— TOP STORY —
Remington Acquisition Announcement: Giant PR Stunt?
Executives with Remington Outdoor Company have described yesterday's late afternoon announcement of plans by by Global Digital Solutions, Inc (OTC-QB:GDSI) to acquire Remington as "attention seeking in it's worst form". Officials at Remington say they will be addressing Global's PR NewsWire announcement of their planned all-cash acquisition of Remington of nearly $1.1 Billion. The Outdoor Wire Digital Network will have the full story as it develops.
— ARCHERY —
Bowhunters can have confidence in their broadhead with the release of the Wasp Drone - an all steel constructed fixed-blade broadhead. The 100-grain Drone sports three .027" stainless-steel blades. MSRP for a three-pack of broadheads, including two sets of replacement blades, is $29.99. | For More...
— COMPETITION —
Bushmaster will again be the primary sponsor of the Tarheel 3-Gun Challenge Match, a two-day match to be held Saturday April 5 and Sunday, April 6 at Woody's Hunting and Rifle Club in New Hill, North Carolina. | For More...
On Saturday, March 15, the world's best 3-Gun competitors will take center stage at the United States Shooting Academy in Tulsa, Oklahoma as they launch full-throttle into the highest level of 3-Gun competition: the 3-Gun Nation Pro Series. | For More...
— COMPETITIVE SHOOTING —
Headlining "Idaho's Official Kickoff to Spring" this weekend at Cabela's Boise's Spring Great Outdoor Days Event, hosting two seminars, is 3 Gun Shooter and MGM Targets, Travis Gibson. | For More...
— EVENTS —
This Saturday, March 15, kick off the St. Patrick's Day celebrations with crafts and coloring. All Gander Mountain stores will be holding a free St. Patrick's Day kids workshop. | For More...
Michigan's Tahquamenon Falls State Park will host its annual 'Maple Sugaring Day' at the park's Upper Falls area on Saturday, March 22. | For More...
Join the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and the Orlando Magic on March 30 for Florida Outdoor Night and FanFest at 4 p.m. in Orlando. | For More...
— FISHERIES —
The Gulf of Mexico Fisheries Management Council will host a public hearing in Kenner, Louisiana tomorrow (Thursday, March 13) to solicit comments on Gulf red snapper allocation. The meeting will be held at LaQuinta Inn and Suites at 2610 Williams Blvd., Kenner, LA at 6 p.m. | For More...
— FISHING TOURNAMENTS —
Participating anglers in the LASS last Saturday brought in 108 fish to be tagged and released as part of the Department's flourishing Louisiana Cooperative Marine Fish Tagging Program. | For More...
Mercury Marine is onboard with B.A.S.S. again for the 2014 competition season at the highest level of sponsorship. Mercury has been a sponsor of Bassmaster events for almost two decades. | For More...
Dave Stephens And George Frantz, Both Of Punta Gorda, Fla., Weighed A Two-redfish Limit That Totaled 15.20 Pounds To Win The First Regular-season Event For The Florida West Coast Division Of The Ifa Redfish Tour At Punta Gorda, Fla. The Team Took Home A Fully Rigged Ranger Boat Powered By A Yamaha Outboard, Valued At Over $25,000. | For More...
Mike McDonald, of Sarasota, Fla., measured a combined limit of 56.00 inches to win the first regular-season event for the Florida West Division of the IFA Kayak Fishing Tour presented by Hobie Fishing at Punta Gorda, Fla., on March 9. | For More...
— GEAR —
The new Panoramic 150i game camera, which comes in Realtree Xtra®, has a 70-ft No-Glow flash with three infrared motion sensors covering a super-wide, 150-degree detection area. | For More...
RedHead® introduces their new soft-sided, scoped shotgun case, made of heavy-duty, PVC-backed 600D polyester, designed to hold a shotgun with a mounted scope. | For More...
— INDUSTRY —
Evernham Sales Associates, Inc., an industry leading independent manufacturers representative agency servicing thirteen Midwest states, is pleased to announce the appointment of four new sales professionals; Scott Cusack, Tony Yates, Chris Miller and Dave Adney. | For More...
