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

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  • July 15, 2014

    Wyoming CWD Study Offers Encouraging News for Elk - 0

    A new decade-long study recently released by the Wyoming Game and Fish Department and the University of Wyoming suggests chronic wasting disease in elk may not be as bad as originally thought.

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  • July 15, 2014

    How to Balance Your Hunting Bow - 0

    Sure, it'd be great to achieve target-bow balance with your hunting bow -- dead center left to right and tipping forward to about 45 degrees -- but that's not practical, or necessary, for most hunting scenarios. 

    Here's Larry Wise's solution... 

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  • July 15, 2014

    The Safari Rifle Challenge - 4

    There’s really no logical reason for anyone to shoot dangerous game rifles for fun. They bruise your shoulders, batter your trigger finger, induce headaches worthy of the most enthusiastic bourbon binge, and drain your wallet with every boom. Other than when employed for their intended use, about the only thing they are good for is checking the quality of your dental work.

    And yet I found myself making the 450-mile drive to Libby, Montana, this last weekend to shoot a .416 Rigby just, well, because. The Safari Rifle Challenge has been held at the Libby Shooting Sports Complex the past four years and attracted more than 60 shooters from all over the country.

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  • July 15, 2014

    Bowhunting for Elk: Focus on the Cows - 0

    Photo by: Mark Raycroft

    Savvy bowhunters know that in order to score early, they need to decipher what they are witnessing when glassing elk from afar. Like other ungulates, bull elk form bachelor groups and summer together in areas that provide ample feed as they bulk up for the rut and the winter ahead. And like their whitetail cousins, elk will often feed and lounge in full view of large meadows and open slopes. But getting within bow range of a bachelor herd is almost unheard of. However, if you can find a herd of late-summer cows and calves, there’s a good chance a bull is camped nearby. 

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  • July 14, 2014

    Training For a Western Hunt: The Gear, Shooting, and Conditioning You Need - 0

    I've got three Western hunts coming up this season - all in backcountry settings. All involve rugged terrain. Each can necessitate precision shooting. And every one includes the wild, on-the-edge adventure that outdoorsmen live for. Best of all, they are possible for everyone – including you – to pull off.

    The first is a deep wilderness elk hunt on horseback. Dark-timbered slopes, 13,000 foot peaks, and the haunting bugle of a bull elk included. [ Read Full Post ]

  • July 14, 2014

    Survival Skills: 3 Ways to Make a Better Signal Fire - 0

    I probably don’t have to tell you that fire is a significant element in a survival situation. We all know that it cooks food, boils water, provides warmth and light. Fire is also one of the better methods of primitive signaling. The light of your fire and the accompanying smoke can work as a signal both day and night. But is your signal fire adequate? Use these three tricks to make your fire work even harder as an emergency signal. [ Read Full Post ]

  • July 14, 2014

    Video: Utah Officials Restock Remote Lakes by Plane - 0

    It’s raining fish in Utah. In order to restock lakes inaccessible by truck or car, wildlife officials replenish fish populations by dumping them from low-flying aircraft.

    This may not be news to some, but Kamas State Fish Hatchery supervisor Ted Hallows released new GoPro footage showing the stocking process.

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  • July 14, 2014

    Micro Manager: What's Worked, What Hasn't - 1

    After nearly four months of work on Noah's Farm, I figured it's time for a little update on how the work is coming along, and unveil a few of the results of the work that's been completed.

    First, a bit of a recap.

    Late last summer, I bought 17 acres of vacant land in southern Michigan. The ground, best I can tell, has never been farmed. It's an interesting mix of topography consisting of roughly 30 percent standing timber, 40 percent upland-like habitat and the remaining 30 percent in scattered brush.

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  • July 14, 2014

    How Much is Your Hunting Dog Worth? - 10

    Our hunting dogs mean everything to us. But how much is one worth? How much could you get for yours if someone shot it dead? 

    Well, in Lincoln County, Arkansas, hunting dogs are serious business. In March, a jury awarded a man $145,000 for his treeing Walker when it was shot dead while on the hunt. The dog was reportedly worth $10,000, but personal injury, destruction of property and punitive damages racked up the remainder of ruling.

    According to documents:

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  • July 11, 2014

    Montana Shortens, Closes Much of its Sage Grouse Season - 0

    Citing widespread precipitous declines in sage grouse populations across much of the prairie birds’ core habitat, Montana this week closed hunting across a wide swath of the state and shortened the season elsewhere.

    Montana’s Fish, Wildlife & Parks Commission heard testimony from hunting advocates, who reasoned that the small mortality caused by hunters is outweighed by the attention and conservation that license-buyers devote to the imperiled bird and its habitat. In the end, the commission voted to leave some parts of the state open to limited grouse hunting, but closed all hunting in the southeastern portion of the state. [ Read Full Post ]

  • July 11, 2014

    Northwest Timber Companies Impose Sportsmen Access Fees - 3

    Photo by USFWS

    I don't like sitting on important stories.

    As a journalist, it's my job to get the news out as soon as it can be validated and substantiated. But I have a confession to make: There's a bit of news coming out of Washington state that I've kept to myself for a few days.

    I’ve been waiting. Waiting for phone calls to be returned. Waiting for something further to develop. Waiting to make sure I presented the issue properly. Because this is a story that truly has two sides. And two sides to each of those sides. [ Read Full Post ]

  • July 11, 2014

    Cast and Blast: Sage Grouse Hunting and Trout Fishing in Wyoming - 0

  • July 11, 2014

    Survival Gear Review: Eton FRX1 Emergency Radio - 0

    Since most natural disasters give us very little notice, staying on top of current events and warnings can be vital to your family’s safety. Even the one-way communications from a radio can provide life-saving information, such as evacuation orders, instructions to seek shelter, and other critical directions. It turns out that a small emergency radio can be huge asset to you and your family, and the Eton FRX1 is the most affordable one that I have found. Before hurricane season really gets rolling, here’s why you should consider adding this small and inexpensive device to your preparedness supplies.  [ Read Full Post ]

  • July 11, 2014

    Whitetails: Where Are All The Fawns - 1

    CC image from Flickr

    Following last winter’s historically significant weather conditions, it’s only natural that hunters in the Upper Midwest and Northeast begin searching for some sign of their deer herd’s health. Right around now, that usually means fawn sightings. Although anecdotal information abounds, there is very little hardcore evidence available as of yet in order to reach any conclusions about fawn recruitment. And I’m here to tell you not to jump to any premature conclusions. [ Read Full Post ]

  • July 11, 2014

    Huge Cubera Snapper Could Shatter Alabama State Record - 0

    A thirty-minute fight with a monster cubera snapper off the coast of Alabama may result in a new state record.

    Brett Rutledge and David Simms were trolling with live hardtail for mackerel in 170 feet of water about 40 miles off of Dauphin Island when something big hit one of the lines. Rutledge immediately grabbed the Shimano Speedmaster reel spooled with 30-pound-test monofilament line and commenced to fighting whatever was on the other end.

    "At first I thought it was a big amberjack because I'd caught quite a few jacks earlier. But when it ran away from the wreck we were fishing, I immediately thought it was a shark," Rutledge told

    "Then I got a visual on it and told David, 'Get the gaff!'"

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