The DNA of a Mule Deer Hunter

A journey of a lifetime…and then some It’s hard for me to decide which I like more – massive, deep-forked mulies or the hunters back in the old days who pursued them. I’m equally as drawn to a big non-typical mule deer rack as I am to an old-time hunting photo of...

The Top 10 Late-Season Small Game Hunts in the West

A Hunter’s Anti-Hibernation Kit As many big game seasons come to a close, there is still ample opportunity to head afield and have some incredible hunting adventures out West. Small game seasons extend into the winter in many states and are a great way to get out and...

The Mathews Vertix

Showing that huge strides in archery technology are still possible Five years ago, I was invited to a Q&A with Matt McPherson, founder of Mathews. It is hard to argue that any other archery company has revolutionized bow design more than Mathews over the last 30...

Nosler Refuses to Compromise on Mountain Carbon Rifle

Mountain hunters are a special breed. Every item they pack on a hunt has a purpose. Because gear means ounces and ounces add up to pounds. And pounds… they eventually equal pain. From cutting the handle off of toothbrushes to scraping the rubber armor off a spotting...

Swarovski’s BTX: Two Years Later

Two years ago Swarovski introduced the BTX dual eyepiece for the X series spotting scopes. Prior to the BTX’s arrival all the other “big eyes” on the market were 12-15 lbs and required a beastly tripod to handle their weight. At 4-6 lbs (depending on objective lens)...

GEAR

Sig Sauer Electro Optics BDX

Sig Sauer Electro Optics BDX

Sig Sauer Electro Optics has brought some game-changing technology to the hunting market with their Ballistic Data Xchange (BDX) rangefinder and riflescope. The system uses your ballistics, environmental conditions, and Bluetooth to illuminate the exact holdover dot...

Introducing the Swarovski dS  5-25×52 Smart Riflescope

Introducing the Swarovski dS 5-25×52 Smart Riflescope

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

Outfitting Your UTV: Part 2

Outfitting Your UTV: Part 2

A Quick Recap In our first installment of our UTV series, we outfitted our project UTV with essential equipment for hunting the West. We covered the basics with a roof, skid plate, lower doors, and a half wind-screen to offer the minimum protection from the elements....

TACTICS

Over-the-counter Bulls

Over-the-counter Bulls

For most western hunters, the elk areas we dream of hunting and the elk areas that we actually get to hunt in are two completely different things. Of course, everyone dreams of taking a 400-inch bull, but the reality is these types of elk are few and far between. Even...

Trail Cameras for Predators

Trail Cameras for Predators

When most people think of using trail cameras, they usually think of whitetail deer. They are also used routinely for bear, elk, mule deer, antelope, etc. However, I rarely hear of people using them to locate predators or to help pattern them for more success when...

Making The Impossible Possible

Making The Impossible Possible

Making the Impossible Possible Stalking antelope with a bow, made easier   The American pronghorn is perfectly suited for the terrain of the West. Their eyes – the largest of any North American ungulate - are their best line of defense against predators. They survive...

INFORMATION

20-Step Peep-Sight Straight Jacket

20-Step Peep-Sight Straight Jacket

Tying a peep-sight in properly is one of the fundamental skills any bow mechanic should master. It’s an overlooked aspect of equipment setup that not only ensures the peep doesn’t move as you shoot, but it can also prevent serious eye injury in the event of a dry-fire...

Turning Predators Into Profit

Turning Predators Into Profit

The bobcat came sneaking into the sounds my electronic call was sending into the cold winter air. I shot him at 100 yards for three reasons: 1) I was confident I could make the shot; 2) the large tom had been killing lots of turkeys and I had been finding his kills...

Mobile Roving Backcountry Camps

Mobile Roving Backcountry Camps

Flexibility is often the key to being a successful hunter. Colorado wilderness areas, with their unique topography and abundance of mule deer and elk, provide interesting opportunities for horsemen to use mobile roving camps to access a wide range of habitat types and...

ADVENTURE

Fringe Benefits

Fringe Benefits

Go against the grain to find hidden treasures Like most hunters out there, when I dream of elk hunting, I tend to paint a picture of the most picturesque landscapes. Personally, mine consist of steep sage slopes that melt into thick timbered bedding areas full of...

The DNA of a Mule Deer Hunter

The DNA of a Mule Deer Hunter

A journey of a lifetime…and then some It’s hard for me to decide which I like more – massive, deep-forked mulies or the hunters back in the old days who pursued them. I’m equally as drawn to a big non-typical mule deer rack as I am to an old-time hunting photo of...

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