Fishing, Outdoors

HUNTING & FISHING TIPS

TURKEYS:

Instead of just using calls, try imitating other sounds to lure in the atom. One of the most important is the sound of a hen scratching to feed. Pull a patch of leaves sharply with your hand or foot. Do this several times, pause, then make a few yelps or clucks.

NORTHERN PIKE:

Pike spawn early in coves, weedy bays, backwaters, and sloughs. Look for the lean, green fish heading into these areas when water temperatures rise into the 40s. Concentrate most of your efforts on coves and backwaters that have a channel running into them, since pike like to follow stream beds as travel routes when they move in for spring feeding binges and spawning.

 

HARES:

The best hare┬áhunting┬átakes place after a fresh snow has fallen and you can find pad marks for dogs to follow or to track while still-hunting. If the snow is crusty and crunches when you walk on it, forget trying to sneak up on this alert quarry–let the beagles or bassets run.

QUAIL:

When you flush a covey of quail, most birds will fly off at the same time. Usually, a couple of stragglers will remain, though, unsure whether to fly or sit tight. Be ready for that last bird or two to fly out after the main covey eruption.

WALLEYES:

These fish often migrate up better arms of lakes in spring. Look for them concentrated below heavy rapids or behind dams in tailwaters. Cast jigs tipped with minnows, or nightcrawlers on weight-forward spinners, then crawl them back along the bottom. Also try thin-minnow plugs or crankbaits with a soft wobbling motion after the sun sets, either trolling or casting and retrieving them as slowly as possible.

BASS:

During late winter and early spring, bass often moves into the north and northeast shores of lakes. The sun hits these areas for the longest period, and backwater bays, coves, and other sheltered areas there can be several degrees warmer than the deep waters nearby, attracting both baitfish and bass.

DEER:

If hunting pressure is heavy, look for escape areas such as dense evergreen thickets, brush and briar patches, hard-to-reach mountain benches, and overgrown swamps. Older bucks will head to these areas quickly as hunting intensity builds in easily accessible, open terrain near roads.

TROUT:

Just as important as what fly you use is how you approach the water. Keep a low profile, so you don’t spook the quarry. Hunching down, even kneeling or crawling on your hands and knees may be required at times. Wearing drab-colored or camouflage clothing also helps keep you from being spotted by the quarry.

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