The Management Minute by Andrew Walters

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TIPS FOR PLANTED TREE PROTECTION

Mast orchards represent an alternative or a supplement to food plots as a natural way for attracting and feeding deer. Once planted, most trees are relatively maintenance free. However, planting trees typically represents a much more substantial up-front investment,...

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4 WAYS TO SAFELY STORE GUNS

Firearm safety is a serious matter for anyone who is mature about their gun ownership. This is particularly true if you live around small children that might be curious about firearms before they're ready to handle them. But gun protection is also important if you're...

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FIELD JUDGING BLACK BEARS

There’s a magical time at the end of the day, the final moments of daylight. The sun is already below the trees and the light fades so fast you can almost see the change happening. The wind, which has been slowly abating suddenly dies. The woods become eerily still,...

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EVERYTHING YOU WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT BLACK BEARS

There is something about hunting black bears that generates adrenaline in a hunter like no other big game. Perhaps it is the fact that a black bear could be the hunter, or fight back, which generates a new edge or fascination for the hunter. Hunting black bears for...

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TAXIDERMY DOS AND DON’TS: CARING FOR YOUR TROPHY MOUNTS

It took skill, practice, and a whole lot of patience to scout and harvest your kill. Whether you shot a 10-point buck or caught a 10-pound bass, you now have a trophy to hang and treasure for the rest of your life—as long as it’s cared for properly. If you want your...

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CHUCK BELMORE ON HOW TO AIM WHEN BOWFISHING

You always want to aim below the fish because the refraction of light makes the fish appear closer to the surface than they are. The distance that you aim depends on how far away you are from the fish, and how deep the fish is in the water. If the fish is a foot in...

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CHOOSE DIFFERENT CRANKBAITS FOR DIFFERENT DEPTHS

I pick the crankbaits I’m going to use by depth zones. My favorite 8-12 foot deep water crankbait is a Strike King Pro Model Series 5XD. There are many places that I fish where I find good cover, grass, rocks or some type of structure in that depth zone. Over the...

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SUPPLEMENTAL FEEDING: THE FISH “FOOD CHAIN” ON STEROIDS

Largemouth bass will almost always choose the largest prey they can find. Usually that means “maximum energy for the minimum cost.”   If growing big bass is your goal, keep in mind that bass, for the most part, prefer the biggest live prey they can swallow, the...

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