Where to see the best fall foliage across the country

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It’s not too late to leaf-peep!  (iStock)

Peak leaf-peeping season is almost over, but it’s not too late for those seeki…

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

By Stacey Leasca, Travel + Leisure

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

Victoria Falls, without question…

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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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How to find deer in bad winter weather

How to find deer in bad winter weather

By Gerald Almy Published November 01, 2016 Facebook Twitter Email Print Next Extreme Success It’s no secret that food sources can be hotspots right after a snowstorm. But dealing with the varied weather extremes Mother Nature can dish out during the tag end of the season can be a lot more complicated. If you’ve booked time off or only have weekends free, you can’t wait for perfect weather. You need to adapt both where you hunt and your strategy to whitetails’ weather-influenced movement patterns. Here’s a guide to hunting tactics for eight extreme late-season weather conditions. Opening day has its draws, but there’s nothing quite like a late-season pheasant hunt 1. Heavy Snowfall/Blizzard You have three options here: • Hunt before it hits. Deer know when storms are coming, and they feed heavily six to 18 hours before heavy snows set in. Leave work early, take a day off, call in sick—do whatever it takes to be on a current food source before the storm hits. Orchards, food plots, oak flats that still have acorns, and fields of soybean, wheat, and radish can all be productive pre-storm stakeouts. In high-pressure areas, check out secondary foods like raspberry, honeysuckle, greenbrier, and plum thickets. • Hunt mid-storm. Put on tall boots or gaiters, wool, and waterproof outer clothing. Look for bucks hunkered down in sheltered areas, such as conifer thickets, brush, and blowdowns. Pinpoint this cover on the lee side of mountains and hills, on benches, or even in valleys where deer can find some escape from the worst of the storm. Still-hunt carefully along the edges. • Hunt post-storm. Find the best remaining food sources and take a stand downwind. Deer will be moving. They have to be—survival demands they get food after being holed up, sometimes for days. How to Skin Rabbits and Squirrels 2. Ice and Sleet These can be even worse for deer than snow because the precipitation penetrates their coats instead of building up an insulating cover on it. Bucks seldom move well just before ice events, as these typically follow low-barometer periods (which are poor for movement) and often start as cold, chilling rain. Focus on the same spots outlined above for snowstorms. Finding evergreens is vital for deer now, since deciduous trees and brush offer virtually no protection. Bucks will be concentrated, so drive 1- to 5-acre pockets of evergreens. Have two flankers work the outer edge slightly ahead of a single hunter who zigzags up the middle of the conifers. Post other hunters at the end, or along ditches and side strips of cover that offer escape routes. 3. Light Snowfall Bucks move well in light snow, often seeking a late-cycling doe or...

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14-year-old hunter survives night in 4-degree weather after becoming separated from friend

14-year-old hunter survives night in 4-degree weather after becoming separated from friend

Published December 27, 2015 FoxNews.com Facebook1212 Twitter0 livefyre140 Email Print A 14-year-old boy who became separated from a friend on a northern Utah hunting trip was found safe Sunday after spending the night in 4-degree weather. The boy was taken to the hospital after he called 911 from a landline just before 6 a.m. Sunday at the Anteploe Island Causeway in Syracuse, Fox 13 in Salt Lake City reports. “The juvenile had somehow made his way to that location and was calling for help,” the Weber County Sheriff’s Office said in a new release. “It was reported he appeared confused and was somewhat delusional.” His condition is unknown at this time, the station reported. The boy and his friend had gone hunting in the marshes of Ogden Bay in Hooper around 2 a.m. Saturday. Around 9 p.m. Saturday the friend notified authorities that they had become separated. As searchers arrived on the scene the missing boy called 911 a couple of times on his cellphone but it appeared he was disoriented, the sheriff’s office said. Several agencies responded to assist in the search for the boy, Fox 13 reported. Click here for more from Fox 13. Originally available...

