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Second-Chance Cow for an Awestruck Hunter

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Even though I’ve been hunting with my dad since I was 3 years old, this was my first time hunting elk with my own tag. I was with him when he shot his first mule deer with a bow in 105-degree heat, so I knew hunting was not easy. Before my elk hunt, my dad taught me how to shoot the same pump action Remington rifle that he shot his first elk with when he …

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11-Year-Old Saves Family Members, Shoots Brown Bear

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Four members of an Alaska family had an all-too-close call with a brown bear while heading to a favorite fishing hole. It happened near Hoonah in southern Alaska just west of Juneau. The bear charged the group but 11-year-old Elliot Clark responded instinctively and immediately. Lucas Clark, Elliot’s father, had not yet put a sling on his son’s shotgun so he was carrying it with his hands instead of on his shoulder. They carried guns …

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Youth Elk Hunting Licenses Available in New Mexico

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They’re called “youth encouragement elk hunting licenses” and more than 1,900 of them go on sale by the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish. Almost 1,500 of the licenses are for hunters using any legal weapon and 390 others licenses are for hunters using a muzzleloader or bow. The licenses go on sale July 5 on a first-come, first-served basis. The first 14 days are open only to New Mexico residents. Out-of-state youth are …

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Down and Dirty – How to Get Unstuck

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It happens to the best of us. You think you can make it. But before you know it, you’ve buried your axles and your hunting buddy is laughing hysterically. Whether you’re driving in mud, snow or some nasty combination of the two, you’re bound to find yourself stuck somewhere in elk country eventually. But before you call the wrecker (a costly and shameful affair), perhaps a few tips and some “under the seat” gear may …

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President/CEO David Allen sits down with Steve Rinella of MeatEaterPodcast

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Subjects discussed: Deadwood, South Dakota; Dale Earnhardt, senior; not being afraid to say “I love you” before it’s too late; Bugle magazine; the brucellosis vaccine; livestock detectives and bio-terrorism; chronic wasting disease; conservation easements; the Land and Water Conservation Fund, and how politicians screw with it; the Durfee Hills; Disney Syndrome; the relativity of cruelty; wildlife as a relic of the past; H.J.R. 69 and the unwarranted hysteria it inspires; and more. Click on the …

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P-cord in a Pinch

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Like duct tape, parachute cord has risen to “never leave elk camp without it” status in recent years. And for good reason. As the name suggests, the cord was originally used to connect paratroopers to their parachutes during World War II. The job called for a lightweight but incredibly strong elastic cord. After the war, military surplus stores carried it, but it stayed relatively unknown except to hunters and hikers. Now, with the general public …

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Pulled Elk Sandwiches

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The smells of hickory smoked pulled pork are memories that last a lifetime. Those of us that have freezers full wild game harvests are faced with a dilemma at some point during the course of the year…we’re out of backstraps, sirloins and top rounds and are left to our own devises to figure out ways to utilize these remaining frozen morsels of potential goodness. The key word in that phrase is ‘potential.” We all have …

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Five Ways to Get an Elk to Cross the Fence

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Could this really be happening again?Not one, but three bulls screaming in a game of hide-and-seek broke the Montana wilderness silence. It’s typically an enticing sound, though this time it only aggravated my hunting partner and me. One bull would rush our calls and then disappear back into the safety of the timbered mesa. Seconds later another would mimic the routine. Every so often we’d catch a glimpse of the herd bull trying to keep …

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Six Steps To Improve Bow Accuracy

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The best bowhunters don’t think about their shots at game: they’re automatic from start to finish. But they do think about shooting in the off-season, practicing and polishing the seven basic steps of accurate archery. The same steps must be mastered whether you shoot recurve bow or compound bow, or whether you aim with or without bowsights. If you aren’t able to hit a 3-inch bull’s-eye almost every time from 20 yards and a 6-inch …