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New iSportsman JBLM Partnership Live Now
Joint Base Lewis-McChord recently partnered with iSportsman to upgrade their outdoor recreational offerings. The iSportsman service launched for members of the base on June 1, and is currently active in streamlining the outdoor experience on JBLM for both outdoor recreationists and management and teams. It’s now easier than ever to enjoy all the outdoor activities available with iSportsman JBLM while adhering to regulations and ensuring proper conservation practices are safely being followed.
iSportsman Launches at Camp Pendleton
Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, considered the “West Coast’s Premier Fleet Marine Force Training Base,” encompasses more than 125,000 acres of Southern California terrain along the Pacific Ocean a mere 38 miles from downtown San Diego. The coastal and mountainous terrain provides training grounds for Marine, Army and Navy units, and is also home to more than 1,000 species of plants, fish and animals.
Camp Blaz Sets Environmental Standards in First Active Year
Marine Corps Base Camp Blaz officially opened in January of 2023, and since then the base has been hard at work contributing to conservation and environmental efforts in Guam.
Georgia Military Helps Restore Historic Forest
The Wildlife Conservation Section (WCS) of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources (GDNR) is restoring a beautiful longleaf pine forest in the Ceylon Wildlife Management Area (CWMA). Jason Lee, program manager for the WMDGDNR, is overseeing the effort, and it would not be possible without the help of the Georgia military.
New Conservation Program Preserves Land Around Bases
Earlier this year, the Department of the Interior (DOI) and Department of Defense (DOD) announced a new Readiness and Recreation Initiative (RRI). This initiative will preserve green spaces around military bases while also increasing recreational access for everyday Americans.
JBMDL Awarded Military Conservation Award
With hunting season practically around the corner, it’s important to recognize that hunting goes together with good land management and conservational effort. Beyond hunting, fishing, and outdoor recreation iSportsman strives to aid those who use their services to preserve the natural landscapes we all enjoy. Joint Base McGuire-Dix Lakehurst (JBMDL) was recently recognized for such efforts, being awarded the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s 19th Annual Military Conservation Partner Award for significant natural resource management achievements.
Fort Cavazos Partners with iSportsman to Enhance Recreational Opportunities
Fort Cavazos Army post (formerly known as Fort Hood) is taking a big step toward enhancing their recreational offerings for service members and their families. Through a strategic partnership with iSportsman, the base will leverage the comprehensive iSportsman service to elevate its recreational opportunities starting Aug. 15.
Fort Huachuca Big Game Season Opens in August
While for most big game hunters focused on deer opening day is marked on the calendar for September, October or even not until November, there are a lucky number of hunters who live in areas where August means it’s time to hit the stands, fields and trails. Fort Huachuca in southern Arizona is one of those areas, with both black bear and deer archery seasons beginning in August.
iSportsman Celebrates the U.S. Army’s 246th Anniversary
Happy 246th birthday to the United States Army! iSportsman has worked closely with the U.S. Army, providing the online service used to manage hunting and fishing programs at many bases for more than 10 years. From Fort Bragg to Fort Hunter Liggett, iSportsman is an online tool used by some of the best natural resources professionals in the world. It is currently being used at 26 Army installations across the United States to deliver outdoor recreation to America’s warfighters and civilians alike.
Fort Riley Hunting: Everything You Need to Know
Fort Riley, located in Kansas’ Flint Hills region, is a popular destination for elk hunters and more. From the available permits and activities, to when seasons generally start, this history rundown shares everything you need to know about hunting in this military enclave.
iSportsman and HAMS Launch iSportsmanARX
A digital wave of outdoor recreational tools, all combined in a single app, will begin to revolutionize the way Americans access and enjoy the outdoors this summer. iSportsman, the nation’s leading provider of outdoor recreational management software, recently formalized a partnership with HAMS.online (Hunting Area Management System), Europe’s top provider of conservation and hunting management digital solutions. As part of the partnership, the two companies will jointly introduce a new app-driven service to the North American market that will make it easier and more affordable than ever for everyone from large corporate landowners to outfitters and hunt clubs to digitally manage access and opportunities on their hunting and recreational areas.
Mike Rogers Embarks on Second iSportsman Hunt
iSportsman is currently sponsoring YouTuber and active-duty service member Mike Rogers (@TLOMikeRogers) for multiple trips to Arizona for late season mule deer hunts. Already back from his first outing, Mike is itching for more. Spending several days getting up early, hiking long desert treks, and ascending rocky hills to glass for wildlife wasn’t enough, and we agree.
