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Don Pedro Lake: One Of Mother Lode’s Premier Playgrounds


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Aerial view of Fleming and Middle Bay

Located in the Sierra Nevada foothills, east of Modesto, California, Don Pedro Lake is the sixth largest man-made lake in California. The reservoir offers 160 miles of shoreline and 13,000 surface acres of water to enjoy when the lake is full. Boating, fishing, swimming, waterskiing, windsurfing, sailing and house boating are just some of the water-oriented activities enjoyed at the Lake.

Benefiting from a Florida-strain largemouth bass stocking program provided by the Don Pedro Recreation Agency and a trout stocking program provided by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, anglers can find a variety of fish to catch including bass and king salmon of double digit weight. Largemouth, smallmouth and spotted bass; rainbow, brook and brown trout; landlocked king, kokanee and silver salmon; catfish, crappie, bluegill and other warm water species are caught at the lake. A brochure about fishing at Don Pedro Lake can be found at the following link:


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A 17.2-pound Don Pedro largemouth bass

With the lake surface adjoining Bureau of Land Management lands in many locations, hunting is permitted at Don Pedro Lake in accordance with local and state laws, BLM regulations and Don Pedro Recreation Agency Regulations and Ordinances. More information on hunting at Don Pedro Lake can be found at the following link:


Summers are busy at the lake with campers and boaters partaking in a wide variety of water oriented sports, in addition to fishing. During fall, winter and spring, activity at the lake is quiet with great opportunity for the fishing and hunting sportsmen to enjoy their sport.


Don Pedro Recreation Agency offers campsites year-round at three campgrounds. Fleming Meadows and Blue Oaks are located on the west shore, and Moccasin Point is located on the east shore. The campgrounds offer hook-up sites, tent sites, restrooms, hot showers, boat launch ramps, sewage dump stations, and fish cleaning stations. Two full service marinas are located at Fleming Meadows and Moccasin Point campgrounds. During the summer, Fleming Meadows also features a 2-acre swimming lagoon with filtered/ treated water, complete with a sand beach area, large grass lawn, snack shack and picnic area. Group picnic areas are also available for reservation at Fleming Meadows and Moccasin Point and a group camp area is available at Blue Oaks. Ten miles of hiking trails are located at Blue Oaks (4.5 miles each way, out and back) and Moccasin Point (.5 mile each way) for those who want to get away from the motorized activity of the developed recreation facilities.


Camping reservations may be made up to one year in advance but not less than two days in advance and are accepted by mail, phone, in person at the Visitor Center, or on-line. For reservations or more information please look us up at and be sure to stay up to date with us on Facebook at .


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Don Pedro camping area


Dermestid Beetles: Cleaning Your Trophy Mount

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Photos courtesy of Tim Hovey


As hunters, we always want to remember our adventures in the field. Sharing our trials and successes of the hunt with others is as old as the activity itself. Whether it’s taking photos of the event or preserving part of the animal to commemorate a milestone, remembering our field adventures is an important part of the hunting tradition.
Most hunters opt for the standard shoulder mount to immortalize a successful trip. They’re stylish, traditional, and the workmanship of many of today’s taxidermists is amazing. However, they can be expensive, bulky and take several months to a year to get back to you depending on how busy your taxidermist is.
Many outdoors enthusiasts may not realize there is a cheaper, and in my opinion, more attractive alternative to the standard shoulder mount to remember a successful hunt. A European mount is simply the skull of an animal cleaned, whitened and suitable for display. Over the years, the techniques used to process an animal head into a European mount have evolved.
For cleaning skulls, taxidermists no longer prefer the old methods of soaking a head in water until the meat falls off (maceration) or boiling the skull. Serious skull cleaners use dermestid beetles.
For close to 15 years now, I’ve maintained several large colonies of dermestid beetles for skull-cleaning purposes. During that time, I’ve learned a great deal on how to culture, care for and utilize the beetles for cleaning bones. What started as an interesting hobby has grown quickly into a thriving Internet business, and my preferred way to remember my adventures in the field.
Probably one of the most frequently asked questions I get regarding the beetles is if they will harm the living. This species has absolutely no desire in anything other than dried-out, dead meat. They don’t bite and are essentially harmless. They do require good ventilation and a working temperature of between 70 to 85 degrees, which makes cultivating this species in California relatively easy.
More adventurous individuals may want to consider starting their own dermestid beetle colony. They’re easy to raise and maintain, and many beetle culturists are available online, providing information on raising and caring for your own colony. Dermestid Inc. (, an online dealer in dermestid beetles, offers informative DVDs, beetle starter kits and all the information required to successfully culture beetles.
o contact Tim Hovey’s beetle-cleaning business, Dermestid Inc, call (661) 263-9418, or go to

QuikCamo: Get Your GameFace Gear On

ABOUT US: Doug Niedrich and Warren “Nick” Nichols, outdoor entrepreneurs from Sun Valley, Idaho, are the co-inventors of several patent pending multifunction headwear designs. Warren “Nick” Nichols… life time world class Sportsman, national caliber Ballroom Dancer, father of 3 beautiful girls.  Doug Niedrich, family man, inventor, entrepreneur, Outdoorsman, put their heads together to create the QuikCamo rear model for bow hunters, and over time have introduced several additional patent pending designs.

