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Best Gifts for Hunters

Holiday shopping doesn't have to be a 4-hour death slog through a crowded mall. To make it easier on you, we've put together great gift ideas for hunters and anglers. You might even find something for yourself in here..     Lorpen Tri Layer Hiking Socks Socks! Give the gift of irony by stuffing your loved one's stocking with Lorpen Tri Layer Hiking Socks. As the name implies, Lorpen Tri Layer is an incredible blend of three different natural and synthetic yarns (Coolmax, Tencel, and Nylon) that offer a unique "multi-density" knit that's perfect for active feet. This technology is designed to keep feet dry and comfortable and reduce foot fatigue. Retail $17 Big Sky Canvas Gun Case Everyone who...

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Properly Aging a Whitetail Buck

Properly Aging a Whitetail Buck Properly aging a whitetail buck is something that takes time, practice and good optics. While determining a buck’s age before pulling the trigger is starting to become more commonplace in the deer woods nationwide, there are still far too many that should walk for another few years to achieve maximum antler growth being shot. This isn’t necessarily the fault of the hunter, but rather a lack of education about how to judge a buck’s age. Bucks are often on the move, especially during the rut, and can sometimes be hard to identify as a shooter or a passer. Insert dense hardwoods into this equation and the judging can be downright difficult. Aside from young hunters,...

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Answers to Montana Fly Fishing Questions

As we head into the summer season when things really get cranking and most of you venture to Montana, we thought it might be helpful to answer some of fly fishing’s most important questions. What gear should I improve immediately? A good rod is essential, and a good line on a functional reel is important as well, but the answer may be surprising: get a better pair of waders. If you get an excellent, top-of-the-line pair of breathable waders, you’ll be more comfortable wherever and whenever you fish, no matter the conditions. How do I get the best drift with a dry fly? A good pair of waders also allows the angler to wade confidently, and to better position himself...

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How to Identify These 10 Tick Species

Our love of the outdoors can bring us into contact will all sorts of unpleasant organisms, though few are as widespread as the tick. These vampiric arachnids can be found across the globe, and many are responsible for transmitting disease. Ticks have been documented transmitting a wide range of protozoan, bacterial, viral, and fungal pathogens to humans, pets, and livestock. And while there are roughly 80 different tick species that can be found in the continental United States (and over 800 found worldwide), there are ten species that really stand out. With tick season right around the corner in most areas, we hope this tick-identification gallery will help you limit your risk and teach you a little more about these complex and creepy creatures....

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Give Springtime Wildlife Extra Space

Wildlife observation continues to be a highlight of camping trips. From birds to rabbits, reptiles to white-tailed deer, various wildlife species offer an abundant supply of natural entertainment. Observing wildlife in its natural environment can be pleasing in many ways, which normally becomes a highlight of a springtime camping or hiking excursion. Wildlife and human interactions can be a positive experience for both — if common sense, respect and space are kept between animal and observer. If the goal of the outing is to observe wildlife as close as possible, then being aware of a few facts will create less stress for the wild ones. When children are included, and hopefully they are, the experience can be even more rewarding as long...

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