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s you’ve hopefully noticed by now, Family Fish & Game’s ‘tagline’ is Your Family’s Connection to the Great Outdoors, meaning everyone in the family is encouraged to enjoy the outdoors. No matter your age or gender, we do our best to provide you with information as well as entertaining articles and departments related to having a great outdoor experience for you and your family or hunting companion(s). It occurred to us a couple months ago that we’ve never done a special issue in FFG, and we decided that the only growing demographic when it comes to hunting and fishing in the U.S. would be a logical place to start. We were proud to add the Women Afield column with Lisa Metheny awhile back (make sure you check out this month’s feature regarding tips on how to bring a newcomer of either gender into hunting by making sure they are ready and have fun in the field), but we didn’t feel that was enough for the growing number of girls and women who also want to experience the outdoors. As you’ll see throughout this issue we’re giving most of the spotlight to our huntresses and fisherwomen who are glad to be gaining more and more company in pursuit of their quarry. Also the timing couldn’t have been better as Mother’s Day fast approaches – maybe you can take Mom to her favorite fishing spot, pick some wildflowers along a local trail, go morel hunting, or maybe even offer to take her turkey hunting when the season comes. Even if she doesn’t want to go, she’ll be glad you asked. Editor Brett Van Waus

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Educator Not a Dictator TIPS for introducing ladies to hunting and shooting

By Lisa Metheny

I regularly receive emails from readers seeking advice on how to get their wife, girlfriend or daughter interested in hunting. I commend the hunter who puts in the time

and effort to introduce someone to traditional outdoor sports. For those looking for suggestions or tips to introduce a first-timer, regardless of gender or age, here are a few things to consider that will hopefully make their first outdoor experience a positive one.


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Keep in mind that it took you years to hone your hunting skills, years to learn what you now know about firearms.

One of the keys to successfully instilling a positive first impression for a would-be new hunter is to keep it fun and age appropriate. Younger taga-longs typically have more trouble sitting quietly for the entire day. The same can be said for an older newcomer that does not understand the importance of stillness for extended periods of time. In today’s push of a button society we have come to expect instant gratification. For many of us, hunting is a form of therapy, a way to decompress.  It may take some effort to retrain her mind into thinking it is okay to sit quietly for hours. You may find more success if you limit the time of those first few excursions, plan several small outings and work up to more time afield. Reading the body language of the potential new hunter is important, especially if you hope your passion will become their passion.  Creating a positive experience for her, addressing fears and concerns before you go afield

will give you lots of brownie points towards the next time you ask her to go. Many new hunters, regardless of gender, experience the same set of initial fears and concerns. One of the biggest concerns they have is whether or not they can pull the trigger on an animal. In today’s world, hunting is often looked upon as an inhumane. Radical anti-hunting groups portray hunting in a grossly negative and inaccurate light. For a first-timer who has never hunted, the thought of shooting an animal may seem frightening or morally wrong. Listen to their concerns, talk about this issue before there is a deer in the crosshairs. Be sensitive to this important issue. Try using the word harvest, instead of killing and start out with smaller game first, such as squirrel, rabbit or upland hunting or fishing before introducing her to big game.   Focus on the conservation side of hunting and why it is important to keep the balance of nature in check.  And after she has harvested her first animal, let her deal with her emotions her

own way and congratulate her on her accomplishments, precision and patience.   Another major hurdle first-timers have is fear of the dark. To overcome this fear choose to take them out for a late morning hunt or early evening opportunity instead of trying to convince them they are having fun as they stumble through the pitch black scary woods.  Gradually add more time before or after sunset and soon the fear of the dark may be left in the shadows. One fear that is hard to overlook is the fear of heights. Many people think hunting from an elevated stand is the only way to hunt. Trying to convince a person with acrophobia, the fear of heights, to give hunting a try will be challenging, they may prefer a root canal over the chance to spend an evening 15 feet up a tree. Instead, opt to hunt from a ground blind or try the spot and stalk method. The promise of keeping anxious new hunters feet on solid ground might be enough to convince any acrophobian’s to give hunting a try.


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Another reason many ladies are hesitant to try hunting is a real fear of not knowing how to handle a firearm and the fear of not knowing what to do if an animal does present a shot. We have all heard the stories of the well-meaning husband that decided that the Lil’ Mrs. needed to learn how to shoot. Instead of starting her off at the range with a .22 he simply handed her Old Bertha, the 12-gauge double-barrel shotgun with the hardened recoil pad. “Just pull the trigger sweetie, it won’t hurt a bit,” he says. She squeezes the trigger with all her might and fires, knocking her to the ground. Or the stories of the guy that thought, “If only I could get my wife into the turkey woods, she would enjoy the sunrise, the sound of gobblers on the roost and maybe then she might understand my passion.” So he takes her out in the dark, sets her up in the tall wet grass, hands her his shotgun for the very first time and attempts to give her a quick shooting

lesson in the darkness. By the time the sun rises she is wet and cold and secretly praying that no turkey will appear, but of course one does.  The husband offers a minute by minute instruction as she shoots; the gun gives her a strong punch in the shoulder as it kicks, leaving a mark on her jaw. The gobbler runs off as she is laying flat on her back trying to remember why she married this guy. In the meantime, he is screaming at her about the missed her opportunity at a big bird.  Sounds like the perfect way to introduce someone new to hunting and shooting, doesn’t it? Would you like your first hunting experience to be like that? Keep in mind that it took you years to hone your hunting skills, years to learn what you now know about firearms. The goal is to create the desire to hunt within them. Don’t overload them with your vast knowledge on everything related to hunting. Simply use common sense and put yourself in their shoes.  Encourage them to ask questions.  Be an educator - not a dictator!

