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Barnyard Bucks

Bucks that live to see four years of age or more have plenty of hiding spots, and chances are there’s a barnyard among them.
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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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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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Wyo. Cast and Blast

Wyoming boasts the largest and most widespread populations of sage grouse. So break a sweat hunting them in the morning and cool off in the river after lunch by fishing for monster trout.
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May 9, 2008

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  • October 19, 2009

    Fall Turkeys: Strike One - 26


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    Fall turkeys are easy.  Yeah, right. For the Maine shotgun opener, we stayed local. It was my dog Luna’s first in-season hunt. 

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  • October 19, 2009

    Seattle mayor moving forward with gun ban despite public's rejection - 4

    The Second Amendment Foundation on Oct. 9 warned Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels to heed the public rejection of a proposed gun ban at city parks facilities or face the consequences in court. SAF obtained information from the mayor's office that the overwhelming majority of citizens living both inside and outside the city turned thumbs down on the mayor's plan to ban even legally-carried firearms in city parks facilities. Nickels has already been advised by Attorney General Rob McKenna that the city has no authority to enact such a ban, which would be illegal under the state's preemption law.

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  • October 17, 2009

    Missouri case weighs gun rights, intoxication - 6

    Columbia Tribune columnist T.J. Greaney writes on Oct. 8 that, "Missouri is starting to get a reputation for gun goofiness."

    During the 2009 Legislative session, the state's General Assembly considered allowing concealed firearms on college campuses. "The twisted logic held that pistol-toting underclassmen would help prevent the next Virginia Tech-style massacre," Greaney writes.

    Now, a gun confiscation case is raising some legitimate issues that elude Greaney. [ Read Full Post ]

  • October 17, 2009

    Good Casting - 5

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    Probably no genre of angler is more obsessed with casting accuracy and prowess than fly fishermen.

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  • October 16, 2009

    Hunter Shot by Friend During Struggle With Grizzly - 7

    Authorities near Cooke City, Montana are continuing to investigate an incident in which a hunter accidentally shot his companion in the middle of his struggle with an attacking grizzly bear on Saturday.

    Both hunters survived the bizarre incident. The boar grizzly, estimated to be more than 20 years old, was not as fortunate.

    Officials with the Montana Fish Wildlife and Park and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service have not released the names of the hunters involved, but said they discovered no negligence and the shooting is officially ruled as accidental. [ Read Full Post ]

  • October 16, 2009

    Fall Turkey Hunting Quiz - 4

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    You get 25 points just for taking the time to read this post when you could be out setting trail cams for whitetails.

    You know there’s a difference between a hen yelp and a gobbler yelp. Add 5 points. You regard opportunities for all the other upland birds as secondary when compared to running your canine hunting partner on fall flocks where legal. Add 10 bonus points. Five more if you own more than one dog and hunt multiple fall turkey states. [ Read Full Post ]

  • October 15, 2009

    In Tred's Own Words - 21


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    The day I was to leave for Alaska to tape the last episode of the season for my show, The Best and Worst of Tred Barta on Versus, I woke up with a gimpy left leg. My toes had no power, and I could lift my leg only halfway up. I went to my doctor who immediately ordered an MRI.

    Shortly thereafter, my problem worsened, prompting me to drive straight to the emergency room.

    Approximately six hours later, I lay on a gurney, paralyzed from the waist down.

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  • October 15, 2009

    Gun rights headed back to the Supreme Court - 4

    Richard Moore, an investigative reporter with the Lakeland Times in Florida, breaks down how the Supreme Court might rule in McDonald v City of Chicago in this Oct. 9 anaylsis:

    "Just a little more than 15 months after the United States Supreme Court struck down a handgun ban in Washington, D.C., as unconstitutional, the issue of whether individual Americans have a Second Amendment right to own guns is headed back to the High Court. [ Read Full Post ]

  • October 14, 2009

    Ask a Pro - 5

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    One of the great perks of working in the hunting and fishing industry is getting to go on some amazing trips, see the country/world and meet those involved in the outdoors. We get to see how companies come up with innovations, how they're working to improve existing products and who they're working with in creating everything you and I like to use when afield.

    I have one of those trips coming up. It's sponsored by DT Systems, and will take place in Kansas in about a week or so. We'll get to see all the great products, from e-collars to bird launchers, that DT has, is working on and will be unveiling. Like most guys, I love gear. Especially dog gear. It should be a fun trip. But I need your help.

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  • October 14, 2009

    Live Hunt AK: Ram Down! - 1

  • October 14, 2009

    Your Inner Voice - 3

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    Even after posting about the best way to get your dog in shape, I ignored my inner voice and decided to work my dog harder and longer than I should have...and for awhile there I was afraid it was going to put him on the shelf for an upcoming hunt.

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  • October 14, 2009

    Support for Tougher Gun Laws at Lowest Point in Decades - 6


    Yet another poll, this one by Gallup, confirms that Americans are growing weary of the false rhetoric foisted on them by gun control fascists. In an Oct. 7 article in the Washington Examiner, chief politocal correspondent Byron York offers his insight into the poll results. [ Read Full Post ]

  • October 14, 2009

    Packers For The Hungry - 6

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    There may be some argument among National Football League faithful, but probably no pro football fan base includes more hunters and shooters than the Green Bay Packers. Where else but Lambeau Field can as much camouflage and blaze orange garb be seen in the stadium on a Sunday afternoon? [ Read Full Post ]

  • October 14, 2009

    Redemption Buck - 16

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    Last season, my son James Travis Faulkner, almost shot the biggest buck he had ever encountered in the woods during our state’s two day youth season. However, the sneaky old veteran was able to slip through the thick cover without offering my boy an ethical shot. For the next few months, this particular buck was the main topic of discussion at my house. James stuck with that deer for the remainder of the season, but the buck went into stealth mode and was not seen again. [ Read Full Post ]

  • October 13, 2009

    NYC mayor launches undercover probe of gun shows in TN - 8

    As if New York City doesn't have enough problems of its own, Mayor Michael Bloomberg thinks it has the resoures, manpower, and time to investigate gun shows in Tennessee and two other states. Naturally, as reporter Richard Locker writes in the Oct. 8 Commercial Appeal, "Hizzoner's" intrusion is not appreciated in Nashville. [ Read Full Post ]