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Hunting

Triple Play Decoys

Use a three-bird spread of realistic decoys and kiss your ground blind goodbye.

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12 Shooting Drills That Will Make You A Better Hunter

Shot a bull's-eye from the benchrest? Got 20 out of 25 at the trap range? Great—but...
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  • April 18, 2014

    The Correct Way to Introduce a Woman to the Ways of the Rifle

    By David E. Petzal


    Photo by Dusan Smetana

    A few years ago a friend and I gave a compressed instruction course to two women who were about to go on a mule deer hunt and had never fired a rifle before. We conducted the class separately, and after an hour or so my friend walked over to where I was and said, "I can't show her anything. She hits the 10-ring every time she pulls the trigger."

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  • April 18, 2014

    Gunfight Friday: Winchester Model 12 vs Browning Citori

    By Phil Bourjaily

    In my extremely biased opinion, we haven’t featured enough shotgun gunfights. We have a good one today, as two classic smoothbores collide: the Winchester Model 12 and the Browning Citori.

    The Winchester Model 12, introduced in 1912 and made for over half a century, earned the nickname “The Perfect Repeater” for its slick action and lively handling. In 16 gauge, it is makes a wonderful, trim gun to carry in the field. The Browning Citori, initially intended as a low-cost Japanese replacement for the expensive, Belgian-made Superposed, has become a classic in its own right. Having visited the factory where Citoris are made, I can attest to the amount of skilled hand labor that goes into each one.
    Here are today’s guns: [ Read Full Post ]

  • April 18, 2014

    Do You Forage for Wild Foods?

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    By David Draper

    This time each year renewed interest in foraging pops up like a mushroom in the woods. In fact, the morel is probably responsible for all that chatter about finding your own food, as April generally marks the start of the season across much of the country. It’s also when a lot of hunters are in the woods hunting turkeys, so there’s a natural convergence of people and wild food happening anyway. According to this article in the Austin Chronicle, there’s also a renewed interest in urban foraging:
     
    “Until approximately 12,000 years ago, when the first agricultural systems were developed, across every border and cultural divide, foraging was the predominant means of sustenance... The lost art is gaining momentum for a variety of modern reasons, including economic hardship, increased interest in sustainability and ecological well-being, and a desire to reconnect with nature and food. [ Read Full Post ]

  • April 18, 2014

    Bowhunters Help Reduce Car-Deer Collisions Outside Cincinnati

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    By Ben Romans

    The number of auto accidents stemming from deer collisions outside of Cincinnati is declining, and residents have bowhunters to thank.

    Indian Hill Rangers Police Chief Chuck Schlie told the Cincinnati Enquirer that drivers reported just eight collisions in 2013—down from 44 in 1997—and he credits a tightly monitored, archery-only deer hunting program for the decline. [ Read Full Post ]

  • April 17, 2014

    Video: Florida Black Bear has Rough Landing

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    By Ben Romans

    Last Monday, a big black bear crashed to the ground with a thud from its perch 30 feet up in a tree after Florida Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWCC) officers shot it with a tranquilizer and tried catching it with suspended tarps.

    A story from UPI says some residents in the Panama City, Florida neighborhood initially thought the animal was a dog roaming the streets until they saw it climb a tree, but were glad officials were relocating it to the Apalachicola National Forest—especially after its hard landing, which FWCC Officer Jerry Pitts said actually went just as planned. [ Read Full Post ]

  • April 17, 2014

    Hot Gear: 4 New Hunting and Fishing Items for Spring 2014

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    3-Tand TF Series Fly Reels

    If you’re looking for a reel that has the guts, rock-solid construction, and tanklike toughness of the most expensive fly reels, without the big price tag, you can’t beat 3-Tand’s new TF series. Available in weights 1 through 8, made from T-6 cold-forged aluminum, and featuring a sealed NanoCF carbon-fiber drag, these reels are exceptionally smooth and rugged. The bottom line is that you simply will not find this kind of performance anywhere else for under $250. Having put both the 7-weight and 2-weight models through their paces, I’m confident in saying either one could stop a bonefish or withstand being run over by an M1 Abrams. —Joe Cermele [ Read Full Post ]

  • April 16, 2014

    Wild Game Recipe: Try a Pickle Juice Brine

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    By David Draper

    Like a lot of game meats, wild turkey gets a bad rap for being difficult to cook. Much of this negative reputation comes from the tendency of hunters to overcook their meat, but I’ll admit cooking any wild bird does come with a challenge. Wild turkey meat has a tendency to dry out quickly when subjected to high heat due to the limited amount of fat these birds develop. As I’ve written about recently, marinades don’t add moisture to meat like most people think they do. However, there is a technique that all but guarantees a moister end product, whether you roast, grill or fry your turkey – brining. [ Read Full Post ]

  • April 16, 2014

    Classic Deer Guns and Crapshoot Accuracy

    By Dave Hurteau

    Generally speaking, today’s rifles are much more accurate than yesterday’s, which leads people to think that the old guns can’t shoot. Many can’t, for sure. But some can.