Lisa Metheny Lisa Metheny is an award-winning outdoor writer and photographer from Terre Haute, Indiana. As a strong advocate for women and children in the sport of hunting, she enjoys teaching outdoor skills through outdoor seminars and workshops. She especially enjoys the challenge of hunting with her bow.

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Outdoor Adventures

Garage SaleGear

By M.D. Johnson

Twilight. As night fell on our little camp, I sat back in my chair, hand curled around a steaming cup of fresh-brewed, percolator by the fire coffee. At the edge of the lantern’s glow, my wife, Julie, made some last-minute adjustments to our home away from home. Turkey season, I thought, was just hours away, and sleep, I knew, was going to again be as elusive as the longbearded gobblers might be in the morning. Julie joined me by the fire. “Notice anything special about the camp,” she asked. “A common denominator as you’re fond of saying,” she continued. I looked around; first at the canvas Hillary wall tent behind me, then at the cookstove and the lantern a short distance away. Even the chairs. Finally, I had to admit my ignorance. “Okay,” I said quietly. “You got me.” “Garage sale stuff,” she said. “Everything you see here came from a garage sale. The Hillary tent I got for $20. Had to fix the zipper and do a couple small patchings, but it’s been an excellent tent. The cookstove and the lantern? Same thing. In fact, same garage sale. Those sleeping bags? Five bucks each at a Labor Day sale. Truth is this entire camp probably cost less than $100.” She was right. Sure, it wasn’t fancy, but it certainly was comfortable. Right down to, as Julie reminded me, the two-for-a-dollar pillows on the beds. It all was the best money could buy. Garage sale money, that is.

THE GARAGE SALE MYSTIQUE It’s human nature, this getting something worth $100 for one dollar. This in a nutshell is what I call the garage sale mystique. And while it’s true that any number of things can be obtained at garage sales, there are those individuals hesitant to partake in this stuff-gathering activity. Why? For some, it’s the thought if an item isn’t new, it can’t possibly be as good as new. And while this can be true, it’s often is simply not the case. Yes, the purchase of secondhand gear has pros and cons. However, these variables are relatively few in number, elemental in nature, and, to put it bluntly, pretty black and white. Certainly, there can be exceptions, and such exceptions should be considered; still, the fact is buying garage sale outdoor gear can be a very good thing. 12

The Pros

First, let’s discuss quantity and brand name. In many cases, garage sales afford shoppers the opportunity to purchase things in bulk inexpensively. Often, these items will consist of multi-unit packs in sufficient numbers as to allow a stockpile and, ultimately, money saved. As for brand name, we have made extraordinary purchases on such high-profile brands as Coleman, Remington, Hillary, Rocky, Carhartt, and most recently, the United States Army. And while I don’t plan on making the military’s “MREs, or Meals, Ready-to-Eat” a daily experience, I certainly wasn’t going to pass on these 50-cent bargains that average $7-10 in the surplus stores. Next, let’s consider family. And why family? It goes back to money. Many times, the factors of low cost, high quality, and multiple unit availability can allow families to outfit themselves often at less than half the price of new gear. The bottom line is more people outdoors, more kids outdoors, and more support for the outdoors – period.

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The Cons

The first negative involves the old adage – Buyer Beware. With few exceptions, garage sale purchases are made on an as is/where is basis. Essentially, this means what you see is what you get, even if you don’t see it at first. This said, it makes good sense to inspect what you’re buying before you buy it. Consider, too, the absence of return policies and warranties. Thus, short of the seller making a blatant misrepresentation of the item, the only one to blame for an illfavored purchase is you! Then there’s the issue of garage sale selection. Few are the sales where the buyer may ask for Item A not in blue but in green, or size 12 EE and not 10-1/2 extra narrow. It’s a case of what’s available. Still, when all the variables come together and the price on the hang tag of retail – well, then it’s time to unleash that wallet and buy.

Buying tactics & price preparation For those unsure of their first tentative steps into this second-hand arena, here are some things to consider.

Go with a list

Are you looking for something specific? A lantern, or a fishing outfit? It’s important to remember, though, that compromise is the rule of the day. Perhaps it’s not the lantern you wanted, but a $3 Coleman white gaslight is hard to pass up.

Study prices Have some idea of what your items sell for

new. With adjustments based on age and condition, this information can help you decide if a zipperless sleeping bag is actually worth $20, or if you need to progress to the next step, dickering. Do your homework.

Dicker diplomatically

Here, be fair, diplomatic, reasonable, and most of all, be willing to meet the seller halfway. Many times, single items can be grouped, and a collective price offered which is considerably lower than is the sum of the individual pieces. Bottom line? Don’t be shy to dicker.

Ask questions

Did the owner purchase the item new? If it’s mechanical, does it work properly? Ask for a demonstration, particularly on higher-dollar or electronic items. Are all the parts included? You’re perfectly within your rights to inspect, ask, and inspect again.