HazRDS Maximizes Safety on Camp Pendleton
Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, located in California, improved the way they manage nuisance wildlife/human interactions using iSportsman’s HazRDS online tool. HazRDS was created to promote safer environmental recreation, allowing users to identify UXO, concertina wire and other hazardous materials discovered in the field. The tool uses real-time geodata technology to do this.
Hunting on Fort Campbell Military Base
Fort Campbell is an Army post located on approximately 105,000 acres in Montgomery and Stewart counties, Tennessee, and Trigg and Christian counties, Kentucky. Fort Campbell is 14 miles south of Hopkinsville, Kentucky, and 13 miles north of Clarksville, Tennessee. The closest major urban area (greater than 500,000 residents) to the installation is Nashville, Tennessee, located 60 miles to the southeast. Louisville, Kentucky; Memphis, Tennessee; and St. Louis, Missouri are within 200 miles of the installation.
Best Thermal Underwear for Men and Women
As temperatures plummet and we move into the cold seasons, staying warm and comfortable is a top priority for many. One essential garment that can make all the difference in keeping the chill at bay is thermal underwear. I’ve camped many times in below-freezing temperatures (including one of my favorite-ever trips to Fort Walker as a Boy Scout) and I can personally attest to the importance of thermal underwear in maintaining heat while out in the elements. I can always tell who’s wearing thermal underwear on every cold-weather trip I take: the ones who are shivering and miserable aren’t wearing them, while the people merrily having a blast are the ones who came prepared.
Finding the Best Deer Rut Days
As a former whitetails columnist for both Outdoor Life and Petersen’s Hunting it was incumbent upon me each year to interview some of the top hunters in the nation to try to determine the six or seven best days to be in the deer woods…a challenging task of prognostication for sure given the many variables that affect deer movement from place to place.
Hunting in Utah: Expert Advice from a Local
It’s that time of year when we start getting out our hunting gear, placing trail cams, practice shooting, and overall just start getting the fever of hunting season. We all have our favorite hunting season, whether it is deer, elk, bear or duck we are all hyped and getting our gear ready. Some preparation is less than others when it comes to the species and the area you will be hunting. When you take on a hunt that puts you at 10,000 feet above sea level the preparation can be extensive. I have been hunting Utah for seven years for elk and my base camp sits at the 10,000 foot mark. Over the past years I have seen and experienced many situations that can be avoided with proper preparation.
Camp Pendleton: 2 Must-Watch Videos for Hunters
Mike frequently hunts on Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton near Oceanside, California, and has made quite a few great videos to help others get the most out of their Camp Pendleton outdoor experience.
Top 5 Hunting Movies to Watch During Off Season
While nothing can truly compare to the exhilaration and joy that comes with being on a great hunt, these five hunting movies do a good job at giving you that same rugged, adventurous feeling.
Summer Thunderstorms: How to Identify Them In Advance
Without a doubt, thunderstorms are the most dangerous. Most injuries and deaths caused by weather in the United States are thunderstorm related. The sun’s heat energy is a major factor in the generation of thunderstorms which is one reason why our spring and summer months can be the most volatile. In most cases winter sunshine does not provide enough warmth for thunderstorms to develop.
Hunt Wild Hogs and Bring on the Bacon With iSportsman
These days you can rent a helicopter to shoot wild hogs from an ariel view, but for the more tame of heart there are also several iSportsman managed locations that offer wild hog hunts.
Devil’s Marbleyard: The Best Hike in Virginia
A couple weeks ago, I shared my experiences with kayaking and canoeing, today I wanted to share my favorite hiking experience at Devil’s Marbleyard. As an Eagle Scout, I’ve hiked my fair share of trails across the Appalachian Mountains and the east coast. Devil’s Marbleyard is a highly rewarding, yet admittedly strenuous hike, that offers some of the most impressive vistas and fun rock scrambling on the east coast. If you’re looking for an exciting and adventurous hike that isn’t too extreme, then you should definitely try hiking up to Devil’s Marbleyard. It’ll be an experience you never forget!
Celebrating the West Virginia Army National Guard Environmental Stewardship Award
Earlier this year, the West Virginia (WV) branch of the Army National Guard (ARNG) received the prestigious Environmental Stewardship Award. This is the highest conservational recognition the Army National Guard can give, and it signifies that the WV branch is performing exemplarily in its duty of environmental stewardship and sustainability. iSportsman understands the importance of conservation in maintaining a sustainable future and ensuring our natural world is preserved for the military, outdoor recreation and more, and we wanted to highlight the great efforts displayed by the WVARNG in helping achieve this goal.
