Hunting

Video: How to Make a Pocket Set Trap

Trapping

Video: How to Make a Pocket Set Trap

Pocket sets are a versatile trap setup that you can use to target species like raccoon, mink, and muskrat. First, pick a location with animal tracks near a cut bank and shallow moving water that won’t freeze. Start by digging the pocket into the bank about 14 inches deep. The back of the pocket...
Seth Morris Jun 24, 2022
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Video: How to be More Accurate Shooting Off a Tripod

Firearms

Video: How to be More Accurate Shooting Off a Tripod

If you're going to bother putting in training hours to improve your shot before the fall rolls around, you may as well create as authentic a scenario as possible. You'll thank yourself later when the buck or bull of your dreams comes strolling into view and you've built the muscle memory to shoot...
Josh Froelich Jun 23, 2022
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Every Question from MeatEater Trivia XIII

Hunting

Every Question from MeatEater Trivia XIII

This is MeatEater Trivia, the only game show where conservation always wins. If you’re not familiar with the show, it’s a bonus podcast we drop every Wednesday on the MeatEater Podcast feed. This is trivia you’re not going to find in Trivial Pursuit or Jeopardy, because these questions are born out...
Spencer Neuharth Jun 22, 2022
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5 Commands Every Hunting Dog Should Know

Hunting with Dogs

5 Commands Every Hunting Dog Should Know

From brand new pups to the old guard Labrador, these five commands create the essential base of any good hunting retriever. Regardless of age, they create good habits, set the standard for learning, and most importantly, will help you focus more on the hunt and less on bad behavior. Sit Barton...
Sean Weaver Jun 21, 2022
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Caliber Battle: .30-06 Springfield vs. 6.5 Creedmoor

Firearms

Caliber Battle: .30-06 Springfield vs. 6.5 Creedmoor

No two cartridges embody the old school vs. new school debate better than the .30-06 Springfield and the 6.5 Creedmoor. The former got its start in 2007 as a bougie, long-range cartridge more at home on a competition course than in a deer blind. The latter is a World War I and II vet known worldwide...
Jordan Sillars Jun 21, 2022
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Video: How to Make a Castor Mound Set Trap for Beaver

Trapping

Video: How to Make a Castor Mound Set Trap for Beaver

This beaver trapping technique has been around for a long time, and for good reason. There are few more effective ways to attract beavers toward a trap than by finding one of their telltale slides, creating a scent mound at the base of it, and topping it with a rival beaver's castor. Beavers have...
Seth Morris Jun 17, 2022
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Fishing

Video: Cambodia Anglers Catch Biggest Freshwater Fish of All Time

Freshwater

Video: Cambodia Anglers Catch Biggest Freshwater Fish of All Time

On June 13, Cambodian fisherman Moul Thun accidentally hooked into the largest freshwater fish ever caught and recorded. The giant freshwater stingray (Urogymnus polylepis) is an elusive species that scientists don’t know much about. That’s exactly why Dr. Zeb Hogan and the Wonders of the Mekong...
Maggie Hudlow Jun 22, 2022
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How to Catch Muskie in Early Summer

Freshwater

How to Catch Muskie in Early Summer

In life, we tend to give luck far too much credit. No matter the scenario, from shooting a big buck to meeting a new partner in a bar. We often refuse to acknowledge our own expertise and instead give recognition to some divine force of serendipity by saying we just “got lucky.” Perhaps this is due...
Kubie Brown Jun 21, 2022
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How to Properly Spool a Fishing Reel

Freshwater

How to Properly Spool a Fishing Reel

If a donut without a hole is actually a Danish, then a reel without line is just a paperweight. In fact, I’ll take that one step further. A reel that’s not properly spooled with line of the proper type and size is going to make you want to pull your hair out. That’s why getting this right is so...
Pete Robbins Jun 20, 2022
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Fatherhood: Angry Armadillos and Crappy Diapers

Fishing

Fatherhood: Angry Armadillos and Crappy Diapers

To say fatherhood is sacrifice would be a lie. We receive so much from our children and the experiences they provide, namely a sense of purpose, deep satisfaction, wonder, crippling anxiety, and existential crises. But, as many men my age are probably beginning to realize, fatherhood does involve...
Steve Schwartz Jun 17, 2022
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Photos: Elementary Students Hatch, Raise, and Release Salmon Fry

Salmon

Photos: Elementary Students Hatch, Raise, and Release Salmon Fry

Two hundred Coho salmon eggs came to Mrs. Hodges’s 3rd, 4th, and 5th-grade classroom this past January. The curious class watched, waited, and learned how new salmon come into existence. They took full responsibility for the well-being of the 200 little lives, monitoring and recording the water...
Charlie Ebbers Jun 16, 2022
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Giant Cubera Snapper Could Break Spearfishing World Record

Spearfishing

Giant Cubera Snapper Could Break Spearfishing World Record

A Texas spearfisher landed a massive snapper while diving in the Gulf of Mexico near the town of Port Aransas earlier this month. The fish is now being considered as a possible world record catch. The 137-pound cubera snapper was taken by a Texas-based angler named Braden Sherron. Multiple news...
Travis Hall Jun 13, 2022
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The Lure that Changed Fishing

Fishing

The Lure that Changed Fishing

I still have my first Rapala. It’s sitting on a bookshelf alongside a rusted fly reel, a sun-bleached set of whitetail antlers, and other treasured items from my youth. I removed it from its hallowed space in the tacklebox to put it there a few years ago to enjoy a quiet and well-earned retirement...
Kubie Brown Jun 7, 2022
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Conservation

