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January
Features - Regional News (Places to hunt, fish, camp; ideas and methods), Posted! (Here's what you can do to help preserve hunting on private lands), Sow Bear Attack (If the bear pulled me out of my perch in the tree , I'd be torn to shreds), Alaska: Fishing's Best Frontier (After a fly-in odyssey, I found that Alaskan fishing is still the greatest), Breakthrough In Big-Fish Flyrodding (This new popper system will work on any big gamefish), Rendezvous Wilth The Guessin' Corps (When you hunt with these far-out competitors, you seldom fail to get rabbits), What's New In Boats And Motors (The trend is towards safer and stronger boats, more reliable motors), My Life As A Guide (I was a big-game guide, so I can tell what the job is really like), Snowtime Pheasants (Late-season roosters are tough and very wise. You have to be the same), Sand Eel Explosion: New Ocean Mystery (Sand Eel population is drastically affecting the ocean. What does it mean?), Backcountry (Planning an Alaska fishing trip? Here's what you should know), All About Fishing Accessories (A guide to what accessories are available, and what their designed for) Departments - Starnes At Large (Georgia law threatens non-residents), What's New (New gear and ideas for fishing, camping, boating), Shooting (Nest Egg In Your Gun Cabinet?), Cooking (Bannock: backcountry bread), Field Guide (Make your canoe a duck boat for $10), Hunting Dogs (Over the hill and gone) Update Section - Wildlife, Bass, Waterfowl, Trout / Salmon, Upland Game, Salt Water, Deer / Big Game, Fishing
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February
Features - Decoy That Turkey (Using an old plastic hen to get toms in close is an old Indian trick updated. It works), Gadabout Revisited (For 20 years his TV fishing show fascinated 20 million people. Where is Gadabout Gaddis today?), The Stumpsitters (These hunters study Deer 365 days a year. What they're learning will make you a better hunter), Permit: A Fine Madness (You've got to be a little crazy to go after these sly fish. They'll break your tackle and your heart), Sweet Dove of Youth (First day afield with a gun is a memorable time for any youngster. I'll never forget this one), Life and Death of the Largemouth (An underwater photographer takes you into the mysterious and violent world of the Bass), Grizzly in No-Man's Land (The Bear was death in a brown-grey overcoat. Never before had I experienced such fear), Death From The Sky (It's called "acid rain". And it's a cloud of doom spreading over fishing in the Northeast), Do-It-Yourself Trapping ($8.20 for a Muskrat, $55 for a Red Fox. Here's what you need to get in on the action), Too Many Moose (There were so many pugnacious Bulls that we had to dodge our way among them to get the one I wanted) Special News - Turkey Hunting Special (A state-by-state report on where to go for good Turkey hunting in your area. Plus fishing, hunting and camping news in your region) Backcountry - Okefenokee: Bass And Mystery (This great swamp is a land of cypress, moss, water lilies - and giant Bass) Update - Deer/Big Game (Night watch for poachers), Bass (How to increase Bass survival), Wildlife (Polluter gets six months in jail), Fishing (U.S. anglers irk Canadians), Trout/Salmon (Wood slash hurts streams), Waterfowl (Waterfowl rules are a mess), Salt Water (Swordfish planes: still a no-no), Upland Game (Threat to Dove hunting) Departments - Bowhunting (Questions & answers), Shooting (Guide to Turkey guns, shells), Field Guide (Outdoor photography), Cooking (Venison jerky and pemmican), Hunting Dogs (Tough questions answered) What's New - Latest equipment and ideas for hunting, fishing, camping and boating, 1979 Fishing Tackle (What's new, who's making it) Comment - Editorial Trails (Alaska Lands Bill: inevitable), Starnes At Large (Will feds rule ocean fishing), Letters (Do we need more wilderness?), Outdoor People, Outdoorsman's Service Bureau, This Happened To Me, Getting The Range, Shopping, Where To Go, Classified, Next Month
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March
