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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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Riding Tips

These tips won’t guarantee hunting success, but they’ll definitely boost your confidence. And that’ll increase your chance of bringing home a trophy.

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Hunting Articles

Freakshow Buck

Outdoor Life Editor and Record Quest host Andrew McKean finally hung his tag on a dandy...

A True Griz Story

Live Hunt host Tyler Freel has the real story behind this enormous brown bear.

Best New Knives

We tracked down 12 of the best new knives for hunting, fishing, and survival. Check out...

The Coyote Camp

Hunting Editor Andrew McKean and five of his buddies spent a week chasing coyotes on...

Deadfall Buck

Close up photos of a deadfall buck spotted by Hunting Editor Andrew McKean in...

Animal Attack Stories

Often shocking, sometimes funny, but always true animal attack stories.

  • July 23, 2014

    Deer of the Year: The Thanksgiving Buck - 0

    Editor's Note: We're highlighting all of the bucks that ran in August's Deer of the Year feature. Each week we'll post the full story and extra photos right here on the BBZ blog.

    Like so many other legendary deer, Gregory Krapfl’s monster marsh buck fell to dumb luck and great shooting. 

    Krapfl spent Thanksgiving morning with his two sons hunting Wisconsin’s Horicon Marsh. The wetland is well-known in the waterfowl world—it’s one of the largest freshwater marshes in the country and is a major stop for migrating greenheads and Canadas—but this morning the Krapfls were after whitetails. 

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  • July 23, 2014

    National Deer Alliance: New Organization Looks to Become the Voice of America's Deer Hunters - 0

    If you are an American deer hunter, then you need to mark tomorrow on your calendar with a big, bold X. Or maybe a doodled antler. Or a heart-shaped deer hoof.

    Thursday, at the Quality Deer Management Association’s annual convention in Athens, Ga., deer hunters will learn about the creation of an organization that is both brand new and decades in gestation.

    It’s called the National Deer Alliance, and its goal is as ambitious as it is necessary: to both represent and advocate for every deer hunter in the country. It doesn’t matter if you’re an Illinois whitetail hunter or a Colorado mule deer hunter, if you hunt for antlers in Texas or for meat in Maine, for trophy blacktails in Oregon or for food-plot whitetails in Georgia. Or even if you chase Coues deer in Arizona or moose in Montana. The NDA aims to have a place for us all, no matter which deer inspires us.

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  • July 23, 2014

    Upheld: Hunting Wolves with Hounds Allowed in Wisconsin - 0

    While the reintroduction of the wolf in the West has garnered most of the political, judicial and media spotlight in recent years, upper Midwestern states have been fighting wolf battles for more than a decade prior to their delisting in 2011. And management of the apex predator in Wisconsin just took a big step forward.  [ Read Full Post ]

  • July 22, 2014

    Black Bear Hunting: 4 Tactics for Uncut Cornfields - 0

    Photo by: Donald M. Jones

    It’s hardly a secret that black bears are drawn to uncut cornfields like moths to a flame, but how do you hunt fall bruins in such a setting? The first step is to understand why corn is so tantalizing to bruins. The tall plants provide not only food, but cover, too, especially in areas of heavy human pressure. Here are four killer strategies to utilize if you suspect that a black bear is raiding a large cornfield.

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  • July 21, 2014

    Video: Wild Leopard Rescued From Indian Well - 0

    We often hear news of large-scale hunts for man-eating big cats in India, but this viral video of Indian villagers rescuing a trapped leopard reveals a non-fatal encounter with one of the country's feline predators.

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  • July 21, 2014

    Gray Seals Overwhelm New England, Residents Call for Controlled Hunts - 2

    The gray seal was nearly wiped out of New England decades ago, but the coastal population has since rebounded so successfully, some residents are calling for hunts to control the burgeoning seal numbers.

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  • July 21, 2014

    Bowhunting Prep: Broadheads vs. Field Points - 0

    With many of today's broadheads claiming field point accuracy, some hunters make the switch from the field points to broadheads without sighting in their bow for their hunting tips. But, this is a big mistake. 

    Archery expert Larry Wise demonstrates the importance of shooting and sighting in for your broadheads before the season starts.

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