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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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Ultimate DIY Guide

Learn how to make fire in a can and 50 other essential skills, inspired projects, and clever hacks to improve your outdoor life.
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  • September 28, 2009

    Pro-Gun Amtrak Amendment Overwhelmingly Passes in the Senate - 3

    An amendment to end the complete gun prohibition on Amtrak trains passed overwhelmingly Wednesday, Sept. 16, in the U.S. Senate by a vote of 68-30. Sen. Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) offered the amendment to allow law-abiding gun owners to safely and legally transport firearms when they travel on Amtrak.

    Current Amtrak regulations prohibit firearms in both checked and carry-on baggage. But Sen. Wicker’s amendment prohibits any federal taxpayer funding of Amtrak if it does not allow gun owners to transport firearms on trains in a manner similar to that of airlines. [ Read Full Post ]

  • September 26, 2009

    Just pass more gun laws... - 6

    Cleveland Gun Rights Examiner Daniel White pulls no punches in his Sept. 14 column on "Dave Stancliff is a columnist for The Times-Standard. He is a former newspaper editor and publisher," White writes. "He is also an idiot." [ Read Full Post ]

  • September 25, 2009

    Record Ram - 49

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    What may turn out to be the largest bighorn sheep ever taken in the United States was harvested last week in Montana’s Missouri River Breaks.

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  • September 25, 2009

    NM Hunt: Last Day - 3

  • September 25, 2009

    Pacifism – a naive and dangerous approach to life - 9

    Self-Defense Examiner Eric Puryear writes in his Sept. 15 column on that pacifism can lead to nothing but trouble in a not-so-pacifist universe. [ Read Full Post ]

  • September 23, 2009

    St. Louis to host 24th Gun Rights Policy Conference, Sep 25-27 - 23

    Seattle Gun Rights Examiner Dave Workman reminds Second Amendment activists that the 24th annual Gun Rights Policy Conference in St. Louis is drawing near "and, already, the agenda looks ripe for sparks." [ Read Full Post ]

  • September 22, 2009

    NM Houdini Elk - 2



    We nicknamed him Houdini. He first caught our attention early Saturday morning, just before sunrise as daylight neared the eastern horizon. We planned to hunt a ridge on the southern side of a draw we had been focusing on over the past few days. I pulled the truck into a dry wash and quieted the engine.  In silence, Katie and I slipped on our packs and adjusted our optics. I pointed in the direction we were headed and off we went. In stride, I glanced over my shoulder and was surprised to see a good size bull skylined on the ridge behind us. I ranged him at 157 yards. He must have been watching us since we arrived. Deciphering only his silhouette, I could tell he was a good bull, probably a six-point, and definitely the best we’d seen yet.

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  • September 22, 2009

    Nevada draws fire after shooting down Utah gun permits - 6

    Utah gun owners are protesting Nevada's decision to reject Utah-issued concealed-weapon permits.


    On July 1, the Nevada Sheriffs' and Chiefs' Association, which sets the Silver State's permit recognition requirements, dropped Utah from the list of states whose permit holders also may carry concealed firearms in Nevada. [ Read Full Post ]

  • September 21, 2009

    The Best Exercise for Pup - 2


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    With hunting seasons either already started or rapidly approaching, getting your dog in peak physical condition will go a long way to making sure he's ready and able to carry out the rigors of hunting, suffers less soreness after the hunt, reduces his chances of injury and just flat-out enjoys himself! [ Read Full Post ]

  • September 21, 2009

    New CWD Findings! - 8

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    The results of a groundbreaking new study indicate that chronic wasting disease (CWD) in deer and elk may be spread by excreted proteins found in the infected animal’s feces. 

    The report, published in the September 9 issue of the journal Nature reveals that CWD-symptomatic prions (or modified proteins) are found in the droppings of deer months before clinical symptoms of the disease are seen in the animals, according to the research team, at University of California, San Francisco and the Colorado Division of Wildlife’s Wildlife Research Center. [ Read Full Post ]

  • September 21, 2009

    New Mexico Elk Hunt Days 2&3 - 0


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    The monsoons have arrived! The biggest rains since June have been pounding our camp and the adjacent mountain ranges for the past two days. Just outside of camp we have a wash to cross each day in order to get to the drainages on the ranch where 90% of our hunting takes place. Yesterday we couldn't cross! We're sharing the camp with three guys from Mississippi on their first elk hunt. Excitement got the better of them yesterday afternoon as we were attempting to cross the wash. As we made the decision to turn around, they decided to go for it. Eventually, they made it back to shore, but not after the water was running over the hood of their truck. Last night at dinner one of the hunters, Richard, was laughing as he said, "I wouldn't be surprised if fish are still swimming around inside Neal's doors!" [ Read Full Post ]

  • September 21, 2009

    Is One Buck Enough? - 55


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    Some states have been discussing or have already implemented a conservative one buck bag limit during deer season. Without question, strict statewide regulations can spark heated arguments among hunters and deer biologists. There are definitely some positive points being voiced from both sides of this controversial issue. Proponents of a single-buck bag limit believe these regulations are the best way to manage and balance deer herds by ensuring a mature age class among the male species. This management plan allows more young bucks to reach their prime and full potential, which will strengthen the gene pool. Most states that are following a one buck bag limit have also taken steps to increase the amount of available doe tags hunters can legally purchase.

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  • September 21, 2009

    First Long Island Turkey Hunt - 7

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    The NHL’s New York Islanders play here. Billy Joel sings about it. And now Long Island, New York is also having its first modern turkey season. 

    The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) has announced dates for the first Long Island wild turkey hunting season, crediting over a decade of wild turkey reintroduction efforts. Just five days long, but hey it’s a start. The season is limited to the five-day fall hunting season in November (see dates below), providing the opportunity to put one on the Thanksgiving table (Nov. 26). [ Read Full Post ]

  • September 21, 2009

    Americans buy more than 1 million firearms in August - 7

    ...And more than 9 million so far in 2009! 

    According to the FBI s National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS), there were 1,074,757 background checks in August, a 12.3 percent increase from the 956,872 reported in August 2008. [ Read Full Post ]

  • September 19, 2009

    Anti-Gun Sunstein confirmed - 13

    Gun Owners of America was among the first to issue a five-alarm alert about the confirmation of Cass Sunstein as head of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs by the Senate in a 57-40 vote on Sept. 11. There was plenty of alarm when Sustein, a bizarre Obama crony who not only supports gun control and opposes hunting, but actually believes animals should have the right to sue hunters, was nominated for this regulatory post.

    Now there's a lot of head-scratching. [ Read Full Post ]