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How to Hunt Old Forest Fire Burns for Big Bucks

Wildfires initially leave devastation in their wake, but from the ashes come rejuvenation and big deer

The benefits of wildfires come months or years after the devestation. Bleakness turns to abundance, and that's what mule deer bucks need in order to grow into mature…
Original author: Toby Walrath


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Deer Hunting Forecast 2017

A state-by-state breakdown of the upcoming deer season

Wherever you live or hunt, deer season awaits. Here’s a quick guide to the 2017 deer hunting season.
Original author: Brian Lovett


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5 Top Compound Bows for Hunters on a Budget

Don’t call them cheap. These bargain bows deliver plenty of performance and value

Great hunting bows for less than $600? Yes, it's a reality.
Original author: Tony Hansen


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Your Countdown Calendar for the Opening Day of Duck Season

Your opening-day countdown for beating the crowds and limiting out

It's going to be crowded at the boat ramp this season, so here's a game plan for the weeks leading up to the opener, and those first few hours that kick off the start of…
Original author: Alex Robinson


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How to Catch Bruiser Brown Trout

Time is running short for one of Wisconsin's greatest—and toughest—trophy fish

It might be the greatest understatment in fishing, but there's something special about big brown trout. Their allure comes not only from their size and beauty, but also…
Original author: Steve Ryan


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5 Rules for Packing Out Elk Meat

What happens once your bull is down can make your hunt and even save your life

Elk hunting is hard work, but the real work begins once you actually tag one. Here are some rules to save your back and your meat in the woods.
Original author: Toby Walrath


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5 Problems with Your Duck Decoy Spread, and How to Fix Them

When ducks show interest but you're not getting shots, it's time to adjust your setup

Instead of just hoping the next flock of ducks will finish, get out there and troubleshoot the spread. Here's how to make deke tweaks for the most common fly-by…
Original author: Tom Carpenter


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10 Amazing Photos of a Buck Shedding Velvet

These rare photos of a big buck rubbing off his early-season velvet are insane

Each year it happens sometime around Labor Day. It’s when whitetail bucks shed the velvet from their antlers.
Original author: Craig Dougherty and Donald M. Jones


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4 Ultra-Lightweight Goose Decoys for Building an Ultra-Realistic Honker Spread

Mix and match them to fit your needs and leave the trailer at home

Thanks to new decoy designs, a solo goose hunter now has a real opportunity to set a realistic goose spread of four or five dozen lightweight decoys that fits into the…
Original author: Alex Robinson


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3 Record-Book Bulls That Were Dethroned

The total number of inches may be new, but the tradition of celebrating each turnover certainly isn't

Here's a look at a few of the biggest archery elk from the record books that OL has ever reported.
Original author: Natalie Krebs


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You Can Use These 2 Kinds of Tree Fungus for Fire Tinder

Here's how to identify the fungi

You might not expect tree fungus to be particularly useful, but—surprise—it’s often very handy. If you have birch or black locust trees growing near you, then you…
Original author: Tim MacWelch


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Gun News of the Week: 16.3 Million Americans Have Concealed Carry Permits

Plus: California makes gun owners criminals if accused of crime

That is a remarkable number — one in every 20 citizens has a concealed carry permit (CCP) — considering only 4.5 million Americans had a CCP in 2007. Equally remarkable…
Original author: John Haughey


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8 Ways Whitetails Communicate with Their Tails, and What Each Means for Hunters

To correctly predict a whitetail's next move, you need to understand its tail language

Look for these eight specific whitetail deer tail behaviors and learn what each means when you're hunting.
Original author: Tom Carpenter


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3 Early-Season Teal Hangouts, and How to Hunt Them

Shoot more early-season teal by zeroing in on their faovrite haunts

Yes, early-season teal hunting is all about good times. But a laid-back approach only works for so long. For real success, you need to understand the birds better and…
Original author: Tom Carpenter


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It's Too Early to Treat Sage Grouse Like Chickens

Captive rearing of this species is a bad idea

The Wyoming Game and Fish Commission plans to raise sage grouse in captivity. But should they?
Original author: Ben Long


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3 Strategies to Try When Doves Aren't Flying

These killer tactics will improve your odds on opening day of dove season, and in the weeks to come

Don't despair if the doves aren't flying. If you follow these tips, you could end up with a shotgun barrel that's even hotter than the weather.
Original author: Michael Pearce


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Gear Test: The 6 Best ATVs for Hunters

We put the latest crop of machines to the test to find the best one for the field

We set out to find the best ATVs and side-by-side UTVs for in-field use. We put 18 units through our vehicle boot camp to determine the toughest, most useful machines on…
Original author: Tony Hansen


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Gear Test: The 12 Best UTVs for Hunters

We put the latest crop of machines to the test to find the best one for the field

We set out to find the best ATVs and side-by-side UTVs for in-field use. We put 18 units through our vehicle boot camp to determine the toughest, most useful machines on…
Original author: Tony Hansen


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How We Test: The 18 Best ATVs and UTVs for Hunters

We put the latest crop of machines to the test to find the best one for the field

We set out to find the best ATVs and side-by-side UTVs for in-field use. We put 18 units through our vehicle boot camp to determine the toughest, most useful machines on…
Original author: Tony Hansen


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A Recipe for Smoking Wild Venison Jerky

Use the whole muscle method to make tender, tasty jerky

In my book, good jerky should be slightly chewy and not over-seasoned that you can’t taste the meat. I used a 2-pound roast with a wet marinade. I don’t use any extra…
Original author: Jamie Carlson


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