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Bow Test 2014

Perennial underdogs take center podium in our annual examination of the newest compounds. Check out the results of the 2014 Bow Test.
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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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May 9, 2008

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  • May 1, 2010

    Fishing Shut Down - 3

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    It will take years until the devastation of the Deepwater Horizon Gulf of Mexico oil spill is completely determined, but the short-term effects are already being felt throughout the region's commercial and recreational fishing industry. In Venice, Louisiana, nearly wiped out by Hurricane Katrina, fishing boats are now ordered to remain at the docks. Our friends at Louisiana Sportsman magazine report: [ Read Full Post ]

  • April 30, 2010

    Bluegrass Bulls - 2

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    Tick, tock. The clock is running on your chance to win what might be the most coveted big-game tag in America, one of 125 permits for a trophy Kentucky bull elk.
    You heard right. Elk hunting is alive and very well east of the Mississippi, and Kentucky’s management of wapiti make it one of the most remarkable wildlife restoration stories in American history.
    You can participate in the story, but time’s running out. Tonight (April 30) is the deadline to enter the lottery to win one of 800 permits to hunt Bluegrass State elk this fall. Go to Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources’ excellent web site to get an overview of the lottery and hunting opportunities, then follow links to enter the drawing.
      [ Read Full Post ]

  • April 30, 2010

    Sniff-Test for the Trust - 14

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    As mid-term elections near, a fetid stench wafts across the Potomac.

    That fetid stench wafting across the Potomac is but a whiff of what's to come: Namely, mid-term elections.

    It's going to be a long, odorous summer and fall before ballots are cast in November. But, already, the offal is hitting the fan -- and key players are positioning themselves downwind of the crap catapults.

    For instance, Jonathon Cowan in an April 28 column in The Huffington Post, notes how Arizona Sen. John McCain is now a lead sponsor of a bill to eliminate DC's gun laws. [ Read Full Post ]

  • April 30, 2010

    Gayne Tries to Kill the Smell in his Ice Chest - 11

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    “What is that smell?!”  I barked.  “It reeks!”

    My wife looked up from her newspaper to answer with a question, “What’s smell?”

    I finished the last of my beer.  “That smell!  That fishy smell.  How can you not smell it?”

    “I don’t smell anything.”

    I shook my head at her being olfactory challenged and pulled another beer from the ice chest.  I popped the top and went in for a drink.  The smell grew stronger.

    “God!  How can you not smell that?  The whole deck smells like cat food.” [ Read Full Post ]

  • April 29, 2010

    World-Record Tom? - 3

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    Word is there’s a new world-record gobbler on the ground, a toad of a Midwest turkey with six beards and decent spurs. Todd Pringnitz has details at his website.

    The story is captivating, and the fact that the gobbler was taken with an arrow by a hunter who has endured serial bad luck for the last few years makes it even better. This may be the only spring turkey hunter I’ve ever seen wearing shorts in the field. [ Read Full Post ]

  • April 29, 2010

    Exporting Bloodshed - 14

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    As Chicago violence rages, Daley lobbies for global adoption of city's failed gun-control policy   

    When a foolish policy fails, the masterminds who devined it don't admit their mistake and attempt to rectify it. Instead, they attack those who oppose the foolish policy and lobby to expand it.

    Case in point: Chicago Mayor Richard Daley.

    Again. [ Read Full Post ]

  • April 28, 2010

    Hung Up? Shut Up - 9

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    Ask any of my turkey buds, and they’ll say I call a lot. Aggressively even. Other times a dose of silence is my best vocalization. As with other forms of game calling, the right mix of yelping and staying quiet is the ticket for punching turkey tags. You might have some trouble convincing everyone that it works though.

    “Why’d you stop calling?” my good buddy barked, his boot sole resting on a flopping longbeard’s head.

