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Crossbow Test 2014

Crossbow manufacturers have upped their game, creating new bows that are more ergonomic and easier to cock, shoulder, hold, and carry than their predecessors were. Here's a look at 9 new bows.
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Check out these hard-hitting tactics and setups to help you draw blood long before the rut.
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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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Shooting Editor John B. Snow puts this beefy, but elegant, precision bolt gun to the test.
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  • May 6, 2010

    Moment of Impact - 3

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    This dramatic photo captures the impact of a load of No. 6 shot as it slams into a turkey. You can see the wad from the shotshell over the back of the tom. The distance of this shot was about 35 yards and the specific shell used was Federal Premium’s Heavyweight No. 6s with the Flitecontrol wad. This is actually from a 20-gauge shotgun, specifically Benelli’s excellent M2.

    For more photos form this sequence click here >> [ Read Full Post ]

  • May 6, 2010

    Bark Collar Recommendations Anyone? - 2


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    In case you missed my last post, I'm in need of a bark collar to keep the mutts quiet in the small apartment we're now living in. I've never had need of a bark collar so am looking to you, Gun Doggers, for some recommendations. I've got a few in mind, but any feedback or experience you have with bark collars is appreciated.

    [ Read Full Post ]

  • May 5, 2010

    You Are a Wimp Compared To: Alexander "Sasha" Siemel - 24

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    Outdoor Life correspondent Gayne Young looks to the past and the present to find the outdoor personalities that prove just how wimpy the rest of us really are.

    Alexander “Sasha” Siemel took over 300 jaguars in his hunting career.

    With a spear.

    In the very confining quarters of the South American jungle.

    How many cats have I taken?  One.  A bobcat, in the South Texas Brush Country with an old hound man that was more interested in telling me about his recent prostrate operation than he was in running his dogs.  I actually shot the bobcat in an effort to get away from my guide and his constant warnings to get checked “soon and often.”  For putting up with my guide as long as I did I don’t know that I can truly label myself a wimp.  But compared to Sasha Siemel and his life, yeah, I’m a wimp. [ Read Full Post ]

  • May 5, 2010

    Scopes Everywhere - 6

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    I’m in the middle of one of my big roundups of new rifles and shotguns and I can’t deny it: my workroom right now is a mess and my scopes seem to be spreading like mushrooms in a cave.

    Why so many? Well, each new rifle gets shot with both high-magnification target scopes for maximum precision during accuracy testing and, in the case of hunting rifles, a scope that is appropriate for that use. So I have a profusion of optics blanketing my workbench at the moment. [ Read Full Post ]

  • May 5, 2010

    Rubin's Rubric - 12

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    Anti-Constitutional elitist repeats lie so often, even he believes it.

    Marc Rubin is a former advertising art director and television script writer who understands the simple maxim that if you repeat a lie often enough, many people will accept it as the truth.

    A longtime gun-control zealot and anti-Constitution elitist, Rubin attempted to bludgeon readers into believing the Second Amendment does not offer a Contitutional right to own a gun in a recent column he wrote as the NY Obama Administration Examiner. [ Read Full Post ]

  • May 5, 2010

    A Bitter Pill - 80

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    The quantitative impact of predators keeps coming. In a previously elk-rich valley of western Montana, a hunting outfitter is recommending an emergency closure because of plummeting ungulate populations.

    The culprit? Wolves. [ Read Full Post ]

  • May 5, 2010

    Fear the Deer - 17

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    Anyone who has ever watched a Milwaukee Bucks NBA basketball game is probably familiar with the chant of their devoted fans. During home games, it’s not uncommon to hear the Milwaukee crowd taunting the other team by screaming “fear the deer!” In reality, I doubt that very many people have been afraid of deer or feared this spirited chant for that matter. However, recently some Milwaukee Buck fans that were enjoying the game in a Wisconsin bar had good reason to actually “fear the deer.” Ironically, two thirsty whitetails busted through a glass window and ran into the crowded Stout Ale House Bar during the Bucks playoff game with Atlanta. In fact, many customers were watching the game when the two deer literally busted up the party. [ Read Full Post ]

  • May 5, 2010

    Best Gun Dogs for an Apartment? - 2

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    Through a series of circumstances I find myself once again living in an apartment. What years ago was no big deal, now seems like a study in minimization. While storage space is a premium, the real challenge is keeping two dogs that are used to their own yard and a large house in a small apartment. In one week I've already received a notice of complaint from management. It got me to thinking what the best breeds would be for those gun dog guys and gals living in an

    apartment. Here are a few of my choices:

    [ Read Full Post ]

  • May 4, 2010

    LIVE From the Gulf: Fish On! - 1


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    May 4, 5 p.m. EST---Some charter boat captains in the Gulf of Mexico went back to work today, fishing the waters west of the Deepwater Horizon oil disaster. 

