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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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  • November 4, 2009

    Confidence - 8

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    I’m heading off to Canada next week for a Saskatchewan whitetail hunt and pretty quickly settled on bringing a lever gun with me. Took my Marlin 336C in .35 Remington out yesterday to get my new scope dialed in (and an interesting little scope it is too…more on that later) and after I got it on paper I cranked off this 5-shot group. [ Read Full Post ]


  • November 4, 2009

    10th Amendment Movement Update - 7

    Virginia launches boycott of 'unconstitutional' federal laws, urges 49 others to join in combating government's 'abuse of authority'

    Tennessee is urging 49 other states to come together and create a "joint working group between the states" to combat unconstitutional federal legislation and assert state rights, reported Chelsea Schilling on WorldNetDaily on Oct. 21. [ Read Full Post ]


  • November 4, 2009

    Fall Longbeard Double - 16

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    New York turkey camp was pretty much history. Handshakes, photos, and good wishes all around; many of the guys were heading off to hunt Ohio turkeys; problem is, we still had a little gas left in our tanks, Daryl and I did. And a couple New York tags to spare. A plan was hatched. [ Read Full Post ]


  • November 3, 2009

    Heaven Scent - 1

    Day Two here at R&R Pheasant Hunting in Seneca, South Dakota, was a blast. Or blasts. Lots and lots of blasts.

    After a Day One, which was a great day, scenting conditions improved dramatically, the wind was perfect and we got into some serious birds. Hundreds of birds. When the finally tally came about, more than 60 roosters were sent to the big roasting pot in sky by one group of six shooters and in excess of 40 for another group.

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  • November 3, 2009

    How Big Is Big Enough? - 21

     

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    With the quality deer management philosophy so solidly ingrained in today’s hunter’s mind, the old “if it’s brown, it’s down” approach for more and more hunters is becoming a thing of the past. I make no judgment on whichever approach you choose to pursue or to what degree you make those decisions on your own land or lease. As for myself, I suppose I have shot enough deer and see enough in a season that I am more than content to let the “little ones walk” with the rightful hope that they will grow into bigger deer—the tagging of which is always a thrill to any hunter. A big set of antlers is truly one of nature’s most awe-inspiring works of art.

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  • November 3, 2009

    Illinois, Here I Come! - 5

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    As I was hastily slicking meat off the second front quarter of a Milk River whitetail, I had a sudden epiphany. [ Read Full Post ]


  • November 3, 2009

    White House Offensive: Dissenters Targeted With Suppressing Fire - 8

    Nationally syndicated radio host, "McLaughlin Group" panelist and Fox News contributor Monica Crowley rips the Obama regime in refreshingly accurate, gloves-off terms in her Oct. 21 column in the Washington Times.

    "During the eight years of the George W. Bush presidency, the left constantly told us that 'issent is the highest form of patriotism.' During the Obama presidency, dissent is routinely considered the lowest form of treachery," she writes. [ Read Full Post ]


  • November 2, 2009

    Dakota Decadence - 3

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    The Fall Classic is on and I'm not talking about The Evil Empire playing a city known for sandwiches and booing Santa Claus. I'm in South Dakota for the first time trying knock the hell out of as many rooster pheasants as possible.

    Not only is it my first trip to Pheasant Heaven, it's also my dog's first time. I was a bit worried about how Kona would perform but after Day One, all is looking good (hope I just didn't jinx us for the next two days...). 

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  • November 2, 2009

    Days Of Hunter's Past - 11

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    CANDOR, NY—New York’s first modern wild turkey hunting season commenced back in the fall of 1959. Spring hunts didn’t begin until 1968. Pete Clare of Turkey Trot Acres wanted to honor that inaugural hunt 50 years later.

    No blinds, decoys or as Clare says, “supersonic-hearing enhancers,” would be permitted. Vintage shotguns were highly approved of. While Realtree and Mossy Oak camouflage could be found on vests, boots, seat cushions and even guns, nostalgic retro garb was strongly encouraged. [ Read Full Post ]


  • November 2, 2009

    Two Grannies, Two Trophy Bucks - 6

     

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    Proving that you’re never too old to hunt, 90-year-old Delores Wilhelms got her buck for the second straight year. The Wisconsin granny connected on a 9-point buck earlier this month using a crossbow. Last year, after sitting out hunting for years after her husband passed away, Wilhelms’ neighbor, Ron Haessly, helped the woman return to the woods. She was successful in her initial return to the woods taking a buck with her crossbow then as well. The feat earned Wilhelms a write-up in the pages of Outdoor Life.

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  • November 1, 2009

    Scozzafava and Hoffman Campaigns Take Pass on Gun Rights Questionnaire - 3

    David Codrea notes in his Oct. 24 examiner.com blog that both candidates for New York's 23rd Congressional District -- including one endorsed by the NRA -- have declined top answer his Gun Rights Political Questionnaire, which he filed with their campaigns "to see if it could be useful in further defining the level of understanding and commitment the candidates have for the right to keep and bear arms. I did, and let the campaigns know I would make their responses available to readers here."

    But, no response. [ Read Full Post ]


  • October 31, 2009

    Protesting the Anti-Gun ‘Bloomberg 7′ Mayors in Virginia - 7

    Philip Van Cleave of the Virginia Citizens Defense League is leading a statewide effort to "out" local mayors who have become New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s lackeys in a big bucks bulldozing of their constitutional rights. [ Read Full Post ]


  • October 30, 2009

    Nebraska Mystery Bucks - 12

     

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    These photos have just come in—two giant bucks reportedly from Nebraska. Can't hardly believe the size of the buck's rack in the back of that pickup truck! It looks more like a moose. Details as they come in.

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  • October 30, 2009

    Women want... hunters? - 18

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    By a new measure of bliss, my wife should be ecstatic. So why does she glare at me so savagely as I pack my hunting bag?  [ Read Full Post ]


  • October 30, 2009

    Barr: "Perfect Storm" For UN Gun Control Agenda - 8

    Former Georgia Congressman Bob Barr in an Oct. 26 blog-column in the Atlanta Journal Constitution warns that global anti-gun zealots are "on ethe brink of success." [ Read Full Post ]