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A Cut Above

Axes and hatchets are among man's oldest and most versatile tools. From splitting firewood to breaking down an elk, there isn't much these venerable icons of the outdoors can't do.
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Spy Baits

Although the term "spy-baiting" may conjure up all manner of creative connotations, this relatively new finesse tactic for bass is rather simple.
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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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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

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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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  • April 15, 2014

    Spring Fishing Tip: Pester Postspawn Bass for Vicious Strikes - 0

    Sara Palin once said the only difference between a soccer mom and a bulldog is lipstick. Okay, I’m not going political here, but interestingly enough, the former Alaska governor’s meaning actually bears a timeless truism that’ll help you catch more springtime bass.

    Palin referred to a simple principle we should all respect: Don’t mess with the young’ns.

    In the bass world, the males are kind of the soccer moms, at least during the postspawn stage where bucks guarding fry get props for equally fierce dispositions.

    For crappie, bluegill, catfish or anything else with a taste for tiny bass, this means back off.

    For anglers, it means a great opportunity. [ Read Full Post ]


  • April 15, 2014

    Gear Test: 6 Best Rangefinders - 0

    The first range-finders to come to market were cumbersome, complicated, and priced way too high for what you got. Today's models still represent a substantial investment, but you get a lot more for your money. We tested six of the most feature-packed units to see which are most fieldworthy.


    Photo by Nick Ferrari

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  • April 15, 2014

    Huge Wave Nearly Knocks Cod Fishing Crew Off Ship - 0

    Here’s living proof that your job is easy.

    These guys were cod potting, trapping cod in a large netted enclosure or “pot,” in Alaskan waters when a crushing wave throws the full wrath of nature upon them. The men are washed away like some anatomically correct bath toys only to right themselves and get back to work.

    Me?

    I’d be off camera holding on for dear life while crying through every prayer I know.

    Here’s to you cod potters! You’re far tougher men than I am. [ Read Full Post ]


  • April 15, 2014

    Officials to Stop Minnesota Emergency Whitetail Feeding Plan - 0

    In February we wrote about Minnesota’s emergency feeding plan to help the state’s northern whitetails survive harsh winter conditions. Wildlife officials began the first emergency feeding in 18 years amid both support and controversy on March 6. Now officials say this weekend likely marked the last distribution of the season. A long-range forecast predicting warmer temperatures and melting snow in the northern woods should rule out any further need for feeding. [ Read Full Post ]


  • April 15, 2014

    Shooting Tip: Blacken Your Iron Sights With Pitch Pine - 0

    Shooting well with iron sights can be a tricky business, but plenty of big bucks have fallen, numerous battlefields have been claimed, and scores of shooting competitions have been won using good old iron sights.

    Whether you are sighting in a rifle before heading for the woods, or preparing for a competition, this tip will improve your game. [ Read Full Post ]


  • April 15, 2014

    Damage to Washington's Stillaguamish River Could Last for Decades After Mudslide - 0

    The massive mudslide in Washington has done untold ecological damage to Stillaguamish River, one of the best-known salmon and steelhead rivers in the Northwest.

    The most severe damage comes to the river itself. More than 45 miles of the once pristine river is now stained dark from silt. Waters stand almost stagnant as the mudslide formed a dam that blocks water from moving. A pumping system installed to aid in search efforts spews a constant stream of sewage and chemicals escaped from devastated homes and capsized automobiles.  [ Read Full Post ]


  • April 14, 2014

    Video: Monster Bass Crushes Topwater Frog Lure - 0

    Fight the Monday blues by watching this awesome video of a bass launching a vicious topwater strike on this frog lure. We definitely agree with the angler; that's a bass, alright. If this doesn't get you pumped for fishing, we don't know what will. [ Read Full Post ]


  • April 14, 2014

    Survival Tip #11: Pack a BOB for Any Situation - 3

    Editor's Note: This tip comes from our new "Prepare for Anything Survival Manual."

    A BOB (bug-out bag) is a collection of goods that you would need to survive if you had to flee your home with no guarantee of shelter, food, or water during an emergency. Think of the BOB as your survival insurance policy for any disaster or mayhem.

