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Train for the West

These six cornerstones are the keys to preparing for a backcountry western hunt. Here's what you need, from guns, to gear, to conditioning.

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Riding Tips

These tips won’t guarantee hunting success, but they’ll definitely boost your confidence. And that’ll increase your chance of bringing home a trophy.

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Hunting Articles

Freakshow Buck

Outdoor Life Editor and Record Quest host Andrew McKean finally hung his tag on a dandy...

A True Griz Story

Live Hunt host Tyler Freel has the real story behind this enormous brown bear.

Best New Knives

We tracked down 12 of the best new knives for hunting, fishing, and survival. Check out...

The Coyote Camp

Hunting Editor Andrew McKean and five of his buddies spent a week chasing coyotes on...

Deadfall Buck

Close up photos of a deadfall buck spotted by Hunting Editor Andrew McKean in...

Animal Attack Stories

Often shocking, sometimes funny, but always true animal attack stories.

  • July 16, 2014

    Five Tips For Hunting With a GoPro Camera - 0

    Last spring I had a chance to hunt turkeys in Nebraska with Cabela's, Camp Chef, and GoPro (this was a joint adventure with some of the Field & Streamers). I'd hunted and fished with GoPro cameras before, but this trip was the first time I receieved a tutorial on how to most effectively shoot with the little guys (we were using the Hero 3+). 

    But before we get into shooting tips, here's a quick video from our hunt, shot and edited in signature GoPro-style (the footage was recorded by GoPro's Damon Jones, Field & Stream's Dave Hurteau, and myself).

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  • July 15, 2014

    Wyoming CWD Study Offers Encouraging News for Elk - 0

    A new decade-long study recently released by the Wyoming Game and Fish Department and the University of Wyoming suggests chronic wasting disease in elk may not be as bad as originally thought.

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  • July 15, 2014

    How to Balance Your Hunting Bow - 0

    Sure, it'd be great to achieve target-bow balance with your hunting bow -- dead center left to right and tipping forward to about 45 degrees -- but that's not practical, or necessary, for most hunting scenarios. 

    Here's Larry Wise's solution... 

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  • July 15, 2014

    Bowhunting for Elk: Focus on the Cows - 0

    Photo by: Mark Raycroft

    Savvy bowhunters know that in order to score early, they need to decipher what they are witnessing when glassing elk from afar. Like other ungulates, bull elk form bachelor groups and summer together in areas that provide ample feed as they bulk up for the rut and the winter ahead. And like their whitetail cousins, elk will often feed and lounge in full view of large meadows and open slopes. But getting within bow range of a bachelor herd is almost unheard of. However, if you can find a herd of late-summer cows and calves, there’s a good chance a bull is camped nearby. 

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  • July 14, 2014

    Training For a Western Hunt: The Gear, Shooting, and Conditioning You Need - 0

    I've got three Western hunts coming up this season - all in backcountry settings. All involve rugged terrain. Each can necessitate precision shooting. And every one includes the wild, on-the-edge adventure that outdoorsmen live for. Best of all, they are possible for everyone – including you – to pull off.

    The first is a deep wilderness elk hunt on horseback. Dark-timbered slopes, 13,000 foot peaks, and the haunting bugle of a bull elk included. [ Read Full Post ]

  • July 14, 2014

    Micro Manager: What's Worked, What Hasn't - 1

    After nearly four months of work on Noah's Farm, I figured it's time for a little update on how the work is coming along, and unveil a few of the results of the work that's been completed.

    First, a bit of a recap.

    Late last summer, I bought 17 acres of vacant land in southern Michigan. The ground, best I can tell, has never been farmed. It's an interesting mix of topography consisting of roughly 30 percent standing timber, 40 percent upland-like habitat and the remaining 30 percent in scattered brush.

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  • July 14, 2014

    How Much is Your Hunting Dog Worth? - 10

    Our hunting dogs mean everything to us. But how much is one worth? How much could you get for yours if someone shot it dead? 

    Well, in Lincoln County, Arkansas, hunting dogs are serious business. In March, a jury awarded a man $145,000 for his treeing Walker when it was shot dead while on the hunt. The dog was reportedly worth $10,000, but personal injury, destruction of property and punitive damages racked up the remainder of ruling.

    According to documents:

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