Top Ten Countdown: Your Favorite Stories Of 2006

Number Ten:
The View from Below: Underwater Action Shots from Professional Photographer Bill Lindner
Check out these rare shots of pike, muskie, walleye, catfish, bass, trout, and more chasing bait, lures, flies, and checking out Bill's camera. Total Pageviews: 192,235
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Bill Lindner
Number Nine:
Man vs. Catfish: Catching flatheads by hand in Mississippi's Yazoo River
It takes a certain type of person to dive into a muddy river, stick his hand in a fish's mouth, and then wrestle the thrashing beast into a boat. The word nut comes to mind. Total Pageviews: 198,487
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Jason Sealock
How To Build a Matchless Fire

How To Build a Matchless Fire

Number Eight:
Seven Ways to Light a Fire Without a Match
Starting one without matches takes work, but it's a skill all outdoorsmen should know. Friction and sparks are the keys, but proper technique and choosing the right wood are equally important. Total Pageviews: 210,522
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Steve Sanford
The best new hunting, fishing, camping, boating, and travel gear of 2006
Number Seven:
The 2006 Best of the Best Awards
We spent three months freezing binoculars, overheating guns, smashing fishing rods, taking apart reels, and generally abusing gear the way real sportsmen do in real life. These are the 43 products that survived. Total Pageviews: 292,077
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Dan Saelinger
Number Six:
Building Your Dream Cabin
Check out these photos documenting construction of the Field & Stream cabin, located in Jeffersonville, Vermont. Total Pageviews: 328,361
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Field & Stream Online Editors
Number Five:
The 50 Best Guns Ever Made, 1-15
People love lists. We have lists of the best and worst dressed, the scariest movies, the most beautiful celebrities, the most talented athletes, the dumbest politicians, and just about every other category a magazine editor can dream up. I love lists and am occasionally asked to rattle off my list of what I think are the best guns ever made. However, I've never done so in public. Until now. By David E. Petzal Total Pageviews: 412,328
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Field & Stream Online Editors
Number Four:
The 50 Greatest Lures of All Time
Field & Stream's fishing editor has spent 50 years assembling the perfect tackle box. How many do you have? Total Pageviews: 428,587
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Todd Huffman
How To: Make a Survival Kit out of an Altoids Tin (and Two More Lifesaving DIY Projects)

How To: Make a Survival Kit out of an Altoids Tin (and Two More Lifesaving DIY Projects)

Number Three:
Make a Survival Kit out of an Altoids Tin (and Two More Life-Saving DIY Projects)
The things you carry can keep you alive. Here are three survival kits perfect for outdoorsmen, plus a step-by-step plan for how to build your own. Total Pageviews: 605,958
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Spencer Jones; glasshouseimages.com
Test Your Whitetail IQ

Test Your Whitetail IQ

Number Two:
The Winter Survival Quiz: How Good are Your Survival Skills?
Knowing the answers to these ten basic questions could mean the difference between life and death if you find yourself stuck far from help in the winter woods. Total Pageviews: 827,740
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Field & Stream Online Editors
Giant Mako Shark Caught On Fly Rod Off San Diego

Giant Mako Shark Caught On Fly Rod Off San Diego

Number One:
Giant Shark Caught On Fly Rod Off San Diego Coast
Brendan Mason, of Seattle, caught this 11-foot-long, 600-pound mako shark on a fly rod off the coast of San Diego. Mason hooked the fish on a red/white streamer after it attacked the boat he was chumming from. Total Pageviews: 836,357
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Randall Bryett