May 9, 2008
Photo by Denver Bryan/Images on the Wildside
Hardy and experienced, late-fall roosters are also scarce, paranoid, and elusive. October’s easy pickings are gone. Here’s how to hunt the cagiest, most neurotic game bird you will ever encounter.
1. Sneak In
Wary roosters can’t smell you, but they can hear you. Don’t park near your hunting area. Instead, pull in down the road, get ready silently, put your dog on a lead, and walk back. Rumbling up, slamming doors, talking, rummaging, and whistling at dogs will send roosters running or flying. [ Read Full Post ]
The good folks at Backcountry Hunters & Anglers have sent us their next installment of Backcountry College. Check out the video for wilderness expert Clay Hayes' take on starting a fire in wet conditions. [ Read Full Post ]
How fast can you gut and skin a deer? I bet it's not faster than this guy. This video from Peach Orchard Deer Processing in Dalzell, South Carolina shows a processor named David skinning and gutting a doe in about 1 minute and 50 seconds. [ Read Full Post ]
Bowfisherman Brent McGlone of Marysville set a new Ohio record by landing a black buffalo that weighed more than your average five-year-old kid.
McGlone shot the 40.8-pound buffalo in the Ottaway County portion of Lake Erie on October 11 utilizing 150-pound test braided line. [ Read Full Post ]
There are few experiences as satisfying as running a great dog in the field, one that has all the tools to tackle as many things as you can throw at her. In the off-season you threw training dummies until your arm fell, and she picked up and retrieved each one. Then you take her goose hunting and realize that she’s never had to pick up anything heavier than a mallard. She’s never picked up a goose. [ Read Full Post ]
We’re proud to say that Outdoor Life readers are the most hardcore and successful deer hunters on the planet. And for more than a decade we’ve been delighted to show off your bucks and tell your deer hunting stories to the rest of outdoor world. This year is no different, but we need your help.
The Outdoor Life Deer of the Year contest is the greatest big buck contest in the country. And now is the time to begin submitting your best deer hunting hero shots for a chance to win the Grand Prize of a Yamaha generator and the opportunity to be featured on the cover of Outdoor Life. [ Read Full Post ]
Photo by Bill Buckley
Opening day is a distant memory. It’s now the fourth quarter, and the ref just signaled the two-minute warning. How do you rescue your elk season? Map it.
Your mapping skills can play a critical role during late-season hunts. In the majority of Western habitats, elk have one thing on their mind as daylight hours decrease. They’re looking for greener pastures, and that means migration. Some elk don’t migrate because they’re in habitat that’s hospitable year-round. But for most, deep snow is the trigger to vacate the high country for lowland oases. [ Read Full Post ]
Photo: Bill Lindner
In the northern Minnesota waters where I do a lot of my fishing, you can catch hammer-handles and pike up to about 5 pounds at will. But it’s easier to catch a 10-pound walleye than a 10-pound pike.
All that changes, however, in fall, when cooler water activates the bite and gator northerns move into locations that are surprisingly predictable. Here are three prime locations for stud fish. [ Read Full Post ]
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If the Farmer’s almanac is to be believed, this winter will be colder and snowier than usual in the lower 48. With fall retreating fast, now is the time to prepare for worse weather ahead by getting your vehicle “winter survival ready.”
The first thing to consider is warmth and shelter. All of the metal in a vehicle can suck the heat right out of the occupants, but this is still preferred to sitting outside the shelter of the car or truck. Consider carrying sleeping bags or blankets (one for each seat in the vehicle) to provide your first line of warmth. A second line of protection could come in the form of additional warm clothing. Parkas, snow pants, pac boots, and other serious winter outerwear could be worn inside the vehicle, should you find yourself sheltering there. [ Read Full Post ]
Since early September we have been receiving reports of bucks chasing does. Does this mean the rut is on? Hardly! It means a buck will chase a doe about any time he feels like it. The more testosterone he has in his system, the more he will feel like chasing. It also means, we need rethink the common belief that a buck chasing a doe is a sure sign of “rut on” because, as the saying goes, all chases are not created equal.
As summer turns to fall and days begin to shorten, testosterone levels begin to rise in whitetail bucks. Testosterone is the male hormone which basically drives a buck to reproduce. The testosterone machine kicks in sometime around Labor Day and gradually increases production until about mid-October. Testosterone is what makes a buck act like a buck and drives him to make all those scrapes and rubs. It leads to sparring matches and the occasional fight. This is all to establish dominance and sort out who will do the breeding and who will do the watching.
It is also what causes bucks to chase does and leads hunters to inaccurately call “rut on.” [ Read Full Post ]
When Can-Am announced the new 2013 Maverick 1000 last fall, I hypothesized that this would just be the beginning of Can-Am’s foray into the sporty SxS market. For 2014, Can Am proved me right by making some basic evolutionary changes to the Maverick, ranging from simple new color offerings to all-new models like the four-seat Maverick Max. However, the biggest news was the introduction of several new “packages” (with really confusing names) designed to help meet the needs of the fast-growing and ever-changing SxS market — by tailoring these machines to better fit specific types of users. [ Read Full Post ]
An Oregon school district board on Oct. 24 overturned a ban imposed in March that prohibited educators and staff from carrying firearms on school grounds. The ban spurred a May recall election that resulted in two pro-ban board members being replaced by two anti-ban candidates.
The ban violated Oregon law in a region where open carry is the standard. The ban was also an odd exception in a quiet national trend. Despite efforts in the mainstream media to make it sound strange and dangerous, educators across vast swaths of the nation enjoy the unfettered personal option to carry a firearm on school grounds.
The St. Helens School District, which includes two elementary schools, one middle school, one high school, and three alternative schools, adopted the measure even though it violated Oregon state law, which allows anybody with a concealed license permit to carry on school grounds. [ Read Full Post ]
Photo: Donald M Jones
Many duck hunters are leaving the marsh just when they should be arriving. Midday can be the best time to swat a limit of mallards.
The reason for this is that modern mallards are behaving increasingly like snow geese, traveling in big flocks and often leaving their watery roosts before shooting time to feed in fields far away. They’re typically not back until noon or so, after most hunters have left for the day. Here are two tips for hunting smart when everyone else is gone. [ Read Full Post ]
We don't know much about this video except one of these deckhands has extremely quick reflexes. This crew was battling a billfish (our best guess is a striped marlin) when the fish turned and jumped straight into the boat.
One of the mates dodges the fish. When the it starts thrashing toward him, bill first, the guy dives overboard.
What would you have done? [ Read Full Post ]