4 turkey hunting tactics that work when nothing else will

By Tom Carpenter, Ron Spomer and Jeff Johnston

Published May 01, 2017

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Sometimes turkey hunting is like magic, and responsive gobblers come in on a string. These…

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How to build a grill from sticks for campsite cooking

By Tim MacWelch

Published April 04, 2017

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Green-wood grilling is a great option for camping.  (Tim MacWelch/Outdoor Life)

For a real wilderness feast, the green-wood grill…

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Outdoor Channel's Steve West kills potential world-record caribou

Published March 23, 2017
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Steve West of “The Adventure Series” is awaiting certification of a potential world-record Woodland Caribou.  (Outdoor Channel)

Steve West …

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New Zealand running out of hotel rooms for all its tourists

By Cailey Rizzo

Published March 21, 2017

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New Zealand is getting so popular with tourists, it’s running out of hotel rooms.

According to a Bloomberg report, t…

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Americans are camping in record numbers, but they still want Wi-Fi

Published March 21, 2017
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More and more Americans are going camping each year, according to a new study.  (iStock)

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Island nation of Palau only wants rich tourists to visit

Island nation of Palau only wants rich tourists to visit

Published January 17, 2017 FoxNews.com Facebook Twitter livefyre Email Print Got cash? Palau is seeking tourists with deep pockets.  (iStock) If you’re planning a trip to see the coral reefs and picturesque rock islands of Palau in the Pacific Ocean, you may want to bring a few extra bucks. Make that a stack of hundreds. Palau’s president Tommy Remengesau has proposed a new law that would make it very difficult for travelers on a budget by allowing on five-star hotels throughout the nation’s islands. According to The Telegraph, Remengesau is pushing for a “quality rather than quantity” tourism strategy. ENVIRONMENTALISTS SLAM NICKELODEON’S PROPOSED UNDERWATER THEME PARK “It’s kind of a win-win situation for Palau and the investor,” Remengesau told reporters earlier this month, as hotels would be rewarded by the government for bringing infrastructure to the island with “the necessary tax breaks and exemptions.” But are tourists without deep pockets losing out? The president’s proposal comes amid heightened complaints in recent years of an overwhelming influx of Chinese tourists. Palau had 141,000 visitors in 2014– up 34-percent from 2013. By February 2015, mainland Chinese visitors had increased by more than 500-percent to 10,955, according to The Straits Times. That’s more than half of Palau’s total population. Tourism accounts for the the majority of Palau’s GDP at 85-percent but the “damage” to the sudden increase of visitors was proving to be costly, according to some locols. The influx of tourists may lead to the destruction of coral reefs, general overcrowding and wildlife disturbance on the islands. Amid growing concern, Palau’s government cut the number of charter flights from China in 2015 by half. Accordingly, “while the numbers went down, the actual tourist spending went up,” said Remengesau. “Do we want to control growth or do we want growth to control us?” he questioned in 2015. “It will be irresponsible for me as a leader if this trend continues. I am not only looking at the present but, as a leader, I am looking after tomorrow.” FOR THE LATEST TRAVEL FEATURES FOLLOW FOX LIFESTYLE ON FACEBOOK Now, it appears the president is satisfied with his decision to control the amount of tourists who visit the island. “It confirms our direction [to attract] less tourists who spend more which equates to more tax dollars,” he said. “We [will] go for quality rather than quantity… to create a goal of high-end, high-value tourism.” There are currently just a handful of five-star resorts in Palau, many of which are on the populous island of...

