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  • robert hawkins holding a muskie trophy

    Four experts share key strategies, pattern choices, and techniques for catching one of fly-fishing's most elusive gamefish

    Four fly fishing guides from across the U.S. explain the logic behind their fishing styles and fly selection for catching trophy-sized muskie.
  • large black bear walking through the woods

    Learn how to assess the size of a black bear from a distance

    Advice from a British Columbia bear hunting outfitter on how to field judge a black bear from a distance that can help hunters decide whether or not the animal is worth…
  • a trailer tire with a dry rotted tear

    Take care of your trailer and it will take care of you. These basic annual maintenance tasks can help you avoid costly repairs and prevent accidents.

    Trailers require just as much maintenance as anything else you own, and if you ignore it, you open yourself up to an expensive disaster. The good news is that with a…
  • handgun and ammo in front of legal books

    Second amendment sanctuaries gaining popularity across the U.S. By John Haughey

    The Connecticut Supreme Court ruled on March 14 that Remington Arms, maker of the Bushmaster XM15-E2S Adam Lanza used to kill 20 children and six educators at Sandy Hook…
  • small rainbow trout on the kamchatka river

    Photos of floating, camping, and fly fishing through one of the most uninhabited and wild corners of Siberia

    Trout in Russia have a short summer, and with limited time to pack on the pounds, they’ll hit anything. This place is everything a U.S. angler dreams about—but getting…
  • wild game meat tacos

    Simple and delicious recipes for cooking ground big-game, waterfowl, and upland bird meat

    There are dozens if not hundreds of different ways to use ground wild game. You can use it the same way you’d use ground beef or pork and, and it beats paying outrageous…
  • desert national wildlife refuge

    Nevada's DNWR once spanned 2.25-million acres, but the U.S. Department of Defense has continually reduced its size, and is preparing to do it again

    In 1936, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt created the Desert National Wildlife Refuge, a 2.25-million-acre refuge (roughly the size of Yellowstone National Park) for…
  • Versatile, lightweight, and strong, parachute cord is amazingly useful for building a shelter, acquiring food, or starting a fire in an emergency

    Today, you can find paracord everywhere. It’s lightweight, inexpensive, and expendable. It’s also a great item in a survival situation, which is why there should always…
  • utah river

    President Trump approves bipartisan John D. Dingell Jr. Conservation, Management and Recreation Act, reauthorizing the Land and Water Conservation Fund and protecting public land and water for future generations

    On March 12, 2019, President Trump signed Senate Bill 47, better known as the John D. Dingell Jr. Conservation, Management and Recreation Act, into law, which…

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  • Q. The NEW 8.6 Creedmoor, is this the .300blk Improved?—BUCKSHOTT00 ANSWER THIS QUESTION
  • Q. My brother in Georgia built a monster box blind for deer hunting with his three grandsons. Any opinions?—GARY DEVINE ANSWER THIS QUESTION

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  • desert national wildlife refuge

    Nevada's DNWR once spanned 2.25-million acres, but the U.S. Department of Defense has continually reduced its size, and is preparing to do it again

    In 1936, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt created the Desert National Wildlife Refuge, a 2.25-million-acre refuge (roughly the size of Yellowstone National Park) for…
  • utah river

    President Trump approves bipartisan John D. Dingell Jr. Conservation, Management and Recreation Act, reauthorizing the Land and Water Conservation Fund and protecting public land and water for future generations

    On March 12, 2019, President Trump signed Senate Bill 47, better known as the John D. Dingell Jr. Conservation, Management and Recreation Act, into law, which…

The 10 Rules of Shed Hunting

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From the Editors

  • alex robinson
    Robinson is OL's digital guru. He likes bowhunting, muddy duck dogs, and good Facebook videos.
  • tyler freel
    Freel calls Alaska home. If it can be hunted, fished, or trapped, he does it there, but hunting Dall sheep is his biggest passion.
  • natalie krebs
    Krebs is OL's senior editor. She’s partial to deer and turkey hunting, but lives in NYC, where she must resort to bowhunting rats and pigeons.
  • john snow
    Snow is OL's Shooting Editor. He lives in Montana with a French Pointer that gives him dirty looks whenever he picks up a rifle instead of a shotgun.

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