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...

12 Strong: Making the Case for the Versatility of 12x Binoculars

For many years, I packed a pair of 10x binoculars around my neck and a pair of 15x56 Swarovski’s tucked neatly in my pack. The theory was I needed the 10’s for close-up work and quick hand glassing, but once I reached my appointed spot, I would break out the 15’s,...

Hunt with a Camera (And a Gun)

Over the past 10 years or so, a Western hunter’s standard kit has evolved in many ways. All sorts of gadgets and useful equipment have flooded the market and worked their way into the kit of the average hunter. We find ourselves spending more time researching and more...

Gear Legends – Outdoorsmans Tripod System

When looking at candidates for “Gear Legends”, we’re looking at many possible variables. Has it been around for a significant period of time? Is it still viable? In its product category, how does it rate and how much impact did it have? Did it change the game? It...

The Do’s and Don’ts of Calling Elk

Selecting a Call In today’s market, hunters can choose from short, wide, fat, tapered, stacked, long and skinny reeds. I like an open barrel design or one that’s short and produces a nasally sound.  Regardless of the style, the thickness of the reed is critical....

GEAR

Shoot Better Now: 12 Setup Tips for Bowhunting Success

During my annual late-season archery hunt in Montana, a good friend of mine missed a “slam dunk” shot at a fantastic buck. He was incredibly upset, but also certain there had to be a problem with his bow. We set out for camp to see if we could correct the problem. We...

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...

Training For the Shot

Hunting shots are almost always improvised, so you must prepare. When I first started hunting, my father taught me how to shoot a rifle by constructing a rest from whatever resources you had to use at the time of the shot. This training early in my life was an...

INFORMATION

The Mountains Speak

A Special Fraternity Western hunters are drawn to mountains. Our appetite is for rugged terrain, steep slopes, clean air, and the effort required to pursue wild creatures in often unrelenting habitat. Many non-hunters think our quest is about only the kill, but we...

Backpacking: The Fine Line Between Tough and Dumb.

Know it or you’ll pay a permanent price I love backpack hunting; it reaches deep into my soul. The demand the mountain places on you, and that which you place on yourself, sharpens you physically and mentally. The accomplishment that comes with it and the feeling it...

ADVENTURE

Some “Grand” Binocular Choices

Thanks to new technologies, some great 10x42s can be had for less than $1000 Technology is growing at an exponential rate. Examples of this phenomenon are all around us. The old record player and LP's dominated the music industry for decades. Then came 8-track players...

Planning for a North Country Adventure

Alaska is a dream hunting destination, it is wild, vast, and is home to animals not found in the lower 48. Providing a lot of opportunity for the DIY hunter. The only downside is that planning the hunt can seem like a logistical nightmare. Alaska might as well be a...

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