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The Best Catch Ever

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The Best Catch Ever

So fishing is my thing. I love to fish. I fish for anything: bass, trout, blues, stripers, fresh, salt, rain, shine, ice, boat, shore. It simply doesn’t matter it’s my thing, so why would it? My other thing, being a dad. Now that’s my thing. I’d do anything for my boys, take em anywhere, do any crazy thing they say, make funny faces, eat bugs or dirt, most importantly guide them to become good men, and yeah, take them fishing.

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The Real Preserve 18

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The Real Preserve 18

Well it’s September again, and you know what September means to the folks here at The Preserve.  Yep its club championship time.  I’m sure you have heard of The Preserve 18, the greatest contest on the planet with 18 million dollars up for grabs. Well this is the real Preserve 18, the one where members and team members compete not for 18 million, but for bragging rights as the best golfer of the year.

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The Preserve at Sixteen

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The Preserve at Sixteen

Waking up on this Thursday, I had no idea what was in store for me. My dad came in as he always does, to get me up at 6:15 am to have my usual Eggo’s or cereal or even his occasional homemade pancakes before hitting the school bus at 7:00 am. What was different today? Dad asked “what are you doing this Saturday?” “Why?” I replied. He said snippily, “Do you have plans or what?” My reply, “No”. He said, “You do now!”

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Old Town’s Predator PDL kayak will make you want to pedal out and fish

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Old Town’s Predator PDL Kayak

The 13’ Predator PDL kayak represents new thinking in the way kayakers sit, move and steer. The Element Seat is a game changer for paddlers who spend more than the occasional hour in their boat. It’s adjustable and any position puts you up high enough to see and be comfortable without feeling like you’re messing with the boats center of gravity. This extra height also affords better positioning for casting a fly rod as well.

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MirrOlure lures

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MirrOlure lures

Rattles, holograms, articulated bodies, rolling eyes, all these improve a lures ability to catch fish but conditions always change so your tackle bag needs to have solid options. For those days when the surface is just right or for when predictably effective soft baits come up empty, one of my favorite options is a MirrOlure Popa Dog 87MR Surface Walker.

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A Fever of Rays

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Fever of Rays

Solitary. Mysterious. Balletic. In motion, like isolated thoughts adrift in a synaptic sea. Until, driven by urges ancient and unfathomable, they coalesce into an idea, an odyssey from randomness to intention, a seemingly chaotic dance macabre onto which the observant human brain is compelled to impose order, but which the human imagination longs only to join.

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Steel Shad blade baits, bendable and dependable

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Steel Shad blade baits, bendable and dependable

Each year, fishing lure manufacturers entice us into more tackle purchases with their newest creations, designs and color patterns. Some are just variations on a theme but every so often, a company develops a real game changer, like the Steel Shad from the Steel Shad Fishing Company of East Dorset Vermont. This thin metal blade bait is a unique concept with a look unlike anything on the market and has proven to be a winner for targeting fresh and salt water fishes.

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Walking Before You Run… the Basics of Firearm Safety

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Walking Before You Run… the Basics of Firearm Safety

For the past ten years, I’ve had the honor of teaching everything from basic shooting skills to civilians and police recruits to advanced shooting tactics to experienced law enforcement officers. As I type this article, our team has completed another patrol rifle school training for sworn law enforcement officers. In only a week’s time, those officers had to learn distance shooting, close quarters shooting, transition drills, shooting and moving, performing malfunctions drills, and so much more. In addition, they had to perform the skills wet, cold, fatigued, and under stress.

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Under Our Feet, Mushrooms Offer New Tastes For Ocean State Foragers

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Under Our Feet

We see them on our walks and commutes, growing under bushes, popping out of mulch or clinging to oak trees. Some species are more commonly found in shaded, damp woods while others will grow in rotting hay bales or near areas rich with cow manure. From the gorgeous whites of a lions mane to short stemmed bolets freckled orange and yellow to some out-of-this-world feather patterns on a peasant polypore, mushrooms thrive all around us but few understand how many are native to Rhode Island and more importantly for some, which are edible.

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Two Great Expedition Outfitters – Then and Now

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Abercrombie and Fitch

How else could Lewis and Clark have made it all the way there and back again? How else could Burton have discovered the source of the Nile? How else could Stanley have found Livingstone? How else could Teddy Roosevelt have mapped the River of Doubt? The history of great expeditions as we appreciate it today could not have been written if the courageous explorers who walk like giants through it had not been outfitted with the finest shooting and survival gear of their respective times.

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The New, Platonic Relationship between Women and Guns

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The New, Platonic Relationship between Women and Guns

In the final analysis it is not about empowerment, or leveling the playing field, or addressing a perceived need to demonstrate physical strength, emotional stability and practical judgment. The story of the dramatic increase of women owning guns in America is one of the human needs for self-expression and self-defense.

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The Infamous Derringer that Changed History

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The Booth Derringer

Shortly after 10 p.m. on April 14, 1865, actor John Wilkes Booth entered the presidential box at Ford’s Theatre in Washington D.C. and fatally shot President Abraham Lincoln. As Lincoln slumped forward in his seat, Booth leapt onto the stage and escaped through the back door.

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