When it comes to firearms, I have a thing for guns with a little bit of history behind them.
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If speed is what you like in your sporting firearms, speed is what you are going to get out of the newest rifle cartridge from Weatherby. The company is so proud of the speed generated by this cartridge that it's branding it as "the fastest production 6.5mm there is."
The shotgun bucked against my shoulder and the clay target disappeared in cloud of orange and black dust. At that moment, a smile came to my face. Not because the shot was something spectacular — it wasn't — but because it was the first clay target I have broken since having shoulder surgery in July.
After reading my Dec. 24 column about ice fishing, Doug Thayer shot me an email asking "why no mention of Cave Lake in Ely?"
As a general rule, foul weather is a blessing for duck hunters. Winds and cloud cover associated with weather fronts help to increase daytime bird activity and reduce glare from shotgun barrels and hunters' faces, which can then translate into increased opportunity and success for waterfowl hunters.
In some parts of the country, ice fishing is serious business, an outdoor pursuit undertaken with an almost religious fervor. Those of you who hail from the upper Midwest know what I am talking about and probably can trace the ice fishing gene back through your genealogy.
Fall 2006 was a banner hunting season for upland game bird hunting in Southern Nevada.
Winter weather and freezing temperatures have settled in over much of Nevada, and that means popular trout fishing destinations to the north of Las Vegas have either iced over or are well on their way. While that is good news for the dedicated ice fisherman, some fair-weather anglers tend to see iced-over waters as a sign that it is time to put their fishing rods away until spring.
Unsettled weather conditions and cold temperatures associated with recent storm activity has provided waterfowl hunters with good wing shooting in recent days at both the Key Pittman and Overton Wildlife Management Areas.
Today many of us will sit down with family and friends to break bread and, in some cases, give thanks. After all, it is Thanksgiving Day.
Why do you fish? Have you ever wondered? Or, if you don't fish, have you ever asked yourself why not?
There is something special about those quiet moments found only in the outdoors, times when everything man-made seems to fade into the distance and you become enveloped in the music nature provides. If you stop long enough to pay attention, you will find yourself in the middle of a symphony whose individual notes tell their own story.
Statistically speaking, hunting is near the top of the list when it comes to safest recreational pursuits. According to a report by the National Shooting Sports Foundation, hunting with firearms holds the third position on the top 10 list of safest activities, right between the high-adrenaline sports of billiards and bowling.
Back in the old days, I worked my way through college as a member of the university's grounds crew. While many of my student co-workers loathed such work, I actually enjoyed it.
Heat, rain and low-hung clouds thick enough to make deer hunting little better than futile.
The road to Kolob Terrace winds its way from the red dirt of the valley floor past sandstone bluffs that mark the western edge of Zion National Park in southern Utah. It climbs steadily in elevation until it passes through stands of quaking aspen scattered among mountain meadows. Follow the road far enough, and you will arrive at Kolob Reservoir, at times an angler's paradise.
When we left Dale Rust's cabin at Sunnyside, the hour was so early that it was still nighttime. Well, at least it seemed to be. The temperature was cold enough, as they say, that one could hang beef. If one could find a tree somewhere to hang it in.
The daytime high in downtown Ely this afternoon should be 76 degrees, according to the National Weather Service. Farther north, that number is expected to be a little lower but not by much. The high temperature in Elko should reach 71 degrees, and nighttime temperatures will hover in the vicinity of 40 degrees in both places.
For the past several years, Nevada's hunters, anglers, ranchers and other outdoorsmen have anxiously awaited an official decision regarding the possible listing of sage grouse as an endangered species.
Hunters looking to bag a few chukars this fall may want to turn at least part of their hunting attention north and east to the Beehive State. Utah's chukar numbers are the highest they have been in 17 years.
Almost 400 miles north of Las Vegas and just over the hill from Elko is one of Nevada's natural treasures, a mountain range with 10 jagged peaks that climb past 10,000 feet in elevation. The highest tops out at 11,387 feet. Some call these mountains the Swiss Alps of Nevada, but their true name is the Ruby Mountains.
With opening day of dove season behind us, it is probably safe to assume that the quick-flying birds humbled more than a few hunters. Some may even be counting the number of shots they took and asking how they can improve their bird-per-shot ratio.
With mourning dove season beginning Tuesday and the waterfowl hunting seasons not far behind, some readers are asking, "Where can I go?"
Sidelined. Benched for much of the season. Those weren't the orthopedic surgeon's exact words, but that's what he was saying. "But Doc, you don't understand, I have a cow elk tag." I was pleading for understanding, but finding none.
Whenever you travel somewhere to fish for the first time, it is always a good idea to get intel from one of the locals. Of course, you never know how good that information is until you hit the water and put it to the test.
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