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The authors small munsterlander pointer after a good day of shooting. (Jarrod Spilger/)For many years, I wasn’t a quail hunter. Quail were merely an afterthought, a chance encounter while pheasant hunting. Then I got Phantom, my small munsterlander pointer. For eight seasons, she led me on a crusade for quail that gave me a fresh perspective on the...
  1.   Friday, 20 September 2019
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Paired with the right bipod and scope, the Backcountry Ti is a sub-7-pound rig. (Bill Buckley/)For the last 75 years, it’s been easy to recognize a Weatherby cartridge. The distinctive double-radiused shoulder is a dead giveaway, as is the proportion of brass (a lot) to bullet. If you had to triple-check, you could look for the belt on the case. Ev...
  1.   Thursday, 19 September 2019
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A good bow case will protect your bow, arrows, and all the other critical gear it takes to pull off a successful hunt. (Plano/)The more sophisticated compound bows become, the more sensitive they are to mistreatment. One careless drop or ding during transit can ruin a hunt, when time spent afield must be wasted re-tuning sights, limbs, or cables. T...
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Most anglers are never without their fishing pliers when they’re on the water. (KastKing/)A pair of good fishing pliers is useful in every angling situation, whether you’re chasing catfish, tuna, bass, salmon, sharks—whatever you choose to pursue. True fishing pliers are not simply for removing hooks or mashing barbs. It’s the tool serious anglers ...
  1.   Thursday, 19 September 2019
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You don't always need a boat or a dog to hunt on small ponds, potholes, and swamps. (Tom Carpenter/)I am a potholing duck hunter at heart. My duck hunting muses reach their happiest when I'm walking by starlight down some prairie two-track, across a hayfield or cow pasture, or through the timber with a bag of decoys slung over my back and a shotgun...
  1.   Thursday, 19 September 2019
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The author draws from a tree saddle, showing off all of the deer-hunting gear he’ll ever need. (Seth Lowe/)More is more, or so we seem to believe. Just spend a few moments browsing social media and the feeds of Insta influencers. You’ll find plenty of virtual vomit from users who shout, “Look at me and all my stuff!” And you’ll see one comparison a...
  1.   Tuesday, 17 September 2019
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Take small steps to protect your vessel to avoid large repair bills in the future. (Wes Grant via Unsplash/)Boats require a lot of work. From hulls to woodwork, electronics, and upholstery, owning a boat is more than just an investment of money; it’s an ongoing commitment of your time. Working with the right marine-maintenance products can help mak...
  1.   Tuesday, 17 September 2019
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With a good compass, some map-reading skills, and a level head, you can navigate your way out of almost anywhere. (Eyeskey/)With the advent of GPS technology, navigating by compass is a skill that seems to be rapidly falling by the wayside. Because a GPS unit is only as good as the battery or satellite signal that guides it, your ability to determi...
  1.   Tuesday, 17 September 2019
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Internal frame backpacks are lightweight, easy to shoulder, and ideal for multi-day trips outside. (Teton Sports/)The majority of backpacks on the market today are internal-frame packs. While external frame packs are still available, they are mostly confined to situations where the user is carrying very heavy loads, like an inflatable watercraft, e...
  1.   Tuesday, 17 September 2019
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Based on accuracy, versatility, and popularity, the 6.5 Creedmoor round is the wonder-cartridge of the 21st century. It doesn't possess the magic some folks think it does (two days ago a clerk behind a gun counter informed me that the 6.5 Creedmoor didn't start to drop until 700 yards. Heaven help us). But the Creed is exceptionally accurate, its r...
  1.   Tuesday, 17 September 2019
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