Making things go boom

In all its infinite wisdom, the U.S. Army determined after basic training at Ft. Polk, La., that I needed to be bussed to Ft. Leonard Wood, Mo. — a multi-use base about 50 miles from St. Louis — where I would receive advanced individual training (AIT) in my Army skill. […]


Tracking the rut phases

As this month’s title implies, we’re going to spend a few minutes tracking and dissecting the progression and timing of the rut so we can anticipate where to place our trail cameras and stands for best affect this season. […]

As Big As they Grow

A lesson on loading line

Hot dog! It’s late October and the crappie are absolutely burning it up, friend.

Now is the time to load up on some of the year’s biggest, most-aggressive white perch. I’m not kidding, friend. November is one of the top two or three months of the entire year to catch quantity and quality crappie. […]

Freshwater Fishing

Choctaw bass or not?

In 2007, fishery researchers Brandon Barthel, John Knight and Mike Tringali at the Florida Fish and Wildlife Research Institute were conducting genetic analysis of black bass in Florida Panhandle rivers when they found a DNA profile from a Chipola River specimen that didn’t match any other known black bass. […]