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A Cut Above

Axes and hatchets are among man's oldest and most versatile tools. From splitting firewood to breaking down an elk, there isn't much these venerable icons of the outdoors can't do.
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Spy Baits

Although the term "spy-baiting" may conjure up all manner of creative connotations, this relatively new finesse tactic for bass is rather simple.
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Turkey Slam

The turkey world slam took OL's Editor-in-Chief around the world. Check out the photos as Andrew McKean chases gobblers from Florida to Hawaii.
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Top Rangefinders

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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Top Picks

  • “Do it yourself.” Utter that phrase to your boss and you could end up with a pink slip. Say it to an outdoorsman and the lightbulb comes on.

  • 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.

  • April 7, 2014

    Using Laser Sights for Handguns - 0


    Photo courtesy of Crimson Trace

    Twenty years ago, laser sighting systems on handguns were expensive and unreliable novelty items. Today, thanks to technological advances, 
they are in common use among law enforcement and military personnel, as well as civilians who carry a handgun for personal protection. [ Read Full Post ]


  • April 7, 2014

    South Carolina's Controversial Cormorant Hunt Culls 11K Birds - 3

    More than 1,000 South Carolina hunters received special permits this winter to hunt double-crested cormorants on two lakes in the east-central part of the state. In the span of just one month, hunters harvested 11,653 of the fish-eating birds. One hunter alone reported killing 278 birds, according to The State newspaper.

    Local anglers requested state action to quell the rising numbers of cormorants, which they say eat enough baitfish to negatively impact game fish populations. The South Carolina Department of Natural Resources responded by introducing a special hunting program this year on Lake Marion and Lake Moultrie. [ Read Full Post ]


  • April 7, 2014

    Tips for Buying a New ATV - 2

    An all-terrain vehicle (ATV) is one of the best ways for people to traverse tough terrain and haul hunting gear. If you’re planning on buying one, have an honest conversation with yourself about your riding skills and how you’ll be using your ATV before you visit an ATV dealer.

    Manufacturers pack plenty of power, convenience – like power steering – and thrills into machines that satisfy a user’s need for speed. They like to highlight the horsepower of an engine, but you should focus on buying a machine that meets your needs and won’t break your budget. For example, if you’re looking specifically for a hunting rig, an ATV that runs quietly and smoothly might be more useful than a super-fast machine. [ Read Full Post ]


  • April 7, 2014

    How to Make a Knife from Flint Rock - 0

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    Should you find yourself in need of a sharp edge, whether to cut a rope, skin a critter, or whittle friction fire-making tools, the basic ingredients required to make one can be found in most wilderness areas of the country. [ Read Full Post ]


  • April 7, 2014

    DIY Project: Brew the Best Bear Bait - 0


    Photo by Brian Klutch

    Take a trip to your local sporting goods store and you’ll see that there is no shortage of commercial bear bait available. Problem is, everyone uses that stuff. If you want to draw bears to your stand, you need to stand out in the woods.

    Bears do love their sweets, but you need to appeal to their noses from miles away, and sweets won’t do that. To make a surefire concoction that will draw bears, all you need is a plastic bucket, water, and some fish carcasses. (Living in Alaska, I’ve found that salmon works best, but chopped herring does the trick, too.) [ Read Full Post ]


  • April 7, 2014

    Texas "Chupacabra" Euthanized, No DNA Tests Planned - 3

    It seems the tale of Chupie, a chupacabra-like creature that was captured in Texas last week, has come to an end.

    Jackie Stock and her husband, Arlen Parma, — the couple that caught the critter — decided to put Chupie down after they were convinced he was a raccoon suffering from mange. [ Read Full Post ]


  • April 7, 2014

    Gear Test: 9 Top Fishing Shoes - 3


    Photo by Ralph Smith

    Once upon a time, if you had plans to spend time on a boat—say, for instance, a years-long voyage to a distant port in a faraway land—your footwear choices were limited to whatever crudely fashioned leather options were being peddled by the local ship chandler.

    Lucky for the modern fisherman, nautical footwear has come a long way since then, and it's become highly specialized, too: There's a shoe for nearly every angling endeavor.

    [ Read Full Post ]


  • April 4, 2014

    5 Reasons to Stock Honey as a Survival Food - 0

    Just because honey is one of humanity’s oldest sweet treats, doesn’t mean it’s an outdated relic. It’s a top-choice food item for preppers and survivalists to stock in their emergency food stores. Here are five good reasons to join Pooh bear on the honey band wagon. [ Read Full Post ]


  • April 4, 2014

    Bob Costas' Losing Bet on Guns - 5

    Bob Costas once again waded into the gun control debate, this time voicing a curious and ill-informed opinion on late-night television. According to Politico, Costas wants to make a wager on whether athletes owning guns causes more harm than good.

