10 Flies Every Angler Should Learn

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10 Flies Every Angler Should Learn

Generally, I meet two types of fly anglers—those who tie their own flies and those who don’t. It seems to be a zero-sum game, but I’m here to make an argument for a gray area in the middle. Enter myself, the purely functional fly tyer. I’ve never smuggled exotic bird feathers to save up for a rare...
Steve Schwartz Jun 14, 2022
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Best Father’s Day Gifts for Hunters and Anglers

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Best Father’s Day Gifts for Hunters and Anglers

Finding the perfect gift for Father’s Day is never a simple task. From gear-head dads who already seem to own one of everything to the well-rounded outdoorsman father figure, it can be difficult to decide on just one item. To save you some time, we’ve rounded up a few of our favorite picks for the...
MeatEater Staff Jun 6, 2022
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The Best Material For Hunting Clothes

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The Best Material For Hunting Clothes

We’ve all been there. You shiver out of your sleeping bag and pile on layer after layer of clothing. You sling your pack on your shoulders, affix your gun or bow somewhere stable, and look up at the elevation you must gain to reach your glassing spot. Then you start climbing. Sometime after the...
Katie Hill May 26, 2022
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Video: How to Pack a Horse or Mule with a Sawbuck Saddle

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Video: How to Pack a Horse or Mule with a Sawbuck Saddle

Using a sawbuck and panyards is one of the simplest ways to pack a horse or mule. Place a saddle pad atop a well-groomed horse or mule. The sawbuck sits on top of the pad, much like a saddle. The britchen comes around the rear end, the breast collar secures the front, and the cinch fastens around...
Clay Newcomb May 25, 2022
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Gear We Use: Best Fishing Waders

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Gear We Use: Best Fishing Waders

Where I’m from, you’re not really an angler until you have a decent pair of waders. In the Pacific Northwest and many other regions, you need to be able to get comfortable standing in chilly water if you’re going to catch anything outside of July and August. Whether that’s wading deep in glacial...
Sam Lungren May 20, 2022
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Steven Rinella's Video Game Contract for Kids

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Steven Rinella's Video Game Contract for Kids

I hate video games. My radicalization began years ago when I watched a friend of mine, who was eight months pregnant, physically struggle to make dinner and set the table while her husband sat on the couch in his living room playing a golf game. Just as the sight of a junky might lead you to hate...
Steven Rinella May 18, 2022
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The Best Headlamps for Hunting

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The Best Headlamps for Hunting

Two universal truths to outdoor excursions of all kinds are that they tend to take a little longer than we originally planned, and most of them should be intentionally experienced at night or well before the crack of dawn at least once. Obviously, hunters are used to both scenarios. Pre- and post...
Katie Hill May 6, 2022
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The Bass Fishing Culture You Didn't Know Existed

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The Bass Fishing Culture You Didn't Know Existed

Walking down the dock on Day One of the 2014 Bassmaster Classic at Alabama’s Lake Guntersville, dodging fanboys, photographers, and jersey-laden anglers who looked like NASCAR drivers, I stopped at each boat. I didn’t need to talk to anyone, I just wanted to know what the fish were biting. Sure...
Pete Robbins Apr 29, 2022
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Steve's Garage: Vortex Rangefinders

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Steve's Garage: Vortex Rangefinders

Buying optics isn't easy. The strange assortment of numbers and specs can be headscratchers rather than selling points if you don't know what they mean. But to get the most out of these impressive tools, it's important to understand just what they're capable of, which is mostly what those numbers...
MeatEater Staff Apr 28, 2022
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Choosing the Best Hunting Jacket

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Choosing the Best Hunting Jacket

Along with hunting pants, jackets are the other cornerstone of a gear system. Your jacket does the most work to keep your core insulated. It can also provide important wind and moisture protection for your torso, as well as useful pockets for storing gear or un-numbing fingers. Some jackets are...
Sam Lungren Apr 22, 2022
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Steve's Garage: First Lite’s New Omen Stormshelter Rain Gear

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Steve's Garage: First Lite’s New Omen Stormshelter Rain Gear

For relentlessly wet and cold weather, nothing can beat the Omen Stormshelter jacket and pant. It’s heavy-duty but not bulky, and the folks at First Lite engineered it specifically to get you out farther and keep you out longer. The jacket’s tricep and pit vents allow you to dump body heat without...
MeatEater Staff Apr 21, 2022
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