Deal in cash

Understandably, some folks are hesitant to take checks from strangers; however, everyone takes cash. But what if you find something you desperately need, but you lack sufficient cash? In many cases, sellers will hold an item if you show a sincere interest. Better yet, offer a negotiable deposit along with your name, address, and telephone number. It never hurts to ask.

And finally, there’s the cardinal rule of garage sales – If you pick it up, don’t put it down until you’re absolutely, positively sure you don’t want it. Several years ago, I picked up, considered, and then put down a box containing an assortment of outdoor gear including a like-new single-burner Coleman stove, a complete first-aid kit, several fishing lures, and a Pflueger Supreme level-wind reel. Two steps away, I turned back only

to see an older gentleman walking the box up to the counter. “What do you want for this stuff,” he asked the young lady. “Five bucks too much,” she asked. Not surprisingly, I could see his triumphant grin through the back of his head. Lesson? Don’t put it down until you’re sure you don’t want it. Oh, and by the way, I later found the same Pflueger Supreme reel in a local antique shop, and let’s just say that the price tag was well over $5!

M.D. & Julia Johnson M.D. & Julia Johnson have been operating M & J Outdoor Communications as a team since 1993. From Ohio and Washington state respectively, the two make their home in rural Iowa with three black lab dogs.


GreatGear forWomen

By Jennifer Pudenz

The hunting industry is finally realizing the potential of women hunters for the first time. Within the last few years, women hunting companies such as SHE Outdoor Apparel and Próis have boomed. Many top-name hunting companies such as Bass Pro’s Redhead, Mathews, Nikon and many more have started designing products and gear specifically for women hunters as well. However, women’s hunting gear has yet to reach its potential, so it is important to support the hunting companies who are trying to tailor toward women.There is also general hunting gear that does not tailor specifically toward men or women, but are perfect for women because they make things easier in the field. While shopping for your hunting gear, pay attention to what you will need the most while you are in the elements of the outdoors. As a woman, for body gear you will want things as light weight and bulk-less as possible.You might also need to consider warmth, scent elimination and concealment. It is important to make sure you are comfortable and also check durability and quietness of fabric as well as special features such as pockets, adjustable cuffs, etc. For other gear, find versions of products that are lighter-weight and easier to use. In this gear list are two types of products: gear specifically for women and gear for anyone that works great for the huntress.

For Warmth SHE Camo C4 Core 4 System

With Thinsulate, Artic Shield, plus a wind-resistant liner, this system offers maximum element protection, something that is difficult to find for female hunters. While it is waterproof, quiet and durable, it also includes special features such as neoprene adjustable cuffs, full-length storm flap, internal waist drawcord and much more while being tailored for women.

Próis Sherpa Jacket

A flattering cut jacket that offers room for movement and layering with silence and warmth delivered with Sherpa fleece. This jacket also includes tapered wrist cuffs and thumb holes for extra fitting, warmth and coverage.

HotMocs Shoe/Boot Covers

Let’s face it – women tend to get cold easier than men! The HotMocs fit over your hunting boots with a heat pack pocket directly over your toes to keep your feet warmer, longer to help you endure the eliminates longer.

Gander Mountain Women’s Tech20 Camo Blaze Parka

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Versatile Manzella Hatchback Hunting Gloves for Women

These stretch-fabric, grip gloves are low-profile and light weight to not get in the way of your hunting moments. Also features a fold-back hood for enhanced warmth when needed.

Ladies Savanna Jacket RTAP

Fitted for mobility, this jacket wicks away moisture while its extra high collar helps scent elimination. Great as a single layer or under other layers during colder weather. Also includes wrist adjustments and storage pockets for gear.

Muck Woody Max for Women

This rubber boot specifically contoured to fit a woman’s foot is waterproof, flexible and durable while helping to reduce scent. Its stretch-fit top fits well around the calf to keep warmth in and cold out while also including thermal foam for additional warmth. Although this is a coldconditions boot, it is light weight and comfortable enough to wear during other times of the year.

Bird Hunting Cabela’s Women’s Dry-Plus Dri-Fowl Bibs Women’s waterfowl gear is particularly hard to find, but these waterproof, windproof and abrasion/ bur resistant bibs help keep you comfortable while out in the field. Easy putting on or taking off with full-length leg zippers and quickrelease buckles.

RedHead Classic Series II Neoprene Bootfoot Waders for Women

Don’t fret about the chilly water this time. These waders offer flexible neoprene to hold your body heat as well as Thinsulate Ultra insulation for your feet. Includes a customizedfit for comfort and a built-in shell holder for quick reloading.

SHE Upland Vest

This tightly woven wax cotton birding vest is durable and loaded with features such as extra large front and rear load game bags with zip sides, large lower bellows pockets with flip out shell holders and much more while being shaped and designed to flatter a woman.This is the ultimate ladies upland vest.

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GreatGear forWomen Other Gear Haley Vines Outdoor Collection Soft Shell Vest This soft shell shooting vest is comfortable while being stylish. Made of bonded polyester with a waterresistant and anti-microbial finish, it is quiet and durable with features such as a hidden chest pocket, hand pockets and gusseted for fit. Also available in camouflage.

