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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 11, 2014

    Northwest Timber Companies Impose Sportsmen Access Fees - 3

    Photo by USFWS

    I don't like sitting on important stories.

    As a journalist, it's my job to get the news out as soon as it can be validated and substantiated. But I have a confession to make: There's a bit of news coming out of Washington state that I've kept to myself for a few days.

    I’ve been waiting. Waiting for phone calls to be returned. Waiting for something further to develop. Waiting to make sure I presented the issue properly. Because this is a story that truly has two sides. And two sides to each of those sides. [ Read Full Post ]

  • July 11, 2014

    Cast and Blast: Sage Grouse Hunting and Trout Fishing in Wyoming - 0

  • July 11, 2014

    Whitetails: Where Are All The Fawns - 1

    CC image from Flickr

    Following last winter’s historically significant weather conditions, it’s only natural that hunters in the Upper Midwest and Northeast begin searching for some sign of their deer herd’s health. Right around now, that usually means fawn sightings. Although anecdotal information abounds, there is very little hardcore evidence available as of yet in order to reach any conclusions about fawn recruitment. And I’m here to tell you not to jump to any premature conclusions. [ Read Full Post ]

  • July 11, 2014

    Summertime Bass Fishing: How to Catch a Limit in Any Body of Water - 0

    Nothing screams “vacation” louder than a fishing rod, a tackle box, and catching enough fish for dinner. But whether you’re casting from knee-high grass around a farm pond or screaming a boat across a reservoir, hot-weather fishing can be challenging. Birdsong Creek on the southwest side of Kentucky Lake is where I spend many of my dog days, and it features everything your potential hotspot has as well. Here’s how to fish it.

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  • July 11, 2014

    Bowhunting Prep: Fletching Your Arrows - 1

    Time to pick up some new arrows? After visiting the local pro-shop, hunters often start shooting arrows right out of the box. Many don't consider how their new arrows were fletched, or the crucial role those feathers play.

    Bowhunters–especially those who shoot fixed-blade broadheads–have to account for the blades on the front of the arrow and their tendency to steer the shaft. Larry Wise explains how to fletch your arrows to achieve consistent flight and accuracy.

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  • July 10, 2014

    RMEF Opposes Congressman’s Call for Yellowstone Wolf Buffer Zone - 4

    In the latest move to curtail wolf hunting across the country, Oregon Congressman Peter DeFazio–one of the most vocal, influential, and persistent critics of Western wolf management–called for federal intervention to protect gray wolves that range beyond Yellowstone National Park.

    DeFazio claims hunters who harvest wolves outside park boundaries are directly responsible for the recent decline in Yellowstone’s wolf population. To help solve this “problem," he penned a letter to the Department of the Interior requesting the agency coordinate among states to establish a “wolf safety zone” around Yellowstone National Park. The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation responded to DeFazio with a letter of their own.

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  • July 10, 2014

    How to Be a Better Bowhunter: Train to Hit - 0

    Photo by: Mark Raycroft

    The traits that separate elite bowhunters from the masses are attention to detail and rigorous training. These are year-round archers, and here’s how they push themselves to become deadly hunters. [ Read Full Post ]