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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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  • 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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  • July 22, 2014

    ICAST 2014: Plano Hybrid Hip Tackle Storage - 0

    Plano continues to advance tackle storage, making it easy to make the change from walleye rigs to crankbaits with the switch of a tray. Here, Pat Kalmerton walks us through the features of the new Hybrid Hip Tray Box.

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  • July 22, 2014

    ICAST 2014: Frabill 371 Ice Fishing Reel - 0

    95 and humid was the forecast, but at ICAST, there was something for every angler–including the hardwater fanatics. Frabill introduced the latest in their line of fly-style ice fishing reels: the 371.

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  • July 22, 2014

    ICAST 2014: Jackall's Pompadour - 0

    Jackall's new topwater bait, The Pompadour, features a set of wings and a noisy tail prop. The designers say that the crawling action and ruckus on the surface will call in fish from long distances. 

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  • July 21, 2014

    Survival Skills: Find Wild Seeds to Make Your Own Grain - 0

    A field of weeds may not seem very useful, but one that contains edible seeds offers a surprising wealth of forage. Wild grains served as staple foods for our ancestors both before and during the early days of agriculture, and these grain plants can still be found growing in the wild. Find the right plants, and you can grind the seeds into flour and boil them into cooked cereals. Look for these three wild grains as summer comes to a close. [ Read Full Post ]


  • July 21, 2014

    4 Trusty Shrimp Rigs for Sport Fish - 0

    You can try listing the saltwater sport fish that don’t eat shrimp, but you won't get very far. The fact is, these tasty crustaceans offer anglers much more than a shrimp cocktail appetizer: They're a can't-miss bait that will reliably catch fish during any season.

    The time of the year does affect the size and availability of shrimp, but this handful of options should cover most of your rigging needs.

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  • July 21, 2014

    Video: Wild Leopard Rescued From Indian Well - 0

    We often hear news of large-scale hunts for man-eating big cats in India, but this viral video of Indian villagers rescuing a trapped leopard reveals a non-fatal encounter with one of the country's feline predators.

    [ Read Full Post ]


  • July 21, 2014

    Gray Seals Overwhelm New England, Residents Call for Controlled Hunts - 3

    The gray seal was nearly wiped out of New England decades ago, but the coastal population has since rebounded so successfully, some residents are calling for hunts to control the burgeoning seal numbers.

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  • July 21, 2014

    Bowhunting Prep: Broadheads vs. Field Points - 0

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    With many of today's broadheads claiming field point accuracy, some hunters make the switch from the field points to broadheads without sighting in their bow for their hunting tips. But, this is a big mistake. 

    Archery expert Larry Wise demonstrates the importance of shooting and sighting in for your broadheads before the season starts.

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  • July 21, 2014

    Whitetail Hunting Tips: How to Hunt a Barnyard Buck - 0

    Photo By: Lance Krueger

    One of the oldest adages of whitetail deer hunting is, “Don’t hunt where the deer are—hunt where they’re going to be.” In farm country, woodlots dot open expanses of agricultural fields, making it easy for hunters to bump deer out of these small tracts of timber.

    So bucks that live to see four years of age or more have a few other hiding spots, and chances are there’s a barnyard among them. 

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