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

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  • June 30, 2014

    Whitetails: The $102 Food Plot - 1

    You have a desire to attract deer to your hunting spot, but you don’t have the money to buy land. Nor do you have the time to improve someone else’s property that you might get to hunt for only a couple of days this season.

    News flash: Cultivating a small food plot needn’t cost you thousands of dollars and a week’s vacation. Dr. Grant Woods, America’s whitetail guru, says you can make an effective food plot on the cheap.

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  • June 27, 2014

    Are Pennsylvania Coyotes a $4 Million Problem? - 13

    Lately the state of Pennsylvania has experienced a great deal of teeth gnashing (pun intended). The Board of Game Commissioners is all worked up about coyote predation -- and for good reason. Coyotes and other predators seem to impact deer numbers across the country, and are continuing to grow as a topic of concern within the whitetail community. Consequently the Commission has ordered staffers in the Keystone State to tackle the ‘yote problem anew. 

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  • June 27, 2014

    Bowhunting Prep: Proper Shooting Form - 0

    As you start slinging arrows this summer, it's easy to focus on your groups and forget about practicing proper form. So, when your'e at full draw, instead of thinking about making the shot, take a tip from archery coach Larry Wise: Focus on transferring holding energy from your arms to your back. 

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  • June 27, 2014

    Video: Epic Battle With a Colossal Catfish - 2

    I have no clue where these anglers are fishing, or where they are from, but what I do know is that after the ponytailed angler sweats and strains for a good part of the video, one helluva leviathan catfish comes over the gunnel of his small boat.  [ Read Full Post ]

  • June 26, 2014

    The Meat Bow: Strip Down Your Hunting Rig to the Bare Essentials - 2

    Competitive target archers are sponsored by bow companies and ultimately influence bowhunters. After all, it’s hard to argue with a guy who can consistently hit a bull’s-eye at 120 yards. But target shooting and hunting differ. Murphy’s Law haunts the woods. Wild animals and weather are unpredictable, so hunters should simplify their rigs.

    1) With all things being equal, fast bows are superior. But things aren’t equal. Competition bans rangefinders, so speed mitigates errors in range estimation. But hunters can use rangefinders. Therefore, a hunting bow’s quietness and ease of drawing trump speed.

    2) A meat bow wears a large-diameter peep sight for low-light shooting and has tough and simple sights. Multiple or single pins are fine with practice, but hunters have problems when they feel they must manipulate their “dial-in” sight for every 5-yard increment. Deer often move.

    3) Wrist slings are designed to improve an archer’s grip. But for hunters who shoot the same bow all season, they degrade accuracy when you add gloves to the equation.

    4) Stabilizers? Some dampen vibration, but all change the bow’s balance. Get used to your bow without it, and lug around less weight. Target archers use 4-foot stabilizers just as bench-rest shooters use 12-pound rifles. But at the relatively shorter ranges hunters commonly face, a 5-inch stabilizer isn’t worth its weight.

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  • June 26, 2014

    Survival Skills: How to Build a Survival Kit on a Budget - 3

    As with most consumer goods, the cost of survival gear is creeping upward. But don’t let inflation stop you from being prepared for emergencies — it’s entirely possible to pull together some critical gear on a miniscule budget. Here’s how to build a life-saving survival kit with just $10. [ Read Full Post ]

  • June 26, 2014

    Fire Starting Tip: How To Make Char Cloth - 1

    Char-cloth is an essential ingredient for starting a flint and steel fire, but it's also easy and fun to make. All you need is an old tee-shirt (or similar thin all-cotton material), a tin of some sort, and a fire or camp stove. Here’s how to do it.

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  • June 25, 2014

    How to Make Your Own Dual-Perimeter Deer Fence - 3

    If my food plots fail it probably won't be from a lack of rain.

    As this is written, southern Michigan is “enjoying” its third straight day of rain. The timing is good even if the soggy conditions are a tad annoying for those looking to play baseball.

    Two weeks or so ago, I planted about ¾ of an acre in soybeans and added another couple of acres of screening cover throughout Noah's Farm.

