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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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  • June 12, 2014

    "Record" Bighorn Ram Loses 4 Inches and Top Spot - 0

    Four inches. That’s a little shorter than your phone, a little longer than your thumb, and it’s the margin of horn mass that dropped the would-be world-record bighorn ram to number 5 on the all-time list of trophy heads.

    We reported on the discovery of the Alberta ram in April. The full-curl head, green-scored at 209-1/8 inches, was picked up by Alberta wildlife officers near the Cadomin Mine near the British Columbia border. That’s the reclaimed coal mine that has produced a number of record-class rams, and it appeared that this latest ram would eclipse the existing world record by 6/8 of an inch.

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  • June 12, 2014

    Video: Hand Feeding 950-Pound Bluefin Tuna - 0

    I had to strap myself into the chair with a belt to watch this video the entire way through because my adrenaline had me shaking beyond control.

    This footage of Captain Jamie Bruce on the Tuna Clipper out of Prince Edward Island hand feeding giant bluefin tuna is absolutely insane. It’s some of the most heart-pumping video ever taken of monstrous 300- to 950-pound bluefin tuna coming up to the surface to suck down what appears to be sardine and herring baits as they are tossed into the water at boatside. [ Read Full Post ]

  • June 12, 2014

    What Does an $8,000 Shotgun Get You? - 5

    Why spend $8,000 on a shotgun? Performance, of course. Comparing a $300 pump gun from your local Mart and a high-end over/under is like pitting a car off the lot against a NASCAR track burner.

    Top guns are designed by top shooters for handling and performance when it counts. There are many high-end shotguns we could have profiled, but we’ve chosen the Beretta DT11, which is available in skeet, sporting clay, and trap configurations. You’ll see DT11s in the hands of Olympic champions Kim Rhode and Vincent Hancock, and other top shooters who depend on a high-performing shotgun. Every detail—from the meticulous fitting of parts to stock dimensions, internal barrel configuration, and action design—comes together to make a top-line shotgun worth the money. 

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  • June 12, 2014

    Legislators Urge USDA to Step Up Captive Deer Regulations - 0

    Six members of Congress joined the fray surrounding deer farms last week by urging federal agricultural officials to ban the transportation of captive cervids across state lines. 

    The six democratic legislators penned a letter to the U.S. Department of Agriculture outlining their conviction that risks associated with “canned” deer hunts (spreading disease to wild herds) outweigh the potential benefits, reports the Indianapolis Star. The plea also cited an extensive investigation published by the Indy Star tracing diseases like CWD and bovine tuberculosis back to captive deer operations.

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  • June 12, 2014

    Female Angler Lands 843-Pound Blue Marlin, Breaks Tournament Record - 0

    Life experiences tend to prepare us for future challenges, but Alabama angler Deb Hebert had to summon the collective power of her professional and personal accomplishments to prevail in the greatest challenge of her fishing career: landing a 843.7-pound blue marlin that earned top honors in the recent Mississippi Gulf Coast Billfish Classic out of Point Cadet Marina.

    Hebert, an emergency room doctor, a lieutenant colonel who has flown with the Keesler Air Force Base’s Hurricane Hunters, and a fitness buff who completed 13 marathons, is used to managing stressful scenarios. But she said the fish posed a new set of challenges.

    “My arms are so sore, I can hardly straighten them out,” said Hebert, who fought the massive marlin for three-plus-hours aboard the 68-foot Hatteras, Iona Louise. “I’ve got bruises that I didn’t even know I was getting when I was fighting the fish.” [ Read Full Post ]

  • June 11, 2014

    Tie the Dutchman: How To Stretch a Rope Or Truss Up a Bundle Really Tight - 2

    There are times when you'll need to securely strap down a load or stretch a line super taut. If you find yourself without a compression strap or needing to pitch a lean-to over a rope, the Dutchman is your answer. Here’s how it’s done.

