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A Cut Above

Axes and hatchets are among man's oldest and most versatile tools. From splitting firewood to breaking down an elk, there isn't much these venerable icons of the outdoors can't do.
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Spy Baits

Although the term "spy-baiting" may conjure up all manner of creative connotations, this relatively new finesse tactic for bass is rather simple.
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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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May 9, 2008

Top Picks

  • “Do it yourself.” Utter that phrase to your boss and you could end up with a pink slip. Say it to an outdoorsman and the lightbulb comes on.

  • 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.

  • 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 ]

  • November 10, 2009

    World Record? Hmmmmm..... - 18

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    The internet is burning up with reports of the "new" world record whitetail. The stud 12-pointer apparently tallied a gross green score of 217 5/8 which puts it as the new No. 1 for both P&Y and B&C. The hunter, Michael Gregoire of Sheboygan Falls, Wisconsin, shot the 240-pounder last week.

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  • November 10, 2009

    Breeder Guarantees: What to Get - 2

    When it comes to a puppies and genetic disorders, good breeders do everything they can to avoid producing problem animals. That said, odds are that somewhere, at sometime, a genetic disorder will crop up. It could be hip dysplasia, eye, elbow or other problems.

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  • November 10, 2009

    Buck Wins Battle—Lose War - 9

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    Here’s a story to file under the Newshound’s heading of “be careful who you pick a fight with.”

    It’s also a great indicator that the whitetail rut is well underway in the state of Wisconsin.

    A 7-point buck point obviously chose the wrong adversary in his testosterone-induced attempt to exhibit male dominance when it challenged a 640-pound concrete elk statue in the yard of Mark Brye in rural Viroqua, Wisc. [ Read Full Post ]

  • November 10, 2009

    Rooting Out Poachers - 9

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    Investigators in Ohio believe rising unemployment and a tough economy is driving some ginseng diggers in the state to illegally harvest the root on private land and out of season. 

    For the past month, State Wildlife Officers from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife have been contacting many Ohio ginseng dealers and diggers as part of an ongoing investigation. [ Read Full Post ]

  • November 10, 2009

    Hard Work=Consistency - 8

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    Many deer hunters will tell you that luck is definitely a factor in any successful hunt. On the other hand, the die-hard hunters who consistently tag top-heavy bucks season after season will also tell you that a lot of hard work is involved as well. Everything has to fall into place at just the right time to connect with a mature whitetail. Locating and patterning a bruiser buck is tough enough, but knowing exactly where to hang and when to hunt a particular stand is also a difficult task. Many hunters feel this is where luck enters the equation. However, some hunters like Spook Spann who are dragging giants out the field every season disagree with this theory. [ Read Full Post ]

  • November 9, 2009

    Training: SD Pheasant Recovery - 1


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    After putting the hurt on South Dakota pheasants with some over-and-under shotguns from Browning and Winchester, I take off tomorrow for north-central Montana to chase pheasant, sharptails and huns with Pheasants Forever. There's just a little dog work to undertake to remind my pooch that while fun, he still has rules to follow.

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  • November 9, 2009

    Finding A Turkey Dog - 10

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    English setters and pointers (especially those that won’t hold point), Labrador retrievers, hounds such as hard-running beagles, Brittany spaniels, and even mixed breeds are capable of becoming decent turkey dogs, assuming you take the time to hunt that dog where it’ll find flocks. Boykin spaniels were bred historically in the Carolinas for turkey dogging, though ironically South Carolina offers no modern fall season, and North Carolina provides only a winter option. Still, this breed is used in other parts of the country where the tactic is legal, and is particularly effective in smaller woodlots where this short-legged canine can find and flush flocks. [ Read Full Post ]

  • 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 ( 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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