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Bow Test 2014

Perennial underdogs take center podium in our annual examination of the newest compounds. Check out the results of the 2014 Bow Test.
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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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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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  • 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 ]

  • June 23, 2014

    Tips for Shooting from the Sitting Position - 0

    The sitting position is king whenever the brush, grass or terrain is not conducive to making a prone shot. It’s also very fast to assume, making it ideal for those opportunities when a quick, accurate shot is needed.

    Here’s how and when to use it.

  • June 20, 2014

    Geometry Fishing: 3 Things That Will Help You Catch More Bass - 0

    When someone catches a fish, you might say he or she has “come full circle” in the learning, application and success of the sport. Potomac bass guide Steve Chaconas does not disagree, but he prefers a different geometric allusion. He calls it the “Triangle of Fishing,” the three sides of which are as follows:

    1. “The base is casting, because if you can’t make a cast, it doesn’t matter where you are, what you’re using or how good the fish are biting,” Chaconas said. “If you can’t put your bait where it needs to be, you’re not going to catch a fish.” [ Read Full Post ]

  • June 20, 2014

    STARI and 3 Other Tick-Borne Illnesses You Probably Haven't Heard About - 3

    CC image from Wikipedia [ Read Full Post ]

  • June 20, 2014

    Video: Hand Feeding Bluefish to Sharks Circling Boat - 0

    Pesky blue sharks circling your boat? Why not hand feed them some bluefish? Check out this clip of Capt. Mark Segal and the crew on the TABASCO having some fun with blue sharks during the Star Island Shark Tournament off Long Island.

    [ Read Full Post ]

  • June 19, 2014

    Essential Outdoor Skill: Properly Mount a Scope - 2

    Photo by Justin Appenzeller

    All you need to correctly mount a scope so that the reticle is dead level, the eye relief is correct, and everything is tightened properly are a workbench with a vise, a small bubble level, and a torque wrench. [ Read Full Post ]

  • June 19, 2014

    Alabama Man Sentenced for "Cannonballing" Manatee Mother and Calf - 0

    An Alabama man who plead guilty to "cannonballing" a mother manatee and her calf last year in Florida has been fined and sentenced to community service and probation.

    Taylor Martin, the self-proclaimed "Tayla the manatee slaya," appeared in an Orlando Federal Court Wednesday and was ordered to pay a $3,000 fine and serve 175 community service hours. He will also serve two years of probation and must issue an apology for harassing the endangered species on Facebook, where a video of him leaping on the animals first appeared. 

    [ Read Full Post ]

  • June 19, 2014

    Survival Skills: How to Dry and Pickle Wild Edible Plants - 0

    Some of the best wild edible plants are only available for a short window of time. With summer berries and many of the wild vegetables coming into season soon, now is a great time to get set up for the preservation of these free seasonal foods. Two of the easiest methods to preserve your wild harvest are drying and pickling. Here’s how to get started. [ Read Full Post ]

  • June 19, 2014

    Bushnell Trophy Cam HD Wireless: Monitor Your Deer Herd from Your Phone - 2

    Trail cameras that send images to the user via email or text message—known as “wireless” cams—have been around for years. While they have the potential to be useful tools, they’ve also been fraught with issues, including weak networks and prohibitively expensive contracts.

    Bushnell promises that its new Trophy Cam HD Wireless ($600; will not suffer the shortcomings of its predecessors because it operates on AT&T’s 3G network, ships with a SIM card, and features pay-as-you-go plans. I recently got my hands on one to see if this really is a revolution in remote game management. [ Read Full Post ]

  • June 18, 2014

    Survival Skills: 3 Tricks With Matches - 2

    Talk about a survival story: A full century has passed since the invention of the lighter, yet matches remain a staple in survival kits. Lighters last longer and can resist water better, but there’s something about matches that keeps them in circulation.

    Maybe it’s the fact that they’re plentiful and often can be obtained for no charge from bars, restaurants, and some stores. Or maybe people like matches for nostalgia reasons. Whatever your fixation, here are three match tricks that will give you a boost when you’re down to your last box or book. [ Read Full Post ]

  • June 18, 2014

    HSUS Petitions For Lead Ammo Ban on Public Lands - 2

    Our old friends at the Humane Society of the United States are at it again.

    This time the anti-hunting organization is looking to effectively shut down hunting on public land by eliminating the use of lead-based ammunition.

    This is a tactic that has been tried before and beaten back. The Center For Biological Diversity, another anti-hunting group, had its petition to the Environmental Protection Agency requesting a ban on lead-based ammunition twice rejected.

    Some states have also dealt with – and rejected – the notion of banning lead ammo. But one state has adopted a ban: California.

    But HSUS being HSUS, they figured they might as well give it another whack and have even developed a plan of attack for getting it done (See the HSUS Lead Free Campaign). [ Read Full Post ]

  • June 18, 2014

    Is Your Dog Breeder an Ostrich? - 0

    People don’t change. We get set in our ways and beliefs, and if something runs counter to those systems, we resist, argue and dig in to defend our position. This happens even in the face of overwhelming scientific data. And dog people could be the worst offenders on the planet.

    All dog people learn from one another (sometimes what not to do), and begin to develop their own theories. These theories are usually related to what they’ve learned (been told) by someone else, and from their own experiences and their interpretation of those experiences. [ Read Full Post ]