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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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Deer Survey Results

We wanted to see how OL readers viewed deer hunting so we could start answering questions about how to manage America's favorite game animal. Here's what you had to say.
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Culling the Herd

Before you applaud or admonish a deer cull, it’s important to first know how these things actually work.
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May 9, 2008

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  • October 27, 2009

    Study: Carrying a gun increases risk of getting shot and killed - 13

    A study published in New Science, a British magazine, says, "People who carry guns are far likelier to get shot – and killed – than those who are unarmed, a study of shooting victims in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, has found."

    The University of Pennsylvania analyzed 677 shootings over two-and-a-half years to discover whether victims were carrying at the time, and compared them to other Philly residents of similar age, sex and ethnicity. The team also accounted for other potentially confounding differences, such as the socioeconomic status of their neighborhood. [ Read Full Post ]

  • October 25, 2009

    Gun retailers aim to plug yearlong bullet shortage - 6

    Weapons sellers say gun enthusiasts won’t have to bite the bullet much longer, as a nearly yearlong nationwide ammunition shortage may be winding down. "We’re seeing the light at the end of the tunnel," said DeWayne Irwin, owner of Cheaper Than Dirt, a Fort Worth store and online retailer. [ Read Full Post ]

  • October 24, 2009

    Fall Birds: Strike 3 - 6


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    We hunters are a results oriented bunch. "Did ya kill?" Back where I come from the expression “Get your turkey?” was (and still is) a common query from men in my native north-central Pennsylvania hometown where fall turkey hunting reigned king until the new modern tradition took over. It’s still big back there. Less so here in moose/deer/bear Maine where I make my home base.

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  • October 23, 2009

    Back to New Mexico! - 0

    Just when it seems like I'm about to slow down I find myself sitting in another airport headed on another adventure!

    I'm headed back to the Gila area in New Mexico, this time to document a few rifle elk hunts for some friends of mine in the industry. It'll be more of a remote "business trip" of sorts with heads of some of the finest outdoor gear companies in the industry and writers onboard.

    This is the same country I'd hunted back in September with a bow! Hopefully the boys will get a chance to catch up with Houdini or another great bull along the way! [ Read Full Post ]

  • October 23, 2009

    Try Tribal For Whitetail Action - 3

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    I'm sure some of you have heard of hunting Indian reservations and maybe a few of you have tried it for turkeys or possibly prairie dogs. Have you thought about hunting them for big game? I just returned from a big game hunt in South Dakota where we hunted whitetails on tribal lands. The hunting was great and South Dakota, like several Great Plains states, has several reservations within its borders to choose from for deer action.

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  • October 23, 2009

    Pennsylvania ‘Firearms Freedom Act’ legislation introduced - 4

    Pennsylvania State Representative Sam Rohrer has introduced the "Firearms Freedom Act" (HB1988) for consideration in the state legislature. The bill is "An Act prohibiting certain firearms, firearm accessories or ammunition from being subject to Federal law or Federal regulation.": [ Read Full Post ]

  • October 23, 2009

    Kansas Deer Hunter Bags Photos of Rare Cougar - 10

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    A deer hunter in northwest Kansas has provided the state Department of Wildlife and Parks with photographic evidence of a mountain lion he watched from his treestand earlier this month, marking the first live cougar documentation in The Sunflower State in 100 years. [ Read Full Post ]

  • October 22, 2009

    Bellyful of Ice Cubes Disqualifies Leading Derby Fish - 5


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    The Martha’s Vineyard (Mass.) Striped Bass and Bluefish Derby committee voted last week to disqualify the heaviest bluefish entered in its competition after it was found to contain ice cubes weighing 1.8 ounces in its stomach. 

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  • October 22, 2009

    The media’s assault on ‘assault weapons’ - 12

    Bob McNitt, outdoors columnist for the Evening Sun in central New York state, offers a good reason why the media generally blows it when it comes to covering Second Amendment issues -- not only do so few "reporters" understand the U.S. Constitution, even fewer have a clue when it comes to firearms. [ Read Full Post ]

  • October 21, 2009

    Off to the DT Systems Seminar! - 0

    Hey Gun Doggers, today is a travel day for me. I'm headed out and catch a plane bright and early tomorrow for Wichita, KS, and then head to Sand Wells Outdoors where the DT Systems seminar with George Hickox and Dan Ihrke will take place.

    We've got a few good questions for George and Dan, but need more for the contest! The winner will receive a Super Pro Launcher from DT Systems. All you have to do is post a question for the pros and you're entered to win!

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  • October 21, 2009

    Montana Antelope - 5


    I've made the annual pilgrimage to hunt antelope in Eastern Montana since I was a toddler. It's always been a family affair. I've hunted with both of my grandfathers, grandmothers, my parents, and my siblings. Many of my friends have harvested their first Antelope with me on the same piece of ground my family has been hunting for over 30 years. Returning from the 16 day Dall Sheep hunt, I was looking forward to something with a little flatter ground, and some country I knew by heart.  [ Read Full Post ]

  • October 21, 2009

    40-Pound Angler Catches 45-Pound Catfish - 6

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    For the rest of his life, Caden Smith will probably relish the time he caught a catfish weighing more than himself—a feat he will quite likely never surpass. That’s because last weekend Caden, a 40-pound 4-year-old, caught and released a 45-pound flathead catfish from Texas’ Trinity River. [ Read Full Post ]

  • October 21, 2009

    ObamaCare could be used to ban guns in home self-defense - 17

    In an Oct. 9 press released posted on, Gun Owners of America issued the following warning:

    "Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus has something to say to gun owners: 'Own a gun; lose your coverage!' [ Read Full Post ]

  • October 20, 2009

    32 Point Minnesota Buck Monster - 18


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    These photos are flying across the Internet this week and if they haven’t landed on your screen yet your friends are holding out. This monster whitetail buck was bowkilled last week in central Minnesota, more specifically on the Camp Ripley military facility ( Information is sketchy, but the buck supposedly has 32 points (all may not be scoreable) and weighed 192 pounds.

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  • October 20, 2009

    South Dakota Rides Again - 3


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    Have you ever taken a road trip down Interstate 90 across South Dakota? If you have I’m sure one of your first thoughts is that South Dakota has a whole lot of nothing. There are oceans of grass for as far as you can see with little change in the topography except for the hiccup of the occasional river or creek bottom. Heck, it’s where Laura Ingalls Wilder wrote her experiences to create the “Little House on the Prairie” series of books. It’s also the reason South Dakota is the undisputed title holder of “Pheasant Capitol of the World.” As a side note, it’s going to be another barn burner of a year in pheasant country. Don’t miss it. 

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