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Fact Checker: Do You Lose Half of Your Body Heat from Your Head?
Myths, lies and old wives’ tales loom large in the outdoor pursuits. Here at MeatEater, we’re dedicated to separating facts from bullsh*t...
Five Easy DIY Ice Fishing Projects Your Gear Needs
Hardwater Basics: A Guide to Tip-Up Fishing
First Ice: Early Hard-Water Fishing Safety
Hardwater Exposure: A Beginner’s Look at Ice Fishing
Mar 14, 2019
The four-wheeler groaned and plowed, tossing snow into the air as we hauled into the enveloping dawn fog. The skin on my face and ears screamed during the ride across the lake, nerves lighting up the registry of pain.
I’ve felt this pain before, working cattle in blowing Kansas snowstorms on the family farm. One of my hands pressed the insulated hood against my ear while the other held down the Pelican case, ensuring my camera gear didn’t launch...
Pike Under Ice: Advanced Tactics for Spooky Winter Northerns
Mar 8, 2019
I came to pike fishing by way of salmon, which is to say I was utterly unprepared. Landlocked salmon—the preferred quarry at the outset of my ice fishing journey 20 years ago—require delicate leaders, small hooks and pin smelts pierced gently beneath their dorsal. Call it finesse ice fishing, if such a thing exists.
What did I know about northern pike? Not much. A biologist acquaintance told me that pike were illegally introduced into the...
Ethical Killing: What About Fish?
Mar 5, 2019
My truck doesn’t have a temperature gauge. If the starter lags like an old-ass Labrador coughing itself off the floor, the air is probably below zero. This was one of those mornings, a good day for ice fishing. Thick ice is safe ice.
Rick’s truck does have a temperature gauge, and it glowed -8 as we drove north. The reservoir—flush with fat, pre-spawn perch—settles in a basin of foothills 60 miles up-country. After a mid-point stop for wax worms...
Hundreds of Ice Fishermen Stranded in Blizzard: ‘It Looks Like Antarctica’
Feb 27, 2019
With walleye season winding down across Minnesota, fishermen from all over the state descended on the most famous lakes for a final weekend of action. Friday and Saturday offered beautiful weather: temps in the 30s with barely a breeze. Sunday, however, ushered in a storm that brought straight-line winds and subzero temps.
Many anglers were aware of the approaching storm. News stations covered the ground blizzard in advance of Sunday, and local...
Ice Fishing 101: Hardwater Basics
Jan 25, 2019
This time of year can be a tough stretch for hunters and anglers in northern states. Big game seasons are over, small game and waterfowl seasons are winding down, and we’re months away from gobbling turkeys and open water fishing. Spanning this stretch of the coldest, darkest months is ice fishing season.
“Ice fishing has a PR problem,” according to Steve Rinella.
It’s certainly a pastime rife with hyperbolic stereotypes of lazy...
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