May 9, 2008
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 ]
This is the story of a knife, Boy Scout moms, stolen cars and redemption. But mainly, it’s the story of a knife.
It began a number of years ago, when I gave my friend Sandy a favorite knife. Nothing fancy, just a lock-blade Gerber. I love to give hard-working knives to people who will use them, and I think I passed this one to Sandy as a sort of thanks for all the time and energy she devoted to Cub Scouts. There may be no more powerful force in the universe than the mother of a Scout, and Sandy is one of those rare and remarkable people who continued to volunteer with other boys long after her own son had graduated from Cub Scout to Boy Scout. [ Read Full Post ]
Tourists on African safaris have been turning out YouTube fodder for years and this video is certain to end up a classic. An unlucky warthog gets pinned down on the banks of what seems to be a big watering hole by a pack of wild dogs.
Wild dogs are known as one of Africa's most tenacious predators, so you can't blame the warthog for hiding out. But in this video, as with almost every good African safari video, a big croc steals the show. [ Read Full Post ]
Apparently I joined PETA. I received a membership email from the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals for my birthday. A “friend” signed me up as a birthday joke (keep in mind, this is the same “friend” that nearly lost Kona at an outdoors show. Judging by the responses on Facebook at hunting camp last week, everyone thinks it’s pretty funny.
I, on the other hand, only acknowledge this whole deal for three reasons: [ Read Full Post ]
It’s a record Florida can actually be proud of!
The state of Florida is on the cusp of breaking a record that has stood for 30 years. If no one is killed by an alligator in the Sunshine State for the rest of the year, Florida will have gone five years without an alligator fatality, according to ABC Action News.
The last person to succumb to an alligator attack did so in 2007. Three people were killed by alligators in just one week the year prior, 2006. [ Read Full Post ]
Never underestimate the power of the rut. These two hunters stumbled upon two locked-up bucks. After freeing the deer they try to scare the survivor off. But the buck was still ready for a fight.
Let this video be a lesson to everyone spending this November in the whitetail woods: If you're not hunting rutting bucks, please keep your distance. [ Read Full Post ]
Would you kill and eat your dog in order to survive?
One man has recently answered that question in the affirmative, after being stranded for 3 months in the Quebec wilderness 500 miles north and west of Montreal. His friends and family are rejoicing today, to have their lost loved one returned to them, but dog lovers are scratching their heads at the manner of this man’s survival. [ Read Full Post ]
The biggest piece of news coming out of acquisition of Bushnell Group Holdings by ATK is that there isn’t much news here. Yes, big fish get eaten by even bigger fish and in the last year ATK has swallowed a couple sizeable morsels in the outdoor industry, first with the acquisition of Savage Arms and now with Bushnell and its family of brands.
With so many brand’s under the ATK umbrella (see list below) it isn’t unreasonable to worry that after a few rounds of tequila shots that the board of directors could sink the entire outdoors industry with an ill-timed investment in bitcoins or gluten futures. [ Read Full Post ]
A study by Australian and British researchers published in a frequently debunked European "science" journal claims owning a gun makes Americans racist.
That's disturbing. But what is even more disturbing is this claim was repeated verbatim, without scrutiny, as undisputed "fact" by media more engaged in self-promotion, marketing and the celebration of consumer and celebrity culture than in reporting facts.
Researchers at Australia’s Monash University and Britain’s Manchester University posted their study in PLOS ONE on Nov. 1. In a nutshell, the study says white Americans who hold anti-black sentiments are more likely to keep a gun at home and oppose gun control regulations.
It also claims that black Americans who hold anti-white sentiments are more likely to keep a gun at home and oppose gun control regulations. [ Read Full Post ]
Wisconsin wolf hunters are doing so well this year that the season might end early leaving those wanting to hunt with hounds out in the cold.
Two weeks after the season opened on October 15, hunters and trappers have filled 71 percent of the quota allotted by the Department of Natural Resources, according to Madison.com. This equates 178 wolves and is a much higher kill rate than last year. In 2012, hunters took 41 wolves or 35 percent of the state’s quota of 116 animals. This year’s quota is 251. Hunters have been so successful this year that the state has already closed three of its six wolf hunting/trapping zones. Last year the DNR didn’t have to close any zones until November 16. [ Read Full Post ]
Photo by Brian Grossenbacher
Avoid these bad habits to hit more birds.
1. Losing Focus
To be a successful shotgunner, you must stay focused on the bird throughout the shot. If your eyes bounce from the bead to the target, you’ll interrupt the swing of the gun and miss. Keep your eyes on the target to keep the gun moving. [ Read Full Post ]
Photo: Ruben Perez
Just below the skin of any good flushing dog is a turkey-hunting dog just waiting to come out. So it was with my Lab, Hank, when he got his first flush on a flock of hens and poults.
I’ve seen it happen to other hunting dogs, ranging in size from tiny Boykin spaniels to a Chessie with a frame the size of a decent whitetail. Turkeys are addictive to flushing dogs. I’m guessing it’s because the flocks are often large, the birds are big, and together they carry enough scent to be detected 100 yards away. [ Read Full Post ]
Drury Outdoors Team member Tom Ware posted about this 182 1/8-inch Iowa buck on the Drury site on Oct. 26. Ware started tracking the whitetail three seasons ago, nicknaming the young buck "Willy Wonka" for its distinctive W-shaped right antler. Ware passed on the bruiser last year, but hoped to take the 5 1/2-year-old this season if he got the chance. [ Read Full Post ]