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A Cut Above

Axes and hatchets are among man's oldest and most versatile tools. From splitting firewood to breaking down an elk, there isn't much these venerable icons of the outdoors can't do.
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Spy Baits

Although the term "spy-baiting" may conjure up all manner of creative connotations, this relatively new finesse tactic for bass is rather simple.
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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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May 9, 2008

Top Picks

  • “Do it yourself.” Utter that phrase to your boss and you could end up with a pink slip. Say it to an outdoorsman and the lightbulb comes on.

  • 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.

  • May 27, 2009

    Lightning On The Skeet Field - 10

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    From Colorado's Greely Tribune:

    "A Loveland man suffered serious injuries when he was hit by lightning Monday afternoon while skeet shooting east of Lucerne.

    Josh Renuch, 32, was one of two men injured in the incident shortly after 2 p.m. Monday, said Margie Martinez, spokeswoman for the Weld County Sheriff’s Office. She identified the other man as Brent Kuehne, 32, of Greeley. [ Read Full Post ]

  • May 27, 2009

    Passage of gun bill in national parks confuses liberals - 8

    S.E. Cupp in a May 20 Fox Forum blog, says the “left is up in arms – pun intended” because President Barack Obama is set to sign into law a bill that would allow visitors to carry loaded and concealed weapons into national parks. [ Read Full Post ]

  • May 26, 2009

    Dog's Best Friend - 7

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    It’s probably been at least 40 years or longer since the recommended treatment for poisonous snakebites in the Official Boy Scout Handbook included instructions on sucking the venom from the victim’s wound. These days the general medical advice for snakebite is to transport the victim to the nearest medical facility for professional treatment. [ Read Full Post ]

  • May 26, 2009

    Toxic Turkeys - 4


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    Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife conservation officers served summonses today on nine people, seized 15 wild turkeys and 25 wild turkey eggs persons following an eight-month, multi-state investigation which resulted in 421 criminal charges of illegally importing, possessing or selling wild turkeys in Kentucky.

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  • May 26, 2009

    Potential Obama Supreme Court nominee’s supports conceal-carry laws - 10

    Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm is a darling of moderate Democratic politics who would become the first justice in nearly four decades without experience as a judge -- and the first since the Great Depression born outside the United States. 

    Granholm, 50, is in her second term of a governorship that has been defined largely by the persistent economic troubles of her state, the heart of the U.S. automobile industry with unemployment that remains highest in the country.  [ Read Full Post ]

  • May 24, 2009

    Christian Science Monitor: Is NRA the new face of the American right? - 4

    The 47,000 gun-loving Americans who attended the 138th NRA Convention in Phoenix bore the hopes of many disgruntled, mostly white Americans who seek to check what they see as Washington's liberal trajectory.     

    They represent one of the most organized and entrenched groups opposed to the Obama administration and the Democratic-controlled Congress, so it's no coincidence that Sen. John McCain (R) of Arizona, potential Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney, and GOP chairman Michael Steele all spoke May 15 at a leadership forum during the convention. [ Read Full Post ]

  • May 23, 2009

    Tennessee: Bill stopping gun confiscation passes Senate - 5


    A person who legally possesses a gun would not have it seized during periods of martial rule under a proposal headed to the governor for his consideration.

    The measure sponsored by Republican Sen. Jack Johnson of Franklin was approved 26-0 on Thursday. The companion bill passed the House last month.

    Johnson says martial rule is the same as martial law at the federal level. He proposed the bill after law enforcement in New Orleans went door to door seizing weapons in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. [ Read Full Post ]

  • May 22, 2009

    George Hamilton Hunts Turkeys - 0

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    Okay....okay, it's not the same George Hamilton, but my buddy George sent along this e-mail that I thought might be fun to share as turkey season 2009 winds down here in the Northeast. Hamilton is the former Mass./CT. state champion caller and, well, just knows his birds. If you've still got a tag, don't despair because it isn't quite over yet. Oh yeah, he definitely does have a good tan!:

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  • May 21, 2009

    UPDATE: Tred Barta Suffers Stroke - 76


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    UPDATE: Tred’s biggest problem at present is lack of sleep. Hospitals just won’t let you. He’s been undergoing a legion of tests trying to determine the cause of his spinal stroke with no determination so far. Understandably, he’s feeling dejected. However, tomorrow he transfers to Craig Rehab hospital, one of the most loving, positive atmospheres anywhere on earth. Hopefully they will boost his spirits AND let him get some sleep. He complained of pain and nothing among the almost 30 different pain medications helped the pain and his body hated it as well, resulting in allergic reactions. He also hasn’t eaten for days and without chocolate milk and peanut butter and jelly, he gets VERY depressed. Anni also requires your prayers as being stoic and positive throughout all this is an equally tough job. She, too, needs sleep and consideration, PLEASE keep all your positive energy, prayers and good thoughts channeled toward them.—Dean Travis Clarke

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  • May 21, 2009

    Warning Signs - 9

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    Signs, public road signs or private warning signs, are erected to keep us safe and warn of us dangers that may lie ahead. It’s best to heed the warning…or is it? Take a look at this sign from Florida. I do my fair share of hiking, but if I’m hiking along this road I bet my right foot that I’m not moving to the side of the road. As lackadaisical as alligators appear, when in the right mood they can snap faster than a baited mouse trap tripped by a hungry Mickey. [ Read Full Post ]

  • May 21, 2009

    Texas Okays Crossbows - 6

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    Texas has become the third major deer-hunting state to approve the use of crossbows during archery-only deer-hunting seasons this year. 

    On Monday, May 18, the Texas state legislature sent HB 968, which is slated to become effective with the October 2009 early archery season, to Gov. Rick Perry. The governor, a longtime archer and bowhunter, has indicated he intends to sign the measure. [ Read Full Post ]

  • May 21, 2009

    Late-Season Gobblers - 20

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    Gobblers at the wire are tough. Here are some reasons why.

    For weeks, that dominant tom has gobbled and the hen or hens came to his position, often a strut zone. Ever notice how many times you raise a gobbler and the hens arrive to intercept him? You started things off and the girls finished it. [ Read Full Post ]

  • May 21, 2009

    Utah: Legislators eye Montana gun law - 11


    Utah lawmakers are considering following Montana's lead and claiming state's rights in the war over gun control. 

    The Montana Legislature passed and its governor signed into law a measure making guns that are made and kept within state boundaries exempt from federal regulations. That means they're exempt from things like background checks, licensing and registration. 

    Several Utah lawmakers want to do the same thing here. They say President Barack Obama and the Congress are anti-gun and will infringe on states' rights.  [ Read Full Post ]

  • May 20, 2009

    Arizona: NRA convention – guns, booze, not both - 6


    Phoenix Convention Center officials want state officials to suspend their liquor license -- but only in part of the building -- so National Rifle Association conventioneers can carry and exhibit guns. 

    Arizona state law bars people from carrying weapons in venues where liquor is served.  [ Read Full Post ]

  • May 19, 2009

    Colorado: Judge tosses challenge to CU gun ban - 11


    A lawsuit challenging the concealed weapons ban at the University of Colorado campuses has been thrown out by a judge.

    A district judge threw out the lawsuit filed last year by Students for Concealed Carry on Campus. Judge G. David Miller's action means the university's three campuses can continue to ban concealed weapons. The three student plaintiffs argued the ban violated their constitutional rights to bear arms. The University of Colorado has banned concealed weapons on campus since 1994. [ Read Full Post ]