Looking back now, I vividly remember my early hunting trips. My uncle, Harvey Shue, and my brother, Mike, always made sure to include me any time it was possible. I can remember wearing hip boots and having to get piggy-back rides across deep sloughs and ditches. They’d always sit me on a dog stand or find me a shallow spot to stand. I remember the smell of my uncle’s cigar and the sound of their calling. I’m so thankful to have had such great men to learn from.
So, for many years of duck hunting, I thought the only ways you cooked ducks was by making jerky out of them or by grilling them with the standard bacon wrap. It was not until I took a trip to the famed Coca Cola Woods in Arkansas and had duck expert Rusty Creasey cook for us that I discovered my current favorite way to cook ducks.
Turkey season is one of the most anticipated seasons of the year for a hunter. It’s exciting to shake off the winter months with warmer temps, longer days and strutting gobbling toms in the turkey woods.
Thanks to 13 years and counting in the military, I have developed a tactical mindset when it comes to hunting. Perhaps you, too, have discovered many shared aspects of situational awareness between combat and hunting. I experienced many of these during a recent weekend duck hunting with Remington Arms Company at Stan Jones Mallard Lodge in Alicia, Arkansas.
As much as I love hunting and all that goes along with it, let’s not forget the many angling opportunities that exist in our area this time of year.
If you are an outdoorsman or sportsman in the south, no event heralds the coming of the fall season like the opening day of dove season. While technically, it opens in the late summer, it is considered the herald of fall and is a coveted, revered and venerated date among southern hunting traditionalists. And there is nothing more traditional than the opening day of dove season for those that hunt them.
As soon as the season ends, preparing for next year’s duck season begins. From going through your decoys and putting new weights on, to shooting trap to keep your skills sharp, there are many different preparations of duck hunting that hunters accomplish during the off season.
A ten-minute boat ride through a flooded oak forest found us at our destination - the Doughnut Hole. Named as it is because of a small patch of high ground in the center of a flooded hole in the forest, from above it looks like a doughnut of water in an otherwise dense oak forest.
It is with great excitement and a hearty thanks to the talented writers at Outdoor Life that frogg toggs® received the news that our innovative Grand Refuge® 2.0 all-season wadewear system was selected as one of Outdoor Life’s top 10 hottest waterfowl items from SHOT Show 2017.
Winter bass fishing can be boon or bust, ecstasy or ultimate frustration. Late winter is the best time of the year to catch the biggest fish in the lake.
In recent years, there has been explosive growth in the equipment options for waterfowlers. Compared to just a few years ago, the availability and variety of calls, clothing, shotguns, ammunition, chokes, and accessories for waterfowling is truly awesome.
By now, everyone in Alabama has gotten a sunburn and been bitten or stung by a summer insect of some sort. Whether it be a mosquito, horsefly, deer fly, wasp, hornet, bee, fire ant, or the impossible to identify no-see-ums that bombard me at every evening baseball game I attend.
It is the first week of October in north Alabama. While temperatures are not yet what folks around here call “cool”, they have mellowed from the stifling heat and humidity of late August and early September. And everyone in the area knows that “cool” is just a few days away.