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A giant moose attacks a pickup truck to protect her young.

These guys were just trying to get to dinner, but this moose cow felt threatened. Watch what happens as this moose defends her offspring.

A moose attack can be really scary! But I’d protect those little baby moose too.

Too bad it looks like there was no alternate route.

These men in the pickup truck were clearly trying to get by the wrong moose. She charges them several times and chases them off as they finally pass her.

Here’s hoping their pickup wasn’t damaged too much by her attacks.

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Brayden Langley won $500 and first place in the RMEF Youth Division Calling Championships

Brayden Langley won $500 and first place in the RMEF Youth Division Calling Championships

With many of the hunting seasons winding down, outdoorsmen probably wish they could make like a bear and just nap the cold, snowy winter away.

However, winter is the perfect time to practice your calling, whether it’s waterfowl, elk, or wild turkey.

Calling contests are scattered around the country. While you probably won’t win your very first effort, animal calling is a great hobby. Most contests have sub categories to allow for experience and age. For example, Brayden Langley won $500 in the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation’s youth category.

Even if you don’t win, just think about how your hunting skills will improve and you’ll soon be the envy of your friends. Since several Eastern states now offer elk hunting, look for more and more contests in that part of the country.

For information on getting started, go to RMEF.org. or 1-800-CALL-ELK.

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Father, daughter, and grandfather all enjoyed this great South Dakota hunt.

Father, daughter, and grandfather all enjoyed this great South Dakota hunt.

The Turkey Track Club has been operating in Sturgis, South Dakota, for 41 years. It offers great adventure for anyone who loves turkey hunting amidst great scenery. You’ll be hunting in a region famous for Mount Rushmore, Black Hills gold, and native Sioux heritage.

Although hunters can become permanent members of the club, there are always extra vacancies, and local residents will personally guide you to the best spots.

Camp is the Elk Creek Resort, which hosts great food and lodging and forms a social hub for the hunt.

This is an ideal father-and-son or -daughter hunt, as the mountains are modest and the success rate is very high.

Six camps are offered from April 12 through May 3, and vacancies fill up fast. You can opt for a single bird or multiple bird hunt, and there’s even a Couples Combination Hunt.

This is such a down-home, low-key hunt that the club doesn’t even have a website. You can contact John Hauer (the chief guide) or Tom Wilts (the camp manager) at 877-652-2235 or by e-mail at turkeytrackclub@rushmore.com.

Hauer and I once got slammed with two feet of snow the night before a hunt and we had to ride mules into the high country. It was one of the great adventure hunts of my life, and I bagged a magnificent Merriam’s gobbler. I’m sure you’ll have an equally impressive experience.

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Mountain caribou are the “moose” of the subspecies, with mature bulls weighing nearly 600 lbs., almost twice the size of their cousins from Quebec.

This large subspecies is found in British Columbia and is considered by many to be an outstanding trophy. British Columbia-based outfitter Ron Nemechek speaks to the challenge and adventure of this spectacular animal in this post from his website.

Both woodland caribou and Quebec-Labrador caribou have medium body sizes, with mature bulls weighing 350-450 pounds. Woodland caribou have the smallest antlers, but they are highly divergent with many points. Quebec-Labrador caribou don’t have particularly heavy antlers but they are known for having wide, forward-curving beams.

British Columbia mountain caribouWe might be biased, but we believe the mountain caribou is the king of all the woodland caribou sub-groups. They are by far the largest, with mature bulls weighing as much as 600 pounds. Mountain caribou also have the heaviest antlers of all three groups. In fact, mountain caribou are larger and typically score better than all subspecies of caribou, including barren ground caribou. Mature bulls are truly spectacular animals.

Buying the perfect holiday gift for an outdoorsman is a challenge, especially if he or she is a wild turkey aficionado with a collection of every contraption that makes a cluck, cackle, or yelp.