QuikCamo provides one hand face concealment so fast it will make your “hat spin” QuikCamo is “ready when you are and there when you need it”
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Finalist in “THE NEXT BIG THING” Philips innovation fellows competition.

Fabric Features include:

Scent control (Kills bacteria that causes odor)
Anti Microbial/Anti Bacterial
Moisture wicking
Quick Dry
Breathable. (Keeps you cool during warm weather hunts)
Soft hand

Available in Mossy Oak Realtree, Kings Snow Desert, Mountain Shadow Camo, Mathews lost camo, Blaze orange, Ground blind Black, Camo West and 3-D leafy Kids hats. Perfect for Spring turkey water fowl and big game.

For more information, check out the QuikCamo website (, or call (208) 720-2088.


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Fishouflage Offers Camo For Anglers




Passion for the outdoors has always had an exclusive look. Camouflage. Until now, it’s always been about the hunt. Not anymore. Finally, fishermen have a series of camo patterns exclusively for them…not for cover or to conceal, but simply to be enjoyed.

Fishouflage patterns are designed using cutting-edge underwater photography, digital rendering, and the latest in high definition imaging to achieve unsurpassed realism. Freshwater and saltwater aquatic habitats come to life, and the fish we love to catch are so vivid in the designs the patterns are patented. Fishouflage is available worldwide on merchandise including clothing, tackle bags, rods, reels, and many other items in Bass, Walleye, Crappie, Redfish, Musky and European Carp patterns.

Fishouflage clothing is built with long lasting, high performing fabrics, engineered for comfort and freedom of movement, with great attention to all the details. We know you’ll love all our Fishouflage apparel.

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Adventures in Camping an Eastern Sierras Option

By Ryan Dore


Adventure in Camping offers a unique and easy way for you to enjoy your next camping experience in the Eastern Sierras. Enjoy staying at the lakes and streams where you fish.  We park vacation travel trailers in the campsite you choose. Select from the largest and newest trailer fleet in the Sierras and over 75 campgrounds in Bishop, Mammoth Lakes, Devil’s Postpile area, June Lake, and Lee Vining. That’s it; we park it for you! All trailers come fully equipped with the comforts of home, including the largest solar cell charging system available. We offer the Ultimate in Camping: a 12-foot slide-out, entertainment system with stereo and satellite TV/DVD. AIC delivers high-quality camping for the greatest value. Get exceptional customer service on your next camping trip with your family, group, or company retreat. We are ready to park your next Adventure!

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From Taxidermist to Teacher: Trinity Mountain Arts

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By Dave Newton, Trinity Mountain Arts

My fascination with wildlife came from my father and his brother. Both are outdoorsman and grew up hunting and fishing the woodlands of Michigan. Their influence launched me into a pursuit for wildlife and forever etched a legacy of love for the outdoors. To this day, I passionately invest in the art of taxidermy as a way of giving back to those who share in my obsessions for field and stream.
I am a self-taught taxidermist that learned the trade in the old fashioned way – by reading. That process taught me to persevere and complete what I started. I realized many frustrations in those early years as a teenager, but the cool thing is that it gave me a great desire to succeed. I started my first side-line business mounting birds and small animals for my high school buddies. I saved enough money to buy my first truck at the age of 18.
In 1981, I started Dave’s Taxidermy on a part-time basis, working out of my garage in the evenings. The business expanded 3 times and ultimately landed a second business in Northern California under a new name -Trinity Mountain Arts. I took a sabbatical in the early 1990’s after getting sick and hurting my back – the insult to my injuries. The dust and chemicals were negatively affecting my health and so I decided to take some time off and focus on completing my college education. After graduating from Simpson University in 1995, I started a new career in teaching. I love imparting knowledge and find it a privilege to work with young people.  I, regularly, perform taxidermy demonstrations for my students, and encourage them to take up hobbies and creative endeavors.
Trinity Mountain Arts is all about the art of taxidermy, not production. I limit my work load to allow a fair turn-around time for the customer, and provide myself with lots of room for quality attention to details on each mount. In the past I have dealt with many high-end, high production pieces like: great white sharks, 15 foot Marlin, and African collections. I limit my intake of fish and only do reproduction mounts. My specialty is in game heads, life-size mounts and rugs, and birds.
For me, it is always about the ART. There are a lot of great taxidermists out there that I admire and appreciate for their attention to detail. My goal is to always be on that level of the playing field.  From taxidermist to teacher, I am a life-long learner, always looking to improve my work.  It all boils down to PASSION! That is what keeps me loving what I do every day. With that being said, I am headed for the Trinity Alps in Northern California where I will pack in 6 miles to hunt deer and bear this weekend. Shop closed; see you when I return with a great trophy!
Editor’s note: For more information on Trinity Mountain Arts, call 530-778-0537, or go to