    The soybeans are intended to serve as a late-season food source. Thus I need to keep the deer out of them as best I can until mid- to late-November. Which is fairly easy to do if I'm willing to spend a chunk of change on a fence. But with less than $750 left of my $1,500 budget, that's a chunk I'm not willing to part with.

    Thus it was time for a little DIY work. Good ole American Redneck ingenuity. [ Read Full Post ]

  • June 25, 2014

    Video: Black Marlin Leaps Into Boat, Scatters Anglers - 0

    Billfish acrobatics can be a stunning part of offshore sport fishing, but when the bill comes flying straight at the anglers, things can get scary fast. Check out this marlin going airborne into a trio of fisherman. Fortunately, it looks like the flailing fish left no one injured. [ Read Full Post ]

  • June 25, 2014

    Teach Your Kids These Survival Skills This Summer - 1

    Not sure what to do with the kids this summer? How about teaching them some handy survival skills? If you can educate them in a way that’s fun, it won’t seem like work for them or you. And think about the big picture: You will be providing them with skills that could save their lives someday. Before you pack your summer schedule with useless entertainment, take a look through our list of fun summer survival skills for kids.  

    Grow A Kid’s Garden [ Read Full Post ]

  • June 24, 2014

    Hunting Tip: How to Use Shooting Sticks to Improve Your Effective Range - 1

    Photo by John Hafner

    I have a couple of gorgeous mule deer on my wall that I never would have tagged had it not been for shooting sticks. The same goes for my best elk and a laundry list of game taken in Africa.

    Shooting sticks come in many varieties, but the common denominator is that all sticks provide an added measure of stability in the field and can dramatically increase the effective range of any hunter when they’re used the right way. [ Read Full Post ]

  • June 24, 2014

    How to Mend Your Feet, With Wild Medicine - 1

    Foot injuries and ailments in the field can be crippling. And once your mobility is compromised in the outdoors, you’ve opened the door to all manner of potential downfalls. Luckily, there are plant compounds you can use as field treatments to get back on your feet again. Follow along, and find out four ways to patch up your feet with natural wild remedies. [ Read Full Post ]

  • June 23, 2014

    Op-ed: Is Hunting Sage Grouse Part of the Problem or Part of the Solution? - 2

    After this spring’s census efforts indicated breeding sage-grouse were at unprecedented low numbers, the state of Montana’s Wildlife Commission contemplated a recommendation from the wildlife agency to close the 2014 sage-grouse hunting season state-wide. This action should concern all sportsmen whether they hunt sage-grouse or not. It also begs the question: Is hunting part of the problem of declining grouse numbers – or part of the solution?

    The fact is that no scientific evidence indicates hunting is a major cause of declines in populations of sage-grouse or a major threat relative to other factors. Even the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service indicated that hunting mortality is not a major threat to the overall persistence of populations. That said, sage-grouse are a different beast. They are relatively long-lived and have lower reproduction compared to many other game birds. As such, they must be managed more conservatively than, say, pheasants, or quail or ruffed grouse. [ Read Full Post ]

  • June 23, 2014

    DIY Project: Weld a Treestand and Bowcase Carrier - 2

    Reader Project submitted by Chris Holdbrooks from Guntersville, AL

    Photo courtesy of Chris Holdbrooks

    “The width of the carrier is the same as the factory rack on my ATV [40 inches]. The basket is 12 inches off the ground, allowing plenty of clearance for steep approach angles, and the 22-inch-deep basket accommodates two climbing stands.

    “The trusses [horizontal members] that run from front to back have a 3/16-inch plate welded to them for bolting to the factory rack. Two horizontal members extending from the front of the basket insert into 1 ¼-inch square tube receivers welded to the ATV’s frame and support the majority of the weight of the carrier and cargo. [ Read Full Post ]

  • June 23, 2014

    Skulls Inc. - 0

    In Oklahoma’s Temple of bone, science meets functional art, and flesh-eating beetles meet body parts from every continent. [ Read Full Post ]