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Major new nature park at Indianapolis airport

wildflowerPerhaps you can now get in a few minutes of hiking before your flight.

That would be possible, if unwise, because of a new nature park that is now open near Indianapolis International Airport.

The 210-acre Sodalis Nature Park is a wooded 2200-acre property in Hendricks and Marion counties.

The park offers 3.5 miles of hiking trails, a paved handicapped-accessible trail, wildlife viewing platform, picnic area and 5-acre fishing lake.Website and

Story link: Nature park opens on airport-owned land | The Indianapolis Star |

Hoppe’s 9 – No. 9 Air Freshener

We at Labs are constantly searching for the best in outdoor products.

Actually, believe it or not, the following product isn’t a joke.   Though the ladies in the crowd are undoubtedly rolling their eyes at approximately 76 RPM, we’d love our car to smell like old #9.  Of course, it already does to a large extent.

As a gift, we suppose it’s for the woman who has everything, from the man who will soon have nothing:

Hoppe’s Introduces Air Freshener With No. 9 Fragrance

Overland Park, KS – In 1903, when Frank Hoppe developed a mix of 9 different ingredients to create the original Hoppe’s No. 9 gun solvent, he had no idea that history was being made. Over the last 107 years the smell of Hoppe’s No. 9 has evoked fond memories of fathers, grandfathers, memorable hunts and great days in the field.

In response to consumer requests, Hoppe’s now has an air freshener with the unique No. 9 smell. The freshener has a string for hanging it in your gun room, car, garage, or anywhere you want the nostalgic smell of Hoppe’s No. 9.

Brett and Kate McKay, authors of the book “The Art of Manliness” list Hoppe’s No. 9 as one of the top 15 manly smells.

The Hoppe’s No. 9 Air Freshener will be available at your favorite sporting goods and/or hunting store and will sell for a suggested retail price of $3.99.

Visit for more information on all Hoppe’s and Hoppe’s Elite Products.

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Hoppe’s 9 – No. 9 Air Freshener

Salmon civil war on the St. Joe River

We wondered how long it would take before things got heated.

As we reported here on April 28, 2011, the Berrien Springs, Mich., village council passed a resolution supporting the closure of the local fish ladder on the St. Joseph River, ostensibly for the purpose of keeping asian carp from entering Lake Michigan.

There is one major flaw in the plan: there are apparently no asian carp in the St. Joe.

However, there are tens of thousands of salmon and steelhead that ascend through the fish ladder to other communities such as Buchanon, Michigan and South Bend, Indiana.

Now, the Town of Buchanon has fired back, claiming the Berrien Springs simply want the fish to stack up below the fish ladder in order to bolster tourism.

Given the facts, that would seem to be the only logical reason for Berrien Springs to want to close the fish ladder.

This will undoubtedly get ugly.

Read more:

City opposes closing fish ladder – South Bend Tribune.

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Dead walleye littering Lake Erie

Though the walleye fishing is still hot in Lake Erie, something is wrong.  “Thousands or tens of thousands” of two and three pound walleye are dead, floating on the lake and anglers aren’t happy.

No one knows why, including biologists from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.   The causes are being investigated and range from weather to illegal culling from commercial fishermen on the Canadian side of the lake.

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Dead walleye showing up by the thousands | Journal and Courier |

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photo: U.S Fish & Wildlife Service

Quick Tip: Post Spawn Bass

A quick tip from and 4-time Bassmaster Classic® Qualifier Brian Snowden


After bass leave their beds their mood can range from savagely aggressive to totally lock jawed. There is no set pattern and all sorts of lures can work now.

Start looking for post spawn bass by locating vacated beds. Some bass hang around the edges after spawning. A 6-inch finesse worm works good by shaking and quivering it through the old nest. Also try a shallow ditch or
creek channel leading from the nesting grounds to deeper water.

The fish hold around stumps, bushes, lay down trees, and weeds. Some will only be in a foot of water, others will be deep. If the fish are shallow and
it’s early, try a buzzbait. When the sun gets up, go to a floatingdiving minnow-style lure. Cast it tight to cover and keep twitching until the bass takes it.

Don’t get hung up on one lure or pattern. Keep your options open and experiment.

Quick Tip: Post Spawn Smallmouth

A quick tip from and 10-time Bassmaster Classic® Qualifier pro angler Tim Horton


Immediately following the spawn is not usually a productive time for catching smallmouth bass. They are exhausted from the rigors of courtship and tend to be a little fickle. But, they can still be caught.

A 6-foot ultralight spinning rig spooled with 6-pound line is ideal for catching these skittish fish in clear water.

Think big baits too. Spawning is hard, time-consuming work. The fish are hungry. Now is no time for miniscule baits. You might not catch as many fish as you will with smaller baits, but you will catch bigger fish.

Target tailout pools, riffles, and chutes, and don’t ignore seams, edies, and particularly points where feeders enter a main creek. It won’t be easy, but when you have a big fighting smallmouth on the end of your line, it will be worth it.

Tim Horton is a 10-time
Bassmaster Classic® Qualifier