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Keith Sutton

Keith Sutton
With a resume listing more than 3,500 magazine, newspaper and website articles about fishing, hunting, wildlife and conservation, Keith Sutton of Alexander, Ark., has established a reputation as one of the country’s best-known outdoor writers. In 2011, Sutton, who has authored 12 books, was inducted into the National Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame as a “Legendary Communicator.” Visit his website at www.catfishsutton.com.
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GUIDES by Keith Sutton:

Survival Gear Buying Guide
Survival Gear Buying Guide (guide)
The best survival kit is one that is never used, but it's best to be prepared just in case you need it. Here are a few things you should consider when making your survival kit.

Fishing Lights Guide
Fishing Lights Guide (guide)
Night anglers use three types of specialty lights: floating fishing lights, submersible fishing lights and black lights. Find out which light is right for you.

Guide to Shotgun Choke Tubes
Guide to Shotgun Choke Tubes (guide)
Choke tubes can turn one gun into several specialized guns, depending on the choke tube that is in the barrel. Learn to choose the right choke for your style of shotgun shooting.

Camp Lighting Options
Camp Lighting Options (guide)
Consider the pros and cons of each type of light before deciding which style is best for your camping and outdoor lighting needs.

Camp Stoves: A Buyer's Guide
Camp Stoves: A Buyer's Guide (guide)
Confused by the endless options? This guide will help you select a camp stove that suits your particular camping style and cooking needs.

Guide to Battery Chargers
Guide to Battery Chargers (guide)
Wet-cell, gel and AGM batteries respond to charging in different ways, and using the right battery charger with the correct settings will help preserve the life of your boat's batteries.

Boat Battery Buying Guide
Boat Battery Buying Guide (guide)
Confused about marine batteries? This guide will help you sort through the different types and choose the ideal battery for the task at hand.

Game Camera Buyer's Guide
Game Camera Buyer's Guide (guide)
Imagine keeping tabs on a favorite rub, waterhole or hot bear bait — even when you're working. Game cameras allow you to do all that and more, helping you know more about your quarry so you have a greater chance of success on all your hunts.

Hunting Knife Buyer's Guide
Hunting Knife Buyer's Guide (guide)
Hunting knives are important utensils that will last many, many years if properly cared for. Before purchasing a hunting knife, here are some things you should consider.

Grill, Fryer and Specialty Cooker Buying Guide
Grill, Fryer and Specialty Cooker Buying Guide (guide)
Millions of Americans use grills, fish and turkey fryers, and a wide variety of specialty cookers to prepare meals outdoors.

Two-Way Radio Buyer's Guide
Two-Way Radio Buyer's Guide (guide)
Today's two-way radios are souped-up versions of the walkie-talkies many of us used in years past.

The Right Clothes for Camping
The Right Clothes for Camping (guide)
How much clothing is enough, and how much is too much?

Outfitting Your ATV
Outfitting Your ATV (guide)
Many add-ons are available to help your machine take on more diverse tasks and make riding your ATV more safe, comfortable and fun.

Is it Time for a Double Gun?
Is it Time for a Double Gun? (guide)
To many firearms enthusiasts, double-barrels are the most beautiful, graceful and elegant guns of all.

Is It Time For A Four-Wheel Drive?
Is It Time For A Four-Wheel Drive? (guide)
Four-wheel-drive trucks have changed tremendously in recent years.

Choosing the Ultimate Deer Gun
Choosing the Ultimate Deer Gun (guide)
Selecting a good all-round deer gun can be a daunting task, but it doesn't have to be.

A Lantern for Any Camper
A Lantern for Any Camper (guide)
Various types of lanterns have served as man's primary light source for centuries.

Backpack Buyer's Guide
Backpack Buyer's Guide (guide)
In this article, we'll discuss backpacks commonly used by hikers, campers, hunters and other outdoor recreationists.

Tent Buying Tips
Tent Buying Tips (guide)
An expert on camping gives more advice on buying the right tent!

Choosing the Right Fishing Line
Choosing the Right Fishing Line (guide)
No single type of line is perfect for all fishing conditions.
HOWTOS by Keith Sutton:


6 Reasons to Fish for Freshwater Drum
6 Reasons to Fish for Freshwater Drum (howto)
If you haven't considered freshwater drum fishing, the author has six reasons why you should.

