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Michigan’s 2014 Hunting Seasons Go Down as Safest on Record

March 4, 2015

Michigan officials celebrated 2014 as the  state's safest year ever for hunters.

Last month the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) announced that 2014 marked the safest year ever for hunters. For the first time in the state's history, there were no fatal incidents and only 10 injuries recorded across all of 2014's hunting seasons. Accidents in the field have become remarkably rare in the past few years, and officials are crediting the decrease of injuries to state-wide hunter education programs. "What makes 2014 the safest on record is that for the first time we had no...

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Photo: Bald Eagle Fights Coyote over Deer Carcass, Raven Wins

March 3, 2015

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What is the most epic picture you've ever pulled from a trail cam? Did it involve four different species, a life or death battle, and perhaps the most stunningly clear case of opportunism caught in the wild? There's a lot going on in this picture, but we can all agree that the raven is the real winner here.

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The above image was uploaded by Reddit user Blutausbeherit, who claims that they recovered the image from a wooded...

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America’s 5 Greatest Hunting Presidents

March 2, 2015

Theodore Roosevelt.

It should come as little surprise that a great many of our presidents are and were avid sportsmen, even though only about six percent of the American public hunts. In fact, by some reports more than half of the men in the Oval Office over the past 50 years were hunters---but the history of great hunting presidents stretches far beyond that. From the days of the original 13 colonies to the modern era, America has always carried the spirit of a frontier nation and it is an ideal embraced by many of our presidents. Here is our list of the five US presidents who were most likely to be found in the...

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The BAREBOW! Chronicles: “Tenting It” in the Land of Giant Bears

March 2, 2015

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The hunt this story recounts will forever stand out in my memory for one reason in particular: the nighttimes were far more interesting and exciting than the daytimes. In late November 2005, immediately after returning home from my successful hunt with outfitter Scott Mileur on Kodiak Island, I placed a call to my good friend David Widby. Dave had just retired after 30 years of working for the US Postal Service in the Anchorage area. He is a veteran bowhunter with several dozen Sitka blacktail bucks to his credit, and I had promised to give him a report on the hunt that served as a basis...

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5 Essential Items for the Trapper

March 2, 2015

The Kershaw Tinder axe is an excellent choice for any outdoorsman, and trappers in particular.

Growing up in rural Oklahoma, I can remember stories told by my grandfather about my great grandfather living among the Cheyenne Indians on the Cimarron River and trapping to supplement a very rugged and meager lifestyle. Stories like this and many others that centered on trapping, hunting, and fishing unquestionably helped lead to my great love of the outdoors and the decision to spend most of my life working in wildlife conservation. The benefits of trapping are numerous. An author could write several articles explaining how trapping is good for biodiversity, conservation, sustaining...

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5 Essential Items for the Trapper

March 2, 2015

The Kershaw Tinder axe is an excellent choice for any outdoorsman, and trappers in particular.

Growing up in rural Oklahoma, I can remember stories told by my grandfather about my great grandfather living among the Cheyenne Indians on the Cimarron River and trapping to supplement a very rugged and meager lifestyle. Stories like this and many others that centered on trapping, hunting, and fishing unquestionably helped lead to my great love of the outdoors and the decision to spend most of my life working in wildlife conservation. The benefits of trapping are numerous. An author could write several articles explaining how trapping is good for biodiversity, conservation, sustaining...

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9 Simple Tips for Improving Your Hunting Photography Skills

March 2, 2015

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Soon we’ll be back in the field with our shotguns on our shoulders. Snow goose hunters really get after it beginning in March. Southern turkey hunters begin hunting just after the official declaration of spring. While the external “goal” of hunting is always to put a bend in the meat pole, the true pursuit is the collection of memories: good ones, funny ones, inspiring ones. Every hunting trip, even every scouting trip, produces memories you’ll want to keep. Photographs, films, and, most recently, unfathomably-easy-to-shoot-and-store-video make those memories last longer and stay...

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Video: 5 Cheap, Unconventional Ways to Sharpen Your Knife

February 27, 2015

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The odds are that if you own a knife, you have already perused the different knife sharpeners out on the market today and probably balked at their prices. $150 for a Japanese water stone, or double that for a belt sharpener? Surely there has to be a better---and most importantly---cheaper alternative. Whether you use your knives for hunting, fishing, or bushcraft, you don't exactly need an edge that can slice through atoms. All you need is something that will get the job done. So below are five inexpensive---practically free---methods of putting an edge on your knife without spending the big...

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Russian Hunters Discover 10,000-year-old Frozen Woolly Rhino in River

February 27, 2015

The remains of this baby woolly rhino, nicknamed "Sasha" were excavated by Russian hunters.

Paleontologists are calling a recent find in the Russian region of Yakutia a "sensation." Last September, Aleksandr Banderov and his hunting party were traveling near the Semyulyakh River when they uncovered the preserved carcass of an adolescent wholly rhinoceros, a species that roamed the frozen landscapes of Europe and northern Asia during the last Ice Age. The hunters initially thought it was a reindeer frozen in the ice, but quickly realized it was something much older. "We were sailing past a ravine and noticed hair hanging on the top of it,' Alexander told Read more »

5 Knives You Should Purchase with Your Tax Refund

February 26, 2015

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Like many Americans, my fear of tax season is offset in a small way by the promise of a refund. It's the added incentive that many of us need to file taxes early---or at least before the post office closes down on April 15. As I wait for the refund to deposit itself in my bank account, I find myself daydreaming about how I'm going to spend it. Of course, fiscally-responsible options are about at the bottom of my list, but I also don't get carried away. After all, the majority of us won't be able to afford a new yacht on their tax refund. So why not invest in an upgrade to the one outdoor...

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