Author: LisaDeming

Fishful Thinker: Blast-n-Cast Bonus

Statistically speaking, if you cast you probably blast. Conversely, you’re very likely to also cast if you blast. You see, there are two kinds of traditional outdoors folks in my mind; hunters that fish, and anglers that hunt. And while I’m aware that some anglers actually don’t hunt, it’s more rare to find a hunter that doesn’t at least dabble in fishing. Well, it stands to reason that if fishing is fun and hunting is fun, then hunting and fishing together makes for a really fun day. Enter the good ol’ fashioned cast-n-blast outing. At this time of year,...

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Outdoor Writer’s Contest: Doubly Blessed

By Kenneth Weimer Late September brought on all of the new wonderful opportunities for the fall hunting season in Wyoming. I had already spent 10 days in the Big Sandy Openings in northwest Wyoming enjoying the early fall weather and having a great time fishing for brookies and rainbows. Then that was wrapped up with several successful days of sage chicken hunting. Back home in Northeast Wyoming it was approaching late September. A friend that had lived in Wyoming previously, Pete was now coming from his new home in Michigan to hunt this area and stay at our home....

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Relentless Reliability: Leupold Expands Award-Winning VX-Freedom Riflescope Line

Innovation is at the very core of the American spirit. It’s what inspired Marcus Leupold – son of one of the company’s founders, Fred – to decide to build a riflescope of his own over 70 years ago. That spirit still thrives today at Leupold, and is embodied tenfold in the company’s award-winning VX-Freedom line of riflescopes. You want relentless reliability? The VX-Freedom delivers it. You want elite optical performance at a price you can’t ignore? Consider that box checked. You want to unleash your rimfire rifle, dominate from any tree stand, or tag out across an open draw?...

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Outdoor Writer’s Contest: Sooner State Speed Goat

By Kyle Wright I pushed back from my desk and smiled in disbelief. My computer screen told me I’d just drawn a golden ticket, one of only twenty either-sex pronghorn rifle tags in Oklahoma’s westernmost county, the Cimarron, but I didn’t believe it. My brother drew the same tag five years ago. I was insanely jealous of him then, and legitimately angry. He didn’t even know I’d put him in for the hunt. For years now, I’ve been responsible for entering my dad and two brothers in Oklahoma’s Controlled Hunt Program. At just $5 per person, it’s an unbelievable...

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Adventure On A Budget: Big Lake, Big Possibilities

Louisiana lake offers abundant opportunities By John N. Felsher About 25 miles east of the Texas-Louisiana line, Calcasieu Lake earned a reputation for producing outstanding speckled trout catches, but its best days could still be ahead. Known locally as Big Lake, the waterbody south of Lake Charles, La. measures 12 miles long by nine miles wide and dominates the southern end of the Calcasieu Estuary. The Calcasieu Ship Channel, a 40-mile-long deeper, wider and straighter version of the old Calcasieu River course, flows through the estuary, connecting Big Lake and the Gulf of Mexico with several smaller lakes. Across...

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