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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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  • April 9, 2014

    Video: A 2,500-Yard Shot with .338 Lapua - 0

    This video was uploaded to YouTube last year by 1Grizzman and is starting to catch some attention. It's a pretty cool demonstration of how the right long-range gear mixed with the proper know-how can produce impressive results.

    According to the video, the shot was made from 2,530 yards, or about 1.43 miles. [ Read Full Post ]

  • April 9, 2014

    Brutal Winter Causes Fish Kills and Postpones Planned Elk Hunt in Wisconsin - 0

    This year’s brutal winter might finally be winding down, but it looks like we’re stuck dealing with the aftermath for months to come. The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources announced today that an extended ice cover will likely cause a surge of fish kills this year. Officials also decided to push back the state’s first regulated elk hunt by at least one more year after discovering winter-related deaths among its herd. [ Read Full Post ]

  • April 9, 2014

    Survival Gear Review: The SOG Tactical Tomahawk - 2

    For centuries, tomahawk-style axes have been a feared armament on battlefields. From Vikings and pre-contact Native Americans, to modern soldiers in the Vietnam War, diverse peoples have used the tomahawk as a devastating weapon. And just as the simple hand-held knife is still carried by today’s soldiers, so to is the tomahawk. [ Read Full Post ]

  • April 9, 2014

    DIY Project: Build a Cabin for Less Than $2,000 - 1

    Illustration by Kagan McLeod

    It ain’t the Ritz, but it’ll be a place to warm your bones. [ Read Full Post ]

  • April 9, 2014

    Confessions of a Sharpshooter: How a Deer Cull Actually Works - 4

    The last place you would expect to see an animal rights group is protesting alongside a hunters’ rights group, but that’s exactly what is happening on Long Island’s East End. When town, state, and federal authorities announced the plan to remove as many as 3,000 deer from the local population, it polarized the community—and created unlikely allies. This is the first landscape-level cull in the region, and it has certainly garnered its share of opposition.

    Local sportsmen were outraged over the use of hired guns to manage the local whitetail population. As with a lot of areas, access for hunters is extremely limited on Long Island. Now taxpayers are going to fund a service that hunters would happily provide for free?

    Not surprisingly, local animal rights groups were equally opposed. Their protests and petitions started almost immediately. Senators were called, local officials were inundated with requests to stop the impending actions. Many questioned the biological implications of removing so many deer, as they are a keystone species. Mostly, though, the animal rights groups just didn’t want to see that many deer die.

    But before you applaud or admonish a deer cull, it’s important to first know how these things actually work. That’s where I come in. As a wildlife specialist for USDA Wildlife Services, I participated in three deer culls over five years.  [ Read Full Post ]

  • April 8, 2014

    Giant, Man-Eating Crocodile Captured in Uganda - 1

    A crocodile that has been blamed for killing four people on Lake Victoria in Uganda has been captured and if reports are correct, the beast could be the largest of its kind in captivity.

    According to Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) Sulani Tumanya the behemoth weighs more than a ton (about 2,300 pounds) and measures 18 feet in length, according to the New Zealand Herald. The previous record holder for largest known crocodile was a 21-foot-long, 1-ton saltwater crocodile named Lolong. That beast was captured in the Philippines and died at the age of 50 just last year. [ Read Full Post ]

  • April 8, 2014

    Essential Outdoor Skill: Dial in Your Deer - 1

    Trail camera and photos courtesy of Bushnell

    One of the best ways to learn individual bucks’ travel patterns and habits is to organize and study your trail-camera photos—but there are some tricks to keeping all the information straight. Start by giving photos of each buck that meets your harvest criteria a unique file name that includes the buck’s ID (e.g., “Wide Eight”), the date and time each photo was taken, and the camera location (e.g., “Creek Crossing”). This enables you to easily locate all the photos you have of an individual deer. [ Read Full Post ]

  • April 8, 2014

    Video: Alligator Killed by Electric Eel - 0

    It was a true rumble in the jungle when a caiman (member of the crocodile family) took on an electric eel in the Amazon backcountry of South America.

