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Deer Survey Results

We wanted to see how OL readers viewed deer hunting so we could start answering questions about how to manage America's favorite game animal. Here's what you had to say.
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  • April 11, 2014

    3 Must-Haves for Your Survival Fishing Kit - 2

    You’ve got a good chance of providing food in a wilderness survival scenario if you have a little fishing gear in your survival kit. All you need is a small coil of monofilament line, some weights, and one or two dozen hooks. This seems simple enough, but over the years, I have found that the fishing gear in common survival kits is not that useful.

    People expect the fishing gear to provide them with food in a survival scenario. But this gear often comes wadded up into little bundles and shoved in the corner of the box, tube or pouch with the other items. They seem more like an afterthought rather key items used to improve your odds in the game of survival.

    Here’s how to make a survival fishing kit that works — if you treat it right (and if the fish are biting). [ Read Full Post ]

  • April 11, 2014

    3 Things to Consider When Buying ATV Tires - 0

    Sooner or later you will need to change the tires on your ATV or UTV. Choosing good replacements can be a bit confusing, but diligent research of tire reviews and knowing how each tire design affects the ride of your machine is crucial and a good place to start. Here are some simple things to think about when shopping for tires.

    1. Weight
    The weight of each tire adds to the overall weight of the machine but it goes a bit further than that. Heavier tires will put an additional load on the engine and its components as you ride along the trails. Be sure to choose a tire that can easily be turned by the engine of your machine. Larger displacement engines, such as a 499cc and above, have little trouble pulling most after market tires. But smaller engines will strain to turn more aggressive heavy tread. [ Read Full Post ]

  • April 11, 2014

    The Occasional Family: Chasing the Turkey Grand Slam - 2

    Photos by Andrew McKean

    Aunt Linda has a problem, but it's solvable. She needs us to shoot different turkey guns.

    The matriarch of our little group, Linda Powell, has switched jobs, moving from handling media relations for Remington Arms to a similar gig with Mossberg. So we dutifully trade our field-worn 870s for pump-action Mossbergs. The new Flex would be a good choice, Linda says, and would I be interested in trying one out on Mexican gobblers?

    [ Read Full Post ]

  • April 11, 2014

    Researchers Tag 3,500-Pound Great White Shark in Australia - 0

    Photo by WA Fisheries

    A great white shark roughly the size of a Chevy Suburban has been tagged off King George Sound, Australia.

    The shark was measured 16.5 feet in length and weighed more than 3,500 pounds. This gargantuan size easily makes it one of the largest great white sharks ever tagged in the world. [ Read Full Post ]

  • April 11, 2014

    Experts: The Texas "Chupacabra" was Definitely a Raccoon - 1

    Last week we wrote about a couple from Texas who claimed to have captured a baby chupacabra.

    Jackie and Bubba of Ratcliffe, Texas spotted the hairless animal munching on corn in a tree on their property and trapped it in a cage. They then proceeded to nickname the creature “Chupie” after the blood-sucking chupacabras of Latin American legend. Then came the interviews for local news teams.

    Eventually, Texas Parks and Wildlife officers convinced Jackie and Bubba that Chupie was in fact a raccoon with manage, and they must euthanize the critter or set him free. The couple euthanized Chupie, but skeptics contend that without a DNA test (which TPW never conducted) the truth would never be known.

    Well, a handful of wildlife experts we interviewed want to put the Texas Chupacabra myth to rest once and for all. [ Read Full Post ]

  • April 11, 2014

    Personal Defense: Carry in Comfort With These 3 Holster Options - 0

    Photo by Mitch Kezar/Windigo Images

    The decision to carry a firearm for personal protection raises the critical question of how you plan to carry. Having a firearm on your person requires that you find a solution that fits your lifestyle and local ordinances, and meets basic criteria for comfort and ease of access.

    Keeping a weapon or two on my body became a daily reality in 2000, when I entered into law enforcement as a profession. Shortly after this, I began to experiment with different methods of carry, both on and off duty. I now carry pistols (plural) on me just about daily, and I have arranged my lifestyle and clothing to accommodate this choice. [ Read Full Post ]

  • April 10, 2014

    Officials Issue Safety Warning for Great Lakes Ice Melt - 0

    Late-season ice fishing action remains throughout the Great Lakes region, but safety demands daily awareness of ice conditions.
    Photo by David A. Brown

    The Great Lakes region saw near-record ice coverage this season, but all good things must come to an end. And a serious danger lurks during this transition.

