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Bow Test 2014

Perennial underdogs take center podium in our annual examination of the newest compounds. Check out the results of the 2014 Bow Test.
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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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  • 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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  • January 25, 2010

    Public-Land Trophy - 35

    We’ve all seen pictures and even video clips of thick-boned titans trotting around with racks that would probably make Daniel Boone and Davey Crockett go into cardiac arrest. In the real world, many of these top-heavy bruisers live behind high-fences and dollar signs that would make an AIG executive with no government bailout money squirm. However, it’s still possible to tag a heavy-racked monster from public land areas that doesn’t require a month’s salary or expensive guides to hunt. Just ask Lynn Hensley who recently connected with a double drop-tined dream buck that sported 18-points with a 22-inch inside spread. [ Read Full Post ]

  • January 22, 2010

    SHOT Show Sting - 10


    Twenty-two executives and employees of firearms manufacturing companies were arrested this week at the SHOT Show in Las Vegas after a 2 1/2-year undercover sting operation aimed at schemes to bribe a foreign official.

    The Justice Department calls the case the largest single investigation and prosecution of individuals in the history of the 1977 Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, which bars bribery of foreign government officials. It also is the first large-scale use of an undercover operation in enforcing the act. [ Read Full Post ]

  • January 22, 2010

    Florida Fish Kill Disaster - 6


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    The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has issued an emergency executive order which extends the closed harvest seasons for snook statewide and establishes temporary statewide closed harvest seasons for bonefish and tarpon.

    Record cold temperatures across the lower half of the state hammered the populations of these economically important species. The temporary closed seasons provide time for the FWC to evaluate the impacts to fish populations that occurred because of the recent prolonged cold weather in Florida. FWC officials reiterate that anglers can still practice catch and release fishing for these species. However, many anglers are voluntarily choosing to keep pressure off the species entirely.

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  • January 22, 2010

    The Squealing Hen Call - 16

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    We've a number of new turkey calls to share with you here at the Strut Zone, and a few follow here. Stay tuned for more as spring seasons approach. 

    While attending the SHOT Show, I checked in with the H.S. turkey guys; specifically Matt Morrett and Eddie Salter. Like the rest of us, they're stoked for the upcoming season. Here's a new twist on an old favorite, and one that's offbeat as traditional calling goes. [ Read Full Post ]

  • January 21, 2010

    Mayors Against Guns..But Not Fraud, Bribes, Kickbacks... - 15

    What do Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich (D), Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick (D) of Detroit and Mayor Sheila Dixon (D) of Baltimore all have in common? Yes, the (D).

    (D) for Democrat, disgraced, deposed. 

    Oh, and one more thing: All are vocal, fawning apostles of New York City Mayor Michael Bamboozleberg and henchmen in his "Mayors Against Illegal Guns," that smoke-blowing artifice created to bamboozle you from your Constitutional rights under the guise of benevolent Nanny-Fascism and elitist deceit. [ Read Full Post ]

  • January 21, 2010

    My Search For Quint-III - 11

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    It’s hard to look for Quint when your fishing buddy is pale white and on the verge of puking his guts out over the side of the boat. I mean, who could concentrate on finding someone reminiscent of a movie character with a show like that on the verge of…exploding?

    It was my third shark fishing trip with good friend Champe. The first time we had gone out in search for Quint we found ourselves on the beach with a foul-mouthed racist sea turtle activist. The second time we went searching we found a captain whose blood contained at least 10% real fruit juice and 80% pure cane sugar. The remaining percent was hemoglobin or plasma or something – hell, I don’t know. I’m not a doctor. For our third trip Champe and I decided to forgo our hunt for Quint and instead return to our second captain, Mr. Sugar Daddy. [ Read Full Post ]

  • January 21, 2010

    Indoor or Outdoor Hunting Dog? - 7


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    There's an old myth that says a hunting dog has to be an outdoor dog. The idea is that by living indoors a dog will some how become mentally and physically weak, its sense of smell will be ruined and that an indoor dog "just won't hunt" if exposed to the easy life and the family.

    For the most part, that's bunk. But, with every good myth, urban legend and rumor, there are some truths to it. What's real and what's not? Can you keep a hunting dog indoors? Read on and you'll know, but:

    My question to you: Is your hunting hound an indoor or outdoor dog? Does it double as a family pet or is it strictly "your hunting dog"?

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  • January 20, 2010

    Aimpoint's Big Bet - 11

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    How happy are you with your riflescope?

    Before you answer, think about the last couple of years. Have you been jammed up on a shot opportunity because your variable-power scope was on the highest setting? Were you not able to find a close-in deer because you only saw hair at 12x? [ Read Full Post ]

  • January 20, 2010

    What's Hot, What's Not - 6

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    After spending a couple days here in Vegas looking at new products it is clear that this is not going to be a huge year for new guns. No, instead the story is going to be ammunition. The themes? Value and performance. 

    For value there is a new line of ammunition that Weatherby is introducing that will cost significantly less than what we currently pay to shoot rifles in Weatherby chamberings. Shooters who own either a .257 Wby. or a .300 Wby. will soon be able to purchase a box of ammunition that doesn’t require a second mortgage. [ Read Full Post ]

  • January 19, 2010

    Food Fight - 8

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    Although the battle in this photo likely took place under a feeder in Texas, not a college cafeteria, there is a real battle brewing in the Midwest right now and it is for food. Subzero temperatures, knee-deep snow and ice all have created a war zone for whitetails for a meal. Minnesota, the Dakotas, Iowa, along with parts of Illinois, Nebraska and Missouri, all have conditions that could lead to the threat of a winterkill for some whitetails. If the conditions persist for an extended time period it could mean fewer deer to hunt during the 2010 hunting season. Two elements may circumvent this from occurring. First, as I write this blog there is a large wave of warm air sweeping across the country that could thaw portions of the affected area to create easier access to food. It will certainly aid deer in burning fewer calories with higher daytime temperatures. Secondly, the wet fall has slowed the corn harvest. In December 12 percent of the crop was still in the field. North Dakota had 50 percent still standing. Deer near these fields have already stumbled across the bonanza. [ Read Full Post ]