    The result of the conflict is shocking! [ Read Full Post ]

  • April 8, 2014

    Discussion with Sally Jewell: Conservation, Land Access, and Recruiting New Hunters - 0

    It’s not every day that you get an invitation to spend time with a Cabinet member. But last month, I got the chance to talk with Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell about conservation, access, and the imperative to bring new folks into our hunting and fishing ranks.

    Here are some highlights of the conversation, which included folks from Boone & Crockett Club, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership, Montana Wildlife Federation, Backcountry Hunters & Anglers, and Trout Unlimited.

    We first discussed the importance of access to public lands. RMEF's David Allen spoke of the need to ensure that the Land & Water Conservation Fund was reauthorized and fully funded. He thanked Secretary Jewell for the President’s budget, which for the first time, includes full funding for the LWCF. That’s $900 million from offshore oil and gas leasing, not tax dollars. All of the groups around the table understand what the LWCF does for hunters and anglers. Nobody balked when the Secretary asked for help getting the President’s budget implemented as it relates to the LWCF. [ Read Full Post ]

  • April 7, 2014

    7 Ways The Buddy System Can Keep You Alive - 1

    It’s always more fun to go on outdoor adventures with a friend or family member, but did you know that it’s also much safer? Heading out by yourself can be a great respite from the everyday cares of the world, but a solo emergency situation is not so nice. The buddy system is a common procedure in which two people, the "buddies," work together for mutual benefit and operate together as a two-person team. Here are seven good reasons to never go in alone. [ Read Full Post ]

  • April 7, 2014

    Using Laser Sights for Handguns - 0

    Photo courtesy of Crimson Trace

    Twenty years ago, laser sighting systems on handguns were expensive and unreliable novelty items. Today, thanks to technological advances, 
they are in common use among law enforcement and military personnel, as well as civilians who carry a handgun for personal protection. [ Read Full Post ]

  • April 7, 2014

    South Carolina's Controversial Cormorant Hunt Culls 11K Birds - 3

    More than 1,000 South Carolina hunters received special permits this winter to hunt double-crested cormorants on two lakes in the east-central part of the state. In the span of just one month, hunters harvested 11,653 of the fish-eating birds. One hunter alone reported killing 278 birds, according to The State newspaper.

    Local anglers requested state action to quell the rising numbers of cormorants, which they say eat enough baitfish to negatively impact game fish populations. The South Carolina Department of Natural Resources responded by introducing a special hunting program this year on Lake Marion and Lake Moultrie. [ Read Full Post ]

  • April 7, 2014

    Tips for Buying a New ATV - 2

    An all-terrain vehicle (ATV) is one of the best ways for people to traverse tough terrain and haul hunting gear. If you’re planning on buying one, have an honest conversation with yourself about your riding skills and how you’ll be using your ATV before you visit an ATV dealer.

    Manufacturers pack plenty of power, convenience – like power steering – and thrills into machines that satisfy a user’s need for speed. They like to highlight the horsepower of an engine, but you should focus on buying a machine that meets your needs and won’t break your budget. For example, if you’re looking specifically for a hunting rig, an ATV that runs quietly and smoothly might be more useful than a super-fast machine. [ Read Full Post ]

  • April 7, 2014

    How to Make a Knife from Flint Rock - 0

    Should you find yourself in need of a sharp edge, whether to cut a rope, skin a critter, or whittle friction fire-making tools, the basic ingredients required to make one can be found in most wilderness areas of the country. [ Read Full Post ]

  • April 7, 2014

    DIY Project: Brew the Best Bear Bait - 0

    Photo by Brian Klutch

    Take a trip to your local sporting goods store and you’ll see that there is no shortage of commercial bear bait available. Problem is, everyone uses that stuff. If you want to draw bears to your stand, you need to stand out in the woods.

    Bears do love their sweets, but you need to appeal to their noses from miles away, and sweets won’t do that. To make a surefire concoction that will draw bears, all you need is a plastic bucket, water, and some fish carcasses. (Living in Alaska, I’ve found that salmon works best, but chopped herring does the trick, too.) [ Read Full Post ]