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)...

Is It Time For A New Bow?

If you’re a normal, red-blooded bowhunter, you’ve probably been looking forward to getting your hands on the new bow lineups. It’s hard not to get excited when the advertising hype comes at us from so many angles these days. We see the full-page ads, commercials on...

The Forgotten Half

To capture unforgettable images, a great lens is at least as important as the camera body. A few years ago, good friend and fellow photographer, Rod Sinclair, and I went to photograph black bears. Rod was driving (photo strategy: make sure to have your friends drive,...

Nosler’s No-Compromise Mountain Carbon Rifle

Nosler’s Mountain Carbon rifle refuses to compromise The market for ultra-light, ultra-accurate rifles has grown from what was once a niche into a strong segment of the hunting rifle world. More and more people were opening their wallets to obtain the lightest rifle...

Land Your Dream Job: How to become an elk guide

Making a living hunting elk is a dream job, but there is little information on how to actually make that happen. One question I get asked frequently is, “How do I become an elk hunting guide?” If you want to be a lawyer or teacher, there are well-defined paths to...

GEAR

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)...

Browning X-Bolt Hells Canyon Long Range Rifle

A keeper for any rifleman I was fortunate to receive a Browning X-Bolt Hells Canyon Long Range McMillan rifle chambered in 6.5 Creedmoor for review. It seems the 6.5 Creedmoor has become the industry standard for shooters interested in extending their shooting...

Is It Time For A New Bow?

If you’re a normal, red-blooded bowhunter, you’ve probably been looking forward to getting your hands on the new bow lineups. It’s hard not to get excited when the advertising hype comes at us from so many angles these days. We see the full-page ads, commercials on...

TACTICS

Overcoming the Struggle: Diaphragm Calls.

Three reasons you may be having a hard time using a diaphragm call When it comes to using diaphragm elk calls, there are three reasons why I feel they excel over any other style of elk call: versatility, realism, and being “hands-free”. It’s hard to argue that there...

Skinny Fat: Tips To Cure The Syndrome

As outdoorsmen and women, there’s nothing we love more than the feeling that is achieved while navigating the rugged terrain found atop the highest peaks in the world. We all love the beauty of nature - these wild places worn with time are a sight to behold. Yet at...

INFORMATION

Backcountry Equine Medical Issues – Colic

We were packed several miles into the Pecos wilderness - biologists, game wardens, and support staff gathered for a bighorn sheep trap and relocation project. Richard, the area warden, rode his big draft-cross gelding “Cisco” into camp. Cisco was an experienced...

Backcountry Hunters Course

  Hosted by Magpul Core We’ve been reviewing rifles in the past couple issues of Western Hunter Magazine and showcased a few of the leading companies producing some of the best rifles on the market geared toward shooting at longer ranges. Even once you have the...

Easements, Historic Use, and More

As Americans, we enjoy many exceptional and unique freedoms and privileges. For hunters, our system of public lands is perhaps the most important of these American ideals, born from the desire to enable every American to enjoy the outdoors, not just the wealthy such...

ADVENTURE

Colorado Over-The-Counter Elk Hunting

Avoid the Application Apocalypse and go hunting! Last summer, I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do for elk hunting in my home state of Colorado. I had applied for a limited entry unit as my first choice and then for a limited either-sex license in the 4th rifle season as...

A Storm to Remember

If you keep at it, something will eventually go right David Burgess, Idaho, 2016 The wind howled, blasting me with sheets of pelting snow. I set down my knife, shoved my numb hands between the hide and ribs of the still steaming buck, and waited for sensation to creep...

JOIN OUR NEWSLETTER


By joining you'll receive exclusive giveaway opportunities, behind-the-scenes videos and articles straight to your inbox.