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)...

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...

GEAR

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...

The Quilt Revolution

Quilt style sleeping bags have been around for more than a decade but just haven’t caught fire in the hunting market. If you are not familiar with quilt style sleeping bags, they are essentially a large synthetic or down blanket sleeping bag with a button system for...

Proof Research Switch Rifle: A Banner Season of Testing

Every year, an increasing number of rifle manufacturers enter the marketplace offering their version of the ultimate hunting rifle. The rifle industry has become saturated with the “me too” rifle companies all building rifles with similar features, with just enough of...

TACTICS

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...

Hunting Elk with Decoys

  The screams of several bulls echoed through the sparse pine ridges, and seemed to be coming from all directions. I was out in front, calling and moving in on the closest bugle. Donnie was right behind me with the video camera, and Dave was 40 yards behind us,...

Backcountry Bears and Elk Calving Areas

Hunting specific areas for bears can kill two birds with one stone Humble Beginnings I began hunting black bear in 1972 in Idaho’s Clearwater Region, primarily in the Lochsa and Kelly Creek drainages. My previous experiences with hunting black bear were more related...

INFORMATION

The Changing Dynamics of Watching Television

As technologies advance, more and more products are introduced to the market to make information and content easier to access. One area where this has been abundantly evident is the television market. Talk of cutting the cord: “a la carte television”, “pick-and-pay”,...

28 Days: Jump Start Your Health Fitness Program

Is What You’re Doing Today Getting You Closer To Where You Want To Be Tomorrow? We all want to lose weight, increase strength, or get healthier, but with that comes more mindful eating and a greater commitment to an exercise program. With busy lives, sometimes that...

ADVENTURE

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 Hunt For One

Committing to hunting for one particular animal takes extraordinary willpower Sometimes, in special circumstances, a hunter comes across an animal in a place of opportunity that captures all of his or her attention.  The combination of the right animal, the right...

A Long Overdue Gift

When I began putting in for a bighorn sheep tag I was 14 years younger, probably 30 pounds lighter, and a much better candidate for one of the most coveted tags the state of Idaho has to offer. As the years went by, putting in for the tag was a yearly ritual and...

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