North America's Best Catfishing Waters
North America's Best Catfishing Waters (howto)
For monster cats, and lots of them, these seven waters are where you should be.

Tricks for Trophy Bream
Tricks for Trophy Bream (howto)
If you're wanting to snag trophy-size bream, you'll need to combine some tricks of the trade to catch these wary fish.

Lessons in Snipe Hunting
Lessons in Snipe Hunting (howto)
Leave your gunnysack and lantern at home. Snipe are real!

Flat Out Mean and Ugly
Flat Out Mean and Ugly (howto)
We didn't pick them 'cause they're pretty. These bad boys are hard on the eyes and have terrible personalities to boot. Hook one, and chances are good it'll kick your butt — if it doesn't eat you first.

Tacticts for Transition Crappie
Tacticts for Transition Crappie (howto)
Catching crappie during the summer-to-fall transition is difficult, but success can be had with a few tips and tricks from the professionals.

Campfire Cooking Guide
Campfire Cooking Guide (howto)
There's nothing quite like cooking over an open flame. On your next camping trip, here are a few cooking tips sure to help you whip up some mouth watering meals.

Drift-fishing for Monster Blue Cats
Drift-fishing for Monster Blue Cats (howto)
Drift-fishing is an active approach to catfishing that can make your catch rate soar. It's also a good way to target trophy blue catfish. Learn how to drift for catfish on you home waters in this informative article.

Ticks and Lyme Disease
Ticks and Lyme Disease (howto)
Ticks and Lyme disease -- get the facts, debunk the myths, and learn how to protect yourself before and after your favorite outdoor activities.

Cooking Up A Shore Lunch
Cooking Up A Shore Lunch (howto)
Cooking fish on the bank of a favorite fishing hole is a tradition as old as fishing itself.

Simple Recipes for Wild Turkey
Simple Recipes for Wild Turkey (howto)
Eight easy recipes for mouthwatering wild turkey

Delicious Game Stews
Delicious Game Stews (howto)
Five belly-warming stew recipes you can prepare using any wild game meat you have on hand.

Gourmet Ways with Venison Loin
Gourmet Ways with Venison Loin (howto)
There are many recipes one can use to bring out the very best in these tender cuts of delicious venison. Here are a few from my home recipe file that are sure to be hit with all who try them.

Dutch Oven Cooking
Dutch Oven Cooking (howto)
Spice up your camp cuisine with these Dutch oven recipes and how-to tips.

How to Smoke Fish
How to Smoke Fish (howto)
Scrumptious recipes, how-to info and tips for smoked fish dinners, dips, cakes and omelets!

Fish on the Grill
Fish on the Grill (howto)
Looking for a delicious and healthy way to prepare that mess of fish you just caught? Try cooking them on the grill.

Bream Fishing Basics
Bream Fishing Basics (howto)
Bream fishing. For millions of anglers, those words conjure up special memories.

Canada Goose Hunting Basics
Canada Goose Hunting Basics (howto)
No matter how you pursue them -- with a guide or without, on a river or in a field, on public land or private -- Canada geese provide unexpected thrills at every turn.

Know Your Ducks
Know Your Ducks (howto)
Trouble distinguishing one species from another? This article will teach you to use plumage patterns, size, shape, flight characteristics and other distinguishing factors to identify common North American ducks.

Black Bear Basics
Black Bear Basics (howto)
Successful bear hunting requires a knowledge of the quarry, its habits and ways to thwart the bruin's keen senses. Here are some basics to get you started.

How to Fillet and Pan-Dress Panfish
How to Fillet and Pan-Dress Panfish (howto)
Panfish are great fun to catch and delicious to eat. Learn how to properly prepare your catch for the table using the two most common fish-cleaning methods: filleting and pan-dressing.

Crappie After Dark
Crappie After Dark (howto)
When summer temperatures soar, crappie feed more actively at night. Anglers who fish between dusk and dawn using the tactics outlined below can expect to catch dozens of slabs.