Features - Catch and Release (Releasing big fish is hard to do, but it may be the only way to save quality angling in America), Hard Hunting (A young couple takes to the wilds alone on a backpack junt for Moose. First of a series), Bass In The Desert (Big reservoirs in the arid West are bassing hotspots this time of year. How you can get in on the fun), Close Encounters With a Turkey (He outfoxed me maybe, but there were pleasures in the hunt that made my defeat enjoyable), On The Trail of Tailwater Fish (Five experts tell how to fish waters below big dams for Trout, Walleyes, Stripers, Shad, Catfish), Road Kills: The Shameful Waste (Motor vehicles kill at least 175,000 Deer every year, but we can do something to stop the loss), Charm 'em With Silver & Gold (Here's the lowdown on lures for this year's Trout opener - plus some techniques proven by action), New and Beautiful Guns (More fine guns are being crafted in the U.S. now than ever before. Here are four of the finest), Above The Artic Circle By Road (Driving through North America's remotest wilderness, we reached the Artic - and made history), Muskie Fever: It's Spreading (From near-disastrous lows 30 years ago, the Muskie has made a remarkable comeback. Here's why, where), Hunters: Could You Pass This Test German pre-license tests are so tough that half the applicants fail. Here's a sampling of the questions) Regional News - State Fishing Reports (Our experts give advice on where to find good spring fishing near your home. Plus, hunting, fishing, camping news) Backcountry - New Wilderness Highway (You can now drive to the Artic, but it takes planning. Here's how to get started) Update - Salt Water (Cures from the sea), Upland Game (Rat may yield snake serum), Fishing (Colorado River stocking), Deer/Big Game (New test for handgun hunters), Waterfowl (Duck stamp income and outgo), Bass (Zaza's giant Largemouth), Trout/Salmon (New cutt, Dolly Varden study), Wildlife (Dogs to kill coyotes?) Departments - Rec Vehicles (Tips and trends), Cooking (Feast for a crowd), Field Guide (Chain saw basics), Bowhunting (Questions & answers), Hunting Dogs (Puppies are special) What's New - Latest equipment and ideas for hunting, fishing, camping and boating Comment - Editorial Trails (Fish records: What's official?), Starnes At Large (Bow vs. gun: It's a cruel choice), Letters (Scents make sense), Outdoor People, This Happened To Me, Getting The Range, Outdoorsman's Service Bureau, Shopping, Classified, Next Month
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May
Features - Clockwatch Plugging (The all-time money winner on the Bass tournament trail tells how to select lures), The Best & Worst Shooting (What's the truth behind the extraordinary shot, and how about those miserable misses? Four hunters tell all), Best All-Around Fly? (An argument that the Matuka Sculpin, crawled on bottom, is deadliest of them all), Hard Hunting (Caribou comes easy? Not on our backpack hunt), Possums Don't Play (Our oldest wild animal is a slowpoke that faints when frightened), Fishing Wild (Outdoor Life's camping editor explores unfinished waters in Canada), Test Your Survival IQ (What do you do when faced with an outdoor emergency? This quiz could save your life), Scuba Spy For Fishing Secrets (A noted angler dives into the underwater world for secrets that will help your fishing), Biggest Poaching Bust Ever (It took 15 months of undercover work and a raid by 140 agents. Was it the tip of an iceberg?) Regional News - Late-Spring Fishing (Our experts report on where to find good late-spring angling for Bass, Trout and Panfish) Backcountry - Fishing Wild (continued) (Tales of wilderness fishing in the Keewatin District of the Northwest Territories) Update - Deer/Big Game (Birth control for Deer), Bass (How mean is meanmouth), Wildlife (U.S.-Mexico wildlife treaty), Trout/Salmon (A Dr. Jekyll/Mr. Hyde complex), Waterfowl (Spring shooting for Alaska?), Upland Game (Getting wise to Woodcock), Salt Water (Red tide getting worse), Fishing (Impact of unlicensed anglers) Departments - Shooting (New hunting/varmint scopes), Rec Vehicles (Picking pickup options), Field Guide (How to read a river), Cooking (Catfish recipes from Dixie), Bowhunting (Questions & answers), Hunting Dogs (Trailing and treeing hounds) What's New - Latest equipment and ideas for hunting, fishing, camping and boating Comment - Editorial Trails (Time to read about fishing), Starnes At Large (A liberal joins pro-gun ranks!), Letters (Fans don't forget), Outdoor People, This Happened To Me, Outdoorsman's Service Bureau, Getting The Range, Shopping, Summer Wilderness Trips, Where To Go, Classified, Next Month
