Colorado Woman Killed by Black Bear While Walking Dogs

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Colorado Woman Killed by Black Bear While Walking Dogs

Laney Malavolta was found dead north of Durango, Colorado, on April 30 in a wooded area near U.S. Highway 550. Colorado Parks and Wildlife and the La Plata County Coroner’s Office confirmed Tuesday that Malavolta’s death was the result of a black bear attack. According to a press release by CPW, 3...
Maggie Hudlow May 5, 2021
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Everything You Need to Know About Black Bear Shot Placement

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Everything You Need to Know About Black Bear Shot Placement

After all the work to get within shooting distance of a big bear, you need confidence in your ability to make a great shot. Bears are big, tough animals that are unforgiving when hit badly. Many new bear hunters use shot placement and strategy derived from experience in deer hunting, but bear...
Clay Newcomb Apr 30, 2021
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The 3 Phases of the Spring Bear Rut

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The 3 Phases of the Spring Bear Rut

Timing is everything with hunting. The best destinations in the world can be highly productive for a certain species at a given time, but at other times can be only average. Oftentimes spring bear hunting is lumped into one broad category covering the months of May and June. When booking hunts in...
Clay Newcomb Apr 23, 2021
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The Best States for Your First Antelope Hunt

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The Best States for Your First Antelope Hunt

No other big game animal embodies the wide open spaces of our country’s Western prairies and high desert steppe better than the pronghorn. Contrary to popular belief, pronghorn aren’t actually an antelope like the species found in Asia and Africa. You’ll hear some hunters refer to them as “speed...
Brody Henderson Apr 15, 2021
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Did COVID-19 Really Spark a Hunting Renaissance?

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Did COVID-19 Really Spark a Hunting Renaissance?

You probably saw the reports from earlier this year heralding a hunting renaissance driven by COVID lockdowns, government stimulus checks, and fears of food chain disruption. It’s a great theory, but many news reports ran before wildlife agencies had finalized their stats for 2020. Now that those...
Jordan Sillars Apr 14, 2021
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Video: Angler Finds Giant Mule Deer Dead in River

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Video: Angler Finds Giant Mule Deer Dead in River

Matt Keller, founder of Old Hat Outdoors, mostly posts videos of ice fishing and fly fishing this time of year. Last week was an exception. “My intent was to film a sweet brown trout video,” Keller said. “That didn’t happen. In fact, the fishing sucked.” Rather than a big brown, Keller found a giant...
Spencer Neuharth Apr 8, 2021
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Video: Black Bear and Feral Hog Fight to the Death

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Video: Black Bear and Feral Hog Fight to the Death

“Welcome to the mountains, boys,” said Philip Talbot, of Satsuma, AL, as he watched a black bear tighten its grip on a feral hog’s neck. The scene took place in Great Smoky Mountains National Park near Gatlinburg, TN. Talbot spent five hours looking for wildlife in the park on Tuesday, but the...
Spencer Neuharth Mar 25, 2021
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The Case Against Hunter Recruitment

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The Case Against Hunter Recruitment

The following opinion piece is written by my brother, Matt Rinella. He’s a research ecologist who has devoted his life equally to hunting and conservation. You’ve maybe seen him on old episodes of MeatEater or listened to him on more recent episodes of the podcast. For years now, we’ve been debating...
Matt Rinella Mar 24, 2021
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3 Things Gun Hunters Can Learn from Bowhunters

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3 Things Gun Hunters Can Learn from Bowhunters

According to the most recent survey conducted by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, there are approximately 11.5 million licensed hunters nationwide. Of these 11.5 million, 3.6 million are bowhunters. Statistically speaking, that means about 68% of the hunting population only hunt with firearms. I...
Dylan Tramp Mar 10, 2021
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3 Guaranteed Places to Find Elk Sheds

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3 Guaranteed Places to Find Elk Sheds

There’s gold in them hills!  Well, it’s more of a slightly faded, brownish gold. But finding those needles of bone in the haystack of the wild is just as exciting and rewarding.  As an elk hunting guide for almost half of my life, I’ve cultivated this land into my office. The regions I’ve guided are...
Cory Calkins Mar 8, 2021
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Video: How to Saddle a Horse or Mule

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Video: How to Saddle a Horse or Mule

At some point while hunting, you might use an equine animal to access the backcountry. In this video, I’ll go over the basics for saddling a horse or mule. I’ll cover saddle prep, saddle placement, tightening saddle cinches, and the “safe zone” for not getting kicked.
Clay Newcomb Mar 2, 2021
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