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Turkey Slam

The turkey world slam took OL's Editor-in-Chief around the world. Check out the photos as Andrew McKean chases gobblers from Florida to Hawaii.
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Top Rangefinders

Today's rangefinders represent a substantial investment, but you get a lot for your money. We tested six of the most feature-packed units to see which are most fieldworthy.
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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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Culling the Herd

Before you applaud or admonish a deer cull, it’s important to first know how these things actually work.
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Big Ass Knives

Snow's favorite big blades, modeled by the hottest hunters on OL's staff.

Get the LED Out

These days, there’s no reason to fumble around in the dark.

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Ice Capades

Bear these five tips in mind to stay safe on the ice this winter.

Ice Capades

Bear these five tips in mind to stay safe on the ice this winter.

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  • February 26, 2014

    Story Behind the Buck: Velvet Nontypical - 0

    There were a lot of cool looking bucks at the Deer and Turkey Expo in Illinois last weekend, but this one was definitely the most unique. Scott Setzer was hunting his go-to stand last October when he spotted the gnarly rack coming his way. [ Read Full Post ]

  • February 26, 2014

    Survival Gear: 5 Survival Uses for Glass Beer Bottles - 5

    As maddening as it is to see litter and other castoff remains of modern civilization in the wild, certain items can be can be a welcome find in a survival situation. One of the most enduring and useful trash items is the beer bottle, which has the potential to last for centuries — and the potential to help us survive an emergency. Here are my top five uses of an empty glass bottle. [ Read Full Post ]

  • February 26, 2014

    Video: Leopard Prowls Through Hospital in India - 0

    Rising medical costs, long waits in the emergency room, Obamacare glitches...

    Ha! Those medical care problems might sound bad, but they're not nearly as bad as a leopard.

    Authorities closed schools in Meerut, India Sunday after a leopard was spotted (Oh, that’s a bad pun) wandering city streets. The animal roamed through a hospital – where it mauled a photographer sent to cover the scene – a market, apartment complex, and a cinema as authorities tried to catch the big cat. [ Read Full Post ]

  • February 26, 2014

    Fly Angler Releases Potential World-Record Blacktip Shark - 1

    Would you give up a potential world-record fish on a matter of principal? Michael Roth did it without hesitation and I admire him for doing so.

    Roth landed a huge blacktip shark during a fishing trip to the Turks and Caicos this past January. Many believe the shark would have weighed more than 120 pounds. But as weighing the animal — which is required by International Game Fishing Association in order to qualify for a world record — would have meant the death of the beast, Roth released the fish unharmed. 

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  • February 26, 2014

    Early-Season Bass Fishing Lessons - 0

    In the wake of last weekend’s Bassmaster Classic, a couple of angling axioms merit attention. First, muddy water doesn’t necessarily flush the whole party. We’ve all heard about the big storm that blew across Lake Guntersville and turned a lot of the common fishing areas to chocolate milk. But as the new champ Randy Howell and several others demonstrated, you can’t let adverse conditions doom your day.

    We won’t rehash all that’s been reported, but it’s worth noting a few points relevant to, not only the recent Bassmaster Classic, but muddy water and spring conditions anywhere.

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  • February 26, 2014

    The Spirit Bear: Monster Interior Grizzly with a Recurve Bow - 6

    Photo courtesy of Tyler Freel

    Anyone who’s come across one knows what Fred Bear meant a half century ago when he said that the thrill of tangling with a grizzly bear cleanses the soul. It’s an experience that relatively few people on this earth will have and that none who do will ever forget.

    When you live and spend a lot of time hunting in Alaska, your odds of eventually having an encounter with a grizzly drift more toward the “guaranteed” end of the spectrum. Some of my most exciting have happened while hunting black bears over bait. I’ve been charged by a sow with cubs and have had bears huff at me from the brush as I walked to my stand. And I had a large boar walk to within 3 feet of my rifle muzzle. [ Read Full Post ]

  • February 26, 2014

    Story Behind the Buck: Deer of a Lifetime - 5

    Even though 11-year-old Coe Klauer brought in one of the best bucks to the Illinois Deer and Turkey Expo last weekend, a lot of people felt bad for him - or at least they said they did.

    They said they felt sorry for the kid because he had shot his "buck of a lifetime" at age 11. Now, any buck he shoots would likely be smaller (his buck netted 163 2/8). What does he have to hunt for? [ Read Full Post ]

  • February 25, 2014

    Video: Biker Tumbles Down Mountain After Grizzly Bear Charge - 1

    Canadian Brad Paras and his cousin Dan England were mountain biking in Jasper National Park last week when Paras spotted a grizzly and her cub roughly 35 feet from him.

