Bowhunting Editor Todd Kuhn hit the Archery Trade Association show to bring you the best new bowhunting gear for 2013.
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Many things contribute to a well-executed shot with a traditional bow, but one important factor is how you grasp the handle or “grip” the bow. A traditional bow calls for a different grip and form than a compound bow. There can be a petty steep learning curve for guys who have shot compounds for years and want to try hunting with a recurve for the added challenge. [ Read Full Post ]
It took me longer than it should have. But, eventually, I saw it. The issue beneath the issue. And it ticked me off...
Outdoor Life Editor Andrew McKean, as he is known to do from time to time, sent me a somewhat-cryptic e-mail about a “possible Open Country blog topic.”
The e-mail contained a string of comments from Facebook in which several hunters were fired up about the killing of two wild burros in Arizona. [ Read Full Post ]
As expected, the Senate endorsed the $1 trillion Farm Bill in a 68-32 vote on Feb. 4 less than a week after it was approved by the House of Representatives in 251-166 tally. President Barak Obama is to sign the 1,100-plus page omnibus package at Michigan State University today.
The bill -- formally adopted as the Agriculture Act of 2014 (H.R. 2642 and S. S.954) -- had been deliberated and debated for more than two years since the 673-page, $288 million Food, Conservation and Energy Act of 2008 expired in 2012. The 2008 bill had 15 titles, or "chapters," while the 2014 version has 12 titles, including Commodities (Title I), Conservation (Title II), Forestry (Title VII) and Miscellaneous (Title XII). [ Read Full Post ]
A canine’s ability to detect scent has made it an invaluable tool to man. Federal, state, and local agencies use dogs to detect everything from explosives to contraband. Hunters use them to locate and track game. Dogs are even used to detect diseases such as cancer, or to alert low blood-sugar levels in diabetic humans. So it’s beyond me why some states still don’t allow hunters to use their dogs to legally track a wounded deer.
State agencies say they have many reasons why they won’t allow it: enforcement issues, fear of herd decimation, concern for dogs’ safety, etc. The loophole, however, is that it’s pretty hard to stop someone from walking their leashed dog in the woods. Of course, I’m not condoning breaking state laws … but when it comes to recovering game, you’d think state agencies would be on board with doing everything possible – and that should include using dogs to recover wounded deer in all 50 states. There are too many success stories to ignore it any longer. [ Read Full Post ]
Benchmade surveyed backcountry hunters to come up with the designs for their new HUNT Series. The series includes 8 different knives (both fixed blades and folders) with blades forged in CPM S30V steel. This is a powdered steel known for edge retention, an attribute critical for hunters trekking off the grid. The folders in this line utilize the classic Benchmade axis lock system, which slides a safety bolt into place. [ Read Full Post ]
I’m not a vengeful person. Partly, that’s a mindset that comes from a certitude that we all get what we deserve in some afterlife. Call it Heaven, or Hell, if you like, or simply some immeasurable length of time that we are given after our mortal fire burns out to reflect on our just-ended lives.
In other words, my hell is intensely personal, and punishment is delivered not by a red-tailed demon with horns on his head but by one’s own fading consciousness.
With that happy thought in mind, I hope Christopher Loncarich and Nicholaus Rodgers are visited by scores of sharp-clawed mountain lions and bobcats in their afterlives.
Loncarich, a Colorado outfitter, and Nicholaus, one of his guides, allegedly led a number of illegal hunts for mountain lions and bobcats in western Colorado and Utah. In the indictment, announced by Colorado Parks and Wildlife, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, and Utah’s Division of Wildlife earlier this week, the two are accused of illegally capturing and then caging mountain lions and bobcats, “often incapacitating them by shooting them in the paws or keeping them in place with leghold traps.” [ Read Full Post ]
OL's bow guru Todd Kuhn hit the floor of the 2014 Archery Trade Association show to check out the newest compound bow and crossbow introductions. This is a sneak peek at what's new in the bowhunting world for this year. For a full review of the 2014 bows and crossbows, check out our annual bow test in the August issue.
Todd Kuhn takes a look at Bear Archery's Agenda 7 compound bow from the Archery Trade Association showroom floor. The bow features a new string suppressor system that can be tweaked for your shooting style. With a 6-inch brace height, Bear says it slings arrows at 350 feet per second.
MSRP: $899.99 [ Read Full Post ]