Outdoorlife.com's Best Stories of 2006-Part 1 and 2

The New World-Record Deer

The New World-Record Deer

Is the new world record walking around in your backyard? Umm…probably not. But our experts have a good idea where he might be found. What It Will Take It will take one incredible animal to best the 213 5⁄8-inch monster that Milo Hanson shot near Biggar, Sask., in 1993. Our analysis of the top 200-inch typical racks in the Boone and Crockett book show that the new world record will have to possess 12 points or more, with the G-2, G-3 and G-4 tines on each antler in excess of 11 inches; an inside spread of 22 inches and likely more; and bases of 6 inches or more, with good mass throughout the 27-inch-plus main beams. The rack will have to be clean and amazingly symmetrical, with few abnormal points and less than 8 inches of deductions. The animal will probably be 5 to 7 years old. Many people believe some lucky soul will see and shoot him soon. Consider this: Of the 392 typical bucks of 170 inches or more that have been entered in the B&C; book since 2002, 12 scored more than 190, and two cracked 200. It would just take a few more inches of spread, mass and tine length to push a world-class rack like that over the top. But one of the country's top whitetail biologists doubts it will happen soon, and he has an intriguing theory why. "Most bucks have non-typical antlers in their genes," says Dr. Grant Woods. "As they age, especially on heavily managed private lands where there is so much nutritious feed, they start to put a lot of junk on their antlers. It's rare for a six-year-old buck to be a typical these days." Woods expects the record for the largest non-typical (currently a 307-incher taken in 2003) to be broken several times before the new No. 1 typical falls.Outdoor Life Online Editor
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Best Sunrise

Best Sunrise

Mel's Crow's Nest, Marblehead, Ohio
419-734-1742

Pull up a stool at the rectangular bar near the two garage-style glass doors and enjoy a Lake Erie Sunrise while you enjoy a Lake Erie sunset. The former is a rum drink with raspberry and banana juices, the latter a breathtaking spectacle. (Then again, the latter, with "sunset" capitalized, is also a rum drink, with strawberry and mango juices.)
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Weatherby Vanguard Stainless
Every fall when I head out West to hunt deer, almost by instinct I find myself reaching for this Weatherby Vanguard"" shown here topped with a Bushnell Elite 4200 1.5""6x36 scope. And who could blame me? The Vanguard comes with a guarantee to put three shots within an inch and a half of one another at 100 yards with factory ammo. And when it's chambered in .257 Weatherby, the undisputed king of the .25-caliber crowd and Roy Weatherby's favorite cartridge, I know I'm ready for the long shots that are common when deer hunting in big country. ($637; weatherby.com)
Outdoor Life Online Editor
Outdoor Life Online Editor
Amazing Outdoor Videos

Amazing Outdoor Videos

Floating around the internet is a hidden world of ridiculous hunting and fishing videos. From test-firing machine guns to missing the buck of a lifetime, you will be entertained by these cinematic masterpieces. Check out the original storyOutdoor Life Online Editor
Freddy Green

Freddy Green

This scene is supposed to depict the view from a tent at first light. Freddy says there are 48 colors in the whole muralOutdoor Life Online Editor
Racks Calendar Outtakes

Racks Calendar Outtakes

A good sunset makes every shot look professional. About the Photographer:
Sal Corbo is both a photographer (he got his start shooting for fashion magazines in the mid-seventies) and a hunter. Born and raised in Manhattan, he now lives in Scottsale, Arizona, where he produces this calendar. If you're interested in buying one of his calendars, visit http://www.racks2006.com or email Sal at salcorbo@mindspring.com. Click "next" for more Racks Calendar Girls
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A view of the cabin's finished exterior. It's ready for hunting season.Outdoor Life Online Editor
The Most Incredible Knife

The Most Incredible Knife

Wenger wants you to do one thing: throw out your old knives. Actually, it wants you to do several things: throw out your bike tools, your toiletries, your laser pointer and so on, because you can find all of these instruments in a huge Swiss Army knife, which includes every tool the company makes. Wenger is calling the contraption "Giant Knife Version 1.0." It debuted with all 85 features and can perform hundreds of functions. Who doesn't need a cigar cutter next to a bicycle chain rivet setter next to a golf divot repair tool? Wenger is on to something with this everyman's gadget. It wouldn't be a knife, though, without a blade, so Wenger put seven in the line-up. And it wouldn't be Swiss Army unless it came with tweezers and a toothpick. (They're included, too.) Go to the next slide for dimensions and pricingOutdoor Life Online Editor
The Most Incredible Knife

The Most Incredible Knife

Wenger wants you to do one thing: throw out your old knives. Actually, it wants you to do several things: throw out your bike tools, your toiletries, your laser pointer and so on, because you can find all of these instruments in a huge Swiss Army knife, which includes every tool the company makes. Wenger is calling the contraption "Giant Knife Version 1.0." It debuted with all 85 features and can perform hundreds of functions. Who doesn't need a cigar cutter next to a bicycle chain rivet setter next to a golf divot repair tool? Wenger is on to something with this everyman's gadget. It wouldn't be a knife, though, without a blade, so Wenger put seven in the line-up. And it wouldn't be Swiss Army unless it came with tweezers and a toothpick. (They're included, too.) Go to the next slide for dimensions and pricingOutdoor Life Online Editor

It was a great year for the magazine and the website. Outdoorsmen have moved online and we're proud to be a must-see site for any hunting and fishing enthusiast. Some great tales were featured on the outdoorlife.com homepage and we're compiling them for your enjoyment. So, here are the top stories based on page views.