Indiana Edition

Wednesday, December 2, 2020

Opinion

Bowfishing For Conservation

Conservationists come in many forms. Scientists who study fish and wildlife are conservationists. Children who pick up litter are conservationists. Hunters who selectively harvest animals are conservationists.  And bowfishers who commonly target invasive species of fish are conservationists.  Conservation may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you see a boat cruising around carrying a bunch of people outfitted with archery equipment. As each arrow is...

The Dirty History of Indiana Rivers

In my opinion it doesn’t get any better than river fishing. Casting a lure or fly to a native smallmouth bass and having it smash your offering is the thing dreams are made of. I’ve caught more smallmouth in the last 15 years than I did in...

Fall Turkey Hunting A Dying Tradition

Friends and I were talking the other day about the future of hunting. Our optimism isn’t great. We know national numbers are declining, but because of our rural way of life, it doesn’t seem like hunting is in trouble because for us, it’s not, at least close...

Can Fishing Be Too Good?

Think back, have you ever been on a fishing trip and said to your partner “this fishing is fantastic, let’s go home?” Who in their right mind would utter a statement like that while landing their fiftieth fish?  Believe it or not I’ve spoken those exact words...

Don’t Underestimate Small Streams

In my book small streams provide the best angling experience. There is something very intimate about fishing the little rivers. I’m not really sure at what point a stream becomes a river.  Does it have to be five, 10, 20 feet wide?  All I know is that...

Early Archery Season Offers Escape

Perhaps more so than in any other year of my life, I am ready for archery deer season to open. Thankfully, the wait is just about over. Archery season for deer opens September 15 in Missouri. As often as possible this fall, I plan to escape into...

Agriculture & Conservation

One of the great frustrations of my life’s work is the divide between conservation and agriculture. Growing up hunting on farms across northern Indiana, I came to look at these working properties as magical places. To this day, nothing compares to sitting watch over a picked cornfield...

It’s good to be wrong

Everything pointed to the day being wrong. The skies were gray and cloudy, threatening rain, with a steady east wind that harbored ill feelings toward fisherman. The temperature was in the mid-60’s but felt colder because of the clammy breeze. On the eighth day of my vacation, the weather gave...

Take Care During Late turkey Season

As we progress later and later into turkey season, hunters should remember things grow a little more dangerous as undergrowth does likewise. Turkey hunting safety should be at the front of your mind when taking to the late-season woods. The only time this writer has really been shaken during a...

A Christmas Rifle

It was the strangest thing, almost eerie. It was 2004 and a week before...

Why Do People Hunt?

Why do some people enjoy hunting? And what is it about our special pastime...

Lessons learned through hunting

Following a meeting of outdoor representatives, a group of us stood around swapping stories...

Does social media hurt or help hunting?

Prior to 2000 who could have fathomed this thing called social media. With a...

A Gray View of Plastic

I try to view issues in shades of black and white. Gray areas are...

Falls don’t always happen to the other guy

“The oak limb was as big around as weightlifter’s bicep and cured harder than...

Which is the best broadhead?

“I can’t wait,” said Jarrod Meyer, trying to subdue his outward excitement. He was...

Rescue Questions and Lessons

How would you like to be alone in a row boat in 10 foot...

Grown-up Air Rifles Aren’t Toys

If you are like me, your shooting career started with the venerable “BB” gun....

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