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Crossbow Test 2014

Crossbow manufacturers have upped their game, creating new bows that are more ergonomic and easier to cock, shoulder, hold, and carry than their predecessors were. Here's a look at 9 new bows.
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Pre-Rut Strategies

Check out these hard-hitting tactics and setups to help you draw blood long before the rut.
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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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Review: Colt M2012

Shooting Editor John B. Snow puts this beefy, but elegant, precision bolt gun to the test.
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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

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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

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    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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  • July 11, 2014

    Summertime Bass Fishing: How to Catch a Limit in Any Body of Water - 0

    Nothing screams “vacation” louder than a fishing rod, a tackle box, and catching enough fish for dinner. But whether you’re casting from knee-high grass around a farm pond or screaming a boat across a reservoir, hot-weather fishing can be challenging. Birdsong Creek on the southwest side of Kentucky Lake is where I spend many of my dog days, and it features everything your potential hotspot has as well. Here’s how to fish it.

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  • July 11, 2014

    Bowhunting Prep: Fletching Your Arrows - 1

    Time to pick up some new arrows? After visiting the local pro-shop, hunters often start shooting arrows right out of the box. Many don't consider how their new arrows were fletched, or the crucial role those feathers play.

    Bowhunters–especially those who shoot fixed-blade broadheads–have to account for the blades on the front of the arrow and their tendency to steer the shaft. Larry Wise explains how to fletch your arrows to achieve consistent flight and accuracy.

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  • July 10, 2014

    RMEF Opposes Congressman’s Call for Yellowstone Wolf Buffer Zone - 4

    In the latest move to curtail wolf hunting across the country, Oregon Congressman Peter DeFazio–one of the most vocal, influential, and persistent critics of Western wolf management–called for federal intervention to protect gray wolves that range beyond Yellowstone National Park.

    DeFazio claims hunters who harvest wolves outside park boundaries are directly responsible for the recent decline in Yellowstone’s wolf population. To help solve this “problem," he penned a letter to the Department of the Interior requesting the agency coordinate among states to establish a “wolf safety zone” around Yellowstone National Park. The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation responded to DeFazio with a letter of their own.

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  • July 10, 2014

    Video: Massive Shoal of Anchovies Swarms Southern California Coast - 0

    An enormous school of Northern anchovies made its way to the shores of La Jolla, Calif. on Tuesday, stopping passersby in their tracks. The nearby Scripps Insitution of Oceonography noted such a large-scale phenomenon hadn't occurred in the area for more than 30 years. Many onlookers initially mistook the dense school for an oil spill.

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  • July 10, 2014

    How to Be a Better Bowhunter: Train to Hit - 0

    Photo by: Mark Raycroft

    The traits that separate elite bowhunters from the masses are attention to detail and rigorous training. These are year-round archers, and here’s how they push themselves to become deadly hunters. [ Read Full Post ]

  • July 10, 2014

    Survival Skills: 5 Cool Uses for Summer Berries - 2

    My favorite part of summer is the berries. Raspberry, blackberry, black raspberry, wine berry – you name it, I’ll go pick it. And now is the time to begin. The wild ones are coming in now around much of the country. You could just eat them as-is, and be quite happy. But if you come into a wealth of berries, it’s nice to know some other uses for an excess of these sour/sweet gems. These are just five of the things I do with my berries, when I’m not eating them right off the canes. [ Read Full Post ]

  • July 9, 2014

    Missouri Governor Vetoes Bills to Restructure Captive Deer Management - 0

    Governor Jay Nixon of Missouri vetoed two bills Tuesday designed to relabel captive deer as livestock and also transition management of these cervids to the Department of Agriculture. 

    Currently, captive deer are designated as wildlife and monitored by the Department of Conservation. The agency has called for tighter regulations on high-fence hunting preserves to reduce the spread of CWD. Nixon's move has temporarily stymied the heated debate between the Conservation Department and Missouri deer farmers, who allege they are struggling to stay in business.

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  • July 9, 2014

    Kid-Friendly States: 5 Affordable Places to Take a Child Hunting - 2

    I love Montana for its outdoor opportunities. But when it comes to accommodating youth hunters, my home state could learn a thing or two. Just ask my son, Jack, who wants nothing more than to stalk deer and elk but needs to wait another year until he turns 12 to do it here at home. Fortunately, several states understand that recruiting new hunters is critical and have taken steps to make it happen.

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