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Sometimes, You’re Just in No Mood for Hunting

October 20, 2014

Sometimes you just need to sit a hunt out.

The big buck raked the low limbs, velvet still hanging from his hardened horns. A light dust, creating a momentary haze, blurred the distinct path for my arrow flight. From my stand he was 29 yards, and I’d been watching him for over half an hour rake trees and browse. Occasionally, a doe slipped through the clearing and then off into the thicket where a flick of the tail was the only remaining sign of her presence. Another flick, a flash of white, and then she was gone. And the buck continued on, raking the shrubs, munching on acorns and elevating my heart’s beat to an alarming rate....

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Have Shotgun, Will Travel: 6 Tips for Ensuring Stress-free Flying with Firearms

October 20, 2014

If you're going to be traveling with your firearms anytime soon, read through these tips to ensure your trip goes smoothly.

Whether this season will see you making your first out-of-state or out-of-country trip with a shotgun or your thousandth, here are some time-tested tips for getting from Point A to B with no stress! 1. Leave your gun at home. If you’re planning a trip to a distant location like Argentina for doves, look into renting guns from your outfitter. There’s pleasure in shooting your own guns, but you owe it to yourself to compare that benefit with the reduced stress of international airline travel without guns. Purely comparing costs, it’s likely a wash. Import permits and inspection fees to...

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The 4 Largest Bears Ever Taken by Hunters

October 16, 2014

Roy Lindsley with the world record Kodiak bear taken on Kodiak Island, Alaska.

Polar bears, Kodiak bears, grizzly bears, black bears---hunters have taken some giants over the years. Ever wonder where the biggest bears come from? Here’s the lowdown on where the biggest bears are likely to be found. Some of the locations will surprise you. Bears are some of nature’s most fascinating creatures. I am sure there are many reasons why so many people have more than just a passing interest in them. Who hasn’t been lying in a tent at night when a strange noise suddenly brings the thought of a bear to the front of their consciousness? There are four species of...

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The BAREBOW! Chronicles: Grunt, Rake, Thrash, Charge, and Twang!

October 15, 2014

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The title I’ve chosen for this story dramatizes the fundamental difference between bowhunting for moose and bowhunting for virtually every other North American big game species. Although I had hunted both Canada moose and Alaska-Yukon moose more than once in the early- to mid-1990s, none of those hunts proved successful---largely, I believe, because I kept trying to use the tactics of stealth and cunning that had served me well on all the other species I’d previously hunted. I have to admit to having been a slow learner in the Moose Department. Gradually, I learned that during the rut...

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8 Items You Never Realized You Need in Your Hunting Backpack

October 15, 2014

Most treestand hunters use a backpack to haul important items around with them. Listed below are eight things you might never have considered to pack.

The second day of my first bowhunting road trip to Kansas was looking perfect. The sun was about to make an appearance on the horizon and it was a cold, crisp morning during the rut. Everything pointed towards the possibility of seeing a good buck that day. Sitting in my treestand, I heard footfalls through the dry leaves---a deer was coming. I slowly took my bow off the hanger and clipped my release to the string just as the deer was about to appear in my shooting lane. CLINK! Something fell from my hand and hit the aluminum stand on its way to the ground. My release came apart...

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400 Helluva Hunts and the “Incredible Lies” They Make

October 14, 2014

Visually impaired hunter Ben Frezza with his Helluva Hunt goat, Gary Stearns holding the double scope, with Jane Stearns and Ron Coburn of Savage Arms.

Thirty years ago, a hunter wrote a letter to Jim Zumbo, then-editor of Outdoor Life magazine. “It’s great you guys write about all your wonderful hunts all over the world,” Zumbo recalled the original letter saying, “but what about some of us who can’t hunt like that anymore?” Zumbo and friends Gary and Jane Stearns saw that as a challenge. Together with Bill Brown, they founded Helluva Hunt in 1984, offering hunting opportunities to ill, injured, and otherwise physically or visually impaired sportsmen and women. Wyoming’s antelope herds have since provided the big...

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INFOGRAPHIC: 4 Rack Facts You Need to Know

October 14, 2014

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Antlers are the most recognizable part of a deer's body. They're the "trophy" part of a buck that most frequently causes hunters to get the aptly-named buck fever. But to many, there's still a lot of mystery surrounding these bony features. To fix that, we've put together this infographic to help educate hunters and non-hunters alike. Give it a read, and share it around! After you're done learning about antlers, check out our infographic about deer eyesight here!

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PHOTOS: The Ultimate Hunting Lodge, with a Twist

October 14, 2014

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This "hunting lodge" would not be out of place in rural Montana or Idaho. However, the creator of this man cave decided to recreate the hunting lodge experience in his own suburban basement. He even went so far as to create fake windows with lights that can be turned on and off to simulate the rising and setting sun. The best part? He only spent about $107 to build the entire thing (not counting all the gear inside it, of course). ...

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Hunting Michigan’s Mighty Squirrels

October 13, 2014

It doesn’t take a lot of expensive gear for a family to enjoy an afternoon squirrel hunt in the Michigan woods.

Many hunters remember their first deer or turkey fondly, but few recall their first squirrel. For many sportsmen and women, the very first game animal they chased in the autumn woods was a squirrel (now that you’re thinking about it, I’m betting you can remember those tall hardwoods, with leaves full of bursting colors, and the bark of a distant squirrel). Michigan has ample squirrel hunting opportunities for those of us looking to make new memories this fall. Finding squirrels Let’s face it, it’s not too hard to find decent squirrel hunting habitat in Michigan. With hundreds of...

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How Expensive Shotgun Shells Save You Money

October 13, 2014

It may seem counterintuitive at first, but using more expensive shells can actually save you money. Image courtesy Bill Miller.

How many shotgun shells do you fire for each duck or goose in your bag? I’m not talking only of the hits and misses at fresh birds coming to the decoys, passing overhead, or jumped from a meandering creek or cut field. Be sure to add in the shells you use to recover cripples, too. When you include ducks and geese hunted over water in that number, those extra shots can add up fast. CloseRange_300x250...

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