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Bow Test 2014

Perennial underdogs take center podium in our annual examination of the newest compounds. Check out the results of the 2014 Bow Test.
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Barnyard Bucks

Bucks that live to see four years of age or more have plenty of hiding spots, and chances are there’s a barnyard among them.
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Review: Colt M2012

Shooting Editor John B. Snow puts this beefy, but elegant, precision bolt gun to the test.
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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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  • May 6, 2014

    The Times I Almost Died, Part One - 4

    I can say with confidence that I am truly blessed to be alive today after some of the misadventures I’ve endured throughout my life. While I often use these blog posts to share how-to information related to the vast field of survival, this week I’ll tell you about the three times I should have died. And to add a little service to these episodes, we’ll also talk about the psychology and physiology of survival that can that either keep us alive or cost us our lives.

    My first brush with death came during my teenage years. I must have been 15 or 16, just a bald-faced lad who had only recently become interested in survival skills. My parents and I were on a trip, driving down a busy interstate in the family minivan. I remember being quite bored, until an odd sight caught my eye. [ Read Full Post ]


  • May 6, 2014

    Video: Black Bears Climb Rock Cliff - 1

    Does a bear poop in the woods?

    I don’t know. I’ve never seen a video of it one-way or the other.

    But thanks to a YouTube poster, I now know that bears climb sheer rock walls pretty well. [ Read Full Post ]


  • May 6, 2014

    Turkey Calling: Fighting Purrs Revisited - 1

    Although I’ve never had the pleasure of hunting with them, Harold Knight and David Hale have always been two of my favorite turkey-hunting personalities. Incredibly knowledgeable, kind and gentlemanly, Harold and David taught an entire generation of sportsmen how to hunt spring gobblers.

    Despite my wholehearted respect for the dynamic duo, I was admittedly skeptical when Harold and David first introduced the “Fighting Purr” calling system back in the early ’90s. Even though I'd read (and edited) innumerable success stories about the double-pushbutton, gobbler fighting call, personal hands-on accomplishment escaped me. It wasn’t long before I banished the fighting purr from my repertoire … until last Saturday. [ Read Full Post ]


  • May 6, 2014

    Essential Outdoor Skill: Fire Up Smallmouths - 0


    Photo by Eric Engbretson

    There’s a good reason for the red tint in a smallmouth’s eye: They’re mean. All of them. There are times, however, when smallmouths aren’t quite as nasty as we would like them to be—when they must be provoked to strike. And if you get one smallmouth to bite, the odds are high that the rest will follow suit. [ Read Full Post ]


  • May 5, 2014

    Discover Boating: Ader's Story - 0

































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  • May 5, 2014

    Goshawk Video: Best Small Game Hunter Ever? - 0

    If you've got a buddy who thinks he's the best small-game hunter in the woods, show him this video of the Goshawk. These birds of prey will easily embarrass any human hunter. Just check out this BBC clip of a female Goshawk making instant adjustments while flying through different tiny spaces at breakneck speeds.

    Squirrels and rabbits don't stand a chance.

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  • May 5, 2014

    Micro Manager: The Single Most Important Lesson in Whitetail Property Management - 6

    I suspect that I've been hit in the head about as often as any person not playing in the NFL or NHL has been. I took my sports seriously as a kid and was never one to shy away from an opposing player in football. I wasn't a particularly big hitter but I was an opportunistic one.

    My football-playing days are long gone (and oh I miss them) but I still play hockey during the winter months and while the big, booming hits aren't commonplace, there's still plenty of contact. [ Read Full Post ]


  • May 5, 2014

    Southern Fried Survival: Make Deep Fried Dandelions And Creasy Greens - 1

    If you’ve been wondering  what to do with all the dandelions sprouting up in your yard, I have a savory solution for you. Use this abundant wild food resource in a way that actually tastes good: Enter deep fried dandelion flowers and bacon fat wintercress.

