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

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WH Multi-Editor Boot Review Part-2

WH Multi-Editor Boot Review Part-2

In PART 1 we covered the first nine boots of the review. Here are the next 8. Salomon 4D 2GTX - $230 Mike Duplan Light, nimble, with excellent support and stability, Salomon 4D 2GTX is a truly impressive hiking boot that bridges that gap between lighter “tennis shoe”...

WH Multi-Editor Boot Review

WH Multi-Editor Boot Review

At the risk of sounding like every other hunting writer, I am going to say that nothing is more important to many successful hunts than a quality boot. You can get by with a more budget-friendly piece of gear in many categories, but if you buy the wrong boot, you will...

Guide to Buying Down Insulation

Guide to Buying Down Insulation

Hunting clothing, like most things these days, has come leaps and bounds in the last decade, benefiting from the influx of technology and advancements in manufacturing. I’ve been hunting my entire life but started hunting all over the West in 2012. My first backpack...

TACTICS

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...

5 Principles for Success

5 Principles for Success

With so much detailed hunting advice and information at our fingertips these days, paralysis by analysis can be a real concern for anyone new to the sport who takes to the internet looking to read their way to a shortened learning curve. With this article I’d like to...

Three Steps To Making Better Shots On Game

Three Steps To Making Better Shots On Game

As I marched off a frozen snow-covered peak in Montana, tears streamed down my face. I had been climbing this mountain every day for the last two weeks, but today was the last day of elk season. Fifteen minutes earlier, I had finally earned the chance of being 50...

INFORMATION

WH Multi-Editor Boot Review

WH Multi-Editor Boot Review

At the risk of sounding like every other hunting writer, I am going to say that nothing is more important to many successful hunts than a quality boot. You can get by with a more budget-friendly piece of gear in many categories, but if you buy the wrong boot, you will...

One Foot at a Time

One Foot at a Time

Prevention and treatment for the one thing that can instantly cripple your hunt My most miserable backcountry hunts haven’t been caused by bad weather or heavy packs; nope, they almost all involved blisters on my feet. Sounds like a little thing just talking about it...

Lens Selection for Hunting Photography

Lens Selection for Hunting Photography

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,...

ADVENTURE

One Foot at a Time

One Foot at a Time

Prevention and treatment for the one thing that can instantly cripple your hunt My most miserable backcountry hunts haven’t been caused by bad weather or heavy packs; nope, they almost all involved blisters on my feet. Sounds like a little thing just talking about it...

Last Chance Bull

Last Chance Bull

On August 15, 2019 Eddy Corona from Outdoor Experience 4 All & Wounded Warrior Outdoors called me and said he had a donated archery Bull Elk tag in Arizona’s unit 10 if I was interested. I replied, “hell yeah I’m interested”. My buddy Paul Baird contacted his...

A Test of Mental Toughness

A Test of Mental Toughness

A long hunt in spectacular country by Hyrum Facer, Utah, 2016 Utah! What a great place to live, hunt, and grow a family. It’s truly unlike any other place on Earth. Utah has it all, from the solitude of the highest peaks to the low desert floors of Moab. The best part...

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