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  • The Occasional Family: Chasing the Turkey Grand Slam
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    Photos by Andrew McKean

    Aunt Linda has a problem, but it's solvable. She needs us to shoot different turkey guns.

    The matriarch of our little group, Linda Powell, has switched jobs, moving from handling media relations for Remington Arms to a similar gig with Mossberg. So we dutifully trade our field-worn 870s for pump-action Mossbergs. The new Flex would be a good choice, Linda says, and would I be interested in trying one out on Mexican gobblers?

    Sounds like a great family tradition. Hold onto it tightly.

  • British Columbia Backcountry: The Moose Hunt
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    Editor's Note: Outdoor Life Editor Andrew McKean traveled to extreme northern British Columbia earlier this month for two weeks of hunting big Canadian moose, mountain caribou, and grizzly bears. Here’s the story of his moose hunt. Stay tuned for galleries of his experiences in caribou and grizzly country.

    That is freakin awesome! Great story with pictures to enhance the feeling of being there.

  • Charlie Sheen Hunts Kushtaka in Alaska
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    I’ll say this for the guy: He’s never boring.

    Actor, mayhem maker, former-current-former-current-former addict, attempted Lindsay Lohan supporter, and inventor of unique marriage definitions Charlie Sheen has added failed cryptid hunter to his résumé following last week’s unsuccessful hunt for a Kushtaka in the wilds of Sitka, Alaska.

    What’s a Kushtaka?

    An idiot and his money! He should put some of that money to real use and track Zombies or something.

  • New Remington Versa Max Competition Tactical Shotgun
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    I just got my hands on the not-yet-announced Remington Versa Max Competition Tactical  shotgun, just in time for the Crimson Trace Nighttime 3-gun match that starts tonight.

    The Versa Max has an outstanding action that is as tough as they come. Before this design was introduced, I shot a Versa Max during a trial-by-fire trip to Argentina for high-volume doves and waterfowl. The gun did a great job bringing down birds during a grueling four-day endurance test. I knew the 3 ½-inch shotgun would be a winner when mine literally caught fire—courtesy of the nasty locally-made ammo I was shooting—yet kept on running.

    That's purty!

  • Graphic Image Warning: Bear Grylls' Producer Suffers Gruesome Snake Bite Wound
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    Celebrity survivalist Bear Grylls tweeted yesterday: "Our man vs wild producer suffering from a brutal snake bite -- fighting the injury with courage,” with the gut-wrenching photo shown below.

    Since then, the photo (which shows the skin rotting away from producer Steve Rankin's foot) has gone viral and is creating quite a stir in the social media world.

    OMG! That is nasty. Does this prove that Bear is the ultimate survivalist since he didn't get bit?

  • Turkey Hunting: 8 Lessons Learned the Hard Way
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    Experience in the turkey woods will teach you plenty of things. Chief among them: turkeys don’t read rule books. After years of chasing longbeards, I’ve learned some lessons the hard way and overruled some ‘rules of thumb.’ But it doesn’t take a lifetime of turkey hunting to hunt like a veteran. Start here, by putting these 8 turkey hunting misconceptions to rest.

    Good advice, Steve. My son and I experienced all of the above on opening weekend. I have never targeted a flock of birds or a single Tom that has acted like another. We stuck it out in the rain and snow and eventually killed a good gobbler that my son had whiffed on in the morning. The turkeys sure did seem extra weary when they came back in, but thankfully (I guess) we were drenched and matched our soggy surroundings.

  • How Does Snow Impact Spring Turkey Behavior?
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    Snow Belt turkeys, like the rest of us up North, find a way to survive winter.  In places like Maine and Wisconsin, upstate New York, northeast Ohio, and northern Pennsylvania, there’s still plenty of snow on the ground, especially in the woods, even though it’s technically spring.

    There’s hope though. Yesterday in Maine I heard hard gobbling at daybreak. Later, I watched a full-fan strutter with nine hens nearby (they’d found open ground surrounded by snow). He looked ready.

    Not much snow left here where I am in Mt. Flocks are still rather large, with lots of showboating by the jakes and then the Toms will run them off a ways. I expect pretty quick here the big flocks will break up. It's supposed to be 68 above zero here tomorrow. Bring on Spring turkey season.

  • Turkey Hunting Shotguns: Three All-Time Favorites
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    Shooting a wild turkey punctuates the enjoyable and sometimes frustrating process of scouting, finding, roosting, calling/decoying/patterning a spring gobbler into range. Your shotgun should drop it dead inside 40 yards, though most of the time I let birds work even closer. How about you?

    My upbringing as a turkey hunter included simple-to-use pump shotguns by choice, options I saw depicted in the Outdoor Life issues of my youth, plus classy loaner firearms on the road at media camps. I’ve handled plenty, liked many, loved a few and forgotten about some others.

    I will also comment on sights. I have tried really hard to fall in love with a Truglo red dot sight on my turkey gun, but I can't. I seem to never be able to have the darn thing turned on at just the right time. I'm always worried about running the battery down and usually have it turned off. So to that point, I've missed some shots when a gobbler comes out of nowhere. What I have settled for is I put some Truglo gobble dots on both my Mossberg and my my son's 870. They seem to get the job done pretty well. So, that Truglo red dot resides on my son's gopher gun. Works great there.

  • Turkey Hunting Shotguns: Three All-Time Favorites
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    Shooting a wild turkey punctuates the enjoyable and sometimes frustrating process of scouting, finding, roosting, calling/decoying/patterning a spring gobbler into range. Your shotgun should drop it dead inside 40 yards, though most of the time I let birds work even closer. How about you?

    My upbringing as a turkey hunter included simple-to-use pump shotguns by choice, options I saw depicted in the Outdoor Life issues of my youth, plus classy loaner firearms on the road at media camps. I’ve handled plenty, liked many, loved a few and forgotten about some others.

    Oh Ok. I guess you're allright, you do have an 870 in there.

  • Turkey Hunting Shotguns: Three All-Time Favorites
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    Shooting a wild turkey punctuates the enjoyable and sometimes frustrating process of scouting, finding, roosting, calling/decoying/patterning a spring gobbler into range. Your shotgun should drop it dead inside 40 yards, though most of the time I let birds work even closer. How about you?

    My upbringing as a turkey hunter included simple-to-use pump shotguns by choice, options I saw depicted in the Outdoor Life issues of my youth, plus classy loaner firearms on the road at media camps. I’ve handled plenty, liked many, loved a few and forgotten about some others.

    What about the slung through mud 835?? Or 535 or 870?

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