    I have a Savage 99 in .300 Savage that shoots just over a minute of angle and a Remington Model 141 in .35 Rem. that shoots just under. I got lucky with those. On the other hand, I have a Winchester Model 70 Classic Compact in 7mm-08 that won’t put three shots inside a cantaloupe no matter what I feed it. Them’s the breaks. [ Read Full Post ]

  • April 16, 2014

    New Zealand Pizza Chain Advertises With Billboard Covered in Real Rabbit Skins

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    By Phil Bourjaily


    Photo posted on Facebook by Hell Pizza

    Hell Pizza, a chain operating throughout New Zealand and with restaurants in London, Seoul and Brisbane, has created a stir with its latest artisanal offering just in time for Easter: rabbit pizza. If that wasn’t enough, Hell Pizza is advertising with a billboard covered in real rabbit skins, ABC News reports. Animal rightists are (surprise) outraged.

    One of the first species introduced by Europeans, rabbits quickly overpopulated parts of the islands and are now pests in New Zealand. Stoats, ferrets and weasels were introduced to control rabbits, and the result was a disaster for New Zealand’s native birds. [ Read Full Post ]

  • April 15, 2014

    March(ish) Madness: Announcing the Deer Shotgun Champ

    By Dave Hurteau

    And so it's the 870 in a walk. I might fall down dead of shock.

    From the very beginning our online editor, who is still young enough that the spark of romanticism has not yet been fully stamped out, dreamed that the Ithaca might win this whole thing. That would have been surprising, and wonderful. But, like so many things, it couldn't be.

    Instead, you have voted for the 870 fair and square (and shoved our online editor a bit farther down the knife's edge of life). [ Read Full Post ]

  • April 14, 2014

    How to Make a Turkey Cape Display

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    By Will Brantley

    You want to remember a special gobbler from a special turkey hunt, but you're not quite ready to fork over the grand for a full-body mount. A turkey cape display looks cool, and is much more affordable. You can have a taxidermist do a professional cape display for a couple hundred bucks, or can do it yourself for the cost of a handful of table salt and a few staples. This video details the steps. 

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  • April 14, 2014

    Eva Shockey on the Future of Hunting

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    By Michael R. Shea

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    F&S sits down with the cohost of Jim Shockey’s Hunting Adventures, women’s advocate and rising star Eva Shockey, to discuss hunting’s future. [ Read Full Post ]

  • April 14, 2014

    Bear Attacks Florida Woman in Her Garage

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    By Phil Bourjaily

    A Florida woman was attacked by a bear in her garage on the evening of April 12, Orlando Sentinel reports. Terri Frana, who lives near Lake Mary in Seminole County, saw two bears in her driveway and, knowing her children were riding bikes nearby, went outside to check on her kids. She went into her garage where she found five bears eating her garbage. One attacked her, biting her head. The bear tried to drag Frana away but she escaped into the house.

    She also sustained bite marks to the arm and leg and claw marks on her back. She required 30 staples and 10 stitches to close the wounds to her head. Frana is expected to make a full recovery. [ Read Full Post ]

  • April 11, 2014

    Recipe: Making Bannock Bread at Camp

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    By David Draper

    I’ve been reading a bunch of frontier history books lately, including Hampton Sides excellent Kit Carson overview, "Blood and Thunder." I’m always interested in what kind of vittles frontiersmen and explorers subsisted on as they pushed across the West. Certainly wild game made up an important part of their diet, but hardtack and bannock were also among the rations. While hardtack, a simple cracker made from flour, salt, and water, was much reviled, bannock bread was a welcome meal, and an easy one to prepare as long as some type of leavener was available. (Traditional bannock was often made without a leavening agent, but adding baking powder, buttermilk, or a sourdough starter made for a lighter, better tasting product). [ Read Full Post ]

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