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How to Catch Channel Catfish in Lakes and Ponds

Freshwater

How to Catch Channel Catfish in Lakes and Ponds

For my money, there’s no better way to spend a summer evening than catching channel catfish off the dock. I love the simplicity of it—no fancy boats, no expensive gear, no complicated rigs—just soaking bait and drinking beers with buddies, waiting on the next bite. Some people consider channel cats...
How to Create the Perfect Turkey Setup

Turkey

How to Create the Perfect Turkey Setup

First light has come and gone and you find yourself on the move, covering ground and looking for birds. You rip a crow call and it happens—a tom cuts loose. He’s close, maybe a little too close. The moments after you locate a bird can be some of the most chaotic a hunter will ever experience, but...
The 6 Trees Every Morel Hunter Should Know

Foraging

The 6 Trees Every Morel Hunter Should Know

Finding morels can be a challenging task for new foragers. I vividly remember the struggle to find my first morels; it felt as if I walked every square inch of woods where they didn’t grow. Later I realized I had been far too fixated on looking down. Rookie mistake. Veteran foragers know the best...
How to Make Dandelion Wine

Recipes

How to Make Dandelion Wine

There’s a certain kind of joy that belongs entirely to the springtime. I love the season and all it brings with it—morels popping, turkeys hammering, and trout finally looking up again. Spring is a thing to be celebrated, and when I celebrate, I like to have a drink. A fishing guide buddy introduced...
The Total Guide to Pheasant Back Mushrooms

Foraging

The Total Guide to Pheasant Back Mushrooms

Some folks suffer from morel-induced tunnel vision during springtime foraging season. They’ll step over ramps and allow fiddleheads to go unpicked, but perhaps the spring edible most frequently encountered—and ignored—is the pheasant back mushroom. Also known as the dryad’s saddle, this beginner...
How to Find Black Morel Mushrooms

Foraging

How to Find Black Morel Mushrooms

If you're into foraging, this time of year can be downright painful—waiting for temperatures to rise and morels to pop can make for some of the longest weeks of the year. As winter finally relaxes its grip, you begin cruising Facebook groups and foraging forums. After months of radio silence...