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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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  • 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 ]

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    Bowhunting Prep: Proper Head Position - 0

    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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  • July 3, 2014

    Whitetails: 2 Tactics for Summer Scouting - 0

    1) Deer Espionage: Before visiting any hunting area, foreign or familiar, use Google Earth to learn its basics: boundaries, terrain features, hidden openings, and land-use patterns of the neighbors. Satellite views reveal subtle funnels and trails, and you might even discover features like adjacent crop fields that influence herd movement.

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  • July 3, 2014

    USFWS 2014 Survey Reports Increase in Total Duck Population - 0

    The much-anticipated U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service report on 2014 Trends in Duck Breeding Populations is in, and the news bodes well for waterfowlers.

    The survey estimates an 8 percent increase in breeding duck populations — the preliminary estimate for total duck population is 49.2 million, up almost four million from last year. [ Read Full Post ]

  • July 2, 2014

    Survival Skills: Smoking Meat and Fish for Flavor and Preservation - 0

    Smoking meat and fish can produce some remarkably flavorful results, and it can be done without much in the way of modern conveniences. Smoking can also be used in conjunction with drying to save and preserve your meats and fish, all without the need for electricity or special equipment.

    There are two traditional ways to smoke fish and other foods: hot smoking and cold smoking. Either can be performed with the same meats and the same apparatus, the only difference being the amount of heat used. [ Read Full Post ]

  • July 2, 2014

    A Bigger Boat - 0

    Illustrations by: Pat Kinsella

    Seated comfortably in my friend Dave’s sleek little 13-foot fishing boat, we left the dock on a calm day full of blue water, blue sky, and even some picturesque white clouds towering far to the north.

    I was there to fish, of course, but also to photograph the excursion, so I was particularly pleased with the clouds. In fact, my only concern was Dave’s mushy speculation about the best area for us to go to in search of fat walleyes. “I’ve got this feeling they’ll be hanging out at the upper end of The Narrows,” he muttered. I vaguely remembered that the lake was still a river at The Narrows.

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  • July 2, 2014

    Essential Outdoor Skill: Fillet Panfish - 0

    Ever fillet a mess of panfish and end up an hour later with nothing more than a meager handful of meat? Create sweet and sizable fillets quickly with this simple technique.

    1. Scale the fish. This preserves meat, is faster than skinning later, and improves taste because the skin is full of flavor. [ Read Full Post ]

  • July 2, 2014

    Guest Post: Maine Bear Hunting Referendum – A Call to Action - 0

    Editor's Note: David Trahan is the Executive Director of the Sportsman's Alliance of Maine and formerly served in the state legislature for 12 years. 

    This fall Maine hunters will face a referendum vote that could ban hunting black bears with hounds, hunting them over bait, and trapping. In part, we're facing the vote because of a decision I made last year.

    In May of 2013, five Humane Society of the United States employees, including their Washington D.C. liaison, summoned me and Don Kliener, head of the Maine Professional Guides Association, to an impromptu meeting just prior to a public hearing on legislation LD 1474. It was a bill to ban hounding and trapping of bears in Maine.

    They delivered this ultimatum: “We have $3 million, and polling data that says we can win a bear referendum in Maine. If the Sportsman's Alliance of Maine will support LD 1474, HSUS will not submit a referendum to ban trapping and hounding. If the Alliance doesn’t support LD 1474, HSUS will add baiting to our bill, and go to referendum, and Mainers will likely lose baiting, hounding, and trapping.” 

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  • July 1, 2014

    Video: Small Shark "Attacks" Snorkler - 0

    The attacker was so tiny the incident was laughable.

    A snorkeler known only as Carlos was beset by a small shark in this newly viral video, reports the Huffington Post. Carlos and his friends were snorkeling at an unknown location when a shark chomped into his swim trunks. The tiny predator refuses to let go and even fights for a better grip. The group can be heard laughing in the video as Carlos tries to remove the shark, which he only achieves by exiting the water. [ Read Full Post ]

  • July 1, 2014

    Essential Outdoor Skill: Drop a Double - 0

    It’s exciting when a covey of birds rises up directly in front of you. But if you want to kill multiple birds, you need to stay focused.  [ Read Full Post ]

  • July 1, 2014

    State-Record White Catfish Caught in South Carolina - 0

    A 12-pound 2.9-ounce white catfish caught near Spence's Point last week is in the process of being certified as a state record, according to the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources.

  • July 1, 2014

    Bowhunting Prep: How to Shoot a Deer That's Right Under You - 0

    Shooting a buck that's right under your stand can be more challenging than you think. As you can see in this video, if you want to make a shot at close range (3 to 5 yards) you will want to use your 30-yard or 40-yard pin. If you try to use a 15-yard or 20-yard pin, you'll likely hit low because the arrow is still traveling up to meet your line of sight.

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  • June 30, 2014

    California Man Pleads Guilty to Unlawfully Trapping 60 Bobcats and Gray Foxes - 2

    A California man pled guilty last week to poaching 60 bobcats and grey fox for commercial purposes in two of the state’s northern counties.

    Tracy Lee Shultz of Courtland trapped the animals by setting about 50 large traps across 900 square miles of land, according to the LA Times. Shultz committed a number of violations, including trapping before the season opened on November 24 and failing to properly monitor his traps.

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  • June 30, 2014

    Survival Skills: Build a Cage Fish Trap - 1

    Fish traps offer the fisherman many of the same rewards that terrestrial traps offer the hunter. Chief among them is the ability to catch something to eat while you’re not around. Given some time, some flexible vines, and a bundle of reeds or tree shoots, you too can build an “automatic fisherman” to bring in fish while you’re busy elsewhere. These traps can be worth a great deal to a starving survivor in a wilderness area. They can also help an angler collect some useful bait fish (where legal to do so). Here’s how to put together a simple fish trap at home. [ Read Full Post ]