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Old tackle boxes storehouses of fond memories

One of an angler's most important tools is his tackle box. When I was a kid, it generally was a small metal box with a single compartment where one would store everything he might need during a day on the water. Hooks, sinkers, bobbers, extra line,...

NBC misses golden moment for shooters

The world's focus this week has been on London and the Summer Olympics. As always, gymnastics and swimming have dominated NBC's coverage, and while the country has closely followed the achievements of the women's gymnastics team and Michael Phelps'...

Honey hole delivers 'incredible' fish story

For Kensen Lee, Saturday night was one that an angler often dreams about but rarely experiences, and you could tell from the excitement in his voice that his was not the usual "fish story." "We caught a fish with almost every cast," Lee said as he...

Rod maker keeps striving for perfection

"A cane rod is hidden inside the culm of bamboo. The rod maker's task is to bring it out." For rod maker Pete Carboni, that is more than a saying. It's the guiding principle that governs his rod-building efforts. Spend an afternoon with the Boulder...

Decision by BLM preserves sage grouse

Whether you hunt, fish or simply enjoy exploring Nevada's outdoor treasures, there is good news coming out of Lincoln County. The Bureau of Land Management, Ely District, has rejected an application from the Wilson Creek Wind Company, LLC, that...

Pull! SCTP on target with young shooters

Five athletes stood in their assigned positions at the 16-yard mark. Despite their obvious youth, it was easy to see they were all business, a team clad in matching red jerseys with one purpose in mind: Win the 2012 Scholastic Clay Target Program...

Sporting clays course comes to Clark County

About 25 years ago, someone invited me to shoot my first round of sporting clays and explained that it was kind of like golf with a shotgun. "Sounds cool," I said without knowing what that description meant but figuring it had to be fun if a shotgun...

Scenic Rubies boon for camping, fishing

As the sun set in the West, the mountains to the east of our campsite turned a brilliant shade of red, their rocky crags and high peaks resembling large rubies scattered over the desert floor. I had been in this part of Nevada several times before...

Local fishing tourneys on tap

The waters of Nevada are no stranger to fishing tournaments. From the U.S. Open and all of the activity that surrounds something of that magnitude to numerous small, regional tournaments, there always seems to be some means for anglers to...

Bass magazine recognizes Lakes Mead, Mohave

Lakes Mead and Mohave have long been included on the list of stops for professional bass fishing circuits, but they haven't always been recognized for their contributions to the fishing sports. That all changed, however, when Bassmaster magazine...

Big-game tag quotas figure to be on rise

Hunters who have been waiting in line for one of Nevada's coveted big-game tags could see their chances improve significantly if the Nevada Board of Wildlife Commissioners supports the recommendations of state wildlife biologists. Those...

Consider renting boat before buying

Lake Mead and Lake Mohave offer excellent fishing opportunities for a variety of species, ranging from largemouth bass to striped bass and from catfish to bluegill. Throw in the fast-growing population of smallmouth bass, and this equates to a great...

Portable fish finders assist anglers

Bodies of water the size of Lake Mead and Lake Mohave can be intimidating, not only to new anglers but also to anglers who have spent their fishing lives on much smaller lakes or reservoirs. While it's true that fish are where you find them,...

Boat maintenance vitally important

Next week is spring break for students in the Clark County School District, and for many families, that means it's time to pack up and head for the outdoors. Some will seek out a quiet corner in a favorite campground, while others will load up their...

KOA serves novice, veteran campers

The air was cool but not uncomfortably cold. It was perfect camping weather, and all around us Boy Scouts lay sleeping in the survival shelters they had built for their merit badge, all but the one who lay crying somewhere in the moonlit meadow. I...