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Bowhunting Editor Todd Kuhn hit the Archery Trade Association show to bring you the best new bowhunting gear for 2013.

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  • April 18, 2014

    Are We Overlooking the Biggest Threat to Deer and Deer Hunting? - 6

    The recent North American Whitetail Deer Summit hosted by QDMA is well over, but it’s impact is still being felt. The summit identified the principal threats facing deer and deer hunters and spawned a national initiative to do something about them. The summit identified all kinds of issues threatening whitetails, but the 800-pound gorilla in the room somehow got lost in the shuffle.

    The summit was held a month ago in Branson Missouri and attracted more than 200 of the best minds in the deer business. Representatives from across the whitetail stakeholder spectrum showed up to take a hard look at issues facing deer in North America.

     The group met for two and a half days and produced an extensive list of issues and ranked them from most threatening to least. In all, some 20 items were identified. At the top of the list: 1) hunter recruitment and retention; 2) education to support hunters; 3) hunting and access; 4) influences; 5) the captive deer industry; 6) deer diseases; 7) public concern for population levels low or high. [ Read Full Post ]

  • April 7, 2014

    How to Make a Knife from Flint Rock - 0

    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 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.


    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 ]

  • March 7, 2014

    How to Shoot a Recurve Bow: Tips for Proper Grip - 2

    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 pretty 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 ]

  • February 14, 2014

    BLM in Cahoots with The Humane Society of the United States? - 9

    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 ]

  • February 7, 2014

    2014 Farm Bill Breakdown: Conservation Groups Happy with Passage, Despite Some Cuts - 0

    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 ]