Alpen Apex Binoculars

Great for women as these binoculars are mid-sized and light weight to provide tireless use and comfort. Waterproof and made with multi-coated glass for clearer viewing and maximum brightness during dim light and wet conditions. Features new pull up, twist lock eyecups for extra field of view and a wide neck strap for extra comfort.

Primos Bow Sling

Make a long walk to your stand as comfortable as possible, but even more important, be able to have your hands free and safely climb up your stand while towing your bow. The Primos Bow Sling is the perfect way for a woman to comfortably tote her bow while molded foam cups and camo covering protect bow cams and strings.

Treehopper Lane-Maker Ratchet Pruners

Whether in a stand or down on the ground, there seems to always be a time that a pair of pruners would be handy for clearing a shooting or sitting spot. These Lane-Maker pruners are great for women as they have a ratchet gearing system that allows maximum cutting power with minimal effort. The pruners are also constructed of tough aluminum alloy and a non-stick blade that resists tree sap and rust.


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Turkey Huntfor The joy of taking a novice

on their first HUNT!

By Vikki L.Trout

It was 1992 when my husband John prepared for his annual trek to the woods in pursuit of the elusive Eastern wild turkey. He was no stranger to

turkey hunting and he savored success numerous times. While we stuffed his turkey vest with calls, he asked if I would like to go turkey hunting? It took seconds for a very excited “yes” to come from my mouth. Little did I know my life was about to change forever. I did not get a gobbler that year (although John called in at least six long beards), but the seed was planted and I was hooked. Now, I’ve discovered how youngsters also can become hooked.


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There is something very special about arriving before first light and hearing a gobbler break the silence announcing a new day The Challenge

For various reasons, turkeys are certainly not the easiest species to begin hunting, but they are one of the most exciting for beginning hunters. A turkey’s eyes are placed strategically on the sides of their head allowing them to see what is in front and nearly behind them, and they see in color. Combine this with the fact they fear everything in the woods is out to eat them and you see what makes turkey hunting difficult. Notice I said difficult, but not impossible. Keeping the novice and yourself hidden is an important tool to success. Camouflage clothing, facemask and gloves are necessities. Just be sure the novice is fitted in proper attire (footwear included) to keep them comfortable. However, there is more involved to remaining undetected, especially when there are two moving around in the woods. A hunter can use ditches and rolling hills to their advantage. In other words, once you pinpoint the turkey’s location, walking in a ditch or dry creek bed provides cover for you and your buddy. If you are hunting a hilly area – even gently rolling hills can hide both of you from the eyes of a wary turkey when you move. Alternatively, you can consider staying put.

Ground Blind vs. Run and Gun

There are those who believe the best way to take a child turkey hunting is via a ground blind. They find a field turkeys are frequenting, set up the blind and put two chairs inside for comfort. This can provide cover for the youngster while waiting for something to happen. They also can drink soda and munch on snacks. However, one drawback to blind hunting is the “stationary” part. Once inside the blind, you’re stuck. Since a youngsters’ attention span is short, it won’t take them long to eat all their snacks, finish their beverage and find themselves bored and wanting to go home. Most kids I have encountered get a lot more excitement out of turkey hunting using the “run and gun” style. It keeps a youngster moving, and they feel the excitement of calling to a turkey and hearing one gobble when they respond to calls.

The First Hunt

There is something very special about arriving before first light and hearing a gobbler break the silence announcing a new day when the sun is barely in view of the horizon. The beginning hunter cannot help but be enthused. The first hunt will be their


Turkey Hunt For 2 most important. With this in mind, it is best to be sure everything goes as smooth as possible. No one likes to be out when it is cold, windy or rainy. If the weather is not going to cooperate, it is best to reschedule for a better day. Nothing can scare a child more than being left behind. As mentioned previously, turkey hunting involves moving from place to place. When John took me hunting for the first time, he held on to me as we moved from one position to the next. Holding a hand provides security especially when it is still dark. It assures the beginner they cannot get lost and keeps them walking the same direction you are traveling. It is also helpful when trying to cross fallen trees, or when trying to remain hidden from turkeys’ eyes as you move towards one.

How Young is Too Young?

Some feel it best to wait until children are 10 to 12 years of age, while others have had their youngster in the woods many years prior. No two kids are alike. Some mature faster than others. When I took my granddaughter Allyson into the turkey woods for the first time, she was already 19. It is my opinion that a parent will know when their offspring is ready to hunt. Unfortunately,

we do not have statistics available that show age groups of youths involved in hunting. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service conduct outdoor activity surveys every five years. According to the most recent study done in 2006, 10 percent of males and 1 percent of females enjoyed some form of hunting. Of the 12+ million who did hunt, 91 percent consisted of males, while 9 percent of females participated. Surprisingly, only 4 percent of those 16 and 17 year-olds participated in hunting during 2006 (statistics for those under the age of 16 were not available). Yet, when you consider that the statistic was taken from the U.S. population, the number appears enlightening. As age groups increase, so does the number of those who participated. For instance, 8 percent of those 18 to 24 years old hunted, while 16 percent of those 25 to 34 years old participated. The future of hunting is in the hands of our youth and the people who mentor them. The more they enjoy their first event, the more likely they will be anxious to get out there again. Quality time spent hunting also helps strengthen the bond between parent and child. We need to take this responsibility seriously and share turkey hunting with those who have yet to experience it.

