From the first time he saw the monster grizzly, Tyler Freel knew that his fate would be intertwined with the boar's. A story of hardship and belief.
Outdoor Life Editor and Record Quest host Andrew McKean finally hung his tag on a dandy...
Live Hunt host Tyler Freel has the real story behind this enormous brown bear.
We tracked down 12 of the best new knives for hunting, fishing, and survival. Check out...
Hunting Editor Andrew McKean and five of his buddies spent a week chasing coyotes on...
Close up photos of a deadfall buck spotted by Hunting Editor Andrew McKean in...
Often shocking, sometimes funny, but always true animal attack stories.
Deploying scents to fool predators isn’t a new idea—after all, wolfers in the 19th century used woodsmoke to cover their ripe body odor—but a new crop of commercial scents adds rabbit urine, fox pee, putrid meat, and even incense to your coyote-hunting arsenal.
The question is, do these products work? I am a skeptic when it comes to relying on anything besides a good call and sometimes a decoy in my predator sets, but my field tests revealed that some of these products can increase your odds of success if you use them correctly and with restraint. [ Read Full Post ]
In 2013, Montana State Representative Tom Jacobson saw through the passage of House Bill 444, legislation that created the “Unlocking State Lands” program that provides a $500 tax credit to private landowners who allow public hunting and fishing access to their lands.
A landowner is allowed to enter into four such contracts per year for a total of $2,000.
The program is currently in its initial enrollment period and landowners have until March 15 to submit applications.
In a media release, program coordinator Alan Charles said: "The concept of offering a tax credit in exchange for public access across private land to reach state land is a first of its kind in the nation, as far as we've been able to determine.” [ Read Full Post ]
A week or so ago we blogged on how some northern states use the Winter Severity Index (WSI) to gauge potential winterkill. Basically, the more snow cover and sub zero temps, the harder it is on the deer. But the WSI covers relatively large geographic areas. What really matters are conditions for the deer herd you hunt; not conditions somewhere else in the state.
The first thing you need to do is march (or mush) your way out to your deer woods to see what’s going on. If there are no deer around, don’t be overly alarmed. They could simply have shifted areas. In some locations, it’s a simple shift to a hemlock gully or dense conifer stand that has less snow and retains heat better. It could also be a southern slope with its sun gathering exposures and patches of bare ground. In some areas, deer travel major distances to wintering areas. It all depends on local conditions. [ Read Full Post ]
Photo: Mark Raycroft
Want to transform your so-so hunting parcel into the ultimate turkey property? Then learn from whitetail deer hunters and manage even small pieces of land for year-round use by turkeys.
If you do it right, you’ll have excellent habitat for spring hunting, but also all the components you need to entice hens to raise broods that you can hunt for years to come.
A couple of years after creating a mosaic of habitat, Robert Hosking now kills several gobblers a year off his 40-acre parcel in North Carolina, and he has plenty of year-round use by nesting hens, young broods, and overwintering flocks. Here’s how you can build a small-plot turkey utopia. [ Read Full Post ]
We've all heard about the weird stuff going on in Sochi, host of the 2014 Olympics (ie: no fishing in the toilet signs). But this has to be the weirdest story yet.
U.S. Luger Kate Hansen shot a video of what appears to be a wolf in the hallway of her residence in Sochi. "Wolf in my hall?!? #SochiProblems #SochiFail," she tweeted.
We doubt that this is a wild wolf, but then again, who knows … It's Russia.
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Richard N. Cabela, co-founder of the hunting, fishing, and outdoor retailer goliath, Cabela’s, died Monday at his home in Sidney, Nebraska. He was 77. A true entrepreneurial American success story, Dick, as he was best known, was cared for in his final hours by his wife Mary—his longtime partner in life, business, and the field.
Born in Chappell, Nebraska, in 1936, Dick was known as a rambunctious boy who spent as much time as possible outdoors. But as young child, he was stricken with polio. Doctors told his parents that Dick might never walk again, which the couple and their young son took as a challenge more than a final diagnosis. With determination and some tough love from his parents, Dick was soon walking without assistance or the aid of braces. Throughout his life, he rarely spoke of his bout with the deadly disease, but surely it helped form the gritty work ethic Dick would become known for. [ Read Full Post ]
You don't have to wait until June for the fishing to get good. With the right tactics, you can have consistent success on the most popular freshwater species. Here's how to find and catch early-season bass, walleye, and crappie.
Illustrations by Pete Sucheski
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