May 9, 2008
Photo by Lance Schwartz
2014 Polaris Ranger 570 EFI
MSRP: $9,499 - Ranger 570 EFI in Sage Green/Solar Red; $9,999 - Polaris Pursuit in Camo; $11,199 - Ranger 570 EPS in Gold Mist LE
When it comes to building high quality SxS utility vehicles that are both comfortable and capable, Polaris has pretty much reinvented every single category of this broad market over the last few years. Polaris answered the call of budget-minded folks this year by redesigning their midsize SxS.
Originally launched in the sportier RZR chassis last year, the liquid-cooled, Electronically Fuel Injected (EFI) Pro-Star 570 engine found in the 2014 Polaris Ranger 570 EFI packs 40 horsepower more than the 500cc model it replaces. This means the 570 is 25 percent more powerful, and it’s smoother, quieter, and more efficient. [ Read Full Post ]
Score one for the Sunshine State's marine resources. Florida's inshore net ban -- the one approved by 73 percent of voters way back in 1994 -- has survived the latest, and possibly the most egregious assault on this constitutional amendment.
As we reported on Nov. 5, Circuit Court Judge Jackie Lee Fulford dismissed the net ban's 2-inch stretched mesh limit as a "legal absurdity" and ruled in late October that the use of mesh size could not be used to define the difference between an illegal gill net and a legal seine net. [ Read Full Post ]
Australia’s Lake Kununurra has glowing barramundi and the aussies are just fine with that. In fact they planned it that way.
Captive bred barramundi fish stocked in Lake Kununurra undergo an unusual process prior to being released. [ Read Full Post ]
What would you write to your loved ones if you thought you were about to die? A Wisconsin couple spent some time thinking that over before they were rescued last Sunday night.
According to the Billings Gazette, Mark and Kristine Wathke left Yellowstone Park on their way to Miles City, Mont., on Oct. 28. The Google Maps app on their phone instructed them to take Highway 212 over Beartooth Pass, but what it failed to tell them was that the road had been closed since September. At 10,000 feet in the mountain pass, their Kia Forte became stuck in snow around 5 p.m. Out of cell phone range, and mired in near-blizzard conditions, calling for help wasn’t an option, and neither was walking. So the Wathke’s spent the next few days living off some groceries in the car, huddled in piles of their clothing. [ Read Full Post ]
The scent game has evolved from just sprinkling some doe urine around your stand to targeting a whitetail buck's olfactory system with specific aromas at select times throughout the season. Here, Deputy Editor Gerry Bethge highlights the best times to use food scents. [ Read Full Post ]
This video was posted to LiveLeak two days ago and illustrates just how creative a predator the wolf can be. According to the post: "Remote cameras planted by a British Columbia environmental group have captured a wolf capturing one of the spawning salmon in the heart of the Great Bear Rainforest. [ Read Full Post ]
I’m not saying that every mule deer hunter needs to buy the Boone and Crockett Club’s new book, “A Mule Deer Retrospective.”
What I’m saying is that it will enrich the lives of every deer hunter in America, whether you’ve ever walked a steep ridge above treeline, or watched prairie bucks spar in a blizzard, or ever dreamed about heading West for high, wide, and handsome muleys.
In fact, the worst thing I can say about this remarkable new book (www.boone-crockett.org; $35.95)—286 pages of vintage photos, hunting stories, and some fresh perspectives on mule deer conservation—is that I wasn’t asked to contribute to it.
Instead, there are entries from Miles Moretti, the director of the Mule Deer Foundation, from my friend Wayne van Zwoll, and from fellow writers Guy Eastman and Ryan Hatfield on topics ranging from the factors that made the 1950s and ‘60s the golden age of trophy mule deer to the remarkable women who have tagged some of our biggest bucks to the pull of mule-deer country at a cellular level. [ Read Full Post ]
Hunters are given a unique view of death. With the squeeze of a trigger, we see animals take their final breaths. Within a matter of seconds, a browsing deer or flushing pheasant is transformed from a critter bursting with energy into a carcass.
Those of us who spend a lot of time in the woods also watch death come more slowly. We'll witness a pack of coyotes wear down a yearling whitetail to exhaustion and then tear into her while she's still kicking. We'll follow the blood trail of a poorly-hit bull elk as he drags himself down a steep mountain ridge.
But do these experiences give us the courage to face our own mortality? I think they probably helped Tim Bowers. [ Read Full Post ]
One of the biggest misconceptions about outdoorsmen and women is that they don’t care about wildlife. This couldn’t be further from the truth. Hunters and anglers love wildlife. They support the land and the waters with their passion -- and their money. They are animal lovers in the truest sense of the term.
A beautiful example of this came on September 30 when three Alaskan fishermen spent nearly four hours doing all that they could to free a stranded killer whale that had beached itself on rocks. [ Read Full Post ]
Are you thirsting for pure off-road, off-trail adventure? Looking for an exciting new ride to conquer? Searching for a family-friendly trail offering plenty of natural beauty and solitude?
It’s time to take life off the beaten path. Start with these 8 American treasures, then get planning your biggest and best off-road excursion yet. Some of these trails offer the simple joy of the open trail. Others take you into unforgiving environments where only bravest dare go. A few explore magnificent backcountry where wildlife abounds. Whether you want to live life on the edge, or maybe just on the edge of comfort, there’s a trail–and a tale–waiting for you. [ Read Full Post ]
You spent the entire summer practicing your calling, watching videos, and learning how to put together a bunch of sounds to mimic that big flock that just broke the tree line. There’s nothing better than hunkering down in a ground blind and getting to work convincing a passing flock that all is safe in your spread. But if there’s one thing that the last month of goose hunting has taught me, it’s when to shut up. [ Read Full Post ]
On September 11, we posted a blog stating that it looks like we “dodged the epizootic hemorrhagic disease (EHD or HD) bullet” this year. The blog was based on reports by deer biologists who annually monitor the disease and according to the experts 2013 was shaping up to be a pretty normal year as far as HD goes. They were confident that 2013 outbreaks would pale in comparison to the serious outbreaks that shook the whitetail community in 2012.
Some Outdoor Life readers felt as if the experts were premature with their early September assessment. We decided to take another look at the issue now that most of the disease-carrying midges have been frozen into submission, (at least in the most states) and are pleased to report that the scientists were right on the money with their early fall prediction. [ Read Full Post ]
Photo by Rab Cummings
What if I told you of a rifle aiming system that was fast, rugged, and inexpensive? That was as effective on a rimfire as on a dangerous-game rifle? That won’t ever fog or lose its aiming point because of a dead battery? And, almost unbelievably, what if I told you it actually improves your vision?
This super sight exists, though it has been nudged aside lately by red-dots, reflex sights, and low-mag riflescopes. It’s nothing other than an old-school peep, the simple aperture that works all these tricks by taking advantage of your eye’s desire to find the center of a circle. [ Read Full Post ]
Greg Chase and his family got quite the surprise when an elk took to their backyard trampoline in Evergreen, Colo. Mr. Chase posted a video to YouTube on November 4 of what he and family witnessed. In his description he states that he had just sat down for some morning coffee when he noticed a young elk enter his trampoline. Once on the instrument of bounce, the animal had a difficult time getting off. [ Read Full Post ]
Photo by David A. Brown
Florida's heralded inshore fisheries — currently in their best shape in decades — face a potential threat previously vanquished 19 years ago.
Commercial netters have made many legal challenges to a fishing net ban passed in November 1994, which prohibited gill nets and entanglement nets in all state waters and set a 2-inch stretched mesh size limit on all other nets. Each attempt has failed — until now. [ Read Full Post ]