    In a discussion with “Late Night” host Seth Meyers, Costas said:
    “Let's make a bet, you and me. Let's say over the next five years we'll do a Google search. We'll have an independent party monitor it. You keep track of how many good and constructive things are associated with athletes having a gun, and I'll keep track of all the tragedies and criminality and folly. And let's see who comes out ahead or behind as the case may be.“ [ Read Full Post ]


  • April 4, 2014

    Video: Bird Goes Fishing with Piece of Bread - 0

    I know I’m not the first to notice green herons employing actual “fishing” tactics. Nevertheless, this avian angler’s ability to identify tools and tactics for its pursuit never ceases to fascinate me. I watched a green heron stroll right up to where I was chumming bluegill with chunks of sliced bread, confiscate a chunk for his own baiting, and then use the bread to lure a fish into snaring range. (I also caught fish that day. I’m just sayin’.)

    Anyway, what I think is interesting is that although we like to imply that birds are mimicking us, we anglers can take a very clear lesson from the bird. Simply put: fish with what they’re eating. When it comes to lures and baits, diversity is good, experimentation helpful; but mimicking the real deal never loses its wisdom. [ Read Full Post ]


  • April 4, 2014

    River Monsters Sneak Peek: Jeremy Wade vs Piraiba Catfish - 0

    Jeremy Wade stopped by the Outdoor Life office this week while making the media rounds to promote his new season of River Monsters (it premieres April 6, 9 p.m. ET on Animal Planet).

    Unlike a lot of fishing shows out there, people who fish can actually watch River Monsters without too many eye-rolls (it seems most of the other fishing shows on major cable networks are made for people who've never stepped foot in a boat). Sure, the show plays up plenty of dramatic angles, but at least Wade is a real, hardcore fisherman. [ Read Full Post ]


  • April 3, 2014

    Texas Man Claims to Have Caught a Live Chupacabra - 5

    There have been plenty of chupacabra claims in the last few years, but now a couple from Texas thinks they've caught a live one.

    Jackie Stock said her husband captured the animal on their property in Ratcliffe, Texas on Sunday.

    "He called me to come and look, and I said 'Bubba that looks like a baby chupacabra,'" Stock told crossroadstoday.com.

    Arlen Parma, a Ratcliffe resident and long-time raccoon hunter is convinced the critter is not a mangy raccoon because of its unique growl. [ Read Full Post ]


  • April 3, 2014

    Illinois School Rewrites 2nd Amendment in Workbook - 6

    When Rich Kinison's son showed him his U.S. Constitution workbook, Kinison couldn't believe the nonsense he was reading was actually being taught at Grant Middle School in Springfield, Ill., and, presumably, at other junior high schools across the state and the nation.

    In explaining the Second Amendment to the Bill of Rights, the workbook states in clear black-and-white: “This amendment states that people have the right to certain weapons, providing that they register them and they have not been in prison. The founding fathers included this amendment to prevent the United States from acting like the British who had tried to take weapons away from the colonists.” [ Read Full Post ]


  • April 3, 2014

    Dan Ashe Q&A: The USFWS Director On Wolves, The Future of Hunting, and Open Country - 1

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    Dan Ashe is one of those guys you ought to know but probably don't.

    What makes the guy so special? Well, for starters he heads up the agency that controls about 307 million acres of publicly-owned lands, a good chunk of which is open to hunting and fishing.

    Yeah, bet that got your attention. [ Read Full Post ]


  • April 3, 2014

    How To Plan And Plant A Hidden Survival Garden - 0

    Spring is finally here, and many of us gardening enthusiasts can’t wait for the last frost to be out of the way so we can set out some vegetable plants and seed. But what good is a garden if people steal all your vegetables during times of economic downturn?

    While some experts keep espousing that the economy is growing, others predict 2014 will see hyperinflation, stock drops and another crash like 2008. I’m no economist, but my parents and grandparents did turn me into a gardener. Since I can’t eat dollar bills or silver coins, I’m going to grow some food that won’t even look like food to the casual passerby. And even if the current financial system keeps limping along like a three-legged dog, I can still eat the delicious and healthy vegetables and share them with my family. [ Read Full Post ]