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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 19, 2010

    Bearded Spring Hens - 9

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    Like the hen turkey in artist (and hunter) John James Audubon's painting, this one also wore a six- or seven-inch beard. The growth was skinny, and wet from the previous night's spring showers. Biologists say 10% or less of hen populations are bearded. I've seen a number over the years. In October, she might have been in trouble. In May, last Saturday specifically, I gave her walking rights. After killing a nice longbeard on the Maine opener, I was now milking my second tag, but maybe thinking just a little of closing the deal on a second bird (it all ends at noon on June 5). [ Read Full Post ]

  • May 18, 2010

    Oil Nears The Keys - 2


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    The U.S. Coast Guard has reported that tar balls likely from the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig have begun to show up near Key West, Florida. Further, nearly 46,000 square miles of federal waters have been closed to fishing.

    It is likely that oil from the Deepwater Horizon spill has very likely already entered the Gulf of Mexico’s Loop Current, according to National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Administrator Jane Lubchenco.

    [ Read Full Post ]

  • May 18, 2010

    Safari Jet - 9

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    Gayne looks at the ultimate in hunter transportation – the Safari Jet.

    Conceived by Avro Business Jet, BAE Systems, and Design Q, the Safari Jet is designed to land on short uneven runways in prime wildlife areas.  From there the crew can open the “viewing platform” so up to eight passengers can enjoy watching animals. Or whatever else happens to be outside your jet. [ Read Full Post ]

  • May 18, 2010

    Hoosier Mountain Lion Sighting Confirmed - 10

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    Just weeks after implementing a new department policy designed to consistently and systematically investigate public reports of mountain lion sightings in the Hoosier State, the Indiana Department of Natural Resources Division of Fish and Wildlife has confirmed the presence of a mountain lion in rural Greene County.

    It marked the second time the department has confirmed the presence of mountain lions in the wild in Indiana, both times based upon photographic evidence. [ Read Full Post ]

  • May 18, 2010

    Knuckle Sandwich - 22

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    I was walking back to my office with my friend Ky today. We were both carrying guns—in broad daylight—down the main street of our town (God bless rural Montana), on our way to a field day for kids sponsored by our local National Wild Turkey Federation and Ducks Unlimited chapters.

    Maybe it was the moxie of our plain-day display of firearms. Maybe it was the prospect of spending the next four hours alternately terrified and thrilled as we introduced youngsters to guns.

    But Ky turned to me and said, “When was the last time you were in a fistfight?” [ Read Full Post ]

  • May 18, 2010

    Scent Lok Showdown - 11

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    The long-awaited ruling regarding allegations of false advertising by ALS, the manufacturer of Scent Lok clothing, has been issued in U.S. Federal Court. The law firm of Heins, Mills & Olson issued this release on their website:


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  • May 18, 2010

    Obama's Dog: $1,600 Gift - 4


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    According to this Yahoo! News story, President Obama's dog, Bo, is worth $1,600. The figure comes from the President's 2009 Financial Disclosure forms. On it, the First Dog's value is listed as a gift from the late Sen. Edward Kennedy.

    For some the value of a dog is immeasurable. For others it's simple arithmetic. For some, they place a value on a dog by the initial investment that they put out. For others that initial value is just the beginning and lump-sum worth is compounded by vet bills, feed, campaigning costs and potential stud fees or breeding income. Start getting sentimental about memories captured while with your dog and its value hits that immeasurable level.

    But $1,600 for a pooch whose biggest achievement will be to not poop on the White House carpet? What do you think Gun Doggers? [ Read Full Post ]

  • May 17, 2010

    Gayne’s Puppy Chronicles - 14

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    Molly the dog came with my wife Karen.

    It was kind of a package deal. 

    Some wives come with a dowry, mine came with a dog.  I actually think it was a pretty good deal.

