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Temperature control is one of the most critical elements of proper cooking. Most meats taste best cooked rare or medium, yet there’s a fine line between taste and the amount of heat required to kill potentially harmful elements in such meat as pork. Although meat thermometers have been around for years, they’re difficult to monitor — especially when you have other dishes to prepare. But now (you guessed it) there’s an app for that! Use your iPhone to monitor the temperatures of dishes so that they come out just right. Here are the details:

Stop Guessing & Cook with Confidence 150 Feet Away – Monitors up to 2 Dishes at Once!

Cooking food to the precise temperature needed for safe consumption and optimal taste has never been easier than with these new connected thermometers. The iDevices Kitchen Thermometer and Kitchen Thermometer mini monitor your food from up to 150 feet away using the free iDevices Connected app for iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch (Android coming soon). Simply let the app know what you’re cooking and receive an alert when your food is ready!

Kitchen Thermometer comes in two sizes to meet the needs of any cook. Whether you’re cooking a simple, one dish meal or a gourmet feast for the whole family, you’ll always have the comfort of knowing your food will reach the perfect temperature. Kitchen Thermometer has an illuminated display with two probes to monitor two dishes at once, retailing for $79.99 and Kitchen Thermometer mini is a compact, one probe thermometer for $39.99. To celebrate Mother’s Day from April 25th – May 11th, iDevices will offer $10 off the purchase of the full version of Kitchen Thermometer for $69.99; just use coupon code MDAY14 at checkout.

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Drive-through animal parks are a popular family destination, but after watching this video you may want a tune-up before you take your next vehicular safari.

A young mother and her two children were touring the lion’s section of a safari park when their car began to smoke and then catch on fire. As flames rose above the hood, the family fled the car, but park officials yelled to them to return to the burning car. Daniel Xu’s post on The Outdoor Hub tells the rest of the story.

Would you have sought refuge in the car, or taken your chances with those big cats? Sound off in the comments below.

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2014 SD Turkey 3 030“Roosted ain’t roasted” is a favorite expressing of turkey hunting guru Will Primos. Those three words define the uncertainty of turkey hunting. Even if you saw gobblers fly to roost, or heard them gobble from a familiar tree, there’s no guarantee you can slip in and call the boss in the morning.

Kim Cahalan and Bob Swanson typified a never-say-die strategy as they headed toward a tree full of turkeys they’d roosted the evening before. Either they confused the roost tree or the birds moved during the night, but birds filled the air after spotting the hunters’s approach. The duo, who hunt together occasionally, looked at each other in dismay. Okay, time for plan B.

The morning was still early and the duo heard gobbles in the distance.  Using binoculars, Kim spotted roosting birds nearly a mile away. They changed gears, hastily covered ground, and circled behind the roost to  sneak in. They got within 500 yards when  a jake suddenly flushed toward the roost, pucking all the way. On to plan C.

Hearing another gobble in the distance, they hurried on  and got a response with a diaphragm caller. The duo belly-crawled 50 yards to the crest of a hill, where they saw several toms and hens. They popped up a gobbler decoy and called, yet the flock wasn’t interested. Now what to do? Plan D could have been to back out and make a wide circle to get ahead of the flock, but Swanson wanted to stay with the approach.

Giving 2014 SD Turkey 3 046patience a try, the duo let the birds feed over a rise and then approached, belly crawling another 60 yards until they overlooked a steep bank. “Let’s hold back on the call and just use the decoy,” Swanson suggested.

The silent tactic worked, as two mature toms noticed the decoy intruder and began to strut toward it. Suddenly the opportunity for a double sprung to mind and Swanson whispered, “You take the bird on the left, I’ll shoot the one on the right. On the count of three, we’ll shoot.” Just then, the birds switched positions, foiling the plan.

“Just shoot the one on the left, on three. One, two, three!”

Boom!

Suddenly, the air was filled with feathers. Hugs and high-fives were exchanged as the two hunters celebrated their success. For the first two hours of the morning, everything had gone wrong, but every time lady luck dealt them a losing hand, they reshuffled and tried again. When it comes to turkeys, as it is with tortoises, persistence wins the day.

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A great time to use a creature bait is when you’re working docks and other cover areas where bass are hiding. Several manufacturers make a plastic that looks like a crawfish, specifically for this purpose. The recommended rigging for them, though, is to hook the tail end. Makes sense: As you work the bait, the lure goes backwards… exactly the way crawfish move. The problem is, as you work the bait, it’s moving away from the dock or other cover area.

A lure company that’s caught my attention lately is Jackall. They have a lure they call the Cover Craw. It looks like many other crawfish soft plastics, but what’s interesting is that it’s designed to be rigged at the head end of the bait. It’s designed to swim away from you, going backwards. Perfect to flip in front of a dock and let it slide underneath… hopefully into the mouth of a waiting bass.

cover-crawThe more Jackall products I use, the more I like them. This time, I’m reporting on the Jackall Cover Craw. This is a unique soft bait. It is salt injected with a live bait scent, has a profile that is thicker than other soft craw baits, and has a very soft texture. It comes in eight popular colors and two sizes, three- and four-inch. I have used only the four-inch size, but from my initial outing with them, I plan on using the three-inch versions as well.

