He's the man who taught you how to shoot a B.B. gun, throw a baseball, and pop open a beer bottle with a knife. The least you can do is get him a decent Father's Day gift.
Check out our editors' top gift choices for your first, and best, hunting buddy. From handguns and knives to boots and jackets, this round up has it all.
Zippo Woodsman I’m a hatchet man. There may be no other tool that’s as capable of handling so many outdoors tasks: whittling a spear, splitting a buck’s brisket, limbing a tree, pounding tent pegs, truing a table, defending a family… But Zippo’s new Woodsman tool may trump even a 3-pound hatchet. The versatile Woodsman features a mallet, a keen-edged hatchet, a peg-pulling claw, and a tempered saw blade that’s capable of making quick work of limbs up to 4 inches in diameter. It pulls hard duty cleaning up deadfall in my back yard and is a fixture in my pickup. ($80, zippooutdoor.com) —Andrew McKean
Mark Kayser, a contributing writer and friend of the magazine, was recently named the national spokesman for the Hope for the Warriors Outdoor Adventures Program, a non-profit organization that assists post 9/11 service members who have been wounded and the families of fallen service members.
“Service members mean everything for the security of our country and the veterans of our recent wars deserve all the help we can give them when they return from deployment,” says Kayser. “The outdoors and particularly hunting is everything to my family, and that’s why I believe the Outdoor Adventures program of the Hope For The Warriors is so important."
The Robertson family of Duck Dynasty turned the proverbial other cheek to 1980s Smith’s frontman Morrissey on Jimmy Kimmel Live by saying they had no problem with the singer, his displeasure for hunters and meat eaters, or vegans in general. This, of course, after the always-melancholy singer canceled his appearance on the show citing that he couldn’t risk being seen with the Robertson family as they are “animal serial killers.”
North America’s abundance of snow geese – and the damage they’re causing to their fragile Arctic breeding grounds in northern Canada – has prompted state and federal fish and wildlife agencies to expand this year’s hunting season in an attempt cut the species’ numbers in half.
Last week, Ducks Unlimited TV won a Golden Moose Award (the Outdoor Channel's version of an Emmy) for the best bird hunting show. Why should do you care?
Well, in the world of baited deer hunts and cheesy rock music that is often outdoor TV, the DU show is actually a breath of fresh air. Sticking to DU's reputation, the show is rooted in conservation and hunting heritage. Check out the season 2012 preview below. Even if you're not into hunting shows, you'll appreciate this footage.
Almost 300 loons and other fish-eating birds have been found dead or dying along Lake Michigan's beaches at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. According to Michigan's Department of Natural Resources, botulism is to blame.
Like many other conservation problems, this recent botulism die-off can be attributed to invasive species. In this case, the infamous zebra and quagga mussels are the culprits, reports the Daily Record.
A free dinner literally flew in Ryan Adams’ kitchen. Unfortunately, trouble with the law followed.
Adams, a wild game aficionado, prepared a white-winged dove that broke its neck flying into the exterior of his Pflugerville, Texas home last week.
“This is the same bird that hunter’s pay just buckets of money to go out and shoot,” Adams told KRLD. “They take their time… and I just got one for free?”
He chronicled the meal and its preparation on his blog. News of his dinner spread across the Internet, eventually making its way to Texas Parks & Wildlife where the post wasn’t very well received. Texas Parks and Wildlife spokesman Steven Lightfoot explained the agency’s stance to several media outlets.
For more than 50 years, Outdoor Life encouraged its readers to take the conservation and sportsman’s pledge. The goal of the pledge was simple: to have American hunters and fishermen commit to the ideals of wildlife conservation and the principles of fair chase, and for them to advocate for the rights of sportsmen. Thousands of Americans from all walks of life, up to and including U.S. presidents, took the pledge. None have been more significant than the groups of youngsters who have attended the West Virginia State Conservation Camp. Since the pledge’s introduction they have recited its words at the end of each day at camp.