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Bow Test 2014

Perennial underdogs take center podium in our annual examination of the newest compounds. Check out the results of the 2014 Bow Test.
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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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May 9, 2008

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  • July 25, 2014

    ATV Tip: Make Sure You Check Your Trailer - 0

    It’s already the middle of summer, and if you haven’t spent an hour on basic trailer maintenance by now, you really need to. Where I live in Alaska, trailers take a lot of punishment, and a breakdown will most certainly happen 200 miles from a parts store.

    Let’s start with safety. Every time you place your bike on the trailer, the machine should become part of the platform. That means the bike should be left in park with the brake engaged, in gear, and strapped from four points. The bike needs be strapped down tightly enough that the suspension feels stiff and has little sway. [ Read Full Post ]

  • July 25, 2014

    Alaska Man Mauled by Brown Bear, Responds with .44 Magnum - 2

    An unidentified Alaska man shot and killed a brown bear sow Thursday after the animal mauled him.

    The Alaska Department of Fish and Game assistant area wildlife biologist Dave Battle stated that the Eagle River man and his unleashed dogs were walking on a dirt road off of Hiland Road. The dogs disappeared into the woods, then came running back to their owner with a grizzly right behind them. The 200-pound sow attacked the man, and he responded with three shots from his .44 Magnum.

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  • July 25, 2014

    Bowfisherman Arrows World-Record Mako Shark - 0

    A bowfisherman landed his name in the record book this month after taking a 544-pound mako shark off the coast of Southern California. [ Read Full Post ]

  • July 25, 2014

    How to Start a Fire with Flint and Steel - 0

    Once you've got your tinder bundle constructed and your char cloth ready, you're ready to start a fire with flint and steel. The key is to position yourself properly so you can use the breeze to your advantage. Check out this video and watch your whiskers. 

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  • July 25, 2014

    Pro Bass Lures: The X-Rap Prop - 0

    Editor's Note: This summer we're checking in with a different bass pro every week to get the scoop on their favorite lures and how to fish them.

    Bernie Schultz has fished competitively for almost 30 years on the Bassmaster Elite Series and the FLW Tour. He won the 1990 Canadian Open and the 1993 Canadian Cup, and has qualified more than a dozen times for the Bassmaster Classic and Forrest Wood Cup championships. Schultz is also a diehard antique lure collector. We asked about his favorite summer bait for Florida, but this prop pick works great for bass in other regions, too.

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  • July 24, 2014

    Bow Test 2014: OL Ranks and Reviews 10 New Compounds - 0

    Photo by Nick Ferrari

    While none of them will admit it, manufacturers of hunting compound bows and crossbows are constantly at war with one another, keeping tabs as best as they can on who’s doing what. After all, the spoils of this war are the cash-laden bowhunters they can recruit—or convert—to their brand.

    Of course, established brands hold several advantages over newcomers. Typically, the industry behemoths have bigger budgets and star-studded pro staffs, and they employ the most capable engineering minds in the industry. [ Read Full Post ]

  • 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 - 1

    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 - 3

    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 ]