Vikki Trout John and Vikki Trout are full-time outdoor writers and photographers from southern Illinois. Their work has been featured in many publications. They love hunting black bear, whitetail deer, small game, and wild turkey. If not hunting, they love capturing wildlife thru the lens of their cameras.

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Go Fish

Girls! Many companies say things like ‘Youth are our future’ and ‘We would like to get more young people involved in the outdoors’ but far fewer put their money where their mouth is. Angie Michaels of FishHer and Director of the Go Fish Girls! ™ program makes sure her company doesn’t simply give lip service to involving young people in the outdoors with the Go Fish Girls! Program.


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“This started about four years ago,” says Michaels, “Education was part of my and FishHer’s mission – empower, equip, and educate. I approached the Girl Scouts here [in Nebraska] and they told me that there wasn’t even a badge or a

ing rod funded in part by a grant from the Recreation Boating and Fishing Foundation (RBFF), a tackle box with everything a young angler will need to get them started, a Jr. Bassmaster magazine, and most importantly this year, a copy of Family

“The spin on our fishing is it’s kind of like a team sport – when a girl catches a fish they have to yell ‘Fish On!’ patch awarded [for fishing].” Michaels and others at FishHer then went to work to change that, and more importantly provide more girls a quality and fun fishing experience. Today the Go Fish Girls! ™ program is a Spirit of Nebraska approved Girl Scout fishing patch program as well as expanding their reach to Kansas, Missouri, Iowa, North Carolina, and South Carolina. The kickoff event in the Omaha area last year brought 124 girls, ranging in age from pre-Kindergarten to high school seniors. With its ease of set up, enthusiasm and many successful events so far, the program is destined to expand to even more areas. Each participant receives a 4 ½ -foot lavender Go Fish Girls! fish-

Fish & Game (OK, so that last item may not be the most important). The program fee is only $12 per girl for $40 plus worth of fishing gear as well as the two-hour lakeside class session, a Go Fish Girls! Girl Scout Fishing Patch, certificate of completion, a youth fishing license, and of course, the chance to go fishing. “We partnered with the RBFF because

we not only wanted to teach the girls but get the gear in their hands as well,” Michaels points out, “We’re also working with the U.S. Girl Scouts since there isn’t a patch; we hope it’s in the process of becoming a national program.” As with any program for beginning anglers, you need to make it fun. This is not a problem for the Go Fish Girls! program (in fact Michaels says the exclamation point in the title is because it’s exciting). “The spin on our fishing is it’s kind of like a team sport – when a girl catches a fish they have to yell ‘Fish On!’ as loud as they can and then the rest of the girls, in a rebel yell, shout ‘Woo Hoo!’ and then gather around to watch as we teach them how to carefully release the fish. I’ve heard louder screams for a two-inch bluegill than a big bass. We’re creating great memories for these kids that aren’t numbing their brains.”

Caroline Gomel (left) and Olivia Lutz (right) fishing at Walnut Creek Lake in Papillion, Nebraska.

Ellie Michaels fishing at Newport Landing - Bennington, Nebraska


Lauren Newstrom - Fishing at Walnut Creek Lake in Papillion, Nebraska

Start an event! If you’d like to put on your own event (anyone can host) contact Angie Michaels at (877) 217-5538 or visit www.

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Wild Game Simple 4 cups wild turkey meat (chopped) 1 cup celery (chopped) 2 cups carrots (chopped) 2 cups white potatoes (chopped) 3 cups chicken stock 3 tbsp parsley 1 tbsp onion powder 2 tsp salt 2 tsp pepper 1/2 cup flour 1/2 cup water Instructions: In a 6-quart crockpot, combine the turkey meat, celery, carrots, potatoes, chicken stock, parsley, onion powder, salt and pepper. Simmer on low for a minimum of 5 hours. When the potatoes are tender, mix the flour with the water and whip with a fork or whisk until the flour is completely dissolved in the water. Slowly add the flour mixture into the crockpot while stirring. Let simmer for an additional hour.

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2 pounds bluegill fillets 1 10-oz. box of batter mix 1/4 cup vegetable oil 1/4 cup soy sauce 3/4 cup white sugar 1/3 cup white vinegar 1 tbsp ketchup 2 tbsp cornstarch 2/3-cup water Instructions: Prepare the cooking oil by heating the deep fryer until the oil reaches 350 degrees. Place the panfish fillets in the batter, mix thoroughly to cover filets and cook the fillets in batches in the deep fryer until golden brown. Remove the fillets as they cook and place in warm oven. In a large saucepan over medium/high heat combine the white sugar, water, soy sauce, ketchup, cornstarch and vinegar, and bring to a simmer. Stir continuously until the mixture begins to thicken. Remove from heat. Place a serving of panfish on each plate, and drizzle the sweet and sour sauce over the fillets.

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Check-Up By Dan Armitage

Many families will be launching their boats soon for the first fishing trips of the season, after what may

have been several months on the trailer. If you performed a textbook winterizing job last autumn you have less to fear from the annual spring “shakedown” ride than had you merely backed the rig into a corner of the yard after the final trip last season and ignored it ever since. On the other hand, just because your boat, motor and trailer were put away with TLC and have been idle over the winter doesn’t mean that nothing has worn, broken, seized or been damaged over the off-season.


