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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.

  • August 30, 2010

    Turkeys invade Colorado suburbs - 6

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    It’s a common theme in these days of wild turkey management: birds appear of their own biological accord where there were none before, and residents, often non-hunters, react. In this case, we’re told, the turkeys are blocking traffic, and in one situation, a turkey pecked at a resident’s glass door (no doubt at the image reflected there), prompting a call to the local animal control officer. [ Read Full Post ]

  • August 27, 2010

    Environmentalists run Shimano smear campaign - 10

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    A recent article by Doug Olander of Sport Fishing Magazine has uncovered one of the most heinous and misguided attacks on the recreational fishing industry in recent memory.

    Olander’s piece is about Shame on Shimano, a campaign that started earlier this summer and is backed by the Natural Resources Defense Council.  And what exactly is the campaign’s claim? Shame on Shimano says that the tackle company is out to destroy the oceans.

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  • August 27, 2010

    Gayne's Dove Contest Winner - 6

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    Before announcing the winner of the “Name the four species of dove that may legally hunted in Texas” contest I’d like to thank all the participants.  I’d especially like to thank Sainte_Terrer for not only being the first person to enter but the one that everyone else copied from.  Of course the correct answer was white-winged, mourning, white-tipped, and Eurasian collared with the latter being unprotected and not subject to a season.

    Other dove species that reside in Texas are the red-billed pigeon, Inca dove, ground dove, and band-tailed pigeon. The birds are protected and may not be hunted. Not that you’d want to, I mean have you ever tasted a band-tailed pigeon? Trust me. It doesn’t taste like chicken. [ Read Full Post ]

  • August 26, 2010

    Sara Brandenburg becomes youngest Grand Slammer - 6

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    With a tricky 325-yard shot, Sara Rose Brandenburg dropped a massive 41-inch Stone sheep and completed one of the most difficult hunting feats in the world: The North American Grand Slam. What’s even more impressive, is that Brandenburg is just 16 years old, making her by far the youngest woman to ever complete a Grand Slam (which requires a  hunter to kill all four species of North American sheep through fair chase practices).

    Sara has hunted big game all over the world, but she started chasing sheep only one year ago. In short order Sara killed a Dall sheep in Alaska, a desert bighorn in Mexico and a Rocky Mountain bighorn in British Colombia.

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  • August 26, 2010

    Caption This Pic & Win Greenhead Gear! - 59

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    My mom has quit sending me viral emails because of my smartass "reply all" comments to the entire list of people. This time, however, she sent one with a dog that I could appreciate (thanks mom!).

    The email was entitled "virtues" and had the picture on the right of a dog watching a skunk eat his dinner. The body of the email said: "Two of the greatest virtues in life are: Patience and Wisdom."

    Fair enough. But I'm guessing a better caption could be written. Ideas that pop in to my head include things about the kibble causing smelly gas and...well, that's about where my fifth-grade level sense of humor gets stuck. So I'm leaving it up to you, Gun Doggers and lovers of, to come up with a better one!

    Write as many captions as you like in the comments section and the person with the best entry will win a box of Greenhead Gear Pro Grade Mallard Active decoys and an Avery cap! [ Read Full Post ]

  • August 26, 2010

    Chicago's 'arrogance' after ruling spurs lawsuit - 3

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    A Utah company that manufactures products for gun ranges has joined the Second Amendment Foundation, the National Rifle Association, and two city residents in filing lawsuits against Chicago's latest handgun restrictions.

    Chicago passed a new ordinance that bans shooting galleries and firearm ranges within the city limits,in the wake of a U.S. Supreme Court decision in June that left little doubt the city's 30-year handgun ban was unconstitutional.

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  • August 26, 2010

    Gayne Has Putin On His List - 11

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    Back in December I wrote “start hanging out with Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin” on my list of New Year’s Resolutions. I did so because he has a fondness for beer, enjoys watching fights and gets to hunt endangered species with a tranquilizer gun. 

    I’m sure him engaging in the latter has to do with his political clout and not with the fact that he’s so cool he responds to wimpy reporters who ask about his outdoor endeavors by saying, “Living in general is dangerous.”

    You tell ‘em Putin.  If he gives you anymore lip ship him to a gulag!

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