Detroit Gun Works, a precision component supplier to the firearms industry, today announced the launch of its new website: www.detroitgunworks.com. | For More...
2014 marks the 25th anniversary of the introduction of the X Bullet®. This landmark innovation, made available to the public in 1989, launched a new era in bullet technology. | For More...
Birdsong Manufacturing (www.BirdsongMfg.com) has selected The Media Group, a creative services agency based out of Chicago, Illinois, to manage its Public Relations and Communications efforts. | For More...
MidwayUSA announces the release of "Crocodile at Fifty Paces" a short story by Larry Potterfield, Founder and CEO of MidwayUSA. | For More...
Maxima Media announce its selection by Eddie Salter - The Turkey Man as his agency for online and digital communications. | For More...
— LAND MANAGEMENT —
The USDA Forest Service may conduct controlled burns on approximately 16,000 acres in Georgia's Greene, Jones, Putnam, and Jasper counties within the Oconee National Forest through mid-April of this year. | For More...
— MEDIA ADVISORY —
Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World Tips presents free, seasonal how-to tips from professional fishing and hunting experts. Each weekly tip offers practical advice to improve your skills. | For More...
— NEW PRODUCTS —
Bushnell Outdoors has introduced five new flashlights in its new RUBICON line of lighting products. From the compact, do-it-all 152-lumen flashlight to the almighty 1080-lumen flashlight, there are a total of six RUBICON flashlights for virtually every task and adventure. | For More...
— ONLINE —
Iowans with questions about spring tree planting, Iowa's forest health or the spread of the emerald ash borer can have their questions answered during a live question and answer session March 18 on the DNR's Facebook page. | For More...
— ONLINE INSTRUCTION —
Instructional website MyGunTips.com is now live and nationally known personal defense instruction Steve Moses has joined the team. The subscription site will deliver subscribers at least one new instructional video every week. | For More...
— ORGANIZATION —
A landmark rule currently being considered by the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council would shift a larger allocation of future red snapper quotas to the recreational sector, but only if anglers stand together to tell the council the inequitable allocation must be fixed. | For More...
— ORGANIZATIONS —
Tuesday's designation of the Point Arena-Stornetta complex of public lands as a national monument is good for fish and good for people, according to Trout Unlimited. | For More...
The DSC Frontline Foundation launched recently as a way for hunters to give something back to the professionals who work, often at great personal risk, to make hunting adventures possible.The new foundation administers a relief fund, seeks donations and provides contributions to eligible professional hunters and their assistants who are seriously injured (or to the families of those who are killed) in the course of providing hunting services. | For More...
The Unions Sportsmen's Alliance's (USA) popular shooting tour returns to Tennessee for its 4th Annual Nashville Area Sporting Clays Shoot on Saturday, March 22 at the Tennessee Clay Target Complex, in Nashville. | For More...
— PARTNERSHIPS —
The popular television show Backwoods Life proudly continues shooting Black Eagle Arrows in 2014. Show hosts Michael Lee and Kevin Knighton look forward to working with Black Eagle and showcasing their products during season 10 of Backwoods Life. | For More...
— PUBLISHING —
In the cover story for the GUNS Magazine May issue, Mike "Duke" Venturino examines the newly-released Ruger SR-762, chambered in .308/7.62 NATO, and finds the heavy-duty rifle offers great accuracy and function. | For More...
The National Tactical Officers Association (NTOA) is pleased to announce the Winter Edition of The Tactical Edge is now available. | For More...
— RETAIL —
Sportsman's Warehouse is expanding its operations to include a new 40,000 square foot retail location in Hillsboro, Oregon. The grand opening will take place this Saturday, March 15, 2014. | For More...
Arctic Ice, manufacturer of high performance thermally regulating cooler panels is proud to partner with Tuppen's Marine and Tackle in Lake Worth, Florida to bring their innovative product offerings to outdoorsmen in the central Florida area. | For More...
— SHOOTING COMPETITIONS —
3-Gun Nation hosted its first 3GN Regional Championship the 2600 acre Clinton House Plantation shooting facility in Clinton, South Carolina. Team MGM shooters gave solid performances over the unique match. | For More...
