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IN OUR PRIME • It’s time to get back to our hunting roots
DISPATCHES • WHAT THE OL STAFF IS…
THE EARLY GAME
SWEPT AWAY • EMILY OLEJNICZAK
CHANCES WITH WOLVES • What the rest of us can learn from a year-round wolf hunter
FOUNDATION FOR WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT’S WOLF REIMBURSEMENT PROGRAM
BUSHY-TAIL BACCALAUREATE • A good squirrel hunt will prepare you for a lifetime of bigger game
FOUR TIMELESS SQUIRREL TACTICS
ANCIENT, WISE, & TASTY • A successful hunt for sandhill cranes—the oldest avian species on Earth—puts a premium on stealth, silence, ultrarealistic decoys, and dog goggles
LIVING HISTORY • Josiah Pinkham has studied his Nez Percé tribe for decades, attempting to understand how and why his people hunt
HOUND ADVICE • We can learn a lot about the behavior of wounded game by watching how trained tracking dogs do their work
LEARNING FROM THE ANCIENTS • Has our reliance on technology made modern hunters less capable than our ancestors?
THE TIP OF THE SPEAR • How to get your feet wet with sub surface big-fish hunting
GET YOUR GATOR • Learn the habits of these prehistoric reptiles and tag your first swamp monster
TOP ALLIGATOR HUNTS
OLD-SCHOOL CATFISHING • How to catch big cats without a rod and reel
ROUGHING IT • There’s no pursuit more primitive—or fun—than bowfishing on foot
MUZZLELOADER EVOLUTION • The FireStick is the latest in a series of game-changing innovations in muzzleloading rifles
KEY MUZZLELOADER INNOVATIONS
AMERICAN RIFLE COMPANY NUCLEUS GEN2 • A READY-TO-GO PRS PRODUCTION-CLASS RIG
SHOTGUN SLUMP RX • Struggling to hit birds? Bust some clays to get back in the groove
GO-BAG BASICS • With this kit on your back, you won’t be caught unprepared
STICKS & STONES • THE AUTHOR SET OUT TO KILL A GRIZZLY WITH A LONGBOW AND A STONE-POINT ARROWHEAD. HIS JOURNEY TOOK TWO YEARS, COUNTLESS ARROWS, AND PLENTY OF SLEEPLESS NIGHTS
POINTS OF HISTORY
WHY HUNT GRIZZLIES WITH AN ARROWHEAD?
DEER WOODS WISDOM • Sure, you can learn about deer hunting by reading articles or watching videos online. But the important lessons? The stuff that’s really worth knowing? That can only truly be gained by spending a lifetime in the woods, watching, listening, and learning
Hunting Like a Cheesehead • Because it’s worth the wait
Winging It • Sometimes the best hunting happens when you don’t know what’s in store
The Birth of the Food Plot • Planting seed to attract and grow bigger deer was kick-started in the offices of Outdoor Life
Nothin’ • Lessons on life and hunting from my elders
THE NEVER-ENDING CHASE • RUNNING DOWN AN ANTELOPE ON THE OPEN PRAIRIE IS ABOUT A LOT MORE THAN JUST WINNING THE RACE
VINTAGE BLUES • The intentional simplicity of old rifles and a well-worn pickup gives a hunt for Montana mule deer a renewed challenge
DEER BULLETS: A CLASSIC AND AN UPSTART FROM WINCHESTER
GRANDDADDY’S GUN • A restored family shotgun has a legacy of resilience and utility…and now, a job training fine upland bird dogs
PREY DRIVE • Falconry is one of the oldest forms of hunting, but it has evolved into a modern sport with a thousand ways to play. For this obsessed hunter, hawking demands...