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Crossbow Test 2014

Crossbow manufacturers have upped their game, creating new bows that are more ergonomic and easier to cock, shoulder, hold, and carry than their predecessors were. Here's a look at 9 new bows.
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Pre-Rut Strategies

Check out these hard-hitting tactics and setups to help you draw blood long before the rut.
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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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Review: Colt M2012

Shooting Editor John B. Snow puts this beefy, but elegant, precision bolt gun to the test.
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  • February 7, 2010

    Fun With Zebras Pt. 2 - 11

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    A Guest Blog By Gayne C. Young:

    After my PH Eric Sorour and skinner Alfred had successfully helped me “stage” my zebra for a few shots it was time to head back to camp. With night falling and an hour long drive ahead of us it was a good idea to get loaded and get back ASAP (because even if Africa, that beer don’t drink itself). Yet once again, the zebra failed to cooperate. This time it wasn’t the weight; it was the girth. [ Read Full Post ]

  • February 7, 2010

    Pennsy Quail Season: Closed - 7

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    Like many other states currently dealing with sharp declines in historic bobwhite quail populations, Pennsylvania is looking at ways to help the species rebound to its former levels. And last week, the state Board of Game Commissioners took a rather drastic step toward that end, giving preliminary approval to a closure of the bobwhite quail season statewide beginning with the 2010-11 seasons. [ Read Full Post ]

  • February 7, 2010

    Firearms Freedom Act Update - 2

    South Dakota and Alaska are the latest states where bills have been introduced to exempt domestic manufacturers of firearms and ammunition from federal regulations while, in Arizona, a house panel voted last week to allow state residents make their own guns and bullets—and offer them for sale—without having to comply with federal regulations. [ Read Full Post ]

  • February 4, 2010

    Coyote Contest Time - 14


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    President's Weekend is fast approaching and with it, two of the biggest coyote-hunting contests in the Northeast.

    The 2010 Mosquito Creek Sportsmen's Association Coyote Hunt is slated for Feb. 19 to 21. A registration fee of $10 is required, but $8 of each fee is paid out to successful hunters. Joushua Simcisko claimed a check of $7,600 in last year's contest with his 50.95 pound dog. There were 3,800 registered coyote hunters last year. Thursday, February 18 is the last day to register. For more information, call 814-263-4510 or 814-263-4991.

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  • February 3, 2010

    Fun With Zebras Pt. 1 - 28

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    Guest Blogger—Gayne C. Young

    It was the perfect shot, right where the stripes converge in a triangle pattern atop the forward haunch. 

    The Remington .375 H & H Mag. pierced the skin and mushroomed through both lungs, causing the old zebra stallion to swirl forth in an explosion of dust and kicked up earth. Bucking from shock and the pain the old patriarch disappeared in his created storm only to reappear some twenty five yards away in a tangle of thick scrub where upon he finally succumbed and lay down. But while congratulations from my PH Eric Sorour and skinner Alfred whirled about me all I could think was, “Stupid horse fell in the worst possible place for a photo.” [ Read Full Post ]

  • February 3, 2010

    New Face Of The Second Ammendment - 11

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    Meet Otis McDonald, 76, a retired maintenance engineer, grandfather, and life-long Democrat who wants a handgun for self-defense in case gang members break into his Chicago home—again.

    But, Chicago says he can't have one because the city has a 28-year-old handgun ban.

    And so, on March 2, Otis McDonald will become the "new face of the Second Amendment" when opening arguments in McDonald v. city of Chicago begin before the U.S. Supreme Court. [ Read Full Post ]

  • February 2, 2010

    Free Condoms - 15

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    Sometimes here at the Outdoor Life Newshound, the blog just writes itself. And this week we have received an especially wonderful gift from a highly unlikely source—one of the country’s most radical environmental organizations, the Center for Biological Diversity.

