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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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Wyo. Cast and Blast

Wyoming boasts the largest and most widespread populations of sage grouse. So break a sweat hunting them in the morning and cool off in the river after lunch by fishing for monster trout.
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Survival Gear


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.

Survival Skills


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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  • July 17, 2014

    ICAST 2014: Hobie Pro Angler 17T - 0

    When is a kayak really not a kayak? When it's Hobie's new Pro Angler 17T. This tandem boat sports more features than an Escalade. Watch the video to get the scoop on an all-out fishing machine.

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  • July 17, 2014

    ICAST 2014: Abu Garcia Revo Beast - 0

    Built to throw large baits, Abu Garcia's Revo Beast was chosen as the best new freshwater reel at ICAST 2014. Product engineer Andrew Wheeler provides a first look at one cool reel in this video.

  • July 17, 2014

    Grouse Hunting Tips: 6 Ways to Get More Early-Season Birds - 1

    Photo by Mitch Kezar/Windigo Images

    I saw it weave left, slip right, then disappear through the auburn treetops. It’s not often you get such a clear look at an escaping grouse during the early weeks of the season, but there I was, frozen as the bird slipped through the prettiest shooting lane I’d see on the entire trip. I never pulled the trigger.

    My excuse was that I didn’t want to shoot a bird that hadn’t been pointed by the dog. The embarrassing reality is that I’d been caught off guard. It was my first grouse hunt, and I wasn’t prepared for the surprise of the flush. That was a tough lesson, but it wasn’t the only one I learned during that trip to the hallowed grouse and woodcock coverts of Wisconsin’s north country. Here are some more hits and misses that, if you’ll consider before you reach the woods, should help you bag more early-season birds. [ Read Full Post ]

  • July 17, 2014

    Survival Skills: 5 Survival Tricks Your Kids Should Know - 1

    Many outdoor activities often take place during the peak of summer. And as families go camping, hiking, fishing, and living-it-up in the outdoors, their risk of entering a survival situation goes up as well. As a caring and responsible parent, it’s your job to prepare the kids as best you can, in case they get lost or get stuck out overnight. Here are five things your kids should know to do if they get into trouble outdoors this summer. [ Read Full Post ]

  • July 17, 2014

    Win a World-Class Elk Hunt - 0

    This fall, Outdoor Life will send two readers on the elk hunt of a lifetime, for a trophy bull and a cow on New Mexico’s legendary Vermejo Park Ranch. This is no ordinary property. Owned by Ted Turner, the 584,000-acre Vermejo is managed for wildlife, especially trophy bull elk.

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  • July 17, 2014

    Video: "Shark" Sighting in Lake Ontario Revealed as Shark Week Hoax - 0

    Strange things were afoot…errr, a fin…in Lake Ontario.

    A video posted to You Tube last week, allegedly shot on Wolfe Island, where the St. Lawrence River meets Lake Ontario, shows three anglers responding to a mystery fish breaching near a dock. The fish is gray in color, rather large, and has a prominent dorsal fin. The latter characteristic caused many to cry shark.

    That is, until Bell Media announced the video was staged to build hype for the Discovery Canada's already wildly popular Shark Week programming. The animal in the video was actually a prosthetic model shark.

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  • July 17, 2014

    Video: Pennsylvania Game Commission Fits Elk with Camera Collar - 0

    The Pennsylvania Game Commission has collared a cow elk with a video camera, hoping the elk-eye view will provide insight into the cervid's habitat preferences and cow-to-calf interactions.

    While tracking animals for research is nothing new, this video offers a great inside look at how researchers handle the whole darting and collaring process. Elk biologist Jeremy Banfield also notes in the video that, to his knowledge, this is the first time an elk has been outfitted with a video camera.

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  • July 16, 2014

    ICAST 2014: Seaguar Pink Label Fluorocarbon - 0

  • July 16, 2014

    ICAST 2014: Columbia Solar Camo Shirt - 0

    Columbia Sportswear continues its leadership position in the world of [ Read Full Post ]

  • July 16, 2014

    Grand Slam New Mexico: Win a Trophy Elk Hunt for Two - 0

    Who taught you to hunt? Was it a parent or a grandparent? Maybe it was an older sibling or a close family friend.

    Most of us were lucky enough to learn the outdoors from a mentor who spent countless hours coaching us in the field. To celebrate that tradition of sharing experience and know-how with new generations of hunters, Outdoor Life created its latest Grand Slam Adventure.


    If you’ve got a mentor in mind, or you’re teaching a beginning hunter yourself, OL wants to send you on the hunt of a lifetime. All you have to do is tell us how you introduced a hunter to the sport, or tell us who trained you. If your essay is selected, you and your hunting partner will win a trip to New Mexico for a trophy elk hunt this November.

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  • July 16, 2014

    ICAST 2014 New Fishing Lures: Nichols Mega Spoon - 0

    After an overwhelming response from anglers at Kentucky Lake, the Nichols Mega Spoon has garnered attention across the fishing community. [ Read Full Post ]

  • July 16, 2014

    ICAST 2014 New Fishing Lures: Live Target's The Yearling - 0

    Ultra-realistic Live Target lures have been an ICAST hit for the past several years and 2014 is no different. Grant Koppers, the mastermind behind Live Target, explains why The Yearling may be their best ever. [ Read Full Post ]

  • July 16, 2014

    Five Tips For Hunting With a GoPro Camera - 0

    Last spring I had a chance to hunt turkeys in Nebraska with Cabela's, Camp Chef, and GoPro (this was a joint adventure with some of the Field & Streamers). I'd hunted and fished with GoPro cameras before, but this trip was the first time I receieved a tutorial on how to most effectively shoot with the little guys (we were using the Hero 3+). 

    But before we get into shooting tips, here's a quick video from our hunt, shot and edited in signature GoPro-style (the footage was recorded by GoPro's Damon Jones, Field & Stream's Dave Hurteau, and myself).

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  • July 15, 2014

    ICAST 2014 New Fishing Lures: Biwaa Swimpike - 0

    Born in France, Biwaa lures have been a hit from conception. These custom lures are making their State-side debut at ICAST 2014. [ Read Full Post ]

  • July 15, 2014

    Rifle Review: Colt M2012 - 3

    Photos by: Rab Cummings

    The Colt M2012 is a gentleman’s tactical rifle. You probably didn’t realize that was an official class of firearm. Well, neither did I until I shot the Colt and made it up. The term fits, though.

    The rifle straddles the hunting and tactical worlds, which in itself isn’t unique, but it happens to do so with unusually elegant looks. The M2012 is made for Colt by Cooper Firearms in Stevensville, Mont., and it bears the unmistakable mark of Cooper’s craftsmen.

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