How to Estimate Yardage with Just Your Riflescope

Firearms

How to Estimate Yardage with Just Your Riflescope

More than any other technology, precise electronic rangefinders have allowed hunters to make more accurate shots at longer distances. To take one real-world example: at 450 yards, a 150-grain .308 Win. round drops about 40 inches. At 500 yards, that same bullet drops an additional 14 inches. Without...
Jordan Sillars Aug 4, 2021
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The Legend of the Million-Dollar Duck Band

Waterfowl

The Legend of the Million-Dollar Duck Band

For over a decade, I’ve heard tales of a very special banding project. The rumor holds that there’s $1 million in reward money for the lucky hunter who claims such a band. But the details were always fuzzy. Some versions of this story involve a $250,000 band in each of the four North American...
Sean Weaver Aug 4, 2021
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How My Bird Dog Nearly Killed Me

Upland Birds

How My Bird Dog Nearly Killed Me

This audio is an excerpt from one of 16 harrowing tales featured in "MeatEater's Campfire Stories: Close Calls." In the audio book, you'll hear from seasoned hunters, anglers, and outdoor professionals who share their tales of perilous adventures in the natural world, from run-ins with black bears...
Steven Rinella Jul 30, 2021
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How a Treestand Fall Nearly Killed Me

Whitetail

How a Treestand Fall Nearly Killed Me

This audio is an excerpt from one of 16 harrowing tales featured in "MeatEater's Campfire Stories: Close Calls." In the audio book, you'll hear from seasoned hunters, anglers, and outdoor professionals who share their tales of perilous adventures in the natural world, from run-ins with black bears...
Steven Rinella Jul 27, 2021
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67-Point “Butcher Buck” is Second Biggest in Bowhunting History

Whitetail

67-Point “Butcher Buck” is Second Biggest in Bowhunting History

If the words “Butcher Buck” don’t mean anything to you, it’s damn time they do. Kansas bowhunter Brian Butcher couldn’t believe his eyes when a monster whitetail snuck into sight in the eastern part of the state on October 10, 2019. He had never seen an animal quite like this one before—and neither...
Katie Hill Jul 23, 2021
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Caliber Battle: .270 Win. vs. .30-06 Springfield

Firearms

Caliber Battle: .270 Win. vs. .30-06 Springfield

This could be the most frequently debated rifle cartridge matchup on the planet. Both conceived in the early 20th century, the .270 Winchester and the .30-06 Springfield are ballistically similar, easy to find, and chambered in a wide variety of rifles. If you own a .270, your buddy probably owns a...
Jordan Sillars Jul 21, 2021
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3 Reasons You Suck at Hitting Ducks

Ducks

3 Reasons You Suck at Hitting Ducks

Shooting ducks isn’t easy. Most of the time either your feet are stuck in the mud, the boat is rocking back and forth, or you’re wearing so many layers that you look like Randy in “A Christmas Story.” And that’s not to mention the different nuances of shooting from a seated position in layout blinds...
Sean Weaver Jul 7, 2021
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Video: Elk Violently Dies Falling off Waterfall

Big Game

Video: Elk Violently Dies Falling off Waterfall

As we saw in last week’s video of an eagle drowning a fawn, only nature can be this beautiful and cruel at the same time. In this vid, a hunter captures some incredible footage of a cow elk falling to its death in New Zealand. (Yes, there are Rocky Mountain elk in New Zealand—Teddy Roosevelt sent...
Spencer Neuharth Jun 29, 2021
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Caliber Battle: .223 Rem. vs. .22-250 Rem.

Firearms

Caliber Battle: .223 Rem. vs. .22-250 Rem.

In a previous Caliber Battle, I described the .223 Remington as a “classic Army brat.” If that’s the case, the .22-250 is the hippie flower child of the high-velocity, .22-caliber family. Remington introduced the .22-250 as a factory cartridge in 1965, but it spent its formative years as a wildcat...
Jordan Sillars Jun 25, 2021
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Fact Checker: Is this Photo of Elk Pulling a Wagon Real?

Big Game

Fact Checker: Is this Photo of Elk Pulling a Wagon Real?

Myths, lies and old wives’ tales loom large in the outdoor pursuits. Here at MeatEater, we’re dedicated to separating facts from bull, so we created this series to examine suspect yarns. If there’s a belief, rumor, or long-held assumption you’d like us to fact check, drop us a note at factchecker...
Spencer Neuharth Jun 24, 2021
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Video: Bald Eagle Drowns Whitetail Fawn

Whitetail

Video: Bald Eagle Drowns Whitetail Fawn

This video comes to us from our good friend and MeatEater contributor Pat Durkin, who covered the story in 2017 for the Wisconsin State Journal. According to Durk, as we fondly call him, a woman captured this footage from her deck on Lake Noquebay in Marinette County, Wisconsin. The eagle flew away...
Spencer Neuharth Jun 22, 2021
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