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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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Ultimate DIY Guide

Learn how to make fire in a can and 50 other essential skills, inspired projects, and clever hacks to improve your outdoor life.
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Stalking big game with a speargun below the ocean's surface requires the mettle to go after fish in their own murky, dangerous habitat.
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  • April 3, 2014

    Essential Outdoor Skill: Set a Deer Decoy - 0

    Photo courtesy of Primos Hunting

    Deer decoys work best during the pre-rut and rut, when bucks are more visible than they are later in the season. When possible, set the decoy on a rise that’s visible from many travel routes. Cater your setup to the whitetails in your area. If there aren’t any 160-inch bucks around, placing trophy antlers on your decoy isn’t a good idea. [ Read Full Post ]

  • April 3, 2014

    Essential Outdoor Skill: Fine-Tune Your Troll - 0

    Successful walleye trolling requires careful boat and speed control, especially if you’re trolling with weighted rigs, which run deeper when pulled slower and shallower when pulled faster. You can ballpark your trolling speed with a gas kicker or electric trolling motor. To fine-tune it or work in subtle speed changes, use some of these tricks. [ Read Full Post ]

  • April 3, 2014

    Ultimate Outdoor Hack: Call Bull Elk - 0

    Photo by Luke Nilsson

    Gas funnels of yesteryear aren’t the same as those manufactured today. They were large galvanized metal contraptions farmers and ranchers used to pour fuel and oil into tractors and other equipment. But if you can get your hands on one—and combine it with a good diaphragm call—you’ll pique the interest of randy bulls from farther  away than you will with a plastic funnel. [ Read Full Post ]

  • April 3, 2014

    Ultimate Outdoor Hack: Deter Treestand Thieves - 0

    First, the bad news: Hunters are most often the culprits in cases of treestand theft. The good news is that it's mostly a crime of opportunity.

    “Most people aren’t going into the woods looking for treestands to steal,” says Treestand Manufacturers’ Association president John Louk. “They’re just in the area, and if they see one, sometimes they take it.”

    The key to preventing theft is to make your stand difficult to steal. Here are three ways to do that. [ Read Full Post ]

  • April 3, 2014

    Ultimate Outdoor Hack: Hang a Stand with a Dog Leash - 0

    How many times have you securely attached your climbing sticks or ladder to a tree and then had to climb down to retrieve your treestand? Or maybe you use a rope to pull your stand up, but the rope can be slippery or tangle easily. Or, worse, ignoring safety precautions, you haul your stand with one arm while climbing the tree with the other. [ Read Full Post ]

  • April 3, 2014

    Ultimate Outdoor Hack: Repurpose Dry Storage - 0

    Empty 5-gallon soy sauce buckets make great “dry buckets.” The lids fit with a waterproof rubber seal. They also make great stools. And they float. Depending on the design, some lid latches don’t reclose all the way, or they wear out over time. Secure them with a strip or two of duct tape for extra insurance.

    Click here for more skills, projects and hacks. [ Read Full Post ]

  • April 3, 2014

    Essential Outdoor Skill: Tag-Team Squirrels - 0

    Stalking squirrels with a buddy not only adds a social aspect to one of the greatest traditions in the autumn woods, it’s also a good way to outsmart squirrels that might spot you coming before you’re in comfortable rimfire range. The key is to use a trick that’s often employed by hunters with treeing dogs.

    The Squirrel’s Move: Not every squirrel runs at the first sign of trouble. Some will lay low against a limb without offering a shot, or hide out of view on the back side of the tree. [ Read Full Post ]

  • April 3, 2014

    Essential Outdoor Skill: Close a Gobbler - 0

    Photo by John & Vikki Trout/Windigo Images

    Your heart races, your hands shake, and your pulse pounds. That gobbler is really coming in. Close the deal with this five-step checklist.

    1. Tone it Down: Calling aggressively during his approach will spook a gobbler. Turkeys naturally talk softer and less when they’re close to one another. If you keep pounding it out, the gobbler will get suspicious. Make soft purrs, rolls, and clucks on a mouth call, but use the call sparingly. Be coy. [ Read Full Post ]

  • April 3, 2014

    Essential Outdoor Skill: Reload Faster - 0

    Protect your over/under’s action and reload faster in the field with this efficient reloading technique.

    1. In one move, lower the stock while rotating the comb away from your body, and turn the fingers of your lead hand over so they are on top of the barrels. [ Read Full Post ]

  • April 3, 2014

    Ultimate Outdoor Hack: Make a $5 bow Target - 0

    Priced an archery target lately? They’re not cheap—unless you make one yourself.

    All you need is a burlap sack (buy one online or pick one up for nothing at a grain elevator or farmers’ market) and enough plastic shopping bags to stuff it full (four trips to Walmart in my family). Once that’s done, tie the sack shut with a length of twine or wire. A couple of shots of spray paint serve as aiming points. [ Read Full Post ]

  • April 3, 2014

    Essential Outdoor Skill: Fire Up Smallmouths - 0

    Photo by Eric Engbretson

    There’s a good reason for the red tint in a smallmouth’s eye: They’re mean. All of them. There are times, however, when smallmouths aren’t quite as nasty as we would like them to be—when they must be provoked to strike. And if you get one smallmouth to bite, the odds are high that the rest will follow suit. [ Read Full Post ]

  • April 3, 2014

    Essential Outdoor Skill: Field-Prep Taxidermy - 0

    Most taxidermists would cringe at the idea of a hunter trying to prep his trophy in the field, but there are some situations where you simply can’t drop off the whole animal within a few hours of killing it.

    Here are a couple of tricks that aren’t too difficult but can save your hide (pun fully intended) and help produce a high-quality mount once you get a chance to take it in. [ Read Full Post ]

  • April 3, 2014

    Essential Outdoor Skill: Anchor to Fish a Reef - 0

    Mid-lake reefs, humps, and bars attract walleyes, smallmouths, pike, yellow perch, and other gamefish. But trolling around spooks your quarry during prime low-light conditions when fish are foraging up in the shallows.

    Slip-bobber fishing offers an effective solution to this challenge. But when you anchor up, you’re stuck in one spot, and as we’ve established, moving around can shut down the bite. Instead, use this trick to set two anchors and be able to adjust your position silently and subtly to probe other spots on the reef. You’ll need 200 feet of rope for each anchor. [ Read Full Post ]

  • April 3, 2014

    How To Plan And Plant A Hidden Survival Garden - 0

    Spring is finally here, and many of us gardening enthusiasts can’t wait for the last frost to be out of the way so we can set out some vegetable plants and seed. But what good is a garden if people steal all your vegetables during times of economic downturn?

    While some experts keep espousing that the economy is growing, others predict 2014 will see hyperinflation, stock drops and another crash like 2008. I’m no economist, but my parents and grandparents did turn me into a gardener. Since I can’t eat dollar bills or silver coins, I’m going to grow some food that won’t even look like food to the casual passerby. And even if the current financial system keeps limping along like a three-legged dog, I can still eat the delicious and healthy vegetables and share them with my family. [ Read Full Post ]

  • April 2, 2014

    Video: Kids vs. Jumping Carp - 2

    Behind the laughter, giddiness, and child-like enjoyment exhibited in this video lies a lesson in just how bad the Asian carp invasion of U.S. waters has gotten.

    The video was filmed during a river outing near Victoria, Ill. The carp are launching themselves out of the water in response to motor noise, a defensive strategy they are known for. Although amusing to those in the video, the action can be extremely dangerous — many human and fish interactions have resulted in bruises, broken bones, and concussions on the part of the boat occupants. [ Read Full Post ]