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The (April) fool’s way to learn what parts of the family fishing rig might have deteriorated over the winter is to simply hitch up the boat, load up the family and go; areas that need attention will soon become apparent! For example, if your trailer’s wheel bearings need lubrication, you won’t get far down the road; and local law enforcement personnel will be happy to pull you over to point out any problems your trailer’s light wiring might have experienced over the off-season. If you failed to check trailer tires’ air pressure in your driveway with a gauge, a quick glance in the rearview mirror as you drive down the road will show any obvious “list” to the rig. The angle of the list will tell you which tires need more PSI. So will a blowout. At the launch ramp, you’ll know if your rollers have seized if you have to back half the tow vehicle into the water to float the boat off the trailer. Once launched, a turn of the igni-

tion key will let you know the state of your starting battery. If the engine turns over but doesn’t start, you’ll know right away to the check the spark plugs, and hope you have fresh spares. If the boat starts and runs for a while, then sputters and dies halfway down the lake, it’s a cue to check your fuel for water separation – common with ethanol “enriched” gasoline left over the off-season -- or debris in the fuel. When underway and it comes time to turn the boat, and the wheel doesn’t – turn, that is – it’s a red flag that you may need to lube the cables and/or bleed the hydraulic lines or replace them altogether. Watercraft officers will let you know if your boat’s registration needs updating, and will be happy to point out any safety gear that’s not up to snuff. On Second Thought… Of course, there’s an easier, less expensive and much less dangerous way to learn what might have “gone south” aboard your rig over the off-season. That is taking the time to give your boat, motor and trailer a good pre-launch inspection before it ever leaves the driveway.


Here are a few things you can do to up the odds that this season’s “break out” voyage doesn’t result in a breakdown:

Trailer Tasks:

Check the tires’ condition and air pressure and inflate to the recommended PSI Inspect the wheel bearings for grease and apply as needed Clean each electrical connection with contact cleaner and test the wiring harness by hooking it up to the tow vehicle

Motor Maintenance:

Install new spark plugs Check the fuel filter and replace if needed Drain a bit of lower unit fluid, check it for water and top it off Inspect the prop for dings and signs of lower unit fluid seepage Hook up the starting battery to a charger and bring it to full power

Boat Duties:

Give the hull a coat of wax and check for cracks, holes or other flaws while applying it Run water into the bilge to make sure the bilge pump is working Drain a cup of fuel into a clear container and check it for water or debris; add fuel treatment to the tank and replace the fuel filter if needed Test the steering and lubricate, bleed or replace cables or lines as needed Inspect the safety kit and replace dated flares Check your boat’s registration and make sure it is current Perform the above on the family fishing rig and you’ll have a much better chance of everything running right for the first fishing trip of the season. No foolin’.

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Since your goal is to develop your budding hunter’s ability to use its nose, choosing the most stimulating scenarios is paramount.


Walkonthe Wild Side By Beth Ann Amico

With over two hundred million nasal olfactory receptors,

a dog’s nose has a sense of smell that’s thousands of times better than a human’s. It’s a highly refined sense inherited from its Canidea ancestors. So pity the poor pup that spends the majority of its time in one of the most sterile environments - the backyard. Dogs destined for careers in the hunting field can benefit greatly from early introductions to “sweet dirt” – areas most ripe with nature’s aromas. Taking nature walks with your young dog also serves as an excellent way to further its socialization, allowing it to become even more at ease with the world. Most importantly, it’s the first step towards developing a pup that actively hunts game in an efficient manner.


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The Nose Knows

At birth, a pup’s nerve system is still incomplete – it cannot hear or see and it lacks the ability to regulate its own body temperature. For the first two weeks of its life, its only real contact with the environment is afforded by its developing sense of smell and touch, enabling it to seek out the warmth of its mother and her supply of milk. The instinctive action of crawling towards and finding nourishment is also a pup’s first experience of “positive reinforcement” – a principle fundamental to its life-long learning process. By the time a pup is ten weeks old, it should be acclimated to its home and the human routine. You should now begin expanding its world and introduce it to the hunting field. No matter the age or breed of your sporting pup, the curriculum sequence remains the same.

Location, Location, Location

Successful hunters understand the importance of pre-scouting an area before the hunt and the same concept should be applied prior to outings with your canine partner. Since your goal is to develop your budding hunter’s ability to use its nose, choosing the most stimulating scenarios is paramount. While cattle pastures may offer more olfactory opportunities than the average neighborhood park, agricultural and remote undeveloped areas are an even better choice. Look for sites with varying terrain so the pup will learn to negotiate multiple changes of cover. Tip: Match the size of the cover to the size of the dog. A pup faced with overbearing obstacles tends to stay too close to the handler and not strike up a hunt. Keep your dog’s safety and physical well-being in mind also. Check for unexpected drop-offs, swift water or other hazards. If your pup hasn’t been exposed to swimming yet, your ideal location may include a shallow pond with a graduated water entry. Tip: Avoid ponds with scummy or stagnant water as they may harbor toxic cyanobacteria or distemper.

