The 'Devil’s Swimming Pool' on the edge of Victoria Falls is for adrenaline junkies only

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The Devil’s Swimming Pool is shallow natural pool atop Victoria Falls.  (Reuters)

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Moose hunter slams Facebook critics who called her 'disgusting'

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A hunter claims she’s received death threats for posting pictures from her Alaskan moose hunt on Facebook.  (iStock)

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Deer hunting tips: 6 ways to find a buck you already scared off


By Gerald Almy

Hope isn’t lost just yet. Get back that buck with these expert tips.  (iStock)

“That’s it. It’s all over,” I thought. The 4-year-old 10-point buck that I had scouted, photographed, and painstakingly …

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How to heat a camping shelter without an indoor fire


By Tim MacWelch
Published June 01, 2017

A fire lay isn’t appropriate for an indoor sleeping shelter.  (Tim MacWelch)

Nothing in the backcountry gives off heat like a roaring fire. That’s why our recent ancestors built…

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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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Moose hunter slams Facebook critics who called her ‘disgusting’

Moose hunter slams Facebook critics who called her ‘disgusting’

Fox News Facebook Twitter Comments Print Email A hunter claims she’s received death threats for posting pictures from her Alaskan moose hunt on Facebook.  (iStock) Hunting enthusiast Jessica Grays says she’s “thankful” for the multiple death threats she’s received after images of her Alaskan moose hunt went viral late last month, as they’ve since resulted in speaking gigs and sponsorships. “Thank you for the amount of HATE and death threats you have all sent my way,” wrote Grays in response to the negative comments on her Facebook photos. “It has created quite the media stir bringing this to a National Platform where I have media, newspaper, huntings [sic] blogs, radio stations and women’s rights groups contacting me to be spokesperson and sponsorships from it!” HUNTING EXPERT EVA SHOCKEY ON WHAT TO EXPECT IN THE WILD Grays initially posted the photos from her hunt on Sept. 19, sharing several pics that depicted her and a hunting companion — presumably her husband — harvesting a bull moose. “A HUGE CONGRATULATIONS to my partner in crime on harvesting this MONSTER BULL!” Grays wrote alongside the photo. Grays also shared photos of herself holding the bull’s gigantic horns after they were removed from the animal’s carcass. Soon afterward, Grays’ Facebook page began to flood with comments from critics who disapproved of her lifestyle, some of whom called Grays and her friend “disgusting.” Several, too, hoped that Grays might receive some kind of karmic retribution after killing the animal. Supporters, meanwhile, rushed in to congratulate Grays on the kill. Others also argued that she’s actually helping to conserve the moose population in Alaska by thinning the herds. 6 WAYS TO FIND A BUCK YOU ALREADY SCARED OFF In her follow-up post — the one in which she thanks the haters — Grays too argued that her detractors were not educated on the hunting laws in Alaska, or the “environmental impact that controlled lawful hunting provides” to the area. “Accusing someone of murder when they hunt an animal is like accusing jet pilots of global warming …  it’s intellectually irresponsible and brings light to the greater issue, mental illness of those who make such ignorant claims,” she wrote. Grays added that, in addition to herself, her family has been “ambushed” with death threats and “called the most disgusting and filthy and evil names” in response to her photos. She then suggested her critics leave her alone and “go hug a tree.” FOLLOW US ON FACEBOOK FOR MORE FOX LIFESTYLE NEWS Grays also issued a statement to Yahoo, telling them she’s saddened by the response to her photos, especially in the wake of the devastating tragedy in Las Vegas. “I find it unfortunate that the day after we as...

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Deer hunting tips: 6 ways to find a buck you already scared off

Deer hunting tips: 6 ways to find a buck you already scared off

By Gerald Almy Hope isn’t lost just yet. Get back that buck with these expert tips.  (iStock) “That’s it. It’s all over,” I thought. The 4-year-old 10-point buck that I had scouted, photographed, and painstakingly held off hunting until conditions were absolutely perfect was gone … forever, I assumed, when my arrow flew high and he bounded away in a panic. That’s exactly what many hunters believe, whether they whiff a shot, bump a buck while heading to their stand, or get busted on watch. Sure, you might get a second opportunity on a young deer, but an older buck? Not a chance. In a crowded public area, that may be true. But in most cases, you shouldn’t be so quick to write off a mature buck that you bump just once. Handle things right and you could get a second chance. IS 2017 THE YEAR OF THE RECORD WHITETAIL? First, consider what happened. How spooked is the buck? A whitetail that just vaguely notices movement or scents you isn’t likely to permanently leave the area or become “unhuntable.” On the other hand, a buck that has three senses alerted — scent, sight, and hearing — is much tougher to get a second crack at. But the situation isn’t hopeless. How thick was the cover? Deer in open areas may run a half mile. In dense cover, a buck might only bound 150 yards and hunker down. Analyze exactly where the buck was and what he was doing. Was he traveling, feeding, hooked up with a doe, bedded in thick cover, pushed out by a drive? Answers to these questions will help you decide how to set up your rematch. Sometimes waiting several days and returning to the same spot is best if that’s the ultimate ambush location. In most cases, a strategic move is called for. HOW TO KEEP YOUR LAND, AND YOUR DEER, A SECRET Here are six spooked-buck scenarios and how to deal with them. #1. Scouting Bump You get a free pass here. Even an older whitetail buck bumped during the preseason will not likely alter his movements based on one encounter. Back off quietly and plan your hunting strategy as normal. Only now you have one extra key piece of information — precisely where the buck was at a specific time of day. #2. Transition Corridor I missed that 10-point in this type of setup. A buck typically uses several routes to get from daytime bedding cover to evening staging ­areas. Spook him and he probably won’t give this path up entirely. But he’ll likely switch for a while to another hollow, strip of vegetation, or spur ridge. Either wait three or four days and...

