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Barnyard Bucks

Bucks that live to see four years of age or more have plenty of hiding spots, and chances are there’s a barnyard among them.
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Review: Colt M2012

Shooting Editor John B. Snow puts this beefy, but elegant, precision bolt gun to the test.
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Train for the West

These six cornerstones are the keys to preparing for a backcountry western hunt. Here's what you need, from guns, to gear, to conditioning.
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Wyo. Cast and Blast

Wyoming boasts the largest and most widespread populations of sage grouse. So break a sweat hunting them in the morning and cool off in the river after lunch by fishing for monster trout.
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  • July 24, 2014

    Minnesota DNR to Scale Back Antlerless Tags for 2014 Season - 0

    The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources plans to rebuild its deer population by limiting the number of does hunters can take during the 2014 deer season.

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  • July 24, 2014

    Largest Fish Ever Caught from British Shores Won’t Make Record Book - 0

    British angler Daniel Bennett reeled in the largest known fish ever caught from the British shoreline last week. Although the monster catch tops all the current records, it didn't meet the official requirements to make the books. [ Read Full Post ]


  • July 24, 2014

    Beretta To Move Production from Maryland to Tennessee - 0

    Beretta U.S.A. Corp. is joining the ever-growing list of firearm manufacturers that have relocated to the southern US. Beretta announced Tuesday that it will move its manufacturing capabilities to a new production facility in Gallatin, Tennessee. Beretta’s office, administrative, and executive support functions are to remain at their current location in Accokeek, Md.

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  • July 23, 2014

    ICAST 2014: Wiley X Sunglasses - 0

    Wiley X Eyewear unveils the latest in their line of sunglasses with the WX Legend and the Climate Control Series.

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  • July 23, 2014

    Survival Skills: How To Build An Inverted Solar Still - 1

    The traditional solar still is a familiar element in survival guides and classes. It was invented about 40 years ago, and it continues to offer a relatively safe method for purifying small amounts of water through evaporative distillation.

    But for the classic solar still, you have to dig a sizable hole in damp soil—and that’s not always an option in every survival scenarios. Many years after the solar still’s invention, others developed an inflatable conical distillation unit for use with life rafts in water survival situations. What follows is my land-lubber version of the inverted solar still, suitable for use in a wide range of situations.

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  • July 23, 2014

    Deer of the Year: The Thanksgiving Buck - 0

    Editor's Note: We're highlighting all of the bucks that ran in August's Deer of the Year feature. Each week we'll post the full story and extra photos right here on the BBZ blog.

    Like so many other legendary deer, Gregory Krapfl’s monster marsh buck fell to dumb luck and great shooting. 

    Krapfl spent Thanksgiving morning with his two sons hunting Wisconsin’s Horicon Marsh. The wetland is well-known in the waterfowl world—it’s one of the largest freshwater marshes in the country and is a major stop for migrating greenheads and Canadas—but this morning the Krapfls were after whitetails. 

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  • July 23, 2014

    El Nino Sending Exotic Species to California Fishermen - 0

    A huge school of tuna photographed from a spotter plane off the California coast

    Dolphin? Yellowtails? Huge schools of football yellowfin tuna? Instead of hitting the Sea of Cortez or Cabo San Lucas to target these species, join the El Niño buzz and try five miles off the coast of California.

    The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Service predicted that El Niño would bring these tropical and sub-tropical species closer to the California coast by August, but fisherman there are already finding them within casting distance. 

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  • July 23, 2014

    National Deer Alliance: New Organization Looks to Become the Voice of America's Deer Hunters - 0

    If you are an American deer hunter, then you need to mark tomorrow on your calendar with a big, bold X. Or maybe a doodled antler. Or a heart-shaped deer hoof.

    Thursday, at the Quality Deer Management Association’s annual convention in Athens, Ga., deer hunters will learn about the creation of an organization that is both brand new and decades in gestation.

