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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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Wyo. Cast and Blast

Wyoming boasts the largest and most widespread populations of sage grouse. So break a sweat hunting them in the morning and cool off in the river after lunch by fishing for monster trout.
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May 9, 2008

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  • May 16, 2014

    Howeller Dream Master Classic: A Lure That Calls Fish - 2

    Suffice it to say that putting this bait in Howell’s hands a day before the competition on Lake Guntersville commenced was a great move. But the technology that makes this bait unique has game-changing potential for anglers of all skill and experience levels.

    The Howeller features a trio of bass-tempting attributes. First, this medium-diver’s lip begins rather narrow and then flares outward. This pushes a lot of water and causes a wide wobble and intense vibration that Howell says shakes the rod tip like a bladed jig. The bait also features high-frequency rattles in weight-transfer chambers that allow the beads to slide rearward in the lure on the cast for maximum distance, then slide forward when the bait turns nose-down on the retrieve. [ Read Full Post ]

  • May 15, 2014

    Oklahoma Angler Catches Monster Snapping Turtle on Rod and Reel - 3

    Dave Harrell was trying for some catfish but landed this leviathan snapping turtle instead while on Oklahoma’s Eufaula Lake Sunday.

    The Edmond resident said he released the shelled monster shortly after snagging it on his rod and reel.

    I would too! Would you want that thing in the boat with you?

    This picture has gone viral after Harrell posted it on the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation's Facebook page earlier this week.

    What a catch! [ Read Full Post ]

  • May 15, 2014

    127-Pound Paddlefish Breaks SD State Record That Stood for 35 Years - 0

    Image courtesy South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks

    When Mark Harmon drew a permit for the paddlefish snagging season in South Dakota, he didn’t know what to expect when he set out on Lake Francis Case, a body of water situated behind Fort Randall Dam on the Missouri River.

    What transpired was a direct refutation of the old adage “Up $%&* creek without a paddle,” because Harmon ventured up that proverbial creek and sunk the hooks into a 127-pound, 9-ounce paddlefish. Harmon’s fish is a new South Dakota state record, busting a previous record of 120 pounds, 12 ounces that stood for 35 years. [ Read Full Post ]

  • May 15, 2014

    Ohio Teen Catches 40-Pound Carp from Flooded Street - 0

    An Ohio teen has just proved wrong the adage of “fishing will keep kids off the street” by actually catching a fish on the street. And a 3-foot long, 40-pound carp at that.

    Sixteen-year-old Jake Sawyer heard from his North Royalton neighbors that there was a very large fish on the street following Monday’s heavy rain. [ Read Full Post ]

  • May 15, 2014

    Traveling With Guns - 2

    I just got back from a 10-day trip to South Africa and, once again, got to experience the maddening inefficiency and foolishness that characterizes how our government behaves toward those of us who own guns.
    Upon landing in Atlanta, me and my fellow hunters had to go through a four-step process to make our connections home, which was three steps more than necessary. [ Read Full Post ]

  • May 15, 2014

    Survival Skills: Make String — And Cloth! - 0

    I’ll bet the majority of the contestants on Naked and Afraid kick themselves for not picking up some textile skills before shipping out. I don’t know about you, but I was raised with a little modesty, and enough smarts to avoid the casting calls for exploitation TV shows. But if the money was right, and I decided to display my bare buttocks to the world while attempting to survive in a harsh environment, you can bet my hind end wouldn’t be exposed for long. I’d find the best local materials to twist into string, and then weave the string into some clothing and footwear. Here’s how to do it. [ Read Full Post ]

  • May 15, 2014

    Officials Reduce Moose Hunting in Maine and Alaska to Better Manage Declining Populations - 0

    This winter we reported on a handful of new moose studies that cropped up in different states like Maine and New Hampshire, as biologists set out to learn why moose numbers were plummeting. Now, in response to preliminary data, wildlife officials in Maine and Alaska have adjusted their hunting seasons in an attempt to better manage shrinking moose populations.

