Prepping

Dandelions aren’t just weeds In today’s world, people want everything to be neat, tidy and uniform – including their yards. The grass, we’re told, should be one smooth, green carpet. But that’s easier said than done! Everyone knows that if you don’t pull them or spray them, “weeds” such as dandelions will be the first
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North Dakota State University researcher Alec Lackmann with a 112-year-old bigmouth buffalo. (NDSU/) While completing his doctoral dissertation, Alec Lackmann from Detroit Lakes, Minnesota, caught a 112-year old bigmouth buffalo. Lackmann, a North Dakota State University researcher, was examining overlooked fish species. While fishing in Otter Tail County’s Crystal Lake, he came across a freshwater
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The author’s souped-up Mossberg 835 gobbler gun. (Phil Bourjaily/) No one needs an ultimate turkey gun. All you really need is patience and the self-control to let a turkey step inside 30 yards. At that range, any gun, from the bird’s standpoint, is ultimate. Nevertheless, an ultimate turkey gun is a handy thing to have
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A selection of some of the pro’s favorite spring baits. (Collage by Dave Hurteau/) If you’re a largemouth nut, you’re not waiting for the weather to turn balmy before hitting water. You’re out there right now, as early in the spring as possible, with a jacket and gloves if necessary. You know to head for
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At first glance, this title might seem impossible. Interest in spring turkey hunting has exploded, spreading far and wide. It’s hard to imagine gobbling toms being neglected anywhere, except perhaps those living on private land behind a padlocked gate plastered with “No Trespassing” signs. But dig deeper into our country’s hunting opportunities, and you’ll find
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When the wind picks up and you’re far from the launch after fishing all day, you may start wishing your kayak had a motor. (Joshua J. Cotten / Unsplash/) A fishing kayak is light, small and adaptable. The only disadvantage is propelling the boat with human power for long periods to get where you want
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Food Shortages As the new case count for COVID-19 patients decreases and then increases according to media needs, we need to realize that the pandemic is far from over. In fact, some medical “experts” now predict that we will be dealing with COVID-19 well into 2022. With that being the case, chances are pretty high
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Spring Storms are upon us. The spring storm season is here, and for thousands of people in the United States, that means time to start preparing the homestead. It is important to becoming mentally aware of how to react should you find yourself in the midst of a natural disaster. Summer and fall seasons bring
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A new invasive, disease-carrying mosquito has been found in Florida. (Lawrence Reeves, UF/IFAS/) Sportsmen and women taking to the woods are used to bugs, especially mosquitos. According to a University of Florida research scientist, however, there’s a new strain to be on the watch for, and this disease-carrier has moved into the United States. Lawrence
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A crossbow hunter tucks into a natural ground blind. (Realtree/) Arguments between vertical-bow hunters and crossbow hunters over what qualifies as archery equipment have been going on for 20 years. (Maybe longer if you count the Medieval Ages, when legend has it Pope Urban II banned the unholy things from being used in combat.) But
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Expanding Sunday hunting opportunities on public land gives people more time to mentor younger hunters. (Land Ltd/) The North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission announced last Wednesday that there will be Sunday hunting for the first time on 51 different state game lands in limited capacity starting August 1st, 2021. The approved rule changes were proposed
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Handguns are generally considered to be low in power and high in portability. They were originally thought of, and still are, as self-defense tools for close-quarters combat. But the handgun has evolved over the years. Handguns today aren’t just concealed-carry firearms made to fend off bad guys. They’re also used for hunting the largest and
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The Bowie is a classic American blade. (Wiki Commons/) Jim Bowie, in his brief lifetime, was as famous as any American then drawing breath. The knife he left us, which bears his name, ranks with the Kentucky rifle and the Colt Peacemaker as an iconic American weapon, but no one knows for certain what it
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A Merriam’s gobbler struts for his hens. (John Hafner Photography/) Have you ever stepped out to start your truck in the predawn of an April morning and been stricken with that they’re-gonna-gobble-today feeling? Me too. So with that in mind, I’ve looked ahead to choose the seven best days to hunt turkeys this spring—days they
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Hunting and shooting ammo has disappeared from store shelves. (Dave Hurteau/) It’s the perfect storm, a series of unfortunate events, and it has left ammunition shelves as empty as the toilet paper aisle was at the grocery store this time last year. You can’t find enough ammo to attend a concealed-carry class. You can’t get
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