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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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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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Ultimate DIY Guide

Learn how to make fire in a can and 50 other essential skills, inspired projects, and clever hacks to improve your outdoor life.
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May 9, 2008

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  • 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.

  • May 4, 2009

    Connecticut: State Senate OKs machine gun ban for children - 4

    The Connecticut Senate on April 30 approved a measure that would ban children under 16 years old from handling or shooting machine guns.

    The legislation, which passed on a 31-2 vote, stems from the October death of an 8-year-old Ashford boy who accidentally shot himself in the head with an Uzi at a Massachusetts gun show.

    The bill now moves to the House of Representatives, where it is expected to pass. [ Read Full Post ]


  • May 4, 2009

    Michigan Democrat reintroduces Second Amendment Restoration Act - 2

    U.S. Congressman Bart Stupak (D-Michigan) has introduced legislation to restore the gun rights of individuals convicted of minor, non-violent crimes. H.R. 2153, the Second Amendment Restoration Act, ensures states have the discretion to restore individuals’ gun rights after conviction of minor crimes.

    The National Rifle Association (NRA) has endorsed the legislation. [ Read Full Post ]


  • May 4, 2009

    GOA says ‘Specter the defector’ must go - 5

    In an April 29 column written by “Gun Owners of America” and published in opposingviews.com, the group called on Pennsylvanians to do the rest of the nation a big favor and dump the Senator Arlen Specter.

    “First, Senator Arlen Specter provided the instrumental Republican support to get anti-gun Attorney General Eric Holder confirmed by the Senate. Then, he singlehandedly pushed through the massive economic bailout, the so-called stimulus bill, which contained several provisions of concern to gun owners. [ Read Full Post ]


  • May 4, 2009

    Pew survey: Public takes conservative turn on gun control - 6

    Public attitudes on a pair of contentious national issues -- gun control and abortion -- have moved in a more conservative direction over the past year. In both cases, the changes have been driven in part by relatively large shifts among men, while opinions among women have not changed very much. [ Read Full Post ]


  • May 3, 2009

    I'm Baaaack! - 6

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    I have a long history with Outdoor Life, starting with when I used to lay a copy of the magazine inside my social studies book during class in the sixth grade in a bid to escape the tedium of learning about the purpose of the electoral college. (I still don’t totally get it. How’d this Barack guy get in the Oval Office again?)

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  • May 3, 2009

    Hunting Morel Mushrooms - 1

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    It’s the time of the year when Americans in many regions of the country put on their hiking boots for the first time since the fall and head to the woods in search of a favorite wild delicacy, the morel mushroom.

    Breaded, battered and deep-fried, or lightly seasoned and tossed in a frypan with butter or bacon, wild mushrooms are a meal savored by outdoors-folks like none other. [ Read Full Post ]


  • May 3, 2009

    Vermont Turkey Opener - 10

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    May 1st—the Vermont spring turkey opener. The border, just two road hours from my southern Maine log home. Northern New England fog on the way. Gusty rain at times. The hint of road construction awaiting my return. Finally though, after a tall cup of coffee and radio rock music buoying me there, I'd made the run. I eased into the woods, took a deep breath of the moist spring air. Man, it was good to be out again. [ Read Full Post ]


  • April 30, 2009

    5 Ways To Get A Gobbler - 10

     

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    For some Strut Zoners, turkey season ’09 is winding down. For others, seasons are either just opening or just starting to get good. Five of my good hunting buddies and I have been chasing gobblers all week with pretty good success. We've taken seven birds thus far, but the tally has nothing at all to do with what we've experienced every day since the season opened on Monday. Everyone has had multiple opportunities at birds each day and virtually everyone has had to leave gobbling turkeys at the mandatory noon quitting time. Here are a few things we've learned this past week that might help you out along the way.

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  • April 30, 2009

    Common Sense Deer Management - 9

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    It’s amazing just how far science and technology have come in recent years in our rapidly changing world. High-tech computers, cell phones and other advanced technological innovations are everywhere you look today. However, it seems to me the one thing that has not tagged along with our fast paced society is basic common sense. Recently, we ran a piece on the BBZ that highlighted a proposed deer management plan from an anti-hunting group known as “In Defense of Animals” that was anything but logical. This group outlined six simple steps that supposedly would balance whitetail herd numbers without the “barbaric” practice of hunting or money that is generated from sportsmen. In my opinion, this advanced management plan has more problems than a crooked politician trying to explain the current state of the economy. [ Read Full Post ]


  • April 27, 2009

    Anti-Hunting’s Deer Management Plan - 50

     

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    As a young boy, I can remember a time when you could spend a solid week hunting the mountain country of southeastern Kentucky and only see a few measly does. In fact, just seeing a decent buck during those days was quite an accomplishment. That was close to 18 years ago and a lot has changed across the nation since those days. Currently, there are healthy populations of whitetail deer just about every where you look and things only seem to be getting better with each passing year. People need to stop and think about what really caused this dramatic change. Well, you can bet your bottom dollar that misinformed anti-hunting organizations like “In Defense of Animals” didn’t have anything to do with this unbelievable turn around! The so-called “facts” that groups like these release on their websites and news pamphlets are amazingly pathetic.

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  • April 27, 2009

    Carter Wants Your Guns - 13

     

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    Ever since Obama took office the New York Times has been engaging in a full-court press on its op-ed pages to get some new type of gun control legislation passed. 

     

    In today’s paper they have former president Jimmy Carter calling for an “assault weapons” ban. Curiously absent from Carter’s column are any statistics connecting assault weapons to gun deaths in general—for the simple reason that they are only used in a miniscule number crimes in this country. 

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  • April 23, 2009

    N.Y. To Kids:"You're Too Young To Hunt" - 57

     

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    New York State hunters do it way too early.

    At least according to Liz Krueger, New York City Democratic Senator. She's introduced legislation that would elevate the state's hunting age. Want specifics? Senate Bill 3598 increases the minimum age for obtaining a hunting license from 16 to 18 years of age, while requiring anyone under the age of 20 to be accompanied by a parent, guardian or relative.

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  • April 21, 2009

    My Best Buck - 19

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    Without question, one of my favorite bucks of all time never made the record books or the cover of a magazine. It was just an above average deer that came at the absolute perfect time. After a life filled with pressure, deadlines, commitments and long hours at work it finally happened. The man who had always been there for me through all of the basketball games, difficult teenage years and my first heartbreak suddenly didn’t seem invincible anymore. My childhood hero that had taught me how to cast a baitcasting reel, read deer sign and shoot a rifle was suddenly hit with a massive heart attack. The memories of those cool fall morning squirrel hunts, gobbling spring longbeards and that first buck we took together are what kept me from completely breaking down. I began to wonder if the past hunting and fishing trips we shared together were going to be the last. [ Read Full Post ]


  • April 21, 2009

    Hunting Honeymoon - 3

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    You might say that Bruce and Rene Thompson’s marriage started off with a bang.

    And no, it wasn’t what you'd call a “shotgun wedding.” But that said, a 12-gauge did play a major part in the couple’s honeymoon.

    The newlyweds, who hail from Louisville, Tenn., tied the knot in Jamaica, but flew back to the states to spend their honeymoon turkey hunting in east Tennessee. [ Read Full Post ]


  • April 18, 2009

    Rush Is Wrong - 28

     

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    Why is Rush Limbaugh against hunting?

    I can accept that Rush Limbaugh isn't a hunter, but his apparent alliance with the most insidious of anti-hunting groups makes me wonder if he needs to check his prescription medicine.  [ Read Full Post ]