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June
Features - All The Bear I Needed (I wanted a Grizzly Bear, but when a big black charged he was all the Bear I needed), Deep-Secret Bassing (This new deep-water trolling system has already produced the California Bass-limit record), Bongo! (It's said that this African Antelope hides by climbing trees. Maybe so, but I got mine), Science Unmasks the Whitetail (In the last 10 years, we have learned more about the Whitetail than we ever knew before), SPECIAL REPORT Storm Over Wilderness (Introducing a special Outdoor Life report, a 20-page section devoted to the future of wilderness in America), The Great Wilderness Debate (The decisions on how our wilderness lands should be used will affect generations to come), Second Battle of the Wilderness (A candid look at the major groups involved in the debates over wilderness. What they really want - and why), Do We Need More Wilderness? ("Yes" says Bill Schneider. "We must protect more". "No" says Jim Zumbo. "Hunters will be left out".), The Man Who Started the Furor (Rupert Cutler lanced the boil that's been festering over use of our backcountry lands), Eye Of The Storm (Six pages of earthly delights we could lose if wilderness decisions go the wrong way - in words and pictures), The Dam Shame (Corps of Engineers and Bureau of Reclamation bureaucrats are plotting new mischief) Regional News - Hot-Weather Fishing (A state-by-state rundown on where to find top angling for Bass, Panfish and other species. Plus hunting news) Update - Deer/Big Game (Tragic loss of game), Bass (Do length limits really work?), Wildlife (New Wolf dispute), Trout/Salmon (How to take fussy Trout), Waterfowl (Whitefronts in trouble), Upland Game (Dogs as game killers), Salt Water (Littering and Shark attacks), Fishing (Second largest Walleye ever) Departments - Bowhunting (Questions & answers), Shooting (Questions & Answers), Field Guide (Coping with bugs), Rec Vehicles (Tips and trends), Hunting Dogs (Briefly about Britts) What's New - Latest equipment and ideas for hunting, fishing, camping and boating, Rod Materials Maze (Expert explains rod materials) Comment - Editorial Trails (Alaska: An embattled paradise), Starnes At Large (Man who started the furor), Letters (A message to hunters), Outdoorsman's Service Bureau, This Happened To Me, Shopping, Summer Wilderness Trips, Where To Go, Classified, Next Month
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July
Features - The Newest Fishing Craze (Freshwater Stripers have a lot of anglers baffled. Some sound advice from a long-time saltwater Striper man), The Crazyhorn Buck (The rack was so heavy, I wondered how he walked. It took days of rough hunting to get the shot), Gently Down The Stream (Photos of great floatfishing rivers. Plus tips and a few tales from a long-time float angler), Map and Compass Hunting (This system will let you hunt the wilds without getting lost), Your Children and Hunting (When your kids know the difference between killing and hunting, they have a start, but there's more), Deeper Into Crankbaits (This myth-destroying underwater study reveals the hard-core facts crankbait anglers need to know), A Lifetime of Rabbits (Seventy years of hunting has brought no greater thrill than the very first cottontail I ever shot with a .22), How Close Is Too Close? (Don't be surprised if a Grizzly chews grass or scratches himself before he decides to kill you), Phantom Bass (Old weed-clogging ponds often harbor a handful of monster Bass. These tactics will take them) Regional News - Our experts in each state tell you where you can enjoy this exciting sport near home. Plus hunting, fishing news Backcountry - Manitoba's Upper Country (A guide to the wild, brawling rivers and jagged lake chains that offer some of the North's finest fishing) Update - Deer/Big Game (Holdout state okays Doe season), Bass (Commotion-causing lures are best), Wildlife (President's budget axes wildlife), Trout/Salmon (Trout fishing for the birds?), Waterfowl (Lead poisoning - was it avoidable?), Upland Game (Bobwhite deathtraps), Salt Water (Tuna - the Tokyo connection), Fishing (Walleyes and football) Departments - Shooting (Practical muzzleloading guide), Field Guide (Sun protection - it's your skin), Bowhunting (Questions & answers), Cooking (Far-north Trout and Salmon), Rec Vehicles (Coping with the gas crunch), Hunting Dogs (Concrete runs, ticks, dentures) What's New - Latest equipment and ideas for hunting, fishing, camping and boating Comments - Editorial Trails (Let's go floatfishing), Starnes At Large (The jackass mission), Letters (New look at gun control), Outdoorsman's Service Bureau, This Happened To Me, Getting The Range, Shopping, Where To Go, Classified, Next Month
