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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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  • February 23, 2010

    Scout Next Year's Buck NOW! - 12

     

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    Most of us are beginning to wonder if this relentless winter is ever going to come to an end. Many parts of the country have been routinely blanketed with deep snows and icy temperatures. However, right now is the perfect time for diehard deer hunters and whitetail addicts to hit the woods for some late-season scouting.

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  • February 23, 2010

    Fishing Dummies—Win Gear! - 32

     

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    Last month Trinity County Texas Game Wardens Chad Jones and Sam Shanafelt were patrolling White Rock Creek when they spotted a man throwing trash from his pontoon boat. When wardens investigated they discovered a baited Yo-Yo (illegal to fish with in Texas) and a canister of marijuana aboard the boat.  

    Had the “fisherman” not littered, chances are he probably never would have been detained and ultimately fined.

    In honor of Mr. Litter-Bug’s (not real name) dumb move here are few other stupid ways to attract attention while fishing illegally:

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  • February 22, 2010

    It's Classic VanDam - 3

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    While the National Wild Turkey Federation was crowning their champion, BASS was doing the same. However, instead of a newcomer hoisting the trophy, BASS handed out their top honor to a three-time champ.

    Indeed, Kevin VanDam targeting an area of Alabama's Lay Lake called Beeswax Creek for three straight days, totaled 51 pounds, 6 ounces of bass to take the Bassmaster Classic. VanDam says he caught seven fish off a single stump. His lure of choice was a Strike King Red Eye shad in gold and gold/sexy-shad colors.  [ Read Full Post ]


  • February 22, 2010

    Bloomberg Rebuked - 14

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    West Virginia to NYC Mayor: Pull sting here, go to jail.

    State Senator Jeffrey Kessler has proposed a bill in the West Virginia Legislature that would make it illegal in that state for New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg to stage undercover stings that induce illegal gun sales.

    "It's for us to handle within our own borders," he said. "We jealously guard our gun rights, and we're vocal advocates for the Second Amendment." [ Read Full Post ]


  • February 22, 2010

    Helicopter Hogs - 22

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    You may recall the “Aporkalypse Now” feature we ran in our January issue, detailing some of the logistical challenges required to control rapidly expanding feral hog populations. [ Read Full Post ]


  • February 21, 2010

    The New Turkey Calling Champ - 10

     

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    Some of us may feel wild turkeys are the only judges that really matter as calling goes. Some of us never compete in contests. For others, it's a way to hone their skills before they plop down at the base of a broad-trunked oak, and try to work a gobbler.

    One highlight of the National Wild Turkey Federation's annual convention includes the calling events held in Nashville this past weekend. You can bet these guys can't wait to get out there this spring like the rest of us. For now though, it's such competitions that allow them to practice their vocalizations before human judges and an audience of interested observers.

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  • February 19, 2010

    Tons of Squid, Lots of Questions - 2

     

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    As we mentioned on OutdoorLife.com last week, the invasion of giant squid continues unabated off the coast of California and scores of anglers are getting in on the action. [ Read Full Post ]


  • February 19, 2010

    Friction Calling Champion Named - 16

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    We have a winner. Bobby Woods of Dante, Virginia has captured the Friction Division at the Wild Turkey Bourbon Grand National Turkey Calling Championships. He did so over a field of 24 callers.

    His calls of choice? Woodhaven Custom Calls' "Classic Crystal," "Cluck and Purr Pot" and "Kee Kee Disc." [ Read Full Post ]


  • February 18, 2010

    SD Lion Kills Labrador - 8

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    First it's nasty, bacteria-infested iguanas in Florida posing a potentially dangerous threat to dogs, and now mountain lions in South Dakota are entering people's yards and killing their pups. A conclusion some have drawn from the attacks, however, reveals an interesting prey-selection process for the big cats.

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  • February 18, 2010

    Shoot-on-Sight Wolves? - 24

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    Do bourgeoning wolf populations in the Rockies constitute an emergency that would justify the sort of response states typically reserve for floods, wildfires and other natural disasters?

    Or, put another way, might the Idaho National Guard be called out to kill wolves? [ Read Full Post ]


  • February 18, 2010

    Iowa Congressman Blasts Raccoon, PETA - 25

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    When U.S. Rep. Steve King found a raccoon trying to chew into his rural Western Iowa home during a snowstorm last week, he reacted like most folks who live out in the country and away from the city.

    He grabbed the closest and most familiar firearm and preceded to dispatch the troublesome critter, which he thought might be rabid because of its bizarre behavior during the middle of the day. [ Read Full Post ]


  • February 17, 2010

    Turkey Convention Live! - 2

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    No location in the world has this much turkey calling at one time. You hear it from the four acres of exhibitor booths; in the hallways and on the street; in hotel rooms and on the competitive stage. You hear it in your sleep. 

    Turkey legends and hardcore enthusiasts are gathering at Nashville, Tennessee's Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center this weekend, Thursday, Feb. 18 through Sunday, Feb. 21, for the National Wild Turkey Federation’s annual convention.

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  • February 17, 2010

    Iguanas Killing Dogs in Florida - 16

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    A weird turn of events due to the winter weather pounding the East Coast is taking place in Florida. Apparently, iguanas stunned by the cold snap are falling out of trees and laying in hibernation, dying or dead on the ground where dogs find and play with or eat them. The results have proven fatal for many of the canines.

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  • February 16, 2010

    Woodrow Wilson and the Giant Sturgeon - 9

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    According to WAOW TV 9, Wittenberg, Wisconsin resident Angelo Firkus speared a 131-pound, 72 1/4 inch sturgeon on Lake Winnebago in Eastern Wisconsin this past Saturday, February 13, 2010. Of the event Firkus said, "I can't believe I got it. It's a fish of a lifetime." For Firkus’ fish a lifetime was extremely long as Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources experts estimated the fish’s age at “about 100 years.” So what were the major events of Firkus’ sturgeon’s life? [ Read Full Post ]


  • February 16, 2010

    Facebook Fallout - 28

    A detective in East Palo Alto, Calif., is under fire after he allegedly encouraged fellow police officers in Facebook postings to shoot gun advocates who carry unloaded weapons in plain view as a political statement.

    Detective Rod Tuason, apparently in response to a comment about open carry advocates with visible weapons sipping coffee at cafes in the San Francisco Bay area, suggested officers challenge the gun owners. [ Read Full Post ]