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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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May 9, 2008

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  • October 29, 2009

    Video Q&A: Answers from Pro Trainers - 0


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    While I'm trying to figure out the video player system here at, I'm running into some serious technical difficulties. I don't want to keep you Gun Doggers waiting any longer for answers to your dog-training questions, so I'm posting links to each answer below.

    After I get all lined up on how to upload vids here, I'll repost each question as its own blog. Until that time, enjoy your professionally answered questions and work at making your dog the best it can be!

    Also, congratulations to the winner of the DT Systems Super Pro Launcher!

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  • October 29, 2009

    Winner: DT Super Pro Launcher - 0


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    We had nine questions submitted for the DT Systems dog-training seminar in Kansas this past weekend. Many of them were very good questions and covered several of the most common problems for dog owners/trainers.

    All of the questions were answered by either George Hickox or Dan Ihrke in a video format, which I'll be posting.

    However, the winner of the DT Systems Super Pro hand-held dummy launcher is...

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  • October 29, 2009

    New Mexico Rifle Elk Hunt - 0

    I wish I had better news to share with everyone.  As it turns out this tour in New Mexico was much like my earlier visit.  We hunted this week on the same ranch that I had previously archery hunted and we saw very few elk.  We weren't without opportunity however, as two out of the three hunters had chances on bulls.  I shared camp this week with David Dillon and Brad Yeomans from Gore, Kevin Sloan from Sitka, and Outdoor Writer and hunter Bob Robb.


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  • October 29, 2009

    Killed by Coyotes - 15

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    In a story from: 

    A teenage folk singer was attacked and killed by two coyotes in a national park in eastern Canada.

    Taylor Mitchell, 19, was attacked while she was hiking alone in Cape Breton Highlands Park, Nova Scotia, when she was attacked by two of the animals on Tuesday. She died of her wounds on Wednesday. [ Read Full Post ]

  • October 29, 2009

    A Broken Record? - 10

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    Way back in 1962, when the world of trophy deer hunting was a far more innocent place, a Nebraska bowhunter by the name of Del Austin arrowed a buck that today still stands as the biggest non-typical ever taken with bow and arrow. Many giant non-typicals have come along over the years, but this huge whitetail just might give the Del Austin buck a run for its money.

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  • October 28, 2009

    A Kentucky Wonder - 14


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    Reports of giant bucks are streaming in to the Big Buck Zone. We promise to post photos and stories at any hour of the day or night as we receive them. Here's a great story out of Kentucky. 

    Anyone who has ever picked up a bow or climbed into a treestand has dreamed about running into an absolute monster during deer season. All of us have envisioned a bruiser with heavy mass and super long tines. Unfortunately, for many hunters this type of buck only shows up during an occasional dream or distracting thought. However, sometimes things just magically fall into place and a distant dream suddenly becomes a reality. This is exactly what happened to a young hunter named Michaella Monroe during Kentucky’s 2009 youth season. Monroe was able to come face to face with a buck that would make any veteran deer hunter’s heart skip a few beats. This young lady kept her cool and was able to drop the hammer on a jaw-dropping giant that would green score around 230. How is that for jumpstarting your season?

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  • October 28, 2009

    Editorial: Fingerprints on ammo sales - 6

    Not surprisingly, the San Francisco Chronicle is all for legislation that requires firearms retailers to check a purchaser's identification and take a thumbprint when selling handgun ammunition. In an Oct. 5 editorial, it said the new law "would close this gaping loophole in efforts to keep our streets safe from gun violence. [ Read Full Post ]

  • October 27, 2009

    Another Minnesota Giant! - 5

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    A cool story from former OL contributor Chris Niskanen on the Pioneer Press’, but after finding a set of huge shed antlers early in 2007, Minnesota hunter Michael Versland became obsessed with hunting the deer.

    The high school biology teacher set out to take the buck with bow and arrow, spotting it twice in 07 and then again the following year. Unfortunately, none of those encounters panned out. In that time, he managed to find the buck’s increasingly large sheds and even captured the monster a few times on his trail camera. [ Read Full Post ]

  • October 27, 2009

    Pennsy Fall Turkey Report - 6


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    Trick or treat? Saturday October 31 marks the start of Pennsylvania's 2009 fall turkey season. I hunted its rolling north-central ridges and hardwood hollows as a teen, and as a road-tripping adult from my New England home base. Good memories.

    So what's in store for this season? The Pennsylvania Game Commission (PGC) is expecting hunters to encounter a sizeable wild turkey population when they head afield on Halloween's opening day. According to sources, this autumn's abundant acorn crop may make finding flocks more difficult than last year, as widespread food souces tend to disperse turkeys. Most acorns are of the red oak group, as white oaks tend to be scarce in some areas of the state.

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  • October 27, 2009

    Okie Bound - 2

    I’m in the Sooner State this week going after a big Oklahoma whitetail with a Thompson/Center muzzleloader and so far while I’ve had some close calls, I’ve yet to seal the deal. It’s my first muzzleloader hunt in a couple of years and I have to admit to being excited about getting to trade out my bow for a few days here in October.  [ Read Full Post ]

  • October 27, 2009

    Study: Carrying a gun increases risk of getting shot and killed - 13

    A study published in New Science, a British magazine, says, "People who carry guns are far likelier to get shot – and killed – than those who are unarmed, a study of shooting victims in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, has found."

    The University of Pennsylvania analyzed 677 shootings over two-and-a-half years to discover whether victims were carrying at the time, and compared them to other Philly residents of similar age, sex and ethnicity. The team also accounted for other potentially confounding differences, such as the socioeconomic status of their neighborhood. [ Read Full Post ]

  • October 25, 2009

    Gun retailers aim to plug yearlong bullet shortage - 6

    Weapons sellers say gun enthusiasts won’t have to bite the bullet much longer, as a nearly yearlong nationwide ammunition shortage may be winding down. "We’re seeing the light at the end of the tunnel," said DeWayne Irwin, owner of Cheaper Than Dirt, a Fort Worth store and online retailer. [ Read Full Post ]

  • October 24, 2009

    Fall Birds: Strike 3 - 6


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    We hunters are a results oriented bunch. "Did ya kill?" Back where I come from the expression “Get your turkey?” was (and still is) a common query from men in my native north-central Pennsylvania hometown where fall turkey hunting reigned king until the new modern tradition took over. It’s still big back there. Less so here in moose/deer/bear Maine where I make my home base.

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  • October 23, 2009

    Back to New Mexico! - 0

    Just when it seems like I'm about to slow down I find myself sitting in another airport headed on another adventure!

    I'm headed back to the Gila area in New Mexico, this time to document a few rifle elk hunts for some friends of mine in the industry. It'll be more of a remote "business trip" of sorts with heads of some of the finest outdoor gear companies in the industry and writers onboard.

    This is the same country I'd hunted back in September with a bow! Hopefully the boys will get a chance to catch up with Houdini or another great bull along the way! [ Read Full Post ]

  • October 23, 2009

    Try Tribal For Whitetail Action - 3

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    I'm sure some of you have heard of hunting Indian reservations and maybe a few of you have tried it for turkeys or possibly prairie dogs. Have you thought about hunting them for big game? I just returned from a big game hunt in South Dakota where we hunted whitetails on tribal lands. The hunting was great and South Dakota, like several Great Plains states, has several reservations within its borders to choose from for deer action.

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