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  • January 8, 2014

    4 Ways to Call in More Raccoons-3


    Photo by Don Johnston/Getty Images

    Raccoons spend most of their lives trying not be be noticed by humans. They roam mostly at night, and on the edge of our activity. But for a few months in the winter, you can bring a raccoon charging right into your lap.

    A growing number of predator hunters are discovering that the same combination of aggressive challenge calls and panicked distress squeals that lure coyotes into rifle range can also be used to call raccoons.

    In fact, calling raccoons can be at its best in the middle of the day, the very time that many coyote hunters throw in the towel because the predators become ultra wary. That makes coon calling a perfect lunchtime diversion.

    Here are four tips to put more ringtails on your fur stretcher.

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  • January 7, 2014

    A Drive Hunt for Bulgarian Boars-5


    Outdoor Life editor Andrew McKean traveled to Eastern Europe last month to participate in a classic hunt of the region: a traditional driven hunt for wild boar. Come along with him to the ancient oaks near the Black Sea and see what else he encountered.

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  • January 3, 2014

    Cabela's ColorPhase: Coolest New Camo on the Market -0


    Of the many latest-and-greatest gadgets released every year for hunters and fishermen, few are revolutionary. Or even new. They're usually just tweaked versions of an old idea wrapped in fancy packaging and described with technical jargon that makes it sound like the equivalent of the Neanderthal man discovering fire and inventing the wheel.

    While Cabela’s ColorPhase technology might not spur mankind ahead in the same manner as fire or the wheel, and at the risk of sounding hyperbolic, it might be one of the greatest evolutions in modern camouflage.

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  • January 3, 2014

    Hunting Tips: Trolling for Coyotes-0


    Illustration by Joel Kimmel

    Coyotes have spread across the country like cell-phone towers, providing more hunting time for you nearly everywhere, even in places close to civilization. Their abundance and wide distribution means calling coyotes doesn’t require the logistics or endurance of a backcountry elk hunt. With a little scouting of local real estate and knowledge of coyote behavior, you can zip from setup to setup in the comfort of your SUV for an action-packed day of hunting just outside of town.

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  • January 3, 2014

    Dream Fulfilled: An Eastern Oregon Elk-1


    I’ve dreamed about hunting eastern Oregon’s sage country for nearly all my life. So when I had a chance to hunt elk in the John Day River drainage this fall, I jumped at the opportunity. It turns out the country contains a lot more than elk.

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  • December 30, 2013

    Sara Flanagan: 'Girly Girl' Turned Texas Hog Hunter-7


    Sara Flanagan is not your traditional Texas hog hunter. She weighs 110 pounds, measures 5 feet 4 inches tall, and describes herself as a true "girly-girl." But don't let that fool you. This 23-year-old Oklahoma native hunts feral hogs with the best of them, tracking pigs across the countryside with a pack of hounds and a sharpened bowie knife.

    For the past four and a half years Flanagan has hunted the invasive animals in Texas and Oklahoma with her husband, friends, and a band of eager dogs. The unusual factor in this scenario is her tool of choice. Flanagan spends most weekends trailing hogs for miles, trying to eradicate the pests with a few well-placed jabs.

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  • December 19, 2013

    Hunting Tip: Modify a Spinning Wing Decoy-0


    If there are ducks in your area, why not turn your goose hunt into a mixed-bag shootout? Compared to geese, ducks can be relatively easy to decoy in a field if you know what you’re doing.

    Avery Pro Staffer Arliss Reed swears the secret is in a spinning wing decoy. But left running, a spinning wing deke like a Mojo will flare geese. That’s why it’s so important to spend a few extra dollars on a remote controlled model. When geese are coming in, shut it off. When ducks are flying, turn it on. If it’s a mixed flock, make the call: would you rather shoot ducks or geese?

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  • December 18, 2013

    Waterfowl Hunting Tip: How to Shoot Your Lane Like a Pro-0


    When hunting with a group of people, everyone knows to shoot their lane: Take the birds in front of you rather than reach out across the spread and into another hunter’s air space. But you can take this concept to another level by knowing your own abilities and those of the hunters around you.

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  • December 17, 2013

    Waterfowl Hunting Tip: Brush Your Blind First-0


    Once you’ve found your field to hunt, concealment is the biggest single factor in goose hunting success. It’s more important than your decoys, their spread, calling or anything else out there. This point was drilled down every morning during a week of hunting with Avery Pro Staffers Arliss Reed and Mike Bard in upstate New York earlier this month . As Bard likes to say, “You can do without some decoys, but your can’t shoot birds if you’re not hidden.”

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  • December 16, 2013

    Hunting Ducks and Geese: How to Run Traffic-0


    In a perfect world you’ll know exactly what field the birds will visit at first light. But real-world hunting isn’t always so perfect.

    On a recent trip to upstate New York I had the chance to hunt with Avery Pro Staffers Arliss Reed and Mike Bard. These guys scout harder than anyone I know, packing up the decoys after a morning a hunt, grabbing a quick lunch, then hitting the road looking to find more birds till dark — sometimes covering hundreds of miles in a day.

    But the birds, and Mother Nature, don’t always cooperate. The weekend I was upstate the temperature swung from the mid-60s to the low-20s with periods of heavy rain, light snow, and a little bit of sleet. Geese were everywhere, and flying, but patterning them to a field we had access to hunt was another story.

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