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Big Game

Elk Hunting Tips: The Basics of Long-Range Scouting

Next to deer, the big-game animal most whitetail hunters want to pursue is bull elk. They are big and dramatic, and so is the country they call home.

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Bullet Deflection Test

The bull is standing broadside just behind that screen of brush. Do you shoot through the limbs and hope your bullet punches home? Or do you wait for a clear shot, even if it means the elk might get away?

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  • 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 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

    Whitetail Hunting Tips: How to Hunt a Barnyard Buck - 0

    Photo By: Lance Krueger

    One of the oldest adages of whitetail deer hunting is, “Don’t hunt where the deer are—hunt where they’re going to be.” In farm country, woodlots dot open expanses of agricultural fields, making it easy for hunters to bump deer out of these small tracts of timber.

    So bucks that live to see four years of age or more have a few other hiding spots, and chances are there’s a barnyard among them. 

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  • July 17, 2014

    Win a World-Class Elk Hunt - 0

    This fall, Outdoor Life will send two readers on the elk hunt of a lifetime, for a trophy bull and a cow on New Mexico’s legendary Vermejo Park Ranch. This is no ordinary property. Owned by Ted Turner, the 584,000-acre Vermejo is managed for wildlife, especially trophy bull elk.

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  • July 17, 2014

    Video: Pennsylvania Game Commission Fits Elk with Camera Collar - 0

    The Pennsylvania Game Commission has collared a cow elk with a video camera, hoping the elk-eye view will provide insight into the cervid's habitat preferences and cow-to-calf interactions.

    While tracking animals for research is nothing new, this video offers a great inside look at how researchers handle the whole darting and collaring process. Elk biologist Jeremy Banfield also notes in the video that, to his knowledge, this is the first time an elk has been outfitted with a video camera.

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  • July 16, 2014

    Grand Slam New Mexico: Win a Trophy Elk Hunt for Two - 0

    Who taught you to hunt? Was it a parent or a grandparent? Maybe it was an older sibling or a close family friend.

    Most of us were lucky enough to learn the outdoors from a mentor who spent countless hours coaching us in the field. To celebrate that tradition of sharing experience and know-how with new generations of hunters, Outdoor Life created its latest Grand Slam Adventure.


    If you’ve got a mentor in mind, or you’re teaching a beginning hunter yourself, OL wants to send you on the hunt of a lifetime. All you have to do is tell us how you introduced a hunter to the sport, or tell us who trained you. If your essay is selected, you and your hunting partner will win a trip to New Mexico for a trophy elk hunt this November.

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