    Paras spewed an "Oh, s--t!" before making a hasty getaway. (More appropriate words have never been muttered.) Unfortunately, his “getaway” took him off the trail by a drop of about 50 feet in elevation that dead-ended into a tree.

    While Paras was dealing with the crash, England got off his bike and got his pepper spray ready. The mother grizz charged England but stopped just shy of the spray’s effective range of 10 meters before heading back into the woods. Paras climbed back up the mountain with the bike in tow to find his cousin watching the bear disappear into the forest. [ Read Full Post ]

  • February 25, 2014

    Help Your Bird Dog Fight the Winter Blues - 0

    You’re not the only one suffering from cabin fever. Bird dogs can also get the winter blues, and your four-legged hunting buddy is likely distressed due to enclosed spaces and lack of stimulation.

    Several top professional trainers weighed in on this topic during last week's Pheasant Fest in Milwaukee, Wis. One of the most popular draws at Pheasant Fest was the Purina sponsored Bird Dog Bonanza Stage. It featured some of their top professional trainers – including retriever trainer Tom Dokken, bird dog-training royalty Rick and Ronnie Smith, and walking canine brain trust Bob West, Director of Sporting Field Operations for the Purina Professional Engagement Team. Each trainer, which also included SportDog’s Josh Miller, took turns giving seminars on everything from the basics of building a bird dog and advanced training to e-collar use/introduction and even shed hunting. [ Read Full Post ]

  • February 25, 2014

    Story Behind the Buck: The Big Illinois 10 Pointer - 0

    I met Jay Ramseier and his son Brad at the Illinois Deer and Turkey Expo last weekend while they were waiting to check in this beautiful 10-point buck. Jay shot the deer last November but had a heck of a time recovering it. [ Read Full Post ]

  • February 25, 2014

    Supreme Court Rejects Second Amendment Cases, Sets Stage for National Debate - 0

    The fact that the Supreme Court has declined to review three lower court rulings that rejected challenges to federal and state gun laws shouldn't be a surprise, considering it has steadfastly ducked controversial gun owners' rights cases since issuing its 2010 McDonald v. City of Chicago decision (which merely confirmed that a local jurisdiction cannot, by fiat, turn a Constitutional right into a crime).

    Monday's decision not to hear the three cases only further delays an eventual legal showdown in the national "debate" over gun owners' rights -- mainly, whether the right to keep a gun at home for self-defense extends to public places.

    That's the bad news. The good news is a recent California ruling and a New Jersey challenge may provide the cases the High Court has been waiting for to set the stage for this anticipated showdown. [ Read Full Post ]

  • February 25, 2014

    Survival Skills: Get Your Pets Emergency Ready - 0

    The time and money spent on emergency preparedness is often focused on ourselves and our family members, and rightfully so. But what if your family includes a few pets? Most Americans own a dog or some other kind of companion animals. Reward these loyal friends by including their needs in your family’s disaster planning. From bugging in to getting out of Dodge, your animal friends need protection and provisions. Here’s are a few things to keep in mind.

    Protecting your animals from harm is the first point in “pet survival.” If the conditions outside aren’t safe for a human, then there’s no way they’re safe for animals. Get them all inside the house during severe storms, floods, and other disasters. [ Read Full Post ]

  • February 25, 2014

    Just in: A Girl's First Blade(s) - 1

    Regular readers will recall that I wondered several weeks ago what sort of knife to get my daughter for her 10-year birthday.

    It's a rite of passage in my family that a pocketknife is gifted on the 10th birthday. I had no trouble finding knives for my twin boys three years ago, but girls are simply different, and I asked your opinion on the sort of blades to give.

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  • February 25, 2014

    Video: Scientists Create Super Strong Artificial Muscles from Fishing Line - 0

    Scientists have discovered a new way to make artificial muscles from doing something every angler has done at least once in his life: twisting fishing line.

    This video from the University of Texas at Dallas shows how tightly wound fishing line reacts like a muscle when exposed to heat. The line contracts when heated; relaxes when cooled. This discovery could be the foundation for material used in prosthetic limbs, implanted medical devices, wearable clothing, and window blinds that react to changing temperatures.  [ Read Full Post ]

  • February 25, 2014

    Do Predator Scents Really Work? - 1

    Deploying scents to fool predators isn’t a new idea—after all, wolfers in the 19th century used woodsmoke to cover their ripe body odor—but a new crop of commercial scents adds rabbit urine, fox pee, putrid meat, and even incense to your coyote-hunting arsenal.

    The question is, do these products work? I am a skeptic when it comes to relying on anything besides a good call and sometimes a decoy in my predator sets, but my field tests revealed that some of these products can increase your odds of success if you use them correctly and with restraint. [ Read Full Post ]