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Turkey School

The best turkey hunters learn something new every day in the woods. But successful hunts serve as the ultimate opportunities to capture valuable knowledge for future use.

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Scout Now!

The off-season scouting method is the same, whether you're looking to buy a 1,000-acre whitetail property or just you're trying to find a new piece of public land.

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Often shocking, sometimes funny, but always true animal attack stories.

  • May 11, 2010

    Gayne Visits T.R.’s Favorite Watering Hole - 12

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    Not many bars can claim to have had a future President of the United States shoot the place up, but that’s exactly what Theodore Roosevelt did at the Menger Bar in 1898.

    T.R. was no stranger to Sana Antonio’s most famous hotel bar.  He first visited it following a javelina hunt in 1892.  Sitting next-door to the Alamo, the hotel bar had long been a fixture of San Antonio’s permanent and visiting elite and catered to an eclectic mix of cowboys and wealthy socialites.  The bar cost an astronomical $60,000 upon its construction in 1887 and was well world renown for having cold beer chilled on ice imported from northern states via gulf steamers. [ Read Full Post ]

  • May 10, 2010

    VIDEO: Reading Your Dog - 2

    Check out this Ducks Unlimited video from Mike Stewart at Wildrose Kennels. It's on reading your dog's body language and discusses cues like lip licking, tail height and attitude.

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  • May 10, 2010

    So You Think You Can Shoot? - 7

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    I've always thought of myself as of a good shot. Let me correct that statement. Actually I think of myself as a good user of products to steady my shot. I always have a bipod on my rifle and use shooting sticks when warranted. No rock, stump or daypack gets past me without consideration for added stability.

    After reading the news yesterday I found out I'm not really that good of shot. Craig Harrison is though. In fact, the British military sniper is not just a good shot, he's the best. Harrison set a new world record yesterday for verified kills in a theatre of war. He sniped a Taliban extremist at an authenticated range of 8,120 feet. For those of you not into feet, that's 1.54 miles.

    And to prove that it wasn't just a lucky shot, Harrison racked a second round to tip over another bad guy. How did he top that? He racked a third round and disabled the bad guy's machine gun. The deadly shots took almost three seconds to reach their target and were from an 8.59mm (.338) caliber rifle.  [ Read Full Post ]

  • May 10, 2010

    Does Beard Width Matter? - 10

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    We measure a gobbler’s beard length as a trophy statistic. Why not the width?

    I've been fortunate to turkey hunt around the country, spring and fall, for many, many years. I've chased all the stateside subspecies repeatedly with great enthusiasm that will ideally fade last after everything else craps out. In short, I've seen a lot of dead gobblers in a lot of camps. It never gets old. I hope to see a few more beards in range, and soon.

    Some of the Missouri, Iowa and Kentucky longbeards I’ve killed over the years have had the widest beards of any I've taken. Paintbrush thick. Texas Rios have consistently had the skinniest. Maybe biologists could tell us why such a wide range exists (I'll get on that question one of these days as soon as this turkey season ends, and the post-hunt depression sets in), but what I want to know is: Should we measure beard width as well? [ Read Full Post ]

  • May 6, 2010

    Moment of Impact - 3

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    This dramatic photo captures the impact of a load of No. 6 shot as it slams into a turkey. You can see the wad from the shotshell over the back of the tom. The distance of this shot was about 35 yards and the specific shell used was Federal Premium’s Heavyweight No. 6s with the Flitecontrol wad. This is actually from a 20-gauge shotgun, specifically Benelli’s excellent M2.

    For more photos form this sequence click here >> [ Read Full Post ]

  • May 6, 2010

    Bark Collar Recommendations Anyone? - 2


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    In case you missed my last post, I'm in need of a bark collar to keep the mutts quiet in the small apartment we're now living in. I've never had need of a bark collar so am looking to you, Gun Doggers, for some recommendations. I've got a few in mind, but any feedback or experience you have with bark collars is appreciated.

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  • May 5, 2010

    You Are a Wimp Compared To: Alexander "Sasha" Siemel - 24

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    Outdoor Life correspondent Gayne Young looks to the past and the present to find the outdoor personalities that prove just how wimpy the rest of us really are.

    Alexander “Sasha” Siemel took over 300 jaguars in his hunting career.

    With a spear.

    In the very confining quarters of the South American jungle.

    How many cats have I taken?  One.  A bobcat, in the South Texas Brush Country with an old hound man that was more interested in telling me about his recent prostrate operation than he was in running his dogs.  I actually shot the bobcat in an effort to get away from my guide and his constant warnings to get checked “soon and often.”  For putting up with my guide as long as I did I don’t know that I can truly label myself a wimp.  But compared to Sasha Siemel and his life, yeah, I’m a wimp. [ Read Full Post ]