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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 2, 2009

    Days Of Hunter's Past - 11

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    CANDOR, NY—New York’s first modern wild turkey hunting season commenced back in the fall of 1959. Spring hunts didn’t begin until 1968. Pete Clare of Turkey Trot Acres wanted to honor that inaugural hunt 50 years later.

    No blinds, decoys or as Clare says, “supersonic-hearing enhancers,” would be permitted. Vintage shotguns were highly approved of. While Realtree and Mossy Oak camouflage could be found on vests, boots, seat cushions and even guns, nostalgic retro garb was strongly encouraged. [ Read Full Post ]

  • November 2, 2009

    Two Grannies, Two Trophy Bucks - 6


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    Proving that you’re never too old to hunt, 90-year-old Delores Wilhelms got her buck for the second straight year. The Wisconsin granny connected on a 9-point buck earlier this month using a crossbow. Last year, after sitting out hunting for years after her husband passed away, Wilhelms’ neighbor, Ron Haessly, helped the woman return to the woods. She was successful in her initial return to the woods taking a buck with her crossbow then as well. The feat earned Wilhelms a write-up in the pages of Outdoor Life.

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  • November 1, 2009

    Scozzafava and Hoffman Campaigns Take Pass on Gun Rights Questionnaire - 3

    David Codrea notes in his Oct. 24 blog that both candidates for New York's 23rd Congressional District -- including one endorsed by the NRA -- have declined top answer his Gun Rights Political Questionnaire, which he filed with their campaigns "to see if it could be useful in further defining the level of understanding and commitment the candidates have for the right to keep and bear arms. I did, and let the campaigns know I would make their responses available to readers here."

    But, no response. [ Read Full Post ]

  • October 31, 2009

    Protesting the Anti-Gun ‘Bloomberg 7′ Mayors in Virginia - 7

    Philip Van Cleave of the Virginia Citizens Defense League is leading a statewide effort to "out" local mayors who have become New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s lackeys in a big bucks bulldozing of their constitutional rights. [ Read Full Post ]

  • October 30, 2009

    Nebraska Mystery Bucks - 12


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    These photos have just come in—two giant bucks reportedly from Nebraska. Can't hardly believe the size of the buck's rack in the back of that pickup truck! It looks more like a moose. Details as they come in.

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  • October 30, 2009

    Women want... hunters? - 18

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    By a new measure of bliss, my wife should be ecstatic. So why does she glare at me so savagely as I pack my hunting bag?  [ Read Full Post ]

  • October 30, 2009

    Barr: "Perfect Storm" For UN Gun Control Agenda - 8

    Former Georgia Congressman Bob Barr in an Oct. 26 blog-column in the Atlanta Journal Constitution warns that global anti-gun zealots are "on ethe brink of success." [ Read Full Post ]

  • October 29, 2009

    Video Q&A: Answers from Pro Trainers - 0


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    While I'm trying to figure out the video player system here at, I'm running into some serious technical difficulties. I don't want to keep you Gun Doggers waiting any longer for answers to your dog-training questions, so I'm posting links to each answer below.

    After I get all lined up on how to upload vids here, I'll repost each question as its own blog. Until that time, enjoy your professionally answered questions and work at making your dog the best it can be!

    Also, congratulations to the winner of the DT Systems Super Pro Launcher!

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  • October 29, 2009

    Winner: DT Super Pro Launcher - 0


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    We had nine questions submitted for the DT Systems dog-training seminar in Kansas this past weekend. Many of them were very good questions and covered several of the most common problems for dog owners/trainers.

    All of the questions were answered by either George Hickox or Dan Ihrke in a video format, which I'll be posting.

    However, the winner of the DT Systems Super Pro hand-held dummy launcher is...

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  • October 29, 2009

    New Mexico Rifle Elk Hunt - 0

    I wish I had better news to share with everyone.  As it turns out this tour in New Mexico was much like my earlier visit.  We hunted this week on the same ranch that I had previously archery hunted and we saw very few elk.  We weren't without opportunity however, as two out of the three hunters had chances on bulls.  I shared camp this week with David Dillon and Brad Yeomans from Gore, Kevin Sloan from Sitka, and Outdoor Writer and hunter Bob Robb.


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  • October 29, 2009

    Killed by Coyotes - 15

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    In a story from: 

    A teenage folk singer was attacked and killed by two coyotes in a national park in eastern Canada.

    Taylor Mitchell, 19, was attacked while she was hiking alone in Cape Breton Highlands Park, Nova Scotia, when she was attacked by two of the animals on Tuesday. She died of her wounds on Wednesday. [ Read Full Post ]

  • October 29, 2009

    A Broken Record? - 10

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    Way back in 1962, when the world of trophy deer hunting was a far more innocent place, a Nebraska bowhunter by the name of Del Austin arrowed a buck that today still stands as the biggest non-typical ever taken with bow and arrow. Many giant non-typicals have come along over the years, but this huge whitetail just might give the Del Austin buck a run for its money.

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  • October 28, 2009

    A Kentucky Wonder - 14


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    Reports of giant bucks are streaming in to the Big Buck Zone. We promise to post photos and stories at any hour of the day or night as we receive them. Here's a great story out of Kentucky. 

    Anyone who has ever picked up a bow or climbed into a treestand has dreamed about running into an absolute monster during deer season. All of us have envisioned a bruiser with heavy mass and super long tines. Unfortunately, for many hunters this type of buck only shows up during an occasional dream or distracting thought. However, sometimes things just magically fall into place and a distant dream suddenly becomes a reality. This is exactly what happened to a young hunter named Michaella Monroe during Kentucky’s 2009 youth season. Monroe was able to come face to face with a buck that would make any veteran deer hunter’s heart skip a few beats. This young lady kept her cool and was able to drop the hammer on a jaw-dropping giant that would green score around 230. How is that for jumpstarting your season?

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  • October 28, 2009

    Editorial: Fingerprints on ammo sales - 6

    Not surprisingly, the San Francisco Chronicle is all for legislation that requires firearms retailers to check a purchaser's identification and take a thumbprint when selling handgun ammunition. In an Oct. 5 editorial, it said the new law "would close this gaping loophole in efforts to keep our streets safe from gun violence. [ Read Full Post ]

  • October 27, 2009

    Another Minnesota Giant! - 5

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    A cool story from former OL contributor Chris Niskanen on the Pioneer Press’, but after finding a set of huge shed antlers early in 2007, Minnesota hunter Michael Versland became obsessed with hunting the deer.

    The high school biology teacher set out to take the buck with bow and arrow, spotting it twice in 07 and then again the following year. Unfortunately, none of those encounters panned out. In that time, he managed to find the buck’s increasingly large sheds and even captured the monster a few times on his trail camera. [ Read Full Post ]