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  • 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.

  • August 18, 2009

    Day 4: Tony Grove - 2

    It was a beautiful day with temps in the 50s and 60s....a nice change from the earlier high 80s.  Mark is out solo today checking out an area south of Tony Grove, Blind Hollow.  He's following an Aspen covered ridge from Tony Grove to the road.  I'm meeting him at a designated trail head at 8pm.  It would be great to see an elk quarter in tow.  I'm optimistic and will be bringing an ice-cold beer to greet him.  I'll let you know tomorrow if it served a celebratory or simply carb replacing purpose. [ Read Full Post ]


  • August 18, 2009

    Day 3: Scouting Elk Video - 0


  • August 18, 2009

    The Row in Chicago - 1

    IllinoisCarry.com says, "Chicago poses the biggest obstacle we face in getting a license to carry law passed in the state of Illinois." So, since Chicago won't come to IllinoisCarry.com -- Bartonville, Ill., to be more exact -- IllinoisCarry.com is going to Chicago on a mission: [ Read Full Post ]


  • August 17, 2009

    Streamside Obama - 30

    The media was kept away from Barack Obama’s first foray into presidential trout fishing last week during his trip to Montana. But thanks to hollow cottonwoods and tall streamside grass, Outdoor Life managed to catch a few snippets of Obama’s conversation with fishing guide Dan Vermillion during the rainy session on the East Gallatin River.

    “Wow, these hooks are sharp as a Sarah Palin glare.”

    “Yeah, I know. You just hooked me in the ear with your last backcast.”

    “Sorry, Dan. I guess I’m a little preoccupied with health care. Speaking of which, you need a Band-Aid? You’re bleeding pretty bad.”

    “I’m okay. Whoa, you just missed a rise. You have to keep your eye on your fly.”

    “Hey! That sort of talk back in D.C. will get you a restraining order. And a call from Larry Craig.”

    “So, the word out here in the West is that you’re going to take away all our guns once the economy turns around.”

    “Oh, Dan, that’s a bunch of crazy talk. Between you and me, the gun industry is so economically viable that I’m actually thinking of, you know, maybe consolidating some of it in my Homeland Security department.” [ Read Full Post ]


  • August 17, 2009

    Day 2: Scouting Elk - 0

    I picked up Katie from the airport and away we went... stopping to check in with some friends in Ogden and drop off some extra gear.... we made a quick detour at the grocery store in Logan and headed for the hills. We decided to make use of an opening in the Tony Grove Campground and basecamp out of there for a few days. We've settled into a great scouting pattern of glassing both mornings and evenings and hitting the hills during the day in search of sign.... we're consistently finding 5 new bulls a day.... but we haven't found anything exceptional....... YET! [ Read Full Post ]


  • August 17, 2009

    Day 1: Scouting For Muleys - 4

     

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    I was about 15 minutes behind schedule once I got to my chosen spot. 

    Within 5 minutes I had a bachelor herd of three bulls located.... ah! It feels good to finally be here, not to mention actually finding elk on the first morning of scouting. Two small raghorns ( A 5x5 and a 6x6) and nice mature 5x5 with long beams...I found a great mule deer buck in the canyon as well. On my way back to the trailhead I spotted a bachelor herd of 5 mule deer feeding amongst the wildflowers out in the open. One really nice buck with them. After a practice stalk... (I made it to 45 yards from the good buck) I headed to another glassing point to view where I'd come from... I found a big bull moose after 10 minutes.... man Utah has game everywhere!!!  I got back to the truck around 11:45 and took to the road... 

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  • August 17, 2009

    Florida Gun Permit Requests Way Up In 2009 - 3

    The Associated Press reported in early August that Florida is seeing a huge increase in applications for concealed weapon permits.

    The state is on pace to handle 150,000 requests -- a 67 percent increase over 2008. The Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services was so overwhelmed that Commissioner Charles Bronson petitioned the Legislature for 61 temporary employees, giving him 202 workers to wade through a spring backlog of 90,000 requests.

    That amount alone represents as many petitions as the state received in all of 2008.  [ Read Full Post ]


  • August 15, 2009

    About Live Hunt - 3

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    Having grown up hunting in Montana, Mark Seacat has been blessed with the opportunity to pursue Elk, Deer, and Antelope on a yearly basis.  He’s harvested great bulls with his bow and rifle while hunting on public land there.  “I’ve always dreamed of hunting states like Utah and New Mexico for elk, but until this season I’d never applied for the draws there,” Mark said.  Drawing a Utah Limited Entry Elk tag with ZERO bonus points is quite the lottery, but wait till you find out the whole story. 

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  • August 15, 2009

    Self Defense In England, In Our Future? - 4

    Grand Rapids (Mich.) Hunting Examiner Kevin Rought writes in his Aug. 10 blog that an Orwellian future may be "closer to reality than you think." [ Read Full Post ]


  • August 14, 2009

    Another Anti-NRA Hit Piece Misses The Mark - 3

    Gun Rights Examiner Don Gwinn rips Chicago Sun-Times columnist Carol Marin for her "latest attack on Chicago's favorite Enemy of the People, the National Rifle Association." [ Read Full Post ]


  • August 13, 2009

    Roadkill Permits? Gimme a Break! - 20

     

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    To John Longo, it was meat and a head going to waste. The road-killed buck near his property was a decent 8-point. So he picked it up, ate the meat and got a taxidermist to mount the head. It wasn’t a monster buck, he says, but for southeast Wisconsin, it was good enough.

    “I hate to see it go to waste,” he told the Journal-Times. “I was brought up right after the war. If we had potatoes and eggs and a piece of bread we were lucky ... I’m not a wasteful person.”

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  • August 13, 2009

    It's Going To Pot - 21

     

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    As hunters prepare to head to the backcountry for early season big game scouting, authorities in an increasing number of popular hunting locales are warning sportsmen about the likelihood for confrontations with armed and ruthless marijuana growers on public lands.

    It’s a disturbing sign of our times, but more and more hunters in virtually every region of rural American may potentially stumble upon clandestine drug-making and marijuana-growing operations these days.

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  • August 13, 2009

    New Justice, By The Piece - 2

    Greg Stohr on Blomberg.com laments on Aug. 7 that Sonia Sotomayor’s on the U.S. Supreme Court, "hailed as a historic moment by her supporters, may have little impact on the outcome of cases the justices will consider over the next year." [ Read Full Post ]


  • August 13, 2009

    Get It Right, Close...First - 1

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    There's a rule in dog training that is often forgotten in our haste to turn our four-legged friends loose on the avian world. When things go wrong, especially for retriever folk, you can often look back to the rule and see how it applies.

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  • August 12, 2009

    I Hate New York - 33

     

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    New York State used to provide one of the sweetest deals around for the two-season, out-of-state turkey hunter. You’d buy a nonresident small-game license ($55) then lock in for four turkey tags: two fall, and two spring ($30). That grand total of $85 always felt like a steal as New York has often proven to be one of the more enjoyable states to turkey hunt, with abundant birds, public land, and plenty of accommodating landowners, especially upstate.  

    Not now. In this age of economic downturn, prices just jumped. Can you say sticker shock?

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