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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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May 9, 2008

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  • 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 9, 2009

    Boss Bloomberg - 8

    One man's oligarchy is omnipresent in New York. Next: Your state, your town, your home. [ Read Full Post ]


  • November 8, 2009

    Long Odds in the Land of Lincoln - 2

     

    I climbed down from my stand this morning after a 3-hour sit, my tag still intact and still in my pocket.

    I had a pretty good buck—a heavy 3x4 with a bladed brow tine—come screaming to my rattling at first light. He ran, then walked directly beneath my stand on the timbered edge of a picked cornfield. I drew my bow, but I just couldn’t let an arrow go.

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  • November 8, 2009

    Nash Hits The Big Time - 1

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    I'm proud to say I knew the guy on my left before he became a celebrity.

    In case you've been living in a cave in the Swat Valley, he is Jason Nash, the PR manager for Federal/ATK. And his 15 minutes of fame just kicked off in a major way in this week's edition of The New York Times Magazine. [ Read Full Post ]


  • November 7, 2009

    Game On in the Northeast - 5

     

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    Although warmer weather for the early part of this week threatens to slow things down a bit, bucks seem to be on the move in many parts of the country right now as chase-phase activity kicks into gear. Buddy George Hamilton sent this treestand report from Friday...

    Had a great morning today. The temperature was just below freezing and the winds were not too bad and out of the NW which was perfect for my setup. Off and on throughout the morning, there was a light snow coming down. Conditions seemed perfect and historically, November 6 has proven to be a good day to be in the woods. It felt like the rut to me! 

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  • November 7, 2009

    Hunter, Shooter, Hero - 8

    The police officer who shot the suspected shooter in the rampage at Ft. Hood was an avid hunter and shooter, according to this (www.nytimes.com/2009/11/07/us/07police.html?hp). She sounds like a remarkable woman. I hope she recovers quickly from her wounds.


  • November 7, 2009

    Bruiser In Sight...And Still Going - 6

    I am not a patient hunter. I'm successful largely because I cover lots of ground and prepare to hike longer and farther and higher than the other guy. Make me mobile and '‚m going to get game.

    So it's a special kind of torture for me to spend all day in a treestand, unable to get on the ground and make my own luck. We were told in our orientation here in Illinois that "walk-abouters" weren't tolerated here. And I understand it. We have so many folks on stand that if someone started meandering around the woods would screw everyone up.

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  • November 7, 2009

    How the Beans of Egypt, Maine, Sprouted a Militia - 2

    Time.com's Christopher Ketcham catches a glimpse of enduring American spirit in a small Maine town in this Oct. 24 story. [ Read Full Post ]


  • November 6, 2009

    Illinois, Land of the Grunt - 4

    I have heard whitetail bucks grunting only once before, and I thought it was pigs coming through the brush. Turned out to be a big Texas bruiser that blew past me so fast I couldn't swing my rifle.

    Well, these Illinois bucks grunt like a whole pen full of hungry hogs. I heard three different grunts today during my 12 straight hours on stand. I grunted back to two of them, had them coming in, then they broke and disappeared in heavy brush. But the sound of that guttural, throaty roar will stay with me a long time. [ Read Full Post ]


  • November 6, 2009

    NRA Firing Back at California Gun Bill - 16

    The NRA and its supporters are promising to fight California Assemblyman Kevin DeLeon’s (D-L.A.) AB 962, a state bill recently signed by Gov. Schwarzenegger that requires stricter control over the purchase of handgun ammunition and bans all Internet ammunition sales. Because Schwarzenegger vetoed the same bill one year ago, gun groups were surprised by the action, reported Katie Browning on Sandiegonewsroom.com on Oct. 27. [ Read Full Post ]


  • November 5, 2009

    Rut Kicking Off in Illinois - 8

    It's starting, folks. The whitetail rut, that is.

    I spent 12-1/2 hours on stand in some of the best big-buck country in America- Illinois' Brown County- and saw little bucks bird-dogging does, larger bucks intimidated by something I couldn't see up the ridge, and does starting to get good and squirrelly. [ Read Full Post ]


  • November 5, 2009

    Why Gun Control Does Not Work: 2 Prime Examples In Seattle - 6

    Dave Workman illustrates vividly the intellectual bankruptcy of gun control in his Oct. 21 blog on examiner.com [ Read Full Post ]


  • November 4, 2009

    Rooster Wrap - 12

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    It was another phenomenal day of shooting Browning Cynergy and Citori as well as Winchester 101 model over and unders loaded with Winchester Super-X Super Pheasant loads in 2-3/4 inch 4s and 6s here at R&R Pheasant Hunting in South Dakota. If you need proof, just look at the death tally: the second day in a row of 100 birds in the basket. Our three-day tally was in the neighborhood of 260 birds for 11 or 12 shooters per day.

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  • November 4, 2009

    Idaho Record Muley? - 5

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    Word just in on this awesome muley deer...Taken during the Idaho muzzleloader season (Unit 45), it is said to be the new state record. [ Read Full Post ]


  • November 4, 2009

    Confidence - 8

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    I’m heading off to Canada next week for a Saskatchewan whitetail hunt and pretty quickly settled on bringing a lever gun with me. Took my Marlin 336C in .35 Remington out yesterday to get my new scope dialed in (and an interesting little scope it is too…more on that later) and after I got it on paper I cranked off this 5-shot group. [ Read Full Post ]


  • November 4, 2009

    10th Amendment Movement Update - 7

    Virginia launches boycott of 'unconstitutional' federal laws, urges 49 others to join in combating government's 'abuse of authority'

    Tennessee is urging 49 other states to come together and create a "joint working group between the states" to combat unconstitutional federal legislation and assert state rights, reported Chelsea Schilling on WorldNetDaily on Oct. 21. [ Read Full Post ]