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Top Rangefinders

Today's rangefinders represent a substantial investment, but you get a lot for your money. We tested six of the most feature-packed units to see which are most fieldworthy.
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Deer Survey Results

We wanted to see how OL readers viewed deer hunting so we could start answering questions about how to manage America's favorite game animal. Here's what you had to say.
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Culling the Herd

Before you applaud or admonish a deer cull, it’s important to first know how these things actually work.
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Ultimate DIY Guide

Learn how to make fire in a can and 50 other essential skills, inspired projects, and clever hacks to improve your outdoor life.
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  • While most hunters spend their spring weekends waiting for turkey season, Aaron Milliken spends hour after hour studying Google Earth.

  • Anyone who’s come across one knows what Fred Bear meant a half century ago when he said that the thrill of tangling with a grizzly bear cleanses the soul.

  • Check out the most interesting new rifles, shotguns, and handguns from the 2014 SHOT Show.

  • Fire is your best friend in the wild. That's why you need a quality ferrocerium fire starter, or spark rod, to back up a lighter or matches.

  • April 17, 2014

    Strutting Hen Takes on Jakes - 1

    It’s been a long, hard and miserable winter up here in the Northeast. With the countdown to turkey season picking up pace, many of us are still wondering what sort of season we’ll be faced with. Have we lost birds this winter? Has the lingering cold weather delayed gobbling and breeding activity? When—if ever—will the hardcore gobbling cut loose?

    As we await those answers, we’d like to thank Maine resident Lou Dagneau for sending along this intriguing turkey photo that’s worth a double take. Here’s the note that came along with it: [ Read Full Post ]


  • April 17, 2014

    New Mexico Anglers Wrongly Kept from Public Waters by State Game Commission
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    Photo by fly-fish.com

    What happens when a state game commission blatantly works against the rights of sportsmen and women who help fund it?

    Let's look to New Mexico where another question is being asked:
    May a private landowner exclude others from fishing in a public stream that flows across the landowner's property?

    And now, the answer:
    No. A private landowner cannot prevent persons from fishing a public stream that flows across the landowner's property, provided the public stream is accessible without trespass privately owned adjacent lands.

    It is an answer so clear and free from ambiguity that it's hard to believe it was written by attorney. [ Read Full Post ]


  • April 17, 2014

    The Micro Manager: Turning 17 Acres into Whitetail Hunting Paradise - 2

    That didn't take long.

    Just one step into this and I've already screwed up. I wish I could say this will be the last mistake, but it won't be.

    This entry is the first installment of a weekly journey that begins with 17 acres of lackluster vacant land and ends with 17 acres of whitetail-killing nirvana.

    It's a journey that should prove to be fairly interesting for several reasons, not the least of which is this: I've no idea what I'm doing. [ Read Full Post ]


  • April 16, 2014

    Montana Mountain Lion Hunters Oppose Increasing Harvest Quotas - 0

    Mountain lion hunters across Montana criticized increased harvest quotas presented at the Fish, Wildlife and Parks meeting Thursday in Helena. The agency relied on its own recent population study to propose raised quotas for the next two seasons, but hunters say wildlife officials overestimated the number of big cats and set quotas too high for the Bitterroot Watershed. [ Read Full Post ]


  • April 16, 2014

    Wildlife Officials Kill 6 Black Bears After Attack on Florida Woman - 0


    Photo by FWC via Flickr

    A black bear mauled a Florida woman outside her home near Orlando Saturday evening. During the subsequent investigation in Seminole County, Fla., officers with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission have shot one bear and euthanized five others, the agency announced in various press releases. [ Read Full Post ]


  • April 16, 2014

    ATV Tips: How to Install an Aftermarket Electric Power Steering Unit - 0

    In today’s market, side by side manufacturers offer three options when it comes to power steering: standard, optional, or none at all. For owners with vehicles in the last category, there are a few solutions available from aftermarket companies.

    Adding power steering to a machine that is not initially designed for it can be a little tricky. There are some small yet important things you need to consider before dropping big dollars on these products. Some involve the machine and the rest involve the type of steering assist you will actually get once the product is installed. [ Read Full Post ]


  • April 16, 2014

    Learn How to Read Your Sonar for Better Spring Walleye Fishing - 0


    Photo by Doug Stamm

    Today's space-age sonar and GPS units can seemingly make us better fishermen overnight. However, as with cell phone technology, many of us harness only a fraction of the potential. Then there's Bruce Samson, aka Doc Sonar. Capable of interpreting sonar imaging in plain terms that any angler can understand, Samson has made a living teaching anglers how to better understand their electronics. 

