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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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Wyo. Cast and Blast

Wyoming boasts the largest and most widespread populations of sage grouse. So break a sweat hunting them in the morning and cool off in the river after lunch by fishing for monster trout.
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May 9, 2008

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  • April 21, 2010

    Kentucky Turkeys—Day 2 - 10

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    Pre-dawn, my good buddy Josh Grossenbacher cut the truck’s engine near the barn. Day 2, with four longbeards taken by as many hunters on the Kentucky opener, we were feeling right. We eased past fragrant autumn olive, beyond a pond and up a trail into a hollow where we’d listen down below between two ridges. [ Read Full Post ]

  • April 20, 2010

    8 Foot Catfish - 10

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    It’s hard to top out at 18 but that’s exactly what happened to 18 year old Simon Field last month when he landed a fish the size of a canoe in Spain.  Field could fish the remainder of his lifetime and odds are he’ll never beat the size - and thrill - of battling his 7 foot 11 inch, 211 pound monster catfish.  His catch also puts him in a pretty exclusive group of fishermen as, according to the Daily Mail, Field is one of only 30 people in the United Kingdom to land a freshwater fish weighing more than 200 pounds.  When considering all of Europe, the number of anglers only jumps to around 300.  [ Read Full Post ]

  • April 20, 2010

    April Caption Contest - 45

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    What happens between sharks, stays between sharks. Give us a great caption for this cartoon and win some fishing lures! Contest ends Friday, April 30th, 2010. [ Read Full Post ]

  • April 20, 2010

    Real or Fake? What Breed? - 7


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    This photo has made the viral-email rounds for the last couple of years. Subject lines accompanying the photo have included everything from "mutt on steroids" to "strongest dog in the world" to "Russian Special Forces."

    So what do you think Gun Doggers? Is this a real photo of a real dog? If so, what breed is it and just how the heck did it become the Incredible Hulk of the canine world?

    [ Read Full Post ]

  • April 20, 2010

    Kentucky Turkeys Opening Day - 8

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    Every now and then you get a textbook spring gobbler, one that does just what you hoped it would.

    The boys had the turkeys scouted for the Kentucky opener. We checked that flock out again the night of my arrival. Glassing them in a nearby field from behind hay bales, we put the dominant strutter, his longbeard buddy and handful of hens, to bed. Back at camp we enjoyed home cooking, and hatched a plan. [ Read Full Post ]

  • April 20, 2010

    10th Amendment Movement Gaining Momentum - 8

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    Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff and six other states filed a brief in federal court in Montana on Monday, April 12, arguing that the federal government has no constitutional authority to regulate firearms manufactured and sold within their borders.

    According to reporter Robert Gehrke of the Salt Lake Tribune, the friend-of-the-court brief seeks to bolster arguments made by the Montana Shooting Sports Association that legislation passed in that state exempts Montana-made guns from federal taxation, registration, licensing, marking or record-keeping requirements.

    [ Read Full Post ]

  • April 19, 2010

    You Are a Wimp Compared To: Ed Stafford - 15

    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.

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    As of this writing Ed Stafford is on day 745 of walking the length of the Amazon River.  Yes, walking.  And for those of you that are math challenged – such as I am - 741 days is a little more than two years.  What have I done in the last two years?  Other than spend about 2 months on hold with my internet provider, watched several days worth of Jonny Quest reruns with my kids, and cut my life expectancy through excessive beer consumption, pretty much nothing.  [ Read Full Post ]

  • April 19, 2010

    VIDEO: The Devil's Turkeys - 5

    Some of you Strut Zoners might recall Hunting Editor Andrew McKean's trip to Hawaii last spring to hunt spring gobblers. This year, McKean and crew travelled to the Solitude Ranch in the Black Hills of Wyoming to hunt Merriam's turkeys in the shadow of the Devil's Tower national monument. McKean was once again invited by one of our favorite turkey hunting pros Ray Eye and Remington's Linda Powell to sample what has to be some of the finest spring gobbler hunting anywhere. ( Check out the video after the break ) [ Read Full Post ]

  • April 16, 2010

    The Windfall - 8

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    It’s fundraising banquet season for conservation organizations in my corner of the world, and if you aren’t buying $20 tickets for one fundraising raffle or another, you’re just not pulling your weight for wildlife, are you?

