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Hunting

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.

  • September 3, 2010

    Snow Storm - 9

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    While most of us this month are preoccupied with antlered critters, or maybe a few early-season grouse, a few forward-looking folks are peering to the north, and they like what they see.
 

    They’re monitoring snow goose nesting conditions, and according to Delta Waterfowl this is shaping up as a banner year for snow geese. Biologists say prime nesting conditions means great juvenile goose production, and as every goose hunter knows, young geese mean naïve, easy-to-decoy geese.
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  • September 3, 2010

    Live Hunt: August 22nd-26th - 3

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    After the success of scoring on another caribou, the team was feeling excited. Now if only the rams would cooperate. We spent most of day six just watching the big ram high on the mountain, two more rams made their way across the hillside to his location, so now we had two more sets of cunning sheep eyes to deal with ... but they still weren't in a stalkable location. 

    Tom, Adam and Jeremy decided to head across the river to glass some country and see if they could find Broomy again. I had to stay in camp and watch the big ram to make sure he didn't leave the country. Sure enough, after only 15 minutes of glassing they spotted Broomy in a location where they could make a stalk. Tom and Adam came running into camp to grab their gear and I packed up some clothes for Jeremy, fired up a hot Mountain house and headed over to watch the hunt through the spotter. [ Read Full Post ]


  • September 3, 2010

    Grand Slam: Stalking a Chama Elk - 1

    Just a few days into his Grand Slam adventure, OL contest winner Steve Chafin got his chance to kill a bull. Chafin is hunting for a trophy elk with OL editor Gerry Bethge in New Mexico at the Lodge and Ranch at Chama.

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  • September 3, 2010

    Rushmore State Hunting Roundup - 4

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    It’s no secret that I’m a native of the Rushmore State, formerly the Sunshine State and oftentimes referred to as the pheasant capitol of the world. I could come up with more, but let’s get to the point. South Dakota has great whitetail hunting.

    It’s home to the Dakota subspecies of whitetail, one of the largest body-sized species to roam North America. With the large body size alsocomes large antler size and although South Dakota is fairly liberal with licenses, it’s not at all impossible to find a 4 ½-year-old buck during hunting season. Most 4 ½-year-olds are darn nice due to the agricultural bounty while they are growing velvet antler. [ Read Full Post ]


  • September 3, 2010

    The Come-On - 10

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    “.17 or .22?”

    As a come-on line I thought it was genius. I was talking to a very svelte blonde coed at the University of Texas where I was attending a conference. During one of our few breaks I ventured outside for some fresh air and to admire the mall’s many century plus oak trees, which are apparently homes to several hundred squirrels.

    The tree rats were everywhere; in the trees, on the benches, in window sills, in the gardens, circling some guy practicing with a ninja sword – yes, a guy practicing with a ninja sword – and sitting atop the recycling bins that are placed every 30 feet or so. I had just tossed an empty can into one of these ever so convenient mini-recycling centers when I noticed the blonde sitting by herself.
    “.17 or .22?” I asked again. [ Read Full Post ]


  • September 2, 2010

    What's a kee-kee? - 10

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    A kee-kee or kee-kee-run is the maturing lost whistle of a young turkey transitioning into fall and winter. You'll even hear it from young hens sometimes during the spring turkey season.
     
    The kee-kee is usually a three-note call, roughly two seconds long. The yelps added on the end, the "run" part, can be one to many more notes, added with "where are you?" urgency.
     
    While kee-kee and kee-kee-run calls vary in the fall turkey woods, time there with the birds will teach you plenty. Listen. [ Read Full Post ]


  • September 2, 2010

    Live Hunt: August 17th-21st - 3

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    What an amazing first day! After harvesting my first mountain caribou and sending in a quick note to everyone here at the Live Hunt, I loaded up in the Super Cub and headed for our remote gravel bar landing strip. Upon arriving at the strip, our guide Jeremy Hatala, already had an amazing ram in the spotting scope. Due to hunting regulations in the NWT, you have to wait 12 hours after flying in a plane before you can hunt, so we crossed the river and headed to Camp #1. 

    Once we made it to camp, we set up our Hilleberg Tents (Allak, Unna, and Akto), and glassed the ram for the rest of the evening. First thing in the morning we headed up the mountain to see if #1 was in a good position for a stalk! We ended up finding a couple more rams with him, but unfortunately they weren't in a bow hunting friendly spot on the mountain so we spent the day glassing and familiarizing ourselves with the mountain. [ Read Full Post ]


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