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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.

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  • 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 16, 2009

    Shep's Vigil - 5


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    When a town puts a mutt on equal footing with Lewis and Clark, you know as a dog person you're in the right place. When I reached Ft. Benton, Mont., to hunt with Pheasants Forever, sitting next to the parking lot of the Grand Union Hotel was a statue of a dog. The history behind that statue is a story of enduring loyalty that any dog owner can understand.


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  • November 16, 2009

    When Discrimination Is OK - 3

    The 'No Guns' sign insult – What if the signs read 'No Jews? 'No Dogs or Sailors on the Grass'? 'Whites Only'?  

    Jeff Knox of the notes in a Nov. 1 blog posted on that "no gun" signs are "just another form of discrimination but against gun owners of all races." [ Read Full Post ]

  • November 15, 2009

    The Lucky 13th - 6

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    Fifty-three hours. That’s how long I sat on a plastic deck chair inside a 4-by-4-foot ground blind, looking over the same 40 acres of Saskatchewan woods before I finally killed a buck on Friday.

    This hunt for a big Canadian buck was the toughest hunting challenge of my life, and I hardly moved a muscle. Mentally straining, psychologically crushing, I sat in the same seat—actually two, since I moved blinds after the first two days in the field—for 12 hours a day straining to see a bruiser buck step out of the poplar forest. [ Read Full Post ]

  • November 15, 2009

    Fall Turkey Dog Questions - 16

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    Regular Strut Zone commentator “charlie elk” sent along some questions after our “Finding a Turkey Dog” post. My answers follow here:

    Q. When you pick out a pup are there any indicators one should look for? Or is it the luck of the draw? [ Read Full Post ]

  • November 15, 2009

    Timber Rifle For A Timber Deer - 5

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    Just got out of the woods in Northern Saskatchewan after a week of stand hunting during the rut. Friday the 13th was my lucky day as this buck strolled by me at about 11:30 on the second to last day of the hunt. Like every mature buck my fellow hunters and I saw in camp this week, he was cruising. [ Read Full Post ]

  • November 14, 2009

    Facist Dismisses 10th Amendment Cause As 'Unconstitutional' - 16

    Dennis A. Henigan, the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence Vice President, author of "Lethal Logic," and elitist worm-tounge, cherry picks his way through history and court rulings to support his skewered contention that, essentially, the 10th Amendment in unconstitional in his Nov. 2 hysteria-blog -- Guns in Montana and Tennessee: Is Secession Next? -- posted on Read it to see how this Big Brother bamboozler uses rationalized benevolence to hoodwink the unthinking into unthinking his way. [ Read Full Post ]

  • November 13, 2009

    Black Water Rising - 2


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    I’ve been running a number of trail cameras on my property this pre-season trying to do an extended test on battery performance, trigger speed and overall image quality as an off-shoot of a story I worked on earlier in the year. Some of the models I’ve been checking out include Bushnell’s compact Trophy Cam, the Cuddeback Capture IR, the Moultrie GameSpyi60, the Stealth Cam Prowler, the Reconyx Rapidfire and the high-end SmartScouter.

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  • November 13, 2009

    World Record—Poached - 8

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    A Minnesota man with a criminal history is suspected of illegally killing a massive-racked whitetail buck that could be the largest 8-point ever recorded.

    Last week, Minnesota conservation officers seized the antlers involved in the case and on Thursday, Nov. 12 filed charges against Troy Reinke, 32, of Cannon Falls, Minn. Reinke was charged by the Goodhue County Attorney’s Office with 13 counts, including exceeding his limit and failure to register a deer. [ Read Full Post ]

  • November 13, 2009

    Missouri River Breaks Day 2 - 4

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    After some long drives and lots of time spent looking at maps we're finally in position (with plenty of elk spotted) to have a really good chance at scoring on a couple cows tomorrow morning. We're hunting BLM lands here in Montana and armed with our GPS and a BLM map we're scouring the countryside!!! We spoke with a Montana Fish and Game warden this evening who helped us to pinpoint an access that would put us right on top of a pile of elk! We scouted out the area this evening and found over 300 elk spread between five different herds. From on butte this evening we glassed 30 different branch antlered bulls, biggest being in the 340" class... wow what a glassing point! We also found a great mule deer buck that was on a section of private ground we couldn't access, but it was great to see a buck like that living in the area.  [ Read Full Post ]

  • November 13, 2009

    Missouri River Breaks: Day 1 - 1

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    The drive took well over nine hours. We had to stop to fill up on supplies and food before reaching our destination. By the time the Tundra was finally parked for the night, it was late and the sun had set hours ago. To our delight, the night was clear, so we set up our cots under the stars and shut our eyes in anticipation for a morning filled with mule deer...and possibly some elk.   


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  • November 13, 2009

    State Round-Up - 3

    Both sides say Chicago’s gun ban didn’t work, but agreement ends there.

    Alison Fox, a graduate journalism student at Northwestern University’s Medill school, interviewed Thom Mannard, executive director of the Illinois Council Against Handgun Violence, and Dave Workman, senior editor of Gun Week, for a story published in Medill Reports on Oct 28. [ Read Full Post ]

  • November 12, 2009

    The Industry Revolution - 7

    Americans Buying Bullets Faster Than They Can Be Made

    According to the Nov. 2 Washington Post, the only thing faster than a speeding bullet is bullet sales. The Post says a record-breaking amount of cash has been spent this year to purchase 12 billion rounds of ammunition -- or, 38 bullets for every American.

    Sales in a normal year would be about 7 billion bullets.

    The sales boom, which has exceeded bullet-makers capacity to produce the product, began just before the election of President Obama, according to the Post. [ Read Full Post ]

  • November 12, 2009

    Rut Washout - 9

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    Ask anybody in the know and it was billed as one of the best days, if not the best day, of the seeking and chasing phase of the rut to hunt this year. Yep, November 11 was it, made all the better because it fell on a holiday when many people would actually have the day off from work and could go out there without spending a precious vacation day.  [ Read Full Post ]

  • November 12, 2009

    Saskatchewan Giant Down - 8


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    Finally, we've broken the seal on Saskatchewan bucks. After two days of all-day sits on stand, the four of us hunting together return to camp each evening a little dejected.

    We've seen some decent bucks, but no clear-and-present shooters. Until tonight. Check out the photo of the bruiser that Jon LaCorte put down just as legal light faded this evening.

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  • November 11, 2009

    The Pelosi Ploy - 7

    Misspeaker's Halloween announcement hides 'a trick on American gun owner'

    John M. Snyder, director of the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms, charged on Oct. 30 that Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi says one thing ... and then says another. Actually, there isn't anything subtle or tricky in what she says. Pelosi is pretty blunt: You need to be ruled by benevolent rulers such as her. [ Read Full Post ]