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The Vegas Shoot recently offered the world’s largest indoor purse, with a 2015-projected payout of over $275,000 in cash and prizes. The top Championship Male Freestyle, Alex Wifler, walked away with a record $30,000 check! All Championship archers that shot a score of 900 were guaranteed a prize of $1,000.

The Vegas Shoot introduced a new Young Adult Championship division (Freestyle and Limited Recurve). These new divisions allowed young archers (ages 15–17) to compete for cash prizes on the same Arena floor as the best archers in the World. This brief video and portfolio of pictures from Mathews is like The Hunger Games on steroids.


For two months, bottomfishing has been closed to boat based anglers here in Southern California. The primary species of bottomfish here are rockfish  January and February are their primary spawning period for this popular family of fish. The closure is designed to allow them to breed unmolested in order to help ensure the long term viability of the species. I’m all for it. This weekend was supposed to be the opener. Only problem is that storms bringing wind, rain, and heavy swells have put a damper on the occasion. In response, I thought I’d spend a bit of time fishing from the shore… off the sand, jetties, or the pier.

Pier fishing isn’t just for the newly initiated. It can be fun even for seasoned anglers like myself. In this article from the Outdoors Guy, you’ll find great tips for pier success in South Florida.

pier-fishing-246x300If you’ve never fished off a pier, I suppose you don’t really know what you’re missing, so I’m here to tell you. Whether you choose to pier fish during the day under the hot Florida sun, or take advantage of a warm night on a pier in the north Atlantic, you never know what you may catch, which is part of the attraction.  Unlike surf fishing, or casting your rod from the deck of a chartered boat, pier fishing allows you and possibly your family (kids love it) to spend time at your ‘camp’, dropping your lines (you’ll want to drop them, rather than cast when out on a pier since the fish prefer to stick close by), having some lunch, reading a book, enjoying your iPod, and reveling in what the other anglers around you are reeling in.

Most piers, or rather those intended/expected for fishing, have a small ledge for you to cut your bait on, the piers are usually equipped with a few benches scattered here and there (depending on the region you are in) and there is typically a wash station nearby as well.   Because not all piers have benches, or if they do, chances are they will be full, plan on bringing a chair in addition to a cooler for your catch.  Be prepared with plenty to drink; the last thing you want is to ruin a nice day of pier fishing with dehydration and you certainly don’t want to lose your spot along the rail to go off in search of a cold bottle of water or a snack.  Chances are you’re going to be there a while, so plan for it.   Even with the best intentions of only stepping out on the pier for a ‘few casts’ , once you start to see someone nearby bring up a snapper or a skate, you’re going to want to stick around to see what else is down there waiting to bite!

Photots: Hal Scott Photography (top); Outdoors Guy (above)


You only really hear about an invasive species when it becomes too successful in the ecosystem it is invading. Asian carp reproduce so effectively that it’s almost impossible to rein them in. Snakehead have few, if any, predators. Both are overtaking the freshwater environments into which they’ve been introduced. On the saltwater front, lionfish have been multiplying like crazy in the reef environments of the Western Atlantic, Gulf of Mexico, and Caribbean.

Lionfish are extremely effective breeders. Compounding the problem is that it is thought that they don’t have any predators, due to the poisonous spines that surround them. That was, until a diver recently captured the amazing footage found in this article from Grind TV.

lionfishThe continuing infestation of lionfish throughout the Caribbean and parts of the Atlantic is cause for alarm, because these prickly, venomous critters have no known natural enemies and their proliferation is going largely unchecked.

However, it seems that at least one large grouper has developed a taste for lionfish, poisonous spines and all, although eating them requires great care and proper timing.

The accompanying Lionfish University video, showing a Nassau grouper stalking and ultimately devouring a lionfish in the Caribbean, is believed to be the first footage showing this type of event without the interference of humans (people killing lionfish and attempting to feed them to groupers).

The Nassau grouper seems to herd the lionfish from its reef into open water, where it can investigate and poke from various angles, before lunging for the kill.

Photos: Lionfish University (top); National Aquarium (above)

Enjoy every OL article ever written in this collection.

Enjoy every OL article ever written in this collection.

I learned all about the big-game animals of North America thanks to my family’s subscription to Outdoor Life magazine. For generations, it has been the go-to source for strategies, techniques, and outdoor adventure.

Now, the entire OL library is available online in three different subscription categories.  Not only can you re-read your favorite outdoor writers of old (like yours truly), but laugh at the products of the early 20th century and their ridiculous prices compared to today’s norm. Like the Super Bowl, reading the adds is half the fun. Here’s how to have all 117 years at your fingertips.

