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Why I go to the river

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By Jill Alban

It’s May in Montana. And my husband and I have entered what we affectionately call “the crazy season.”

I’m not sure if it’s because of the long, cold nights that have us inside playing Scrabble through most of December and January – but once spring hits, we’re a little giddy. Grant wishes on his lucky star and puts in for the special moose or sheep tag that might just be in the cards later this year. I bike down to the farmer’s market to buy the jaunty, bright green starts that will turn into endless bowls of salad in a month’s time. We pull out the calendar, plan our backpacking adventures, and make grand goals to plant an herb garden or build a greenhouse in the long summer evenings after work.

And, of course, I pull out my fly box...

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2015 Rockfish Trophy Season



Whether you call them rockfish or striped bass, this time of year on the Chesapeake Bay is when to get your trophies. These fish are BIG – averaging from 20 to 40 pounds! And it’s only an hour drive for city dwellers of D.C.

Rockfish trophy season runs from April 18 to May 15th for 2015. Fish must be above 28 inches to keep and only one fish is per fisher – so good luck! After May 15th, the rockfish size and limit changes to 18 inches or above and each fisher is able to keep two fish.

We look forward to another great 2015 fishing season on the Chesapeake Bay and cooking what we catch!  Fish tacos?  Check out the recipe here.  Baked rockfish? Don’t miss this recipe...

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A Woman’s View: We Aren’t Just Gatherers

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By Hannah J. Ryan

A social scientist, a fly fisherwoman, an archery huntress, and a hook and bullet daughter held court on an all-women panel at this year’s Rendezvous. Last year was the inaugural women in hunting and fishing panel at the yearly gathering of Backcountry Hunters and Anglers. This year I was honored with an invitation to sit on the panel.

 Stacy Keogh, a sociology professor at Whitworth University, kicked things off by presenting her findings about the motivations of women hunters. She interviewed 39 hunting women of various ages across 11 states and she shared a few of their responses as well as distinct themes in their responses. Many respondents said they recognize they are challenging gender norms by hunting, some mentioned how they enjoy challenging this norm...

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Fistfuls of dirt

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By Britt Lamotte

Of all the things you can go crazy over – name anything – I am a sucker for dirt. I have to dig it up, mix it up, push it around and cover it up with plants, and then make sure I don’t spend all my money in the process. The plants are expensive, but the dirt much more so. In fact, I don’t even have a square foot of dirt to my name yet – it’s rented. Blame the economy, blame my love for expensive organic coffee but we are still renting, and our rented home is packed full with bikes, dog vests, fishing rods and reels, guns, ammo boxes, archery bows, pheasant feathers, boats, tents and backpacks. Everything we could want for adventure. Everything but the dirt.

We’ve started looking at available properties and weighing the pros and cons of building our own house o...

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5 Reasons to Get Started Hunting or Shooting

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Check out Sue Bookhout’s 5 reasons to get started hunting and shooting… 

 And don’t forget to check out Sue’s new site to learn more about getting outside at

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