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They say time heals all wounds. Yet the divide between north and south is expanding once again. Millions are rising up, taking up arms, and preparing to do battle… for the rights to be called the better sportsmen.

Who’s the better deer hunter? Someone from the frosty north? Or someone from down below the Mason-Dixon line?

This eternal question is best left to the experts. That’s why the folks at Realtree have taken on this great debate. It’s one you won’t want to miss.

So many articles, TV shows and videos approach whitetail hunting with “one size fits all” advice. Problem is, planting a food plot and establishing a bedding sanctuary might work fine on private land in Iowa. But if you’re leasing timber company ground in Alabama … well, there’s nothing to till and everywhere for a buck to bed.

When you break it down, deer hunting up north or in the Midwest is wholly different in so many ways than deer hunting down south. That’s why Realtree deer bloggers Will Brantley and Tony Hansen have squared off in Realtree’s first-ever North vs. South Deer Hunting Debate

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I think as it is with a lot of things, people that don’t do it have stereotypes. For example, when I tell people that I fish primarily in the ocean, their image is of a Quint-like character sitting in the fighting chair with huge reels, chasing billfish. They don’t realize that there are so many facets to saltwater fishing beyond that image.

I’m guilty as much as the next guy, though. I have fly fished, but I wouldn’t call myself a fly fisherman. My image of fly fishing is A River Runs Through It… wading a stream, trying to outsmart trout. While that image is certainly part of fly fishing, there’s more to it.

Fall in the Northeast part of the country brings out a whole different kind of fly fishing. It’s salty, and the fish are typically bigger than a trout! Find out what they’re catching in this article from the Outdoor Channel.

montauk_flyAs September blends into the month of October each year, the calendar’s best — and most intense — fly fishing action starts to occur. But not on a genteel Western or Adirondack trout stream mind you.

Instead, we’re talking the crashing spray of saltwater off the eastern tip of Long Island where migrating striped bass, hungry bluefish and sounding false albacore all conspire to test the patience of anglers, the limits of fly fishing tackle and the seaworthiness of fishing rigs.

With waves crashing, gulls screaming and modern sea captain guides jockeying to position their boat in the swells — sometimes with angry yells and gestures — this isn’t your grandfather’s serene tale of A River Runs Through It.

Instead, it’s the sport’s most extreme fly fishing action of the year, a dose of pure bucket-list excitement and adrenaline for those who love casting a fly line into the aquatic version of a street fight.

Welcome to autumn’s blitzes in the turbulent waters off of Montauk, N.Y.

Photos: Outdoor Channel

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That’s as much a question to ponder in life as it is in reference to fishing or hunting.

I’ve lived enough years to see my notion of success change drastically. It’s definitely different from when I was a teenager or young adult to now.

And so it is with my “reel” life as well. Sometimes I go out and I have a very specific goal in mind. For example, the offshore season is starting to wind down now. On my last offshore trip all I really wanted to catch was a dodo (aka dorado, magi mahi, or dolphin fish). I only ended up catching tuna. Boohoo, right? Was the trip successful or a bust? Outside the heat of the moment, I know I enjoyed a fun weekend with some good buddies. Had you asked me the moment the captain said “Wind ‘em up!” perhaps ‘d have given a different answer.

I always tell my kids, “We go out with hopes, but not expectations. Whatever happens, we’ll enjoy the day.” Even dads need reminding sometimes. Jason Revermann comes to a similar conclusion in this article for Outdoor News.

success_jasonHow do you measure success when hunting and fishing?

As I headed towards Lake Mille Lacs for the night bite last week, I start to wonder how good fishing will be. There has been a lot of bad publicity over the fish populations and it makes me question if it is worth the trip.

You never know if you don’t go, right?

We get to the lake a little before dark and we are planning on trolling stick baits along the west shore like we have in the past. There are very few trucks at the access.

As we let out the first line my bother hooks a fish and pulls in a 14-inch walleye. Success! Right???  Immediately we start to think we are going to get into a great bite.