This year marks Outdoor Life‘s 117th birthday. Over the decades, the magazine has accumulated hundreds of thousands of pages of adventure and outdoor knowledge.  Now, you can access the best outdoor writing and stories of the past century Outdoor Life‘s digital archives. That includes access to illustrated covers, classic Jack O’Connor stories, amusing reader letters, and even the old advertisements that ran alongside them. Even without a subscription, you can browse through every cover. There are three different subscription plans to choose from, as well as a free 30-day trial.

DSC_0173Thankfully, wild turkeys don’t have a sense of smell, like deer, or we’d never outfox one. However, turkeys often thrive in deer habitat. Many seemingly perfect spring gobbler set-ups have been blown by a snorting deer that entered the hunter’s scent stream. A unique device called “Ozonics” can change that by eliminating human odor. It’s especially effective in an enclosed space, such as a turkey or deer blind. This unit works in spring or fall and has captured the interest of sportsmen, yet many aren’t sure how it works. Here’s the explanation from the manufacturer.

Neutralize a mature buck’s best defense, its nose, and a hunter’s chances of success rise dramatically. Cover scents, hunting clothes washed in scent-free detergents, avoiding a buck’s core area during the prime time to hunt because the wind isn’t right… Hunters are obsessed with scent, and for good reason. A deer’s nose is truly its best sense.

1041It’s not often a new hunting product revolutionizes the sport. Ozonics is just such a  product. Ozonics is the only scent-control product that deals with your human scent zone. Simply, there is nothing else like it. Ozonics is an in-the-field ozone generator. An Ozonics Unit electronically changes oxygen into ozone, which destroys your human scent zone. Ozonics blankets your scent zone with scent-destroying ozone propelled by a quiet fan. The ozone is unstable, so it will bond with your scent molecules, rendering them indistinguishable to the nose of a deer.Ozonics should be positioned 6 to 10 inches above you and angled downward. Use a wind tracker to detect wind direction, and then aim Ozonics downwind. Heavy ozone molecules generated by the Ozonics Unit fall through your scent zone. The ozone concentration is heaviest in the direction Ozonics is facing and closer to the unit. This is why knowing wind direction is important. Reducing your scent profile means more ozone reaches your scent stream.

Best of all, Ozonics is guaranteed. If you do not experience a dramatic reduction in the number of downwind deer that bust you, Ozonics will refund your money in the same calendar year as purchase. Many top industry pros and expert hunters have already discovered Ozonics. For more information on Ozonics GameChanger Technology that is transforming scent control and hunting, please visit ozonicshunting.com.

As the winter snow piles up across the Northeast, I worry about the deer herds. How are they handling seven feet of snow? Most of all, how are they fending off coyotes that see them as sitting ducks? For decades, the main problem for whitetail deer has been overpopulation, but not anymore. Predators are a significant threat to our deer hunting opportunities, and coyotes aren’t the only deer-eater we need to worry about. This post from North American Whitetail covers the situation splendidly.

Coyotes not only prey on winter whitetails, but kill every fawn they can catch.

Coyotes not only prey on winter whitetails, but kill every fawn they can catch.

Sunken into the dry, dusty brush and grass filling the gaps between rocky outcrops, I surveyed the draw — almost a canyon — through my rifle scope. “Ready,” I whispered to my hunting partner, satisfied with my line of sight in several directions.

Eagle Head Outfitters owner and southeast Kansas native Josh Hedges hit a button on his electronic predator call and twisted the volume knob. The painful wailing of a whitetail fawn in distress flooded the silence, echoing against the opposite side of the draw and racing up and down its length. And then, silence.

Several seconds later Josh again worked the controls, and this time a mix of coyote yips and barks and howls resonated across the landscape.

As if on cue, a flash of movement in the draw broke the inertia. I watched as a dozen whitetails busted out of the thick cover heading somewhere, anywhere, but there. I scanned up and down the draw, searching for the cause of their distress, but found none. I concluded the very sound of a coyote killing a fawn had sparked such an urgent need to flee in these whitetails that they would expose themselves in full daylight.

As the doe group disappeared into another canyon, it was difficult to ignore the thought that this was an all-too-familiar occurrence for whitetails in Kansas. Or, for that matter, in the eastern U.S., where coyotes — once a rarity — have taken a foothold on the land and quite literally a bite out of the whitetail herd.