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New Mission MXB-Sniper Lite Crossbow Loaded with Features

Mission Archery has bolted out of the gate for 2015 with a stunningly streamlined, cool and feature-packed crossbow: the new MXB-Sniper Lite. This hot crossbow was just announced by Mission Archery. It includes a machined rail with beveled arrow track, integrated rail and scope mount, Smart Guide cable slide to alleviate down pressure on...

Grizzly bears are being monitored in Grand Teton National Park as part of a two-year study. (Photo: USGS)

Trouble a’Bruin? Bears Believed to Have Tracked Hunters

A study of the relationship of grizzly bears and hunters already is yielding some interesting results about interaction between the two and how bears may be tracking hunters in the woods in autumn and winter. For many years hunters have said something to the effect of “when a bear hears a gunshot it’s like...

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Hey, Don’t Throw Out the Neck From Your Deer

My, oh, my … all the years of watching deer hunters (and myself, I’ll admit) throw away some of the most gorgeous deer meat for some of the dumbest reasons ever. “Ah, it’s too much trouble to fool with.” “Naaa, I don’t have time to mess around with a neck.” “Are you kidding? There’s...

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The Best Deer Hunters Know When to Shift for Hot Rut Strategies

Becoming more knowledgeable about the various phases of the white-tailed deer rut is one of the most enjoyable and challenging things deer hunters can do. While many hunters believe “the rut” is the exciting chasing and breeding period, the actual rut is a months-long process. Learning more about these fascinating, unique phases and how to...

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Deer Talk Now: Do Trappers Make Better Deer Hunters?

Tom Miranda has hunted big game animals around the world, literally on multiple continents and in some of the toughest conditions, but he got his start as an outdoorsman many years ago as a trapper. With the knowledge Miranda gained from studying animals’ travel routes, escape routes, how they approached his trap sets, how...

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Heat Up, Juice Up and Don’t Be in the Dark This Season

Try as we might to get into the woods and disconnect, we’re usually not far from our smart phones. There can be, of course, a legitimate need for smartphones in the woods: calling for help, using the GPS or compass, even using the light in a pinch. I’ve used my iPhone flashlight feature more...

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Bushcraft 101: Tools, and Caring for Them, Are Invaluable

Quality, well-maintained tools can mean the difference between an enjoyable, comfortable tramp and an unsuccessful—or even dangerous—venture into the bush. By Dave Canterbury Remember from Chapter 1 that cutting tools are one of the five Cs. This means they are essential items when practicing bushcraft. Because there are so many options when it comes...