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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 9, 2010

    Chinese Yeti Chupacabra Cat from Hell - 17

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    This week the Daily Telegraph, UK reported on a mysterious “hairless beast” dubbed an “Oriental yeti” trapped by hunters in the Sichuan province.  The hunters were apparently in the area as the result of numerous bear sightings.  The hunters never saw a bear but they did catch something although no one’s quite sure what.  Hunter Lu Chi explained, “It looks a bit like a bear but it doesn’t have any fur and it has a tail like a kangaroo.  It also does not sound like a bear – it has a voice more like a cat and it is calling all the time – perhaps it is looking for the rest of its kind or maybe it’s the last one?” [ Read Full Post ]

  • April 9, 2010

    Stew Over Lui - 18

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    Associate Dean and Professor of Law at UC Berkeley School of Law Goodwin Liu, 39, is President Barak Obama's nominee for a seat on the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. Confirmation hearings before the Senate Judiciary Committee are scheduled for next week. However,  Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., the ranking GOP member, claims that Liu's failure to submit a complete list of his writings in his Senate questionnaire might place the nomination in jeopardy and is seeking a postponement.

    But that may be the least of Liu's problems with conservatives, especially those who are Second Amendment advocates.

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  • April 9, 2010

    California Turkey Hunt Day 2 - 3

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    We’d closed the Day 1 deal on that big Golden State gobbler (research revealed it would score no. 7 all-time for registered California Rios). Stoked, we kept right at it. Camp lunch could wait. Tailgate sandwiches never tasted better. Steve Nessl stepped up to the plate next, swung at what he thought was a good pitch, and struck out. His next at-bat proved more productive.

    First: the running error that cleared the field. I aggressively yelped from the dirt road the way I like to do to locate birds, and a gobbler hammered back on top of the high field. Chad Wiebe hatched a plan: we’d ease as close as possible, set up. We did. The gobbler sounded off a couple dozen times after that. Hung up at maybe 50 yards, with the property line fence between us, I decided to make like a retreating hen to fool that gobbling turkey into crossing, maybe flying over the obstruction, coming closer. [ Read Full Post ]

  • April 8, 2010

    Ernest Hemingway's Iguana Hunt - 10

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    Although Hemingway’s exploits in Africa have inspired many, his iguana hunt on the Cuban coastline with friends John Huston and Peter Viertel is mostly unknown.

    Trying to put a morning of poor fishing behind him, Hemingway pulled his boat into his favorite cove for lunch.

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  • April 8, 2010

    Inaugural Idaho Wolf Hunt Ends - 5

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    Idaho’s history-making hunting season for gray wolves officially ended at dusk last Wednesday, March 31, with 185 wolves killed by hunters, 35 animals shy of the 220 statewide quota.

    Wildlife officials immediately offered words of praise for the historic hunt, claiming it effectively demonstrates that states can responsibly manage a species the federal government spent millions of dollars over the last 15 years restoring in Idaho, Montana and Wyoming. [ Read Full Post ]

  • April 8, 2010

    Add Two Years to Your Dog's Life - 4


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    I'm not politically correct. And because I'm feeling a bit cantankerous, I'm going to be blunt: America is full of a bunch of fat asses that overindulge on feel-good, convenient foods. Not only are we killing ourselves, which is fine, after all we have a bit of a population issue (told you I was in a bad mood), but the same lack of logic is killing our dogs.

    If you want to keep your dog healthy and add years to his life, don't feed him like your kids. Feed him like a canine. A long-term study by Purina proves that properly fed dogs live an average of two years longer than over-fed dogs.