    Maine’s Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife will reduce moose permits by 25 percent for the 2014 fall season due to the recent impact of winter ticks, the agency announced Friday. Officials in Alaska shut down drawing permit hunts altogether for moose on Alaska’s North Slope, according to a Department of Fish and Game press release from Monday. Both states cited higher than average mortality rates as cause for curtailing their annual hunts. [ Read Full Post ]

  • May 15, 2014

    How To Shoot A Double-Action Revolver - 0

    Photos by Yamil Sued [ Read Full Post ]

  • May 15, 2014

    Whitetails: Why This Year's Fawning Period is Critical - 0

    Remember last fall’s rut? Well I do and in my part of deer country, it peaked somewhere around the second week of November. Fast forward 190-210 days and you have fawn drop. By my math it should peak in most places somewhere around the last week of May to the first week of June. But, roughly 15 percent to 20 percent of the does breed a month or so prior to peak rut, so their fawns are hitting the ground now.

    This is an important year for fawning. The fierce winter of 2013-2014 took its toll on the deer herd in many northern locations. Some deer didn’t make it through and others suffered from malnutrition caused by low temperatures and deep snows. [ Read Full Post ]

  • May 14, 2014

    Granite Creek Sniper Challenge - 0

    My good friend, and sniper competition partner, Bill Wood is putting on a sniper challenge in Montana in early June. The Granite Creek Sniper Challenge is taking place from June 6-8 and promises to be a great time for anyone who likes to shoot practical precision rifle.

    The match is going to have a mix of known and unknown target distances. Some stages are going to require unorthodox shooting positions, and you will need to range targets without the benefit of electronics on some stages. I’ve shot at this facility in the past and the terrain and wind will make for fun, challenging shots. [ Read Full Post ]

  • May 14, 2014

    DNA Tests Confirm First Gray Wolf Found in Iowa in 89 Years - 0

    An Iowa hunter who shot what he believed was a coyote back in February actually shot the first gray wolf to be seen in the state in 89 years, according to the state's Department of Natural Resources. Just released DNA testing confirms that the animal was indeed Canis lupus.

    Iowa’s DNR first received reports of wolf sightings in 2012 but none were confirmed. This recent shooting proves that they are indeed in the state. [ Read Full Post ]

  • May 14, 2014

    Extremely Rare Megamouth Shark Caught in Japan - 0

    A shark so rare that it's only been spotted 58 times since its discovery in 1976 was caught in Japanese waters last month.

    Commercial fishermen netting in 2,600 feet of water near the fishing port of Yui Shimizu, Shizuoka City caught an elusive megamouth shark on April 14, according to WPTV. This marks only the 17th sighting of the fish in Japanese waters. The shark measures more than 14 feet in length and carries over 50 rows of extremely small, hooked teeth in its namesake “mega mouth.” [ Read Full Post ]

  • May 14, 2014

    Exclusive Clip from Discovery Channel's New Hunting Show 'Kodiak' - 1

    The Discovery Channel is promoting a new 4-part series called Kodiak that premiers tonight (10 p.m. ET) and features a trio of families that run a hunting and fishing lodge out of Kodiak Island.

    The series matches a trend in the Discovery Channel's focus on reality television set in Alaska. [ Read Full Post ]

  • May 13, 2014

    Micro Manager: Do Some Math and Save 40 Percent On Your Food Plot Seed - 3

    Those of you who have been following the Micro Manager series know that I've set a budget of about $1,500 for the first year of habitat work on Noah's Farm, a 17-acre parcel I purchased late last summer.

    While $1,500 is a fair amount of money, it's a spartan budget considering everything that needs to be done. That become abundantly clear when shopping for the seed I'll need for food plots and screening cover.

    As mentioned previously, my primary concern for this year's habitat work is focused on enhancing the existing browse and food sources that already exist on the land. I value security and holding cover far more than food in my area of heavily-hunted southern Michigan, thus the bulk of my efforts (and cash) will be focused there. [ Read Full Post ]

  • May 13, 2014

    Two Alabama Men Accused of Cheating in Bass Fishing Tournament - 2

    Photo by WFT

    Two Alabama anglers hooked into some major trouble when they were busted for potentially cheating in a fishing tournament.

    Robert Gillaspie and Gary Lee Minor Jr. stand accused of catching bass prior to the last week’s Owls Fishing Tournament and then claiming they caught last Tuesday and Thursday evening. Information about the cheating came via an anonymous tip. [ Read Full Post ]