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10 Best Dog-Friendly Hiking Trails in Illinois!

10 Best Dog-Friendly Hiking Trails in Illinois!

There are so many perfect spots for adventures with your pup in the great state of Illinois. The state has an abundance of dog-friendly trails and…
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The Essential Gear You Need When Riding ATVs

The Essential Gear You Need When Riding ATVs

ATVs are off-road vehicles, designed to allow access to trails and other hard-to-reach areas. The earliest designs from the 1970s were three-wheeled.…
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How to Properly Store Your Archery Gear

How to Properly Store Your Archery Gear

Whether between hunts, seasons, or sessions on the range, it is crucial to keep your archery equipment in good working condition. A key to…
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Thawing Out: 5 Tips for Spring Turkey Hunting

Thawing Out: 5 Tips for Spring Turkey Hunting

Many states offer spring archery seasons for turkey—and that’s awesome news, because spring is an excellent time to bag a gobbler. Spring…
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ATV Off-Roading Adventure at Little Egypt Off Road

ATV Off-Roading Adventure at Little Egypt Off Road

Off-roading is an adventurous activity for people who are ready to leave the pavement behind. There are several off-roading areas throughout…
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Deer Rifles—How to Choose The Perfect Gun

Deer Rifles—How to Choose The Perfect Gun

It is fall, which means that the leaves are changing and gun writers are doing articles on the “Great American Deer Rifle.” Picking out a…
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Bowhunting: 6 Awesome Late-Season Hunts

Bowhunting: 6 Awesome Late-Season Hunts

Perhaps you didn’t get a chance to get out in the early part of the season, or maybe you’re looking to head out again to get another deer…
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Hiking Boots—Six Great Choices Your Feet Will Love

Hiking Boots—Six Great Choices Your Feet Will Love

Proper footwear is one of the many keys to a successful hike. Here are six boots that will coddle your heel and arches while performing admirably on…
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Archery Gear—10 Best New Products of the Year

Archery Gear—10 Best New Products of the Year

In January, I spent three days cruising the aisles of the annual Archery Trade Association Show, which was held in Louisville, Kentucky. The ATA Show…
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What Makes a Good Deer Bullet?

What Makes a Good Deer Bullet?

I remember being just old enough to legally hunt big game in New York State—back then, you had to be 16 to hunt big game—and carrying a…
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10 Tips for Safely Riding ATVs

10 Tips for Safely Riding ATVs

ATVs—shorthand for “all terrain vehicles”—are one way to explore areas of land that you might not otherwise be able to…
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5 Energizing Hikes in Illinois

5 Energizing Hikes in Illinois

Working out at the gym can get mundane for outdoor enthusiasts, so many decide to pursue invigorating hikes in nature. From rock formations to scenic…
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5 Cool Spots for ATV Off-Roading in Illinois

5 Cool Spots for ATV Off-Roading in Illinois

The Illinois off-roading scene is a burgeoning one, with several independent parks scattered throughout the state catering to ATVs, motocross, and…
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Super-Clean Your Guns The Easy Way

Super-Clean Your Guns The Easy Way

There is an old saying in the gun world, “Firearms have only two enemies – Rust and Politicians.” Be kind to your guns and they…
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Handgun Basics—4 Easy Steps to Shoot Like A Pro

Handgun Basics—4 Easy Steps to Shoot Like A Pro

The handgun is the toughest of the three primary firearms to master. Rifles and shotguns are fired from the shoulder, which provides a more stable…
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5 Beautiful Scenic Hikes in Illinois

5 Beautiful Scenic Hikes in Illinois

Scenic hikes are relaxing, inspiring, and invigorating for both new and experienced hikers. There are hundreds of hiking trails throughout Illinois…
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Shoot Like A Pro With These 7 Simple Steps

Shoot Like A Pro With These 7 Simple Steps

The key to becoming a good shooter is that you and your rifle must work in unison. Good shooting starts by learning to control your breathing and…
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5 Exhilarating Jet Skiing Spots in Illinois

5 Exhilarating Jet Skiing Spots in Illinois

There’s nothing quite like jet skiing on a calm, beautiful lake surrounded by nature. The abundant lakes in Illinois provide many opportunities…
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How To Find Your Deer After The Shot

How To Find Your Deer After The Shot

Despite what we may see on television, deer usually do not drop in their tracks at the shot. Sometimes, too, “stuff” happens and the shot…
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Best New Hiking Products for Late Summer and Early Fall

Best New Hiking Products for Late Summer and Early Fall

There is no better time to hit the trail than late summer/early fall. Trails really open up once the kids head back to school, leaving trails…
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10 Best New Products for Early Fall Camping

10 Best New Products for Early Fall Camping

Late summer and early fall are some of the best days of the year for camping. Days are still warm, nights are cool, the bugs are gone, and…
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5 Best ATV Rides to See Fall Foliage in The United States

5 Best ATV Rides to See Fall Foliage in The United States

Of the four seasons, fall is by far the most popular for riding ATVs that seat one or two people, and “side-by-sides” that seat two to…
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Fishing Gear - Best New Products for the Fall Season

Fishing Gear - Best New Products for the Fall Season

Late summer and early fall may be the best time of the year for fishing. Whether you’re working the Eastern Coast beaches for big stripers,…
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6 Key Items for Summer Whitetail Scouting

6 Key Items for Summer Whitetail Scouting

Although you can’t get out and hunt for deer in the summer, you can start preparing for the fall by scouting locations. Knowing the places that…
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Basic Gear for the New Deer Hunter

Basic Gear for the New Deer Hunter

While deer hunting takes many forms in a variety of different habitats and terrains, one thing is for certain: The more time you can spend afield,…
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How To Hunt Ducks The Easy Way