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  • June 11, 2014

    3 ARs for Hunting Feral Hogs - 0

    Photo by Donald M. Jones

    For an elk hunter who hikes all week for one shot, an AR-style rifle typically isn’t an ideal setup. But when it comes to pig hunting, it’s hard to imagine anything better. High-capacity semi-auto rifles chambered in game-stopping calibers are currently being manufactured at roughly the same speed that feral hogs reproduce. [ Read Full Post ]

  • June 11, 2014

    Survival Skills: 5 Uses For Mulberry Fruit - 2

    Has it really been a year since we saw the last mulberries? For most of us in the lower 48, the mulberry is the first ripe berry of summer, but it’s only here for a couple of weeks. There are three species you’ll find scattered across the U.S.—the black mulberry (Morus nigra), the white mulberry (Morus alba), and the red mulberry (Morus rubra). The red species is native to North America, while the other two are native to southwestern Asia. You’ll find these imports throughout the country, as they were brought here to create silk in the New World (silk worms live on mulberry leaves exclusively). We can’t eat the leaves, but the ripe fruit is a great snack for humans, right off the tree. These blackberry-like morsels provide 60 calories per cup, with 85 percent of your daily requirement of Vitamin C and 14 percent of your daily Iron. Make sure they are ripe and sweet, because under-ripe mulberries can lead to serious reactions like vomiting, diarrhea, and hallucinations. [ Read Full Post ]

  • June 11, 2014

    NY Angler Catches and Releases Rare Piebald Tarpon in Florida - 0

    Photo by Capt. Clark Wright

    A rare piebald tarpon was caught and released in Florida earlier this month.

    Capt. Clark Wright, who runs a charter service on Florida’s west coast, was fishing with a client on June 5 off Anna Maria’s coast when he spotted a strange looking fish jumping and rolling in the water. He said that even from a distance he could see that it had an orange tint and spots.

    "In my 20 years of tarpon fishing, I've never seen a tarpon like this before," Wright told Sport Fishing. "I told the visiting angler and my mate that we had to get this tarpon to the boat." [ Read Full Post ]

  • June 10, 2014

    Call To Action: Help Bring The Sportsmen's Act to a Vote - 3

    If you enjoy hunting and fishing public lands and waters in this fine country of ours, now is the time to make democracy work for you:

    We’ve received word that the Bi-Partisan Sportsmen’s Act (read about what's in the bill here) is number three on the roster for action on the Senate Floor. That means we need a little push from you. The American hunter and angler is needed to ensure that a vote comes up on this critical piece of legislation before Congress takes its August recess.

    Two people need to hear from you:

    Senator Harry Reid, Majority Floor Leader: Contact him here.

    Senator Mitch McConnell: Minority Floor Leader: Contact him here. [ Read Full Post ]

  • June 10, 2014

    Micro Manager: Green Manure and Travel Plots - 1

    The clouds are growing darker by the minute. I'm about to get wet. Really wet. And I care not a bit.

    After a winter that seemed like it would never end followed by a cold, dreary spring filled with cutting trees and thinking about the things I wanted to do “when it warms up,” I'm finally putting seed in the ground. And I'm not slugging through snow to do it.

    I wasn't able to close on the 17-acre property I've deemed “Noah's Farm” until late last summer, which only left time to put in a couple of hastily-prepared patches of oats, radishes, and clover.

    The clover, to be honest, was an afterthought. And, man, am I glad I added it to the mix. [ Read Full Post ]

  • June 10, 2014

    Full Flight Technology Launches Kickstarter Campaign for UNO Bow Sight App - 0

    For the past three years, the Velocitip Ballistic System from Full Flight Technology has been an invaluable tool in gathering bow performance data during our annual test of the newest hunting compounds and crossbows. The 100-grain field tip, which screws into any arrow shaft like any other head, contains accelerometers and microelectronics that measure the velocity of the arrows in flight and spits back all kinds of cool, useful data, including time of flight, arrow drop at 40 yards, and kinetic energy at 20 yards.

    Full Flight Technology’s newest endeavor is a mobile app, called UNO, that is designed to help archers quickly and accurately set up their pin sights. [ Read Full Post ]

  • June 10, 2014

    "Charging" Stingray Video Was a Hoax - 0

    Most good jokes have a little sting to them.

    That's what marine biologists, media outlets, and diving experts found out when they discovered the man who allegedly "attacked" a stingray was merely having a laugh with his daughter and the shadow of her ray-like kite.

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  • June 10, 2014

    Fundamentals of Long-Range Shooting: Understanding Ballistic Coefficent - 1

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  • June 9, 2014

    Battle of the Bucks 2014 Winner Announced - 0

    After three rounds featuring 16 of the country's biggest bucks, the final match for our Battle of the Bucks 2014 contest pitted a giant whitetail from the Midwest against a beast muley from the West. And for the first time in ages, a muley has claimed the title of Deer of the Year. Csimpson89's "Monster in the Quakies" received a deciding 91 percent of your votes. [ Read Full Post ]