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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 8, 2014

    Video: Lumberjack Rescues Black Bear With Forwarder - 0

    The only time I've ever used a claw machine at the arcade when I was a kid, and those stuffed animals always seemed to slip away. But this Wisconsin lumberjack is a pro. In this video logger Garrett Smith expertly manuevers his forwarder to pluck a milk jug off the head of a struggling black bear.

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  • July 8, 2014

    Elk Hunting Tips: The Basics of Long-Range Scouting - 0

    Next to deer, the big-game animal most whitetail hunters want to pursue is bull elk. They are big and dramatic, and so is the country they call home. Millions of acres of elk habitat are open to the public and offer free camping and hunting, no guides required. You can make your own elk-hunting adventure, but first you have to find the elk. 

    Unlike whitetails, elk can be here today, gone tomorrow. When they’re disturbed, they’ll run several miles and put at least two big ridges between themselves and trouble. But if undisturbed, they can be patterned, and that’s how you find them—even from thousands of miles away. 

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  • July 7, 2014

    Tip for Dog Owners: Beware the Brown Recluse - 0

    Gun dog owners know that flea and tick season starts up in early spring, and by July both populations are in full swing. A preventative measure, such as a flea/tick collar or topical applicant, is a must. This year however, it seems higher-than-average rainfall in parts of the country has contributed to a booming brown recluse population.

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  • July 7, 2014

    Video: Backcountry Hunter Gets Extremely Close to Curious Deer - 0

    Check out this recently uploaded YouTube video of hunter Travis Schneider playing hide-and-seek with a buck and a doe. 

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  • July 3, 2014

    Bowhunting Prep: Proper Head Position - 0

    Here's a finer point of shooting form that often gets missed: is your chin level at full draw? Take a couple shots and have a buddy watch you draw and shoot. If you have to move around to find your peep site or if your chin isn't level at full draw … it's time to move that peep site or evaluate the overall fit of your bow. 

    If you want to consistently shoot tight groups, you have to practice repeatable form, and that includes your noggin.

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  • July 3, 2014

    Whitetails: 2 Tactics for Summer Scouting - 0

    1) Deer Espionage: Before visiting any hunting area, foreign or familiar, use Google Earth to learn its basics: boundaries, terrain features, hidden openings, and land-use patterns of the neighbors. Satellite views reveal subtle funnels and trails, and you might even discover features like adjacent crop fields that influence herd movement.

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  • July 3, 2014

    USFWS 2014 Survey Reports Increase in Total Duck Population - 0

    The much-anticipated U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service report on 2014 Trends in Duck Breeding Populations is in, and the news bodes well for waterfowlers.

    The survey estimates an 8 percent increase in breeding duck populations — the preliminary estimate for total duck population is 49.2 million, up almost four million from last year. [ Read Full Post ]