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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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  • July 11, 2014

    Whitetails: Where Are All The Fawns - 1

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    Following last winter’s historically significant weather conditions, it’s only natural that hunters in the Upper Midwest and Northeast begin searching for some sign of their deer herd’s health. Right around now, that usually means fawn sightings. Although anecdotal information abounds, there is very little hardcore evidence available as of yet in order to reach any conclusions about fawn recruitment. And I’m here to tell you not to jump to any premature conclusions. [ Read Full Post ]

  • July 11, 2014

    Huge Cubera Snapper Could Shatter Alabama State Record - 0

    A thirty-minute fight with a monster cubera snapper off the coast of Alabama may result in a new state record.

    Brett Rutledge and David Simms were trolling with live hardtail for mackerel in 170 feet of water about 40 miles off of Dauphin Island when something big hit one of the lines. Rutledge immediately grabbed the Shimano Speedmaster reel spooled with 30-pound-test monofilament line and commenced to fighting whatever was on the other end.

    "At first I thought it was a big amberjack because I'd caught quite a few jacks earlier. But when it ran away from the wreck we were fishing, I immediately thought it was a shark," Rutledge told

    "Then I got a visual on it and told David, 'Get the gaff!'"

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  • July 11, 2014

    Summertime Bass Fishing: How to Catch a Limit in Any Body of Water - 0

    Nothing screams “vacation” louder than a fishing rod, a tackle box, and catching enough fish for dinner. But whether you’re casting from knee-high grass around a farm pond or screaming a boat across a reservoir, hot-weather fishing can be challenging. Birdsong Creek on the southwest side of Kentucky Lake is where I spend many of my dog days, and it features everything your potential hotspot has as well. Here’s how to fish it.

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  • July 11, 2014

    Bowhunting Prep: Fletching Your Arrows - 1

    Time to pick up some new arrows? After visiting the local pro-shop, hunters often start shooting arrows right out of the box. Many don't consider how their new arrows were fletched, or the crucial role those feathers play.

    Bowhunters–especially those who shoot fixed-blade broadheads–have to account for the blades on the front of the arrow and their tendency to steer the shaft. Larry Wise explains how to fletch your arrows to achieve consistent flight and accuracy.

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  • July 10, 2014

    RMEF Opposes Congressman’s Call for Yellowstone Wolf Buffer Zone - 4

    In the latest move to curtail wolf hunting across the country, Oregon Congressman Peter DeFazio–one of the most vocal, influential, and persistent critics of Western wolf management–called for federal intervention to protect gray wolves that range beyond Yellowstone National Park.

    DeFazio claims hunters who harvest wolves outside park boundaries are directly responsible for the recent decline in Yellowstone’s wolf population. To help solve this “problem," he penned a letter to the Department of the Interior requesting the agency coordinate among states to establish a “wolf safety zone” around Yellowstone National Park. The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation responded to DeFazio with a letter of their own.

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  • July 10, 2014

    Video: Massive Shoal of Anchovies Swarms Southern California Coast - 0

    An enormous school of Northern anchovies made its way to the shores of La Jolla, Calif. on Tuesday, stopping passersby in their tracks. The nearby Scripps Insitution of Oceonography noted such a large-scale phenomenon hadn't occurred in the area for more than 30 years. Many onlookers initially mistook the dense school for an oil spill.

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  • July 10, 2014

    How to Be a Better Bowhunter: Train to Hit - 0

    Photo by: Mark Raycroft

    The traits that separate elite bowhunters from the masses are attention to detail and rigorous training. These are year-round archers, and here’s how they push themselves to become deadly hunters. [ Read Full Post ]

  • July 10, 2014

    Survival Skills: 5 Cool Uses for Summer Berries - 2

    My favorite part of summer is the berries. Raspberry, blackberry, black raspberry, wine berry – you name it, I’ll go pick it. And now is the time to begin. The wild ones are coming in now around much of the country. You could just eat them as-is, and be quite happy. But if you come into a wealth of berries, it’s nice to know some other uses for an excess of these sour/sweet gems. These are just five of the things I do with my berries, when I’m not eating them right off the canes. [ Read Full Post ]

  • July 9, 2014

    Missouri Governor Vetoes Bills to Restructure Captive Deer Management - 0

    Governor Jay Nixon of Missouri vetoed two bills Tuesday designed to relabel captive deer as livestock and also transition management of these cervids to the Department of Agriculture. 