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Best US cities to escape the snow

Best US cities to escape the snow

By Hristina Byrnes Published January 01, 2016 Facebook8 Twitter0 Email Print iStock Next Everything has a limit. Even the biggest winter lovers have had enough of snow at one point. Carrying 20 pounds of layers of clothes, hats, gloves, and big boots can be discomforting. Suddenly warm-weather trips for the holidays sound very appealing as opposed to going to a ski resort. This winter is likely going to be similar to last year’s, according to Farmers’ Almanac. So if you have bad memories from 12 months ago, pack your bags. Most of the North Central States, the Great Lakes, New England, and parts of the Ohio Valley will be snowier than usual (again). We’ve compiled a list of cities in the U.S. – so you don’t have to spend a lot on traveling abroad – where you’re most likely to find refuge from the cold and unpleasant winter weather. 1. Palm Springs, Calif. iStock This water desert resort city in California is an ideal place to escape to if you’re craving for some popular summer activities such as golf, hiking, biking, horseback riding, or swimming. With about 350 days of sunshine per year, comfortable sunny weather is almost guaranteed in Palm Springs. The resort is a paradise for adventures out in the open. You can hike through ancient palm groves and along stunning scenic trails, go to the top of Mount San Jacinto, and enjoy spectacular Native American heritage and modern architecture at the same time. 2. San Juan, Puerto Rico iStock This vibrant city in Puerto Rico has a lot of Spanish colonial buildings, mostly in El Viejo San Juan (Old San Juan). You can visit a UNESCO World Heritage Site there – the El Castillo San Felipe del Morro, a 16th century citadel. San Juan National Historic Site includes forts, bastions, powder houses, wall and San Juan de la Cruz, defensive fortifications that once surrounded the old, colonial portion of the region. Then you can relax your brain after processing a lot of history information at any of the city’s wonderful beaches. A free water taxi can take you to Palomino Island, a place to sunbathe, hike to the top of a small mountain, and snorkel. 3. Maui, Hawaii iStock The second-largest of the Hawaiian Islands has much more than beach resorts. A tourist favorite is the Haleakala National Park, which has to Maui’s highest peak at 10,023 feet above sea level. If you want an authentic experience, you can visit Hana along Maui’s rugged eastern coastline. The small town is among the last “unspoiled Hawaiian frontiers.” Among the most interesting diving experiences in Maui is around the tiny, crescent moon-shaped island of Molokini. Early morning is the best time...

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Healthy vacations to start the New Year right

Healthy vacations to start the New Year right

By John Wogan Published January 01, 2016 Facebook24 Twitter0 Email Print Relax and refresh at this thermal bath spa in New York City. (Aire Ancient Baths New York) Looking to get your 2016 off to a healthier start? Boost your energy and get prepared for the New Year with a trip to one of these fitness focused locales. An urban escape.  It’s easy to be a glutton in New York City, where there’s a bar or amazing restaurant on every corner. But you’ll also find some of the best urban health escapes in the world, such as TriBeCa’s Aire Ancient Baths, a soaring, candlelit subterranean spa that makes you forget all about the Manhattan bustle. The bath and yoga treatment package includes a 30-minute vinyasa session and dips in three pools—from cold to steaming hot—which are meant to improve circulation (212-274-3777; treatments from $75). Bootcamp for the stars. Enjoy yoga by the beach. (Amansala Resort) It may be one of the fashion crowd’s favorite vacation spots, but Tulum, Mexico (an hour-and-a-half drive south of Cancún’s airport), is also home to a tough-as-nails fitness retreat. Amansala’s Bikini Bootcamp offers a daily regimen of cardio circuit training, ab workouts, yoga, and salsa or African dance classes—all on the beach or in open-air studios next to the aquamarine sea. There are also bike rides to explore the Mayan ­ruins (bikinibootcamp.com; weeklong boot camp from $1,875 per person, all-inclusive). Check out more healthy getaway ideas. More from Conde Nast Traveler The Complete List of Condé Nast Traveler’s Readers’ Choice Awards 2015 The Best U.S. Airlines: Readers’ Choice Awards The Friendliest and Unfriendliest Cities in the World The 100 Best Hotels & Resorts in the World   Originally available...

