Shared Use of the Backcountry: Best Practices

In Part 1 of this article, I shared some examples of interactions I had with an outfitter while hunting in the Clearwater National Forest some 20 years ago. In this issue, I’ll review current situations and outline some “best practices” the DIY hunting horseman can...

How to be More Successful Mule Deer Hunting

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 comes to hunting mule deer. It was...

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

Optics Terms Explained

Optics Terms Explained

From the time light strikes the objective lens of the binocular until the time it emerges from the ocular lens, it goes through an intense array of bends, reflections, splits and re-convenes in a compressed state. How well each of the man-made components handles this...

Swarovski dS 5-25×52 Smart Riflescope Review

Swarovski dS 5-25×52 Smart Riflescope Review

No product category has evolved more in the last decade than riflescopes. Not long ago, a 3-9x scope was the industry standard. However, with the improvements in laser rangefinders, shooters have been clamoring for more advanced riflescopes. The optics industry has...

Swarovski NL Pure Review

Swarovski NL Pure Review

Way back in the last century (1999), Swarovski introduced the EL binocular, which was at the time an entirely new class of optics. I was a sales rep for Swarovski in those days, but when I heard about the new binocular and the price, I was incredulous! The SLC class...

TACTICS

How To Glass Without Using The Grid Technique

How To Glass Without Using The Grid Technique

It’s mid-afternoon. You’re laying on a rock in the sun, crumpling a candy bar wrapper and picking the last bits of ham and cheese from your teeth. You settle in behind the binoculars, but after a while, your leg falls asleep. You change positions, go back to glassing....

How Turkey Hunting Can Make You A Better Elk Hunter

How Turkey Hunting Can Make You A Better Elk Hunter

As many of you know, pursuing mountain lions and training dogs has become a way of life for me. However, like many other hunters, I hunt year-round for every species I can possess tags for. The truth is that I am a bowhunter at heart, and have been bowhunting elk...

Blister Prevention Made Simple

Blister Prevention Made Simple

The importance of taking care of our feet in the field is no secret, yet we’ve all been there at one point or another… trying to go hard on a hunt or during training while blocking out the unblockable pain of a foot blister. It’s amazing how physically and mentally...

INFORMATION

The Taste Of Success

The Taste Of Success

A menu for those who thrive Success tastes like a chunk of Dall sheep backstrap over a pile of burning willows in Alaska; stew in a buried Dutch oven outside a wall tent; pan-fried antelope heart slapped on some burger buns shared in a dusty camp trailer in the middle...

Confront The Problem

Confront The Problem

In the highly competitive world of college and professional football, critical evaluation of your team’s abilities is a must. Wishful thinking can leave you exposed not only to humiliating defeat but also to public ridicule in front of potentially millions of viewers...

Fitness Over 50

Fitness Over 50

We write a lot about physical fitness and nutrition in the pages of Western Hunter. At 57 years of age, I am convinced that physical and emotional health are the most critical components to truly enjoying a hunt. The older we get, the more likely we are to be able to...

ADVENTURE

Jackson’s First Turkey

Jackson’s First Turkey

On February 15th, 2021, my son Jackson came running out of his bedroom, screaming and cheering, “YES!!! Dad, I did it, I passed my hunter safety class!! He even finished it off with one of his slick Fortnight dances. He was so excited to start hunting, and of course,...

Browning Safe Overview

Browning offers a whole line of heavy-duty safes, and Chris Denham takes some time to show off his new one and walk us through his thoughts.

Riflescope Buying Guide

Riflescope Buying Guide

Buying a riflescope in today’s marketplace can be a daunting task. With dozens of companies offering hundreds of riflescopes each, the options and different variations can be overwhelming. Thankfully there are only a few key features that you need to consider when...

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