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Missouri Poacher Burns Down Landowner’s Cabin in Retaliation

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Missouri Poacher Burns Down Landowner’s Cabin in Retaliation

Brandon Butler drove three and a half hours on Jan. 4 to see what remained of his hunting cabin. He then watched the still-flickering flames for five minutes before leaving the fire to its task and retracing his drive home. He had seen enough. He knew a short, memorable chapter in his life was over...
Patrick Durkin Jan 19, 2021
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Bar Room Banter: Top 10 States for Deer-Vehicle Collisions

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Bar Room Banter: Top 10 States for Deer-Vehicle Collisions

There’s a difference between book smart and bar smart. You may not be book smart, but this series can make you seem educated and interesting from a barstool. So, belly up, mix yourself a glass of LMNT Recharge, and take notes as we look at the states you’re most likely to hit a deer with your...
Spencer Neuharth Oct 15, 2020
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Black Market Burl: The Underworld of Illegal Timber Heists

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Black Market Burl: The Underworld of Illegal Timber Heists

Thievery has its tools of the trade. Muggers wield handguns; burglars, glass-cutters; and cattle rustlers, wire-cutters. And timber thieves? Chainsaws, of course. Big-time timber thieves—those who rustle lodgepole pines, or oak or maple saw-logs—also require a serious truck to haul their bounty. It...
Patrick Durkin Aug 10, 2020
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Native Americans: The Original Quality Deer Managers

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Native Americans: The Original Quality Deer Managers

The shadow of a solitary man holding a wooden bow casts across a panel of sunlight. All is silent—except for soft footsteps on a pine needle floor. The hunter pursues his quarry with no advantage but the weapon in hand and a lifetime of woodsmanship. This is the romanticized image that many modern...
Mark Kenyon Jun 12, 2020
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Un-Dam It: Inside the Era of Freeing Eastern Rivers

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Un-Dam It: Inside the Era of Freeing Eastern Rivers

When I first heard that the Edwards Dam on Maine’s Kennebec River was coming down, I couldn’t believe my ears. The 917-foot-long dam, built in 1837 from an early mix of concrete and timber, existed in some form or fashion for 162 years until it was demolished in 1999. Edwards Dam, along with 14,15...
Tom Keer Feb 12, 2020
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Fading at 50: Why Older Sportsmen Are Spending Less Time Afield

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Fading at 50: Why Older Sportsmen Are Spending Less Time Afield

Most hunters and anglers old enough to fantasize about retiring can’t wait for that never-ending vacation so they can spend every possible hour outdoors. Some retirees live out those recreational dreams, smugly heading for the boat ramp or tree stand each morning while younger folks mope off to work...
Patrick Durkin Dec 3, 2019
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Breach It and They Will Come

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Breach It and They Will Come

An idea once considered radical—removing dams on rivers to restore fisheries—is becoming mainstream as scores of conservation efforts are paying off with restored river habitats and rejuvenated fisheries across North America. In 1981, when the environmental group Earth First! wanted a publicity...
Ben Long Jun 15, 2019
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Sterilize or Slaughter? America’s Feral Horse Problem

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Sterilize or Slaughter? America’s Feral Horse Problem

For some, wild horses and burros are an iconic symbol of the West, representing the freedom and ruggedness that define the frontier. For a growing number of conservationists, hunters and others concerned about native wildlife and habitats, feral horses are a scourge on the landscape. They trample...
David Hart Jun 13, 2019
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Record-Breaking 17-Foot Python Captured in Florida

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Record-Breaking 17-Foot Python Captured in Florida

An enormous Burmese python was captured last week at Big Cypress National Preserve in Florida. The snake measured 17 feet long, weighed 140 pounds and contained 73 developing eggs. It’s the heaviest python ever documented in The Sunshine State, outweighing the previous record by about 40 pounds. The...
Spencer Neuharth Apr 9, 2019
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Study Suggests Elk Hate Bark Beetle Deadfall as Much as You

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Study Suggests Elk Hate Bark Beetle Deadfall as Much as You

“Beyond aggravating,” is how wildlife biologist Kevin Monteith describes elk hunting in forests where bark beetles have killed most trees and you have to scramble over dead logs at every turn. “There’s no way you’re going to navigate through it quietly if elk were in there, so you get torqued off...
Sarah Keller Mar 27, 2019
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Sage Grouse: Hunters Have Skin in the Game

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Sage Grouse: Hunters Have Skin in the Game

You may never swing a shotgun after a sage grouse, the largest North American grouse, but you still have skin in the game in the fight for their future. That is because sage grouse represent something much larger than the upland birds themselves: the public lands and sagebrush steppe habitat...
Ben Long Jan 8, 2019
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