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August
Features - Blaze Orange (Blaze Orange works. So why do only 28 states require hunters to wear it?), Hats Off To The King! (A long-time angler lands the Steelhead as America's greatest gamefish), When A Lion Comes To Kill (I didn't want to shoot the Lion with a .338, but he charged, and I had no choice), Stirring Up A Stink In Baits (A Florida researcher has put the natural scent of live bait into artificials), A Weather Eye For Whitetails (Knowing how weather affects Deer can up your score. Here are the scientific facts), Mr. Moose (This Canadian strongman has taken 24 bulls in 24 years. Here's how he does it), Big Game Outlook (Winterkill decimated some Western big game, but don't cancel a hunt till you read this), Braving The Backwaters (Tube floats carried us back in to some astounding Bass and Crappie fishing action), Bear Hunting Man (If a buckskin-clad Ohio frontiersman wanted to make a name for himself, he hunted Bears) Regional News - Beat The August Doldrums (Who says this is a slow fishing month? Our state reporters tell us why it isn't) Update - Deer/Big Game ($16,000 fine for poaching), Bass (Length limits on Stripers?), Wildlife (Range plan favors wildlife), Trout/Salmon (A world record Brown Trout?), Waterfowl (Advice on leading Ducks), Upland Game (Phony sex shows saves Grouse), Salt Water (Freshwater Stripers go to sea), Fishing (Get the most from your mono) Departments - Rec Vehicles (Coping with the gas crunch), Cooking (Bony fish), Shooting (Thirty years of Rugers), Field Guide (How to troll deep), Bowhunting (Questions & answers), Hunting Dogs (The making of a meat dog) What's New - Latest equipment and ideas for hunting, fishing, camping and boating Comment - Editorial Trails (Hunting yarns), Starnes At Large (Government gobbledygook), Letters (Wilderness debate), This Happened To Me, Shopping, Where To Go, Classified, Next Month
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September
Features - Where The Records Are (Do record Elk, Deer or Pronghorn still exist? The answer is yes, and here's why), Chalk Stream Adventure (A noted flyfisherman talks about chalk streams and British Trout management), Deer Of Devil's Crotch (The finest Deer stalking I ever witnessed was done by a man who didn't fire a shot), Tough Nuts To Crack (These experts show you five ways to have great Squirrel hunting when old tricks don't work), Three Strikes For A Bear (Three times we ran the big Bear when we had no guns. Then came the fourth year), Clever As A Crow (Einsteins of the air, crows have an almost unbelievable bag of tricks), Our Own Deer Woods (It was a struggle to buy 250 acres, but they're ours. No one can deprive us of our hunting), Crackdown On Crappies (Bass pro Tom Mann shares his tricks for putting big slabs in the boat), Can You Read A Dove Field (To get Mourning Doves, you have to sit in the right place. Here's how to choose it), The Hunting Rifle (A guide that tells you how to choose and use a centerfire hunting rifle) Regional News - Deer Hunting Forecast (A state-by-state rundown on the best Deer-hunting lands. Plus 1979-80 state hunting seasons) Backcountry - Belize's Untouched Cays (The light-tackle angling off this Central American country is without peer) Update - Deer/Big Game (Deer attacks woman), Bass (World record spotted Bass), Wildlife (Alaska pipeline harmed wildlife), Trout/Salmon ("Extinct" giant Trout is alive), Waterfowl (Andrus backs refuge hunting), Salt Water (Fish traps threaten reef fishing), Fishing (A huge appetite with fins) Departments - Rec Vehicles (Dual-fuel RV), Cooking (The oily ones), Shooting (The hunting rifle), Bowhunting (Questions & answers), Field Guide (Are you fit for hunting?), Hunting Dogs (Lady trainer gives expert advice) What's New - Latest equipment and ideas for hunting, fishing, camping and boating Comment - Editorial Trails (Youth and hunting), Starnes (The guttergum syndrome), Letters (More on wilderness), This Happened To Me, Getting The Range, Hunting Seasons: Where To Write, Shopping, Where To Go, Classified, Next Month
