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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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  • March 5, 2010

    World's Coolest Buck Mount? - 9

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    Are you like me? I’m always on the lookout for something a bit different in the taxidermy arena. I’m actually pretty conservative in the number of mounts in my home, but every few years I’m lucky enough to land a buck I feel deserves a location on my wall. My current craving is for pedestal wall mounts and companies like McKenzie Taxidermy Supply are doing a great job of providing new angles, twists and character throughout the lineup of their forms. Looking through their catalog or website is like kid wandering around a Toys R Us store. Something exciting is around every corner. [ Read Full Post ]


  • March 5, 2010

    The Cowboy Code - 22

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    On Wednesday, Wyoming Governor Dave Freudenthal signed legislation adopting an official Wyoming state code based on the tenets known in the West as “Cowboy Ethics.”

    Although the historic Code of the West was unwritten, cowboys, trappers, hunters and others in the U.S. frontier knew it was about maintaining honesty, integrity and courage in a wide-open region where the affects of government barely reached and laws were not always enforced. [ Read Full Post ]


  • March 4, 2010

    Zombie Gun Contest - 39


  • March 3, 2010

    Retrievers: Screwing the Pooch - 0

     

    *OL.com Exclusive: The complete version of "Teach Him Right" from the March issue of Outdoor Life*

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    Waiting until two weeks before the season to try and turn your couch-lounging family pet into a top-notch hunting dog is a huge mistake. The next 6 to 9 months are critical to shaping your retriever’s behaviors for the field. When training this offseason, keep these common pitfalls in mind and avoid them at all costs. [ Read Full Post ]


  • March 3, 2010

    Pigeons: The Best Dog-Training Bird - 7

     

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    There's an old saying: "You can't have a bird dog without birds."

    That's true. In order for your dog's prey drive to awaken, develop and reach its maximum, you need to introduce puppies to birds early on. Later in training you need to replicate hunting scenarios repetitively in a consistent manner so that you can teach your dog the reactions you desire from him under specific circumstances and around those birds.

    Ideally you'd be able to use the exact bird(s) you'd be hunting with that dog, but that's not always possible. That's where the lowly pigeon comes into the picture. They might just be the best training bird a bird dog/waterfowl dog trainer can have, and here's why:

    [ Read Full Post ]


  • March 3, 2010

    Dying Sheep - 9

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    It started innocently enough, with a handful of weak rams. That’s expected, almost normal, following the intensely violent, head-butting rut of bighorn sheep.

    Early reports, in early December, indicated some rams in the Bonner herd appeared disoriented and lethargic. Then observers noticed other wild sheep coughing. That got the attention of western Montana wildlife managers who know that a sheep with respiratory distress may be only days away from death by pneumonia. [ Read Full Post ]


  • March 3, 2010

    63 Minutes Before the Bench - 8

    Debate will continue until June after Tuesday's oral arguments in McDonald v Chicago.

    It lasted 63 minutes, but when all was said and done ... there will be a lot more said and done.

    Until June, of course, when the Supreme Court will issue its ruling in McDonald v. City of Chicago, which could determine the extent that local governments can limit the Bill of Rights, including the Second Amendment. [ Read Full Post ]


  • March 2, 2010

    Finally, Hunters Get a Seat in Interior Department - 13

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    So far, the Obama Administration’s appointments to posts and commissions, from the Cabinet on down to obscure committees, have been characterized by a curious mix of high-minded fairness and political payback.

    Obama’s appointment of a Nobel-prize winning scientist to lead the Energy Department is an example of the former. His appointment of a leading fundraiser to be ambassador to Britain is an example of the latter. [ Read Full Post ]


  • March 1, 2010

    The Buck That Came Back To Life - 14

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    Did you ever have that feeling that it just wasn’t meant to be? Chris Zwart from south-central South Dakota had that feeling during the 2009 deer season. His story from this fall is one of the most incredible stories anyone's ever shared with me. [ Read Full Post ]


  • March 1, 2010

    Baseball's Gun Ban - 6

    Major League Baseball's gun ban reveals how some sports reporters are clueless about real issues

    Most sports reporters live in privileged sanctuaries where the world's realities are but a hazy background to games, scores, statistics and players. And let's be honest: Most of us would happily live such a life, if we could.

    But sports reporters are still journalists. As such, they should be held to the same standards as all journalists and take the time to understand issues before commenting on them. 

    Case in point: Gabe Lacques of USA Today. [ Read Full Post ]


  • March 1, 2010

    Animals To Get Lawyers - 15

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    Picture this: You’ve caught and landed your first Northern pike exceeding the magic 40-inch mark. It wasn’t easy, though, as the behemoth put up a respectable battle, and it took you more than 10 minutes to finally get it into the net.

    You’re understandably proud of your angling achievement, and you posted the photos of the fish and details of the catch on your blog. 

    Days later, you receive a phone call from a person identifying himself as the state-appointed attorney for the pike, and he says you’re being charged with cruel and inhumane treatment of an animal because of the extended fight. [ Read Full Post ]


  • February 26, 2010

    Your Land, Your Rights - 5

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    On Feb. 22, for the first time, the National Park Service won't have a unified gun ban in its 391 parks covering more than 84 million acres in every state (except Delaware), the District of Columbia, American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. [ Read Full Post ]


  • February 25, 2010

    Anglers March on Washington - 4

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    Thousands of recreational anglers, charterboat operators and commercial fishermen from every coastal state descended on Washington at a rally to support proposed legislation that would reform provisions contained in the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (MSA). [ Read Full Post ]


  • February 25, 2010

    Bye Bye, Bayh - 4

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    Three of four potential replacements for liberal Indiana senator are pro-gun rights.

    Democratic Senator Evan Bayh of Indiana is leaving office. Gun Owners of America rated his voting record an "F" and the NRA, a "D-". [ Read Full Post ]


  • February 25, 2010

    Turkey Vest AND Blind - 14

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