The Ultimate Venison Lasagna Recipe
A staple in many American homes, most people agree lasagna is wholesome comfort food. As I tried to recreate a recipe for lasagna using venison, I had come to the realization that store-bought ingredients just won’t do for this. I took it a step further and decided to make the ingredients from scratch. The pasta, tomato sauce, and ricotta are all scratch-made in this dish. Making them from scratch not only makes the dish more memorable to you but shows more respect for the animal. This dish will not only create a memory for you, but also for those that eat it. Those memories help that animal be remembered forever.
Customize With New Bow Spider Color Collection
The Bow Spider is the ultimate solution for bow hunters who want to keep their bow secure and easily accessible while on the go. The lightweight and durable design allows for easy attachment to your belt or backpack, and the long bolts provide multiple options for securing your bow. With new color options, you can now choose a Bow Spider that matches your hunting gear and personal style.
Fishing and Hunting Expos in June
Every hunter and fisherman should head out to an expo to meet like-minded individuals and stay up to date on all the latest gear releases. They are a wonderful experience to have in an increasingly digital world—it’s nice to meet other enthusiasts in person. Fortunately, the team here at iSportsman has rounded up some of the best hunting and fishing expos happening throughout the rest of June. Give expos a chance and see if you can make it to one of these many locations—you won’t regret it.
Backcountry Hunting: Going After Swamp Bucks
He talked a lot about hunting swamp bucks, finding their bedding areas, and getting in close to kill them. The exact opposite of what I have been doing. Maybe that’s what attracted me to that style of hunting.
How to Choose the Best Hunting Rifle
Aram von Benedikt tackles the tricky question of just how essential a rifle is to a hunter, wadding his way through the subtle–but pivotal–differences between a standard hunting rifle and one of a higher grade. The easy answer would be to say that the more you invest in a rifle, the more it pays off.
Top 4 Outdoors Podcasts to Listen to this Week
Whether you’re driving to work, cooking dinner or simply itching to get back outside, you can enjoy the outdoors by tuning in to some of the most interesting and diverse storytellers from the marshes, fields and backwoods. Check out four of our favorite outdoor podcasts we think you’ll really like, too.
How Maui Nui Venison Helps Hawaiian Wildlife
The Maui Nui Venison was built upon the belief of ‘Olelo,’ a Hawaiian word with no English translation that describes the balance between the environment and nature. This is in response to the delicate balance of the Hawaiian archipelago ecosystem. According to Maui Nui’s mission statement, being that Hawaii lacks any large herbivorous mammals, Hawaiian plants are not adapted to ungulate browsing and trampling. So, when invasive feral deer, pigs, goats, sheep and cattle cause widespread destruction, it can result in deep-rooted impacts on the remaining native ecosystem, which consists of critical forested watersheds and more endangered species per square mile than anywhere else on the planet.
Brood X Cicadas: The Invasion
If you haven’t heard the buzz, you will soon. Brood X, a combination of three species of 17-year cicadas, will make an appearance this spring once the ground hits that perfect temperature. For those who aren’t entomology enthusiasts (and for those who are not etymology enthusiasts, entomology is the study of insects) here is why Brood X is so exciting.
Why to Try Out Bear Hunting in Canada
When it comes to springtime pursuits among sportsmen, no one can argue, the wild turkey reigns supreme. The thrill of calling in a gobbling tom makes turkeys the whitetail deer of the spring. But for those sportsmen who desire something a little more western, a little more wild and much larger game, the black bears of the American West and on up to Canada is where the real action is found.
New Turkey Seat From Millennium: TUO3 Field Pro
If you are gearing up for spring turkey season then you are also gearing up to sit—a lot. But the sitting part of your spring pastime doesn’t have to be uncomfortable, with the Millennium TU03 Filed Pro Turkey Seat now available in Mossy Oak, you can keep your backside up off the ground which is often cold and unpleasant on those frigid spring mornings. Offering superior posterior and back support, the Millennium TUO3 Pro Turkey Seat also gives you a slight elevation allowing hunters to further as toms sneak over a rise or step in from cover.
30-30 vs. 45-70: Which is Best?
It’s important to choose the right kind of ammunition when it comes to hunting. Two of the most popular choices for big game hunting are the 30-30 and 45-70 caliber cartridges — each has distinct characteristics that are essential to understand for a successful hunt. Here, we’ll compare 30-30 and 45-70 caliber ammo, exploring how and why to choose between them when hunting.
Swagger Bipods QD 42 Increases Hunt Success
Made in the USA, Swagger Bipods incorporate high-performance with quality. The QD42 bipod is no different, combining the Quick Adapt Technology from the original Hunter Series and the Quick Detach design from the QD series, the QD42 offers the most versatile shooting system on the market.
