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Bird Hunting

  • January 28, 2014

    Gear Test: Best Turkey Vests Under $40

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    By Scott Bestul


    Illustration by Jason Lee; Vests photos by Cliff Gardiner & John Keller

    Top-end turkey vests have pockets tailored for every call and gobbler gizmo known to man, and those Cadillac models tend to run $100 or more. But an increasing number of modern hunters are adopting a more minimalist approach. Do you really need to drop a C-note to tote your gear and sit in comfort while chasing spring gobblers? Can a simpler, less pricey model do the job? To find out, I tested four budget turkey vests for under $40—two go for under $30—to see how each meets the needs of today’s turkey hunter. [ 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 25, 2014

    New Semiautomatic Shotgun: Weatherby SA-08 28-Gauge

    By The Editors

    Introducing a sub-gauge shotgun seemed to be a theme among firearm makers at SHOT Show this year. And, this new Weatherby was one of our favorites. The SA-08 28-gauge Deluxe only weighs 5.5 pounds and handles beautifully. Don't think a 28-gauge has enough killing power? Let this new semiautomatic prove you wrong … it will retail for about $850.

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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 21, 2014

    POV Video: Falcon-Eye-View of Peregrine Taking Down Crows

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    By Ben Romans

    While this video feels like an aerial dogfight filmed from from the cockpit of a WWII fighter plane, it’s actually a first-bird account of a peregrine falcon taking down crows. [ Read Full Post ]

  • January 16, 2014

    New Duck Gun: Remington Versa Max Waterfowl Pro

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    By The Editors

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    The original Versa Max is a great waterfowl gun, but this year Remington is looking to make it even better. Borrowing some features from the tactical version of the Versa Max, Remington added an extended bolt handle, an oversized bolt release, and an extra-large safety for easier operation with heavy gloves.

    Add these features to a shotgun that already does a good job of cutting down on felt recoil and has an adjustable stock for different shooting conditions, and you've got a duck and goose gun that's tough to beat in adverse weather.   [ Read Full Post ]

  • January 15, 2014

    A Long Range Pheasant Load: Winchester Rooster XR

    By The Editors

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    The new Winchester Rooster XR uses the same technology as the Long Beard load announced late last year. Here's how it works: the resin fills in the gaps between the pellets. When the shell ignites, the resin fractures. This process creates a tighter shooting shotshell and more pellets on target, according to Winchester.

    From what we've seen, the technology it works. [ Read Full Post ]

  • January 14, 2014

    Benelli Ethos: New Semiautomatic Shotgun 2014

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    By The Editors

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    The Ethos is Benelli's inertia-driven semiautomatic shotgun introduction for 2014. It's a lightweight upland bird gun that features a new shock absorption system in the stock and a comfortable cheek pad. The gun is available with a nickel-plated receiver or an anodized receiver.  [ Read Full Post ]

  • January 10, 2014

    Food Fight Friday: Goose with Cumberland Sauce vs Venison Barbacoa

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    By David Draper

    It’s no secret that Hank Shaw has had an impact on the way we cook wild game today. As evidence, both readers this week found their respective recipe on Shaw’s blog, Hunter Angler Gardener Cook, so I thought it would be a good fight to see which one gets the nod. [ Read Full Post ]

  • January 7, 2014

    Shotgun Tip: Put Tape on the Barrel for Nasty Weather

    By Phil Bourjaily

    Reader Chris McClure of Michigan – where it does get cold and snowy – sent me this e-mail. Rather than rewrite it and claim it as my own, I’ll post his note here:

    "Recently Phil Bourjaily wrote about emergency gun repair in the field.  All good stuff, but I thought it might be of interest to somebody that you can avoid having to flush out a plugged barrel by simply putting a piece of rubberized electrical tape, duct tape or something similar over the end of the barrel before leaving the truck. [ Read Full Post ]

  • January 3, 2014

    Gunfight Friday: Grouse Guns Edition

    By Phil Bourjaily

    Since, in my opinion, we need more shotgun gunfights, Springerman3 and I are offering up our grouse guns for this week’s fight. Grouse hunting requires a gun that you can carry all day through heavy cover, often with one hand. But, it also has to deliver its payload on target when the time comes. These two guns have more similarities than differences: both are 20 gauge doubles with shorter barrels and both have pistol grips and single triggers that will annoy purists. Both are also excellent field guns. Mine is ligher and more of a grouse and woodcock specialist. Springerman3’s is an all-around gun that sees a lot of time in the Wisconsin grouse woods every year. Here they are: [ Read Full Post ]

  • January 3, 2014

    Food Fight Friday: Antelope Lasagna vs Turkey Leg Enchiladas

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    By David Draper

    When Nathan Carson’s Food Fight entry showed up in my inbox last week, I knew I had the perfect competition for a photo of my own. This week’s pan-to-pan combat highlights what the Wild Chef blog is all about. Though we often go for the backstraps and bacon-wrapped whatever, I try to emphasize there are so many different, yet easy, things you can do with game meat. It’s nice to get fancy every once in a while and show off your skills, but for the day-to-day cook, often the best thing to do is incorporate game meat into tried and true classics like these two dishes. [ Read Full Post ]

  • January 3, 2014

    Identify Hot Spots for Wintering Ducks

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    By Will Ryan


    Photo by Randy Hoepner / Windigo Images

    Nothing is more frustrating than ducks that ignore your decoys. Flaring birds signal a glitch in your setup. But no response leaves no clues. A 2006 study published in Biological Conservation on wintering waterfowl in Rhode Island's Narragansett Bay might offer help for such mysteries.

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  • January 2, 2014

    How to Protect Your Hunting Dog From Hypothermia

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    By Tom Davis


    Photo by Bill Buckley

    Frigid winter weather is tough on hunters, but it's tough on their hunting companions too. Here's how to keep your gun dog safe when the mercury plummets.

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    Shawn Wayment, a vet and bird hunter from Sedalia, Colo., says that any dog body temp below 100 degrees constitutes hypothermia. The symptoms of mild hypothermia (90 to 99 degrees) include panting and raised hair. At the moderate level (82 to 90 degrees), breathing grows shallow and the dog becomes disoriented. If severe (82 degrees or below), the dog will be unresponsive and in danger of death.

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