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A Few Reasons Bow Hunters Should Consider Bowfishing This Summer

 

 

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 Today’s world, unfortunately, doesn’t give us the opportunity to pursue large game year round. So what’s an avid hunter and archer supposed to do in the downtime between seasons? One way archers have recently been staying on top of their skills is by bowfishing the summer months away.

 

Bowfishing is very similar to bowhunting. Except that you get to shoot a whole lot more! And it’s warm. And you can talk to your buddies. And you don’t have to worry about the wind. And you get to reel in a bunch of big fish… which is a plus for any avid sportsman!

 

It’s an inexpensive sport that requires minimal gear. Also, it is available in some form almost everywhere. Most states also afford plenty of fish to target in their waters. Bowfishing is definitely for the adrenaline junkie and it’s safe to say just about any bowhunter would enjoy it.

 

From the lowly common carp swimming in a drainage ditch to major-river trophies like paddlefish and alligator gar, freshwater bowfishing targets vary greatly in location, temperament, appearance, and size. Believe it or not, Most of these make for pretty good eating!

 

Bowfishing is a fun and relaxing way to keep shooting throughout the year. The basics of bowfishing are easily learned, and the basic bowfishing gear is generally affordable! Call the store at (318-283-2688) with any bowfishing questions. Micheal and Richard in our Archery Department will be glad to help!

3 SUMMER BASS FISHING TRICKS TO START PUTTING TO USE

 

Hey Guys, as all of you probably know Summer Bass Fishing takes persistence, especially when living in any of the Southern States. Fishing takes Self-control, but that’s also part of the allure! Don’t give up so easy the next time you’re out on the water. Reeling in a “brag worthy” bass in the Early Spring doesn’t require much effort. Late Summer bass fishing, on the other hand, may require you to use a few extraordinary tips, along with the best Summer bass fishing lures.

 

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  1.  GO EARLY OR GO LATE

If you’re wondering when to fish for bass during late summer, the key is to get out on the water before sunrise to beat the heat. If you can’t go early, plan to fish around dusk. The best times to fish for bass will be during the cooler periods of the day. This is one of the most key fundamentals of summer bass fishing for beginners.

 

  1. GET OUT YOUR SPINNERBAITS, SOFT PLASTIC RIGS, and CRANKBAITS

Get out your heavy spinnerbaits, soft plastic rigs, and deep-diving crankbaits.  Use your Texas-rigged or Carolina-rigged soft plastic worms in the shallows early, but then break out the deep-diving crankbaits and spinnerbaits to work around deep drop-offs and ledges during the warmer mid-morning hours.

 

  1. CHOOSE YOUR SUMMER FISHING WATERS WISELY

Consider lakes, ponds, or reservoirs that are either full of vegetation, or that are relatively deep. Vegetation contributes to higher levels of dissolved oxygen, and bass need more oxygen as water temperatures rise. Also, as you can imagine, deeper water is generally cooler. Meaning that bass can often be found on the deep side of drop-offs and ledges as air and water temperatures rise.

How to Increase the Buck Density Where You Hunt

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Sometimes deer densities are too high. Other times, they’re extremely low. During times of the latter, it’s important to know how to manipulate the situation to improve things for the deer, and for the hunter. Here are a few helpful tips to increase the buck density where you deer hunt.

Create More Bedding Cover

Bucks might love each other’s company during summer and early fall months. But that quickly changes come fall. It’s important to have several bedding options on the property you hunt. This allows bucks to spread out. If you only have one or two good bedding options, it’ll be much harder to hold numerous mature bucks.

Add Additional Food Sources

The more food you have, the more deer you can support. Simple mathematics! It’s priority to improve and increase the natural vegetation available to deer and plant food plots, too.

Place New Water Sources

This is one thing that often goes overlooked. It will have the most impact if you don’t already have water on the property. However, even adding additional water sources to your property is one of the best investments that you could make. You’d be smart to implement it. On a small scale, you can add water troughs, tubs, etc. Or, you can go big and put in a pond!

Supply Minerals

Deer need minerals throughout the year. Having a year-round supply will only add value to the tract of land you hunt on. Providing your deer the proper vitamins, minerals and nutrients on a year round basis can not only produce larger antlers but it can have a positive impact on your whole deer family.  The right minerals in the right proportion are important for increasing body weight, antler size, milk production, immune system health and disease prevention.

Give Them Something They Can’t Get Elsewhere

It’s simple. Try something New! Give bucks something they can’t find on your neighbor’s properties. Whatever that is, figure it out and immediately implement it where you hunt. If old tricks just aren’t cutting it, don’t be scared to try new products on the market!

Establish Sanctuaries

You need to have specific locations marked off as no-go zones. Having a sanctuary will leave an area of the property that deer feel extra safe living in. Hunting around these areas, and not within, will mean more mature bucks live there. As for size, it’ll be different for every property, but many have found 5 to 10 acres is a good number. You don’t want sanctuaries to be too large (or small).

Did somebody say fish fry?

PICT2320Louisiana is the land of great food and this time of year, there’s nothing better than a mess of fried fish you caught yourself. If you’ve gone to the trouble to catch them, you might as well go to the trouble to clean them and cook them.

Do it right and it’s worth the effort.

If you are going to eat fresh fish, start by keeping them that way — fresh. Keep them alive in a live well or iced down in a cooler to keep the meat fresh. Then when you clean the fish, make sure you keep the fish meat cold at all times. It does make a difference. We’ve got lots of fish to choose from — bass, crappie, catfish, bream. Most people eat filets, but it’s hard to beat a batch of whole fried bream if you know how to pick the bones out to eat them.

It’s really simple to fry fish. Add a shake of salt and pepper, or your favorite seasoning, to each piece of fish. You can shake a little Cajun seasoning or hot sauce on them as well if that’s the way you like them.  Put them in a bowl or plastic bag with plain corn meal or seasoned fish fry of your choice. Cover each filet well.

Heat up some peanut oil in a fish cooker or just an old black iron skillet and heat the oil to about 350-360 degrees. Using a thermometer is really important for consistent frying. Ease the filets into the oil so as to not knock off the coating. Fry each batch for 3-4 minutes. Believe it or not, the fish will begin to float to the top when they are done. If you like them extra brown and crunchy, cover your fish in some plain mustard before seasoning them, then continue with the process outlined above. Here’s an important tip: Cook them too long and they will be chewy and tough.

Drain the excess oil off the fish on a rack or a pan with several layers of paper towels. Racks work better. Combine them with some french fries, hushpuppies, some fried green tomatoes and whatever else you like and you’ve got a supper that is hard to beat.

Put a picture on Facebook and you’ll find out how many jealous friends you have!

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