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Shadley’s interest in hunting, fishing and a ton of other outdoor activities started at a very young age. He was hunting and fly-fishing on his own when he was eleven; it’s always been his passion. He was employed by the Indiana DNR as a conservation officer for 34 years. For the first 17 years, Shadley worked southeastern Indiana as a field officer. For the last 17 years he was in charge of Indiana’s Turn In a Poacher program (TIP) and was the chief public relations officer for the law enforcement division. Since his retirement he’s spent most of his time fly-fishing, shooting sporting clays, hunting and photographing wildlife. Shadley is Fishing Editor of Sportsman Magazine
Shadley shoots one wrong-handed, but he’s not alone on this solo hunt. A much-loved friend, expert turkey hunter and dedicated conservationist joins him on the hunt, if only in spirit.
Shadley picks up a few smallies and redeyes, and predicts good fishing until the water warms later in the season.
Fishing editor beats the odds and has a slow day fishing the white bass run. But it’s a matter of perspective; a bad day for these prolific fish just means there’s still a little room on your stringer.
If you spent the second week of March sitting on the couch drinking beer you missed the first great smallmouth bite of the year. The first of the week was perfect, sunny and warm with south and southwest winds. I fished the first Friday of March and caught three...