The wanderings of an elephant hunter: Pursuing the world’s largest game with Karamojo Bell

The wanderings of an elephant hunter: Pursuing the world's largest game with Karamojo Bell

W.D.M. “Karamojo” Bell, a Scottish big-game hunter and adventurer, developed a reputation as one of history’s most preeminent elephant hunters. His unique observations and techniques provide a clear snapshot of hunting the world’s largest land animal at the turn of the last century. Most of us will never experience an elephant hunt in our lifetime.

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Picking your shot when bowhunting for wild turkey

Harvesting a turkey is tough no matter which weapon you choose.  At a glance, turkeys’ behavior makes them look easy. They seem to have no direction, scratch at the ground, wander around and appear to be easy to lure into range. The funny thing about turkeys is that they would almost be impossible to kill

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Layer up to stay warm and dry in any weather

Staying warm and dry might be the most important thing you can do in the outdoors. Mother Nature can be a cruel bitch, and hypothermia is just waiting to put the hurt on you—or even kill. But with a little planning and the proper clothing in your pack, you’ll be able to stay safe no

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In the bear woods: A Montana guide’s take on pursuing America’s mightiest animal

In the bear woods: A Montana guide's take on pursuing America's mightiest animal

There’s just something about bears. Something that draws us to them with our cameras in national parks, yet makes our hearts beat just a bit faster while walking through the woods. Just saying the word “bear” gets a reaction out of people. These stunning creatures seem to tug at our very ethos. Perhaps it’s because

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Hunting ruffed grouse: As simple as a walk in the woods

Hunting ruffed grouse: As simple as a walk in the woods

A long season that begins early in the fall, prolific bird numbers, and a low cost of entry make hunting ruffed grouse an excellent pursuit for beginners and long-time hunters alike. If you’ve taken a stroll through a forest in the northern U.S., you may have heard a distant thrumming—like the putter of a two-stroke

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Here’s what you need to avoid becoming bear food

Counted amongst nature’s fiercest predators, bears—when aggravated—can pose a fearsome threat to hunters, hikers, and campers. Here are a few last-resort options for halting an attack. We’d be remiss in not first acknowledging that bear attacks are exceedingly rare, as bears tend to avoid human contact whenever possible. But as civilization expands, interaction between species

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