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.
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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.
Like many of yours, my 2015 big-game hunt ended with a stop by the taxidermist's shop, where we left them in charge of creating a piece of artwork that will serve as a memoir of a hunting experience we look forward to reliving the rest of our lives.
Everyone who fishes the lower Colorado River seems to have an opinion on striped bass. Some call them everything but a quality sportfish, while others sing their praises as a fighter and a food source. And there seems to be little middle ground.
Each year during the International Convention of Allied Sportfishing Trades (ICAST) Show, industry buyers and members of the outdoor media from around the world get a first-hand look at many of the newest products bound for the sportfishing marketplace. These products, appropriately enough, are displayed in the New Products Showcase.
Though the days of fall may still seem distant, hunting season is fast approaching, and for some of you that will include journeying to other states, or perhaps another country. Such adventures often involve airline travel, which poses some unique challenges for those who will have firearms or bows and arrows in tow.
The bottom line is be careful with fire and anything that might cause a fire as you celebrate our independence. The desert and mountains of the Southwest are like a pile of tinder awaiting a source of ignition.
The crush of humanity can make it hard to “get away from it all” at campgrounds, fishing spots and hiking trails. It’s important for outdoor enthusiasts to be respectful of their neighbors.
Mike O’Donnell won the Nevada Striper Club’s monthly fishing tournament at Lake Mead with a fish that measured 42 7/8 inches long, had a girth of 24½ inches and weighed in at 30 pounds, 13 ounces.
Find food sources and cover and you will stand a good chance of catching a fish or two. A recent trip to Eagle Lake Reservoir in Lincoln County, this group caught five species of fish.
Lack of playgrounds and shoreline access kept Lakes Mead and Mohave off the list of America’s top 100 family fishing and boating spots as compiled by the Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation.