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Turkey Slam

The turkey world slam took OL's Editor-in-Chief around the world. Check out the photos as Andrew McKean chases gobblers from Florida to Hawaii.
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Top Rangefinders

Today's rangefinders represent a substantial investment, but you get a lot for your money. We tested six of the most feature-packed units to see which are most fieldworthy.
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Deer Survey Results

We wanted to see how OL readers viewed deer hunting so we could start answering questions about how to manage America's favorite game animal. Here's what you had to say.
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Culling the Herd

Before you applaud or admonish a deer cull, it’s important to first know how these things actually work.
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May 9, 2008

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  • Check out the most interesting new rifles, shotguns, and handguns from the 2014 SHOT Show.

  • Fire is your best friend in the wild. That's why you need a quality ferrocerium fire starter, or spark rod, to back up a lighter or matches.

  • February 19, 2014

    Monster Minnesota Lake Trout Could Break Ice Fishing World Record - 2

    The spool on Rob Scott’s tip-up rattled furiously, down to the knot on the spool by the time he ran over to the tripped flag. Scott, from Crane Lake, Minnesota expected a lake trout when the flag went up on an out-of-the-way spot on the ice at Lac La Croix.

    But, he didn’t expect the beast that came through the ice hole – a 45-inch long, 52-pound 3-ounce laker that blew away the previous ice caught lake trout record of 40 pounds.

    Scott dropped a dead shiner a foot off the bottom in 55 feet of water at roughly 1 p.m. when the flag tripped. According to the Duluth News Tribune, Scott said, “He was in deep-water mode for the first half-hour.” [ Read Full Post ]

  • February 19, 2014

    Shed Hunting Dog Competition Continues to Grow - 1

    For the last three years or so, pro trainer Tom Dokken has been championing the use of dogs for shed-antler hunting. There are several trainers out there teaching dogs to search out and retrieve shed antlers, but Dokken has created an association that holds qualifying events and ultimately an invitational championship. This year’s North American Shed Hunting Dog Association 2014 World Shed Dog Championship will be held April 12 and 13 in Northfield, Minn.

    The NASHDA has grown to include three qualifying events, a couple of seminars a year, and even a wild shed-hunting derby. It’s also expanding geographically, with qualifying events now held in Indiana and South Dakota. Dokken is eyeing expansion into the West, where shed hunting is a big deal for sportsmen, and where whitetail, mule deer, elk and even moose all roam. [ Read Full Post ]

  • February 19, 2014

    Video: Students Rescue Buck Locked to Another Buck's Severed Head - 1

    Look closely. Although it appears as though both of these animals are dead, one of these bucks is still kicking.

    The two animals were discovered by Luke Laha, a wildlife management instructor at Pratt Community College in Kansas.

    Laha  told the Outdoor Hub’s Daniel Xu that he first saw the deer while scouting some property in south-central Kansas two months ago. “I saw it was a decently-sized buck with what I thought at the time was a smaller buck,” Laha said. “But then I saw that all that was left of the second one was the head, spine, and rib cage.” [ Read Full Post ]

  • February 19, 2014

    Survival Skills: 4 Ways to Build a Fire Without a Match - 1

    Even if you don't have matches or a lighter, you can still spark a blaze with the right tools and techniques. Be sure to have your tinder bundle, kindling, and fuel wood ready before you start.

    Bow Drill Method

    Notch a board or a flat piece of bark. To make a bow, stretch a string between the ends of a flexible branch and tie it in place, then use a second stick as a vertical spindle. Place the spindle inside the bow with one end in the notched base. Turn the bow once to loop the string around the spindle, then hold the spindle's other end in place with a stone. Place a leaf under the notch and saw back and forth to create a coal. Then move it to the tinder bundle, and blow gently into flame. [ Read Full Post ]

  • February 18, 2014

    Q&A with Hannes Els, a Young-Gun African Hunting Guide - 0

    At the annual Dallas Safari Club convention I was lucky enough to sit down with two African Professional Hunters – one old school, one a relatively new comer - whose combined experience culminates in nearly a century worth of stories. 

    Hannes Els (the relative new comer) is the owner and operator of Limcroma Safaris. He began his career at the ripe age of 12 when he guided clients after plains game in his native South Africa. Twenty-two years later, he is one of the most sought after PH’s in Africa and his outfit hosts hundreds of clients each year.

    Gayne Young: You’ve been guiding since you were 12?

    Hannes Els: Yeah. Not professionally, of course. You can’t get a license in South Africa until you’re 21. That’s when I got mine. I couldn’t wait. [ Read Full Post ]

  • February 18, 2014

    Outdoor Life's 2014 National Whitetail Survey - 6

    CC image from Wikipedia

    Even while America's whitetail population is at its highest, there are critical issues facing the country's deer and deer hunters. Disease, winter kill, predation, and poor land management all have the potential to flip your next deer season on its head. But before we can tackle the problems at hand, we need to figure out which issues are most important to us, America's deer hunters. That's why we've put together our first national deer survey.

    But this form isn't just a way to gauge deer hunter opinion. Our Editor Andrew McKean will take the results to the Quality Deer Management Associations first-ever Whitetail Summit next month and share the data with the world's foremost deer experts. Those experts will take the information back to their home states and use it to inform whitetail management decisions. Stay tuned in the coming weeks for the survey results and news from the QDMA summit.