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10-year-old girl nabs 13-foot alligator in Texas

10-year-old girl nabs 13-foot alligator in Texas

Published October 04, 2015 FoxNews.com Facebook387 Twitter286 livefyre77 Email Print From the end of its snout to the tip of its tail, the alligator that 10-year-old Ella Hawk faced down on Sept. 26 was about three times her size. “I wasn’t nervous,” the young Texan told the Victoria Advocate. Hawk took a crossbow shot from about 15 yards out and snared the 13-foot beast, big enough to rank No. 1 in the world in Trophy Game Records of the World’s database, according to the Advocate. “I have more confidence in her than probably more than 90 percent of the grown men I take on hunts” – Ryan Longer Hawk has been hunting for a few years, her father, Tony Hawk, told the news website. But even an experienced hunter doesn’t expect to nab an 800-pound gator. Ella’s first shot struck the creature just above his eyes. “This first shot paralyzed and killed him,” she said. Just to be cautious, hunting guide Ryan Longer asked Ella to fire two more arrows and then a pistol shot at the alligator. One of the arrows and the bullet struck the animal in the exact spot as the original arrow, Longer said. “She Robin-Hooded it,” he said. With the record kill, Ella now stands a solid chance to repeat as the Trophy Game Records of the World Huntress of the Year award winner. “I was happy,” she said. “I was so excited.” Longer called the kill the “pinnacle” of his year. He said he’s gone several years without even nabbing a 12-foot alligator, never mind a 13-footer. “I have more confidence in her than probably more than 90 percent of the grown men I take on hunts,” Longer said. Originally available...

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How to hunt your own Thanksgiving dinner

How to hunt your own Thanksgiving dinner

Do more than just carve your Thanksgiving turkey –hunt it. Chef and outdoor adventurer Georgia Pellegrini loves to tap into her modern day pioneer spirit by hunting and cooking the family dinner. She’s out with a new book, ‘Modern Pioneering: More than 150 Recipes, Projects, and Skills for a Self-Sufficient Life’ to show that anyone can be a do-it-yourself cook. Pellegrini told FoxNews.com when cooking for Thanksgiving, think outside the box. “We are so used to eating the same traditional things over and over; it’s really about using every part of everything whether it’s animal or vegetable protein.” For dinner, Pellegrini likes to change it up by cooking pheasant, wild turkey, duck, or even pigeon. These animals are plentiful for hunters, but also available in supermarkets and specialty stores. “We’re used to the same flavors, it’s kind of fun to switch it.” Though, she added that when it comes to more odd choices like pigeon, “you need to think about where is your source” before taking a bite. When it comes to critics who might be against hunting, Pellegrini has a strong belief that “for me, it’s about paying the full price of the meal and having a true experience behind my food whether it’s gardening, foraging, or hunting my food. I think the meal means so much more that way.” Pellegrini has three dishes that might put a different spin on Thanksgiving. Pumpkin Bourbon Soup might give the dinner an extra kick. “Pumpkins and all kind of squash are in season right now and I love to use every part of it … I also like to add a little bourbon in things,” said Pellegrini. Made with two pumpkins, the dish includes shiitake mushrooms, chicken stock, coconut milk, and crushed red pepper. Recipe: Pumpkin Bourbon Soup She then takes the pumpkin seeds to make a brittle called Chocolate Clumpkins. “It’s got some coffee grinds in there and spices which are really fun … gives a little protein and crunch.” The brittle also includes chili oil or habanero oil, maple syrup, and dark chocolate bars. Recipe: Chocolate Clumpkins When it comes to leftovers, Pellegrini likes to make Thanksgiving Leftover Bites. “Taking the turkey, the stuffing, the mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce and rolling them into one delicious bite. It’s a great thing to do with your leftovers so you’re saving, not wasting it.” Each bite is wrapped in turkey bacon to keep the dish all together. Recipe: Thanksgiving Leftover Bites For dessert this year, Pellegrini is making a pie using leaf lard or pork fat. “The best way to make a really flaky pie crust comes from the stomach lining of a pig, which might sound creepy but it’s really delicious.” Before heading into the...

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High-tech hunting gear for the fall season

