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A Dangerous Alaskan Moose Hunt

I'd been suckered back in — back to bowhunt moose in Southeast Alaska. I should’ve known better. I'd visited Southeast twice before. Some of the worst hunts of my life, though the second time I actually saw a couple bulls. I bowhunted somewhere else for moose before that, trudging through...


5 Tips for Bowhunting Woodland Caribou

Caribou are some of the most sought-after animals in North America. They provide fun times, an action-packed hunt, and are cheaper than most northern North American big game hunts. Of the caribou subspecies, the woodland might be your best option, though. Here are five tips and reasons why. 1. Patternable...


Elite Elk Hunters: The 20 Percent Club

The thought of yet another missed opportunity the previous evening boiled through my mind as I pounded my way up the trail in the black, early morning hours. “Was I being too conservative?” I relentlessly asked myself as I made the 2-mile hike back to a secluded drainage. Or, should...


How to Bowhunt Real World Public Land Elk

It’s difficult to imagine I killed my first elk with a bow — a patriarch cow — a bit more than 25 years ago. My first bull — a Pope and Young class 6x6 — fell a year later. Where did all that time go? In my case, most of...


The Top States for Record Mule Deer in the Last 10 Years

Data can be deceiving. That’s why oftentimes, the all-time records list you see aren’t the most accurate depictions of where big deer are truly coming from. That’s why we’ve compiled this list. It’s for those who still haven’t gone on that dream mule deer hunt and are still trying to...


7 Elk Hunting Tips from Real-Life Elk Hunters

Elk hunting is a serious sport for serious hunters. There's nothing easy about it. And there are many elk enthusiasts who have a wealth of knowledge. Here we have seven great tips from hunters throughout the country. 1. Truly Understand the Meaning of Elk Hunting It's not just about killing...


How to Plan a Western Big Game Hunt

There’s no mystery here. While white-tailed deer are highly worthy game, but they lack a certain variety and normally don't offer the wide-open vistas and wild country the West offers in spades. The West can also require mental and physical toughness whitetails seldom ask of a hunter. Most importantly, most...


Fred Eichler's Giant Polar Bear

Since he was a hopeful teenager working at Fred Bear Archery in Gainesville, Florida, Fred Eichler dreamed that one day he’d get to hunt the species of remarkable creatures that were mounted on the company walls. Eichler’s adventure of a lifetime began the last week of April as a polar...


A Grizzly Bear Hunt That Turned Deadly

Since he was a hopeful teenager working at Fred Bear Archery in Gainesville, Florida, Fred Eichler dreamed that one day he’d get to hunt the species of remarkable creatures that were mounted on the company walls. That became a reality. Even though Eichler first had a unique and exciting polar...


Backpacking Nutrition for Backcountry Big Game Hunters

The nutritional strategy of a backcountry bowhunter requires a systematic approach as cooking methods and food variety is limited. Here is my best recommendation for sustained energy levels, peak performance, combined with the most efficient system. Meal Components For breakfast and snacking, the staple of my backcountry diet is a...


10 Mistakes Adults Make When Hunting with Kids

I was looking forward to my first turkey hunt with my two young boys. I’d envisioned a quiet, peaceful morning in the blind while we waited for the birds to show up. I’d already talked with them extensively, and had explained what a privilege going hunting is. I felt sure...


5 Times When Hunting Adventures Turned Deadly

Spend enough time in the outdoors hunting, especially in the backcountry, and odds are good that you'll eventually find yourself in a less-than-safe situation. Bear attacks, tree stand falls, fast water; the list of dangers are many. The following tales are real. They show us just how quickly things can...


Using Good Optics to Spot More Black Bears

“I can guarantee that you will see a bear,” said Vern Hylsted, our Saskatchewan bear hunting outfitter. And indeed my wife, Reuth, and I did see bears. Many bears. In fact, some of those bears came well within rifle range, and few came well within biting range. That’s the real...


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...


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