    Based in Tucson, Ariz., the Center for Biological Diversity has made a name for itself primarily as an environmental litigious entity. Over the years it has successfully blocked everything from public land timber sales to expansion of water projects in the West through creative use of lawsuits and the court system. Probably the single largest target of this sue-happy group is the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, which can hardly even utter the phrase “endangered species delisting,” without hearing from a bevy of briefcase-toting CBD lawyers. [ Read Full Post ]

  • February 2, 2010

    How to Prevent a Gunshy Dog - 4


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    I cringe when I hear people talk about how to introduce a puppy to gunshots. Advice like "fire a shot over them while they're eating" usually comes out somewhere in the conversation. I don't know about you, but firing a 12 gauge next to me while I'm eating Fruit Loops would definitely get my attention but it would also make me apprehensive every time a gun came out.

    Here is a logical progression of introduction that virtually assures your dog won't be gunshy. [ Read Full Post ]

  • February 1, 2010

    The End of Jersey Sharking? - 1


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    New Jersey fishermen could see a shutdown of the summer shark fishery - and the suspension of big-money shark fishing tournaments - because a two-year-old revision of the state's marine fishing regulations was not approved before former governor Jon Corzine left office, industry advocates say.

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  • February 1, 2010

    The NEW B-Mobile - 10

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    Waterfowlers have long used jerk cords to impart movement in their floater fakes. Now comes a turkey decoy that offers the same thing.

    Will Primos says of their new and improved turkey decoy: "Last spring we sent B-Mobile™ to a plastic surgeon and what came back was Killer B™.  We updated the paint scheme to bring out more iridescent colors in the body and more red in his head. We gave him glass eyes from a taxidermist that make him so realistic that it looks like he is staring at you. We created a tail fan that can move from full strut to ¾ strut to lying flat. We even updated his posture to make him look more like a strutting gobbler." [ Read Full Post ]

  • January 29, 2010

    Skull Mounts And Virginia Law - 37

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    Here at the Newshound, we’re continually supportive of the tireless efforts put forth by those men and women who enforce state and federal game and fish regulations. And, for the most part, we promote respect and strict adherence to state game and hunting-related laws.

    But an incident occurring in Virginia this week has us scratching our head in confusion and bewilderment, to say the least. [ Read Full Post ]

  • January 28, 2010

    Soldiers Year-Long Hunt - 29

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    As young Wisconsin sportsmen and women ponder a career path that could potentially lead them to the military, I wonder if recruiters will be able to use the new special gun deer hunt as a carrot to make them commit. Badger State lawmakers recently approved a virtual year-round opportunity to hunt for soldiers returning from overseas duty and missed the regular deer season. [ Read Full Post ]

  • January 26, 2010

    Hook In Foot Disease - 35

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    Here is a picture of my foot with a hook in it.

    I got it stuck in my foot on the last night of a fishing trip at Lake Amistad along the Texas/Mexico border. It had been a long day. I’d caught a lot of fish, gotten some sun, and had a good time with my buddies. I had just showered and was getting ready to put on some clean clothes when I stepped on a hook buried in the shag carpet of the cabin I was staying in. It was a large hook and it embedded itself deep into the muscle of the ball of my foot. It hurt like hell. Try as hard as I could though I couldn’t move the hook forward or backward and there was no way in hell I was going to let my buddies touch it. I did however let them drive me twenty miles into Del Rio, Texas to the emergency room to have the hook removed by a trained medical professional. [ Read Full Post ]

  • January 26, 2010

    Home On The Range - 3


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    This past fall, on a featureless reach of Montana prairie, I sailed a broadhead right over the back of a 15-inch antelope.

    I thought the pronghorn was closer, obviously. The buck snorted, turned himself inside out and is probably still sprinting for the horizon. I judged the antelope at 35 yards. He was closer to 25 yards, but on the open plains, I was pinned down by his vigilant eyes as he approached, and with no shrubs or fence posts to use for comparison, I had no references to judge his body size or distance. I had no time or cover to reach for my laser rangefinder, so I had to guess the distance.

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  • January 26, 2010

    Biggest Buck Ever? - 21


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    I apologize in advance if this photo has already made the rounds, but can you blame me? Look at this pig of a deer! Someone call Jenny Craig and see if this brute fell off the wagon. Reportedly shot in northwestern Ontario in 2009, the message on this E-mail photo states that the buck weighed an incredible 440 pounds before field-dressing. This deer weighs as much as a cow elk if the numbers are true.

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