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  • Vortex Diamondback Binoculars, Apr 10, 2014

    The author took the Vortex Diamondback 10x50 binoculars out to scout waterfowl and quickly fell for them. Image courtesy Derrek Sigler.

    I always knew about the importance of binoculars to hunting. You can only see so far, right? Being able to spot game, check things out, and such are key to hunting and general outdoor fun. My first pair of what I thought were “high-end” binoculars cost me a whopping $75. I know that’s not chicken feed, but compared to other binoculars, these were comparable to a kid's toy. Still, I thought they were awesome. Then I moved out West. I took a gig as a writer for Cabela’s and moved my family out to western Nebraska, where the company is headquartered. I soon had access to some really...

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  • Tree Pruning for Habitat Management, Apr 07, 2014

    A pole saw, like this Husqvarna, can help you trim branches that are too high to reach without a ladder. It is something every hunter should have in some form.

    When we think of habitat projects and game management, we often think of food plots. However, the trees on your hunting land are the most valuable resource you have. Managing them and knowing when and what to do with them can make your hunting turn from good to awesome. Let’s fire up the chainsaw and get to work. The best reason to prune trees in the early spring is that there is a greatly reduced chance that you’ll damage the core of the tree. Whether you’re pruning fruit trees, cutting shooting lanes in hardwoods, or clearing pathways in pines, now is the time to do it. Fruit...

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  • ATV Tire Buying 101, Mar 31, 2014

    Kawasaki outfitted the Teryx with tires and wheels that are not only stylish, but extremely versatile, too. Image courtesy Kawasaki.

    There are many tire offerings on the market these days. Selecting the right one for your machine shouldn’t be too hard, right? I’d like to think so, but far too often I see people making the same mistakes. I finally get to quote the great Robert Duvall from a movie. Unfortunately that movie is Days of Thunder, but I digress. “You see, tires is what wins a race,” his character said to a dumbfounded Tom Cruise. Duvall’s character was commenting on the importance of not only using the right tire, but also not trashing it, something Cruise's character needed to learn about....

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  • Bass Pro Shops 100MPH GORE-TEX Rainwear, Mar 20, 2014

    Want to make a little kid’s day? Let him dump a pitcher of ice-cold water over his dad’s head to test raingear.

    It all started with me needing some new raingear for a trip to Texas to test a new ATV. I have some gear that I’ve used and abused for a few years, so I could have taken that, but it looked, shall we say, rough. I wanted to try out some new stuff, and Bass Pro Shops' newest 100MPH GORE-TEX clothing looked sweet---and it's been performing even better than it looks. I ordered the matching parka and bibs and decided the first test would be a sledding party for the kids. Contrary to what some believe, GORE-TEX has no insulating properties, so I had to layer. Even with a few extra articles of...

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  • Mossberg 817 Rifle, Mar 13, 2014

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    The pointless debate over which pump-action shotgun is better, the Remington 870 or the Mossberg 500, has raged on for so long that no one cares anymore. Still, as a result of that debate, Mossberg is widely known for making some great shotguns. Their rifles may be some of the most underrated on the market, too. I’ve yet to read a bad review, and every one I’ve ever shot was really nice. That’s why when I decided we needed a new .17 HMR in the family; I knew where I was going to look first: at the Read more »