    "The Gulf is alive and well," Devlin Roussel told me this afternoon while on his way in from an offshore charter. "We had one yellow and lots of blacks. Yellows were busting all over, but eating tiny bait and didn't want what we had. A great day, though." [ Read Full Post ]

  • May 4, 2010

    You Are A Wimp Compared To: Jessica Watson and Abby Sunderland - 9

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    Outdoor Life correspondent Gayne Young looks to the past and the present to find the outdoor personalities that prove just how wimpy the rest of us really are.

    Among my many accomplishments at age 16 were getting a driver’s license, having a part time lifeguarding job at the city pool, and making out with Jenny Evans on her living room couch while her parents were obliviously unaware in the next room.  How do these experiences compare to those of 16-year-old Australian teenager Jessica Watson?  Well…they don’t.  Because compared to her, I’m a wimp.

    If things continue as well as they have, in the next week or two Watson will officially become the youngest person to sail around the world.  Solo.  [ Read Full Post ]

  • May 4, 2010

    Sniper Sets Record - 18

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    The encounter speaks for itself. A British sniper deployed in Afghanistan killed two Taliban fighters with two consecutive shots at a jaw dropping 2,706 yards. That’s 1.54 miles for those of you trying to do the math at home.

    His weapon was the L115A3 Long Range Rifle chambered in .338 Lapua. This cartridge, which already had been anointed the Next Great Thing in long-range shooting, is sure to see its popularity climb to even greater heights. [ Read Full Post ]

  • May 4, 2010

    You Should Thank the Supreme Court - 9

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    If you like checking out the Big Buck Zone for monster whitetails, hunting adventures, freaky sheds and hot new hunting tactics, you need to send a thank you to the Supreme Court. Why?

    A court battle has been playing out behind the scenes and it could have directly affected readers of this blog, readers of hunting magazines and even viewers of outdoor television. What's the skinny? Back in July of  2009 I wrote about a Robert J. Stevens of Virginia who was convicted of producing and selling films about dogs. Basically he edited old footage together, added narration and sold the films. He didn't do anything illegal. In fact, he has no prior criminal record. [ Read Full Post ]

  • May 4, 2010

    Maine Turkey Opener - 12

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    You could call it a long hunt (up at 3 a.m.), or a short one (10 minutes of amped-up, mid-morning action), depending. You could call it spring gobbler season but it felt more like July. My California turkey hunt, Kentucky trip, and recent Vermont opener gonzo deal (400-plus road miles; a hard-gobbling late-morning big timber bird that had my safety off, and spitting and drumming in my ears before it drifted away unseen but still heard) were behind me. The May 3 Maine start-up had arrived.

    I’d scouted home ground by mountain bike (it’s camouflaged), and by old Ford truck the way I often do, and had some birds. Early leaf-out and a steamy forecast loomed, with daytime temperatures pushing 80 by the end of it. You take what you get in the turkey woods. Woodcock called (“peenting,” they dub it) as I eased through the field, crossed the creek, and covered yet another greened-up space. One of my goose holes in season, it also doubles as a spring gobbler spot. [ Read Full Post ]

  • May 3, 2010

    Siberian Hunter Saves Yeti? - 11

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    Afanasy Kiskorov might just be the bravest hunter I’ve ever heard of. 

    Then again, he might just be insane. 

    Or prone to delusions of grandeur.

    According to the ITAR-TASS World Service, last week big game hunter Kiskorov of the village Senzaskie Kichi in the Kemerovo Region of Siberia (Honestly, can anybody really pronounce these names?) was fishing with friends on the river Kabyrza (My God, what do these people have against vowels!?) when he heard breaking ice and a shrill cry. Kiskorov and his friends rushed to the sound to find “a creature, covered with dark-brown fur” apparently drowning about ten meters from shore.  Based on signed letters obtained from the men, district officials reported that “The strange creature, looking like a huge man, tried several times to get out of water and to stand up on both feet, but dropped into the water each time and was howling. The hunters stood frozen and only Kiskorov hurried to offer help: he threw the creature the dry trunk of a young aspen tree, the creature clutched to it and crawled to the bank.” [ Read Full Post ]

  • May 1, 2010

    Brown Is Down - 4

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    We here at the Strut Zone have seen all manner of albino or partially white turkeys, but I can't recall ever having seen a brown wild turkey gobbler. Word is that Dusty Burleson of Lead Hill, Arkansas took the bird last week. Cool gobbler. Here's one that we got in last season. [ Read Full Post ]