The love for all things related to waterfowl hunting was instilled in Slayton Gearin at a young age. His father, Tim, got Slayton involved early on, but the art of duck calling really took hold when he was about 11 years old. "I saw a cassette tape called Straight Talk by Buck Gardner and talked my parents into buying it for me", Slayton recalls. He listened to that tape every day for weeks, attempting to master every aspect of a mallard hen's vocabulary - and driving his parents crazy in the process.
A lot of bass fisherman choose to remain inside this time of year and stay cool and I don’t blame them. Dripping in sweat all day without many bites is not my idea of a pleasant day afield. Being a tournament angler for many years has forced me to learn about summer bass fishing, and I am going to share with you some of the tips and tactics I’ve found productive for staying on the fish when the heat rises.
Getting started with predator hunting can be a daunting task. Hunting magazines and websites are full of guys with custom long-range rifles and expensive calling systems. You don’t necessarily need a lot of extra gear to get into predator hunting. In fact, you probably already have the essential gear to get started.
For many of us hunters who train our own dogs, training in the hot summer months can be challenging. The number one concern when training during any season of the year should be dog safety. However, hot temperatures make this more challenging and concerning, not to mention increased insects, snakes, and additional stress while traveling. Here are a few tactics we use to keep summer dog training safe, fun, and productive.