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October
Features - The Miserly Micro-Mini (At last, a small and truly fuel-stingy motorhome), Sharp Shooters (How to make those tough shots that could rob you of your Buck), Finding The Fly-By-Nights (Woodcock whimsical? No-way. These facts will make your hunting predictable), Frankenstein Bass (Is "meanmouth" as bad as they say? An in-depth look at the hybrid you've heard about), Hunting The Real Thing (I hunted the genuine wild Boar, and I say he's wild and fierce as you can handle), Deer Camp (That's where I'd be right now, if my choice was as free as my fancy), World's Best Goose Hunting? (Is Cape Jones really the best there is? My answer will surprise you), Close Calls (Bush pilots are daring, sure. But they've given me some terrifying moments), The Truth About Big Bream (The previously untold story of the two largest Bluegills ever caught), Shame On The St. John (We canoed this wild and beautiful river knowing all too well that it's days may be numbered) Regional News - Waterfowl - Upland Game (Our experts tell where you'll find the best gunning in your state. Plus fall fishing) Backcountry - Cohutta Wilderness (If you want wide-racked Whitetails or Trout to 20 inches, this rugged wilderness is for you) Update - Deer/Big Game (New world-record Moose), Bass (A shocking story about Bass), Wildlife (Coyotes winning friends), Trout/Salmon (New catch-and-release bill), Waterfowl (Steel shot confusion continues), Upland Game (Pigeon poisoning threatens hunters), Salt Water (Jaws is back), Fishing (Grass Carp not popular - yet) Departments - Shooting (The lead price crisis), Cooking (Microwave tactics), Field Guide (Camouflage clothing), Rec Vehicles (How are your tires?), Bowhunting (Questions & answers), Hunting Dogs (New promise for breeders) What's New - Latest equipment and ideas for hunting, fishing, camping and boating Comment - Editorial Trails (There's a better way), Starnes At Large (New Indian ripoff), Letters (More on gobbledygook), This Happened To Me, Outdoorsman's Service Bureau, Getting The Range, Shopping, Where To Go, Classified, Next Month
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November
Features - The All-Time No. 1 Whitetail (After 65 years, the mystery of the No. 1 Boone and Crockett Whitetail has been solved), Giants Don't Go Gentle (The Sturgeon, our largest freshwater catch-and-release gamefish, hangs on despite exploitation), How Science Sees The Bass (The deep secrets of America's most sought-after gamefish are falling into place), Deer As Big As Texas (These ranchers raise Deer as a cash crop. Are they taking the sport out of the hunting), Beating The Cold (These tips will bring you up to date on new ways to stay warm in the outdoors), The Drag Race (A jerky drag can rob you of fish. How to adjust or rebuild yours for smoother operation), The Making Of A Hunter (Training my son for our hunt wasn't easy, but it paid off), Hunting With Hagerbaumer (Waterfowling can be turned into a fine art, and this great artist does precisely that), Thinking Small (Intimidated by midges? Don't be. These tiny flies are easier than you think to use), Hard Facts And Field Smarts (Two Experts - a biologist and a dog man - tell where and how to gunt Grouse) Regional News - Hunter's Favorite Month (In November, hunters can go after small game, Deer, and waterfowl. Full coverage is inside, plus fishing news) Update - Wildlife (U.S. rejects wildlife treaty), Bass (World record to a poacher?), Trout/Salmon (The truth about Trout growth), Waterfowl (Scaup plight ignored), Upland Game (Disease threatens Turkeys), Salt Water (Tabs on Tuna), Fishing (The right way to revive fish), Deer/Big Game (Crackdown on muzzleloaders) Departments - Rec Vehicles (The new pickups), Cooking (Game in a stew pot), Shooting (The good new 28-gauge), Bowhunting (Questions & answers), Field Guide (Optics for hunters), Hunting Dogs (New field trials for hunters) What's New - Latest equipment and ideas for hunting, fishing, camping and boating Comment - Editorial Trails (Too good to lose), Starnes At Large (New cure for wildlife woes), Letters (Hunter safety), This Happened To Me, Outdoorsman's Service Bureau, Getting The Range, Shopping, Where To Go, Classified, Next Month
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