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Top Rangefinders

Today's rangefinders represent a substantial investment, but you get a lot for your money. We tested six of the most feature-packed units to see which are most fieldworthy.
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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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May 9, 2008

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  • 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 14, 2014

    Old Man and the Shark: 70-Year-Old Angler Targets 15-Foot Great White - 1

    There’s a great white shark heading toward Great Britain and the UK’s version of Quint says he’s going to stop it.

    West Country resident Zyg Gregorek is hailed by many as the world’s greatest fisherman, a title he received in 2007 after becoming the first person to catch all 27 species in the three "royal slams" set by the International Game Fish Association (IGFA). Mr. Gregorek’s notoriety grew in 2012 when he became the first recreational angler in history to catch five different species over 1,000 pounds. [ Read Full Post ]

  • March 14, 2014

    Rigger's Bench: Tweak a Spinnerbait for Better Bass Bites - 0

    Illustration by Kevin Hand

    For fishermen, sometimes good isn't good enough. From the tinkerings of dissatisfied anglers come lure modifications that home in on very specific bites in very specific conditions. These alterations can turn a cold bite into a hot frenzy. So, tweak away. [ Read Full Post ]

  • March 14, 2014

    Lessons from Lake El Salto: How to Catch Pressured Bass - 2

    Photos by Alex Robinson

    Not everything that happens in Mexico should stay in Mexico.

    Lake El Salto might be the best place to catch the biggest bass of your life, but don't head down there expecting to find virgin water. The 14,000-acre lake, located 800 miles from the U.S. border, has a reputation as a premier destination for trophy largemouths. Every summer it draws flocks of anglers that even the drug war hasn't deterred. Outfitter Billy Chapman says he's hosted up to 3,000 fishermen a year, and he's one of only three on the reservoir.

    [ Read Full Post ]

  • March 14, 2014

    Video: Crazy Boat-Side Muskie Strikes - 1

    If you've got 8 minutes to kill today, you owe it to yourself to check out this video. The guys from Kramer Bros Tackle posted the clip below a few years ago, but it's just as good today.

    Many anglers will fish a whole lifetime and never see the volume of boatside action captured in this video.

    Happy Friday, everybody. [ Read Full Post ]

  • March 14, 2014

    Talk Bucks And Gobblers in Ohio - 0

    They may be playing baseball and hunting turkeys down in Florida, but winter refuses to let go most everywhere else. So what's a hunter to do? Anyone near Columbus, Ohio this weekend is hereby cordially invited to personally join me at the State Fairgrounds for the 2014 Ohio Deer & Turkey Expo.

    The doors open at 2 this afternoon (Friday) and the show runs through Sunday. If you think that giant home-grown deer antlers are cool, you've got to check out the bucks on display here. Looking to get your stud buck scored? Bring it in to have it officially measured. And while you're at it, enter that buck in the Outdoor Life Deer of the Year.

    Come check out the awesome racks in Columbus and track me down on the show floor because I want to hear your deer story!!! [ Read Full Post ]

  • March 14, 2014

    Tips for Protecting Your ATV When Riding Through Deep Mud - 0

    CC image from Flickr

    In today’s world of mostly belt driven ATVs and UTVs, the transmission seems to take a beating whenever you decide to get in the muddy stuff. Also, hauling a trailer or a hunting blind through swampy terrain can potentially destroy a machine’s driveline without you even realizing it.

    Obviously, the wheels cannot spin as well once you’re in deep mud. As you apply the throttle to get them to move, the belt begins to slip and starts heating up. These factors, when combined, can destroy the drive belt. [ Read Full Post ]

  • March 13, 2014

    Ammo Shortage "Is Not a Conspiracy" - 12

    Where has all the ammunition in America gone? While we are starting to see an increasing number of boxes of loaded ammo on gun-store shelves, a lot of those shelves are still painfully bare, just as they have been for the last three years.

