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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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May 9, 2008

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  • December 23, 2009

    Resolutions of a Turkey Hunter - 10

    [dme:image size="large" side="left" title="Turkey Resolutions [nid:1001320761]" index="-1"/]This time of the year, we’re all making plans for spring hunts; and New Year's resolutions. Here are mine:

    I vow to enjoy the game as much as the outcome.

    I vow to listen with feigned interest as buddies tell hunt stories for the third time.

    I vow to sit waiting an extra five minutes on once-vocal, now shut-mouthed gobblers when the impulse to move strikes.

    I vow to be humble about my birds to guys who haven’t pulled the trigger yet. [ Read Full Post ]

  • December 21, 2009

    Tis the Season: Plants Poisonous to Dogs - 3


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    It's that time of year when friends and family gather for holiday celebrations. It's also the time of year when your house is filled with foods and plants potentially deadly to your hunting dog, and especially to puppies.

    Most of us know that chocolate can kill a dog, but did you know grapes/raisins can too? What about the effects of common holiday plants like the poinsettia and mistletoe?

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  • December 21, 2009

    Show Me A Trophy Buck - 6

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    There’s no doubt that you can find big bucks in New England, particularly in the far northern state of Maine, but New England native Jeff Lewis still likes to leave the northland outpost and travel to the Midwest each fall to pursue trophy whitetails. Lewis realizes his hunting style for Maine whitetails is somewhat different than the stand-type hunting most Midwestern hunters utilize. In the north, Lewis has nearly 30 years of hunting experience that centers on tracking bucks of the big woods with only the occasional stand setup when conditions warrant. [ Read Full Post ]

  • December 21, 2009

    The Poacher Wore Jammies - 6


    It’s the busiest time of year for those men and women who are charged with protecting our natural resources and enforcing state game and hunting regulations.

    More and more state conservation agencies are using innovative methods to apprehend those ne’er-do-wells who take game animals out of season or ignore game laws meant to protect and manage our valuable wildlife resources. [ Read Full Post ]

  • December 21, 2009

    Tan Your Hide? - 17


    I butcher my own meat, because I want to know it was cared for as carefully on the way to the freezer as it was in the field.

    But at the end of every butchering session, I’m left with a carcass of bones and an empty hide. Normally I’ll take a drive out into the prairie and dump the carcass in a remote wash, a little gift for the coyotes and other scavengers. [ Read Full Post ]

  • December 20, 2009

    HELP Us Find This Rack - 17

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    Outdoor Life Senior Editor John Taranto snapped this photo of a flier taped to the window of a Grants, New Mexico, restaurant. It speaks for itself. You can help make an American soldier's Christmas. 

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  • December 17, 2009

    A Browning Christmas - 6


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    Returning home the other night, I found two boxes in the living room my wife had set aside. I was a bit confused. I hadn't ordered anything and wasn't expecting anything either. The return address said "Browning" on it and I immediately started to get really excited. Christmas had come early!

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  • December 17, 2009

    A Strutter With Attitude - 16

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    Mention decoys at the turkey camp supper table and see what happens. Some guys love 'em. Some guys hate 'em. Some guys get inventive with the fakery.

    The guys who love 'em tend to be the sit-tight-and-wait types. They pattern strutters to strut zones, and sit within range, possibly even in a blind. Turkey decoys limit mobility, at least most of 'em. The guys who hate 'em tend to lean toward run-and-gun hunting. The guys who get inventive do things like bellycrawling on strutters with actual full fans held erect in front of them. You laugh. This strategy is becoming something of an emergent trend out West where birds can be glassed and moved on using terrain. On this, more at a later date. [ Read Full Post ]

  • December 17, 2009

    Mountain Lion Alert! - 21

    When Raymond Goebel, Jr. spotted a tan-colored animal slinking through the eastern Iowa woods, he naturally thought it was a deer.

    Goebel was deer hunting, after all, and the woods around Marengo, southwest of Cedar Rapids, are full of whitetails. But when he pulled up his rifle and looked through his scope, he spied an animal that is making a slow but sure comeback from the Great Lakes to the Great Plains. It was a mountain lion.

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  • December 16, 2009

    Jingle Buck - 6

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    It may not be Rudolph with his “nose so bright,” but a wayward muley buck in the Colorado Springs, Colo., area is certainly doing what he can to brighten things up this holiday season. The mule deer has been spotted on several occasions around a local neighborhood after it apparently got tangled in somebody’s Christmas lights. The string of lights are wrapped around his antlers and hanging down around his head as you can see from the photo supplied from our friend, J.R. Absher, at [ Read Full Post ]

  • December 16, 2009

    Imprisoned Wisconsin Man Wins Appeal In Gun Case - 5

    Reporter Kevin Murphy writes in a Nov. 21 article in the Madison (Wisc.) Gazette of a 7th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling -- the same court responsible for the McDonald v. Chicago decision -- that actually upheld the Second Amendment. [ Read Full Post ]

  • December 15, 2009

    How to Develop & Enhance Prey Drive - 6

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    Prey drive is the fundamental cornerstone upon which trainers build a gun dog. Without it you're going to have a hard time hunting a dog in adverse situations and an even harder time shaping his behavior through training. To learn more about prey drive and how to maximize it, I called professional bird-dog trainer Ronnie Smith.

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  • December 15, 2009

    2010 Arctic Cat 700 MudPro - 9

    Looking for the best hunting and fishing ATV? A sneak peak at Arctic Cat's 2010 ATV and UTV early releases which can do everything!

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  • December 15, 2009

    Illinois Price Hikes - 8

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    Illinois hunters and anglers can expect to pay significantly more to enjoy their outdoor pastimes in 2010 with Friday’s signing of fee-increase legislation by Gov. Pat Quinn.

    The measure, which becomes effective Jan. 1, was passed by the state legislature earlier this year.

    With the state facing an enormous budget deficit and a Department of Natural Resources with huge financing shortfalls, Quinn and other proponents of the increase said the fee hike was overdue and necessary. The increases are projected to bring the DNR an additional $3 million a year, spokeswoman Stacy Solano said. [ Read Full Post ]

  • December 15, 2009

    Utah Legislators Embrace Firearms Freedom Act And Assert States' Rights - 4

    The federal government has no right to regulate guns made, sold and used within Utah, state lawmakers at a committee hearing decided on Nov. 25, according to a new story published inthe Salt Lake Tribune.

    The Legislature's Natural Resources, Agriculture and Environment Interim Committee advanced a bill that its sponsor, Sen. Margaret Dayton, R-Orem, calls the "Firearms Freedom Act." If upheld in federal courts -- a big if, considering past rulings on states' rights -- Utahns purchasing Utah-made guns would not face federal requirements such as background checks. [ Read Full Post ]