Our Top 3 Truck Bed Tent Picks
Having a truck bed tent means having your entire camp set up located securely in the back of your truck allows you to camp, hunt, hike or fish at an elevated level with the benefit of mobility if need be. We rounded up our top 4 truck bed tent picks for you to check out before your next adventure.
Canoeing Tips 101: Help for Beginners
Canoeing is a great outdoor adventure that is well-suited to families, anglers or anyone who just wants to get a little bit off the beaten path. However, there are a few skills and planning tips that will make the day much better.
Recommended Items for Alligator Hunt
Fort Stewart began their alligator season August 19th, and for the curious and able, hunting these massive prehistoric creatures is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. If you’re planning an alligator hunting trip, you have probably already done your research on the best practices and regulations in your destined area. But before setting out, make sure you have the right gear and tools to increase your chances of success. This brief guide will direct you to everything you’ll need for an unforgettable alligator hunting experience.
Discover the Thrill of Shed Hunting
There is some debate about the best time to go shed hunting. Some diehard shed hunters say to start early in the year for the most impressive finds, while others wait until the warmer days of March or April to begin their search. However, conservationists weigh-in that early spring is the best time. Not only do you as a hunter gain the benefit of nice weather and still open woods, but the deer at this point also have had the chance to recuperate from the harsh winter without the stress of being pushed and frightened by roaming humans. This means additional healthy bucks for next fall.
Hunting Season: Practice Makes Perfect
It seems like it was only a few days ago that we still had snow on the ground here in Western Pennsylvania. The summer has slipped by us and the time is getting closer to climb up a tree to wait for the majestic whitetail. I’ve shot in several 3D archery shoots this summer and hope to make it to at least one more, but there are a few other skills I like to focus on while practicing in my backyard to help me be as prepared as possible when I take to the woods this hunting season.
Whitetail Hunting Tips for the Preseason
The forest is a dynamic place, changing from year to year. Recently cut areas with abundant sunlight grow thick, while established woodlands or pine plantations open as the perpetual shade suppresses the understory. Areas where deer bedded one year, may not hold them the next. It’s critical to identify these spots and understand their proximity to current food sources. Don’t just rely on the old, “deer are in there every year mentality.” Even if you’ve hunted a property for years, it pays to slip some boots on, spray down with insect repellant and take a hike through or near the key areas you’ll be hunting this fall.
San Diego Hunting: Deer Season Tips
Not every story you read on this website is a success story because life is not a total success and we like to portray life as it truly is in the outdoors. Our success is not often judged on trophy kills or monster fish. Many times our success lies in the lessons we learn along the way which make us better outdoorsmen. This is one such story.
I honestly think that deer hunting in San Diego County (D16 Zone) is one of the most difficult zones to hunt if you do not have access to private land. California Fish and Game report a success rate of approximately 6% in 2013. In 2014 they decided to make D16 a premium zone which requires you to enter a drawing to obtain one of the 3,000 tags the issue for this zone a season.
3 Best Homemade Catfish Bait Ideas
Last week I wrote about the amazing sense of smell and taste catfish possess. Salmon swimming the open ocean follow the subtle scent trail of the river in which they were born to home in on the exact location of their birth when they mature and make their own spawning run. Catfish possess a sense of smell as much as 100 times greater than salmon.
Mastering Bow Hunting Preparation
You can watch a buck all year, pattern his movements, know which field he will eat in every morning, and where he beds after that. There is a whole trail cam folder on your computer to prove it. You have the perfect stand placement to intercept him. Finally the wind is blowing perfectly in your favor. You have waited all year for this. You step out of your truck into the cool crisp morning air, gather your gear, and start your hike in. Your phone vibrates. You ignore it and keep walking. Five minutes later it starts ringing. Frantically now you reach into your pocket to stop the noise! Pulling it out you fumble it onto the ground.
Top 8 Hunting Camp and Family Trip Combo Locations
What if you could plan a hunting trip that was also fun for the whole family, but didn’t necessarily mean bringing them all up in the tree stand with you? We found eight great camping spots across the country that have something every can enjoy: unique lodging amenities, scenic hiking opportunities, fishing and more. It’s time to plan something fun for everyone!
The Best Spotting Scopes in 2023
Spotting scopes are indispensable for hunters and it’s important to have one you can trust when operating out in the field. Picking the right one for you can mean the difference between precisely spotting that faraway game and losing your prey among the environment and going home empty-handed. We’ve compiled a few of the best spotting scopes out there, but before that it’s important to understand how to pick the best one to suit your needs.
