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Outdoor Life October 2017

Our readers' hands-on spirit is reflected in the magazine's comprehensive gear tests and personal adventure stories. Whether shopping for a new rifle, searching for the hottest fishing holes this weekend or thirsting for exciting adventure tales, Outdoor Life is the ultimate resource.

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the life

TWIN BRIDGES, MT / October 13 / 7:31 a.m. Wilton the Labrador likes to do everything Dan “Rooster” Leavens likes to do, which includes hunting early-season mallards and geese on the Beaverhead River. This was a cold, clear day— the kind that bites in the morning but makes you shed layers in the aft ernoon. As the head honcho at Stonefly Inn & Outfitters, Leavens is so busy guiding that solo hunts with his block-headed Lab have become a rare treat. This morning, though, they filled nearly all their limits together.…

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BITTERSWEET STORY I enjoyed the “Wonder Dogs” feature in the August 2017 issue, and I especially liked “The Slough.” I had to put the magazine down before reading the last paragraph because I knew what was coming. It brought tears to my eyes like nothing I have read in a long time. I own two dogs whom I love dearly. I know what heartache awaits me some day. Matt Majszak Sheridan, WY KEEP THE OLD I think I started my first Outdoor Life subscription when I was 14. I am closing in on 67 now, and I still enjoy the magazine. Andrew McKean’s story about his beloved Lab, Willow, touched me [“The Slough”]. I can relate to the special bond and nonverbal communication between them. I had to put my 13-year-old Plott hound, Bandit,…

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rifles on horseback

Shooting, August 2017 ALTERNATIVES FOR HORSEBACK HUNTS This article included a great roundup of guns. But I would like to suggest a couple of alternative choices to carrying a bolt-action in a saddle scabbard, or making do with a .30/30 lever-action. Don’t get me wrong—I love the .30/30 and the .35 Remington in a Marlin 336, but they aren’t much of an elk rifle, and are only effective on mule deer out to about 200 yards. Instead, look around at all the great used Winchester 88 and Savage 99 lever-action rifles available in .308 Winchester: No protruding bolt handles, they’re easy to mount scopes on, and they have plenty of power out to 300 yards. If you truly feel you need more range or punch, the excellent Browning BLR is available in .30/06, .300…

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stat attack

One of the fixtures of Outdoor Life’s 119-year-history is what former editor Vin Sparano called the “scalp-lifter” story: first-person accounts of bear attacks. As outdoorsmen and women, we retell those thrillers, exaggerate close encounters, marvel over survivors (see p. 49), remember those who weren’t so lucky, and strategize endlessly about self-protection in bear country. Here’s a peek at that fascination, as revealed by our archives. BEARS BY THE NUMBERS THE NUMBER OF ARTICLES IN OUR DIGITAL ARCHIVES CONTAINING THE PHRASE... BEAR ATTACK 1,811 PROBLEM BEAR 3,135 BEAR GUN 6,013 BEAR SPRAY 773 OLD MOSE* 52 *OLD MOSE WAS AN INFAMOUS COLORADO GRIZZLY WHO KILLED THREE MEN, 800 HEAD OF CATTLE, AND SEVERAL HORSES. HIS DEPREDATIONS COST LANDOWNERS ABOUT $30,000, OR ALMOST $800,000 TODAY, AFTER ADJUSTING FOR INFLATION . HE WAS SHOT MORE THAN 100 TIMES BEFORE HE WAS—FINALLY—KILLED…

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game faces

One of the things I love most about hunting is its intimacy. Not only the life-and-death relationship we hunters have with the animals we pursue, but also the privacy of the experience. Hunting is something that happens without an audience. At least, that’s how it’s been for most of human existence. But as technology intrudes on this most primal activity, hunting has become more public, observed, scrutinized, and judged by people far removed from the experience. We at Outdoor Life are as guilty of focusing the lens of scrutiny as anyone. After all, our business is to promote hunting, fishing, and other outdoor sports. We are hardly alone. A whole industry has grown up around providing an audience— of television and social-media viewers, and magazine readers— to hunters who have become household…

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range masters

ANYONE WHO shoots a bow or a gun and must know the exact distance to a target relies on laser rangefinders to provide shooting solutions. But the attributes of a rangefinder intended for bowhunting differ greatly from those configured for target shooting beyond 1,000 yards. Our test of 10 of the most popular rangefinders was designed to evaluate those attributes. We measured a wide range of capabilities, not only in power and precision, but also in display, computation, optical clarity, and customization—to help you choose a rangefinder for three typical, but fairly distinct, purposes: bowhunting, general rifle hunting, and longdistance precision shooting. We also learned that laser technology is changing fast. So if you need a rangefinder now, by all means use our test as a buyer’s guide. But if you can…