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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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  • April 10, 2014

    Video: Huge Elk Herd Jumps Fence to Cross Road in Montana - 0

    Austin Stonnell recorded video of this massive herd of elk about a block from his home in Bozeman, Mont., on March 26.

    Stonnell, a Washington native studying chemical engineering at Montana State University, said he has no idea how many elk were in the herd but he estimates it was well over 200.

    “It was just a spectacular sight,” Stonnell told me over the phone. “I’ve never seen anything like that but then I’ve only lived in Montana for six months.” [ Read Full Post ]

  • April 10, 2014

    Video: Man Wrestles Hammerhead Shark to Save Hooked Tarpon - 2

    There’s a fine line between bravery and stupidity. Truth be told, I can see plenty of both in this clip.

    A gigantic tarpon is being reeled in when an even larger hammerhead shark appears from the depths of Boca Grande Pass, Fla., for an easy meal. Captain Bo Johnson of the DBo Show intervenes by grabbing the shark’s dorsal fin in an attempt to save the tarpon. A melee of sea foam and thrashing water ensues but in the end the tarpon is saved. [ Read Full Post ]

  • April 10, 2014

    Match the Hatch for Better Spring Crappie Fishing - 0

    Photo: John Neporadny

    Smart," "spooky," and "selective" are terms trout anglers often use to describe their target fish. And now a hardcore band of crappie-fishing experts are uttering phrases such as "matching the hatch" too—but it's not just emerging insects that they are keying on.

    [ Read Full Post ]

  • April 9, 2014

    3 Upcoming Hunting Dogs You Should Know - 1

    Hunting dogs have been developed around the world for thousands of years to assist man in bringing game to hand. We have some very popular breeds working in the U.S. that were developed in other countries – such as the Labrador retriever, German shorthaired pointer, and even the American foxhound. [ Read Full Post ]

  • April 9, 2014

    Florida Anglers Land 720-Pound Mako Shark While Fishing Cobia Tournament - 0

    A group of anglers dead-set on winning a cobia tournament opted to battle a 700-pound mako shark instead.

    Randy Messer and friends had already landed a 40-pound cobia off Destin, Fla. when they spotted a goliath mako cruising just 15 feet below the surface. Messer tossed a live bait into the water and the two-hour battle began. The 700-pound apex predator fought for all its might; breaching the surface, flipping into the air, and towing the 40-foot Sure Lure two miles further out to sea.   [ Read Full Post ]

  • April 9, 2014

    Brutal Winter Causes Fish Kills and Postpones Planned Elk Hunt in Wisconsin - 0

    This year’s brutal winter might finally be winding down, but it looks like we’re stuck dealing with the aftermath for months to come. The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources announced today that an extended ice cover will likely cause a surge of fish kills this year. Officials also decided to push back the state’s first regulated elk hunt by at least one more year after discovering winter-related deaths among its herd. [ Read Full Post ]

  • April 9, 2014

    Survival Gear Review: The SOG Tactical Tomahawk - 2

    For centuries, tomahawk-style axes have been a feared armament on battlefields. From Vikings and pre-contact Native Americans, to modern soldiers in the Vietnam War, diverse peoples have used the tomahawk as a devastating weapon. And just as the simple hand-held knife is still carried by today’s soldiers, so to is the tomahawk. [ Read Full Post ]

  • April 9, 2014

    DIY Project: Build a Cabin for Less Than $2,000 - 1

    Illustration by Kagan McLeod

    It ain’t the Ritz, but it’ll be a place to warm your bones. [ Read Full Post ]

  • April 9, 2014

    Confessions of a Sharpshooter: How a Deer Cull Actually Works - 4

    The last place you would expect to see an animal rights group is protesting alongside a hunters’ rights group, but that’s exactly what is happening on Long Island’s East End. When town, state, and federal authorities announced the plan to remove as many as 3,000 deer from the local population, it polarized the community—and created unlikely allies. This is the first landscape-level cull in the region, and it has certainly garnered its share of opposition.

    Local sportsmen were outraged over the use of hired guns to manage the local whitetail population. As with a lot of areas, access for hunters is extremely limited on Long Island. Now taxpayers are going to fund a service that hunters would happily provide for free?