    It’s called the National Deer Alliance, and its goal is as ambitious as it is necessary: to both represent and advocate for every deer hunter in the country. It doesn’t matter if you’re an Illinois whitetail hunter or a Colorado mule deer hunter, if you hunt for antlers in Texas or for meat in Maine, for trophy blacktails in Oregon or for food-plot whitetails in Georgia. Or even if you chase Coues deer in Arizona or moose in Montana. The NDA aims to have a place for us all, no matter which deer inspires us.

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  • July 23, 2014

    Upheld: Hunting Wolves with Hounds Allowed in Wisconsin - 0

    While the reintroduction of the wolf in the West has garnered most of the political, judicial and media spotlight in recent years, upper Midwestern states have been fighting wolf battles for more than a decade prior to their delisting in 2011. And management of the apex predator in Wisconsin just took a big step forward.  [ Read Full Post ]


  • July 23, 2014

    Video: USFWS Reintroduces Bull Trout in Oregon, Population Thriving - 0

    In past years the Pacific branch of the USFWS has taken deliberate steps to restore native fish species to Oregon waters. The agency proposed delisting the Oregon chub from its threatened status earlier this year, making it the first fish to escape the Endangered Species List without going extinct. Now the latest fish on its priority list to receive attention is the bull trout, which wildlife officials began reintroducing to Oregon’s Clackamas River in 2011.

    USFWS shared a stunning video detailing the history and progress of the trout’s restoration on its Facebook page Tuesday. The clip includes beautiful underwater shots of bull trout and their habitat, along with interviews from the wildlife officials who’ve been restoring the trout to their historic waters. [ Read Full Post ]


  • July 23, 2014

    Michigan Project Targets Pictured Rocks Area Volunteers Needed To Improve Fish Habitat - 0

    You don't really need any additional incentive to visit northern Michigan's Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore area.

    But here's a little just in case: Your efforts are needed to help improve spawning habitat on Kingston Lake.

    On Thursday and Friday, Michigan's On The Ground program, a partnership between the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and Michigan United Conservation Clubs, will install fish structures to help boost the lake's natural reproduction.

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  • July 22, 2014

    Supermoon Stripers for Outdoor Life's Summer Interns - 0

    As my buddy Paul and I rigged our first eels of the night, I watched my dad thread a 9-inch Slug-Go onto a jig-head. I was confused, because I thought we had plenty of eels in the live-well. When it comes to stripers, live bait—especially live eel—almost always trumps artificials.

    “Don’t you want a hook for an eel, Dad?” I asked, lowering my own slimy bait into the water.

    “No, you boys fish the eels. I didn’t grab too many and they’re the best bait we have. I got them just for you guys.”

    I had high expectations when I invited my fellow Outdoor Life intern, Paul Kemper, to join me and my old man for a night of striped bass fishing on Block Island, R.I., two weekends ago. Over two days of fishing before our own trip, my dad and his buddy hauled in more than 40 fish between them. This would be Paul’s first striper trip, and I was anxious to show him what he’d been missing. Paul is a Pennsylvania native and a total fish nut, but his landlocked hometown has limited his saltwater fishing opportunities. 

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  • July 22, 2014

    ICAST 2014: The New Binksy Lure From Jackall - 0

    There's not much that can beat a top-water bass bite, and Jackall's new Binksy lure provides the splash, flash, and water displacement to call up the giants.

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  • July 22, 2014

    Black Bear Hunting: 4 Tactics for Uncut Cornfields - 0

    Photo by: Donald M. Jones

    It’s hardly a secret that black bears are drawn to uncut cornfields like moths to a flame, but how do you hunt fall bruins in such a setting? The first step is to understand why corn is so tantalizing to bruins. The tall plants provide not only food, but cover, too, especially in areas of heavy human pressure. Here are four killer strategies to utilize if you suspect that a black bear is raiding a large cornfield.

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  • July 22, 2014

    ICAST 2014: Frabill F1 Storm Gear - 0

    Northern bass and walleye anglers are familiar with heavy-duty rain suits for long days on the lake. Frabill has developed an all-weather suit that keeps you cool and dry in hot and humid climates.

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