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  • April 16, 2014

    Gear Review: 6 New Flyfishing Packs for 2014 - 0

    A good flyfishing pack is a model of efficiency. At a minimum, it should be able to manage a day's worth of fishing gear without undue bulk and be comfortable to wear. It needs to organize flies, fly boxes, hemostats, tippets, floatant, nippers, and other accessories so that they are easy to get to, yet do not become tangled in your line as you cast, mend, and strip.

    The storage compartments in a well-designed pack can be accessed with one hand, and the zippers can be manipulated with numb fingers. On top of all that, it should protect its contents from the elements. After all, just because the weather turns foul, it doesn't necessarily mean the fish are going to stop biting. [ Read Full Post ]


  • April 15, 2014

    Spring Fishing Tip: Pester Postspawn Bass for Vicious Strikes - 0

    Sara Palin once said the only difference between a soccer mom and a bulldog is lipstick. Okay, I’m not going political here, but interestingly enough, the former Alaska governor’s meaning actually bears a timeless truism that’ll help you catch more springtime bass.

    Palin referred to a simple principle we should all respect: Don’t mess with the young’ns.

    In the bass world, the males are kind of the soccer moms, at least during the postspawn stage where bucks guarding fry get props for equally fierce dispositions.

    For crappie, bluegill, catfish or anything else with a taste for tiny bass, this means back off.

    For anglers, it means a great opportunity. [ Read Full Post ]


  • April 15, 2014

    Gear Test: 6 Best Rangefinders - 0

    The first range-finders to come to market were cumbersome, complicated, and priced way too high for what you got. Today's models still represent a substantial investment, but you get a lot more for your money. We tested six of the most feature-packed units to see which are most fieldworthy.


    Photo by Nick Ferrari

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  • April 15, 2014

    Officials to Stop Minnesota Emergency Whitetail Feeding Plan - 0

    In February we wrote about Minnesota’s emergency feeding plan to help the state’s northern whitetails survive harsh winter conditions. Wildlife officials began the first emergency feeding in 18 years amid both support and controversy on March 6. Now officials say this weekend likely marked the last distribution of the season. A long-range forecast predicting warmer temperatures and melting snow in the northern woods should rule out any further need for feeding. [ Read Full Post ]


  • April 15, 2014

    Shooting Tip: Blacken Your Iron Sights With Pitch Pine - 0

    Shooting well with iron sights can be a tricky business, but plenty of big bucks have fallen, numerous battlefields have been claimed, and scores of shooting competitions have been won using good old iron sights.

    Whether you are sighting in a rifle before heading for the woods, or preparing for a competition, this tip will improve your game. [ Read Full Post ]


  • April 15, 2014

    Damage to Washington's Stillaguamish River Could Last for Decades After Mudslide - 0

    The massive mudslide in Washington has done untold ecological damage to Stillaguamish River, one of the best-known salmon and steelhead rivers in the Northwest.

    The most severe damage comes to the river itself. More than 45 miles of the once pristine river is now stained dark from silt. Waters stand almost stagnant as the mudslide formed a dam that blocks water from moving. A pumping system installed to aid in search efforts spews a constant stream of sewage and chemicals escaped from devastated homes and capsized automobiles.  [ Read Full Post ]


  • April 14, 2014

    Survival Tip #11: Pack a BOB for Any Situation - 3

    Editor's Note: This tip comes from our new "Prepare for Anything Survival Manual."

    A BOB (bug-out bag) is a collection of goods that you would need to survive if you had to flee your home with no guarantee of shelter, food, or water during an emergency. Think of the BOB as your survival insurance policy for any disaster or mayhem.

    There may not be one perfect, universally agreed-upon set of equipment, but with a good core set of items (similar to those used in backpacking) you can put together a BOB suited for a wide variety of situations. Most people use either a backpack or a duffle bag as a container for their goods, which should include basic survival essentials and a few irreplaceable items. [ Read Full Post ]


  • April 14, 2014

    Essential Outdoor Skill: Re-Flush a Grouse - 1


    Photo by Alamy

    With the element of surprise on its side, a ruffed grouse often wins its first encounter with a hunter. What you do to find and re-flush that grouse can be the difference between walking home with a heavy game bag and a light one. [ Read Full Post ]