    Not surprisingly, local animal rights groups were equally opposed. Their protests and petitions started almost immediately. Senators were called, local officials were inundated with requests to stop the impending actions. Many questioned the biological implications of removing so many deer, as they are a keystone species. Mostly, though, the animal rights groups just didn’t want to see that many deer die.

    But before you applaud or admonish a deer cull, it’s important to first know how these things actually work. That’s where I come in. As a wildlife specialist for USDA Wildlife Services, I participated in three deer culls over five years.  [ Read Full Post ]

  • April 8, 2014

    Giant, Man-Eating Crocodile Captured in Uganda - 1

    A crocodile that has been blamed for killing four people on Lake Victoria in Uganda has been captured and if reports are correct, the beast could be the largest of its kind in captivity.

    According to Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) Sulani Tumanya the behemoth weighs more than a ton (about 2,300 pounds) and measures 18 feet in length, according to the New Zealand Herald. The previous record holder for largest known crocodile was a 21-foot-long, 1-ton saltwater crocodile named Lolong. That beast was captured in the Philippines and died at the age of 50 just last year. [ Read Full Post ]

  • April 8, 2014

    Essential Outdoor Skill: Dial in Your Deer - 1

    Trail camera and photos courtesy of Bushnell

    One of the best ways to learn individual bucks’ travel patterns and habits is to organize and study your trail-camera photos—but there are some tricks to keeping all the information straight. Start by giving photos of each buck that meets your harvest criteria a unique file name that includes the buck’s ID (e.g., “Wide Eight”), the date and time each photo was taken, and the camera location (e.g., “Creek Crossing”). This enables you to easily locate all the photos you have of an individual deer. [ Read Full Post ]

  • April 8, 2014

    Discussion with Sally Jewell: Conservation, Land Access, and Recruiting New Hunters - 0

    It’s not every day that you get an invitation to spend time with a Cabinet member. But last month, I got the chance to talk with Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell about conservation, access, and the imperative to bring new folks into our hunting and fishing ranks.

    Here are some highlights of the conversation, which included folks from Boone & Crockett Club, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership, Montana Wildlife Federation, Backcountry Hunters & Anglers, and Trout Unlimited.

    We first discussed the importance of access to public lands. RMEF's David Allen spoke of the need to ensure that the Land & Water Conservation Fund was reauthorized and fully funded. He thanked Secretary Jewell for the President’s budget, which for the first time, includes full funding for the LWCF. That’s $900 million from offshore oil and gas leasing, not tax dollars. All of the groups around the table understand what the LWCF does for hunters and anglers. Nobody balked when the Secretary asked for help getting the President’s budget implemented as it relates to the LWCF. [ Read Full Post ]

  • April 7, 2014

    7 Ways The Buddy System Can Keep You Alive - 1

    It’s always more fun to go on outdoor adventures with a friend or family member, but did you know that it’s also much safer? Heading out by yourself can be a great respite from the everyday cares of the world, but a solo emergency situation is not so nice. The buddy system is a common procedure in which two people, the "buddies," work together for mutual benefit and operate together as a two-person team. Here are seven good reasons to never go in alone. [ Read Full Post ]

  • April 7, 2014

    Using Laser Sights for Handguns - 0

    Photo courtesy of Crimson Trace

    Twenty years ago, laser sighting systems on handguns were expensive and unreliable novelty items. Today, thanks to technological advances, 
they are in common use among law enforcement and military personnel, as well as civilians who carry a handgun for personal protection. [ Read Full Post ]

  • April 7, 2014

    South Carolina's Controversial Cormorant Hunt Culls 11K Birds - 3

    More than 1,000 South Carolina hunters received special permits this winter to hunt double-crested cormorants on two lakes in the east-central part of the state. In the span of just one month, hunters harvested 11,653 of the fish-eating birds. One hunter alone reported killing 278 birds, according to The State newspaper.

    Local anglers requested state action to quell the rising numbers of cormorants, which they say eat enough baitfish to negatively impact game fish populations. The South Carolina Department of Natural Resources responded by introducing a special hunting program this year on Lake Marion and Lake Moultrie. [ Read Full Post ]