    Currently, captive deer are designated as wildlife and monitored by the Department of Conservation. The agency has called for tighter regulations on high-fence hunting preserves to reduce the spread of CWD. Nixon's move has temporarily stymied the heated debate between the Conservation Department and Missouri deer farmers, who allege they are struggling to stay in business.

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  • July 9, 2014

    Kid-Friendly States: 5 Affordable Places to Take a Child Hunting - 2

    I love Montana for its outdoor opportunities. But when it comes to accommodating youth hunters, my home state could learn a thing or two. Just ask my son, Jack, who wants nothing more than to stalk deer and elk but needs to wait another year until he turns 12 to do it here at home. Fortunately, several states understand that recruiting new hunters is critical and have taken steps to make it happen.

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  • July 9, 2014

    A Tale of Two Bucks - 0

    I wasn’t especially surprised when I pierced the apple at 80 yards. The crossbow I was shooting—Barnett’s Ghost 410—zips arrows at more than 400 feet per second. And the graduated reticle in the bow’s scope showed me precise holdover values all the way out to 100 yards. Punching the apple was a matter of doping the wind and, after a half second of flight, watching the arrow slice through the Red Delicious.

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  • July 8, 2014

    Bowhunting Prep: Keys to Perfect Grip - 1

    Every archer knows that gripping the bow properly is a cornerstone to accurate shooting, and yet poor hand placement is still one of the most common flaws among bowhunters. So, check out these tips from Larry Wise before you hit the range. 

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  • July 8, 2014

    Monster Pacific Halibut Will Not Qualify for IGFA World Record - 0

    Although an enormous Pacific halibut caught in the Alaskan panhandle port of Gustavus is one of the largest landed in the Pacific Ocean in a decade, it will not make the record books.

    The 482-pound fish surpassed the previous 1996 record of 459 pounds, also caught in Alaska. But 77-year-old Jack McGuire lost his chance at the top spot in the IGFA record book when he asked for help during the half-hour fight and Captain Rye Phillips shot and harpooned the fish before hauling it in.

    The IGFA will not qualify a catch if the angler receieved aid or used any tool besides a gaff or net.

    "I think if [Capt. Rye Phillips] had known how big it was, he wouldn't have shot it," Deep Blue Charters manager Andy Martin told the Alaska Dispatch. Martin is Phillips' employer.

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  • July 8, 2014

    Elk Hunting Tips: The Basics of Long-Range Scouting - 0

    Next to deer, the big-game animal most whitetail hunters want to pursue is bull elk. They are big and dramatic, and so is the country they call home. Millions of acres of elk habitat are open to the public and offer free camping and hunting, no guides required. You can make your own elk-hunting adventure, but first you have to find the elk. 

    Unlike whitetails, elk can be here today, gone tomorrow. When they’re disturbed, they’ll run several miles and put at least two big ridges between themselves and trouble. But if undisturbed, they can be patterned, and that’s how you find them—even from thousands of miles away. 

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  • July 7, 2014

    Survival Skills: The Ten Essentials, Then and Now - 2

    Ever heard of the Ten Essentials? The original list of Ten Essentials was drawn up in the 1930’s to aid mountain climbers and outdoorsmen. A Seattle-based group called the Mountaineers designed the list for two reasons. First, it gave people a list of gear to acquire in case of emergency or accident. Second, it provided resources in the event someone was forced to spend an unexpected night–or longer–in the wilderness.

    In 2003, the Mountaineers updated the list by focusing on systems rather than ten specific items. Does this list work for hunters, anglers, survivalists, and other outdoors lovers? See for yourself.

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