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Alberta Hunters Film Close Encounter with Mama Grizzly and Cubs

An Alberta man and his father were hunting deer outside Edson last week when they had a close encounter with a large mama grizzly bear and her three cubs. Justin Giesbrecht told CTV News , “We parked and decided to go in for a hike and see what we could...


Elk Gores Man on Colorado Golf Course

A man received serious injuries after being gored by an elk while golfing on the Evergreen Golf Course in central Colorado. The elk left a 5-inch gash in Zak Bornhoft’s side and split his kidney in two. According to his wife, Megan, Zak was golfing with a family member and...


Angry Mother Mountain Lion Charges Utah Hiker

A Utah hiker was lucky to escape unharmed after a mountain lion followed and charged at him for several minutes after he happened upon her and her two cubs on a trail. Kyle Burgess, 26, recorded the harrowing six-minute encounter, which took place in Slate Canyon. “You see the two...


How to Find the Best Meat Grinder for You

Backstraps get all the glory. Roasts and steaks get all the love. But when it comes to versatility, you can’t beat ground meat. What can you do with ground wild game? Burgers, of course, but also all types of sausages, tacos, spaghetti, lasagna, soup, sloppy Joes … I could go...


21 Riflescope Tips for Hunters

It wasn’t long ago that all a hunter had to consider when buying a riflescope was whether to get a fixed or variable power, a Duplex reticle or a fine crosshair. But optics — especially riflescopes — have evolved dramatically within the past decade. Tubes have gotten larger, glass and...


Woman Loses Pants During Violent Bison Attack

There has been an uptick in bison attacks in recent months, and ignorant people are to blame. The most recent one occurred last week when a woman visiting South Dakota’s Custer State Park decided to approach a bison for a photo op. The vicious attack was caught on camera. In...


Elk Calling Strategies for Today’s Public-Land Hunter

When I began seriously bowhunting elk, in 1982, calls were laughably low tech, including coiled gas hoses and homemade PVC flutes. Yet in 1983, when I became a professional guide, I used these basic instruments to lure bulls into range of the compound-bow technology of the day — back when...


How to Plan Your First Antelope Hunt

I wouldn’t go so far as to say a dead antelope buck smells good , but I don’t mind their odor a bit. There’s a hint of petting zoo goat — not necessarily repulsive in itself — mixed with dry Western air and sage and musk. All combined, somehow, the...


President Trump Signs Great American Outdoors Act

President Donald Trump signed off on the Great American Outdoors Act last week, which will provide full funding of the Land and Water Conservation Fund and address the maintenance backlog of America’s national parks and public lands. The House and the Senate cleared both bills by overwhelming bipartisan margins this...


The Country’s Best Elk-Hunting Units

There are promised lands in the elk world where a 300-class bull is just okay, compared to the mammoths roaming around. Multiple elk states have these hidden gems. The difficult part is drawing a tag. Each state handles things a bit differently, and wait times can be up to 20...


Bison Gores Woman at Yellowstone National Park

A bison gored a California woman at Yellowstone National Park after she got too close to it in an effort to take a photo. USA Today reports park rangers administered on-site medical care to the 72-year-old woman before she was flown by helicopter to Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center in...


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What Makes a Good Trophy Photo?

We could never get tired of seeing pictures of big bucks and gobblers, but a lot of today's hunting photos look pretty much the same. They're perfectly posed, and carefully edited. That has more than a few hunters asking, "What happened to the good old days of tailgate shots in...


How to Become a Wildlife Photographer

Getting paid to trek through wilderness in pursuit of stunning wildlife images would seem to be a dream job for many. But the life of a wildlife photographer isn’t always glamorous. Tough weather and terrain combined with long hours at the computer are part of the job description. But pros...


Go West. Hunt Cheap.

The American West is one of our nation’s most prized possessions, long associated with adventure and land that’s as wild as it is beautiful. For many eastern hunters, it’s also a place where dreams can be found in the form of pronghorns scattered across the open landscape, mule deer grazing...


Ranchers Locate Grizzly Cubs Belonging to Sow Shot by Hiker

Last week, I wrote about a Montana hiker who shot and injured a sow grizzly bear that attacked him, biting his thigh. The bear, which was tracked down and euthanized on April 8 by Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks wardens, likely attacked the hiker because she believed he was a...


Montana Hiker Shoots Grizzly Bear in Self-Defense

A Montana hiker who was armed with a handgun shot and injured a grizzly bear after it attacked him last week, biting him on the thigh. The bear, which most likely attacked the hiker because it perceived him as a threat to her cub, was later located and euthanized, but...


Feds to Open More Wildlife Refuge Land to Hunting, Fishing

The Trump administration announced last week that it plans to open 2.3 million acres of land for hunting and fishing at more than 100 national wildlife refuges and fish hatcheries under a proposal aimed at providing more recreational access on public lands. According to the Associated Press , the proposal...


Yellowstone Bison Culled to Reduce Disease

Yellowstone National Park has completed its bison population-control efforts for the year by rounding up almost 550 of the wild animals and sending most to slaughter. In addition, Native American tribal hunters have killed 270 bison as they migrated outside the park to graze at lower elevations in Montana. According...


Watch This Grizzly Bear Emerge From Hibernation

Not many people will ever see a grizzly bear emerge from hibernation, but a ranger working at a grizzly refuge center in the Canadian Rockies managed to capture the moment on video. She posted the footage on Twitter, and it has since gone viral. The large grizzly bear, nicknamed Boo,...


Woman Fined for Petting Moose

Despite warnings from others on the street, one woman was determined to approach and pet a wild moose she encountered in the town of Breckendridge, Colorado. Now she's paying the price. Fortunately she wasn't injured when the moose kicked at her, but she was fined by Colorado Parks and Wildlife...


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