— STATES —
The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW), the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), and the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) have agreed on a temporary contingency plan for the release of hatchery smolts in 2014 due to drought. | For More...
The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) has closed five water access sites along the Columbia River behind Wanapum Dam, where the water level has been drawn down in response to a cracked spillway. | For More...
The 2014 Wisconsin Fishing Report, a fishing calendar, and regulations for hook and line and inland trout fishing are now available online to help anglers start planning their fishing trips. | For More...
-Arizonans are invited to come on out to Lake Pleasant this Friday through Sunday, March 14-16, and take part in the festivities at Bill Luke Bass Days. The event will be held at the Pleasant Harbor Marina on the east side of Lake Pleasant. | For More...
Lifeguarding tests are now offered online for applicants seeking such positions at Indiana State Parks & Reservoirs facilities. | For More...
The Montana Private Land/Public Wildlife Council will meet March 18-19 in Lewistown at the Calvert Hotel. | For More...
— STUDENT OPPORTUNITIES —
The National Rifle Association's Coach Education Program is now accepting applications for the annual small bore intermediated junior rifle camp. This year the camp will be July 5th through July 10, 2014. | For More...
— WASHINGTON —
After meeting with key figures in the government's proposed ban on ivory, Knife Rights reports that many groups other than knife makers and collectors will be impacted by the ban. Musical instruments, pianos, tableware, billiard balls, cues, art jewelry, furniture and other manufacturers will be impacted as well. | For More...
You Can Learn A Lot From A Fishing Guide
You can learn a whole lot
from a professional fishing guide...some of it applies to fishing. Most of it, however, applies to life and
Each March for the past few years, I've quietly cleared a space on my calendar for an event called the "Gaston's Gathering". It's a two-day retreat where outdoor writers, editors and photographers fortunate enough to be included on the guest list have the opportunity to come together at Gaston's White River Resort in Lakeview, Arkansas.
For those of you who aren't familiar with the area, Gaston's bills itself as the country's finest fishing resort. It's located down the White River from the Bull Shoals dam, on what is, arguably, some of the most productive trout water in America. I've caught rainbow, cutthroat and brown trout there, and have been fortunate enough that some of them have been the kind of trout many of us fish a lifetime without catching.
Gaston's is a family-owned and operated business, and has for the past half-century or so been managed by Jim Gaston. He's a gracious host, fellow photography enthusiast and collector of all manner of cool stuff. Gaston's great restaurant-literally built out over the water- boasts great food, along with a ceiling full of some of the most interesting gear you'll ever sea. The collection includes vintage fishing motors, bicycles, signs and about anything else that's caught Jim's interest over the years. Cases inside the restaurant, hotel office and gift shop are full of other interesting collections, from old safety razors to watches and some amazing fountain pens.
It's the kind of place where you can bring your spouse, children and even the family dog and be assured of being treated like family. If you'd like to know more about Gaston's, you can visit www.gastons.com
and check it out for yourself. And before you ask, yes most of the cabins and lodges are pink. There's a story there, but no space for it here.
Gaston and his guides. At the annual "Shore Lunch" Gaston's owner Jim Gaston (with camera on left), poses for a photo with the group of guides who regularly wrangle a gaggle of outdoor media types like the professionals they are. Jim Shepherd/OWDN photo.
Gaston's also has a collection of fishing guides that are, in every sense, pretty unique characters. They include lifelong natives, "transplanted yankees" and others who don't really talk about where they're from. I've been fortunate enough to fish with a cross-section of them over the years, and their personalities are about as different as people who enjoy common activities can be.
But they all share short snippets of wisdom about fishing- and life- in their own unique ways. And you can learn- a lot- about your fishing and life if you're paying attention.
On Tuesday, I asked guide Chuck Meyer what the single most common fishing mistake he saw on a recurring basis. What I expected was the usual rote answer about fishing too-fast or not giving the fish the opportunity to take the bait.
What I got was a two pronged explanation about why we weren't having particularly good luck Tuesday morning-and why many of us seem at times to be playing life in the catch-up mode.