    These raffles are insidious excuses to dream a little. Most are for guns, and while I’ve never met a firearm I didn’t want, how many camo-clad Mossbergs or blah-wood .22s do I really need? I could have bought several of these guns for the multiple $20 bills I’ve plunked down over the years for raffle tickets to win one. [ Read Full Post ]

  • April 16, 2010

    A Texas Sized Pickle - 2

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    The curious case of the Christmas Mountains.

    More than 95 percent of Texas is private property. The federal government owns less than 2 percent of the state's total land mass, a vestige of the Texas Republic's 1836-46 stint as an independent nation.

    Therefore, federal and state agencies usually leap at the opportunity to acquire Lone Star State land if it provides public access for recreational pursuits such as hunting.

    [ Read Full Post ]

  • April 16, 2010

    Kentucky Youth Turkey Success - 2

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    Kentucky's general spring season for wild turkeys opens this coming Saturday, April 17. Some 90,000 KY hunters are expected to turkey hunt this spring. Strut Zone will be there on Opening Day to bring you a full report.

    According to state officials, the number of 2-year-old gobblers is at record levels, and biologists predict a good season this year. During the recently concluded youth-only turkey weekend, April 3-4, hunters took more than 1,800 gobblers. One of them was my buddy Tim Herald's son Drew. [ Read Full Post ]

  • April 16, 2010

    Now, Where Did I Put That 16 Foot Shark? - 12

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    Vic Hislop has the type of problem most big game fishermen dream of having: Where to put his 16 foot hammerhead shark?

    Actually, the shark is more than 16 feet long.  It’s more like 16 ½ feet long and weighs over 2,600 pounds.  It was caught off Australia’s New South Wales coast last month when the crew of the shark fishing vessel Santrina hooked into a smaller shark.  As they reeled the first shark toward the boat the monstrous hammerhead took the smaller fish as bait.  After a lengthy and extremely tiring fight they managed to bring the goliath in.  Once the shark and news of its capture made it to shore it was purchased by legendary “shark hunter” Vic Hislop.  Some news outlets have reported that Hislop, who has caught several sharks almost as large himself, paid upwards of 13,000 Australian dollars for the specimen.  So far neither Hislop nor the crew of the Santrina will comment on the price paid.  [ Read Full Post ]

  • April 15, 2010

    Hall to Lead Ducks Unlimited - 0

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    This just in: Former U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service director H. Dale Hall has been tapped as the chief executive officer of Ducks Unlimited.
    Hall, who led the USFWS from 2005-2009 and won nearly unanimous praise for his even-handed, practical approach to wildlife conservation, will take over the reins of the continent’s oldest and largest wetlands-conservation group early next month.

  • April 15, 2010

    Nosler M48 - 4

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    Nosler, the maker of damn fine bullets, also makes damn fine rifles. But while most hunters have at one point or another used Partitions and Ballistic Tips, not nearly as many have had a chance to give the rifles a shot because they are assembled in the same quantities that Ferrari produces racecars.

    Unlike Italian Supercars, though, Nosler’s rifles are becoming more affordable as time goes on because the company has sought out ways to take the best features of its custom line of guns and turn them into more affordable semi-custom rifles. [ Read Full Post ]

  • April 14, 2010

    Lions & Hunters Split Black Hills Deer Harvest - 5

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    New data from the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Department indicates that mountain lions in the Black Hills region of the state killed as many deer last year as did hunters, raising concern among sportsmen and biologist alike.

    Biologists estimate that mountain lions annually kill about 5,500 deer in the Black Hills, almost exactly the same number of animals taken by deer hunters there in the 2009 season.

    In recent years, the Black Hills deer harvest by hunters has declined from 7,800 in 2007, to 7,000 in 2008, and down to 5,500 last year. [ Read Full Post ]