    Ask a dozen people in those stores about the cause of the ammo shortage, and you’ll get plenty of speculation. Ammo-shortage theories are just like elbows—everybody has as least one. [ Read Full Post ]

  • March 13, 2014

    Winter Deer Survival is Down to the Wire - 1

    As I write this, western New York is cleaning up from yet another winter storm. My whitetails may be in trouble. I’m not sure they can take another hit this late in the season.

    We began to sound winter deer alerts more than a month ago as the winter weather continued to intensify and spring seemed but a distant fantasy. Sadly, not much has changed since then. Most mature does entered winter with a 90-day supply of fat reserves, but those reserves are running dangerously low. It may be the middle of March, but the thermometer is still saying winter. Most Northern areas are well into what the Winter Severity Index (WSI) refers to as “severe” to “very severe” winter conditions. [ Read Full Post ]

  • March 13, 2014

    U.S. Sportsmen's Alliance Takes Fight to Crazy Anti-Hunters in California - 1

    Akin to entering the lion’s den, the Ohio-based U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance has opened a western office in Sacramento, Calif. The move is an important one for hunters, trappers and sportsmen in general – especially for hunting-dog enthusiasts.

    From West Hollywood to the Bay area, California is a bastion for crazies. Modern anthropomorphism of wildlife started with Disney’s Bambi in 1942, and California crazies have successfully used the tactic, as well as emotional imagery, to subvert the game commission, wildlife regulations and pet-ownership laws to fit their agenda and belief systems. [ Read Full Post ]

  • March 13, 2014

    Shawn Brillon on How Flies End Up in the Orvis Catalog - 1

    Photo by Everett Meissner

    Here, I've got something to show you," says Shawn Brillon. "Wait until you see the most recent submission."

    "Is it a Woolly Bugger?" I joke.

    [ Read Full Post ]

  • March 13, 2014

    Spring Fishing: Florida Angler Catches Trio of Monster Bass - 0

    Even if Florida’s Joseph “Brooks” Morrell doesn't catch another fish this month, he'll count March as a personal record breaker after landing three massive largemouths that most anglers will never see in a lifetime. [ Read Full Post ]

  • March 13, 2014

    Spring Turkey Hunting: How to Find the Best Roosting Sites - 0

    Photo by Donald M. Jones

    With much of the spring hunt focused on the first and (where legal) last hour of daylight, it pays to understand turkey roosting habits. While these perch preferences are not etched in stone, the following details will help you narrow your search for preferred roosting sites and understand how the birds use them—fundamental pieces of intelligence that can help make your hunt successful. [ Read Full Post ]

  • March 12, 2014

    Survival Skills: 4 Wild Teas Every Survivalist Should Know - 0

    The value of a warm beverage in a survival scenario is nothing to laugh at. What could be dismissed as a luxury is actually a valuable asset. The drink provides you with vital hydration in any climate or situation. In cold weather, the warm drink can bolster you against hypothermia. And if there is a medicinal or nutritional element to the tea, that’s even better. Any survivalist worth his or her salt should be able to identify and brew up these prospective panaceas. Get ready for tea time. [ Read Full Post ]

  • March 12, 2014

    Incredibly Rare Albino Marlin Photographed in Costa Rica - 0

    Very few people on the planet can consider themselves lucky enough to tangle with a big blue marlin in their lifetime. But hooking into a genetic freak of a marlin? The odds are extraordinary. [ Read Full Post ]

  • March 12, 2014

    After 6 Years, Hunter Finally Takes Monster Wild Hog in North Carolina - 5

    A hunter from Conetoe, N.C. killed this enormous wild hog after tracking the animal for a month. The huge hog maxed out a set of scales at 500 pounds, according to North Carolina Sportsman.

    For six years the hog evaded members of the White Oak Ranch Hunting Club in the Indian Woods area of Bertie County, N.C. Hunters were aware of the hog for several years, and in 2011 game cameras started capturing photos as it roamed the 1,886-acre club. [ Read Full Post ]