Texas Parks and Wildlife “Game Warden Field Notes”

Ever wonder what it’s like to be a game warden? The Thin Khaki Line, standing between nature, red-in-tooth-and-claw, and the unsuspecting but well-meaning folk just out to enjoy the outdoors. A combination police officer and naturalist, serving both people and wildlife as you protect the sacred trust of the public lands. A hard job for …

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Check Out This Week’s Top Catches on Instagram

Here’s our favorite fish catches on Instagram this week.

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Top Picks for MOJO Outdoors Decoys

View All < > MOJO Outdoors decoys could be the next best purchase you make. Duck and bird season is a fantastic time of year. We can’t help but get excited just thinking about it. But with the season comes a need to gear up and be as prepared as possible, with an arsenal of …

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Survival Skills: Build a Better Box Trap

During the Great Depression, one of my dad’s childhood chores was to check the family’s series of box traps. In those days, if there was any meat to be found on the dinner table, it was rabbit or squirrel—courtesy of those traps. Jump forward 70 years, and a homemade box trap is still a viable option for meat on the table during challenging times. You can even take a lesson from our family and build the traps yourself. A few tools, a little scrap lumber, and a few odd bits of stick and string can provide you with the material to build a trap that can catch a variety of animals, and these traps can last for years.

STEP 1: Gather together some building materials and tools. You’ll need 4 wide boards about 2 feet long, 4 small strips of wood for the door guides, a handful of small nails and/or screws, a few feet of string, a piece of wire mesh, 2 pencil-diameter sticks, a hammer, a drill, and a saw.

STEP 2: Cut a piece from your longest board to act as the door for the trap. Use the skinniest board to ensure that your door will slide up and down freely. Take some measurements to determine where the door will be. Nail or screw the four small wood strips on two boards at one end of the tunnel. These will act as guides to allow the door to side down securely. Then nail the four long boards together to create a wooden tunnel. Nail the mesh at one end of the tunnel. This trap is 18 inches long with a 5-inch-wide interior, which means it’s ideal for squirrels. Use wider and longer boards for rabbits and other game animals.

STEP 3: Drill a hole near the mesh end of the box. This should be slightly larger in diameter than the stick you will place into it as a trigger. I used a ⅜-inch bit and a carved down a ⅜-inch oak peg. Whittle a notch on this peg, and tie your string to the other end of it. Tie the free end of the string to a bent nail or hole drilled into the top of the wooden trap door. Tie your string to the top of your longer stick, or rest it in a fork as shown here.

STEP 4: Now comes the tricky part – adjusting everything. You’ll probably have to untie and retie the string here and there to get the operation just right. The trigger stick may need to be re-carved to make it more or less sensitive. More sensitive is usually the better option. You can also carve a point and/or barbs on the tip of the trigger stick to skewer or wipe bait onto it. Bait with species-appropriate food or scent baits, and check each box twice daily, before your captor has time to chew its way out.

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Video: Lake Ontario Mink Steals Catfish from Fisherman’s Bucket

Mink are known to steal fish every now and then, but usually the anglers don’t just stand around and let it happen. YouTube user Kim Runnells recorded this determined mink repeatedly attempting to swipe a catfish from a bucket. A group of kids and adults watch the show, which takes place on a Lake Ontario dock in Webster, N.Y. Third time’s the charm though, and this mink makes off with the tasty ‘cat in the end.

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How To Properly Tickle Lobster [VIDEO]

Ever wondered how to tickle a Lobster? Here you go. Thanks to this video posted by scubajohn87, we now know the proper technique to successfully tickle a lobster into a net. Watch more underwater videos Goliath Grouper Attacks Spearfisherman and Steals His Catch [VIDEO] Watch a Guy Catch Bass Underwater with a Rod and Reel …

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The Best Pre-Hunting Season Tweets So Far

Check out the best pre-hunting season tweets from hunters all over the US. Are you ready? Hunting season is not far away at all for a large portion of the country, and Twitter is proving the anticipation. Here are the best tweets celebs, hunting industry folks, and regular Joes from all over. Great prediction from …

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Pro Bass Lures: Howeller Dream Master Classic Crankbait

Editor’s Note: This summer we’re checking in with a different bass pro every week to get the scoop on their favorite lures and how to fish them.

Alabama veteran angler Randy Howell won the 2014 Bassmaster Classic after surging back from eleventh place on the final day of the competition. He has fished competitively for almost two decades on the BASS and FLW circuits. This summer he recommends the crankbait that helped him claim the Bassmaster Classic title.

The Lure
Livingston Lures Howeller Dream Master Classic crankbait, which Howell uses for shallow to 10-foot presentations. Howell favors the Guntersville Craw (his Classic-winning color, above), Melon Shad (chartreuse-blue back) and Threadfin. The crankbait has a microchip inside that creates sounds like clicking crawfish or shad. The lure is available in 21 colors starting August 6.

The Tackle
Howell throws the crankbait on 14-pound test Gamma fluorocarbon line in shallow water. In deeper areas he downsizes to a 10-pound Gamma fluorocarbon. He uses a 7-foot medium-light Daiwa Tatula rod for shallow conditions and a 7-foot Tatula for deep water, both with a Tatula 100 reel with 6.3:1 ratio.

When to Fish It
“Crankbaits are my favorite things, definitely, in the late summer and early fall,” Howell said. “I’ve thrown them for years. In summer you can find fish shallow or deep, depending on where you are, so it’s a great bait to cover water and different conditions or depths. But I have a lot of confidence in crankbaits so I usually have at least one tied on almost year-round.”

Howell won the Classic in February and is accustomed to fishing in Alabama in late winter, when pre-spawn bass begin getting antsy and hungry. Square-bill and medium-diving crankbaits are deadly then, but still land big bass the rest of the year.

Where to Fish It
Use the Howeller around rocky points, riprap, docks, bridge pilings, discharges, and shoreline cover.

How to Fish It
In typical crankbait fashion, Howell bangs it off rocks, eases the bait through woody shoreline cover or stumps, and runs it down trees or beside docks and boathouses. The heavier fluorocarbon line helps the bait run higher in shallow water. Howell said the design of the lip deflects well and also helps prevent snags, especially in rocks. On ledges in deeper water, he runs it steadily or with a stop-and-go retrieve, depending on what the bass respond to better.

Why It Works
Howell favors shallow rocks because they hold crayfish, minnows, algae that smaller forage eats and often are near hard bottom. He sticks with basics like crayfish and shad colors, opting for specific colors depending on water clarity and the dominant forage species.

“I can take some bream, shad and different basic colors things like that and really cover water and catch them anywhere I go,” he said.

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Watch as a Bear Rescues a Drowning Crow [VIDEO]

A bear rescues a drowning crow in the most nonchalant animal rescue ever. Youtube user Alexsander Medveš uploaded this video of a bear rescuing a drowning crow from a pond in the bear pens at the Budapest Zoo in Hungary. It’s a remarkable example of one animal species rescuing another. That being said, this bear took his sweet time. …

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How To Improve Bowhunting Accuracy

Here’s some tips on how to improve bowhunting accuracy in anticipation of the upcoming season. There’s no doubting the fact that compound bows need to be accurate to have any sort of success in the field. You can spot and stalk all day, or sit in the perfect treestand and get an ideal sightline, but …

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