Inside the Summer 2019 Issue of Outdoor Life

Inside the Summer 2019 Issue of Outdoor Life

“…We flew in bush planes, one at a time, to the gravel-bar landing strip. ‘Good luck, don’t die,’ was the last thing our charter pilot said, with only a hint of sarcasm, before slamming the cockpit door and taking off,” Robinson says. In Alaska’s arctic, late summer kicks off the largest caribou migration on the continent…and one of the greatest big-game hunts in the world.

You’re not a true spearfisherman in California until you’ve speared a white seabass. And after you’ve done that, you’re still not legit until you’ve caught one that tips 70 pounds. When white seabass move into the kelp beds off the coast of Southern California, so do the freedivers who are relying on their lung capacity, camo wetsuits, keen attention to detail, and instincts to track down these elusive chrome-colored fish. They may be the largest prey in the kelp, but they’re also the most challenging to find. So there’s a certain frustration—not to mention danger—in freediving for them. But that’s half the fun. Follow along with this experienced group of sportsmen and -women in this photo essay that chronicles their season-long quest.

“[Capt.] Rotne’s categorical indictment of the aquatic environment is jarring, but it confirms rumors that have been circulating around this destination angling community for a while—Florida’s marine fisheries are showing uncharacteristic fragility,” Editor at Large Andrew McKean says. Thanks to killer algae, fecal matter, too much water in some places, and not enough water in others, Florida’s legendary inshore fishing industry is at risk of being killed off. McKean traversed the Sunshine State to get to the bottom of this hydrological disaster that has everyone from boat captains to water-policy advocates worried.

Already in need of a break from fishing? You don’t have to wait for fall to have some quality bird hunts. From pigeons in the Texas Panhandle to geese in North Dakota, Outdoor Life highlights four species that offer hunters the opportunity to stay sharp during the summer months.

PLUSA Bone Fishing Adventure on the Flats of Belize; The Best New Hunting Shotguns and Precision Rifles;How to Fit an Epic Fishing Day into Your Family Vacation; The Best New Compound Bows andCrossbows;Ringneck Revival; and more.