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4 turkey hunting tactics that work when nothing else will

4 turkey hunting tactics that work when nothing else will

By Tom Carpenter, Ron Spomer and Jeff Johnston Published May 01, 2017 Facebook Twitter livefyre Email Print  (iStock) Sometimes turkey hunting is like magic, and responsive gobblers come in on a string. These tactics are for all the other times. The classic spring-morning turkey setup is classic for a reason: It works, at least some of the time. The birds are gathered in one spot—their roost tree—and they are usually vocal and callable. But every veteran turkey hunter knows that even a sure-thing flydown strut-buster can sputter and fail. Here are four ways to salvage what remains of your day. Tactic #1 Kill a Canyon Gobbler The toughest toms to tag can be those that hang out in vertical landscapes—the steep slopes of Western canyons or the corduroy country of Appalachia and the Northeast. Sometimes the terrain is so vertical, you can call a gobbler to 15 yards and still not see it. When you finally do, just his red head pops up, and the rest of the bird remains hidden by the hill. Canyon crossers are another challenge. A tom might roost on one side, fly down to the other, and climb the opposite rim to strut. In those cases, you may need to ford a creek and climb 500 feet to reach him. The best way to circumvent turkey troubles in vertical country is to look for terrain features that can help you get the drop on incoming gobblers. 1. Glass a Rim Strutter Gobblers will strut and preen in the woods and glades of canyon slopes, but often they hike up to the canyon rim and strut there, especially if it borders a pasture or crop field. You can watch for this from an elevated lookout. Use a good binocular and back it up with a spotting scope. In the West, we sometimes glass rim-edge turkeys from 2 or 3 miles away, usually from the opposite side of the canyon. Move in when you’ve identified a popular edge, either using the steep ridge to hide your approach from below or finding little creases and rivulets that can hide you if you need to drop in from above. 2. Locate Roosts Like turkeys everywhere, canyon toms have preferred roost sites—for a few nights in a row at least. Listen for gobbles in the evening or before dawn to pinpoint these places, then set up on the rim nearest the bird, uphill of the roost, and try calling him to you. 3. Deke the Bench Toms will walk and strut on steep ground, but they’re easier to see and shoot when they’re on flat ground. Most canyon walls will have a few meadows on benches or gentler south-facing...

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

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

Published March 23, 2017 FoxNews.com Facebook Twitter livefyre Email Print Steve West of “The Adventure Series” is awaiting certification of a potential world-record Woodland Caribou.  (Outdoor Channel) Steve West has finally completed his North American caribou hunt — and with a world-record bull. Three years ago, West, the host of “The Adventure Series” on Outdoor Channel, challenged himself to kill one bull from each of the five North American caribou species with just his CVA muzzleloader rifle. But even the avid hunter couldn’t have predicted how his most recent hunt would end. In 2013, he snagged the first of his five caribou: the Alaskan-Yukon Barren Ground. Over the next few years, he followed it up with a Central Canadian Barren Ground, a Mountain Caribou and a Quebec-Labrador, leaving only one species in his crosshairs: the Woodland Caribou of Newfoundland. MINNESOTA ‘BUTCHERS’ CHARGED IN STATES LARGEST TRAPPING BUST West’s search for a Woodland bull took such an incredible turn that he’s dedicating an upcoming episode of “The Adventure Series” to tell the tale. In October, West flew to Newfoundland, Canada, to meet up with Wayne Holloway, an expert hunter and guide at the Pine Ridge Lodge. Together, they began a days-long journey in search of the perfect bull. The two tracked caribou through the some rutting grounds near Clarenville, in the eastern part of the island, but West wasn’t in a rush to snag the first one he saw. “I was going to enjoy every day I was out there,” West told Fox News. “The reality is, I didn’t want (the trip) to end.” After days of in the wildreness, the duo finally spotted an ideal specimen perched on top of a hill. But when West approached and aimed his muzzleloader at the animals vitals, he noticed something was amiss. “My instincts told me that something was wrong,” West recalls on the show. “(The bull) had a broken leg and puncture wounds on his side, from fighting, and he was thin and very old,” he added. “I had two seconds to understand what I was seeing.” Ultimately, West decided to pull the trigger and take the animal down — a move that lined up with his beliefs as a conservationist. “The conversationist in me overcame any other insticts that I had,” West told Fox News. “(The caribou) was done. He was at the end of natural life. In a split second, I said to myself,’ I have to take this caribou.'” “I couldn’t let him run off in that condition,” West added in a press release. GREAT WHITE CIRCLES MAUI FISHERMAN FOR OVER AN HOUR Conservationists in Newfoundland will likely agree. According to wildlife biologist Shane Mahoney, the caribou in Newfoundland...