Traditionally, most anglers (myself included) will rig a soft craw bait with the hook eye on the tail end, presenting the bait in the same manner as a crawfish swims; that is, tail first. The Cover Craw is designed to do the exact opposite.

Photo: Bass Resource

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Winter is a gauntlet for whitetail deer. Aside from dodging predators, both the two- and four-legged kind, they must find food, water, and shelter to survive the brutal wind and cold.

In this case, two does wonder onto the ice and make it to the middle when their legs give out. Spread-eagled on the ice, their demise seems imminent until two angels in air boats arrive. What transpires is sure to bring a smile to your face.

Have you ever aided an animal in distress? Let us know in the comments below.

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Striking a moose on the highway often results in human fatality, yet one New Hampshire couple learned that North America’s largest deer can also be a problem in the wild as well. Fortunately, the couple read the signs of agression in the moose: hair erect, ears back, and head down as if ready to attack.

Although few humans have been killed in moose attacks, one kick from its giant hoof could prove fatal. This story was so great that it made Good Morning America. Check out the video for yourself.

What would you have done in their situation? Let us know in the comments below.

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SD Turkey 2014 263Light and lethal are the two best words to describe this specially designed shotgun from Mossberg. At just 6.25 lbs., the autoloader is ideal for running and gunning, or for those who don’t want to tote a cannon in the woods. Chambered in 3″ magnum, the 22-inch ported barrel makes the shotgun point like a dream; its piccitiny rail will support any sighting option. It comes standard with a 3-dot fiber optic sight, matte blue finish on the barrel, and Mossy Oak Obsession on the synthetic stock.

I took two gobblers with the shotgun on a recent turkey hunt. The second bird really challenged the attributes of this Mossberg. I was able to approach a flock of turkeys feeding in a patch of choke cherries, brush so thick all I could see was movement. Suddenly, the boss gobbler strutted around the patch offering only a second to shoot. With the decoy in my left hand, I aimed the Mossberg 20 like a pistol with my right  and downed the gobbler single handedly. With a MSRP of $615, it’s an affordable shotgun that’s fun to shoot and easy to carry. For more information, visit Mossberg‘s website.

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Watch a skilled bowman hit a target from 300 yards away.

If you’ve ever shot a compound bow, you know how hard it is to accurately hit long-range targets – especially targets more than 200 yards away.

In this video, Matt of Trophy State of Mind TV makes an incredible shot from 300 yards away. He starts shooting from 100 yards away and then moves back to 200 yards and finally back to the 300-yard range. Matt says the shot only took a couple tries, but I’m sure it involved hours of practice and careful planning.

The arrows he’s shooting are Black Eagle Carnivores. As for the bow, we’re not sure what the model is.

What’s the farthest target you’ve hit with a bow? Let us know in the comments below.

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As an avid angler, I feel like it’s my responsibility to teach the younger generation how to be successful and have fun fishing. Obviously, I’ve brought my own kids up fishing. I also try to help when I see a kid on the boat who’s not catching and maybe their parent can’t help them. It’s really gratifying to see their smiles when they catch a fish. With my kids, it’s been a slow process of starting them out at the docks and beaches. Now that they’ve gotten pretty proficient, I take them on the boats with me. Recently, I had the opportunity to enjoy the big payoff of this slow process when my seven-year-old daughter Juliana won her first (of what will hopefully be many to come) jackpots for the biggest fish caught on our trip!

Check out this video. In it, a dad gets to share a similar moment with his ten-year-old son. Over the course of several summer trips to the lake, the video captures the boy beginning to learn the technique, starting to enjoy some success, and then… well, you should watch and enjoy.

Photo: The Fish Mount Store

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Many anglers live and die by the adage, “Big baits catch big fish.” While this saying is indeed true, doggedly sticking to this philosophy can sometimes be an exercise in frustration. At no time of the year is it more true than in Springtime, when fledgling shad are what the larger predators are feeding upon.

Crappie aren’t necessarily known for being smart or extra crafty fish. Throw a big bait at them, though — one that is way out of character from what they are feeding on — and you’re likely to spend more time wishing than fishing. In this Outdoor Life article, two professional guides share their strategies for catching more crappie.

crappie_shadSmart, spooky, and selective are terms trout anglers often use to describe their target fish. And now a hardcore band of crappie-fishing experts are uttering phrases such as “matching the hatch” too—but it’s not just emerging insects that they are keying on.

“Here, that means shad,” says Terry Blankenship, a crappie guide on Lake of the Ozarks in Missouri. “It’s simple—you have to throw something that mimics the size of the predominant prey species. If I throw a big bait when the hatch has just been established, I get a lot of fish that just slap at the bait. When I downsize to the size of the actual hatch, that’s when they eat it.”

His favorite lure for matching the hatch then is a 1/24-ounce jighead combined with a 2 ½-inch Bobby Garland Crappie Baits Scent Wiggl’R. This soft-plastic bait has a segmented body that allows Blankenship to pinch off a couple of sections to match the precise size of the baitfish. When the shad have reached the later juvenile stage, the Missouri guide switches to a 2-inch Bobby Garland Baby Shad, and by autumn, the shad have grown large enough for Blankenship to match their size with a 3-inch Bobby Garland Slab Slay’R.

Photos: Outdoor Life (top); Lure Online (above)