    Molly was part ridgeback, part greyhound, and all mutt and by the time I came into the relationship she was a year and half old and weighed in at around 65 pounds.  In the period before my arrival she had turned the garden part of Karen’s garden home into a desolate area that resembled Sherman’s March to the Sea.  Molly followed some commands, such as “sit” and “heal,” but choose to ignore or didn’t understand others, such as “sit” and “heal.”  She wasn’t well trained but she was great nonetheless.   [ Read Full Post ]

  • May 17, 2010

    Gold-plated AK-47 (And Other Examples of Bespoke Taste in Narco-Guns) - 7

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    Actually, the very shiny gun here is an AKS-74U, from what I can tell—though slightly modified from the original design that was supposed to propel the people’s revolution to global victory during the Cold War.

    My favorite touch is the jewelling on the bolt carrier. It’s as if whatever poor gunsmith was tasked with creating this monstrosity were actually interested in trying to make something beautiful for Tony Montana Jr., or whoever it was who commissioned the work. [ Read Full Post ]

  • May 17, 2010

    Poacher Robs Hunter Of Record-Book Buck - 26

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    Just about anyone who has climbed into a fall treestand has imagined what it would be like to encounter a top-heavy trophy buck of a lifetime. In most cases, late night dreams and daytime fantasies are about as close as most hunters ever come to tagging a record book buck. However, Ohio bowhunter Ian Obenshain came dangerously close to harvesting what would have been the largest typical buck of the 2009 season. Unfortunately, a poacher robbed Obenshain of his chance to shoot the giant 16-point buck that he had been scouting throughout the pre-season in nearby Adams County. [ Read Full Post ]

  • May 16, 2010

    BP: Clean Up Your Damn Mess - 5


    My two weeks on the ground in Louisiana have been a complete learning experience. Not only have I learned more about the Machiveallen machinations of large corporate America, but also of the media and the spin our country has adopted as truth. Ultimately the nation’s learning experience from the BP/Halliburton/TransOcean Oil Spill will never result in changes or answers, but more reasons to lessen corporate governmental oversight on large industry. How as an individual am I to balance a healthy belief in a free market economy based on the oil industry as the driving factor behind our financial success with the atrocities and finger-pointing the entities responsible for the mess are trying to shoulder off on the other?  I didn’t think I could, but a Republican senator from Alaska may have changed my mind.

    [ Read Full Post ]

  • May 16, 2010

    Hello Gun Nuts! - 52

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    Conservative commentator Glenn Beck and former U.S. Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich wowed the audience with their keynote addresses at the National Rifle Association annual convention in Charlotte, North Carolina.

    Here are some highlights: [ Read Full Post ]

  • May 15, 2010

    How Much Can We Take? - 3

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    Jon and I got our first day off today. After a long string of sleepless nights culling through photos, editing video, and trying to write everything down, we were able to get about five hours of sleep before the phone calls and requests for our time started pouring in around nine. I think Jon and I would both be remiss if we didn’t say this has been a life-changing experience. [ Read Full Post ]

  • May 15, 2010

    Palin: Obama Would Gut Gun Rights - 55

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    From The Bellingham Herald

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. A spirited and self-deprecating Sarah Palin fired up 9,000 members of the National Rifle Association in Charlotte on Friday, bashing Hollywood, the media and animal-rights groups while warning that President Barack Obama would "gut" the Second Amendment. [ Read Full Post ]

  • May 14, 2010

    The Woods Power Nap - 13

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    Want to increase your late-season longevity, kill gobblers with patience, and live longer? Sure you do. Take a regular woods nap while you’re sitting at the base of a broad-trunked tree waiting for a cement-footed longbeard to arrive.

    Countless studies have demonstrated that napping will increase your cognitive abilities (to think better while hatching gobbler-killing tactics too, no doubt), and obviously refresh you after a season of early-morning risings.

    Ever drop a gobbler using a nap to bide your time? Me too. [ Read Full Post ]