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13698735-standard[1]Trail cameras allow you to “hunt” year round, keeping you in the know about what the deer in your hunting area are doing.

Prices have dropped as more and more companies offer products, and the motion activated devices are simple to set up and easy to operate.  So what are you waiting for?

Now, aside from learning the whereabouts of elusive local bucks, your trail cam serves another purpose. You can enter your pictures for weekly prizes and a grand prize that includes an all-expenses-paid hunting trip with the Drury Brothers. All of the prizes relate to deer hunting, and uploading your entries is easy. Actually, you can win prizes by just entering without a trail camera image. But bagging that special picture would give you extra bragging rights…

Check out all the details.

IMG_0760Soybeans, alfalfa, and other lush crops are a magnet to mid-summer deer; they lure those elusive bucks out into the fields during daylight hours, providing a rare opportunity to evaluate growing antlers and make plans for fall hunting stands.

This window won’t stay open long, so take advantage of buck visibility with a spotting scope or sharp pair of binoculars.

This video from GrowingDeer.tv also looks at a doe found dead and an evaluation of the electrified low-fence strategy to keep deer from newly growing food plots. Check it out:

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Howard 4 093If you’re a waterfowl or upland bird hunter, you may want to make immediate plans for a great fall trip to North Dakota.

If you’ve never taken a Dakota safari, you’re in for a great hunting experience and a chance to see a part of the country that gets little tourist attention.

The ducks and pheasants aren’t there for the oil money, so you can count South Dakota as a best bet as well. Dakota bird hunts are known for warm, friendly hosts and huge flock numbers. An Eastern pheasant hunter will probably see a lifetime’s worth of roosters flush in a single day, and waterfowl flocks are tremendous.

Daniel Xu covers this story for OutdoorHub, and it’s all good news.

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Practicing in challenging situations for that shot on an elusive big buck is always a great idea, although I doubt that many hunters will attach a zipline to their tree stand so they can swoop down like an eagle for a closer shot. Nonetheless, this video is very entertaining and will certainly expand your imagination for future practice sessions.

A slightly less dramatic practice method is to hang a plastic coffee can lid in front of a target backstop and let the wind direct the angles and movement. Sometimes the lid swings back and forth, but it mostly rotates so that you must wait for exactly the right moment to release. All you need is a piece of string and a plastic lid, and this low-tech tactic will teach you patience at the moment of truth.

Now, check out this fun and clever use of a zipline.

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It’s a matter of some heated debate as to whether climate change is affecting water temperatures, or if it’s a cyclical kind of thing. One thing is for sure, though — fish are reacting to it.

I’ve written how a predicted El Niño event is affecting fishing in my home waters off Southern California. Apparently, something similar is happening on the East Coast. Summer flounder, aka fluke, have moved further north. Instead of the bulk of the population being concentrated off the North Carolina coast, they are now up in the New York/New Jersey area.

The migration has created a major battle between North Carolina-based commercial fishermen and New York-based sports anglers. Find out what’s at stake in this interesting read from Climate Central.

fluke_passionfortheseaThe summer flounder – one of the most sought-after catches on the U.S. East Coast – is stirring up a climate change battle as it glides through the sand and grasses at the bottom of a warming North Atlantic.

Also known as “fluke,” the flat, toothy fish is remarkable for its ability to change color to adapt to its surroundings, rendering it almost invisible to predators and prey.

Some scientists say in recent years the species has begun adapting in another way. As the Atlantic Ocean has warmed, they say, the fish have headed north.

The center of summer flounder population, recorded as far south as Virginia around 1970, is now off the New Jersey coast. Its migration has set the stage for battle between northern and southern East Coast states on how to share the business of harvesting this tasty, lean fish – valued at $30 million per year commercially and untold millions more for the recreational fishing industry.

Battle lines have been drawn over a fish that has staged a remarkable comeback from a population crash linked to overfishing in the late 1980s. But fluke has returned to a dramatically changed environment in the sea and on land.

On one side are southern states, most importantly, North Carolina, with a commercial fishing fleet pummeled in recent years by competition from cheap foreign seafood imports. North Carolina today gets the biggest slice of the East Coast fluke fishery, based on its 1980s history as the leader in summer flounder landings. It is eager to hold onto its summer flounder quota, even if that now means the commercial fleet motors to New Jersey and back to find fish.

Photos: Ginny Sanderson (top); Passion for the Sea (above)

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Robinson Outdoor Products LLC, the maker of ScentBlocker, introduces the ScentBlocker 1.5 Performance Shirt. Because when it comes to lightweight performance, next to nothing means everything.

At its core, the ScentBlocker 1.5 Performance Shirt is made from ultralightweight, breathable, technical fabric with 4 Direction Stretch and Microwick to keep the wearer cool and dry. It also incorporates an advanced S3 antimicrobial treatment to reduce odor-causing bacteria. This keeps garments smelling fresher, longer. But the foundation of this innovative product is ScentBlocker’s revolutionary new synthetic Trinity Technology that adsorbs human odor like nothing else.

Composed of a patented polymeric resin that took more than 10 years to perfect, Trinity has properties that provide qualities unattainable in other scent-adsorption technologies; it’s lighter by volume, exhibits stronger attraction for human/organic odors, and lasts longer over the life of a garment. Testing shows that Trinity even leapfrogged the efficacy benchmark of their own industry leading Cold Fusion carbon odor-adsorption capacity. And by leveraging ScentBlocker’s proprietary application process, Trinity Technology is fused into the fabric of the garment — in this case, the ScentBlocker 1.5 Performance Shirt.

“The significance of what this means to a hunter is obvious,” says Mike Swan, Director of Marketing.  “When you start with a material that adsorbs more odor, you can achieve impressive scent control performance in lighter garments with less loading. This is where Robinson Outdoor Products innovation shines through with our new Trinity technology. Application of this synthetic polymer on new technical fabrics results in absolutely lighter, more comfortable and more user-friendly scent control hunting clothing than ever before.”

As a component of ScentBlocker’s System Layers, the 1.5 Performance Shirt is classified as Layer 1, meaning it can be worn next to the skin by itself, or as a base layer under other garments.

Hunting with scent control has never been like this, and no one else has it. ScentBlocker’s 1.5 Performance Shirt — the hunting garment that no one dared dream of. Until now.

1.5 Performance Long-sleeve Shirt

NEW ScentBlocker Trinity Technology — Patent Pending

First of its kind! Full ScentBlocker technology in a shirt! Provides an extremely lightweight and breathable product.

Great for layering with ScentBlocker System Layer 2 and 3 garments

S3 antimicrobial technology to aid in odor control

4 Direction Stretch comfort

Microwick technology moves moisture away from the body

Crewneck style shirt

Thumbholes for easy layering

System Layer 1

Colors: RealTree Xtra, Mossy Oak Break-Up Infinity

Sizes: M–2XL