Author: Mike Hungle

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Hello my name is Mike Hungle. I am an outdoor writer and photographer from Regina, Saskatchewan. I enjoy writing how to articles and field-testing new gear. I grew up ice fishing and duck hunting with my dad. The outdoor tradition continues as I spend many a day outdoors with my son and daughter. We focus on what I often call the 3 W’s – walleye, whitetails and waterfowl but also pursue other big game animals, fish and upland game birds. My kids have been on the water and afield with me all their lives. They have caught many a fish, harvested some prime big game animals, inhaled plenty of fresh air and stopped to appreciate countless sun rises and sunsets. To see some of our adventures visit us on Instagram @hungle_outdoors and on the pages of this publication.

For the most part, duck and goose decoys are sold by the dozen. Over 40 plus years of waterfowl hunting, I’ve acquired many, many dozens of decoys. During that time frame, I’ve made plenty of mistakes and errors while out hunting that have spoiled my hunts. To help save you from some future disappointments, I’ve complied what I call the Dirty Dozen of Waterfowling. The best part about these 12 mistakes is that you have total control over them and I’ll explain how you can avoid making these mistakes, to help make your next waterfowling trip more successful and rewarding.…

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I grew up waterfowl hunting and my first exposure to hunting ducks was over a spread of decoys while hiding in a rock pile in the middle of a barley stubble field. That morning watching the sunrise and having flock after flock of ducks work the decoys was super exciting. The memories of that hunt are permanently ingrained in my memory bank. Since that morning so many years ago, I have been on countless stubble field duck hunts, yet I still get excited for my next hunt. Why? Because there is nothing more exhilarating and rewarding than scouting, setting up…

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There are numerous ways to fish for walleye during the open-water season. One of the most productive methods is to anchor, or to move at a snail’s pace, and fish vertically. This style of fishing works well because it allows you to put an offering directly in front of the fish and keep it there until the fish gives in and bites. There are several vertical presentations that can be effective for catching walleye during the open-water season. This article explains some methods to help make your next walleye adventure more successful. Boat Control Before discussing the fishing presentations, it’s…

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For many anglers, the early season timeframe when water temperatures are below 60°F can prove frustrating. The main reason is that they are likely to be focusing their fishing attention on the wrong places, such as mid-summer feeding areas. Or they may be using presentations that are just too big or too quick to entice the early-season walleye to bite. In March and April, long before the ice has come off lakes and rivers, walleye start to move toward sand bars, rip-rap areas, and high-current locations where they will spawn. Spawning will occur once the ice is gone and the…

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My earliest memories of ice fishing for walleye go back to my childhood. During that timeframe, we chased walleye with much different equipment and presentations than we use today. I remember sitting on a five-gallon pail with a 24-inch wooden dowel in hand and a yellow-hair jig tipped with a minnow. The dowel was just a means to hold the line. When a fish did bite, we’d set the hook, drop the dowel, and start the hand-over-hand line retrieve to get the golden prize through the hole in the ice, all in one motion. Back then, the plan for each…

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Since I started ice fishing as a kid, the interest in hard water angling activity has really grown. Each year, there are more participants on the ice and the changes to the gear available to anglers gets better and better each season. There have been advancements in clothing, augers, rods, reels, lures and electronics.  I’ve enjoyed all the advancements in gear over the years but the one advancement I consider most important is the development of and the benefits gained from using a vexilar flasher unit. As I dropped the transducer for my flasher downhole hole, I looked at…

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QuietKat Electric Bikes, the leader in off-road eBikes is proud to an- nounce the release of a brand new eBike model, the Ibex. The new Ibex represents the latest in full-suspen- sion electric bicycles from the leader in off-road eBikes for hunting, fishing, camping, overlanding and tactical applications. The Ibex is the most sure-footed creature roaming the high-alpine terrain. Able to scale the steepest mountains, and maintain footing while in traveling at high speeds. The Ibex is an excellent climber and prefers habitats in rocky regions, along snow lines and above the al- pine forests. The all-new QuietKat Ibex earned…

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As the summer progresses, Walleye often leave their late-spring and early-summer haunts. Unfortunately, many Walleye anglers keep returning to the same early-season areas, so they ex- perience some very slow fishing action. (Sometimes, the Walleye action is so slow that many give up on the Walleye and spend their time enjoying other summer activities.) Sadly, those who give up because they aren’t adapting their angling presentations and moving with the fish are missing out on some excellent Walleye action. Walleye don’t quit biting in the summer, because they need to feed. They simply move away from the early-season structure and…

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I’ve spent a lifetime icefishing for walleye. Over the years, I’ve discovered some key tools, concepts and patterns to help me catch walleye through the ice. Some of the things you can buy, some were learned by trial and error and others are simply understanding Mother Nature and working with what she offers. The combination of these items is what I call my Winter Walleye Weapons. Location Throughout the icefishing season, they relate to structure such sandbars, rock piles, humps, drop offs and ledges. In the early stages of winter, walleye are often found near shallow underwater structure and will…

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It seems that when the mercury plummets well below the freezing mark that the deer hunting action heats up. Deer need more food to fuel their bodies and will typically be up feeding longer in the mornings and earlier in the afternoons. Under these conditions, hunters need to be prepared to be in the field, and stay there without cutting the outing short due to cold feet, numb fingers, frost bitten ears or a wicked case of the shivers. There is more to staying warm than simply pulling on all the clothes in your closet. If you do this, you’ll…

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