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Big Game

Spirit Bear

From the first time he saw the monster grizzly, Tyler Freel knew that his fate would be intertwined with the boar's. A story of hardship and belief.

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East Oregon Elk

Editor Andrew McKean finally gets an opportunity to hunt Oregon's sage country, and he discovers that it contains a lot more than elk.

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Big Game Articles

Backcountry Optics

Live Hunt host, Aron Snyder, reviews some of the best glass and spotting gear on the...

Tent Test

Live Hunt's Aron Snyder puts Nemo's new Moto 1P through its paces on a midwinter coyote...

Montana Elk

This horseback hunt for elk is like stepping back in time.

Muley Battle

Two muleys battle it out on the Southwest Desert.

Albino Bear

Amazing photos of an albino black bear found in Montana!

DIY Moose Call

Even if you never call in a 60-inch bull, you’ll be able to impress your hunting...

  • April 7, 2014

    How to Make a Knife from Flint Rock - 0

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    Should you find yourself in need of a sharp edge, whether to cut a rope, skin a critter, or whittle friction fire-making tools, the basic ingredients required to make one can be found in most wilderness areas of the country. [ Read Full Post ]


  • April 3, 2014

    Dan Ashe Q&A: The USFWS Director On Wolves, The Future of Hunting, and Open Country - 1

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    Dan Ashe is one of those guys you ought to know but probably don't.

    What makes the guy so special? Well, for starters he heads up the agency that controls about 307 million acres of publicly-owned lands, a good chunk of which is open to hunting and fishing.

    Yeah, bet that got your attention. [ Read Full Post ]


  • April 2, 2014

    The Only 3 Knots a Hunter Needs to Know - 2

    The worth of a securely tied knot is undervalued in these modern times of zip ties and superglue. I know this is blasphemy, but duct tape can’t always hold everything together. And it doesn’t have to. There are many tried-and-true knots that can make life easier on the hunt, in the woods, and around camp.

    Prusik

    Illustrations by: Pete Sucheski [ Read Full Post ]


  • April 1, 2014

    An Access Manifesto: Trading the Places You Have For the Opportunity You Lack - 1

    Spoilage. Remember that word from high school economics class? Spoilage refers to the goods or services we have but couldn’t or didn’t consume before they expired: the airplane that leaves the ground with empty seats or the hotel that lets a night pass with vacant rooms. It’s waste, like brown bananas in the produce aisle.

    The access problem in the outdoors is caused by spoilage, not a lack of acres. I propose we call the problem “Latent Access,” and that we get busy fixing it.

    “Access to quality hunting and fishing ground is the most significant challenge facing the future of hunting,” says Doug Saunders, VP of Marketing for the National Wild Turkey Federation. “Organizations like ours and government agencies can only do so much. The largest impact needs to come from private individuals sharing their access.” [ Read Full Post ]


  • April 1, 2014

    Video: Lion Pride vs. Herd of Buffalo - 0

    There are plenty of lion vs. cape buffalo videos out there, but this is one of the most dramatic. It's impressive to see how the lions are able to drive back a big herd of buffalo, but soon they are over run.

    One lion ends up cornered on the top of a small knoll, and is barely able to escape. [ Read Full Post ]


  • March 31, 2014

    Spearfishing: Blue-Water Big Game - 0


    Photos by Daymond Gardner

    Abbie Eubanks was in trouble and she knew it. More than 180 feet below the surface in the Gulf of Mexico, using a giant oil-rig support leg for camouflage, she had just "stoned" a huge amberjack with her speargun. In a celebratory mood, Eubanks was taking her time heading for the surface when the 130-pound fish came back to life and was hellbent for bottom. Tethered to this runaway freight train, Eubanks reached 220 feet before she even realized what was happening. "I was way too deep," says Eubanks. "I became totally narced out." (Nitrogen narcosis is similar to being intoxicated. The diver becomes numb and can't think straight.) "It was strange. I was totally high and remember having a conversation with myself in the third person. I kept saying, 'Abbie, this is too deep.'" [ Read Full Post ]


  • March 31, 2014

    Is it Time to Better Regulate Captive Deer Operations? - 15

    Back in 2000, voters in my home state of Montana passed Constitutional Initiative 143, effectively ending the controversial business of game farming.

    The catalyst for the initiative was the discovery of chronic wasting disease in a captive elk facility near Philipsburg, in the very heart of Montana’s wild-elk country. Elk in the facility were quarantined, then euthanized (shot by government marksmen), and later tested for always-fatal CWD, for which there is no cure and which is easily transmittable to wild deer and elk.

    The months leading up to the vote that ended game farming was hugely polarized, with pro-business groups claiming that voters were improperly impinging a legitimate industry, while hunting groups mostly argued that a few poorly regulated operators were putting Montana’s publically owned wildlife—and the $500 million-a-year hunting industry—at inappropriate risk. [ Read Full Post ]


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