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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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  • If elk are left undisturbed, they can be patterned, and that’s how you find them—even from thousands of miles away.

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  • We had a small field in our annual shotguns test, but it was full of some stellar models. See which gun took home top honors.

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  • July 10, 2014

    Survival Skills: 5 Cool Uses for Summer Berries - 2

    My favorite part of summer is the berries. Raspberry, blackberry, black raspberry, wine berry – you name it, I’ll go pick it. And now is the time to begin. The wild ones are coming in now around much of the country. You could just eat them as-is, and be quite happy. But if you come into a wealth of berries, it’s nice to know some other uses for an excess of these sour/sweet gems. These are just five of the things I do with my berries, when I’m not eating them right off the canes. [ Read Full Post ]


  • July 9, 2014

    Missouri Governor Vetoes Bills to Restructure Captive Deer Management - 0

    Governor Jay Nixon of Missouri vetoed two bills Tuesday designed to relabel captive deer as livestock and also transition management of these cervids to the Department of Agriculture. 

    Currently, captive deer are designated as wildlife and monitored by the Department of Conservation. The agency has called for tighter regulations on high-fence hunting preserves to reduce the spread of CWD. Nixon's move has temporarily stymied the heated debate between the Conservation Department and Missouri deer farmers, who allege they are struggling to stay in business.

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  • July 9, 2014

    Kid-Friendly States: 5 Affordable Places to Take a Child Hunting - 2

    I love Montana for its outdoor opportunities. But when it comes to accommodating youth hunters, my home state could learn a thing or two. Just ask my son, Jack, who wants nothing more than to stalk deer and elk but needs to wait another year until he turns 12 to do it here at home. Fortunately, several states understand that recruiting new hunters is critical and have taken steps to make it happen.

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  • July 9, 2014

    A Tale of Two Bucks - 0

    Remorse
    I wasn’t especially surprised when I pierced the apple at 80 yards. The crossbow I was shooting—Barnett’s Ghost 410—zips arrows at more than 400 feet per second. And the graduated reticle in the bow’s scope showed me precise holdover values all the way out to 100 yards. Punching the apple was a matter of doping the wind and, after a half second of flight, watching the arrow slice through the Red Delicious.

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  • July 8, 2014

    Bowhunting Prep: Keys to Perfect Grip - 1

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    Every archer knows that gripping the bow properly is a cornerstone to accurate shooting, and yet poor hand placement is still one of the most common flaws among bowhunters. So, check out these tips from Larry Wise before you hit the range. 

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  • July 8, 2014

    Monster Pacific Halibut Will Not Qualify for IGFA World Record - 0

    Although an enormous Pacific halibut caught in the Alaskan panhandle port of Gustavus is one of the largest landed in the Pacific Ocean in a decade, it will not make the record books.

    The 482-pound fish surpassed the previous 1996 record of 459 pounds, also caught in Alaska. But 77-year-old Jack McGuire lost his chance at the top spot in the IGFA record book when he asked for help during the half-hour fight and Captain Rye Phillips shot and harpooned the fish before hauling it in.

    The IGFA will not qualify a catch if the angler receieved aid or used any tool besides a gaff or net.

    "I think if [Capt. Rye Phillips] had known how big it was, he wouldn't have shot it," Deep Blue Charters manager Andy Martin told the Alaska Dispatch. Martin is Phillips' employer.

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  • July 8, 2014

    Elk Hunting Tips: The Basics of Long-Range Scouting - 0

    Next to deer, the big-game animal most whitetail hunters want to pursue is bull elk. They are big and dramatic, and so is the country they call home. Millions of acres of elk habitat are open to the public and offer free camping and hunting, no guides required. You can make your own elk-hunting adventure, but first you have to find the elk. 

    Unlike whitetails, elk can be here today, gone tomorrow. When they’re disturbed, they’ll run several miles and put at least two big ridges between themselves and trouble. But if undisturbed, they can be patterned, and that’s how you find them—even from thousands of miles away. 

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  • July 7, 2014

    Survival Skills: The Ten Essentials, Then and Now - 2

    Ever heard of the Ten Essentials? The original list of Ten Essentials was drawn up in the 1930’s to aid mountain climbers and outdoorsmen. A Seattle-based group called the Mountaineers designed the list for two reasons. First, it gave people a list of gear to acquire in case of emergency or accident. Second, it provided resources in the event someone was forced to spend an unexpected night–or longer–in the wilderness.

    In 2003, the Mountaineers updated the list by focusing on systems rather than ten specific items. Does this list work for hunters, anglers, survivalists, and other outdoors lovers? See for yourself.

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  • July 7, 2014

    Video: Leveraxe Makes Splitting Logs Look Easy - 5

    We recently raved about some of our favorite short axes and hatchets, but this new heavy-duty log splitter qualifies for the big leagues. The Vipukirves Leveraxe may be one of the coolest, most-applicable tools designed for campers and wood-stove users alike. Applying an offset center of gravity, the ax creates a lever mechanism upon striking the wood and allows the user to almost effortlessly split stumps into perfectly-sized logs for the fire. [ Read Full Post ]


  • July 7, 2014

    Rebel MicroCritters: A Safer Topwater Bait - 0

    When my church resumes its Fishing Faith and Fun youth clinics in January, one of the basic points that program director Campbell Middlebrooks and his team will stress to beginners is to mash down barbs.

    Flattening the part of the hook that helps keep fish buttoned up is a good way to help ensure the safety of young anglers and a safe release for the fish. [ Read Full Post ]


  • July 7, 2014

    Tip for Dog Owners: Beware the Brown Recluse - 0

    Gun dog owners know that flea and tick season starts up in early spring, and by July both populations are in full swing. A preventative measure, such as a flea/tick collar or topical applicant, is a must. This year however, it seems higher-than-average rainfall in parts of the country has contributed to a booming brown recluse population.

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  • July 7, 2014

    How Public Funds Benefit Shooters - 1

    The Pittman-Robertson Act was signed into law by President Franklin Roosevelt in 1937 and has been a main engine for funding wildlife conservation in the United States. The PR Act, as it is known, levies a 10 to 11 percent tax on the sale of ammunition, firearms, and outdoors equipment, and has garnered more than $2 billion since its inception. Not all sportsmen realize, however, that PR funds also go toward hunter education and, by extension, toward public shooting ranges.

    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has allocated more than $138 million from PR tax revenues this year to states to expand hunter-ed and shooting opportunities.

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  • July 3, 2014

    Survival Skills: Find Wild Edible Plants, Worldwide - 2

    Wherever your travels might take you around the globe, remember that many common wild edible plants have also gone global over the past few centuries. Some plants were carried to new continents because of their valuable edible and medicinal properties. Other plants have inadvertently tagged along with travelers and established themselves as invasive weeds in new lands. However the plants have spread, familiar edibles can now be found far from their places of origin. [ Read Full Post ]


  • July 3, 2014

    Bowhunting Prep: Proper Head Position - 0

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    Here's a finer point of shooting form that often gets missed: is your chin level at full draw? Take a couple shots and have a buddy watch you draw and shoot. If you have to move around to find your peep site or if your chin isn't level at full draw … it's time to move that peep site or evaluate the overall fit of your bow. 

    If you want to consistently shoot tight groups, you have to practice repeatable form, and that includes your noggin.

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  • July 3, 2014

    Beat the Heat for Big Summer Brown Trout - 0

    Some anglers are leaving warming rivers behind, but the trout are still feeding there. To have success in summer, you just need to understand a few subtleties.

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