"Well, pal," he said, "I'd have to say the biggest problem I see- and one I can't really help with a lot of the time: lack of preparation."
Boom. Right there he explained why the "hello, I'm here to fish" approach to the White River- and life- frequently doesn't work. He quietly chastened both anglers in the boat with him at the time.
I, for example, arrived with a pair of ultralight rigs I'd had good luck with in the past at Gastons. One had been purchased in their shop and the only change was what I'd considered an "upgrade" over the original line.
On a river where there are lots of anglers -and guides- it's tough to be successful if your customer doesn't do their part. Jim Shepherd/OWDN photo.
What I'd thought too-light for the job was, in fact, exactly what I should have been using on Tuesday. It was a four-pound test light-green monofilament. I'd replaced it with a six- pound, high-tech line that I'd used successfully on some pie-plate sized panfish last summer.
But line that's too-heavy - and visible to the fish- doesn't have much of a chance to work in a fishery that gets pressure every day. Consequently, I wasn't catching a lot of fish although I was getting the bites. Heavier line also disguises light bites in fast-moving water.
Without saying anything, I nodded my head with what I'd hoped was an appropriate amount of contrition. The guide may be working for you, but you have to give him the chance to give you the benefit of his experience.
My unnamed fishing partner had brought along a rig that was capable of yanking great big fish through heavy brush. It was also rigged with line that could have been used for a tow truck more effectively than trout.
We weren't catching fish- but it had absolutely nothing to do with the guide. Unfortunately, many of us are inclined to blame the gear, the boat, the current or the guide when the culprit is sitting inside our own lucky fishing shirt.
And it's not like being prepared would have taken that much work. The guide inside every room at Gaston's says very clearly that they suggest "4 lb. green Trilene or green Maxima line, not fluorescent." We'd also ignored the part that said "you can always catch trout on works, Nitro Eggs, Powerbait and corn. Lures that work consistently are spinners, Little Cleo spoons... and certain fly patterns."
We had exactly none
of those with us.
If it does, you might find it time to take a mental inventory of problem areas in other parts of your life. You might find that your career-equivalent of a professional fisherman's tackle box is lacking some basic gear as well.
A fishing guide's income is not really based on his daily rate, although that rate is set where if covers his basic expenses. Guides make a significant portion of their income from gratuities after
they've shared their expertise. If you're not adequately prepared to take advantage of that expertise and experience, it's not the guide's fault, but in many cases he'll see that reflected in the gratuity. Sometimes, they'll quietly admit, they've done some of their best work on some of the least productive days.
"Sometimes," another guide confided on the dock as I was gathering my gear to leave, "even our best work can't fix problems the fishermen bring with them."
We didn't catch a whole bunch of lunker-sized trout on Tuesday, but the gratuity I left reflected the even more valuable lessons I'd gotten from the guides. That's because I didn't give them a chance to show how good they were.
But there's still one question I've asked every professional instructor and guide I've ever met that they can't- or won't- answer: "why don't you laugh out loud at us?"
Titusville Rifle & Pistol Club, Titusville, Florida
Lakelands Archery Group, 2427 Highway 72 East Greenwood, SC 29649
Smokey Valley Archers, 2341 14th Ave, Lindsborg, KS
Downtown Marriott, Des Moines, Iowa
Cinnamon Creek Ranch, 13794 Old Denton Road, Roanoke, TX 76262
Wicked Outfitters, La Cygne, Kansas
Ridgeway Rifle Club, Ridgeway, PA
Prairie Grove Shotgun Sports, 1402 County Rd. 276, Columbia, MO
NRA Whittington Center in Raton, New Mexico
USAMU's Pool and Phillips Ranges, Fort Benning, GA
Augusta Archers, 99 Archery Lane, Staunton, VA 24401
NE New Mexico
Green Valley Rifle & Pistol Club, Columbia, MO
Coshocton Sportsmens Club, 21280 Jackson TWP Rd. 283 Coshocton, OH 43812
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Hamilton Rod & Gun Club, Sturbridge, Massachusetts
USAMU Ranges, Fort Benning, Georgia
Mill Creek Rod & Gun, Newmanstown, PA
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