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Seeing What You Can’t See, or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Thermal Vision

December 17, 2014

Here's the FLIR view of the brand new Smith & Wesson M&P Pro Series CORE with compensated barrel.

If you really want to be able to see, sometimes you have to use a lens that you can’t see through. I recently toured one of FLIR’s manufacturing facilities and got quite the lesson on how to see things you can’t really see. While FLIR makes a wide variety of "sensing" gear, not just infrared products, they’re most commonly known for commercial and military products that help folks see things not normally visible to the human eye. By using lenses made from exotic materials like Germanium and Zinc Selenide and adding a touch of...

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What Las Vegas Taught Me about Elk Calling

December 17, 2014

Corey Jacobsen, the most decorated elk caller in the history of organized competition. Image courtesy RMEF.

The emcee asked for quiet in the crowded theater and the audience eagerly obliged. Then he called the day’s last competitor onto the brightly lit stage: “Caller number six, cow sounds, please.” Behind a curtain, judges waited for the first mewing vocalizations of elk. For the next 45 seconds, the competitor did his best, well-rehearsed routine mimicking the sounds of cows and calves, from soft whines to sharp barks. After a short breather, and a sip of water for the dry-throated contestant, the emcee asked for 45 seconds of bull sounds. The room filled with loud, resonant bugles,...

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7 More Celebrities You Didn’t Know Were Hunters

December 15, 2014

When he's not in the field, Shaq told reporters that he was also a fan of deer hunting video games and apps as well. Image from Keith Allison on the Wikimedia Commons.

Last month we covered seven female celebrities that you may not have known are hunters, so it is only proper to follow up with a list of seven male stars who are as equally keen about the great outdoors. These movie stars, musicians, and athletes have enjoyed international acclaim throughout their careers, but their fame also comes with a downside. Their celebrity status makes them big targets for anti-hunting groups, but that doesn't stop these men from putting on camo. Instead, many...

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Photos: A Bucket List Bird Hunt with Pheasants Forever

December 11, 2014

In this photo from day three of the author's SoDak pheasant hunt, Jodi and Sophie Stemler "block," a method used to keep birds from flying out of the opposite end of a field as hunters walk through it.

Taking a road trip with my bird dog to South Dakota in hopes of connecting with wild ring-necked pheasants has been at the top of my upland bucket list for quite some time. I recently fulfilled that dream while on a media hunt and conservation forum sponsored by Pheasants Forever, during which I also learned about the positive impact farming can have on pheasant habitat. Below are photos from our trip. After arriving in Aberdeen, South Dakota, I spent the first afternoon of our trip hunting Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) and...

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26 Amazing Women in the Outdoors, from A to Z

December 11, 2014

Women like Nancy Jo Adams (pictured) are making a difference in the outdoor industry. Image courtesy Nancy Jo Adams.

There are some amazing women in the outdoor world; many I am proud to call friends and colleagues. Here’s my list from A to Z of women making a difference in their own unique ways. I respect this group of gals and here’s why (please forgive the need to use a last letter rather than a first letter on occasion to make this fit). A: Nancy Jo Adams Nancy Jo is a hardcore hunter and I love her social media flare. She names her truck (Cletus) and her bow (Thalia) and balances enjoying the outdoors while blogging and uncovering great photography. Plus, as a Northerner, I need friends who show...

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Slowly Moving South: The Migration

December 11, 2014

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The migration, much like the rut down South, seemed to be on its way---until it wasn’t. On a calm and rather warm morning two days before Thanksgiving, sitting in a blind overlooking a rice field near Augusta, Arkansas, Lyle, my father, Chad Powell, and myself waited for a little more light at 6:19 a.m. I was silently happy we’d missed the 20-degree temperatures that had hung around the week before. Standing there in the Bridge Blind, watching for the coming sun, teal choreographically buzzed by, never a falter or a wrong turn by a single bird. During aforementioned cold snap, as we’d...

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Yamaha’s Partnership with the Outdoors and What It Means to You

December 10, 2014

Hunting and the modern outdoorsman have helped push the development of many Yamaha products and accessories.

Conservation organizations are always in need of more money and toward that end, there are always contests and raffles used to raise awareness, funds, and involvement. Quite often these groups give away an ATV. Have you noticed that more often than not, that ATV is a Yamaha? Yamaha’s involvement with the outdoors goes a lot further than a few donated machines, however. The outdoors is part of the company’s culture. Yamaha has had a long-standing partnership with the outdoor world, and not just as...

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7 Surefire Signs Your Spouse or Significant Other is a Hunter

December 9, 2014

How do I know my wife is a hunter? We go hunting together a lot. We take the kids too.

If you’re reading this, you’re likely a hunter, or at least married to or dating one. There are some ways to know for sure, and I've compiled the following list of seven surefire indicators. 1. They own "casual" camo clothes I once bought a pair of camo slip-on shoes. I had to promise my wife that I was only buying them to wear around the house and I wouldn’t go out in public wearing them. That was a lie, of course. Camo is more than just hunting clothing. It’s a lifestyle. I have a lot of camo stuff that I wear on a regular basis that isn’t hunting gear. My wife has finally seen...

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Making Deer Registration a Community Affair

December 9, 2014

Lee Simonar, right, owner of Lee’s Sports in Luxemburg, Wisconsin, processes deer-registration paperwork for Dana Lemens, Luxemburg, who arrowed this buck November 9 during archery season.

If you want proof of deer hunting’s importance to Wisconsin---and why it’s foolish to schedule weddings or other events the first two days of deer season---drive east from Green Bay on opening day, turn south on Luxemburg’s Main Street, and look for Lee’s Sports. Don’t worry. You can’t miss it. The gun shop is part of the Simonar family’s sprawling business complex on the road’s west side, sandwiched between Simonar Service and Simonar Sports. Chances are, you’ll hardly notice the buildings for all the headlights and red taillights. That section of road will be packed with...

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Video: This Hunting Parody of “Do You Want to Build a Snowman” from ‘Frozen’ is Amazing

December 9, 2014

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If you have kids, younger siblings, or have been in a public space in the past few months, odds are that you've already heard one of the catchiest songs from the Disney animated film Frozen, "Do You Want to Build a Snowman." The tune is a real ear worm, and these hunters are not about to let it go to waste. This video, performed by the staff of Mix 97.3 Sioux Falls, may lack Disney princesses, but it sure doesn't lack for heart. Will you be singing this in your treestand? Let us know in the comments below. We won't judge. http://youtu.be/vwpCsb5cbXs...

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