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  • April 7, 2010

    Another Late Season Giant - 28

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    Over the years, my good friend Spook Spann has taken some phenomenal bucks that would absolutely make your jaw drop and heart rate kick into overdrive. This whitetail magnet eats, sleeps, and breathes deer hunting. In fact, he probably spends more time up a tree than a squirrel and it’s this kind of dedication that has wallpapered an extra large trophy room with bone. Spann enjoyed another successful season last year and was able to make several top-heavy bruisers eat some dirt. However, it was a giant he tagged right at the buzzer that really grabbed my attention. There is no doubt that any buck carrying around 160-inches of antler will make your trigger finger itch just a little. Now, try to imagine running into a perfectly racked 8-pointer with those same dimensions. Consequently, this is exactly the caliber of deer that Spann encountered during a late-season archery hunt in Kentucky. [ Read Full Post ]

  • April 7, 2010

    California Turkey Hunt Day 1 - 8

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    Listen up Strut Zone foodies. Here’s the recipe for success, California style:

    • You need a guy who knows the land better than a GPS unit. Enter Chad Wiebe: guide, taxidermist, and hardcore turkey hunter.

    • You need a base camp with comfortable accommodations for the midnight to 4 a.m. sleeping regimen, and solid sustenance at the supper table, wild pig and turkey included. That would be Santa Lucia Outfitters.

    • You need a guy with the desire to chase gobblers 2,500 miles from home. That would be me.

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  • April 7, 2010

    Wolves Presence Alone Impact Elk Numbers - 8

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    A Montana State University study has confirmed what many elk hunters have espoused for years: that the simple presence of wolves can adversely impact elk populations.

    Ecology professor Scott Creel and his associates concluded that wolves made elk more vigilant and skittish, affecting pregnancy and calf numbers in the elk herds—indicating that wolves impact elk populations far beyond direct predation. [ Read Full Post ]

  • April 6, 2010

    Florida Redux: Record Python Captured - 9


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    In case you missed my post about why Florida is the worst state in the Union to train a dog, here is more proof.

    record-setting African Rock Python, the largest species of snake slithering over the Dark Continent, was nabbed in Bird Drive Basin in West Miami-Dade County. The large constrictor is capable of inhaling goats, warthogs and gators/crocs.

    With a dinner menu as formidable as that, what chance does a retriever or bird dog have of surviving an encounter?

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  • April 6, 2010

    Spring Fever Advisory - 9

    The accompanying photo was found circulating on the Internet. We don’t know how this shooter injured himself. It probably was shooter error, but it might have been the result of malfunctioning equipment, equipment that was set up wrong, or the result of a damaged carbon arrow breaking under the tremendous stress of a bow that’s at full draw. ( WARNING: Graphic image behind the break )

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  • April 6, 2010

    10 With Gayne: Mark Buchanan - 16

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    Gayne talks with the famous and the not-so-famous from the outdoor world. It’s 10 minutes of their life they’ll never get back.

    Mark Buchanan

    Mark Buchanan is the owner of Big Bore Productions, makers of hunting, fishing and shooting DVDs.

    How’ya doing today? [ Read Full Post ]

  • April 5, 2010

    DC Reversal - 21

    Judge essentially restores ban by upholding city's gun restrictions

    When the U.S. Supreme Court issued its landmark 2008 Heller decision that recognized the individual's right to own a gun, it also conceded that reasonable regulations on gun ownership might be acceptable. On March 25, U.S. District Judge Ricardo M. Urbina essentially, and arbitrarily, reinstated the D.C. gun ban in everything but name by approving regulations that outlaw semiautomatic pistols, guns that can hold more than 10 bullets, and guns outside the home. Gun owners are required to store firearms unloaded, disabled and unusable. [ Read Full Post ]

  • April 5, 2010

    A-Team Rides Again - 13

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    I pity the fool who isn’t excited for this summer’s release of the A-Team. For gun nuts of a certain age, the four men who were wrongly convicted by a military court of “a crime they didn’t commit” can’t help but evoke a mixture of nostalgia combined with a satchel charge of guilt-free napalm-fueled adrenaline. [ Read Full Post ]

  • April 1, 2010

    Shell Shock - 16

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    Here's a look at the world’s most sophisticated shotgun shell. Personally, I'm satisfied with the seven rounds of 00 buckshot I keep in the 870 that serves as my “meet and greet” gun.

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