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

GEAR

Pack Out Bars & Bites Review

Pack Out Bars & Bites Review

As a health and wellness coach and avid hunter, I am always looking for good quality, delicious snacks for the wilderness. I do not like 98% of bars that I try because they taste terrible. Several bars these days are also made with junk ingredients and several fillers...

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 Part-1

WH Multi-Editor Boot Review Part-1

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...

TACTICS

How Turkey Hunting Can Make You A Better Elk Hunter

How Turkey Hunting Can Make You A Better Elk Hunter

As many of you know, pursuing mountain lions and training dogs has become a way of life for me. However, like many other hunters, I hunt year-round for every species I can possess tags for. The truth is that I am a bowhunter at heart, and have been bowhunting elk...

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...

INFORMATION

Confront The Problem

Confront The Problem

In the highly competitive world of college and professional football, critical evaluation of your team’s abilities is a must. Wishful thinking can leave you exposed not only to humiliating defeat but also to public ridicule in front of potentially millions of viewers...

Fitness Over 50

Fitness Over 50

We write a lot about physical fitness and nutrition in the pages of Western Hunter. At 57 years of age, I am convinced that physical and emotional health are the most critical components to truly enjoying a hunt. The older we get, the more likely we are to be able to...

Scopes and Terms Simplified

Scopes and Terms Simplified

  Even with technology, it’s still basics that matter most When I was 11 or 12 and got my first .22, Dad wouldn't let me get a scope for it until I proved I knew how to adjust the open sights to make the bullet hit where I wanted it to. Once I got that first...

ADVENTURE

Jackson’s First Turkey

Jackson’s First Turkey

On February 15th, 2021, my son Jackson came running out of his bedroom, screaming and cheering, “YES!!! Dad, I did it, I passed my hunter safety class!! He even finished it off with one of his slick Fortnight dances. He was so excited to start hunting, and of course,...

Browning Safe Overview

Browning offers a whole line of heavy-duty safes, and Chris Denham takes some time to show off his new one and walk us through his thoughts.

Riflescope Buying Guide

Riflescope Buying Guide

Buying a riflescope in today’s marketplace can be a daunting task. With dozens of companies offering hundreds of riflescopes each, the options and different variations can be overwhelming. Thankfully there are only a few key features that you need to consider when...

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