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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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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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Ultimate DIY Guide

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May 9, 2008

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  • 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.

  • Check out the most interesting new rifles, shotguns, and handguns from the 2014 SHOT Show.

  • Fire is your best friend in the wild. That's why you need a quality ferrocerium fire starter, or spark rod, to back up a lighter or matches.

  • October 5, 2009

    Stalking Dall Sheep - 2

    October 4th, Alaska Dall Sheep Archery Hunt.


    >>ALASKA HUNT VIDEOS HERE!<< [ Read Full Post ]

  • October 5, 2009

    Fall Turkey Double Shot - 10

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    Rain. Wind. Gloom of day. Still carrying my two NY turkey tags. It's open until Nov. 20 in the area where we hunt 'em and we'll be back there soon. Other states will follow in a bit. Stay tuned. On downtime, I caught up with nationally competitive turkey caller, call designer, and hardcore Ohio hunter Josh Grossenbacher of Zink Calls to check his pulse on hunting fall longbeards and the best mouth call for kee-keeing.

    [ Read Full Post ]

  • October 5, 2009

    Toronto police go door-to-door in search for illegal firearms - 10

    Robyn Doolittle, crime reporter for the Toronto Star, writes of a harrowing, real-life nightmare in a strange, smugly Canadian way:

    "Right at this moment in Toronto, there are as many as 4,000 illegal guns tucked under beds, stashed in closets or hidden in dresser drawers," Doolittle writes. "Complicated amnesty laws around gun legislation have many owners confused. Now the city's Guns and Gangs unit is going door to door setting people straight." [ Read Full Post ]

  • October 3, 2009

    How I Ate The World Record Buck - 10



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    As outdoor magazine editors, too much of our time nowadays is spent chasing rumors—especially when it comes to giant whitetails. But I could tell instantly that the rumor I received on a November night in 1993 was different. 

    [ Read Full Post ]

  • October 3, 2009

    Louisville barbershop offers rifle in contest - 9

    As a story reported on in Louisville notes, a local barber is raffling off an AK-47, onen haircut at a time.

    “You get one ticket per customer. If you are an NRA member you get two. If you join the NRA you get six,” said owner Bruce Gooden.

    Gooden said the promotion is not just about increasing business, though business is up.“It's not so much about the AK. It's about the second amendment. That's what I'm trying to do, raise awareness,” he said. [ Read Full Post ]

  • October 2, 2009

    No Trapping—In Montana? - 5

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    Supporters of a dangerous ballot initiative aimed at banning the use of traps to manage furbearers on public land in Montana have been cleared to begin acquiring the 24,400 petition signatures necessary to qualify the measure for the 2010 general election.

    The Montana Secretary of State’s office concluded last week that Florence-based Footloose Montana has until June 18, 2010 to obtain signatures from 5 percent of the total number of qualified voters in Montana, including 5 percent in each of the 34 legislative house districts. That translates into approximately 24,337 signatures to land the initiative on the November 2010 general election ballot. [ Read Full Post ]

  • October 2, 2009

    Dall Sheep Archery Hunt Day 4 - The Opener - 2



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    A little after 10:00 PM I heard from Mark via satellite phone.  They had just returned to camp.  It was a long, but exciting day as they were able to get in close on the ram they had set their sights on stalking.  It's more than a great animal and their plan is to continue to pursue it until the right opportunity presents itself.

    [ Read Full Post ]

  • October 2, 2009

    Tennessee gun debate shifts aim to weapons in cars at work site - 5

    Four months after the adjournment of a Tennessee state legislative session dominated by gun bills -- and four months before the next one starts -- gun legislation was back on center stage at the statehouse on Sept. 22. [ Read Full Post ]

  • October 1, 2009

    Mayors against (illegal) guns, or a sneak attack on the Second Amendment? - 9

    Law and Politics Examiner D. Christian Moore questions the motives of Mayors Against Illegal Guns in his Sept. 19 column on [ Read Full Post ]

  • October 1, 2009

    Alaska Dall Sheep Day 3—Eve of the Opener - 2


    The rains poured down hard during the night. At one point, Nate woke me up to tell me that we needed to move our gear from against the tent walls to keep from getting everything wet. I was still in a daze thanks to the comfortable night's sleep I was getting while sleeping on "the Badass Bobcats" sleeping pad, that we stole from Willie just in case we needed an extra. Turns out I grabbed the wrong pad from my mountain of sleeping pads in the closet at home...the one I brought had a hole and I failed to realize it until the first night out. Good thing Nate brought extras of everything!

    [ Read Full Post ]

  • October 1, 2009

    3 Butchering Tips - 14


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    Dragging your deer to the local butcher can cost a huge chunk of change these days. In most cases, you are left with a lot less money and a long waiting period. Sometimes the quality of work is not up to your standards and a lot of the meat ends up being wasted or suffers from freezer burn. However, here are three easy home butchering tips you can use this season to get the most out of your kill and save some much needed cash. 

    [ Read Full Post ]

  • September 30, 2009

    Endangered Grizzlies - 5


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    It won’t save a single cub, sow or boar, but last week the status changed for the 600-and-some grizzly bears that roam in and around Yellowstone National Park.


    The Yellowstone population of grizzlies was reclassified as “endangered” and if it won’t make a lick of difference to the bears, the designation could affect how and where you hunt in one of the most wildlife-rich regions of America.

    [ Read Full Post ]

  • September 30, 2009

    Alaska Archery Dall Sheep Day 2 - 1

    Dall Sheep Archery Hunt Day 2, T-minus 2 days until the opener

    We hiked into base camp last night and met up with James Smith who had camp already set up.  Three tents and a fire were awaiting our arrival.  We immediately busted out the  optics and began finding sheep.  We ate sheep steaks cooked over the fire and good old Mountain House meals.  We went to sleep excited to begin searching for Nate's Ram first thing in the morning.   [ Read Full Post ]

  • September 30, 2009

    San Francisco Examiner Editorial: States reassert sovereignty with legislation - 9

    On Sept. 21, the San Francisco Examiner editors filed an editorial that implies there may be much more support for Montana's 10th Amendment agitation than some may think -- and from many different sources other than gun owners.

    "There’s a growing movement on the part of states to override federal laws and regulations under the 10th Amendment, which reserves powers to the states not delegated to the federal government. So far, the battle lines have been drawn at Real ID, medical marijuana and firearms, but federally mandated health insurance may not be far behind. [ Read Full Post ]

  • September 29, 2009

    Pay Up Boys - 0

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    New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Pete Grannis today announced that beginning Friday, Sept. 25, recreational marine fishing licenses will be available for sale.

    Recreational marine fishing licenses can be purchased via the DEC website, ordered by mail or telephone at 1-86-NY-DECALS (1-866-933-2257) or by visiting any one of DEC's 1,500 license sales outlets statewide. [ Read Full Post ]