Soft Hackle Ant, the Fall Back Fly

          Soft Hackle Ant in a size 14 – 18 tied on a dry fly hook, is one of my favorites.  It is tied several different ways.  I like a red butt and sometime a red center or both.  It is also tied with either chartreuse  dyed partridge or natural.   The […]

The State of Utah wants to take your redrock wilderness

  This week the State of Utah took additional steps toward seizing 30 million acres of federal land owned by all Americans, including the most amazing redrock wilderness on the planet – places like the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument and Greater Canyonlands. We need your help to stop this from happening –please contribute today! On […]

Who is Winning this War of Attrition?

Hog Wild— More Lessons Learned! By Ron Jolly In the summer 2012 issue of Gamekeepers I wrote a story entitled “HogWild.” In it I shared what my wife Tes and I have learned since feral hogs first began invading our east-central Alabama farm. From the first encounter with feral hogs in 2004 we have been under siege by these invasive creatures. […]

Summer Fun: Off-Road is Off-The-Charts

  by  Jimmy Ruffler The sportsman or woman certainly looks forward to the cold winds of fall so that the hunting gear can be unwrapped and put to good use. But there is another extremely enticing thing to do before those cold winds begin to blow.   Off-roading is not only fun, but it also […]

Redear- The Other Bream

By Barry W. Smith The scientific name for this species of sunfish is Lepomis microlophus. However, it has many common names, depending on which region of the country you are in. It is known as shellcracker in most of the southeast. In Louisiana it is referred to as chinkapin. The accepted common name by the American Fisheries Society is redear. Whatever […]

Woodland Makeovers

Big Enhancements – Minimal Destruction By Brenda Valentine Begging Mr. Longfellow’s pardon, but we are borrowing half of a line from one of his famous poems, “I think that I shall never see a thing more lovely than a forest of trees.” Nor do I believe I shall ever see a thing less lovely than a forest of trees following […]

HEVI-Metal Pheasant Shotshells

This new HEVI-Shot® shotshell takes the Pattern Density Technology™ in HEVI-Metal® shells a step farther.  It uses the same layering technique of dual-density pellets, premium steel and HEVI-Shot®, to make sure hunters have all the knock-down power they need – all while giving them significantly higher pellet counts to fill in any possible holes in […]

Growing Bucks by the Bushel

Annuals for Wildlife BY Dana R. Rogers They just couldn’t help themselves. The temperature was in the single digits with a steady gale from the northwest. As I sat in my ground blind this cold December afternoon I watched a steady parade of whitetails march from thick bedding cover out into my five acres of corn and soybeans. It was […]

Fire Drill

Prescribed Burns- an Old School Tool BY Coty Bennett Fire! Burning is a “primitive tool” used in the modern gamekeeper’s “bag of tricks.” Every year the mediation of hearing the John Deere fire up during the first weekend of planting is a hallowed tradition that never gets old to those of us who live the “gamekeeper lifestyle.” But for some, the […]

With Wolves at the Doors, Stick to your Guns

By Todd Amenrud You have no idea how literal the title of this article is to my brother-in-law Mike Berggren, and I. We purchased our Ontario property five years ago and have had numerous obstacles to overcome along our path. We set forth a plan and stuck to the strategy despite pressures that would have folded many. One of […]