Blueprint For Mule Deer

Part III: Eliminate your variables Recently, I was invited by Aron Snyder to be on the Kifarucast podcast. It was during this podcast discussion that he asked me about how I would rank attributes of physical fitness vs. knowledge of animal behavior and habits when it...

Better Lucky Than Good

It’s all about being in the right place at the right time Colten Tholen, Wyoming, 2017 Our story is one of those hunts that you only dream of having or wish to have come true. It's also the story that maybe you don't always care to hear about. Regardless, it’s one...

Going the Distance: From first time shooter to 1,000 yards.

My favorite way to learn anything is to jump head first into the murky depths and stay afloat. That is exactly what I had done when signing up for

GEAR

Zeiss Conquest Gavia 85 vs. Zeiss Victory Harpia 85

Zeiss Conquest Gavia 85 vs. Zeiss Victory Harpia 85

Last fall I had the opportunity to test out both the Zeiss Victory Harpia 85 ($4600) and the Conquest Gavia 85 ($1999) spotting scopes. Obviously, the price point on these optics are quite different, but knowing the Zeiss name, I planned on both being great products....

Nightforce NX8 Rifle Scope Review

Nightforce NX8 Rifle Scope Review

Nightforce Optics has been an industry leader when it comes to bulletproof riflescopes for the last 20 years. Their reputation for durability and accuracy has been proven through its application in both military deployments and benchrest competitions around the globe....

Swarovski’s Newest Binocular: The NL Pure

Swarovski’s Newest Binocular: The NL Pure

The NL Pure is the first completely new binocular from Swarovski since the introduction of the EL back in...well... a long, long time ago. The EL has reigned supreme for closing in on two decades because no one could build a better binocular, so Swarovski did it. The...

TACTICS

Dynamic Rewarming Drill

Dynamic Rewarming Drill

Hunters spend a lot of time thinking about gear. Naturally, we want to be as prepared as our budgets allow in order to be successful. Between researching fabrics, weights, materials, new products and reviews, many of us tend to match our time in the field with our...

Goals and Why They Matter

Goals and Why They Matter

20 years ago, I had never taken what I consider to be a really big mule deer.  I had done enough wildlife photography of park deer and winter range bucks to know one when I saw one, but until the year 2000 had never been fortunate enough to walk up on a real whopper. ...

Hunting The Mountain Lion

Hunting The Mountain Lion

Mountain lions are one of the most elusive species in North America. Without the use of dogs many hunters go their entire life without seeing one. For this reason, the use of dogs has been essential in research and management. Lions cannot effectively be hunted using...

INFORMATION

Top Five DIY Free Range Exotic Hunts

Top Five DIY Free Range Exotic Hunts

As the waves crashed to the beach below, I could not help but think of all the people that came to this island just for the beaches. In this moment, sitting on a beach was as far from my mind as it could be. I had just heard the tell-tale whistle/bark of an axis deer...

What You Should Carry & Why

What You Should Carry & Why

Decisions of what to put in your pack can often make the difference between a comfortable and successful hunt or an unsuccessful and uncomfortable one. Even more importantly, what you do or don’t put in your pack can also mean the difference between life and death. I...

Wilderness Survival Rules and Tenets

Wilderness Survival Rules and Tenets

It was odd and unfortunate that Chris Denham requested this article on a day when three of my peers found themselves on a life raft in the infamous Bering Sea. Their lives were saved by the survival training from our annual competencies. These three were fortunate....

ADVENTURE

Leica Geovid 3200.COM

Leica Geovid 3200.COM

Leica unveiled the Geovid 3200.COM laser rangefinder binocular in January, cementing their position at the top of the category industry-wide. This new model builds on Leica’s 25-year history of groundbreaking laser rangefinder technology for hunters. The 3200.COM is...

Bullwhacker

Bullwhacker

A Successful Goat Hunt With a Trusty Weapon “It wasn’t a buffalo or a deer or a goat. It wasn’t a creature at all. It was something grown out of the snow; it was something a crazy mind made up; it was an old spirit man from the top of the world and a bullet wouldn’t...

Rocky Mountain Fortune

Rocky Mountain Fortune

The Land of Enchantment In 2016, I found myself looking for a partner to go on an adventure in the mountains of New Mexico. I’d just learned of the opportunity to hunt Barbary Sheep over-the-counter... the closest I believed I would ever come to the often fantasized...

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