Cranking Up Summer Crappie
Cranking Up Summer Crappie (howto)
If trophy-class slabs are what you're after, give crankbaits a try using the pro tactics outlined below. Chances are you'll catch the biggest panfish you've ever seen!

Spider Rigging for Crappie
Spider Rigging for Crappie (howto)
Crappie aren't hard to catch, but they can be hard to find. Spider rigging can help you overcome that problem. To learn more about this crappie catching tactic, read on.

River Bass During the Spawn
River Bass During the Spawn (howto)
Lake fishing is fun, but if you want to experience the most exciting and most challenging form of bass fishing, big rivers are where it's at.

Headwaters For Prespawn Bass
Headwaters For Prespawn Bass (howto)
The headwaters reaches of your favorite lake provide ideal conditions for attracting huge numbers of early spring bass.

Crappie Fishing During Spring's Spawn
Crappie Fishing During Spring's Spawn (howto)
Don't miss out on the year's best action. Be on the water when crappie are on their beds and take advantage of this spring fishing bonanza.

Hunting Farmland Deer
Hunting Farmland Deer (howto)
Woodlands are the traditional hunting grounds of many deer hunters, but the biggest bucks often are found in farm country.

Beat the Crowds for Better Deer Hunting
Beat the Crowds for Better Deer Hunting (howto)
How to hunt heavily pressured areas and still bring home a deer.

Ways and Means for Fall Crappie
Ways and Means for Fall Crappie (howto)
The transition from summer to autumn is jolting for both fish and fishermen. When you finally zero in on a big school of hefty autumn crappie, though, you're sure to agree that the rewards make the extra effort worthwhile.

Confidence Decoys & Duck Hunting
Confidence Decoys & Duck Hunting (howto)
Waterfowlers nationwide use confidence decoys to enhance their duck decoy spreads. If you've never used confidence decoys, study the following information. Chances are you'll like the results.

Winging It For River Catfish
Winging It For River Catfish (howto)
Wing dikes are often scattered along the entire length of a big river. If your waterway contains these catfish-attracting structures, this guide will show you how to fish them more effectively.

Rabbit Hunting 101
Rabbit Hunting 101 (howto)
The real magic of rabbit hunting is its simplicity. Just find the rabbits, and the fun comes naturally.

Understanding the Catfish Spawn
Understanding the Catfish Spawn (howto)
There are good reasons your catch rate may fall when catfish are spawning in late spring and early summer.

Try the Woodcock Challenge
Try the Woodcock Challenge (howto)
Many hunters consider woodcock hunting a folly -- a waste of time, energy and too much ammunition. For others, though, the sport is HIGHLY addictive.

Planting Isn't the Only Way to Attract Doves
Planting Isn't the Only Way to Attract Doves (howto)
The following dove habitat management projects are both easy and inexpensive, allowing almost anyone with the requisite space to create a wingshooting haven of their very own.

The Versatile Walking Staff
The Versatile Walking Staff (howto)
"A hiking stick helps make the miles glide by."

Hard Lessons on Gun Safety
Hard Lessons on Gun Safety (howto)
"Years later, I watched, horrified, as a friend was shot by a fellow pheasant hunter."

Flavorful Game is in the Bag
Flavorful Game is in the Bag (howto)
When your dinner-in-a-bag is in the oven, you can forget about it -- no tending, basting or stirring.

Manage Your Land for More Squirrels
Manage Your Land for More Squirrels (howto)
Squirrels can be managed, just as deer can be managed.

Squeeze-Play Rabbits
Squeeze-Play Rabbits (howto)
Team hunting tactics can work wonders to improve your rabbit hunting success.

Picking Pockets for Quail
Picking Pockets for Quail (howto)
Due to loss of habitat, the modern quail hunter must be willing to search out small pockets of cover, and then move from pocket to pocket to find birds.

Duck Recipes
Duck Recipes (howto)
The pronounced, pleasing flavor of duck can serve as the basis for a wide variety of mouth-watering recipes.

Wilderness Whitetails
Wilderness Whitetails (howto)
What outdoorsman has not experienced the disappointment of returning to a favored hunting spot only to find it forever altered?