New look for Southern California Gun



By Greg Kerrebrock

Southern California Gun

Southern California Gun opened in 1992 and has served the greater San Diego Community for over two decades. The store offers a wide range of handguns, rifles, shotguns and modern sporting rifles.
Southern California Gun has built a strong reputation as a primary source for the sale and consignment of used guns both vintage and of recent manufacture. Gun enthusiasts from all over the county have made it a point to visit our store on a weekly basis to come and see what new inventory has been purchased or consigned.
At the beginning of 2013 the store changed ownership and underwent a complete remodel. The store has a modern and contemporary look now with the same great location in the Convoy Corridor. In addition, ownership retained the seasoned and knowledgeable sales force that customers came to depend on.
The store continues to provide a wide range of newly manufactured firearms, a deep inventory of ammunition (something that is very rare in today’s gun climate) and still focuses on buying and consigning used firearms.
If you live in the San Diego area or are out on vacation you should make a point to come by and see the new SoCalGun. For more information visit our website or find us on Facebook.



Umpqua Boats Details New Angler Series Of 15-, 17- And 19-footers


The new Angler series boat by Umpqua Marine Boats is a boat built for fisherman by a fisherman.

The open design with rigid gunnels and hardened 6061 bottom Chine provides a durable and secure craft for navigating rivers lakes and bays.


Long time Oregon River Guide Larry Averett and his team have come up with an affordable boat that still incorporates nice options into the design, like a crab pot puller that doesn’t need any additional bracing.

Featuring diamond plate finish that can be polished or painted in any color, it is a sleek looking launch that will garner a second look, no doubt about it. And at a price that is reasonably obtainable.

Available in 15’, 17’ and 19’ or will build to suit, check out this sleek new line at

Gibson Makes Duck Blind Covers For Sunken, Stand-up Setups


Gibson Duck Blind Covers patent offers a versatile line of covers that can be made for any type of sunken or stand-up duck blind. The covers, made of light-weight steel tubing with powder-coating and Fast Grass material, are designed to be either permanent or temporary. GDBC come in 2,3,4,5, and 6 foot lengths.


They form a nearly complete horizontal canopy over the top of the blind when closed, but fall away easily with a gentle nudge when the hunter stands up to shoot. This gives the hunter a 360 degree view under the blind covers.

Quality construction and material facilitate their “flip-flop” movement. The blind covers also provide a bay-view opening under the main beam, so the hunter can see the birds working the decoys – without the ducks spotting the hunter. The covers conceal the blind exceptionally well from an aireal view – a point that hunters often miss when they inspect a brushed-up blind from 30 yards out and 5 feet high. Several sizes and price configurations are offered.

Timber To Tactical – Vortex’s New Viper HS-T Riflescope Is Sure To Dazzle With Its Feature Rich Versatility


Middleton, Wis. – Blending many of the best features of Vortex’s incredibly popular Viper HS and Viper PST riflescopes, the new Viper HS-T (Hunting Shooting Tactical) is positioned to be big a hit among hunters, as well as tactical enthusiasts.

Available in 4-16×44 MOA and mrad models, the Viper HS-T boasts an all-new, hashmark-based second-focal-plane reticle, perfect for accurate holds at extended ranges. Mrad reticle hashes subtend in .5 and full-value increments. MOA reticle hashes subtend in 2 MOA increments. Both are set for use at the riflescope’s maximum 16-power magnification.


Incredibly precise, repeatable and durable target-style windage and elevation turrets built specifically for dialing top off this highly versatile riflescope’s long range performance features. And with Vortex’s CRS (Customizable Rotational Stop) system, shooters can quickly re-index their turret after temporary elevation corrections have been made. The HS-T’s 30mm one-piece machined aluminum tube ensures ample travel for optimal adjustment.

An ultrafriendly eye box with generous 4 inch eye relief and fast focus eyepiece gets shooters on target with ease. XD (extra-low dispersion) glass guarantees sharp, crisp images from edge to edge. Lenses fully multicoated with Vortex’s proprietary XR coatings offer superior light transmission for optimal performance in critical low light scenarios. Exterior lenses feature ArmorTek, an ultrahard optical coating engineered to protect against scratches, oil and dirt.

O-ring sealed and purged with argon gas for 100 percent waterproof/fogproof performance. Shockproof construction withstands recoil and impact from every angle.

Available: 4-16×44 (VMR-1 MOA Reticle), 4-16×44 (VMR-1 mrad Reticle)