The Fight to Keep Carp Out of the Great Lakes

Wildlife Management

The Fight to Keep Carp Out of the Great Lakes

Bighead, silver, and black carp—not to be confused with bigmouth buffalo or other native bottom-feeders—are all invasive species that exist in the Mississippi River basin and are on the doorstep of the Great Lakes. These three species of invasive carp were introduced to the U.S. from Europe in the...
Charlie Booher Jun 24, 2022
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Nebraska Introduces Controversial July Elk Season

Wildlife Management

Nebraska Introduces Controversial July Elk Season

In response to heavy crop damage, the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission has ordered a special month-long elk hunting season for five counties in the southwestern part of the state. The special depredation hunt will run for the entire month of July and allow landowners to reduce elk numbers as they...
Travis Hall Jun 24, 2022
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What Hunters Should Know About the New Gun Bill

Policy & Legislation

What Hunters Should Know About the New Gun Bill

In two bipartisan votes in as many days, the U.S. Congress passed the first major piece of gun-related legislation in over two decades this week. While the bill covers mental health, school security, background checks, “red flag” laws, straw purchases, and domestic violence, it does not include many...
Jordan Sillars Jun 24, 2022
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The Deer Camps and Fish Shacks of American Gangsters

Wildlife Management

The Deer Camps and Fish Shacks of American Gangsters

Folks across the upper Great Lakes states said all roads led to Hurley, Hayward, or Hell a century ago as gangsters and bootleggers capitalized on Prohibition and the Great Depression. As a federal investigator named Frank Buckley said in a 1929 report, Wisconsin’s worst community was Hurley...
Patrick Durkin Jun 22, 2022
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3 Destructive Invasives You've Never Heard Of

Wildlife Management

3 Destructive Invasives You've Never Heard Of

We’ve all heard about them, seen them, tried to eradicate them, or found cool ways to eat them. Whether we like it or not, invasive species have taken a stronghold across our lands and in our waters. But there are a few repeat offenders that everyone seems to know about—we’re looking at you, wild...
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U.S. House of Reps Passes RAWA, Despite Funding Concerns

Policy & Legislation

U.S. House of Reps Passes RAWA, Despite Funding Concerns

Well, time might still be running out to pass the Recovering America’s Wildlife Act (RAWA) this Congress, but the bill moved one step closer to the President’s desk on Tuesday afternoon. After several hours of debate, the House passed a massive wildlife funding bill, which would help states, Tribes...
Charlie Booher Jun 15, 2022
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Wild Foods

Video: How to Fry Catfish with Clay Newcomb

Cooking Techniques

Video: How to Fry Catfish with Clay Newcomb

After you’ve landed a nice flathead or channel catfish, the first step in a successful fish fry is chunking it up. You want the pieces to be about ½-inch thick strips, about the size of a chicken strip. It’s important to keep the size standard to ensure even frying. Heat up some peanut oil in a deep...
Clay Newcomb Jun 23, 2022
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Fish Sliders with Pimento Cheese

Recipes

Fish Sliders with Pimento Cheese

Walleye openers have come and gone, and hopefully, many of you have fish in the freezer just waiting for a fun recipe to come along. This fish slider should do the trick and check all the boxes. Even if you’re a non-believer of the fish-and-cheese combo, I'm confident that a fried fish sandwich is...
Lukas Leaf Jun 16, 2022
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Want Steven Rinella to Cook You Dinner?

Cook

Want Steven Rinella to Cook You Dinner?

Not many people can say Steven Rinella has made them dinner. Now’s your chance to become a part of that small group of lucky individuals. You and three friends could spend the weekend at the historic Kimpton Armory Hotel in Bozeman, Montana, where Steve will prepare a wild game dinner for you. The...
MeatEater Staff Jun 15, 2022
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Bighorn Sheep Rogan Josh

Recipes

Bighorn Sheep Rogan Josh

This recipe comes from MeatEater Cooks—our new culinary series available on YouTube. Rogan Josh is a dish steeped in history. Believed to have its origins in Persia, “Rogan” refers to the clarified butter that makes the base of the dish, while “Josh” is a Hindi term meaning “fiery.” Basically, this...
Kevin Gillespie Jun 14, 2022
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Video: How to Make Fish Gyoza with Kimi Werner

Cooking Techniques

Video: How to Make Fish Gyoza with Kimi Werner

Packed with fresh vegetables and minced fish, these little dumplings are absolutely addicting to eat. In this video, I use surgeon fish but any kind of fish will work. Gyoza is always a crowd-pleaser. But the knife work and folding skills involved make it a labor of love. So grab your friends and...
Kimi Werner Jun 10, 2022
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Video: How to Fry Fish

Cooking Techniques

Video: How to Fry Fish

When frying any fish or seafood, fresh is always best. My rule of thumb is to eat as much of my fresh fish as possible before I store it and get it in the freezer. It's not that frozen fish is bad; not at all, your fish will just never taste as good as it does right out of the water. Of course, this...
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How to Properly Sharpen a Knife

Cooking Techniques

How to Properly Sharpen a Knife

Before I began work as a full-time butcher, I had little interest in the intricacies of knife-sharpening. Even as a restaurant cook, I often did the bare minimum when honing the blade on my chef's knife. And because I usually only skinned a few animals each year, my hunting blade was, I now realize...
Anna Borgman Jun 1, 2022
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