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5 stunning beach resorts to visit this winter

5 stunning beach resorts to visit this winter

By Sarah Sekula Published November 19, 2015 FoxNews.com Facebook35 Twitter134 livefyre Email Print Outrigger Konotta Maldives Resort Next The wintertime blues are on the way. When the time comes, here are some beach resorts to put on your short list. 1. Outrigger Konotta Maldives Resort Outrigger Konotta Maldives Resort If you’re serious about your R&R, make your way to Outrigger Konotta Maldives Resort, a luxe hideaway that opened in August. You’ll be picked up in a private yacht and shuttled to Gaafu Dhaalu Atoll, where you’re likely to spot dolphins, mantas and sea turtles from your hotel room. With only 29 beach pool villas, 21 overwater pool villas and a palatial three-bedroom overwater presidential villa, you’ll feel like you own the place. For your water fix, go scuba diving (Best Dives Maldives treats guests like VIPs), parasailing or water-sledding on a SEABOB, a cross between a jet ski and a boogie board. If that’s not enough, you can snorkel to your heart’s content alongside the parrotfish and coral. In the evening, take a sunset cruise on a traditional dhoni boat and then nosh on local seafood at Blue Salt restaurant. Or opt for Nala Rah, the resort’s teppan-raw bar, where the chefs prepare sushi and sashimi rolls using the freshest ingredients from the sea. In the morning, soothe your muscles with a green tea scrub and Balinese massage at Navasana Spa. Save time for the hydroponic pool to continue your sloth-like state. 2. Hilton Moorea Lagoon Resort and Spa, French Polynesia Hilton Moorea Lagoon Resort and Spa This stunning 5-star resort between two bays on Moorea, the heart-shaped “island of love,” is just a 25-minute ferry ride from Tahiti. Settle into your overwater bungalow (you can spot fish at all hours, thanks to the glass-bottom panel) and then it’s off to Motu Tapu, a private island where you can sit at a picnic table set in the water and dine on grilled lobster, shrimp, shark steak and tuna sashimi while the fish tickle your toes. Afterward, the coral reef, is just a few flipper kicks away. The hotel will arrange for you to swim with sharks and sting rays, if you so desire. In the evening, visit Toatea Creperie Bar, a popular joint that pumps out more than 100 crepes a night. There are traditional crepes plus a load of non-traditional ones filled with the catch of the day. Chef Gerard, who hails from Brittany, the birthplace of the crepe, has been whipping up these pancake-like dishes for nearly a decade. Keep your eyes down: The lights under the restaurant attract a constant flow of blacktip reef sharks. As the sun sets, the view of Moorea’s peaks is stunning, and it’s a dreamy spot...

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Gozo Isle is one of the Mediterranean’s best kept secrets

