May 9, 2008
Editor's Note: This is one of a series of live blogs from the QDMA North American Whitetail Summit.
Will Primos sold the famous hunting products company bearing his name back in 2006. That hasn’t slowed him down. In fact, stepping away from the day-to-day operations of running Primos has allowed Will to focus on what matters most to him: advocating for hunting. [ Read Full Post ]
Photo by: Denver Bryan
The gobbler was, hands down, the worst-looking bird I had ever seen in the woods—bedraggled, war-torn, beat up. Though he had four hens, I was convinced that the tom was one of those loud-mouthed 2-year-olds that had gotten his butt kicked for trying to lay claim to a more dominant bird’s territory. Missing his center tail feathers, the bird sported a short, wispy beard and rarely gobbled unless he was in a tree.
While scouting him one morning, I spied two adult gobblers attempting to join Mr. Tailfeather’s party. He would have none of it. The gobbler’s demeanor changed the instant those toms stepped into his field. First he began gobbling—often, hard, and unprovoked by hen calling. Then, the race and subsequent beat-down was on. He quickly vanquished the intruders. He was the king, a fact confirmed two weeks later when I ground-checked his spurs. That pathetic-looking turkey sported the sharp, 1 ¼-inch hooks of dominance. [ Read Full Post ]
Tinder is the dead, dry plant-based material that is capable of turning a coal, spark, or tiny flame into a crackling fire. You typically need it to get a fire going with flame ignition sources (matches, lighters); and you definitely have to have it for spark ignition sources (flint and steel, ferrocerium rods) and friction fire building. Tinder is the first “food” that a fire will eat, and it’s the foundation of most fire-making endeavors. Luckily for us pyromaniacs, there are many different plant materials in the wild that can either be processed into tinder or used as is. Before you spark your next fire, gather some ideas with the following collection of tinder materials. [ Read Full Post ]
Many things contribute to a well-executed shot with a traditional bow, but one important factor is how you grasp the handle or “grip” the bow. A traditional bow calls for a different grip and form than a compound bow. There can be a petty steep learning curve for guys who have shot compounds for years and want to try hunting with a recurve for the added challenge. [ Read Full Post ]
While fishing the Columbia River last week a Washington angler landed a 20-pound, 5-ounce walleye to break the previous state record. Wildlife officials were quick to confirm the catch. A walleye weighing more than 20 pounds hasn’t been caught in the U.S. since 1988.
John Grubenhoff rushed home from work on Friday afternoon to squeeze in a few hours of fishing before dark, according to the Spokesman-Review. The 57-year-old has spent the past 29 years pursuing walleye and his most successful catches have historically occurred during the winter months after sunset. [ Read Full Post ]
Illustration by Kevin Hand
For fishermen, sometimes good isn't good enough. From the tinkerings of dissatisfied anglers come lure modifications that home in on very specific bites in very specific conditions. These alterations can turn a cold bite into a hot frenzy. So, tweak away.
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I’m proud to say that my good buddy, Ray Eye, has taught me most of what I know about turkey hunting. He called in my first bird back in the mid-80s and in one way or another we’ve shared the spring—and fall—woods ever since.
Through the years, I’ve had the good fortune of chasing gobblers with some of the legends of modern day turkey hunting but can say with a heaping dose of conviction that no one sounds more like a turkey than Ray. [ Read Full Post ]
Vehicular breakdowns, car crashes, and other automotive emergencies are a fact of life. And in many of those situations, you typically only have the gear that’s in your vehicle to deal with the situation. Having dealt with more than his fair share of accidents and emergencies, paramedic Avi Goldstein designed the StatGear Auto Survival Kit to fill many of the needs of a roadside crisis. Will I be adding this kit to my ride? Read on and see. [ Read Full Post ]
We’ve seen hunters rescue several locked bucks. In the most cases, buck's rival is already dead from exhaustion or coyote predation. This video was shot last month by 29-year-old Kansas hunter Evan McAnally, who came across the bucks while checking his game cameras in Stafford County.
A tangle of antlers on the ground caught his attention and further inspection revealed the remains of a half-eaten buck locked with another deer. He assumed they were both dead. As McAnally approached, the intact buck rose and tried to walk away, reports the Kansas City Star. McAnally set his cell phone in a bush to record the rescue attempt. After trying unsuccessfully to unhook the antlers by hand, he retrieves a saw from his truck. [ Read Full Post ]
Photo by Frank Miniter
The lesson we can learn from the rebound of American bison might help a whole passel of African animals whose fate is clouded by poaching and habitat destruction. How? By mapping their genetic identity, suggests Dr. James Derr, a biologist at Texas A&M University.
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The National Park Service has topped every silly cat video on the Internet!
The 98-year-old government agency’s Malibu Creek State Park trail camera snapped off 350 color photos of three 10-month-old cougar cubs and their mom ripping into a deer carcass. [ Read Full Post ]
I'm not a trained deer scorer, but working for Outdoor Life I see a ton of bucks each season and it's our job to track down their story. Part of that involves getting the score. By running down these trophy bucks each year, I thought I had a pretty good handle on eyeing up a buck and estimating its score.
But then I spent three days hanging out behind the scenes in the scorers' room and the Deer and Turkey Expo in Illinois. There were about 11 official scorers measuring hundreds of trophy bucks for the big buck competition. Most of the time I could eye up a typical buck and get within 10 or so points of its score. But some bucks absolutely threw me for a loop.
I found out that when an average deer hunter (like me) eyes up a buck and estimates its score, many times he'll end up way, way off. For example, the two bucks in the photo above. The buck on the left is clearly carrying more bone than the one on the right. He has heavier antlers, and it seems that he has higher tines. He should have a higher score, right? [ Read Full Post ]
Florida became the first state to require concealed-weapon permits be issued unless there is a compelling reason not to do so in 1987 when the State Legislature adopted the law reversing the "may issue" standard that still stands in nine states.
In 2005, the state enacted the nation's first "Stand Your Ground" law. In 2008, the Florida State Legislature passed a law over employers' objections to let workers store guns in their parked cars at work and, in 2011, it passed a law known as "Docs vs. Glocks" prohibiting physicians from asking patients if they own firearms.
Florida, where former NRA national president Marion Hammer is among the state's most influential lobbyists, has served as the introductory platform for innovative advances in gun-friendly legislation for decades, leaving gun control advocates in the dust. [ Read Full Post ]
Editor’s Note: Outdoor Life writers are on assignment in Branson, Missouri for Quality Deer Management Association’s first-ever Whitetail Summit. Over the next two days, we’ll be reporting from the numerous break-out sessions to give you the inside-scoop on the issues most critical to deer hunters. Check back regularly as we update this live blog.
Thursday, 1:30 PM: A Hunter’s Perspective of the North American Deer Summit
The majority of attendees at the North American Deer Summit had a professional stake in being there. State game biologists, industry manufactures, conservation organization leaders, outdoor media, and more make at least a portion of their living from work related to white-tailed deer. One group of attendees though, had no dog in the fight other than being deer hunters. Rob Muirhead was one of them.
Rob Muirhead is from Elm Creek, Neb., and he’s been deer hunting for 24 years. His uncle introduced to the sport that has become a life passion. He’s independently employed in the automotive paintless dent repair industry. Meaning, he fixes hail damage on vehicles. This profession allows him the flexibility to take deer hunting seriously. [ Read Full Post ]