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Deer Survey Results

We wanted to see how OL readers viewed deer hunting so we could start answering questions about how to manage America's favorite game animal. Here's what you had to say.
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Culling the Herd

Before you applaud or admonish a deer cull, it’s important to first know how these things actually work.
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Ultimate DIY Guide

Learn how to make fire in a can and 50 other essential skills, inspired projects, and clever hacks to improve your outdoor life.
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Blue-Water Big Game

Stalking big game with a speargun below the ocean's surface requires the mettle to go after fish in their own murky, dangerous habitat.
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Top Picks

  • 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.

  • Check out the most interesting new rifles, shotguns, and handguns from the 2014 SHOT Show.

  • Fire is your best friend in the wild. That's why you need a quality ferrocerium fire starter, or spark rod, to back up a lighter or matches.

  • March 24, 2014

    Survival Skills: Find These 3 Spicy Wild Cresses - 0

    Springtime is one of the best times of the year to forage for wild edibles. The tender new growth is usually at its most mild and flavorful at this time. Wintercress, watercress, and Pennsylvania bittercress are three members of the mustard family with intense flavors. From bitter mustard to peppery spice, these plants will stand out in a wild salad or dish of cooked greens. 

    Watercress (Nasturtium officinale)

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  • March 24, 2014

    Possible World Record Spotted Bass Caught in California Tournament - 0

    Winning the Pro Am California Tournament Trail Event was pretty sweet for angler Keith Bryan, but even sweeter was the fact that he may have just broken the spotted bass world record, decking a whopping 10.48 pounder. Bryan casted a 5-inch Yamamoto Senko out into a secluded area of New Melonies Reservoir, when the waters erupted around his lure from a crushing hit.

    Bryan, a seasoned angler and owner of Powell Fishing Rods, exclaimed, “She came up several times just so you can see the hook in her mouth about 20 yards away, then she would just rip line and go down.” [ Read Full Post ]

  • March 24, 2014

    SxS Review: 2014 Yamaha Viking - 0

    2014 Yamaha Viking
    MSRP: Starts at $11,500

    After spending an eventful day trail riding and rock crawling California’s wonderful San Bernardino National Forest in the 2014 Yamaha Viking, there's no question the new Viking is a significant improvement over the decommissioned Rhino it now replaces. The all-new model is the most powerful, comfortable, and capable SxS Yamaha has ever produced. [ Read Full Post ]

  • March 24, 2014

    Video: Man Uses Hatchet to Free Moose Calf Stuck in Gate - 0

    Here’s a great Monday pick-me-up to check out on your next break. This moose calf tried to jump a fence but didn’t even come close. Instead its front hooves fell between the slats and the homeowner has to shave slivers of wood from the gate with a hatchet. The rescue doesn’t take long and, unlike most wildlife rescues, the freed calf hangs around afterward. It stares at the guys behind the fence for several minutes before eventually taking off down the snowy road. According to comments, this took place in Quesnel, B.C. [ Read Full Post ]

  • March 24, 2014

    How to Shoot a Rifle Off-Hand - 2

    The standing shot was once the measure of true marksmanship. Phoebe Ann Moses, as Annie Oakley, shattered golf balls tossed into the air by aiming using a mirror. She pinged pennies from the air and sent 25 shots into one ragged hole in a playing card at the rate of one per second. Off-hand, Ad Topperwein hit 987 thrown 2 ¼-inch disks with 1,000 .22 bullets.

    Okay, so you’re a genetic furlong and a few hundred thousand rounds from such wizardry. But the standing shot is worth cultivating. First, however, you must accept that off-hand shooting is manifestly unsteady. Your center of gravity is high; you’ve got just two points of contact with Mother Earth. But these six pointers will get your rounds on target.

    Solid Base: Your feet are your foundation. Place them shoulder-width apart, at an angle that brings the rifle naturally on target. A line across my toes forms a 15- to 20-degree angle to the sight line. [ Read Full Post ]

  • March 21, 2014

    Survival Skills: Set Up A Disaster Water Treatment System - 0

    Alternate plans to provide your own utilities might seem like a complicated matter, but they don’t have to be. If, after an emergency, water is no longer running, there’s no need to die of thirst sitting in your house. Replicate the actions of your local water treatment facility and you’ll have safe water in no time. Here’s how to set up a small system for water disinfection and usage right on your kitchen countertop. [ Read Full Post ]

  • March 21, 2014

    Shooting Tip: Save Money by Rolling Ammo - 5

    Photo by Rab Cummings

    Trying new loads in your rifle is always a good idea—you might discover that your groups shrink to a satisfying ragged hole by experimenting this way. But the cost of a box of premium ammo is significant. Here's one way to vet whether a box is potentially worth investing in.

