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Secretary Zinke Moves to Expand Hunting and Fishing Opportunities in 30 National Wildlife Refuges

U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke this week announced a proposal to open or expand hunting and fishing opportunities at 30 national wildlife …

Wildlife

How to Make Ballistic Gel

Homemade ballistic gel can help you evaluate bullet and pellet penetration and performance. Those new expensive duck loads that say they’re “25% more …

Homemade

How to Make Your Own Bait Light for $30

Lighted areas are always worth a few extra casts, because more often than not, they hold fish. Phytoplankton, the tiny organisms that form the base …

Fishing

Turkey Hunting: Why the Striker is Just as Important as the Pot Call

Tucked into one of southwestern Wisconsin’s many secluded valleys, you’ll find Dennis Woodall living and loving the country life. Woodall is an …

Hunting

The Best New Pike and Muskie Baits of 2018

Northern pike and muskellunge are the nastiest fish to swim in freshwater. These apex predators can grow over four-feet long and eat prey two-thirds …

Fishing

Turkey Hunting Pro Tip: Learn to Shoot With Your Off Hand

The first time I ever had to shoot left handed was at a long-range rifle class in Utah. It was one of my very first work trips for <i>Outdoor Life</i> and I …

Hunting

5 Things to Know Before Having Your Trophy Scored by the Pope & Young Club

Getting a rack scored by the Pope & Young Club might sound like a formal event. But in reality, it’s enjoyable and casual—if you have the right …

Hunting

10 of the Top Moose Cartridges and Bullets

Picking the 10 “best” or most favorable cartridges for hunting any animal is a highly subjective and challenging task. The bigger the animal, the …

Hunting

Call Your Congressmen: The Bipartisan Land & Water Conservation Fund Needs to Be Renewed

Hunters and anglers know it takes teamwork to get something done, from netting a friend’s trophy pike to hauling a bull elk out of the backcountry. …

Conservation

Gun News of the Week: Trump Reassures NRA He Remains Steadfast in Defending Gun-Owners’ Rights

TOP STORY<p><b>Trump Reassures NRA He Remains Steadfast In Defending Gun-Owners’ Rights</b><p>In the aftermath of the Valentine’s Day school shooting in Parkland, …

Guns

8 Last-Minute Gift Ideas for Moms Who Hunt, Fish, and Camp

Your mama may have raised you right, but she clearly couldn't cure you of that last-minute gift shopping habit. Fortunately for you, I’m in the same …

Horses

How to Build a Custom Truck-Bed Storage System

Your truck’s bed can do better. No more stomach-sliding acrobatics just to reach gear that’s slid to the front. Be gone those jumbled piles of …

Woodworking

Do It Yourself: How to Make, Fix, and Improve Your Hunting and Fishing Gear

Money can fix problems, but so can you. Instead of hiring someone to solve all your problems, try tackling them yourselves. This range of skills and …

Hunting

5 Ways to Refinish a Gun Stock Yourself, Plus Other Touch-Up Tricks

Touching up wooden stocks doesn't have to be intimidating, and you certainly don't need a gunsmith to handle it. Here are a few tips to get you …

Woodworking

How to Reload Ammo with Neck Bushings

Turn your necks to a uniform thickness. Use a neck-wall-thickness gauge to determine the thinnest dimension in your batch of brass, and turn the …

Ammunition

How to Make Your Own Gun Rack (Plus: A DIY Leather Sling)

The days of DIY aren't dead yet. Here are two projects suitable any craftsman—aspiring or seasoned—can do on a rainy day. The gun rack is suitable …

Woodworking

How I Turned a School Bus into a Mobile Hunting Lodge

I gutted and remodeled a school bus with the intention of living out of it for a year as I hunted and fished public land. I didn’t have any previous …

Heating

3 Projects to Keep Your Boat Trailer in Ship Shape

Boat trailers are the bane of every angler's existence: there's always something going haywire and giving you a headache. These three projects will …

Arduino

How to Build a Lightweight Game Cart for Hauling Out Deer

It’s no secret that the best big-game hunting is often off the beaten path, but hunting in the boonies presents a special set of ­challenges. …

Hunting

How to Make Your Own Kydex Knife Sheath

A leather sheath is a classic option for your favorite fixed-blade hunting knife, but it's also not waterproof or as durable compared to some modern …

Knives

DIY Taxidermy: How to Camo-Dip a Deer Skull

This DIY taxidermy trick isn't for everyone, but it is an eye-popping option that will spice up your walls and provide a change from shoulder mounts …

Taxidermy

How to Weld a Skull-Mount Wall Hanger

Hanging a skull mount directly from the wall doesn’t do a wide and tall deer rack justice. With the tines pointed straight out, you don’t get to see …

Woodworking

How to Use PVC Pipe to Make a Shooting Saddle and Boat Push Pole

PVC is a relatively cheap, easy, and durable material to work with. Here are a few projects to try out for your hunting or fishing season. The push …

Woodworking

How to Make a Custom Antler-Handle Knife

Here’s how to make your own, personalized hunting knife. You can buy a new blade to fit with the antler handle, or you can use an old blade, like …

Rain Gear Review: The Best Jackets and Bibs for Fishermen

It’s no secret that some of the best fishing hits when the weather is volatile. Hardcore fishermen aren’t going to let a little rain and wind stop …

Backpacking

Orcas, Sea-Run Trout, and Public Access on Puget Sound

The last time I cast for cutthroat trout I was a mile above sea level in the Bob Marshall Wilderness. Today I was waving a 5-weight flyrod off the …

Puget Sound

How to Catch Stocked Trout After the Rush of Opening Day

Some states have a tradition that dates back generations: Watch the trout-stocking schedule, hustle to the stream, and stand side by side with dozens …

Fishing

5 Performance Upgrades for Your Riflescope

While hunting elk in the Cascade Mountains, I became a scope cap convert. The perpetual rain added several pounds to my sodden wool cruiser, and the …

Pacific Northwest

Beach Driving 101: How to Get to Your Surf Fishing Spot Without Getting Stuck

Surf fishing is an exceptionally rewarding experience. But finding feeding fish along an open expanse of beach means covering lots of ground. Luckily …

Fishing

Catching Giant Trout on the Great Lakes

Our boat steers a course parallel to a break wall along Lake Michigan’s western shoreline. Early April water temperatures register in the mid 40s and …

Fishing