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Sheep Shape: A Story of Inspiration

If viewer feedback is any indication, the new Sheep Shape TV series could be the next big thing in hunting TV shows. Since its June 25, 2015 premier on Sportsman Channel, social media has lit up with praise for the show and its cast, but stardom and praise aren’t what...


How to Hunt Africa on a Budget

My palms hurt and my knees were bloody from crawling over rocks. My legs ached. My lungs were threatening to quit on me if I had to climb one more mountain chasing a herd that was skittish to the point of paranoia. The guide and I had pursued them up...


3 Tactics for Hunting Monster Black Bears

Like skinning cats, there's more than one way to hunt for bears. For those that tell you bear hunting is just too easy and unchallenging, they've probably never hunted the majestic black and colored bruisers. The basic descriptions of the various types or styles of bear hunting are covered here...


How to Elk Hunt on a Budget

The elk hunt of a lifetime doesn’t require a guide or prime private ground. In fact, some of the best elk hunting out there is on public land It was the last morning of a week-long elk hunt on public ground. I already had a miss and a blown stalk...


How to Plan a Grizzly Bear Hunt

Death is always near. None of us are sure of what form it will assume when it arrives, but when it does, you’ll recognize it, if only at the last second. With luck on your side, you’ll have more time and maybe escape it or fight it off with something...


TWRF: Enter for a Chance to Hunt Tennessee Elk This Fall

The sound of a bull elk screaming in a mountain meadow is one of the purest of outdoor experiences. The rush of a harem of elk crashing through the pines provides a thrill few other things can surpass. And the moment just prior to releasing an arrow or pulling the...


15 Photography Tips for All Hunters

A good hunt is an event to remember and cherish — whether you get a shot at a trophy animal or not. With a wide assortment of quality digital cameras available in virtually every price range, there’s simply no excuse for not capturing and saving some of those hunting memories...


How to Scout for Spring and Fall Black Bears

The bear advanced, completely unaware of me. I sat high above him with my legs dangling,​ I was suspended and strapped to a tree in hopes of catching a glimpse of a black bear. Now, here he was ambling toward me, for many bear hunters just sighting a bruin in...


Debunking the Annie Oakley Myth

Aim at a high mark and you will hit it. No, not the first time, nor the second and maybe not the third. But keep on aiming and keep on shooting for only practice will make you perfect. Finally you’ll hit the Bull’s Eye of Success.— Annie Oakley You hear...


How to Stalk a Black Bear

It was a lazy October day, remarkable only in that I was outside and away from my desk with the forest an utter cornucopia of hunting possibilities. I was bowhunting tassel-eared squirrels with my good friends Dave Faiello and Pat Keith in New Mexico’s northern Gila National Forest. Essentially, it...


How the Outdoors Makes the World a Better Place

Billy J. Daw of Wheel Chair Outdoors was born with spina bifida. This is a congenital disease of the spine in which part of the spinal cord and its meninges are exposed through a gap in the backbone. It often causes paralysis of the lower limbs. Well, I guess someone...


Aoudad Hunting: The Poor Man’s Sheep

Like countless other big game hunters across the U.S., I dream of one day roasting tenderloins in a high-altitude camp as the flickering firelight casts its glow on a set of wild sheep horns strapped to my backpack. Be it a fully curled Rocky Mountain bighorn, Dall, Stone or Desert,...


Boone and Crockett: Scoring Record Big Game Animals

I was one of 24 individuals selected from the Northeast and Eastern Canada to attend the Boone and Crockett Club Records of North American Big Game official measurer training workshop. The workshop was held in Kittery, Maine and was the third of five such events held across the United States...


Realtree Rewind: A Monster Arizona Bull

Dates: September 30 to October 1, 2005 Location: Arizona Species: Elk Weapon: Thompson/Center Encore muzzleloader Hunters: David Blanton Weather: Temperatures would rise into the mid 80s in the afternoons and drop to the mid 40s at night. When September 29 arrived, John Tate and I flew out to Phoenix, Arizona...


Big Game Hunting: The Complete Backpack Hunter

It felt refreshing to set my bow down and peel away my 55-pound pack. After the grueling 4-mile hike — mainly uphill no less — the force of the pack’s weight pressing on my back, in addition to gravity’s pull, was causing my legs to scream, my shoulders to ache...


7 Monster Bulls from the Past

From the hot hills of Arizona to the thick bush of British Columbia, raging bull elk scream far and wide. And hunters capitalize on it. Here are a few tales of giant bulls from the past. Hunter: Greg Busch Weapon: Bow, Rifle Area: Arizona and New Mexico When it comes...


How to Field Judge Black Bears

There are many hunting guides, myself included, who contend that black bears are quite possibly the most difficult North American big game animal to field judge. Even little ones look big, particularly to a novice. And in the dim light of dusk, when you most often see them, the task...


8 Weird and Wacky Hunting Laws

A few years ago, I was setting in deer camp when a buddy looked at me and said, “It’s illegal to trap mice in California without a license.” I really didn’t know how to respond. I just shook my head, gave a wry smile and told him to lay off...


Bruce Cochran: The Outdoor Funny Guy

Bruce Cochran is a funny guy. If he wasn’t, he’d starve to death. Most outdoor celebrities and writers take their job seriously. They bring the great outdoors to your TV screen, computer monitor and magazine pages in a responsible fashion. They seldom joke around. But not Cochran. He pokes fun...


3 Weird Elk Hunting Tactics That Work

Next to whitetails, it is safe to say that elk are the most sought-after big-game animal in the United States. There is something about the vast wilderness and the bugle of a bull at daylight that makes elk hunting so remarkable. The downside is as the popularity of elk hunting...


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