High-tech hunting gear for the fall season

Polaris Ranger XP 900(John Linn, Adventure Studios 2014) Weekend hunting excursions don’t have to be all about long hikes on deserted trails and turkey calls at 5 a.m. This gear is designed to make your trip easier. You can pack up your gear for easier transport in the woods, text your hunting party even from a secluded deer stand and ride back to the campsite in style. 1. Blackout SS Compound Bow Price: $600 The technology alone in this compound bow will make you want to hunt more often. At just 3.5 pounds, it’s light enough to carry all day, yet the bow has unusual power – arrows launch at 335 feet per second. The camo bow lets you adjust from 26.5 to 30.5-inch draw length, and there’s a new single-cam design to transfer power quickly when you strike. 2. Tenzing TC SP14 Shooter Pack Price: $250 This hunting pack big selling point is its rear rifle holder and pouch. Compression straps and the large cavity in the back can also accommodate a crossbow. For hunters into technology, there are nine compartments (two of them are zipped to hold expensive gear) for a smartphone, binoculars and a rangefinder. 3. Kyocera Brigadier Price: $99 with Verizon contract This smartphone is military-grade rugged, meaning you can drop it or even step on it a few times, and it can withstand extreme temperatures, vibration, blowing rain, low pressure, solar radiation, salt, fog, and humidity. Its screen is scratchproof and extra durable, and – as a bonus – it works on Verizon, which has the best coverage even in remote areas. Just remember to put it on mute when you go deer hunting. 4. Seek Thermal Camera Price: TBD This camera, which plugs into the power port of a smartphone, enables you to see wild game in total darkness just by using an app on your Android phone or Apple iPhone. Thermal imaging cameras can cost thousands and add bulk to your hunting pack. The company behind the camera has not announced pricing or availability, but it’s one to “keep an eye on” for now. (According to this Fox Business report, the case will cost under $250.) 5. Jetboil Flash Cooking System Camo Price: $100 You’ll want this camouflaged cooking system when the hunt is over. It has a 1-liter insulated cup that attaches directly to the burner. Push a button to ignite, and you can boil water in just two minutes. There’s a strainer at the top, so you can drink coffee or soup. Three small legs on the fuel canister pop out for stability. 6. 2015 Polaris Ranger XP 900 EPS Hunter Deluxe Edition Price: $20,799 Polaris went all-out this year with its hunting utility terrain vehicle (UTV). There are two rear gun...

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Smorgasbord of firearms: SHOT Show has 12.5 miles of shooting, hunting and outdoors gear

By Allison Barrie War Games Published January 15, 2014 FoxNews.com Jan. 14, 2014: A man looks down the sight of a rifle at SHOT Show, where 12.5 miles of guns, ammo and all things for the outdoorsman are on display. (NATIONAL SHOOTING SPORTS FOUNDATION) Jan. 14, 2014: One of many wacky gadgets seen at SHOT Show, where 12.5 miles of guns, ammo and all things for the outdoorsman are on display. (NATIONAL SHOOTING SPORTS FOUNDATION) Jan. 14, 2014: Attendees roam the show floor at SHOT Show, where 12.5 miles of guns, ammo and all things for the outdoorsman are on display. (NATIONAL SHOOTING SPORTS FOUNDATION) Jan. 14, 2014: Attendees roam the show floor at SHOT Show, where 12.5 miles of guns, ammo and all things for the outdoorsman are on display. (NATIONAL SHOOTING SPORTS FOUNDATION) Next SlidePrevious Slide The world’s largest gun show kicked off Tuesday, providing a first look at new products before they are revealed to the public on retailer shelves. From Jan. 14 through 17, more than 60,000 industry professionals are convening in Las Vegas for the 36th Shooting, Hunting and Outdoor Trade Show (SHOT Show), where more than 1,600 exhibitors are showcasing their latest and greatest. Owned and sponsored by the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), the SHOT Show provides an early view of new products and services used by target shooters, hunters, outdoorsmen and law enforcement professionals. Walking among 630,000 square feet of products, it’s clear that vendors have brought a wide range of new and existing goods for the full spectrum of Americans: There’s a gun for all income levels, for men and women and for those from rural areas to big cities. What’s on display? SHOT Show is a Willie Wonka’s Chocolate Factory for firearms. It is a smorgasbord of guns, ammunition, gun safes, safety locks and cases, optics, shooting range equipment, targets, game calls, decoys, tree stands, scents, lures, hunting accessories and much, much more. A Living Legend The best surprise at SHOT Show this year is the appearance of a true American patriot: Al Mampre, one of the 19 living members of the World War II 101st Airborne company whose fight for our freedom and that of our allies was documented in “Band of Brothers,” the New York Times best-seller and HBO miniseries. Just 20 years old when he joined the Army, Mampre became a medic in the legendary Company E, 506th Regiment of the 101st Airborne. He earned two Purple Hearts and a Bronze Star during his service, fighting with his brothers in the Battle of the Bulge, Operation Market Garden and other battles in Europe. SHOT Show isn’t just about sales. It also about networking – swapping tales, tips and lessons learned. Every year...

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