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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

Top Picks

  • While most hunters spend their spring weekends waiting for turkey season, Aaron Milliken spends hour after hour studying Google Earth.

  • Anyone who’s come across one knows what Fred Bear meant a half century ago when he said that the thrill of tangling with a grizzly bear cleanses the soul.

  • Check out the most interesting new rifles, shotguns, and handguns from the 2014 SHOT Show.

  • Fire is your best friend in the wild. That's why you need a quality ferrocerium fire starter, or spark rod, to back up a lighter or matches.

  • November 20, 2009

    Most Unlikely Gun Test Ever - 6

    This should have gone under the heading “Hell Freezes Over,” but the global warming crowd would have complained. Yes, this is a gun test in the New York Times.


    (h/t Uncle [ Read Full Post ]

  • November 20, 2009

    Fall Turkey Transition Time - 14

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    You’ve put some venison in the freezer, and need something to do. Spring turkey seasons are a winter away. Check your state’s website because there might be an opportunity available right now. For starters, Strut Zone’s Fearsome Threesome of fall/winter turkey hunting might give you some road-tripping ideas. [ Read Full Post ]

  • November 20, 2009

    Zero Hour - 2

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    Thursday, November 19 [ Read Full Post ]

  • November 20, 2009

    How To Make Liberals Into Libertarians - 1

    Somehow, 'putting another code in the books' is a bad thing when it reaffirms Second Amendment rights in national parks.  [ Read Full Post ]

  • November 19, 2009

    Obama's Homeland Security: Blame Guns for Fort Hood, Not Islamic Extremism - 8

    Jim Kouri in a Nov. 11 column in Mens News Daily examines how anti-Second Amendment Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano's comments following the murder of 13 people at Fort Hood by an American-born Muslim, serving as U.S. Army psychiatrist, has inspired a great deal of angst from wide range of sources -- and spurred calls for her to step down. [ Read Full Post ]

  • November 19, 2009

    Hoosier Daddy - 1

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    As hunters in several states prepare for their firearms season openers, reports of some absolute stud bucks are streaming into the Big Buck Zone from around the country. Just take a look at this Indiana beauty sent to us by Tim Lord.

    "It was on opening day, this past Saturday, Nov. 14th in Huntington County in Northern Indiana," says Tim. "I was hunting our 250-acre family farm where we grow corn, beans and premium grade alfalfa for a local dairy farm. I was in a Pop-up ground blind on a ridge overlooking our big creek  bottom at 2 in the afternoon when I saw this big 11 point running and chasing a hot doe. They ran right up to me and we’re going to race on by. It was bright, sunny and warm,  around 60 degrees. [ Read Full Post ]

  • November 18, 2009

    Sportsmen Beware! - 9

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    A newly formed congressional caucus comprised of those who generally share the views and agenda held by the country’s most outspoken and politically active anti-hunting organization has yet to make any serious legislative inroads on Capitol Hill, but deserves the continued watchful eye of sportsmen.  [ Read Full Post ]

  • November 18, 2009

    Fort Hood Fallout - 2


    Anti-Second Amendment zealots wasted little time in exploiting the massacre of 13 people at Fort Hood by a gun-wielding loon. But there was also an array of sober, sane responses to the shooting as well -- responses that offered solutions, not ideologic diatribes, responses that say freedom, not repression, is the always the best answer.

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  • November 17, 2009

    BBZ LIVE! Day 3—Score! - 4

    [dme:image size="large" side="left" title="greg [nid:1001319504]" index="-1"/]It’s 1:24 and I am writing this from camp. I shot a buck this morning in the pouring rain and made a less than perfect shot and we decided to back out of the area and go back to get him this afternoon. The waiting is driving me insane. I keep re-creating the moment in my head….




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  • November 17, 2009

    Montana's Mixed Bag - 9


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    Having just returned from hunting the Ft. Benton area of Montana with Pheasants Forever, I have to tell you it's in stark contrast to South Dakota. Especially a South Dakota ranch managed for pheasants and holding a preserve license. But this is true wild-bird hunting in thick, heavy cover for a variety of skittish avian prey and when you put one in the vest, you, and especially the dog, have earned it.

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  • November 17, 2009

    Missouri River Breaks: LAST DAY - 2

    Hello all. The Missouri breaks trip has come to an end. With seventeen hours of driving under our belts getting there and back, plus five days of tough hunting, we're spent. We had high hopes that we'd be bringing back a couple cow elk and some dandy mule deer bucks. In the end, we didn't fill any of our tags, but we had a great experience with family and friends and will plan on returning next year as we always do. We explored country that we hadn't hunted previous to this trip for the last three days of our hunt. Although we came home empty handed in terms of meat for the freezers, we found country that we'll no doubt hunt in the future.


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  • November 17, 2009

    The Scariest Part of the AWB - 36

    Even though Halloween is behind us, we still live have to keep an eye out for dead things coming back to life. Attorney General, Eric Holder, is still pushing for a renewal of the Clinton gun ban, which expired in 2004. 

    Last February, he made strong statements about fulfilling the promises made by President Obama on the campaign trail to make the ban permanent, but the economic and political climate the administration encountered made that legislation a non-starter.  [ Read Full Post ]

  • November 17, 2009

    Deer Hunters On The Front Line - 1

    Hunting takes patience, mental focus and drive. 

    Small wonder then that the soldiers who excel at one of the toughest jobs in the military—the guys who sweep for roadside bombs and other IEDs—also happen to be hunters. 

    From a CBS report that features Specialist Christopher Parsons, a member of the Michigan National Guard who is tasked with “Route Clearance Patrol”: [ Read Full Post ]

  • November 17, 2009

    Questions In A Quandary - 3

    Does denying guns to 'prohibited persons' ensure public safety?  

    Gun Rights Examiner David Codrea has been writing a series of blogs about the slippery slope in allowing some people to have Constitutional rights, but not others. He asks some intriguing questions that require more than a knee-jerk, emotional response. [ Read Full Post ]

  • November 16, 2009

    "World Record" Update - 6

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    We here at the Big Buck Zone promised to keep you apprised and updated on some of the monster bucks shot across the country this fall. Here's the latest on the big Wisconsin deer we told you about last week directly from the good folks at Boone and Crockett Trophy Watch.....

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