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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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May 9, 2008

Top Picks

  • 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.

  • July 22, 2009 'report and small arms survey' masks anti-gun agenda - 7

    David Codrea in rips a recent "report" and "survey" published on for blatant errors in fact that belie a bias that, essentially, says many anti-gun zealots haven't a clue what they are talking about when it comes to firearms and, sadly, when it comes to living in a Democray with a Constitution. [ Read Full Post ]

  • July 21, 2009

    First Dog: Obama Made the Right Decision - 0

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    Looks as though the President has his dog, or rather his girls got their promised and much-touted puppy recently. During and after the Presidential race the topic of the First Dog was covered almost as much as health care (which leaves a lot to be said about the importance of health care during the race), with the decision to be made after the family settled into the White House. [ Read Full Post ]

  • July 21, 2009

    Bill introduced in U.S. House to expand CCW reciprocity - 5

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    United States House Bill 197, which is in committee, aims to set reciprocity for concealed carry permits across all 50 states in much the same manner as driver’s licenses are recognized throughout the entire country. CCW permit laws vary widely from state to state, and not all states honor permits unless they are issued from within their jurisdiction. 

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  • July 20, 2009

    Optical parallax finally simplified - 4

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    Last week I told you about my decision to scope the new .22 rifle I gave to my twin boys.

    Today I have to tell you about one of the pitfalls of the decision. Though it’s a youth-sized rifle, my 8-year-olds still have trouble finding and maintaining a consistent cheek weld, one of the most important elements of accurate shooting. [ Read Full Post ]

  • July 20, 2009

    Legacy of Gun Control - 2

    Film exposes racist, condescending history of gun control laws. is imploring all gun owners to see a film called "No Guns for Negroes."  [ Read Full Post ]

  • July 18, 2009

    State Roundup - 3

    NRA: Omaha law requiring fingerprints before legal gun sale is illegal

    The National Rifle Association has shot back at a new Omaha law that requires anyone selling a gun to get fingerprinted.

    The NRA sent a letter to city council members in which the association said the law is an attack on law-abiding gun owners. But city officials said the law, which narrowly passed in a 4-3 vote, will help reduce crime. [ Read Full Post ]

  • July 17, 2009

    I guess I’m a felon - 9


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    And here I thought it was my Second Amendment rights that were most endangered.

    Turns out, it’s my First Amendment rights that are in jeopardy.

    I could go to jail for just doing my job. I could get three years in the slammer for the photo I snapped of my proud puppy retrieving a fall turkey. I might get probation for my grainy video of a turkey being killed by an ecstatic first-time crossbow hunter.

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  • July 17, 2009

    Daley's armed bodyguard proves mayor's hypocrisy - 5


    David Codrea writes in that there's a lot of hypocrisy in the Windy City, where your Constitutional right to protect yourself is in danger but, rest assured, Chicago's elite don't have that same fear.

    "You would be hard pressed to find a more anti-gun politician than Chicago Mayor Richard Daley," Codrea writes. "Which makes the headline from a Second Amendment Foundation press release an interesting example of 'Do as I say, not as I do' elitism: Daley's bodyguard catches killer." [ Read Full Post ]

  • July 16, 2009

    Sotomayor Hearings - 2

    Jim Geraghty in National Review knifes through the smokescreen created by Sonia Sotomayor's "wise Latina" brouhaha to ask one truly, crystal clear question: Who is this woman?

    "If you knew absolutely nothing about Sonia Sotomayor before Tuesday’s confirmation hearing and judged her entirely on her answers, you could easily come to the conclusion that she had been nominated by Pres. George W. Bush and was likely to sail through confirmation with the strong support of conservatives in the legal community," he writes. [ Read Full Post ]

  • July 16, 2009

    Can You Lend Ray Eye A Hand? - 3

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    Fellow turkey hunting fanatic and friend Jim Spencer confirmed the rumor: Ray Eye, one of the most well-known and beloved personalities in the turkey-hunting industry, continues to fight a valiant battle with some serious health issues—the result of a run-in with his lawn tractor late last month.

    According to Jim, Ray spent some time in the hospital and had an operation to remove a big blood clot in the Achilles tendon area of his right foot. [ Read Full Post ]

  • July 16, 2009

    Louisiana Helping Hunters - 2

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    Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal put his signature on a law last week that creates an annual 3-day reprieve from state sales tax on hunting gear in The Bayou State beginning this fall.

    It’s a law we’d love to see other states pass—and it sends a strong message that the state both acknowledges and appreciates the contribution made to its economy by the hunter and outdoor enthusiast. [ Read Full Post ]

  • July 16, 2009

    How To Ruin A New Shooter - 11


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    For their eighth birthday earlier in the year, I gave my twin boys their first .22.

    I worried that I was jumping the gun (so to speak) but they’re proficient with their air rifles and had been shooting my rimfires long and well enough that the gift of a New England Arms break-open single-shot seemed like a logical progression.

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  • July 15, 2009

    How To Put on a Choke Chain - 3

    Properly used, a choke chain can administer a well-timed correction that helps a dog understand his transgression. Like any tool, misused it can, at best, give an ill-timed correction that confuses the dog and, at worst, inflict severe injury. It’s all in how the collar is put on the dog and then used. We’ll cover how to properly use a choke chain in another blog, for now lets go over how to put a choke chain on a dog. [ Read Full Post ]

  • July 13, 2009

    Welcome to the Gun Dogs Blog - 4


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    Howdy! And welcome to the new Outdoor Life Gun Dogs Blog. What we hope to accomplish here is simple: to give hunters that want to train their own gun dog some help along the way. We'll cover training tips, pitfalls to avoid, how to correct already established problems, healthcare issues, news, politics, gear and more!

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  • July 13, 2009

    Chaff In Wolf's Clothing - 5


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    In air defense, it’s called chaff. It’s the stuff—originally shredded aluminum foil, now a fiberglass material coated with aluminum—that’s sent aloft to confuse an enemy’s radar by creating a cloud of false target echoes.


    In a military context it works by creating so many “pings” that a radar system can’t tell what’s real and what’s fake.

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