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Big Game Hunting

12 Shooting Drills That Will Make You A Better Hunter

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  • February 6, 2014

    Video: Brutal Bull Moose Fight

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    By The Editors

    Real Langlois, better known as the RackMan, is the guy to go to for amazing moose hunting footage. A few years ago he posted a video of himself shooting a world record Pope and Young bull from point-blank range. 

    Last month he posted this video of two young bulls fighting in the middle of a road. The moose seem to be only posturing for dominance, but eventually one bull drives the other into the ground, severely injuring it.

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  • February 5, 2014

    Poll: Should Yearling Buck Protection Be Voluntary or Regulated by the State?

    By Scott Bestul

    I thought the thermometer and Peyton Manning’s bid for best quarterback ever were the only things bottoming out. But according to a press release from the Quality Deer Management Association (QDMA), the percentage of yearling (1-1/2-year-old) bucks in America’s annual whitetail harvest is lower than ever.

    Among the fascinating stats in the QDMA’s annual “Whitetail Report,” a yearly compilation of all things whitetail, only 37 percent of bucks killed by hunters nationwide during the 2012-13 season were yearlings. Back in 1988, when the QDMA started tracking this number, 62 percent of bucks shot by hunters were yearlings. That’s a 25-percent drop in as many seasons.

    Kip Adams, QDMA’s Director of Education and Outreach and a certified wildlife biologist is naturally pleased with the numbers. “Hunters in some states still shoot a high percentage of yearling bucks,” he says. “But overall, the trend is moving toward protection of at least some yearling bucks, as hunters are recognizing the benefits of having some mature bucks in the population—and it’s not just about antlers.” [ Read Full Post ]

  • February 5, 2014

    Cooking Wild Game: The Most Common Mistakes

    By David Draper


    CC image from Flickr

    In case you haven’t heard, I’ll be appearing at the upcoming Pheasant Fest in Milwaukee next weekend, Feb. 14-16. Throughout the three-day game bird extravaganza, I, along with Hank Shaw and Tovar Cerulli, will be presenting seminars on wild-game cooking. If you’re in the area, or are nearby, I’d encourage you to stop by — and if you happen to see me or are able to attend a seminar, be sure to say hello. A complete schedule of the event can be found here. [ Read Full Post ]

  • February 3, 2014

    How to Smoke Wild Boar Ribs

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    By David Draper

    Although my Broncos-loving friends weren’t so happy with how the Super Bowl turned out, they all agreed that our spread of food last night was world-championship worthy. All of the classics were represented, including wings and meatballs and a few varieties of cheese dip. A big pot of taco soup was a hit, as were my girlfriend’s chocolate sugar puff cookies. My contribution was this overflowing pan of pork, featuring ribs from both wild and domestic pigs. I didn’t figure the two slabs of skinny wild ribs (shown on the left in the picture) would be enough for this crowd, so I included a fatty slab of St. Louis style pork ribs, also hedging my bet a bit in case the wild ribs weren’t up to par. Somewhat surprisingly, between the two, the wild pig was by far the winner in the taste test. [ Read Full Post ]

  • January 31, 2014

    New Rangefinder: Bushnell The Truth with ClearShot

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    By Dave Hurteau

     

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    Four years ago, peering through a screen of branches, I thought I saw a clear lane for sending a shaft into a decent New York buck. What I forgot to consider was that my arrow wouldn't follow the straight-line path my eye drew to the target, but would instead arc above my line of sight and then back down. 

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  • January 29, 2014

    Polar Bears Adapt to Warmer Arctic by Eating Snow Goose Eggs

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    By Phil Bourjaily

    Arctic ice is melting sooner in the spring, driving polar bears to dry land earlier in the year. Unable to prey on seals, the bears are finding other sources of food: goose eggs. The bears are now coming ashore during the nesting season of the many waterfowl that breed around Hudson Bay.