    As of an April 9 analysis, the Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory listed the current ice cover for the Great Lakes at 53.3 percent. That’s still a lot of ice for this late in the year, but considering that the coverage was over 90 percent a month ago, the big thaw is clearly steaming forward. [ Read Full Post ]

  • April 10, 2014

    Essential Outdoor Skill: How to Pluck a Duck - 0

    Photo by Brian Klutch

    Many of the best waterfowl recipes call for the bird to be cooked skin-on. Here’s how to quickly pluck a duck or goose after gutting it.

    1. Begin by plucking the duck’s contour and flight feathers. Don’t work too fast—grab only a few at a time. Have a towel handy to wipe the feathers off your hands. [ Read Full Post ]

  • April 10, 2014

    Video: Huge Elk Herd Jumps Fence to Cross Road in Montana - 0

    Austin Stonnell recorded video of this massive herd of elk about a block from his home in Bozeman, Mont., on March 26.

    Stonnell, a Washington native studying chemical engineering at Montana State University, said he has no idea how many elk were in the herd but he estimates it was well over 200.

    “It was just a spectacular sight,” Stonnell told me over the phone. “I’ve never seen anything like that but then I’ve only lived in Montana for six months.” [ Read Full Post ]

  • April 10, 2014

    Video: Man Wrestles Hammerhead Shark to Save Hooked Tarpon - 2

    There’s a fine line between bravery and stupidity. Truth be told, I can see plenty of both in this clip.

    A gigantic tarpon is being reeled in when an even larger hammerhead shark appears from the depths of Boca Grande Pass, Fla., for an easy meal. Captain Bo Johnson of the DBo Show intervenes by grabbing the shark’s dorsal fin in an attempt to save the tarpon. A melee of sea foam and thrashing water ensues but in the end the tarpon is saved. [ Read Full Post ]

  • April 10, 2014

    Match the Hatch for Better Spring Crappie Fishing - 0

    Photo: John Neporadny

    Smart," "spooky," and "selective" are terms trout anglers often use to describe their target fish. And now a hardcore band of crappie-fishing experts are uttering phrases such as "matching the hatch" too—but it's not just emerging insects that they are keying on.

    [ Read Full Post ]

  • April 9, 2014

    3 Upcoming Hunting Dogs You Should Know - 1

    Hunting dogs have been developed around the world for thousands of years to assist man in bringing game to hand. We have some very popular breeds working in the U.S. that were developed in other countries – such as the Labrador retriever, German shorthaired pointer, and even the American foxhound. [ Read Full Post ]

  • April 9, 2014

    Florida Anglers Land 720-Pound Mako Shark While Fishing Cobia Tournament - 0

    A group of anglers dead-set on winning a cobia tournament opted to battle a 700-pound mako shark instead.

    Randy Messer and friends had already landed a 40-pound cobia off Destin, Fla. when they spotted a goliath mako cruising just 15 feet below the surface. Messer tossed a live bait into the water and the two-hour battle began. The 700-pound apex predator fought for all its might; breaching the surface, flipping into the air, and towing the 40-foot Sure Lure two miles further out to sea.   [ Read Full Post ]

  • April 9, 2014

    Video: The Rattlesnake Den - 1

    Perhaps it’s the warmer weather. Or maybe spring turkey season. Or simply the fact that some people get off on snakes.

    Who knows why anyone would search for a video showing about a zillion rattlesnakes slithering through the high grass of Montana and into a literal hell hole of serpents, but search someone did and now that initial pastime has turned a clip first posted in 2010 viral. [ Read Full Post ]

  • April 9, 2014

    Video: A 2,500-Yard Shot with .338 Lapua - 0

    This video was uploaded to YouTube last year by 1Grizzman and is starting to catch some attention. It's a pretty cool demonstration of how the right long-range gear mixed with the proper know-how can produce impressive results.

    According to the video, the shot was made from 2,530 yards, or about 1.43 miles. [ Read Full Post ]