Despite their love of turkey hunting, they may not be members of the National Wild Turkey Federation, one of America’s most successful conservation organizations. The NWTF offers a wealth of tips, tactics, and gear-related information that any turkey hunter will love. A one-year membership into the NWTF costs $35 and Bass Pro Shops has sweetened the deal with a $25 gift certificate with memberships, bringing the net cost down to just ten bucks. Such a deal!

SouthDakota Turkey 2009 111Christmas is almost here and the National Wild Turkey Federation has the perfect gift for the hard-to-buy-for hunter in your life.

Receive a $25 Bass Pro Shops Promo Card when you join, renew or gift an NWTF membership for only $35. You’ll also receive a one-year subscription to Turkey Country magazine,a 10% discount on OutdoorDealHound.com and other discounts from NWTF partners and suppliers, and a membership card and member decal to proudly show you’re part of one of the most exciting conservation organizations in the world.

Then pat yourself on the back, knowing you’re helping save the habitat. Save the hunt. The money you spend today helps the NWTF conserve and enhance critical upland wildlife habitat, create hunters and open access to acres for outdoor recreation. Click HERE to get started.

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One of the first artificial lures I ever used was the grub. Once I gained a proficiency fishing with bait, I started using the grub first with sculpin (aka California Scorpionfish), then calico bass, then rockfish.

In the winter, I like to do a lot of bay fishing. Along with spotted bay bass, I’ve caught halibut on the grub. Last year I started surf fishing off the sand, using small 2″ grubs for surf perch. It’s an extremely versatile lure.

The grub has been around for more than 40 years. It found its way into tackle boxes originally for freshwater bass fishermen. This article from Bass Dozer is as definitive an article as I’ve ever seen on the lure that every fisherman should be familiar with.

grub_smallmouthBackground. Mister Twister was the original major marketer of the “curly tail” concept in the early 1970s. They popularized three basic designs: a 4 inch narrow-bodied twister; a 5 inch fat-bodied, broad-tailed twister; and a 6 inch twister tail worm. Today, almost all soft plastic manufacturers make curly tail grubs or worms that closely follow the same popular designs.

Name Some Names. Here is a partial list of some of the high quality grubs on the market today:

Gary Yamamoto Custom Baits

4″ & 5″ Single Tail Grub

Kalin’s

3″ & 5″ Lunker Grub & Triple Threat

Allen Lures

3.5″ & 5″ Fat Grub

Lunker City

4″ HydroTail Grub

Bobby Garland’s

5″ Magnum with Eyes, 4″ Hyper Tail

There’s really no reason to single out the above grubs. Most all manufacturers make grubs and they’re all good. Most of the tips and tactics below can be applied to most any brand of grub. So although a brand or model is mentioned, how to use all grubs is generic. With that being said, I do write from experience, mostly using Yamamoto grubs. Regarding some others named above, I am not sure if Allen Lures is still be in business, and neither may Bobby Garland. However, popular molds do change hands often. Successful grub models tend to resurface and get remarketed again under new brand names.

Allen Lures for instance, that grub model may have been marketed before Allen by Ditto and at some time at or before then, it may have been associated with Tony Bean, a legendary Southern smallmouth master. It is a good grub model. I always liked it, but I have lost track of where or who may make it today.

Kalin’s Salty Lunker Grubs are unique in one way. They have the thinnest tails on any grubs. As far as I know, no other grub on the market even comes close to having as thin a tail as Kalin’s Salty Lunker Grub. This is true for both the 3″ and the 5″ models. These tails wiggle seductively with the slightest movement by the angler, or even from water or current movement as the grub lays idle on the bottom.

One way these grubs can be used that others can’t is on light tackle 6-8 lb test or less — on 1/32 or 1/16 ounce jig heads. Most other grub tails are too thick to paddle on such light jig heads. The Kalin’s will. And as long as we are on the topic of Kalin’s grubs, I like the black/red flake; the smoke pepper copper flake (which has an excellent milky whitish tint); and I like to take the orange/red flake and spot and mottle it with a black laundry marker. Their white’s good too! I’ve caught an awful lot of light tackle bass on those color Kalin’s.

Photos: Taskers Angling (top); Galidaz Grubs (above)