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  • October 16, 2013

    Is This Your Jeep?

    By Steven Hill

    In the market for a hunting buggy, a project vehicle, or (perish the thought) a character-building experience for your teenage daughter? Then the Enid, Okla., Craigslist has got a deal for you: A 1997 Jeep Cherokee that comes with crank mirrors, a pinhole radiator leak and the best used-car ad ever written.  

  • July 18, 2013

    Good Gear Quick Look: Grate Chef Grill Wipes

    By Slaton L. White

    Here’s a simple, yet very effective, grilling tool that can help keep your elk burgers or salmon fillets from sticking to the grill.

    All you do is pull a disposable wipe from the re-sealable package, set the grill heat to low, and slap the patch on. Place a grill brush over the patch and begin. As you scour away the burned residue, you’re also leaving behind a non-stick coating (similar to high-temperature commercial cooking oil).

  • July 15, 2013

    Animal Rights Activists Just Realize Nikon Makes Hunting Scopes

    By Ben Romans

    Nikon, one of the world’s largest manufacturers of camera gear and rifle scopes, has recently met the ire of animal rights groups for producing hunting equipment.
     
    According to an article in the U.K.’s The Independent, the heart of the problem for many is in its marketing materials; Nikon portrays itself as being “at the heart of nature” in pieces promoting camera gear, and “the proven choice for dangerous big game hunting” in scope write-ups. Animal welfare proponents think it’s a conflict of interest.
     
    Though the author of the article clearly has a bias against Nikon and hunting, the article goes on to say that many recognized wildlife photographers—some like Stefano Unterthiner, winner of the Wildlife Photographer of the Year in 2008—have used Nikon products for years, but have just became aware the company also makes rifle scopes.

  • January 17, 2013

    SOG Shows Off New Knives With Pig-Carving Event

    By The Editors

    SOG Speciality Knives & Tools held a pig roast to show off their latest line of knives designed specifically for hunters. Guests had an opportunity to test out them by butchering a pair of pigs.

  • January 9, 2013

    Video: Aerial Drone Sneaks Up on Moose

    By Chad Love

     

    I recently blogged about the potential use of aerial drones as scouting/hunting tools, costs involved in building viable home-made models, and the possible decrease in price with advances in technology and miniaturization. I don't want to claim that I'm prescient or anything, because we're not there yet from a commercial product standpoint (of course, SHOT opens next week so who knows what's coming down the pike), but this YouTube video involving a moose and a civilian hobbyist quad-roter drone gives us a peek of our potential future.

  • August 20, 2012

    Aerial Drones: The Future of Game Cameras?

    By Chad Love

    The brilliant cyberpunk novelist William Gibson may, or may not (it's attributed to him, anyway) have once said, "the future is already here - it's just not evenly distributed yet." Why, you may ask, am I leading off this ostensibly hunting and/or fishing news blog post with a quote from a semi-obscure cult sci-fi novelist? Because the future of game camera technology is here - it's just not evenly distributed, nor is it quite tailored for hunting...yet.

    From this story in the Boston Globe:
    They are better known as stealthy killing machines to take out suspected terrorists with pinpoint accuracy. But drones are also being put to more benign use in skies across several continents to track endangered wildlife, spot poachers, and chart forest loss. Although it is still the ‘‘dawn of drone ecology,’’ as one innovator calls it, these unmanned aerial vehicles are skimming over Indonesia’s jungle canopy to photograph orangutans, protect rhinos in Nepal, and study invasive aquatic plants in Florida...Relatively cheap, portable, and earth-hugging, the drones fill a gap between satellite and manned aircraft imagery and on-the-ground observations, said Percival Franklin at the University of Florida, which has been developing such drones for more than a decade.

  • December 1, 2011

    Oldies But Goodies: 85-Year-Old Hunter Still Uses Gear from the 1940's

    By Chad Love

    Are you a gadgeteer, an early adopter or a fan of the latest, the greatest, the coolest or the newly-improved? Does your garage resemble the bargain cave at a Cabela's store?

    Are you constantly buying, trying and then casting aside every new piece of gear or the latest super-duper, high-tech camo pattern that comes down the pike? Then maybe you could learn a thing or two from Bernard Baxter.

    From this story in the (Iona County, Mich.) Sentinel-Standard:

    Bernard Baxter, 85, has shot almost as many deer as the number of years he has been hunting. This year on Nov. 16, using his trusty Remington 16-gauge, three-shot automatic shotgun, he shot his 55th, a six point buck.

  • September 30, 2011

    Review: Jeep 2012 Wrangler Rubicon 4x4

    By Slaton L. White

    How do you redesign an icon?

    Carefully. Very carefully.

    Just ask the guy responsible for the Wrangler YJ, which replaced the beloved (but slow-selling) CJ in the late 1980s. All in all, not a bad vehicle, but it was vilified for having square, instead of round, headlights.

    Small beer? Not to the hard-core Jeep fan. Jeep engineers learned the lesson, and though the current model desperately needed an upgrade--especially a more powerful but fuel-efficient engine--designers knew they couldn’t change the shape or alter its iconic look in any substantial way. In other words, it had to have round headlamps, as well as the seven-slot grille, to carry on the hallowed Willys tradition.

  • September 29, 2011

    How To Punk Your Buddy's Trail Camera

    By Chad Love

    Here's one from the "Why Didn't I Think Of That?" files...

    Everyone knows that punking your hunting buddy's trail cam with fake creature photos is a real time-consuming pain, what with all the getting in and out of fake Bigfoot suits, leprechaun knickers and alien bodies and such. So don't. If you've got even marginal Photoshop skills then don't bother taking the creature to the camera, instead just take the camera to the creature...

    From this story on thechive.com:

  • September 23, 2011

    Review: Chevrolet Silverado 2500 4WD Crew Cab

    By Slaton L. White

    Ten years ago I went on a week-long salmon safari in Alaska, living out of a slide-in camper in a Silverado equipped with a Duramax 6.6-liter V8 turbo diesel. It was an epic adventure, and looking at my old notes I see I raved about the truck’s performance. “Moved well from a dead stop. Quiet, even at full throttle. MPG: averaged between 11 to 14 mpg.”

    A lot has happened to GM since then. After teetering on the brink of insolvency for years, it finally plunged into bankruptcy two years ago. What many people don’t know was that the company came perilously close to Chapter 11 in the 1990s. But they got a stay of execution. Know why? The Silverado. It was just about the only GM product people wanted to buy...and they bought enough of them to help keep the company afloat.

    The Silverado was good then...and it’s good now.

    I can say that after logging 900 miles in one recently. The 2500 4WD Crew Cab is a stout build, and boasts a maximum towing rating of 17,000 pounds. That means that when you drive it without a trailer or with an empty bed, it’s a bit rough. But when you get some weight on those rear wheels, it tames down nicely.