understanding the Controversy
At the end of 2023, the Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) officially released a new order requiring hunters to use nontoxic ammunition in eight national wildlife refuges starting in 2026 as a part of President Biden's strategy to protect 30% of America's lands and waters by 2030. This announcement was...
Watch: Moose Makes Costco Chaos
A shopping trip to Costco isn't usually all that exciting. There are the usual hazards to navigate, rows and rows of bulk peanut butter pretzels, fellow customers maneuvering massive carts through the aisles, and long checkout lines, but nothing too spectacular. Unless you live in Alaska, that is. Amber Rotar...
How to Paddle Death Valley's Stunning Temporary Lake
Opportunistic kayakers can right now paddle a lake that, in the coming months, will be no more than a memory. Two excessive rainfall events in the past year have created a temporary lake in what is usually the driest place in the United States, and the National Park Service is encouraging visitors to explore. Badwater Basin, which is also the lowest elevation in North America at 282 feet below sea level, lies at the bottom of Death Valley National Park. The accumulated water flowing through it has been given the name Lake Manly.
Inside a Desperate Dash to Save Michigan's Failing Whitefish Population
Whitefish, a staple of Michigan's commercial fishing industry and homegrown culture, are approaching population collapse in Lake Huron and Lake Michigan. Biologists are hoping that a program to relocate eggs will be enough to save the struggling species. The current whitefish crisis in Michigan has been decades, or even centuries,...
How a Metal Detector Disproved a Massive "State Record" Crappie
Earlier this month Wide Open Spaces reported on a fishy situation in Kansas: The state declared a new state record white crappie, before authorities seized the fish and stripped the record without an explanation. But now we have an answer: an investigation has revealed that the crappie was stuffed with metal balls, which inauthentically increased the fish's weight.
Hands Always Cold? These 10 Tips Will Keep Your Hands Warm This Winter
I'm a mountaineering guide in Alaska so I spend up to three weeks at a time winter camping, and hiking on glaciers, and handling snow, ice, and small, fiddly equipment every day. I also have Raynaud's disease, which is a fancy way of saying my circulation is terrible. The blood vessels in my fingers spasm and constrict in response to cold—so, I get really cold hands, really fast outdoors. After a few instances of first-degree frostbite, I knuckled down and got serious about keeping my hands warm in any conditions.
What to Keep In Your Car Emergency Kit This Winter
Snowy weather may look beautiful from indoors behind a thick window pane, but venturing out to drive in winter can be quite another matter. Wintertime road conditions can be dangerous, with cold temperatures, black ice, and drifting snow to contend with. In addition to regular car maintenance, you'll want to put together a winter emergency car kit. This is especially important if you have any winter road trips planned or live in a remote area that's neglected by plows.
Tested: Mystery Ranch’s RADIX 57 Holds It All on Backpacking Trips
A solid backpacking pack is key to keeping that eager smile plastered to a hiker's face. And, after testing the newly-launched Mystery Ranch RADIX 57 on a very rainy, four-day backpacking trip, I can attest this lightweight pack won't leave you with regrets. The RADIX series is Mystery Ranch's newest...
RV Boondocking Will Change the Way You Camp Forever
When most people picture camping in an RV, they envision having all the modern conveniences of home magically transported on four wheels to a gorgeous natural location. But RVing doesn't always include having access to hookups, like water and electricity, especially if you prefer to camp in an area that isn't very crowded. With 11.2 million RV-owning households hitting KOA campsites and RV resorts annually, that can be a difficult ask, though not impossible—thanks to dry camping or, as it's commonly known, boondocking.
"Killer Whale Madness" Continues: New Orcas Won’t Leave California Coastline
In Southern California, where they are usually not spotted in large numbers, killer whales (or "orcas") are most known as former SeaWorld residents and for leaping over rock jetties in Free Willy. Now in 2024, killer whales are once again the center of attention in SoCal—because a new population of them have appeared off the coast of Southern California, and will not leave.
A Retired Game Warden Shot a Wolf at His Back Door. Was It Self Defense?
A retired Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources game warden who has been an outspoken advocate for the hunting of wolves is under federal investigation after killing a collared wolf in December. Wolves are currently listed on the endangered species list in the lower 48 states, excluding the Northern Rocky Mountains...
The Fate of Kodiak Grizzly Cubs Discovered in Florida Has Been Revealed
We finally have the answer to how two Kodiak bear cubs ended up in Florida. Shae Allen Hensley, 53, of Baker, has been charged by the Florida Fish & Wildlife Commission with nearly a dozen counts, including importing the bears without a permit, not reporting their escape, and holding the bears in an inadequate enclosure.
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