Guide to Basic Cork Rigs to Catch Catfish
The basic floater, or “cork” as they are often called, is an intricate part of the catfish catching puzzle. Regardless of whether the floater is simply clamped onto the fishing line above a hook, rigged as a slip cork to facilitate easy casting, or part of a Carolina rig, those of us that enjoy catching and eating catfish are intimately familiar with our corks. There are many ways a cork rig is used to present bait to catfish: let’s look at a few of most popular methods.
The Significance of Thanksgiving Turkey
Few things are so closely associated with a single holiday as the turkey is with Thanksgiving. Whether you do like most people and brave the pre-holiday throngs at grocery stores to buy your Butterball from a deep freezer or go the ultra-traditional route of a pilgrim and take the woods to try your hand at calling a wild turkey into the gun, odds are, most of us are going to dine on the large bird this Thursday.
Must-Have Camping Kitchen Essentials
Though there were many factors that led to my parents’ divorce, my father’s great love for family camping trips and my mother’s great distaste for them stands out in my memory. My father enjoyed nothing else more than waking up early in a cold, damp tent to head to his camping kitchen to make coffee in a percolator and fry eggs on a well-worn Coleman portable stove. Meanwhile my mother, who would spend most of her time trying to keep the campsite and us kids as clean as possible, became frustrated by the endless amount of work camping produced.
Arizona Trail Camera Ban: What Hunters Need to Know
Arizona recently became the first state to ban the use of trail cameras by hunters. Other states, such as Montana, Nevada and New Mexico, among others have restricted aspects of trail camera use such as when cameras can be used or limit the features a camera can possess, most notably where wireless transmission cameras are concerned, but this was the first outright ban on record by an agency or DNR. While every state remains different in their acceptance of usage, such as certain bans on the use of trail cameras to hunt game birds or furbearers, bans on specific time periods to use it or bans on real time information and images being relayed to hunters, real time cameras are generally banned for hunting or aiding a hunt, but can be used for research or viewing.
Coyote hunting offers near year-round opportunity in virtually every state. And coyote resilience is well documented, with packs thriving even in urban areas. Their hardiness and adaptability means populations need to be monitored and managed. During hunting doldrums, calling coyotes can lead to frenetic and chaotic nights. The skills necessary to hunt coyotes are simple which makes it easy to pick up no matter your experience level.
Millennium Marine Rod Tree and Rod Pod
What if trolling multiple rods could be relaxing? Well, Millennium Marine has done just that, releasing their new Millennium Marine Rod Tree and Rod Pod. The Millennium Marine Spyderlock Rod Tree allows anglers to run up to three rods on each side of the boat in perfect symmetry without tangling lines. Don’t worry about saltwater erosion, the Millennium Marine Spyderlock Rod Tree is carefully crafted with anodized, low-glare finish aluminum with stainless steel hardware. With the Millennium Marine Spyderlock Rod Tree, you are not inhibited by angles or adjustments either, as the patented Spyderlock technology provides countless adjustments and secure locking angles.
Inside the Confluence Group: A Closer look
The Confluence Group, an iSportsman marketing partner and leading content creation and marketing agency, has named John Brown Jr. to the newly created position of Director of Television & Video Services. Brown, a native of Louisiana, recently returned to his home state after living and working nearly 20 years in South Carolina where he most recently served as Executive Producer for the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) in Edgefield, S.C.
Frog Gigging For Beginners
If you’re looking for a fun new way to experience the outdoors during the offseason, try your hand at frog gigging. Frog gigging may sound like a bunch of frogs going on a concert tour if you’ve never heard of it before, but it’s just another way of saying “frog hunting.”
How To Prepare For Archery Season
Archery season is still a few months away, but it’s never too early to start preparing for the fall. Shooting as much and as often as possible will help hone the skills necessary to succeed with stick and string. The best way I know how to practice and simulate hunting situations is to shoot at local 3D archery courses and competitions.
Where to Find Morel Mushrooms
Morel hunting season is in full swing! These easy to identify and greatly sought-after mushrooms begin to pop up as the weather gets warmer. Morels are one of the most coveted mushrooms among enthusiasts for their out-of-this-world taste. With a little salt, pepper and butter, sauteing these beauties delivers a magical steak-like flavor.
Protecting Key Deer in the Florida Keys
On average, the African Rhinoceros has a protective layer of skin ranging anywhere from 1.5 to 5 centimeters thick–rendering most assaults on the multi-ton rhino obsolete. Saltwater crocodiles are equipped with a formidable jaw capable of clamping down more than 16,460 newtons of bite force on their enemies. Compare this to a lion’s measly force of about 4,000 newtons of force, and you have a mechanism of defense that outcompetes most other predators.