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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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  • While most hunters spend their spring weekends waiting for turkey season, Aaron Milliken spends hour after hour studying Google Earth.

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  • 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 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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  • August 12, 2009

    The Second Amendment doesn't apply here today - 5

     

    Damon W. Root writes in an Aug. 7 column posted on Reason.com that the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals -- featuring the newly minited Supreme Court Justice Sotomayor -- "held that the Second Amendment offers zero protection against the restrictive gun control laws currently in place in Chicago and Oak Park, Ill. Plaintiff's attorney Alan Gura, who argued and won last year's landmark gun rights decision D.C. v. Heller, quickly filed an appeal  with the Supreme Court, asking them to hear the Chicago gun case.  [ Read Full Post ]


  • August 11, 2009

    Is Your Dog Smarter Than Your Toddler? - 11

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    Apparently, my soon-to-be 3-year-old son isn't as smart as my Labrador (though he might be smarter than our bulldog). So says a study by author and dog behaviorist Stanley Coren. And, for the most part, I'd agree with him. The comparison equating children and canine intelligence, however, is a slippery slope that leads into the hands of animal rights activists.

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  • August 9, 2009

    Turkey Permit Time - 7

     

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    As of this writing, two items dominate Strut Zone turkey news: one to begin buying fall permits and one to offer an opinion on establishing spring hunting dates. Both share the same date: Monday, August 10, 2009.

    First the permits. This year will be the first time turkey hunting is allowed during the November Nebraska firearm deer-hunting season.

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  • August 8, 2009

    Beer-Inspired Gardener Discovers Deer Repellent - 4

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    Have you tried everything from soap shavings to coyote urine to keep hungry deer out of your vegetable garden and flowerbeds? [ Read Full Post ]


  • August 6, 2009

    Best In-Town Training Spots - 3

    Not all of us are lucky enough to own acreage in the country. Most of us don’t even live close enough to public lands like Wildlife Management Areas to get out quickly before or after work in order to train a dog. That doesn’t mean you can’t train a dog in the suburbs, or even in the city. Here are some of my favorite spots to train: [ Read Full Post ]


  • August 6, 2009

    Crying Wolf, Calling Bluff - 7

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    That clicking sound you hear? It’s the oiled-steel rotation of an Old West six-gun, the classic signal of a coming showdown, of a gunman idly wheeling the cylinder before putting it to use.

    It’s been heard all across the West this year, but the sound is getting more incessant. The issue to be resolved in the dust of main street at high noon Whether we get to hunt wolves this fall.

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  • August 6, 2009

    Fishing More Popular Than Golf - 2

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    The American Sportfishing Association recently released its “Sportfishing in America” report for freshwater and saltwater angling, indicating that anglers annually generate $45 billion in retail sales.  [ Read Full Post ]


  • August 5, 2009

    Pizza Parlor’s Hunting & Shooting Arcade Games Too Violent? - 9

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    In a 3-3 vote last week, the Amherst (NY) Town Board denied the renewal of a arcade game license for a Chuck E. Cheese pizza and game parlor because some board members felt its shooting and hunting video games were inappropriate for young children.

    Does someone smell a rat?

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  • August 4, 2009

    Revolutionary: NYC Flintlock Owner Snubs Bloomberg - 7

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    Brooklyn, NY social worker Michael Littlejohn is an avowed history buff and a self-proclaimed student of the Revolutionary War who’s taken part in battle re-enactments in Virginia and Georgia as an adult. [ Read Full Post ]


  • August 4, 2009

    Hunting for Redemption - 12

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    Anyone who has ever been at full-draw in a treestand has experienced the emotional roller coaster ride that comes with bowhunting. In many cases, it’s a game of hard knocks that is often decided by a few yards or even a couple of inches. We have all had one of those heavy-racked giants with pop can bases just a few yards out of bow range. Some of us are probably still being haunted by the one shot that was a couple inches high and barely skimmed the top of a monster’s back. However, there is nothing more painful for a bowhunter than making a bad shot that results in losing a mature trophy-class buck. In most cases, if you hunt long enough, that gut wrenching feeling is going hit you where it really hurts at some point in time. Just ask Jason Harvison of Tennessee how it feels to lose a big buck after spending countless hours in the field pursuing it. Here is Harvison’s tragic bowhunting story and how he plans to redeem himself after a loss that still keeps him up at night. [ Read Full Post ]


  • August 3, 2009

    Review: Pleasantly Surprised by PediPaws - 6

    I'm not one for ordering things off of television. Not since the baseball card debacle of 2001. You see, my "as seen on TV" dreams were dashed after a long night at the bar when I came home to an infomercial concerning baseball cards.  [ Read Full Post ]


  • August 3, 2009

    10 Reasons To Fall Turkey Hunt - 7

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    1. It will help you scout for deer firearms season, which often arrives later than fall turkey dates. [ Read Full Post ]