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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

Top Picks

  • 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.

  • September 16, 2009

    Update! - 1

    As we all know, hunting elk is an unpredictable endeavor at best. You have to be flexible and adapt your strategy and approach to match the behavior of your quarry. Often times this leads you to places unknown and situations you would never predict. It is these very characteristics that make hunting so challenging and are most likely the very reasons we all love doing it! [ Read Full Post ]

  • September 15, 2009

    Kids & Dogs: Escape Responses - 3


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    As a recent first-time father I quickly recognized the similarities between dogs and kids (seriously, Super Nanny and Dog Whisperer are essentially the same show!). It wasn't until last night, however, that I came to fully appreciate the parallels.

    My three-year-old son, Tucker, had finished dinner and wanted to get down out of his seat. "Tucker down?" he asked. When I prompted him to add a 'please' to the request, he insisted, "Tucker down!"

    What transpired was a near-two-hour standoff over the use of the word "please." And that's when the full brunt of dog training and child rearing hit me.

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  • September 15, 2009

    The premiere pro-gun grassroots program - 11

    Glen Caroline, director of National Rifle Association Institute for Legislative Action – or NRA-ILA Grassroots – is calling for volunteers to work as NRA-ILA Election Volunteer Coordinators as the elections near. [ Read Full Post ]

  • September 14, 2009

    First Lesson: Pressure On, Pressure Off - 0


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    Tom Dokken knows dogs. He's been training field trial and hunting dogs for more than 30 years, invented the Dokken Deadfowl Trainer (a staple in all retriever-trainer's bags), has given seminars across the country and owns one of the largest all-breed hunting dog training facilities in the country. To top it off, he and his wife, Tina, are among the nicest people you'll ever meet.

    His new book, "Tom Dokken's Retriever Training: The Complete Guide to Developing Your Hunting Dog", is a work of art. Not only is it filled with clear step-by-step instruction on developing a hunting dog (from your first day together through force fetch to teaching handling; approximately the first year of training), it's produced on high-quality paper with incredible color photos illustrating every point.

    One of the coolest nuggets of wisdom is discussed in chapter two and is a lesson you can teach any dog the first day you pick him up. Literally, the first time you pick him up.

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  • September 14, 2009

    Henned-Up Second Helping - 20

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    Chances are pretty good that many of you reading this were outfoxed by a henned-up gobbler with a brain the size of a walnut last spring. The pain you felt was self-inflicted. No matter how hard you tried, no matter what tactics you applied, those dominant toms weren’t buying anything you threw at them.  [ Read Full Post ]

  • September 14, 2009

    Paradise Valley - 0

    Road Trip Trout Adventure – Day 3



    The best way to experience a river is to ride it, to feel the pull of its current and the chatter of its riffles in a boat.

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  • September 14, 2009

    New gun show 'study' re-warms emotion to push anti-gun agenda - 7

    Seattle Gun Rights Examiner Dave Workman warns in his Sept. 4 column on that Garen Wintemute’s “report,” called, “Inside Gun Shows: What Goes on When Everybody Thinks Nobody’s Looking,” is riddled with inaccuracies and downright lies that he admits to.

    Workman says in an interview with a Fox News affiliate reporter in Sacramento , Wintemute said the data isn’t there to support what amounts to personal opinion and insinuation. [ Read Full Post ]

  • September 13, 2009

    Dump anti-sovereignty gun control treaty and accept concealed carry reciprocity - 3

    "When Congress returns to Washington at the conclusion of its summer recess, the Senate should avoid ratification of an anti-sovereignty gun control treaty, and Congress should recognize national reciprocity for the authorized carrying of concealed firearms," says John M. Snyder.

    A former National Rifle Association editor, Snyder is Public Affairs Director of the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms, and a Director of Council for America. Shotgun News recently recognized him as the senior rights activist in Washington. [ Read Full Post ]

  • September 12, 2009

    Cutthroat Trout and Bison - 1

    Road Trip Trout Adventure – Day 2


    For all its relentless visitation, Yellowstone National Park has some of the finest fishing in America.

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  • September 11, 2009

    Never Forget! - 9

    Sept. 11:

    It was a Tuesday morning, and for the first few hours of it, what distinguished it from all other late-summer Tuesday mornings was the weather. If you hunt, you know what I mean. It was the day when summer turned to fall. The cadence of the cicadas slowed with the falling temperatures on the night prior; the morning skies premiered in clear blue; the slight chill gave way to the warmth of the day—and then Osama bin Laden’s henchman, Mohammed Atta, destroyed it all.

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  • September 11, 2009

    Fishing on Top of the World - 1

    Road Trip Trout Adventure – Day 1



    After a late start from Red Lodge—our departure delayed by the acquisition of fishing licenses, lunch fixings and bear spray—photographer Troy Batzler and I turned our Ford Flex south, up the winding, switch-backed Beartooth Highway.

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  • September 11, 2009

    Second City venue for a Second Amendment showdown - 4

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    Jim Hryekewicz, in a Sept. 7, column in the Star-Telegram, recounts why the city of Chicago could be the next significant Second Amendment battleground.

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  • September 10, 2009

    Trout Bumming - 0



    Road Trip Trout Adventure – Intro



    Out on the baking prairies below dust swirls around wheat harvesters. To the north a wildfire that closed Interstate 90 yesterday throws up columns of black smoke.

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  • September 10, 2009

    Is Your Buck Missing? - 3


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    Hunters are keeping tabs on bucks more intently than ever before with the current craze in trail cameras. They see bucks via images that they've never laid eyes on keeping hopes high to eventually tag a monster right in their backyard. Unfortunately, some of those bucks may come up missing. Vehicle collisions, natural accidents, predation and disease are the main culprits for bucks to go missing. One major reason for a buck to pull the disappearing act is about to raise its ugly head.

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  • September 10, 2009

    World Record Brown? - 4

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    Internet message boards throughout Michigan are abuzz with word of a possible world record brown trout taken on the Manistee River yesterday morning. Tom Healy of Rockford, Michigan caught the huge brown which weighed in at 41 pounds, 7 ounces and measured 43.75 inches long. Biologists have reportedly taken scale samples of the fish to verify the catch. [ Read Full Post ]