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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 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 ]

  • July 2, 2014

    Guest Post: Maine Bear Hunting Referendum – A Call to Action - 0

    Editor's Note: David Trahan is the Executive Director of the Sportsman's Alliance of Maine and formerly served in the state legislature for 12 years. 

    This fall Maine hunters will face a referendum vote that could ban hunting black bears with hounds, hunting them over bait, and trapping. In part, we're facing the vote because of a decision I made last year.

    In May of 2013, five Humane Society of the United States employees, including their Washington D.C. liaison, summoned me and Don Kliener, head of the Maine Professional Guides Association, to an impromptu meeting just prior to a public hearing on legislation LD 1474. It was a bill to ban hounding and trapping of bears in Maine.

    They delivered this ultimatum: “We have $3 million, and polling data that says we can win a bear referendum in Maine. If the Sportsman's Alliance of Maine will support LD 1474, HSUS will not submit a referendum to ban trapping and hounding. If the Alliance doesn’t support LD 1474, HSUS will add baiting to our bill, and go to referendum, and Mainers will likely lose baiting, hounding, and trapping.” 

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  • July 1, 2014

    Essential Outdoor Skill: Drop a Double - 0

    It’s exciting when a covey of birds rises up directly in front of you. But if you want to kill multiple birds, you need to stay focused.  [ Read Full Post ]

  • July 1, 2014

    State-Record White Catfish Caught in South Carolina - 0

    A 12-pound 2.9-ounce white catfish caught near Spence's Point last week is in the process of being certified as a state record, according to the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources.

  • July 1, 2014

    Bowhunting Prep: How to Shoot a Deer That's Right Under You - 0

    Shooting a buck that's right under your stand can be more challenging than you think. As you can see in this video, if you want to make a shot at close range (3 to 5 yards) you will want to use your 30-yard or 40-yard pin. If you try to use a 15-yard or 20-yard pin, you'll likely hit low because the arrow is still traveling up to meet your line of sight.

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  • June 30, 2014

    California Man Pleads Guilty to Unlawfully Trapping 60 Bobcats and Gray Foxes - 2

    A California man pled guilty last week to poaching 60 bobcats and grey fox for commercial purposes in two of the state’s northern counties.

    Tracy Lee Shultz of Courtland trapped the animals by setting about 50 large traps across 900 square miles of land, according to the LA Times. Shultz committed a number of violations, including trapping before the season opened on November 24 and failing to properly monitor his traps.

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  • June 30, 2014

    Whitetails: The $102 Food Plot - 1

    You have a desire to attract deer to your hunting spot, but you don’t have the money to buy land. Nor do you have the time to improve someone else’s property that you might get to hunt for only a couple of days this season.

    News flash: Cultivating a small food plot needn’t cost you thousands of dollars and a week’s vacation. Dr. Grant Woods, America’s whitetail guru, says you can make an effective food plot on the cheap.

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