A little bit here and a little bit there. You keep your eyes open. That’s how you learn. You pick up a new knot from a new fishing buddy, or try a decoy trick you saw in a magazine. You make mistakes. And if you’re lucky, like I was, there will be a mentor along the way. An unselfish someone who cares enough about you that he wants you to know everything he’s ever learned.
That’s the good thing about hunting and fishing and camping: You can never know it all, and you’re never as good as you could be.
Over the years, I’ve learned from the best—mentors, buddies, guides, story subjects, and some of the most dedicated outdoor-skills competitors this world has ever seen. Put them together, and they’ve got a half dozen different ways to shoot a double or cast a fly rod. Here’s the best of what I’ve learned from them, and on my own, in 35 years of hunting and fishing. And this is what all sportsmen should do with such knowledge: Pass it on.
HUNTING Good Dog
The best trick I ever taught my dog was to sit and stay for practically forever. A quiet, rock-solid sitter will be quickly forgiven for other minor trespasses.
A Predator’s Pace My earliest hunting memory was of a squirrel hunt in the snow. We found where a fox was trailing a rabbit, and I saw how the fox placed its hind foot almost on top of the front track to make a single line of tracks and preserve energy. That’s called perfect stepping, and I’ll never forget how the trail ended perfectly in a scuffle of dirt and leaves and blood-speckled snow.
My Do-It-All Winch A come-along can haul your ATV up a steep hill, free a stuck truck, winch a boat to a trailer when the trailer winch fails, help straighten a smashed gunwale, and get a deer out of the creek gully. Mine is stashed behind the truck seats, so I always have it.
Two of three budding tropical systems in the Atlantic will approach the Caribbean, Central America and the United States in the coming days.
Severe flooding has killed nearly 300 people since last week across northeastern India, Nepal and Bangladesh.
More than 300 people were killed in Sierra Leone due to flooding and mudslides, with an estimated 600 people still missing.
It’s now the peak of hurricane season in the Atlantic basin and with that comes the threat of an active September and the possibility of activity in October and beyond.
The arrival of autumn will bring significant changes to the weather across much of Europe.
A storm system will continue its trek eastward, impacting the Great Lakes and Ohio Valley with severe thunderstorms through Thursday.
Overall, few travel problems are anticipated this weekend for those traveling in hopes to see the best view of Monday's total solar eclipse. However, there will be some trouble spots due to storms.
Don’t count on the moon to protect your eyes from frying during the Great American Eclipse.