Review: Rock Treads traction system

Can Rock Tread's aluminum discs upgrade your wading boots?
Photo: Matt Reilly

I learned early on as a hunter that training one’s self to walk quietly without having to focus on foot placement translates directly to greater success via less head movement and more time available to scan for movement. I quickly became a fan of shoes with soft, relatively thin soles, as they allow the wearer to walk more quietly and feel what’s underfoot.

How to drink your way through the fishing day: Classic Catskills

Your guide to the best beer, spirits and food on the famed waters of the Catskills region
Photo: John Fedorka

With hatches tapering down instead of ramping up, autumn fishing in the Catskills isn’t the celebration of life that it is in, let’s say, May. Rather, it’s a celebration of another season in the books and preparation for a long winter of either chipping ice off your steelhead rod or warming up behind the vice. It’s about sharing the water with friends and family while soaking up every bit of waning, post-autumn equinox sunlight. Don’t expect big numbers, but there’s always a chance for the elusive 25-inch brown. But hey, if you’re a real angler you know, it’s never about the fish.

Fixing what ails our forests

For the communities—and fish—that depend on them
On the morning of November 8, 2018, the Camp Fire erupted 90 miles (140 kilometers) north of Sacramento, California. By evening, the fast-moving fire had charred around 18,000 acres and remained zero percent contained (photo: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center).

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California is in the midst of its most deadly and damaging fire. At least fifty people have died, 6,700 homes burned, and more than 250,000 people evacuated. In response, President Trump tweeted: 

The 7 sister principles of the North American Model of Wildlife Conservation and Management

These form the core of America's unparalleled system of public lands and waters
Bodie Hills in California's Eastern Sierra region (photo: IIP Photo Archive).

American wilderness, today, exists primarily because early conservationists fought to preserve it. As early as 1860, these visionaries, through sheer political willpower, convinced society of the inherent value of wilderness beyond what could be pumped, mined and beaten out of it. They put forth laws to regulate their use and created a system to sustain their management financially.

Blood brother

A hunter explores the relationship between himself and the deer
Photo: Johnny Carrol Sain

He materializes out of river-bottom tangles, silent as the morning mist that hangs thick in the cottonwood and hackberry limbs. The young buck isn’t cruising for girls; it’s still a week or more away from pre-rut festivities. Most likely, he’s ambled over from a nearby plum thicket sniffing for the burgundy-colored honey locust pods that litter the forest floor. I was counting on deer with a sweet tooth when I hung this stand back in late September.

I’m going to kill him if I can.