Gozo Isle is one of the Mediterranean’s best kept secrets

  By Lyn Mettler Published September 28, 2015 FoxNews.com Facebook241 Twitter91 livefyre1 Email Print Exploring Gozo Isle: A secluded Mediterranean sanctuary There is plenty to do– from touring historical sites, visiting movie sets or relaxing around your lushly landscaped hotel. You know Crete, Mykonos and even Malta, but a little-known island that is just as gorgeous, has some of the best the Mediterranean Sea has to offer—without all the crowds. Gozo, which means “joy,” is part of the country of Malta and one of three islands, along Malta and Comino, that make up the Maltese Archipelago. Located about 50 miles from Sicily and about 120 miles north of Africa, Gozo is accessible via a 25-minute ferry ride from the shores of Malta. Surrounded by cliffs and deep blue seas, and known for its colorful fishing boats, sleepy sunning cats and mild weather year round, Gozo is a welcome respite from the busier pace of Malta and a popular spot for many a filmmaker. The island appears in movies like “The Count of Monte Cristo,” “Troy” and “The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen.” Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie even set up shop on the island for several months while filming Jolie’s movie “By the Sea.” A Natural Wonder There are many gorgeous natural phenomenon to see on this jewel of the Mediterranean. Also called the Island of Calypso, Gozo is supposed to be a location in Homer’s “Odyssey.” The nymph Calypso is said to have kept Ulysses as a “prisoner of love” for seven years at Calypso’s Cave, a real spot overlooking the island’s beautiful beach of Ramla. Gazing downward, you can also see the ruins of a fortification built by the Knights of Malta in the mid-18th century. One of the most fantastic sites on the island is the Azure Window. Seen in “The Count of Monte Cristo,” “Clash of the Titans” and Season 1 of “Game of Thrones,” this stone structure is a naturally formed arch that creates a “window” framing the blue sky and stunning blue Mediterranean waters. Hire a local skiff to take you through the window for a view of Gozo from the water and into the Inland Sea, where a shallow saltwater pool has formed. More on this… Exploring Gozo Isle: A secluded Mediterranean sanctuary Comino is an even smaller island than Gozo that is also part of the archipelago and just a few minutes by boat. The island is a hot spot for diving and snorkeling with underwater caves and reefs and home to the spectacular Blue Lagoon filled with the crystal clear waters. Look for the Knight’s Watchtower, which served as the castle in “The Count of Monte Cristo.” History Abounds With a...

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Thrilling adventures you have to experience in Brazil

Thrilling adventures you have to experience in Brazil

Published September 16, 2015 Facebook43 Twitter98 Email Print Flickr/tadeupereira CC by 2.0 Next A paradise in many different senses of the word, Brazil is known for its immaculate white-sand beaches, captivating rainforests and a diverse blend of dramatic landscapes. And those are just a few of the country’s many exciting attractions. Of course, within such a large expanse there’s much to be explored, and this behemoth of South America is teaming with adventures catering to travelers of all types. “Brazil is definitely a country for all of the senses,” says Susan Eckert, founder of AdventureWomen, an organization that enables groups of women to travel together safely and comfortably. “It’s an incredible potpourri of sights, sounds, tastes and smells! As we found out, it is a feast of varied landscapes, striking beaches, awe-inspiring waterfalls, mysterious rainforests, the world’s largest river (the Amazon, and second longest only to the Nile), incomparable Brazilian cuisine, and one of the world’s most beautiful and exciting cities.” Need we say more? It’s really no surprise Brazil’s Rio de Janeiro was chosen as the host city for the upcoming 2016 summer Olympics. But clearly the adventure here goes far beyond the summer games. For the avid adventurers itching to explore far beyond Rio, here’s a look at some of the most truly thrilling excursions you’ll want to take on when visiting Brazil. 1. Diving in Pedras Secas, Fernando De Noronha Flickr/tadeupereira CC by 2.0 Considered a hidden gem of Latin America and one of the best dive spots on the island by the Professional Association of Diving Insturctors (PADI), Fernando De Noronha’s Pedras Secas is characterized by lots of small caverns and a long tunnel that PADI says is home to turtles, nurse sharks, moray eels, barracuda, and lemon and tiger sharks. Plus, not far from here is the island’s famed Sancho Bay, voted the most beautiful beach in the world by TripAdvisor. 2. Pantanal Safari iStock From piranha fishing to jaguar tracking, there’s no shortage of opportunities to witness Brazil’s diverse wildlife population while exploring the Pantanal. “We even saw a tarantula out in the wild doing his thing. Pretty crazy,” says Suzanne Garber, an avid traveler and CEO of Gauze. “If you go in the rainy season, it’s easier to get around by boat — but a little more dangerous. In the dry season, horses take you where you want to go. 3. Iguazu Falls iStock “Iguazu Falls on the border of southern Brazil, northern Argentina and eastern Paraguay are unlike any falls you’ll ever see,” Garber says. Eckert agrees, and in addition to exploring the falls by foot, both women recommend hopping on a boat to experience Iguazu by water. 4. Hike Serra dos Órgãos National Park...

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