Blueprint For Mule Deer

Part III: Eliminate your variables 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...

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 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...

GEAR

Zeiss Conquest Gavia 85 vs. Zeiss Victory Harpia 85

Zeiss Conquest Gavia 85 vs. Zeiss Victory Harpia 85

Last fall I had the opportunity to test out both the Zeiss Victory Harpia 85 ($4600) and the Conquest Gavia 85 ($1999) spotting scopes. Obviously, the price point on these optics are quite different, but knowing the Zeiss name, I planned on both being great products....

Nightforce NX8 Rifle Scope Review

Nightforce NX8 Rifle Scope Review

Nightforce Optics has been an industry leader when it comes to bulletproof riflescopes for the last 20 years. Their reputation for durability and accuracy has been proven through its application in both military deployments and benchrest competitions around the globe....

Swarovski’s Newest Binocular: The NL Pure

Swarovski’s Newest Binocular: The NL Pure

The NL Pure is the first completely new binocular from Swarovski since the introduction of the EL back in...well... a long, long time ago. The EL has reigned supreme for closing in on two decades because no one could build a better binocular, so Swarovski did it. The...

TACTICS

Goals and Why They Matter

Goals and Why They Matter

20 years ago, I had never taken what I consider to be a really big mule deer.  I had done enough wildlife photography of park deer and winter range bucks to know one when I saw one, but until the year 2000 had never been fortunate enough to walk up on a real whopper. ...

Hunting The Mountain Lion

Hunting The Mountain Lion

Mountain lions are one of the most elusive species in North America. Without the use of dogs many hunters go their entire life without seeing one. For this reason, the use of dogs has been essential in research and management. Lions cannot effectively be hunted using...

Midday Mule Deer

Midday Mule Deer

Early season mule deer tactics to maximize your glassing and hunting time in the field Sure, it was hot. The Nevada archery mule deer season isn’t known for its cold weather. The high desert in August heats up quick. Deer are everywhere just after daybreak, but they...

INFORMATION

Wilderness Survival Rules and Tenets

Wilderness Survival Rules and Tenets

It was odd and unfortunate that Chris Denham requested this article on a day when three of my peers found themselves on a life raft in the infamous Bering Sea. Their lives were saved by the survival training from our annual competencies. These three were fortunate....

Bucket List: Caribou

Bucket List: Caribou

Every big game hunter out there owes it to themselves to go North to hunt at least once, if not more. The problem with going north to Canada or Alaska is the expense. For a great many people, sheep, bear, and moose hunts are prohibitively expensive. The alternative to...

Colorado Big Game Hunting Season Changes

Colorado Big Game Hunting Season Changes

Changes have been implemented for the new five-year season structure for Colorado. Season dates and other factors are evaluated every five years by Colorado Parks and Wildlife, and the results are often minor tweaks and changes to what has been a very consistent...

ADVENTURE

Rocky Mountain Fortune

Rocky Mountain Fortune

The Land of Enchantment In 2016, I found myself looking for a partner to go on an adventure in the mountains of New Mexico. I’d just learned of the opportunity to hunt Barbary Sheep over-the-counter... the closest I believed I would ever come to the often fantasized...

Introducing The Mathews VXR

Introducing The Mathews VXR

When it comes to modern compound bows, true innovation is hard to come by. Each year since the late 80’s and into the first decade of this century, each year archery companies offered new bows that were significantly better than their predecessors. But you can only...

Blessed

Blessed

"Pull, pull, pull,” were the last words I remember thinking to myself, a fraction of a second before the arrow began its journey towards the big buck I had spent the last seven nights dreaming about. I say seven nights because it wasn’t until opening morning that I...

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