Weekly tips for the area outdoorsmen
New in equipment
Game cameras are the rage among deer hunters these days, so it's no surprise that Moultrie has come out with a new one in time for the upcoming deer seasons. It's called the Game Spy M-100 Mini Game Camera. Smaller than your hand, the Realtree camouflage trail camera features Moultrie's new Illumi-Night Sensor, which the company claims "provides the brightest and clearest nighttime infrared pictures." It also offers widescreen images and videos in 16:9 format to provide a wider field of view than standard game cameras. Users can choose between three operational modes: infrared triggered game camera; time-lapse plot camera; or plot camera by day, infrared camera at night. The time-lapse mode can take up to 3,600 images in one day, but the user can sort through them in minutes in high-definition video. Moon phase, temperature, time date and camera ID are stamped on each picture. The camera even records video with sound, all while running on either 4 or 8 AA batteries. It also includes a battery-life calculator, a 2-inch LCD viewing screen, barometric pressure reading and password security. Suggested retail price is $204.99. For information: call 800-653-3334; or visit www.moultriefeeders.com .
Lure of the week
Lure: Koppers Crawdad
Company: Live Target Lures ( www.livetargetlures.com )
Lure type: Crawdad
Sizes and colors: Available in four sizes designed to run to four depths: subsurface, shallow, medium and deep, in mustard brown, natural transparent, red, pearl blue, orange green, red black, orange brown and orange red.
Target species: Largemouth bass, smallmouth bass and walleyes.
Technique: Choose a running depth that will allow the lure to hug the bottom during the entire retrieve. Bounce it off rocks, weeds and wood.
Sugg. retail price: $11.49 and up, depending on size.
Notable: This lure's lip design and internal structure are meant to allow it to travel through thick cover and softly deflect off objects with an accurate recovery. It's also shaped to look like a fleeing crayfish, with a tucked tail, folded pinchers and protruding eyes.
Tip of the week
Fall is approaching, which means fish will soon be feeding heavily in preparation for winter. Bass, in particular, will move into the shallows looking for food. To catch them, try spinnerbaits and crankbaits to imitate shad and crayfish. If you can match the size and color of your lures to the area's natural feed, all the better.
Recipe of the week
• 6 to 8 eggs
• a bag of frozen hash browns
• sausage, cooked (can substitute bacon or ham)
• 1 cup cheddar cheese
• 1 can green chilies
• salt and pepper
This is a good starter for the day if you find yourself at camp.
Pour a small amount of oil into a cast iron pan, then line it with the hash browns, making a pie shell. Put pats of butter evenly over the potatoes.
Cook the meat separately, then cut it into chunks. Mix that, the onions, garlic, cheese, chilies and salt and pepper to taste with the beaten eggs. Pour that mixture into the hash brown shell.
Cover the pan with heavy foil and cook it over your campfire or camp stove until the egg mixture is cooked and the hash browns are golden. Cut into slices and serve with the salsa.