    As the video shows, the white bears have become adept at nest robbing and snow goose eggs are among their new favorite foods. A nest holds four to five eggs, and researchers say 88 goose eggs contain the same amount of protein as one seal. Bears raid other nests as well, including sea ducks like eiders and other birds that nest in the tundra around Hudson Bay. [ Read Full Post ]

  • January 28, 2014

    The Southerner’s Handbook: A Guide to Living the Good Life

    By David E. Petzal

    Garden & Gun, a bimonthly magazine which is published in Charleston, South Carolina, is the unlikeliest magazine ever to become successful, win awards, and achieve a national circulation of 700,000. In fact, it is the oddest concept to take root since the British comedy team of Peter Cook and Dudley Moore invented a restaurant called “The Frog and Peach” (“You never know when you’re going to want a bloody great frog and a really smashing peach”) and goddamn if it didn’t take off in the real world. But I digress.

    Garden & Gun is a lifestyle magazine which, in its words, covers “the best of the South, including the sporting culture, the food, the music, the art, the literature, the people and their ideas.” One reason it has succeeded is that it employs only first-rate talent. Its previous Editor in Chief was Sid Evans, who was head honcho at Field & Stream, and its current Main Man is David DiBenedetto, who was a Features Editor at F&S. Eddie Nickens is a regular contributor, and I get in a lick once in a while. [ Read Full Post ]

  • January 27, 2014

    Great Budget Binoculars: Leupold BX-1 Yosemite and McKenzie

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    By The Editors

    This is one of the brand-new full-featured, roof prism binos we saw for well under $200. Again, this one has the phase-coated BaK-4 prism and fully multi-coated lenses; it’s also waterproof, rugged, comes in 8x42 or 10x42, and has a full lifetime warranty—all for around $150. But while we were looking for new bargains, we spotted an old friend, the Porro prism BX-1 Yosemite, which goes for around $75.

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  • January 24, 2014

    New Hunting Knife: SOG BladeLight Hunt

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    By The Editors

    This 4-inch drop-point knife from SOG was one of the most innovative products of SHOT Show. It has a stainless steel blade and an injection-molded handle. The most intriguing feature is the six LED lights that give you 90 minutes of burn time. If you've ever found your deer after dark just as your headlamp batteries were dying, you'll fully appreciate the intelligent design of the SOG Bladelight Hunt. 

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  • January 24, 2014

    PA Game Commission: Winter Feeding Killed Trophy Bull Elk

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    By Phil Bourjaily

    A 6x7 bull elk was recently found dead in Byrnedale, Elk County, Pennsylvania. Game Commission officials believe well-intentioned people may have killed the elk by leaving out corn to help wildlife survive the winter. The elk died of rumen acidosis, a condition often brought on by a sudden change in diet from the normal grasses and plants to corn or other sources of carbohydrates that the animal cannot digest. [ Read Full Post ]

  • January 24, 2014

    SOG Zoom: New Assisted-Opening Knife

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    By The Editors

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    It's not a switch blade, but you can definitely open the new SOG Zoom with one hand. The 4-inch, drop-point blade is made of AUS steel and the handle is made of aluminum. The safety is designed to keep the knife from opening in your pocket. It will retail for about $100. [ Read Full Post ]

  • January 23, 2014

    A Knife Expert on How to Really Sharpen a Blade

    By T. Edward Nickens


    Photos by Travis Rathbone

    I hold the knife in my right hand, thumb on the blade spine. My left thumb guides the edge along a sharpening stone at as close to a 20-degree angle as possible. The screech of diamond dust biting steel is like a door creaking open in a slasher film. I haven't broken such a nervous sweat since Mrs. Evans made me read a story about tarantulas to the entire third-grade class.

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  • January 21, 2014

    Q&A With Miss Kansas Theresa Vail, Pt. 1

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    By The Editors

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    Theresa Vail, better known as Miss Kansas, shocked the Miss America pageant last year when she unabashedly proclaimed her love for hunting. We got a chance to sit down with Vail at the 2014 SHOT Show and ask her questions from you, our loyal readers. Here's what she had to say being an attractive woman in the outdoor industry. [ Read Full Post ]

  • January 21, 2014

    New Rifle Scope: Nightforce SHV

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    By David E. Petzal

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    Nightforce was able to keep the costs down on its new SHV (Shooter, Hunter, Varminter) by utilizing simpler controls, employing a less complex manufacturing process, and by reducing the overbuilding that goes into their tactical scopes. The SHV will stand up to any kind of sane treatment, but you can’t break rocks with it, or chock truck tires, or beat recalcitrant mules, as you can with the higher-priced Nightforces. [ Read Full Post ]