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  • March 21, 2014

    Setter Makes National Field Trail Championship History with Repeat Win - 0

    Last year, Shadow Oak Bo, an orange and white setter from Georgia, took the bird-dog world by surprise by becoming the first setter since 1970 to win the bird-dog National Championship at Ames Plantation. Well, that feat apparently wasn’t enough for Bo, his handler Robin Gates, and owners Butch Houston and Dr. John Dorminy. This past week, Bo made history again by becoming the first setter in 112 years to win back-to-back championships! [ Read Full Post ]

  • March 21, 2014

    Fillet a Walleye Without Leaving Any Bones - 1

    Photo by Tom Thulen / Windigo Images

    What does it mean to "unzip" a walleye, and how do you do it?
    —Roy Brand
    Lancaster, OH

    It's no secret that walleyes are one of the best-tasting fish on the planet. However, pesky lateral-line bones can turn any fish fry into the sportsman's version of Hell's Kitchen. "Unzipping" is the common term used to describe a simple way of removing that nasty line of bones from your fillets. 

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  • March 21, 2014

    Best Live Bait: How to Catch Your Own - 0

    Nothing catches fish like the real thing. Here's a simple guide to gathering your own and saving money in the process.

    When I was a kid, my weekly allowance wasn't nearly enough to support my fishing habit, so I spent countless hours wading a small creek near my home trying to dip-net minnows for crappie bait. I dug worms out of the garden for bullheads, and after a rain, I picked up nightcrawlers in the yard for bass. I also learned how to build a worm shocker, which sent an electrical current into the ground and drove the worms to the surface.

    Today, I doubt if you'll see many kids (or grown-ups) out looking for bait, but it can sure help cut down on the live-bait bill.  [ Read Full Post ]

  • March 21, 2014

    Photos: Coyote Hunting on Lake Superior - 0

    Brutal winters like the one we’re experiencing in the upper Midwest can wreak havoc on an outdoorsman’s plans, but for a coyote hunter willing to deal with the snow and cold, opportunities abound. [ Read Full Post ]

  • March 20, 2014

    Helicopter Crew Rescues Dog Stuck on 90-Foot Cliff in California - 0

    Here’s hoping your hunting dog never gets into a predicament like this one: A black and white labrador named Oreo had to be rescued by a helicopter crew on Saturday after trapping herself halfway down a sheer 90-foot cliff at Portuguese Beach, Calif. The lab survived unscathed, but it was a close call.

    Fire and state parks officials responded to a request at 1:47 p.m. to aid the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Department with the helicopter rescue, reports The Press Democrat. Somehow the lab had scrambled 40 feet down a rocky cliff before realizing she couldn’t continue or turn back. [ Read Full Post ]

  • March 20, 2014

    Video: Anglers Go Overboard to Dodge Jumping Sailfish - 0

    This short video was recorded off the southern Pacific coast of Costa Rica during a fishing trip organized by Crocodile Bay Resort back in January. Captain Geovanny Leal was recording GoPro footage of a jumping sailfish when it changed direction and headed straight for his boat.

    The sailfish tail-walks too close to the boat and flips sideways over the stern. Two anglers standing nearby immediately throw themselves overboard to avoid the huge fish thrashing around the deck. They weren’t taking any chances with a billfish in such close quarters. [ Read Full Post ]

  • March 20, 2014

    A Guide to Scented Baits for Trout Fishing - 0

    Photo by Luke Nilsson

    There's no shame in using scented baits for trout—but which do you choose? 

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  • March 20, 2014

    Powderhook: New Network Connects Sportsmen With Places to Hunt and Fish - 0

    Eric Dinger is like most of us: he wishes he had more places to hunt and fish.
    But unlike most of us, who complain about access the same way we grumble about the weather, Dinger is working to find himself—and you—a spot to cast a line or swing a shotgun. Dinger is the CEO of Powderhook, a new online access brokerage based in Lincoln, Neb., that just may change the entire conversation about recreational access in America.
    Powderhook is essentially a social search engine, but unlike Facebook or Instagram, which trade in non-consumables like photographs or gossip, Dinger’s site aims to connect those of us who have access with those of us who do not. It’s a marketplace, like or, but for places to hunt or fish. [ Read Full Post ]