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Coyote Nation: A crash course in coyote hunting

Coyote Nation: A crash course in coyote hunting

By Tom Carpenter Published February 02, 2017 Facebook Twitter Email Print Next Ever adaptable and always elusive, Canis latrans thrives in varied landscapes across the country. Whether you’re working on your hundredth coyote or dreaming about dropping your first, our complete guide shows you how to hunt down success this winter It used to be that when small-game, upland bird, waterfowl, and big-game seasons ended, a hunter finally had a chance to pull up an easy chair next to a cozy fire, rest up, and reflect on an autumn well spent. Ditch that notion. Winter is time to hunt the hunter. Coyotes are out there waiting in habitat near you, and all you have to do is go after them to experience some of hunting’s knee-shakingest thrills. While the basics of coyote hunting are simple—set up with visibility and minimize movement; keep the wind in your face or crossing; call in dogs by appealing to their stomach, territoriality, or libido—success hinges on the details. It pays to match your approach to the habitat, and assemble your gear with meticulous care. Easy chairs are for old farts. Get out there now where the air is clean and the coyotes roam. RELATED: 10 Myths About Blood Trailing Deer BIG-TIMBER YAPPERS Coyotes in forested areas are spread out and challenging to find. But there are ways to locate them and bring them in. Strategies Though traditionally thought of as creatures of the wide-open West, coyotes have moved into timber country in untold numbers in recent years. The challenges of hunting expansive woods are clear: The cover never ends, and the calling noises you make will only reach so far. Here are three solutions. In flat country, search out clear-cuts, meadows, loggers’ landings, marsh edges, cover seams, and other openings, and set up there. You’ll gain much-needed visibility, your calls will carry farther, and you’ll be where the coyotes are—that combination of clearings, transition zones, and thick cover where prey (including cottontails, mice, voles, and moles) reside. In hill country, head for hollows, gullies, valleys, draws, washes, and other terrain that lets you set up on one side and survey the opposite slope for approaching varmints. In big timber habitat, set up often, call loudly, and wait a short time (15 to 20 minutes, with three to five distress calling sequences in there), then move on. Covering ground, and lots of it, is the way to find a coyote that will hear you; the dogs have many places to be, and call sounds do not carry far. There’s another secret to shooting coyotes where the cover sprawls on forever: Scout hard. Here are three effective approaches. Spend a starlit winter evening out in...

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Big Buck alert: Missouri 11-year-old tags 178-inch monster on first hunt

Big Buck alert: Missouri 11-year-old tags 178-inch monster on first hunt

By Kris Millgate Published November 03, 2016 Facebook Twitter Email Print An 11-year-old’s first hunt may be one for the record books. Jenna Perryman of Springfield, Mo, shot a 200-pound, 15-point typical whitetail that green scored 178 inches. After a mandatory 60-day drying period, it will, in all likelihood, clear the 160-inch minimum score to be eligible for the Boone & Crockett Club record books. Why the First Two Hours of Daylight Produce the Most Fall Bronze Jenna shot the deer while afield with her father, David, during Missouri’s youth opening weekend, which ran from Oct. 29 to Oct. 30. Jenna and her dad had hunted most of the day, and as the sun began to set, he spotted a doe about 50 yards away. As Jenna prepared to shoot, David noticed a buck behind the doe and stopped her. “It didn’t look as big when it was that far away,” Jenna told the Springfield News-Leader, “but then when I saw it, I was like, ‘Whoa! Did I do that?'” Not doing what you’re supposed to do can pay off with a filled tag According to Justin Spring, Boone & Crockett Club big-game records director, a mere 474 of the millions of Missouri deer that have been tagged over the years have made the club’s record book. “Even if hers doesn’t make it in, that’s still a buck of a lifetime for anyone, let alone an 11-year-old,” he told the paper. Jenna says she is having the rack mounted and the meat turned into summer sausage and jerky. Midwest Rut Report: Ohio Bucks Are on the...

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