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Nice weather working against deer hunters

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.

Breathtaking Ruby Mountains offer fishing 'heaven'

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.

Using shotgun betters dove hunter's chances

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.

Out for dove season with a clipped wing

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.

Check with taxidermist on protecting prized mount

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.

Many options to reel in spirited striped bass

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.

Fishing kayak rated best product at trade show

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.

Plan early if your hunting trip requires airline travel

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.

Adopt some old-fashioned camping manners

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.

Tube techniques aren’t luring many fish for this angler

Tube baits are simply that, a plastic tube that is open at the back and closed at the front. Surrounding the opening in the tube is a fringe that resembles tentacles and adds extra motion to the bait when it is in the water. They first showed up on the bass fishing scene in about 1980.

Studies, science help determine big game tag quotas

Hunters have submitted applications for big game tags. Now it’s up to state commissioners to set the quotas, which they’ll do Saturday in Reno. Southern Nevada residents can participate by teleconference from the UNLV campus.

A good day fishing without catching a fish

Father and son didn’t catch anything at Willow Beach south of the Hoover Dam. But the trip was still worth it for the uninterrupted conversation and a sighting of desert bighorn sheep at sunset.

Not your typical turkey season for two hunters

Birds with multiple beards are classified by the National Wild Turkey Federation as atypical. Should they choose to record their birds, Kensen Lee and Kevin Pratt will be the first hunters to record atypical Rio Grande turkeys in Nevada.

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.

County fair attendees relate interesting tales

During the Clark County Fair last weekend in Logandale, I talked with hundreds of outdoor enthusiasts. Among them were two whose stories caught my attention. The first is an angler, and the second is an avid archer from England.