May 9, 2008
1. Franchi AL 48
Introduced in 1948, Franchi’s AL 48 is the latest of the Browning-designed long-recoil guns, and is ideal for the grouse hunter who prefers a semi-automatic. The 28-gauge version tips the scales at a light 5.4 pounds, and its slim profile fits nicely in hand. It’s an all-day gun, and the 28-gauge is perfect for close-flushing grouse. With its interchangeable choke tubes, you can adapt the AL 48 to any cover, and the mild recoil makes it a perfect youth gun. (From $899; franchiusa.com) [ Read Full Post ]
Photo by: Bill Lindner/Lindner Imagery
The Rapala Jigging Rap has been around for nearly half a century. In fact, if you’re an icefisherman, you probably have a few of them in your tackle box and know that it’s a dynamite wintertime walleye bait. What you may not realize, however, is that you’re toting around what has quickly become the hottest open-water walleye lure to emerge in many years. You just have to learn where, when, and how to use it. [ Read Full Post ]
The Cleveland Police Department is the first law enforcement agency to challenge an NFL policy banning off-duty officers from carrying their firearms into any of the league's 32 stadiums.
“A police officer is never happy to give up his service weapon, especially when we have the right to carry it, you know, 24 hours, seven days a week, and we’re upheld by our oath, too, to protect and serve the public on or off duty," Jeff Follmer, president of the Cleveland Police Patrolmen’s Association, told Cleveland TV station WOIO 19 Action News on Oct. 4.
Since Cleveland police officers, like those in many other law enforcement agencies, are required to carry their firearms at all times, including when off-duty, the prohibition essentially means police officers cannot attend Cleveland Browns' games unless they are on duty. [ Read Full Post ]
Over the past few years hunters in the U.S. and Canada hunters have taken just about 3 million bucks (1 ½ yr. or older) each and every year. That’s about 150 million pounds of venison or 600 million meals of steaks, chops, and assorted cuts of highly healthy venison. And that’s only the bucks. Throw in the doe harvest which for the past few years has easily bested the buck harvest by more 10 percent and you are looking at some pretty amazing numbers.
Texas hunters continue to rack up the most bucks with roughly 300,000 bucks per year; Michigan remains a distant second at around 200,000 while Wisconsin traditionally ranks third taking approximately 150,000 bucks per year. [ Read Full Post ]
When Ryan Lambert addressed a group of outdoors media folks at his Cajun Fishing Adventures lodge in Buras, La., his impassioned speech on coastal erosion offered fresh perspective on an issue that has plagued the fish-rich Mississippi Delta since the river's channelization altered its natural flow, blocked sediment dispersion into perimeter marshes, and allowed saltwater to creep progressively farther into vegetation that withers with increased salinity. [ Read Full Post ]
If a disaster hits, and you run out of diesel for your truck or generator or heating oil for your home, you can make your own biodiesel out of a wide variety of oils —both vegetable and animal. Olive oil, corn oil, lard, peanut oil, and even recycled fry oil from restaurants all work, but new liquid oil will produce biodiesel with the fewest number of steps.
To create biodiesel in the easiest way, use 1 gallon of new vegetable oil (canola oil, corn oil, and soybean oil are the best), 14 grams (1/2 ounce) of lye in the form of sodium hydroxide (available as drain cleaner), and 800 milliliters (27 ounces) of methanol (methyl alcohol is commonly available as a fuel treatment). Make sure the label says methanol, as isopropyl alcohol won't work. [ Read Full Post ]
Photo by: Ralph Hensley/Windigo Images
Whether you’ve shot your buck early or are just looking for a new bowhunting challenge, wild turkeys offer opportunity and excitement—and the finest meal ever to hit your Thanksgiving table. While bowhunters continue to discover the joys of spring turkey hunting, autumn’s hunt doesn’t see much stick-and-string participation. Yet archery gear is legal in all states that have fall wild turkey seasons. [ Read Full Post ]
If you’re looking for the mother of all space blankets, the heavy-duty Land Shark Survival Bag ought to fit the bill. Designed to suit the needs of a variety of persons, including pilots and soldiers, this bivy-style heat-reflective survival bag can be deployed on land or at sea. Though it seemed heavy and bulky as I first opened the package, I could quickly see that the quality far exceeded my expectations. And here I thought it was going to be just another space blanket. [ Read Full Post ]
Last year hunters bagged 91,357 whitetails and 2,713 mule deer. Three straight years of drought have taken their toll on all deer, including trophy bucks. In 2012, the state had the lowest number of deer entered into the Kansas Trophy Award Program in over a decade. Also in 2012 game officials received 1,274 EHD reports of dead or sick deer in 46 of the state’s 105 counties. Areas along the Nebraska and Missouri borders were most severely impacted.
(See our National Deer Forecast 2013 here.)
But even with the past EHD problems and lower harvests, Kansas remains a whitetail powerhouse in the Midwest. [ Read Full Post ]
"It was an expedition, an adventure. I've never done anything like that," is how Jim Sollecito describes his journey to the edge of nowhere to land a potential fly fishing record Arctic char.
The fishing trip of a lifetime began when Sollecito, a Baldwinsville, NY resident, met French Canadians Keith Richardson and his son, Patrick, last summer while salmon fishing at Big River in Labrador. The three got to talking and decided to head even farther north the following year.
The group began their trip on July 28 when they flew a float plane to Tasiujak Lake. Sollecito, 59, said the going was tough, the weather was bad, but the fishing around camp was great. "It was tremendous fishing," Sollecito told Syracuse.com. "We were casting egg sucking leeches and muddler minnows. We were landing countless lake trout up to 12 pounds - and there were some we couldn't land that were probably pushing 30 pounds..." [ Read Full Post ]
Photo: Brian Grossenbacher
The mallards leap from their roost on the Susquehanna River, greeting the rising sun with an anxious chorus of beating wings and excited quacks. They’ve been on the move constantly since departing Ontario, and find themselves desperately hungry and eager to find other feeding ducks. They are the perfect birds to kill.
As they bank back into the wind, there I sit, age 13, clutching a hand-me-down Remington 1100. The greenheads slice the air as they descend—how that sound tears me to pieces to this day—and in my youthful exuberance, I raise my hat brim to look. Thus ensues my first lesson in the wild duck’s powerful vision. Since flaring those mallards, I’ve often pondered how ducks visually process their environment. The science is fascinating. And understanding it can make you a better hunter. [ Read Full Post ]
Photo by: Bill Kinney
I recently got this question from an OutdoorLife.com reader Kyle Turner:
"What is thought to be the minimum foot-pounds of energy required to dispatch anything from whitetail deer to moose humanely and ethically?"
The most common figure thrown around when hunters discuss the energy required to ethically kill a whitetail is 1,000 ft.-lb. By this logic, at 1,000 ft.-lb. and above, you’re being ethical; your shot becomes questionable when the energy drops below this level. The problem here is that energy isn’t what kills an animal, making this line of reasoning nearly irrelevant. [ Read Full Post ]
Minnesotan Shawn O’Connor climbed into his tree stand on September 9 hoping to get a bear, any bear really.
He didn’t really consider the possibility of taking a state record black bear.
“I didn’t even know what the state record was,” O’Connor told Rob Passons of Aitkin Age. “I never wait for a big one. I hunt for the meat, so I usually take the first one that shows up.”
The first one that showed up was huge. [ Read Full Post ]