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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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  • March 16, 2010

    March Caption Contest - 58

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    I've seen people walk their cats, rabbits and lizards before, but this is a new one. Best caption wins a fishing lure prize package. Contest ends Friday, March 26, 2010. [ Read Full Post ]

  • March 15, 2010

    Happy Tales: Deformed Pup Saved - 2


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    Because we all love a happy ending, here's a story from Greenville, S.C., about a Labrador retriever-mix-breed puppy that was adopted from the local humane society shelter only to be returned a few weeks later with deformed legs.

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  • March 15, 2010

    These Girls Can Shoot - 12


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    Put down your men’s basketball brackets for just a minute and read about a team that made NCAA history this past weekend in another college sport—competitive shooting.

    The Texas Christian University Horned Frog Rifle Team won their school’s first-ever NCAA Rifle Championships on Friday and Saturday, posting a two-day aggregate score of 4,675.

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  • March 15, 2010

    It Was Wolves - 12

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    Alaskan hunters continued to search the bush outside the tiny Alaskan peninsula town of Chignik for a wolf pack that is thought to have killed  32-year-old schoolteacher Candice Berner. 

    But preliminary indications are that the woman, who was reportedly out for a jog, was killed by wolves and then dragged off a gravel road leading to the town’s airstrip. That’s the early word (, reported by the Anchorage Daily News. Chignik is located about 475 miles southwest of Anchorage.

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  • March 14, 2010

    Why You Need a Dog-Training Program - 0

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    Good hunting dogs typically have high prey drives and because of that can usually overcome our shortcomings as amateur trainers/handlers. The dog's drive to find/retrieve birds keeps him hunting when heavy-handed or mis-timed corrections, or, worse yet, no formal foundation training takes place, so that he, and you, can still be successful in the field.

    A formal, step-wise training program that starts with a foundation and takes you through transition stages to finished-level dog work serves many purposes.

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  • March 13, 2010

    Tweak Your Turkey Gun - 8


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    I caught up with Eddie Stevenson, hardcore turkey hunter, firearms expert, and President of Driftwood Media, to get some advice on making your good turkey gun better. Here’s what he had to say to some pointed interview questions:

    Q: Why should an old-school veteran of the spring woods consider upgrading his sighting system and trigger?

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  • March 13, 2010

    Better Shed Than Dead - 8

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    The snow is melting in the North Country and except for the elk; most of the mature deer have dropped their antlers at my latitude. I've been scouring some of the land near my house and picking up a few sheds with several trips ahead of me to visit my fall haunts for a glimpse of what might be available in the future. [ Read Full Post ]

  • March 12, 2010

    Dumb Things I've Done - 3

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    When mistakes in training, or the field, take place, we often blame the dog. In reality it's almost always our fault. The sooner you can accept that, the sooner you can get beyond it and begin to think through your lesson plan.

    Here are a few of the mistakes that I've made, and what I should have done instead. What are some of your screw ups, Gun Doggers?

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  • March 12, 2010

    Crabzilla - 18

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    It’s being hailed as the biggest crab Great Britain’s ever seen. 

    The press has dubbed it “Crabzilla.” 

    Those uppity Latin-speaking scientists refer to it as Macrocheira kaempferi

    The Japanese would normally call it dinner.  [ Read Full Post ]

  • March 12, 2010

    New Jersey bear hunt? - 7

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    Finally, some sensible talk about bear management in New Jersey. Five years after the state closed its successful bear hunt, New Jersey’s game commission has recommended a fall season to control what is probably the most successful bear population in the nation. [ Read Full Post ]

  • March 10, 2010

    500 AK-47s - 0

    Here’s a spot that will make the one-gun-a-month crowd—and the black-guns-are-evil crowd—have kittens. Personally, I think Cartman needs to diversify his collection. [ Click Read Full Post to See the Video ]

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  • March 10, 2010

    The New E-Collar Trend - 6

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    Electronic collars have revolutionized dog training. While some believe them to be cruel torture devices, that's not the case. Trainers can make instant corrections over long distances with collars, which only helps the dog learn faster, more efficiently and consistently. But this  discussion isn't about  "collar vs. non-collar" training, rather, it's about today's new collars and how they're changing.

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  • March 10, 2010

    Deluded Dick Daley - 10

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    Deluded Dick Daley continues to risk fellow Chicagoans' lives by demanding "common-sense gun laws" even as the U.S. Supreme Court ruminates on his city's senseless gun ban – a municipal fiat that disarms law-abiding citizens and throws them to the mercy of wolves.

    Flanked by parents who lost children to gun violence, Chicago's mayor on March 8, called for state new laws to restrict gun sales and stiffen penalties for criminals who use them. [ Read Full Post ]

  • March 10, 2010

    Bad Call: Gun Retailer Denied Little League Sponsorship - 14

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    Nothing is more aggravating to baseball fans than a bad call by those officiating a game. And in New Jersey last week, the committee in charge of a little league program made a real stinker.

    In an 8-1 vote, the South Orange-Maplewood (NJ) Babe Ruth/Cal Ripken baseball league rejected an offer from a local licensed firearms retailer to become a $300 sponsor for his son’s team because of the potential controversy it may cause. [ Read Full Post ]

  • March 10, 2010

    Tragedy of the Lolo Zone - 16

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    I know this blog occasionally sounds like it should be renamed Wolf Hunting with Andrew McKean. If it’s a bit too wolf-heavy for you, my apologies. We’ll get to other discussions soon.

    But there is no greater topic that affects all aspects of hunting in the West right now than wolves. Not habitat issues. Not access. Wolves have polarized the public. They have challenged wildlife managers. And they have galvanized hunters. [ Read Full Post ]