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

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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.

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  • July 7, 2014

    Rebel MicroCritters: A Safer Topwater Bait - 0

    When my church resumes its Fishing Faith and Fun youth clinics in January, one of the basic points that program director Campbell Middlebrooks and his team will stress to beginners is to mash down barbs.

    Flattening the part of the hook that helps keep fish buttoned up is a good way to help ensure the safety of young anglers and a safe release for the fish. [ Read Full Post ]

  • July 7, 2014

    Tip for Dog Owners: Beware the Brown Recluse - 0

    Gun dog owners know that flea and tick season starts up in early spring, and by July both populations are in full swing. A preventative measure, such as a flea/tick collar or topical applicant, is a must. This year however, it seems higher-than-average rainfall in parts of the country has contributed to a booming brown recluse population.

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  • July 7, 2014

    Are Stripers on the Brink Again? - 2

    Photo by: Ruben Perez

    Atlantic striped bass stocks may be in trouble again, as they were in the early ’80s. Then, the Atlantic Striped Bass Conservation Act (1984) established a unique state-based, federally backed management regime that successfully rebuilt depleted populations. But now, spawning stock numbers have been in slow decline again since reaching an astronomical level in 2004. [ Read Full Post ]

  • July 7, 2014

    Video: Backcountry Hunter Gets Extremely Close to Curious Deer - 0

    Check out this recently uploaded YouTube video of hunter Travis Schneider playing hide-and-seek with a buck and a doe. 

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  • July 7, 2014

    How Public Funds Benefit Shooters - 1

    The Pittman-Robertson Act was signed into law by President Franklin Roosevelt in 1937 and has been a main engine for funding wildlife conservation in the United States. The PR Act, as it is known, levies a 10 to 11 percent tax on the sale of ammunition, firearms, and outdoors equipment, and has garnered more than $2 billion since its inception. Not all sportsmen realize, however, that PR funds also go toward hunter education and, by extension, toward public shooting ranges.

    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has allocated more than $138 million from PR tax revenues this year to states to expand hunter-ed and shooting opportunities.

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  • July 3, 2014

    Survival Skills: Find Wild Edible Plants, Worldwide - 2

    Wherever your travels might take you around the globe, remember that many common wild edible plants have also gone global over the past few centuries. Some plants were carried to new continents because of their valuable edible and medicinal properties. Other plants have inadvertently tagged along with travelers and established themselves as invasive weeds in new lands. However the plants have spread, familiar edibles can now be found far from their places of origin. [ Read Full Post ]

  • July 3, 2014

    Bowhunting Prep: Proper Head Position - 0

    Here's a finer point of shooting form that often gets missed: is your chin level at full draw? Take a couple shots and have a buddy watch you draw and shoot. If you have to move around to find your peep site or if your chin isn't level at full draw … it's time to move that peep site or evaluate the overall fit of your bow. 

    If you want to consistently shoot tight groups, you have to practice repeatable form, and that includes your noggin.

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  • July 3, 2014

    Beat the Heat for Big Summer Brown Trout - 0

    Some anglers are leaving warming rivers behind, but the trout are still feeding there. To have success in summer, you just need to understand a few subtleties.

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  • July 3, 2014

    Whitetails: 2 Tactics for Summer Scouting - 0

    1) Deer Espionage: Before visiting any hunting area, foreign or familiar, use Google Earth to learn its basics: boundaries, terrain features, hidden openings, and land-use patterns of the neighbors. Satellite views reveal subtle funnels and trails, and you might even discover features like adjacent crop fields that influence herd movement.

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  • July 3, 2014

    USFWS 2014 Survey Reports Increase in Total Duck Population - 0

    The much-anticipated U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service report on 2014 Trends in Duck Breeding Populations is in, and the news bodes well for waterfowlers.

    The survey estimates an 8 percent increase in breeding duck populations — the preliminary estimate for total duck population is 49.2 million, up almost four million from last year. [ Read Full Post ]

  • July 2, 2014

    Survival Skills: Smoking Meat and Fish for Flavor and Preservation - 0

    Smoking meat and fish can produce some remarkably flavorful results, and it can be done without much in the way of modern conveniences. Smoking can also be used in conjunction with drying to save and preserve your meats and fish, all without the need for electricity or special equipment.

    There are two traditional ways to smoke fish and other foods: hot smoking and cold smoking. Either can be performed with the same meats and the same apparatus, the only difference being the amount of heat used. [ Read Full Post ]

  • July 2, 2014

    A Bigger Boat - 0

    Illustrations by: Pat Kinsella

    Seated comfortably in my friend Dave’s sleek little 13-foot fishing boat, we left the dock on a calm day full of blue water, blue sky, and even some picturesque white clouds towering far to the north.

    I was there to fish, of course, but also to photograph the excursion, so I was particularly pleased with the clouds. In fact, my only concern was Dave’s mushy speculation about the best area for us to go to in search of fat walleyes. “I’ve got this feeling they’ll be hanging out at the upper end of The Narrows,” he muttered. I vaguely remembered that the lake was still a river at The Narrows.

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  • July 2, 2014

    Essential Outdoor Skill: Fillet Panfish - 0

    Ever fillet a mess of panfish and end up an hour later with nothing more than a meager handful of meat? Create sweet and sizable fillets quickly with this simple technique.

    1. Scale the fish. This preserves meat, is faster than skinning later, and improves taste because the skin is full of flavor. [ Read Full Post ]

  • July 2, 2014

    Guest Post: Maine Bear Hunting Referendum – A Call to Action - 0

    Editor's Note: David Trahan is the Executive Director of the Sportsman's Alliance of Maine and formerly served in the state legislature for 12 years. 

    This fall Maine hunters will face a referendum vote that could ban hunting black bears with hounds, hunting them over bait, and trapping. In part, we're facing the vote because of a decision I made last year.

    In May of 2013, five Humane Society of the United States employees, including their Washington D.C. liaison, summoned me and Don Kliener, head of the Maine Professional Guides Association, to an impromptu meeting just prior to a public hearing on legislation LD 1474. It was a bill to ban hounding and trapping of bears in Maine.

    They delivered this ultimatum: “We have $3 million, and polling data that says we can win a bear referendum in Maine. If the Sportsman's Alliance of Maine will support LD 1474, HSUS will not submit a referendum to ban trapping and hounding. If the Alliance doesn’t support LD 1474, HSUS will add baiting to our bill, and go to referendum, and Mainers will likely lose baiting, hounding, and trapping.” 

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  • July 1, 2014

    Video: Small Shark "Attacks" Snorkler - 0

    The attacker was so tiny the incident was laughable.

    A snorkeler known only as Carlos was beset by a small shark in this newly viral video, reports the Huffington Post. Carlos and his friends were snorkeling at an unknown location when a shark chomped into his swim trunks. The tiny predator refuses to let go and even fights for a better grip. The group can be heard laughing in the video as Carlos tries to remove the shark, which he only achieves by exiting the water. [ Read Full Post ]