How To Hunt Ducks The Easy Way

Duck hunting is one of the easiest hunting sports for new shotgunners to expand into. Ample public-land hunting opportunities abound for waterfowlers…
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Best Places to Fish in the Midwest This Fall

Best Places to Fish in the Midwest This Fall

Walleyes and a variety of salmon are on the autumn menu in the Midwest as anglers have a last chance to fish open water before the winter freeze…
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5 Great Hiking Trails in Illinois

5 Great Hiking Trails in Illinois

Illinois’ diverse natural landscapes and abundant state parks have led to the many great hiking trails around the state. With thousands of…
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Set Your Sights: 5 Great Rangefinders

Set Your Sights: 5 Great Rangefinders

If there's one essential accessory every modern bowhunter should have, it's a rangefinder. Rangefinders help you accurately gauge the distance…
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Archery at Home: 5 Workouts for Strengthening Shoulders

Archery at Home: 5 Workouts for Strengthening Shoulders

Archery engages a number of muscle groups but it’s the shoulders, along with the obliques, that probably bear the brunt of the drawing and…
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Fish Here This Fall—5 Reel-Screaming Adventures

Fish Here This Fall—5 Reel-Screaming Adventures

Autumn is the season of dynamic changes for fishermen, and sort of a mirror image of spring. Where spawning runs typically define spring fishing,…
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5 Amazing Weekend Fall Hikes Across the U.S.

5 Amazing Weekend Fall Hikes Across the U.S.

The warm days and crisp, cool nights of autumn make the perfect conditions for a weekend hiking and camping excursion. There is nothing quite like…
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Handgun Shooting—4 Ways to Quickly Improve Your Skills

Handgun Shooting—4 Ways to Quickly Improve Your Skills

If you are a new handgun owner, it’s important that you seek some training in the basics of shooting. Learning the rules of gun safety is also…
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How to Hunt Whitetail Deer—A Beginner’s Guide

How to Hunt Whitetail Deer—A Beginner’s Guide

As much as America is a country defined by grit, franchise hamburgers, and interstate highways, you could also say ours is a nation defined by deer.…
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5 Awesome Trail Running Spots in Illinois

5 Awesome Trail Running Spots in Illinois

Nothing beats running on a nature trail through wilderness. Illinois offers hundreds of running trails, all of which boast scenic views around every…
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5 Fun Hiking Activities to Try with Your Kids This Fall

5 Fun Hiking Activities to Try with Your Kids This Fall

Fall is a fantastic time for hiking: the weather’s cooler, the foliage is beautiful, and wildlife sighting opportunities abound. This makes…
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5 Handy Headlamps for Hiking Those Shorter Fall Days

5 Handy Headlamps for Hiking Those Shorter Fall Days

Don't let the shorter days and fewer daylight hours of autumn deter you from getting outside for a hike. Packing a headlamp not only keeps you safe…
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5 Autumn Destinations for Monster Brown Trout

5 Autumn Destinations for Monster Brown Trout

If you're on the search for trophy brown trout, fall is the optimal time to get on the water. You can chase browns in any season, but if you're…
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Top 10 Tips for Camping Beginners

Top 10 Tips for Camping Beginners

Here’s the picture:  you’re sitting around a campfire, roasting weenies and telling ghost stories as the night closes in around you.…
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Hunting: How to Read the Land for Deer

Hunting: How to Read the Land for Deer

Most how-to deer hunting pieces tell you how to set a treestand or how to trim a shooting lane. Some may even offer some wisdom on setting up between…
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A Guide to Fall Foraging in the U.S.

A Guide to Fall Foraging in the U.S.

It’s September, and the coming of fall equals an abundance of autumnal harvest…in the woods. Foraging is currently all the rage at top…
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5 Awesome Destinations for Fall Steelhead Fishing

5 Awesome Destinations for Fall Steelhead Fishing

When the leaves start to turn, in many parts of the United States, particularly the Great Lakes region, steelhead start to run—as do steelhead…
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Bowhunting Basics: Information to Know Before Stepping Afield

Bowhunting Basics: Information to Know Before Stepping Afield

Before you take your bow and quiver to head out into the field, you need to make sure that you are prepared to legally hunt your target species.…
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Getting the Most Out of Fall Camping

Getting the Most Out of Fall Camping

Many people think of summer as camping season, but if you are prepared, going afield during fall is much more pleasurable. Early spring should be…
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How to Scout Deer the Easy Way

How to Scout Deer the Easy Way

The problem with scouting whitetails during mid-summer is that the woods are as uninviting as they’ll be all year. From hordes of mosquitoes to…
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Scent Control—How To Create A Strategy To Fool More Deer

Scent Control—How To Create A Strategy To Fool More Deer

Whitetail hunters, especially bowhunters, can generally be divided into two factions when it comes to scent control. The first are the devout,…
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Fall Fishing: 6 Species to Target This Autumn

Fall Fishing: 6 Species to Target This Autumn

Autumn is prime time for many of the country’s favorite species of sport fish. This is because, as water temperatures drop, many species either…
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6 ATV Destinations to See Vibrant Fall Colors

6 ATV Destinations to See Vibrant Fall Colors

Soak up the autumn hues of red, orange, and yellow from the back of your four-wheeler. Riding through deciduous forests on the back of an ATV gives…
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6 Essential Items for Your Autumn Turkey Hunt

6 Essential Items for Your Autumn Turkey Hunt

In many states across the country, fall turkey hunting season is upon us. Now's the time to make sure you're equipped with the proper gear to ensure…
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Getting a fire started

Getting a fire started

Vin T. Sparano, as excerpted from Complete Guide to Camping and Wilderness Survival 1. CAMPFIRES To start a campfire, clear a site—always…
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