The Outdoor Classroom

Once you’ve arrived, unload your vehicle and prepare yourself before letting your pup out. Countless dogs have become lost or even worse while their owners’ backs were turned, so play it safe and release your dog only when you can give it your full attention. Tip: Don’t give in to an excited pup’s pawing and whining to be let out. Teach it that only sitting quietly will result in its release vocalizing will get it nothing. The next step is the easiest – walk with the pup and let it explore. Let your pup set the pace, but keep it moving with you. If it seems to dawdle too long over some varmint smell, move it along with a verbal cue “hup” (which means “come around”) and walk off in the opposite direction. Keep unnecessary chatter to a minimum so as not to distract the pup away from its work.

When an older or “big running” pup starts paying more attention to its nose than you, let it start dragging the check cord attached to the “D” ring on its collar. A simple step on the end of the cord with a “hup” cue and quick movement away will remind the dog to hunt with you. As you take your pup on these walks, you will see its instinct to hunt grow. It’s now time to teach the pup what to hunt and how to find it.

Happy Trails

Here’s the first exercise to introduce your pup to hunting birds – learning to trail scent. Slice up a hot dog in ¼ inch pieces. Feed a couple to your pup so that it’s familiar with the smell and wants more. Put your pup up for a minute (just so it’s not able to see you) and lay a straight trail ten feet long with slices every foot. The trail should be laid in short grass, into the wind so that the scent of each succes-

Prepped for Adventure

Now that you’ve chosen some suitable areas and gotten the landowner’s permission, you’re ready for your adventure, right? Not so fast. A few key items will help make your outing even more enjoyable for you and your dog:

Drinking water: Be sure to pack an extra bottle or two for your dog and start teaching it how to drink on cue. This will come in handy in a lot of situations. Collar with identification: A sturdy buckle collar with an I.D. plate will help ensure your dog’s safe return if lost. Make sure the collar fits snug around the dog’s neck with room for just two fingers. Loose collars can easily come off or hang a dog in low-lying branches. Fluorescent colored or reflective collars help keep your dog easy to spot in high brush and at distances. Check cord:

Fifteen foot 3/8-inch braided cotton rope with a brass swivel snap at one end and a knot in the other. First aid kit: Be ready to handle any minor injuries – EMT Gel is great for minor wounds and abrasions. Keep your vet’s number on your cell phone’s speed-dial.

Flea and tick collars and other dermal treatments: Your dog should already be protected with age-appropriate pest preventatives and vaccinations. Bring home memories and experience, not tiny pests which can carry Lyme disease.

Grooming kit: Brush out burrs and stickers before the ride home, especially on long-hair sporting breeds. Kennel Crate:

Your pup may enjoy riding up front with you, but after a long day in the woods, your nose might appreciate a break from the smell of wet or dirty fur.


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sive hotdog is blown back in the pup’s face. This layout helps the beginner pup follow the progression of the trail. Bring the pup to the downwind end of the trail, point at the first slice and cue pup with a word or phrase to begin hunting. “Hunt ‘em up” or “birds in here” are typical verbal cues. Moving down the line, help your pup stay focused by pointing your finger and repeating the verbal cue at each upcoming slice. When the pup becomes proficient at finding the hotdogs on the verbal cue alone, reverse the trail’s head to upwind. Now the pup has to follow the trail on its own – there’s no wind to help it. Repeat these trailing lines in various locations so that the pup starts to generalize the task of trailing on cue. The next step of the exercise is to teach the pup to trail birds, transitioning the “prey” from hotdogs to bird scent. Most sporting breed pups are exposed to live birds at an early age to make sure that they revel in the smell, sight and taste of their ultimate prey. If your pup has not been exposed to birds, use a clipped 32

wing pigeon as an introduction. Flip the pigeon across the ground and let the pup go after it. As with the hotdogs, proceed only after your pup has had a taste or two and enjoys chasing it. Now establish a bird trail by making a drag pole with a four-foot stick and equivalent length of string tied to the end. Tether the bird’s feet to the free end of the string. Pick a few feathers from the bird’s rump and place them at the head of your trail. Drag the bird from this point ten or fifteen yards downwind through moderate cover and hide the tethered bird at the desired end. Wear rubber boots and avoid touching surrounding cover with the bird to avoid laying false trails. Bring the pup to the head of the trail and use your verbal cue to hunt. Once your pup masters straight line trails, add a right angle to the mix. Drag the first leg of your trail into a crosswind, then turn downwind 90 degrees to an end point (your trail will resemble an “L”). This set-up will teach the pup about the strength of scent, how to recover from its loss and follow it to its conclusion.