    My response: “You killed that turkey because I shut up.” His glaring look at that comment was priceless. [ Read Full Post ]

  • April 28, 2010

    Western Spring Cleaning - 4

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    There are pros and cons for living in the West. I was reminded of it again this week as snow invaded the turkey hunt I planned for my kids. Of course there are pos and cons for anywhere you live and last week I was also reminded of that while spending the week in South Dakota for work. After wrapping up my business duties I decided to spend an extra day shed hunting and scouting on the properties I hunt annually. [ Read Full Post ]

  • April 27, 2010

    Fish Eggs Do Not Caviar Make - 4

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    While it can be accurately stated that all caviar is comprised of fish eggs, that doesn’t necessarily mean that all fish eggs make caviar.

    Just ask the Aaron family of Heber Springs, Ark.

    Earlier this month, brothers Darwin and Russell Aaron were spearfishing at Greers Ferry Lake where they landed a longnosed gar, a prehistoric looking rough fish with a pointed snout and a mouthful of sharp teeth. They took the fish home and decided to see how it measured up as table fare. [ Read Full Post ]

  • April 27, 2010

    Daddy's Little Girl - 11

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    This girl has “heartbreaker” written all over her. The video isn’t new but every time I see it I can’t help but be impressed and smile. Her enthusiasm as she takes apart, reassembles and then performs a function check on the rifle captures perfectly what makes guns and shooting so much fun. She’s hardly the anti-social, anti-government menace that our foes would make us all out to be, is she? [ Check out the video behind the cut ] [ Read Full Post ]

  • April 26, 2010

    Best Damn Vacuum Ever! - 9


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    Writing a blog about a vacuum on an outdoorsman's website might seem, oh, I don't know, off topic, stupid and perhaps even a waste of time. But, at the expense of committing sacrilege, if you have dogs (and/or, heaven forbid, cats), then do yourself a favor and score points with the Missus by checking out the best damn vacuum you'll ever want: the Dyson Animal series.

    [ Read Full Post ]

  • April 26, 2010

    Professional Pre-Season Planning - 4

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    There is a lot of pressure for professional outfitters and guides to keep their clients on top-heavy bucks throughout the season. Return business can really fall to the wayside if hunters are not shooting or at least seeing deer on a consistent basis. In order to be successful, you have to be willing to go the extra mile, work extremely hard, scout like there is no tomorrow, and take your pre-season planning to a whole new level. With that being said, let’s take an inside look at how outfitters and guides utilize pre-season planning to create and setup red hot stand locations for the fall. Follow this professional plan and you’ll be able to transform your favorite hunting location into a target rich environment on opening day. [ Read Full Post ]

  • April 23, 2010

    Gulf Horror - 8

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    When you tuna fish the offshore oil rigs in the Gulf of Mexico, talk inevitably turns to the escape pods which hang precariously off the sides of the rigs. 

    "Dude? It's just got to hurt when that thing hits the water," I recall saying to Captain Devlin Roussel the first time I laid eyes on a pod. "Although I'm guessing that if you need to use one of 'em, you probably don't much care—you just want out!" [ Read Full Post ]

  • April 23, 2010

    Turkey Grand Slams - 14


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    If you haven’t, you should. Whether by road trip or air travel, the places you visit, and people you meet, add to the quest.

    In my case, living in the Northeast (Pennsylvania born and raised; New England home based), more Easterns have come to the calls over my turkey hunting years (I've hunted a dozen-plus Eastern states; often repeatedly; some for decades). Texas Rios have also been on my radar for a long, long time; California more recently. Merriam’s (Wyoming; South Dakota), and Osceolas (Florida, our only option) have filled my turkey vest too, as they have for some of you.

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  • April 22, 2010

    Stainless Browning BLR M81 Takedown - 6


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    I never did understand the wails of despair from the traditionalists when the first lever guns came out with stainless metal and laminate stocks. I love the classic look of walnut and blued steel on my lever guns as much as the next guy but to my eye the stainless/laminate combo is equally fitting.

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