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

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Ice Capades

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

Ice Capades

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  • April 7, 2014

    Texas "Chupacabra" Euthanized, No DNA Tests Planned - 3

    It seems the tale of Chupie, a chupacabra-like creature that was captured in Texas last week, has come to an end.

    Jackie Stock and her husband, Arlen Parma, — the couple that caught the critter — decided to put Chupie down after they were convinced he was a raccoon suffering from mange. [ Read Full Post ]

  • April 7, 2014

    Gear Test: 9 Top Fishing Shoes - 3

    Photo by Ralph Smith

    Once upon a time, if you had plans to spend time on a boat—say, for instance, a years-long voyage to a distant port in a faraway land—your footwear choices were limited to whatever crudely fashioned leather options were being peddled by the local ship chandler.

    Lucky for the modern fisherman, nautical footwear has come a long way since then, and it's become highly specialized, too: There's a shoe for nearly every angling endeavor.

    [ Read Full Post ]

  • April 4, 2014

    5 Reasons to Stock Honey as a Survival Food - 0

    Just because honey is one of humanity’s oldest sweet treats, doesn’t mean it’s an outdated relic. It’s a top-choice food item for preppers and survivalists to stock in their emergency food stores. Here are five good reasons to join Pooh bear on the honey band wagon. [ Read Full Post ]

  • April 4, 2014

    Bob Costas' Losing Bet on Guns - 5

    Bob Costas once again waded into the gun control debate, this time voicing a curious and ill-informed opinion on late-night television. According to Politico, Costas wants to make a wager on whether athletes owning guns causes more harm than good.

    In a discussion with “Late Night” host Seth Meyers, Costas said:
    “Let's make a bet, you and me. Let's say over the next five years we'll do a Google search. We'll have an independent party monitor it. You keep track of how many good and constructive things are associated with athletes having a gun, and I'll keep track of all the tragedies and criminality and folly. And let's see who comes out ahead or behind as the case may be.“ [ Read Full Post ]

  • April 4, 2014

    Video: Bird Goes Fishing with Piece of Bread - 0

    I know I’m not the first to notice green herons employing actual “fishing” tactics. Nevertheless, this avian angler’s ability to identify tools and tactics for its pursuit never ceases to fascinate me. I watched a green heron stroll right up to where I was chumming bluegill with chunks of sliced bread, confiscate a chunk for his own baiting, and then use the bread to lure a fish into snaring range. (I also caught fish that day. I’m just sayin’.)

    Anyway, what I think is interesting is that although we like to imply that birds are mimicking us, we anglers can take a very clear lesson from the bird. Simply put: fish with what they’re eating. When it comes to lures and baits, diversity is good, experimentation helpful; but mimicking the real deal never loses its wisdom. [ Read Full Post ]

  • April 4, 2014

    River Monsters Sneak Peek: Jeremy Wade vs Piraiba Catfish - 0

    Jeremy Wade stopped by the Outdoor Life office this week while making the media rounds to promote his new season of River Monsters (it premieres April 6, 9 p.m. ET on Animal Planet).

    Unlike a lot of fishing shows out there, people who fish can actually watch River Monsters without too many eye-rolls (it seems most of the other fishing shows on major cable networks are made for people who've never stepped foot in a boat). Sure, the show plays up plenty of dramatic angles, but at least Wade is a real, hardcore fisherman. [ Read Full Post ]

  • April 3, 2014

    Texas Man Claims to Have Caught a Live Chupacabra - 5

    There have been plenty of chupacabra claims in the last few years, but now a couple from Texas thinks they've caught a live one.

    Jackie Stock said her husband captured the animal on their property in Ratcliffe, Texas on Sunday.

    "He called me to come and look, and I said 'Bubba that looks like a baby chupacabra,'" Stock told

    Arlen Parma, a Ratcliffe resident and long-time raccoon hunter is convinced the critter is not a mangy raccoon because of its unique growl. [ Read Full Post ]

  • April 3, 2014

    Ultimate DIY Guide - 0

    Learn how to make fire in a can and 50 other essential skills, inspired projects, and clever hacks to improve your outdoor life. [ Read Full Post ]

  • April 3, 2014

    DIY Project: Train a Dog to Hunt Sheds - 0

    Photo by Vincent Soyez [ Read Full Post ]

  • April 3, 2014

    Illinois School Rewrites 2nd Amendment in Workbook - 6

    When Rich Kinison's son showed him his U.S. Constitution workbook, Kinison couldn't believe the nonsense he was reading was actually being taught at Grant Middle School in Springfield, Ill., and, presumably, at other junior high schools across the state and the nation.

    In explaining the Second Amendment to the Bill of Rights, the workbook states in clear black-and-white: “This amendment states that people have the right to certain weapons, providing that they register them and they have not been in prison. The founding fathers included this amendment to prevent the United States from acting like the British who had tried to take weapons away from the colonists.” [ Read Full Post ]

  • April 3, 2014

    Essential Outdoor Skill: Case Skin a ’Coon - 0

    Photo by Alamy

    Hang the raccoon by one of its back legs. Make an incision on the other back leg just above the heel and slit all the way to the anus. Repeat on the other leg. Go back to both heels and cut completely around the leg. Pull and cut the skin off the legs. [ Read Full Post ]

  • April 3, 2014

    Essential Outdoor Skill: Condition Your Boots - 0

    Photo by Alamy

    Neglected boot leather dries, cracks, stiffens, and chafes your feet, leading to blisters. Here’s how to condition leather boots easily and naturally. [ Read Full Post ]

  • April 3, 2014

    Essential Outdoor Skill: Make an Underhand Cast - 0

    An underhand cast is the best way to present a bait with precision. Here’s how to do it.

    1. Allow your bait to hang a few inches from the rod tip.

    2. With your casting elbow close to your body, stand at about a 45-degree angle to the intended target. [ Read Full Post ]

  • April 3, 2014

    Essential Outdoor Skill: Hook More Fish - 0

    With Exposed Hooks (e.g., jigs, topwaters, jerkbaits)
    Most missed sets with exposed hooks are a result of yanking. When a fish strikes, it turns away while closing its mouth. To correctly set an exposed hook, apply tension to the line and steadily pull away from the fish. [ Read Full Post ]

  • April 3, 2014

    Essential Outdoor Skill: Check an Arrow for Straightness - 0

    One knock against aluminum arrows is that they bend too easily. Most archers wrongly assume carbon arrows are resistant to bending. Here’s how to spin-check them.

    1. With your hand open and facing up, place a field-point-equipped arrow in your palm tip-down. [ Read Full Post ]