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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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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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  • 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 ]


  • April 2, 2014

    Crossbows Finally Coming to New York - 1

    Some details remain to be worked out, but as of late Monday night it is official: crossbows are now officially a legal hunting implement in New York State. Governor Andrew Cuomo signed the bill into law that allows for the use of crossbows during at least part of the general archery season and through the entirety of the general firearms season.

    It may not be everything many New York sportsmen and women asked, but is seen as a huge step forward by the New York Crossbow Coalition, which squared off with the New York Bowhunter’s association for years to get a season ratified.

    “Today, crossbows have been awarded their proper place in the sporting community,” said Rick McDermott of the NYCC. [ Read Full Post ]


  • April 2, 2014

    The Only 3 Knots a Hunter Needs to Know - 2

    The worth of a securely tied knot is undervalued in these modern times of zip ties and superglue. I know this is blasphemy, but duct tape can’t always hold everything together. And it doesn’t have to. There are many tried-and-true knots that can make life easier on the hunt, in the woods, and around camp.

    Prusik

    Illustrations by: Pete Sucheski [ Read Full Post ]


  • April 2, 2014

    Hawaii Spearfisherman Shoots Record Marlin - 0

    Wendell Ko landed a 506-pound blue marlin the hard way: with a speargun.

    The avid spearfisherman was hunting two miles off the Kona Coast on Hawaii's Big Island on November 20 when he spotted the monster fish cruising the depths. Ko told KITV, "It's the first time I've ever seen anything that big in the water, a marlin in particular. It was hard to miss."

    The 53-year-old nailed the 12-foot long fish with a single shot then finished it off with a few more shots. The event was captured on video by Ko’s friend and producer of the TV series "Hawaii Skin Diver" Kyle Nakamoto.

    "I call it [Ko’s shot] the money shot," Nakamoto said to KITV. "I mean, it's so hard and you need to be at the right place at the right time." [ Read Full Post ]


  • April 2, 2014

    Of Dogs, Wolves, Cougars, and Hypocrisy - 2

    Once bitten twice shy? Not so for Shelby, a husky-wolf hybrid who lives outside of Twisp, Wash. She’s survived two attacks in the last year, which are indicative of Washington state’s loose definition of “management” when it comes to apex predators.

    Last March, Shelby was sleeping on her porch when a wolf attacked. The dog was saved, albeit torn up, when her owner and another dog jumped into the fray. About two weeks ago, Shelby was attacked by a mountain lion in her yard.

    She survived and a depredation permit was issued for a houndsman to track and kill the cougar. Much like California, since hound hunting for cougars was made illegal in Washington, conflicts have become more common – especially this year. [ Read Full Post ]


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