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Spring turkey hunt full of surprises as tale begins

Kensen Lee had drawn a tag for the last of three weeklong seasons to take place in the Moapa Valley area. While that was the place Lee was looking forward to hunting for a turkey, he was concerned that pressure associated with the first and second seasons could make his third-season experience less than he had hoped for.

Waiting for right buck, or tag, is usually worth it

Along with the waiting associated with the hunt itself, there are at least two other times each year when hunters find themselves waiting. The first is when we wait for that day when the big game tag draw finally arrives, and the second is when we wait for the results of that draw.

Grandma’s lesson: Keep it simple

Grandma cut a piece of fishing line from its spool and tied one end to the small end of willow rod. To the other end of the line, she tied a hook and then placed a split shot sinker a foot or so above that. Then we walked down the bank to a brushy area where she schooled me in the art of simple fishing.

Sporting clays added enjoyment to Valentine’s Day

When it comes to deciding how to celebrate Valentine’s Day you generally won’t find shotguns and clay pigeons among the list of options. So imagine our surprise when my brother-in-law and nephew walked into the living room of the Southern Utah farm house we had rented and announced that we had an appointment to shoot a round of sporting clays.

Good news for anglers

There has been a resurgence in the striper fishing in Lake Mohave, which could be because of the presence of threadfin and gizzard shad. Plus, government officials are moving toward a deal to restore the trout-rearing program at the Willow Beach National Hatchery.

Auger essential gear for ice fishing

Don’t let the catalog pages full of specialty gear fool you, you don’t have to spend a lot of money when it comes to ice fishing. But you will need to invest in an ice auger. Make sure to dress warmly when you grab your rod and reel.

Holiday cold front should warm ice fishermen’s hearts

Call me sentimental, nostalgic or maybe even a little on the mature side, but it is New Year’s Day. So I will begin this column by wishing all of you a Happy New Year. Perhaps this is the old school thing to do, but I do miss the days when everyone wished each other a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. That was before the holiday season was completely driven by retail interests and political correctness.