Hunting Swamp-Country Whitetails
Hunting Swamp-Country Whitetails (howto)
In the heart of a swamp, you have a better than average chance of taking a whitetail buck that's bigger than any you've ever seen -- the type of deer that inspires legends.

Camping: How to Cope with Nuisance Wildlife
Camping: How to Cope with Nuisance Wildlife (howto)
There are some basic guidelines we can follow to ensure our experiences with wild animals are less stressful for them and less dangerous for us.

Fun-to-Cook Foods for Camp Chefs
Fun-to-Cook Foods for Camp Chefs (howto)
For many of us it's more fun to use simple, yet unique cooking methods when preparing camp meals and treats.

What to Pack for Camping
What to Pack for Camping (howto)
"Plan for the worst and hope for the best." That old saying has merit when you're camping.

How to Build a Safe Campfire
How to Build a Safe Campfire (howto)
Make your fire just large enough to meet your needs -- that's one of the main secrets of proper fire building.

Scouting:  The Essential First Step in Deer Hunting
Scouting: The Essential First Step in Deer Hunting (howto)
Don't overlook the importance of studying the many clues left by deer.

Creating Your Own Deer Hunting Club
Creating Your Own Deer Hunting Club (howto)
If you're willing to make the extra effort, forming a club is one of the best ways to be assured of good hunting.

Proper Nutrition for Working Dogs
Proper Nutrition for Working Dogs (howto)
Choosing the right dog food, and following a proper feeding regimen, is one of the best ways to keep your hunting dog healthy.

Passport to Private Lands Hunting
Passport to Private Lands Hunting (howto)
If your public hunting areas are getting crowded, try these tips to gaining access to private land.

Taking Great Hunting Photos
Taking Great Hunting Photos (howto)
We enjoy the outdoors and the marvels of nature we find there -- photography allows us to share these scenes with others.

Calling Card for Crafty Crows
Calling Card for Crafty Crows (howto)
Even beginners can be successful at pursuing these abundant black rascals.

Hunting Safely in Bear Country
Hunting Safely in Bear Country (howto)
Entering bear country? Learn how to avoid bears and how to act during bear encounters by following these simple safeguards.

The Fun And Challenge Of Handgun Hunting
The Fun And Challenge Of Handgun Hunting (howto)
More hunters are going afield with handguns every year.

Fire Safety for Campers
Fire Safety for Campers (howto)
If we use fire properly and follow all the necessary safety precautions, then fire is a good thing.

Dove Hunting Basics
Dove Hunting Basics (howto)
Employ the these tips and tactics and you're sure to enjoy the exciting, fast-paced wingshooting provided by America's favorite game bird.

Keeping Your Dog Fit Through the Summer
Keeping Your Dog Fit Through the Summer (howto)
Proper exercise helps trim excess poundage, toughen soft feet, tone flabby muscles and build stamina and lung power.

Del and the Kid
Del and the Kid (howto)
The boy's heart raced. "God, let me catch a big one," he thought, "and I'll be the best kid in town."

Getting Tough on Tough Crappie
Getting Tough on Tough Crappie (howto)
Let's look at some tips offered by expert anglers that can help you catch crappie when things get tough.

Fun on the Water: A Guide to Watersports
Fun on the Water: A Guide to Watersports (howto)
Like all outdoor activities, watersports and fishing require that the participants learn and follow certain rules of safety.

Easy Camp Cookery
Easy Camp Cookery (howto)
To make your next excursion especially memorable, try the following camp cookery methods.

Crappie Fishing Basics
Crappie Fishing Basics (howto)
A scrappy fighter. Abundant. Widespread. Easy to catch. Unexcelled table fare. Add up all the crappie's virtues, and you can only reach one conclusion. Pass the cane pole and minnows, please.

Catfish Basics
Catfish Basics (howto)
When you hook a catfish, you better hold on. This customer is tough, mean, feisty and smart to boot.

Popsicle Pond Cats
Popsicle Pond Cats (howto)
Think it's too cold to fish? Well, there's likely a pond nearby with channel cat willing to prove you wrong.

12 Tips for Rabbit Hunters
12 Tips for Rabbit Hunters (howto)
To find a limit of bunnies, think like a rabbit. These 12 tips should help you better enjoy the experience of rabbit hunting this season.