    There may not be one perfect, universally agreed-upon set of equipment, but with a good core set of items (similar to those used in backpacking) you can put together a BOB suited for a wide variety of situations. Most people use either a backpack or a duffle bag as a container for their goods, which should include basic survival essentials and a few irreplaceable items. [ Read Full Post ]


  • April 14, 2014

    Essential Outdoor Skill: Re-Flush a Grouse - 1


    Photo by Alamy

    With the element of surprise on its side, a ruffed grouse often wins its first encounter with a hunter. What you do to find and re-flush that grouse can be the difference between walking home with a heavy game bag and a light one. [ Read Full Post ]


  • April 14, 2014

    Video: Battle Between Lions and Cape Buffalo - 0

    The Kruger Sightings YouTube channel has uploaded another great video of lions squaring off against cape buffalo. This from the video description: "Amazing video of a pride of lions hunting a buffalo, but then a fellow buffalo comes and saves the day … Taken from Ngwenya Lodge outside the Kruger National Park in South Africa."

    Here's hoping you have an easier time hunting down your Monday lunch. [ Read Full Post ]


  • April 14, 2014

    National Whitetail Deer Hunting and Management Survey Results - 0

    From a national perspective, whitetail hunting and management seem to be at a crossroads. Not too many years ago whitetail powerhouse states like Wisconsin, Alabama, and Nebraska were seeing all-time record harvests (2000, 2005, and 2010 respectively) and the Boone and Crockett club had never received more entries. But, now a handful of indicators are suggesting that the deer hunting bubble is about to burst — or maybe that it already has. Increased predator numbers, deer diseases like epizootic hemorrhagic disease and chronic wasting disease, and years of high antlerless harvests have put many deer herds on unstable ground. Hunters from corners of classic whitetail country like Montana's Milk River and the riverbottoms of Illinois have already seen drastic declines in deer numbers over the last few years. Then, several bad EHD outbreaks peppered the nation last summer and a brutal 2013/2014 winter struck much of the Midwest and Northeast. This could spell more bad news for deer hunters this season. [ Read Full Post ]


  • April 14, 2014

    Photo: Massive Bull Shark Caught Off Miami Beach - 0

    An unidentified angler fishing with notorious shark guide Capt. Mark “the Shark” Quartiano has landed a massive bull shark off the coast of Florida.

    Capt. Quartiano stated Friday via Instagram that his client caught the 10-foot, 624-pound shark, “…in 10 feet of water off the Miami Beach hotels!!!” The captain added that the shark’s stomach contained, “1/2 a tarpon, 3 jack crevalles, 1 hawksbill turtle, and 1 permit.” [ Read Full Post ]


  • April 14, 2014

    Fishing Tips: How to Improve Your Hookset - 0

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    When you've been working hard for a strike and then finally feel a fish hit, your instincts will probably cause you to reel in slack and yank back hard on the rod. But by doing so, you're dragging the fish instead of effectively setting the hook.

    So, leave a little slack in the line before you set the hook. This will accelerate your hook faster and drive the hook home better. [ Read Full Post ]


  • April 11, 2014

    How to Fish a Cold Front - 0


    Photo by David J. Sams

    Most fishermen who have chunked a plug have been hamstrung by cold-front conditions. Fish go on a hunger strike on clear, bright, bluebird days after a front passes, turning postcard-perfect weather into hours of sheer frustration. But don't despair. Here's where to find your favorite freshwater prey and coax those tight-lipped fish into the box.

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  • April 11, 2014

    Video: The Ultimate Trout Honey Hole? - 0

    Every trout fisherman dreams of finding a small body of water that holds big fish. This video definitely sets up that illusion, but if you watch closely, you can see that the angler is actually fishing the opening of a bog. You can also see how cautious he is to not fall through while he's fighting the fish.

    The video description says: "The 'pit' is related to the small 'lakes' you see in the video. I can't explain more than that. It's flowing water down there some how…" [ Read Full Post ]


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