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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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  • June 6, 2014

    Former Boulder Police Officer Found Guilty of Poaching Neighborhood Elk - 2

    After only a few hours of consideration, a Boulder County jury has found ex-cop, Sam Carter, guilty of killing "Big Boy," a beloved elk who frequented an upscale Boulder community.

    The jury convicted Carter on all nine counts filed, four of which were felonies, and concluded that he had schemed to kill Big Boy and lied about putting the animal down because it had been injured. The charges included poaching, evidence tampering, and unlawful taking of a big-game animal. [ Read Full Post ]

  • June 3, 2014

    Does Tape Over Your Rifle’s Muzzle Affect Accuracy? - 4

    If you hunt in rainy places, you probably know about electrical tape, the basis of vigorous debate in almost any camp.

    The tape, stuck over the muzzle, is used to keep precipitation and debris out of the rifle’s bore. But many hunters argue that the protective layer throws off your bullet’s impact point. Others say the flimsy barrier won’t deflect the bullet.

    Which is it? [ Read Full Post ]

  • June 2, 2014

    How to Tune Your Senses and Become a Better Hunter - 5

    Illustration by Michael Byers

    At the end of an intensive semester of instruction in courses in wildlife tracking, big-game anatomy, wilderness first aid, and skinning, students in Africa’s first college-level professional hunter course are blindfolded, gloves are put on their hands, plugs are put in their nostrils, and earmuffs are placed over their ears.

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  • May 29, 2014

    How Much Does Brush Deflect a Rifle Bullet? - 12

    Photo: Donald M Jones

    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?

    Most of us answer that question by referring to some vague understanding of cartridge-box ballistics. “I’m shooting brush-busting bullets,” some might reason. Others might justify their decision to shoot by telling you that their big-bore rifle hammers right through obstructions, or that bullet deflection is inconsequential.

    But after testing a variety of calibers and bullet types in both brushy and grassy environments, I’m convinced the only ethical answer to the question is: Wait for a clear shot. Not only do most bullet types deflect when they encounter brush and grass, but many also tumble, losing their aerodynamic efficiency and terminal effectiveness. [ Read Full Post ]

  • May 28, 2014

    Backwoods Gourmet: Best Backpacking Meals - 0

    Photos by Luke Nilsson

    Dehydrated backpacking food has come a long way since the salty, spongy, cardboard-tasting gruel of a couple of decades ago. Now, you can pack a surprisingly nutritious and tasty selection of lightweight foods for those trips when a stovetop or pizza stone isn’t an option.

    We evaluated three entries from four leading brands, comparing breakfast, entrée, and dessert options. The team consisted of me, my wife, and our three kids (ages 10 to 13)—all of us veterans of backpacking cuisine. [ Read Full Post ]

  • May 28, 2014

    Battle of the Bucks 2014: Final Round - 0

    Each year, we round up photos of the country's biggest bucks and most thrilling hunting stories for the Outdoor Life Deer of the Year contest. Now, we're calling on you to help us pick America's favorite buck. We started off with 16 finalists for the reader's choice award and divided them by region. Here are the two remaining bucks battling for the title: Brow Tines (Midwest) goes head-to-head with Monster from the Quakies (West). Vote for your favorite buck below. We'll post the contest results next week.

    The overall winner will be awarded two Bushnell trail cameras (valued at $350) and eternal bragging rights. [ Read Full Post ]

  • May 28, 2014

    Micro Manager: Do-It-Yourself Tree Shelters - 0

    It took all of 15 minutes to load up my truck with about 300 trees and shrubs following a visit to my local conservation district's annual tree sale.

    I had no idea that it'd take me about 5 days to get them all in the ground. But they're all planted now. And by a stroke of sheer luck, the following two weeks included plenty of rain and cooler temperatures. The end result? I have a bunch of stuff growing. In fact, while I was expecting to lose about 20 percent – perhaps more – of the seedlings, I have found just three dead specimens since planting. The remaining trees and shrubs not only look like they'll survive but a high percentage of them have actually put on noticeable growth and have blossomed out nicely already. [ Read Full Post ]