The August issue of Game & Fish magazine, America's only national outdoor magazine with a focus on regional hunting and fishing, is available on newsstands now. Here is a preview of what's inside.

Dog Days of Summer: Time to Get Your Hunt On

Aug 2020
Dealing with difficult situations in the field is an important part of a hunter’s education. (Photo by Beth Shimanski)

The dog days of summer are here, and the fishing can be difficult. It may be time to get your mind right for fall hunting. For sure, the August issue of Game & Fish Magazine will help you catch catfish, walleyes, bass and more, but we keep on eye on fall hunting, too. In "Why Hunting is Essential," Andrew McKean highlights the numerous ways hunting benefits both human and wildlife population, making a strong case for protecting—and expanding—its practice. Beth Shimanski (“Growing Seasons”) writes that hunting knowledge increases with each season spent afield, as does the desire to share it with others. Also find great how-tos on riflescope magnification and bow sights.

Region-by-Region: Great Stories Close to Home

Aug 2020
Region covers of August's Game & Fish Magazine.

East — Summertime is prime time for catching both largemouths and smallmouths on crankbaits all throughout the water column. Pete M. Anderson shares great tips. In “Boat More Big-Basin Walleyes," Jeff Knapp helps you find more warm-water walleyes, which can be a challenge.

West — Read "Boots on the Ground" by Scott Haugen, who says smarter pre-season elk scouting will up your odds of tagging a bull this fall. Also, uncrowded backcountry lakes provide late summer’s finest trout fishing. (“High-Mountain Trout” by Gary Lewis).

Midwest — Mark Kayser ("School's in Session”) says do your homework this summer by practicing the hunting shots you expect to take—and make—inthe field this fall. Also Mike Pehanich ("Heat Wave Smallies”) shares four surefire methods to catch smallmouths during the dog days.

South — In "Catch Giant Cats Now," John N. Felsher tells you everything you need to know to catch the biggest catfish in the lake. Also, Terry Madewell ("Deer Season To-Do List") writes check off these 10 things now in order to be ready for opening day.

Top Compound Bows of 2020

Aug 2020
Compound bows are reviewed in August's Game & Fish Magazine. (Shutterstock image)

Each year, compound bow manufacturers seem to improve previous models, giving bowhunters and target archers more than they could ever imagine. We've almost come to expect marked improvement year after year. We know a new crop of bows is coming, and we simply can’t wait to shoot them—for good reason. With few exceptions, we're going to be impressed. The 2020 compound bow lineup doesn't disappoint. Archery is a very personal sport, and bow manufacturers have recently gone to great lengths to design bows that allow archers to toy and tinker until they perfect fit and feel. (By Jace Bauserman)

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