    First, let’s make the wintercress, or creasy greens, as they’re often called in the south. Collect a grocery bag of wintercress from a field or wild place that has not been sprayed with anything harmful. Make sure you positively identify the cress (Barbarea vulgaris) or similar wild mustards (Brassica rapa), which can be used, too. The plants should have four-petaled yellow flowers, the leaves should have a “mustardy” smell when bruised, and the plants should be 2 to 3 feet tall. [ Read Full Post ]


  • May 5, 2014

    The Big Bad Wolf Fish - 1

    Okay, they tell me confession is good for the soul, so here goes: The recent news of a potential world-record wolf fish caught in Suriname brought back painful memories of the worst, I say the worst ego-stomping I’ve ever endured.

    First, the news. According to an Outdoor Hub report, angler Richard Hart caught a 26-pound, 1-ounce trahira (aka wolf fish) on Suriname’s Kalebo River February 23. Hart released the fish after a 90-minute fight, but if certified by the International Game Fish Association (IGFA), the fish would be a new world record for the 8-kilogram (16-pound) tippet class.

    The current record for trahira caught on 16-pound tippet is 14-8 and the all-tackle record stands at 32-15. [ Read Full Post ]


  • May 5, 2014

    Rare Goblin Shark Caught and Released by Commercial Fisherman in Florida - 1


    Photo by Carl Moore; courtesy of NOAA

    “It was uglier than a mother-in-law,” is how commercial fisherman Carl Moore described the rare 18-foot goblin shark he pulled from the waters off Key West, Fla.

    Moore was fishing for royal red shrimp in 2,000 feet of water when he made the catch. He took photos of the strange looking creature, released it unharmed, and then reported the deep sea dweller to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) — the latter of which made the agency very happy. The NOAA stated in the press release about this unusual catch: “NOAA biologists encourage people to call and report these rare sightings and catches, as the information they can collect allows them to know more about a species.” [ Read Full Post ]


  • May 2, 2014

    What Makes the Perfect Whitetail Spot? - 1

    It seems that every whitetail-focused publication runs at least one story every March or April about how early-spring is the best time to scout for deer. The general idea is that you can cruise through the spring woods and find deer sign from the previous season without having to worry about blowing bucks out of the county.

    There are plenty of tactics for this (check out a post on spring scouting here), but the most fun way to do it is to just walk halfway aimlessly through the woods. You'll naturally end up taking the path of least resistance. And if you walk for long enough, that will lead you to some deer trails you haven't found before. [ Read Full Post ]


  • May 2, 2014

    Do You Have the Skills to be a Game Warden? - 4

    Many hunters and anglers have, at one point, considered becoming a wildlife officer. Veteran game wardens say that the reward of protecting America’s wildlife resources is a large part of their job satisfaction. But do you have what it takes to be a warden? Here are some of the qualities of a good recruit.
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  • May 2, 2014

    Video: The Classic Fishing Prank - 1

    What's the fun in fishing if you can't pick on some unsuspecting kids while you do it. In this video, "Uncle Michael introduces some party boaters to the oldest fishing prank in the book."

    Happy weekend everybody. [ Read Full Post ]


  • May 2, 2014

    Shotguns: How to Shoot like an Olympic Champion - 0


    Photo by Cathal McNaughton/Reuters/Corbis

    Two-time gold-medalist Vincent Hancock answers questions about how he became one  of the best shotgun shooters in the world.

    Outdoor Life: What is the key to becoming a successful competitive clay target shooter?

    Vincent Hancock: The biggest thing to me is the desire to win. This comes with a price, though, as you aren’t going to win if you aren’t willing to put in the time and effort to become an elite-level athlete.

    OL: What’s the proper way to mount a shotgun?

    VH: Simply put, the proper mount is “move, mount, and shoot.” With the hold point set appropriately, you will move with the target and match the speed with the correct lead already set. [ Read Full Post ]


  • May 2, 2014

    Wild Turkey Pioneer, Lovett Williams, Dies - 2

    His daughter Heather Keane Thomas sent word on April 30: “With a heavy heart, I have some sad news. My father Lovett Williams passed away this afternoon after a prolonged illness.”

    To many of us in the turkey hunting world he was a true legend: an icon, a man whose words on the wild bird we love (and love to hunt) was something close to gospel. You didn’t doubt him. He’d studied the wild turkey all his life, and hunted them as hard as anyone you or I know; not only here in the states, but also in Mexico, where his work on both the Ocellated and Gould’s turkeys was ground-breaking (his two books on each are must-reads for World Slam planners). [ Read Full Post ]


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