    Most importantly, take our survey and share it with your buddies. It's time for the voice of America's deer hunters to be heard.    [ Read Full Post ]

  • February 18, 2014

    Winchester's New AA Traaker Loads Help You See Where You're Missing - 0

    Winchester is expanding its line of Traaker loads (ain’t the AA in the middle of the name clever?) to include 12 and 20 gauge shells for sporting clays.

    If you haven’t tried them before you owe it yourself to get a box. For one, they aren’t much more expensive than regular shells – the technology adds about one buck to the price – and, two, they are excellent training tools.

    The wad in these shells is designed to fly true with the pattern of shot and because it is visible it provides excellent visual feedback when you miss. [ Read Full Post ]

  • February 18, 2014

    Angler Lands Giant Hammerhead From Beach, Wins Florida Fishing Tournament - 0

    It was go big or go home for Peter Buban and he did both. During a night of surf fishing in Florida’s Palm Beach County, Buban caught a 13-foot, 9-inch hammerhead shark that went about 1,000 pounds and took home a big prize – first place in the annual Blacktip Challenge shark fishing tournament.

     "I basically beat everybody by two and a half or three feet,” Buban told WFLX (Fox 29).  "It's very rare that somebody is going to beat you with this kind of fish." [ Read Full Post ]

  • February 18, 2014

    Survival Skill: 10 Ways Snow Can Keep You Alive - 0

    A white-out storm during a hunt or a vehicle stuck in a snow drift can often lead to a deadly serious situation. But, strangely, that same snow is a versatile and useful substance that can help to get you out of trouble. Here are my ten favorite ways to use snow for survival purposes. Your first concern in an emergency is shelter. Snow can be turned into many styles of survival shelter. From igloos and quinzees to snow caves and tree wells, a shelter of snow can mean survival on a sub-zero night.

    Your second survival priority is water, which snow can also provide. Just be sure to melt it first for safe consumption. Boil the water if the snow is old and potentially contaminated by animals.   [ Read Full Post ]

  • February 17, 2014

    Ice Fishing Tips: How to Jig Up Jumbo Perch - 0

    Photo by Bill Lindner/Lindner Imagery

    Jigging up perch in the dead of winter can be fun, but hauling up 14-inch fatties is sheer euphoria.

    At times, icefishing for perch can be ridiculously easy, due largely to their voracious appetite. Indeed, catching a bucketful of dinks is often mere child's play. That is not the case with big fish. When these so-called sumo perch start to chew, I become a man on a mission. [ Read Full Post ]

  • February 17, 2014

    Minnesota DNR to Deploy Emergency Feeding Plan for Wild Deer - 2

    The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources agreed to move forward with an emergency feeding plan for wild deer in the northern part of the state Wednesday morning. Whitetails in the region have been hit hard by brutal temperatures and heavy snows this winter, reports the Star Tribune.

    Although reluctant to allow the emergency feeding, the DNR felt pressure from state hunters and the Minnesota Deer Hunters Association to take action. The two agencies met multiple times in past weeks to resolve their conflicting opinions about supplemental feeding. Last week DNR wildlife chief Paul Telander said the agency objected to the practice of feeding deer. He cited its high cost and questionable effectiveness. [ Read Full Post ]

  • February 15, 2014

    Step-By-Step: How to Tie the Fisherman's Knot - 0

    Got two short ropes, but need a long one? A fisherman's knot can join the short ones together.

    Step One

    Loop one rope's end around the other rope, then bring it over both ropes. [ Read Full Post ]

  • February 14, 2014

    Survival Gear Review: Zippo Outdoor 4-in-1 Woodsman - 0

    Feeding your campfire and pitching your shelter are major chores for both recreational camping and survival scenarios. The new 4-in-1 Woodsman from Zippo Outdoor was built to handle many outdoor tasks with just one easy-to-modify tool. So how did it work in my camp?

    Right out of the package, the Woodsman was easy to handle and had enough heft to chop respectably. The entire tool weighs 2 pounds 13 ounces, making it a little heavy for backpacking, but plenty light enough to take to deer camp or for strapping onto a Bug Out Bag. The ax handle seemed a bit long, but the 20-inch length is necessary to accommodate a saw blade of decent length. [ Read Full Post ]

  • February 14, 2014

    Police Survey: Overreaching Gun Control Increases Crime, Endangers Officers - 8

    Last March, the conducted a survey of 15,000 current, former or retired law enforcement officers from across the U.S. regarding gun control policies and the root causes of, and potential solutions to, gun crime in the U.S. The website is dedicated to covering law enforcement-related issues for 400,000 registered members who are all individually-verified federal, state or local law enforcement professionals.

    Although some preliminary results were leaked during last April's debate on the first gun control package proposed in the U.S. Senate since 1994 -- all seven proposed bills were ultimately rejected -- formally released the survey's final results on Feb. 10.

    The survey results confirm a complete and utter disconnect between gun control zealots and reality with 86 percent -- nearly 13,000 of 15,000 respondents -- stating that gun control laws "would have no effect or a negative effect on improving officer safety." [ Read Full Post ]

  • February 14, 2014

    BLM in Cahoots with The Humane Society of the United States? - 9

    It took me longer than it should have. But, eventually, I saw it. The issue beneath the issue. And it ticked me off...

    Outdoor Life Editor Andrew McKean, as he is known to do from time to time, sent me a somewhat-cryptic e-mail about a “possible Open Country blog topic.”

    The e-mail contained a string of comments from Facebook in which several hunters were fired up about the killing of two wild burros in Arizona. [ Read Full Post ]