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Crossbow Test 2014

Crossbow manufacturers have upped their game, creating new bows that are more ergonomic and easier to cock, shoulder, hold, and carry than their predecessors were. Here's a look at 9 new bows.
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Pre-Rut Strategies

Check out these hard-hitting tactics and setups to help you draw blood long before the rut.
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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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Review: Colt M2012

Shooting Editor John B. Snow puts this beefy, but elegant, precision bolt gun to the test.
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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 - 1

    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.

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  • July 21, 2014

    Gray Seals Overwhelm New England, Residents Call for Controlled Hunts - 4

    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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  • July 18, 2014

    ICAST 2014: Minn Kota Ulterra Trolling Motor - 0

     

     

    Minn Kota has upgraded the ever-popular Terrova, delivering the Ulterra to the floor of ICAST 2014. The overhaul brings total electronic control and automated stowing ability to the Minn Kota lineup. [ Read Full Post ]


  • July 18, 2014

    Survival Gear Review: Gerber Edict Tactical Folding Knife - 1

    Looking for a lightweight tactical knife? The new Gerber Edict folder is a feather-weight tool at only 3.6 ounces, but delivers the strength and features that you’d expect from a heavier blade.

    While the Edict was designed as a back-up weapon and utility blade for soldiers and police, it’s available to the public for these same tasks. The Edict makes a great tactical Every Day Carry knife with its full size tanto-style blade and fine edge. [ Read Full Post ]


  • July 18, 2014

    Hunting With Handguns: 3 Keys to Better Accuracy - 1

    Photos by John Hafner

    A century ago, handguns had no place afield. In 1935, Smith & Wesson’s .357 Magnum revolver prompted hunters to reconsider. A decade later, S&W added the .44 Magnum, developed by Remington at the urging of Elmer Keith. A “stretched” .44 Special (as the .357 is a lengthened .38 Special), the .44 Magnum preceded Dick Casull’s .454, born of handloads in the .45 Colt. The .41 Magnum appeared in 1964; then Thompson-Center put rifle rounds in handgun frames. The .500 and .460 S&W now top the power charts. Accuracy, however, trumps power in hunting. I once steadied an S&W over a backpack and killed a deer at 95 yards. Then I watched Bill Booth rest his revolver on his knee while sitting and down a buck at 200, shooting double-action. But accuracy with a handgun does not come easy. With no stock to shoulder, a pistol is held far from your torso, in hands with small muscles and many joints, on arms you can’t hold steady even when they are empty. Even your heartbeat will rock your aim. The right setup, coupled with practice, however, will help your bullet find its mark. [ Read Full Post ]


  • July 18, 2014

    ICAST 2014: Fishing Lures That Caught My Attention - 0


    One of the interesting items introduced at ICAST was the Reins Sliding Football Sinker, shown here with a Reins Punching Predator.
    Photo by David A. Brown

    It's no secret that a lot of what hits the fishing industry is made to catch as much fishermen as fish. However, each year the International Convention of Allied Sportfishing Trades (ICAST) shows us a handful of items that make us go "Hmmm." [ Read Full Post ]


  • July 18, 2014

    Pro Bass Lures: The Texas-Rigged Ribbontail - 0

    Editor's Note: This summer we're checking in with a different bass pro every week to get the scoop on their favorite lures and how to fish them.

    Clark Reehm of Texas has competed on the FLW Tour and Bassmaster Elite Series for more than a decade. He also guides on Sam Rayburn Lake in east Texas. One of Reehm's favorite bass lures this summer is a giant worm rigged with a little old-school style.

    The Lure
    Kicker Fish Hightail Ribbontail 11-inch worm, Texas-rigged with a 1/2-ounce black Elite Tungsten weight, with and a 5/0 Gamakatsu RB offset RB on 17-pound Seaguar Abrazx flurorcarbon. He throws it on a Gary Dobyns DX745 rod with an older Shimano Curado 7.1:1 ratio reel.

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