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Quarter Master

So far, you have taught your pup how to find and follow scent to a bird. Your pup is now ready to be taught the next skill – quartering to the gun. As in your previous training, location is vitally important. Select a long field at least one hundred yards in length with moderate cover, approximately 40 yards across. The orientation of the field should be set to the prevailing wind. The lateral edges should be well defined with heavy cover, i.e. trees, thick brush, high weeds, etc. To set up the field, you’ll need 5 pigeons, each in its own mesh sack (onion sacks are ideal). Proceed into the wind and place the birds just inside the perim-

eter in a zig-zag pattern, spacing the birds approximately twenty yards apart. This distance will condition the pup to hunt within reasonable gun range. Bring your pup to the center of the field and walk into the wind towards the first bird, coaxing the pup to follow along. Let the dog find the bird. Praise your pup, set the sack back in place and move diagonally across the field towards the next bird until you’ve worked your way through the pattern at the end of the field. What you will observe is that after a day or two of this exercise, the pup will start running towards the remembered bird locations. When you see this behavior, remove the second and fifth birds and run the pattern again. When the pup doesn’t find a bird at the second location, “hup” him towards the third and so on. This strengthens the dog’s understanding of the quartering pattern and reinforces the meaning of the word “hup”. Once the pup is running freely to the birds, change your walking pattern and simply move up the middle of the field in a straight line. The dog should start to quarter in front of you looking for the birds. Move to different locations with similar terrain features when the dog masters this scenario. Tip: Each time you change location, remove different birds from the pattern so that the pup always has to hunt. This technique will cause the dog to better conceptualize the task of quartering. These lessons of discovery will develop a confident hunting partner that knows how to trail wounded game and actively seeks it in an efficient pattern within gun range. Your pup’s first hunts will be much more productive because you introduced it to the wild side. Beth Ann Amico

Beth Ann Amico is an award-winning gun dog writer and a member of the Professional Retriever Trainers Association, Dog Writers Association of America, and the Professional Outdoor Media Association. Her kennel, Deep Fork Retrievers, in Choctaw, Oklahoma, specializes in breeding and training hunting retrievers. Beth Ann is also on the pro staff of Cabela’s and SHE Outdoor Apparel. Her other interests include promoting outdoor womens’ programs, big game hunting and classical music. For more information visit

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Destination: Wisconsin

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While Wisconsin is known in outdoor circles for its deer hunting traditions (and rightly so), the state also boasts more than its fair share of fine fishing opportunities for you and your family. You’ll see on the state map and corresponding chart where you can find a wide variety of fish and game species as well as other amenities of interest to outdoor enthusiasts. Here are some ‘road less traveled’ suggestions when it comes to the Badger State’s outdoor playground – and remember, these are all in addition to all the great hunting and fishing Wisconsin has to offer.


Snowmobiling? Cross country skiing? Running? Berry picking? Walking/Running? Biking? Horseback Running? No matter what your pleasure when it comes to trails, Wisconsin can suit your needs from Janesville to Hayward, Green Bay to La Crosse, and everywhere in-between. A quick search on the State Forests and Parks section of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WNDR) site reveals that you won’t be able to go far without finding a well-maintained recreation trail.

Lakes/Rivers The Badger State has its fair share of places to boat, ski, swim, or wet a fishing line. The mighty Mississippi is the state’s southwestern border with Minnesota and Iowa in the Driftless Region (Midwest trout streams, anyone?) and the state is also bordered in the north by Lake Superior and on the east by Lake Michigan. There’s also the


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Wisconsin River and various other places for fishing or recreation any time of year. Oh, and the Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame is located in Hayward.


When you close your eyes and envision a family camping trip, you probably see places like the Wisconsin Dells or the state’s Northwoods area. Both of these and many, many other locales in Wisconsin can be found that are specially designed for the quality family time we all need to set aside for a week or two periodically. In this state you have a chance to see everything from pheasants and ruffed grouse to black bear and moose, plus the clawed critter that gives the state its nickname.

Where Do I Start? Once you

pick an area of the state you’d like to visit, call or email that region’s Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) – they’ll ask you what you’re looking for and steer you in the appropriate direction of reputable resorts or lodges (remember, they want you to enjoy yourself and come back). You can also contact the Wisconsin Department of Tourism for some helpful information on where to head at the time of year you’ll be visiting the state (www.; 1-800-432-8747).
















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We need your help Family Fish & Game readers. We dropped our pocketknife somewhere in the magazine and we need your help finding it. It could be anywhere, but most likely it will be hiding in a photo so it will not be easily found. If you, the reader, find the pocketknife in this month’s Family Fish & Game, send us the page number and a brief description of where it is. The first reader with the correct answer will be listed in the magazine.

Brady Rasmussen - Monticello, MN Brady wrote: Dear Family Fish & Game, I’m Brady Rasmussen of Monticello, MN and the pocket knife is on page 42 underneath the canoe [in the March/April issue]. Nice work, Brady!

ACROSS 3 A Nebraska-based program that teaches girls about the fun of fishing. 4 A common live bait used for fishing. 7 The species of turkey found the most in the United States. 9 A holiday that occurs on the second Sunday of every May. 10 These life-like tools aren’t just for waterfowl hunting; they can be used on turkeys, too.


April-May 2010

Dad spurred the passion for the outdoors in many of us and it’s this time of year that we remember him with some outdoor gift ideas.

Passing the Torch (new section): Editor Brett Van Waus profiles people that give of their time to pass on hunting and/or fishing to the next generation.

DOWN 1 For many families, spring and summer means weekends ‘roughing it’ and _______. 2 Anglers are excited to get their fishing ______ out this time of year. 5 Clothing companies are finallly coming around and making hunting _____ for women. 6 Our April/May destination section took us on a tour of this state. 8 Lisa Metheny advises that hunting teachers should be __________ and not dictators.

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