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  • handgun and ammo in front of legal books

    Democratic 2020 residential hopefuls campaign for more gun control in the wake of Aurora, Illinois shooting

    Proposed legislation inappropriately-named ‘Charleston loophole’ could eliminate the three-day “safety-valve provision” under the federal firearms background check…
  • hunter tossing out duck decoys

    An early arctic blast sends ducks pouring into North Dakota's prairie potholes, where, if you're lucky, you can stil hunt on a handshake

    There are still some places in the lower 48 where a smile and a handshake can get you access to some of the best waterfowl hunting you've ever had.
  • A hunter's perspective on the Wilderness debate

    Since Theodore Roosevelt wrote The Wilderness Hunter in 1893, American hunters and anglers have been in the debate about Wilderness. This continues today as the US…
  • fisherman holding up a walleye

    These classic lures can pull double duty when you’re on the hard-water

    If you’ve thought about consolidating your hard-water tackle box but don’t know where to start, consider these 10 jigs and lures that are equally effective at catching…
  • public land package

    The Senate passed the Natural Resources Management Act S. 47 earlier this week, now it heads to the House

    On Tuesday, the U.S. Senate passed the largest public lands bill that we’ve seen in a decade. It approved the bill by an overwhelming 98-2 vote. The legislation, known…
  • wickiup survival shelter

    Makeshift habitats you can build to survive a crisis during the coldest months of the year

    When you find yourself wet or poorly dressed in the winter wilds, or you’re just stuck somewhere unexpectedly for the night, you need to be able to build a shelter using…
  • predator pelt shooting

    If you simply want to kill a furbearer, then shoot a large load. But if you want to protect and preserve the pelt, consider these three options

    Three of the best rifle cartridges for shooting furbearing predators without causing catastrophic damage to the pelt.
  • new hunting knives gear test

    We put the top folders, fixed blades, and replaceable blades through the wringer to see which models make the cut

    A head to head comparison of the latest knives from leading manufacturers to see which blades are the sharpest, most durable, and comfortable to handle in fishing or…
  • muzzleloader riflerifle detail

    If you've ever wanted to take wild game the way Jeremiah Johnson and Hugh Glass did, here's where to start

    Hunting wild game with primitive weapons and tools is a challenge, but with the right gear, it's one of the most unique experiences in the outdoors.

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  • 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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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.