Hunting with Youngsters
Hunting with Youngsters (howto)
"Leave your gun in the truck," my friend said when we arrived at our hunting spot. "This is kids-only hunting. Adults can only supervise."

Renovate for Bobwhites
Renovate for Bobwhites (howto)
The bobwhite will survive. But how well it prospers depends largely on the efforts of the hunter and private landowner.

Emergency Fishing Techniques: Fishing for Survival
Emergency Fishing Techniques: Fishing for Survival (howto)
If you're stranded near a waterway, fish are one possible source of food. All fish are edible, and nearly all are tasty.

Cook Your Goose
Cook Your Goose (howto)
Here are several ways to prepare a snow goose that's so tasty, you'll always volunteer to bring home the geese.

Foiled Again
Foiled Again (howto)
Camp cooking doesn't have to be hard. A little aluminum foil goes a long way.

Targeting Wintertime White Bass
Targeting Wintertime White Bass (howto)
If the winter fishing itch gets too much to bear, give "sandies" a try.

Big-River Ducks
Big-River Ducks (howto)
A big river has a way of making a man in an open boat feel very small and vulnerable

Late-Season Bushytails
Late-Season Bushytails (howto)
Hunting squirrels during the cold season calls for a switch in tactics.

Rabbits & Beagles: Tips From an Expert
Rabbits & Beagles: Tips From an Expert (howto)
The hurly-burly of a pack of beagles running a rabbit is heavenly music to the hunter's ears.

Gar in the Pan
Gar in the Pan (howto)
Don't believe the old saw that garfish aren't worth bringing to the dinner table.

Forecast Your Duck Hunting Success
Forecast Your Duck Hunting Success (howto)
It pays to know how weather conditions influence duck movements.

Marinades, Rubs and Sauces
Marinades, Rubs and Sauces (howto)
Marinades are excellent for basting grilled meat, and can be served on the side as a sauce.

Simple Snares for Survival
Simple Snares for Survival (howto)
Catching table fare when you're in desperate need is something every outdoorsman should know how to do.

Structure Your Dove Hunting
Structure Your Dove Hunting (howto)
Numerous doves flew into the field, from all directions. Occasionally one passed by close enough for a shot, but for the most part, they blazed by out of range.

Lite My Fire
Lite My Fire (howto)
A camp without a campfire is anything but cheerful. A fire warms not only the body but the spirit as well.

Clear-Water Crappie Tactics
Clear-Water Crappie Tactics (howto)
The next time you fish a crappie lake that's clear as gin, try some of these tips.

How Not to Get Lost
How Not to Get Lost (howto)
Daniel Boone said he had never been lost, but he did admit to being "mighty disoriented for several days in a row."

Coping With Spiders, Biters and Stinging Swarms
Coping With Spiders, Biters and Stinging Swarms (howto)
Outdoor pests make us swat, squat, dodge, wave, stumble, mumble and curse. But mostly they make us itch.

The Amazing World of the Bobcat
The Amazing World of the Bobcat (howto)
I looked again beneath the tree. A large male bobcat sat there. He was looking up at the fox squirrel, licking his muttonchop whiskers.

Oxbow Crappie
Oxbow Crappie (howto)
It's not uncommon to fish all day on a little backcountry oxbow and never see another boat. And when the crappie are biting, there's only one way to describe it. It's heaven on earth.

Put a Spin on Crappie Fishing
Put a Spin on Crappie Fishing (howto)
Jig and minnows aren't the only effective crappie-catchers around.

Bushytail Basics
Bushytail Basics (howto)
Are you a squirrel Hunter? Here are some facts the savvy sportsmen can use to improve the odds for a successful hunt.

Tips & Tactics for Trophy Flatheads
Tips & Tactics for Trophy Flatheads (howto)
Fishing for monster yellow cats calls for special tactics, plus plenty of patience. Here's some advice on how to go about it.

Rotisserie Revival
Rotisserie Revival (howto)
Spit-roasted game is tender and juicy inside, with a parchment-crisp exterior. No other method of cooking brings out the rich natural flavor that makes wild game such a special treat.
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