Photos: SoCal Salty (top); Outdoor News (above)

Few events in the outdoors are a nauseating as an EHD outbreak. When you walk along a winding stream bed or approach a shallow, remote pond and find carcass after deer carcass, your heart sinks deeply into your stomach.

Two years ago, a friend knew the hangout of a big South Dakota whitetail, so we headed toward that spot just as day was breaking. Sadly, we soon found it — or what remained after the coyotes had their way.

Throughout that week, we found numerous other deer remains near water, a clear indication of EHD or bluetongue virus. Fortunately, Game & Fish was on board as well and reduced the number of deer tags offered in 2013 and 2014.

Thanks to abundant moisture, death from disease seems to be down. Here’s the good news in this QDMA post.

Hemorrhagic disease (HD), including EHD and bluetongue virus, seems to have taken a summer vacation in 2014, and the danger of a serious outbreak this year has now passed. Transmitted by biting gnats, the virus usually hits deer hardest in late summer and early fall, especially in unusually hot, dry years.

“A small number of reports are trickling in from scattered states, but we’re not seeing any nationwide trends or large outbreaks this year,” said Dr. David Stallknecht with the Southeast Cooperative Wildlife Disease Study (SCWDS) at the University of Georgia. “This year is definitely below average so far.”

David said one or two positive cases had come in from each of a handful of states scattered in the South and North, including Georgia, North Carolina, Louisiana, and New Jersey.

“We won’t see a big outbreak at this point. I expect a few cases to keep trickling in, but we’ve never had a large outbreak pop up this late in the year,” he said.

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This tree trunk accident will make your jaw drop and laugh out loud!

This well meaning fellow was only trying to be useful by towing this tree trunk away. Unfortunately for him, the tree trunk ended up taking his truck away right in front of him.

This man strategically cut the tree so that it would fall perfectly in the bed of his truck for an easy haul. As it turns out, his truck was not nearly strong or big enough to contain this tree trunk.

The truck rolls off into the distance only to be stopped by another car further down in the yard.

What did you think of this tree trunk accident? Share your response in the comments below!

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At one point or another, every man will look themselves in the mirror and realize they need a camper.

Just recently I have developed a strong desire to get a camper. On several occasions, on a growing basis, I find myself looking for lodging in remote areas as I plan hunting and fishing trips. Having a camper would make these little weekend adventures much easier in regards to time, money, and convenience.

The biggest problem I face, however, is storage. I just simply don’t have a place to put one! This is where a nice little DIY truck bed camper has inspired my imagination to get to work to hopefully figure out a way to do it.

First off, I looked at some teardrops. If you are not familiar with a teardrop camper, they are dinky little pull behinds that mostly just fit a bed and little bit of storage. They are fairly lower priced as compared to bigger pull behinds and the same for manufactured truck bed campers.

However, finding a used one tends to lead to paying more than I care to spend for such a whim, and making one myself is just out of my element. I don’t want to be giving people high-fours instead of high-fives for the rest of the my life because I decided to play Bob Vila for a few weekends and lost a digit.

homemade-camper1-300x258So, what would be the next natural thought in this decision making tree? Yep. I own a truck so why not throw some boards together and make my own truck bed camper!

If you just listened closely, you may have heard the collective slap sound of wives across the country smacking their foreheads in disappointment. Google has some really good information on this subject and some of it seems easy enough that I am confident I just might keep all of my digits.

Alright, here we go. According to several websites like this one and and the one found here, it all looks and sounds pretty darn easy, doesn’t it? Just go to Home Depot or Lowe’s, grab some 2×4’s, some insulated paneling of some sort, a bunch of screws, and slap it all together with the help of a few cuts here and there. Well, at least that is what I’m telling myself right now.

Maybe this video by tontotralman, might make you feel a little more confident about the whole thing.

Are you feeling more confident? I am too. In the coming months be sure to check back for progress as I attempt to take this on and see where it goes. I can’t imagine mine will be as elaborate as the truck bed camper in the video above, but functional and warm is more my goal anyways. I’m not worried about lights or electricity on the inside. Instead, just a place to sleep and keep the elements at bay.

Have you ever tried to build your own? What tips do you have for me?