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5 Tips for Bowhunting Desert Mule Deer

Wide-open desert is tough and unforgiving country to hunt mule deer. It can seem to swallow deer before your eyes. It’s full of brush that pokes, prods and bites at every turn. That harsh environment, combined with vast public tracts and the sheer number of over-the-counter units, can make picking...


5 Things to Know About Big Mule Deer

Mule deer are a somewhat peculiar deer species. These western icons have a few tendencies that resemble those of whitetails, but with some distinct behavioral differences worth noting, too. Muleys are incredibly fun to hunt, and I’ve had the pleasure of chasing them many times in a few different states...


Elk Hunting on Your Own

Nearly every big game hunter dreams of elk hunting out West, but most of the time, that dream is not a reality. Most first-time, out-of-state elk hunters go in unprepared, and then go home without an elk. That’s why we polled these three DIY elk hunting experts for their advice...


7 Tips for Over-the-Counter Mule Deer Hunting

I tallied 28 mule deer through my binoculars by the end of the morning hunt. None were the buck I was looking to shoot — but one of them had at least required a second look. I was hunting somewhere in South Dakota on a Game Production Area open to...


8 Tips for Over-the-Counter Elk Hunting

The prospect of bowhunting for elk is both daunting and invigorating for people who don’t live out West. The logistics alone, especially if you’re camping in the backcountry, are quite complex. There’s a lot of gear to consider, and for some, just getting to elk country requires a 20-hour drive,...


10 Habits of Unsuccessful Elk Hunters

Scores of hunters annually head West to hunt elk. Some pay outfitters and hunt on private land, but many more go the DIY angle. Most elk hunters return home with no elk meat or antlers to show for their efforts. I’ve been that guy after four of my seven hunts,...


Tennessee Wildlife Resources Foundation to Raffle Off 2019 Elk Tag

A 2019 Tennessee elk tag is available again this year through a raffle held by the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Foundation (TWRF) . This raffle follows an incredibly successful effort from last year. The 2018 event raised more than $220,000 for the Tennessee elk management program. “The results from last year’s...


7 Steps to the Perfect Hunting Campfire

Fire building is a skill all outdoorsmen should learn. Those who venture outdoors needs this skill in their arsenal. Cooking. Water purification. Staying warm. Brewing a pot of Deer Camp Coffee . All good reasons to know this skill. Follow these steps when building a fire. And always keep safety...


10 Skills for Backwoods Survival

Being self-sufficient and able to survive in the absence of modern conveniences isn't just for doomsday preppers. It's necessary for all hunters. Plus, there's a great deal of confidence and satisfaction that comes with being self-reliant. These are skills everyone should know, and if you can master them all, you'll...


Know H2O: How to Purify Drinking Water

You’re way off the grid on a wilderness elk or mulie hunt, and you've run out of water. You find a creek. You're thirsty. But is it free of disease and safe to drink? If you don't purify it, chances are that it isn't. You can only survive about three...


Congressman Introduces Bill to Ban Grizzly Bear Hunting

According to a recent press release from the Sportsmen’s Alliance, Congressman Raul Grijalva (D-AZ), recently introduced legislation (HR 2532) that would ban grizzly bear hunting. It would affect every state except Alaska. It completely forbids hunting by sportsmen. “Grijalva, who chairs the House Resources Committee, is a frequent author of...


Pack of Canadian Wolves Released in National Park to Control Moose Populations

It rippled through the conservation and hunting communities this week when news broke that four Canadian wolves were air-dropped in a national park. According to a recent National Park Service (NPS) news release , the wolves were trapped in Canada and released in the Isle Royale National Park in Michigan...


10 Tips for Being a Better Western Big Game Hunter

The West is a challenge. There's no denying that. But there are certain things you can do to make it less so. Here are 10 tips to remember the next time you head afield chasing western big game animals. Happy Feet Keeping your feet in good shape is pivotal to...


8 Tips for Better Big Game Hunting

Before you hit the trail, you'd better wrap your mind around these hunt-savers. The West is no joke. It can be overwhelming if you let it be. Make sure you're prepared before you embark on the hunt of a lifetime. The Right Camouflage Camouflage patterns have become extremely effective in...


10 Bowhunting Tips for Big Game

Big game hunting is hard. Big game hunting with a bow is even tougher. Here are 10 tips to help you prepare for next season. It's a starting point, and up to you to take it from here. 1. What to Glass For Stalking western big game is hunting's greatest...


The Southeastern Elk Boom Success Story

It was a warm September evening and the light was getting dim as Taylor and I made our way up the mountain to check for elk grazing on the ridgetops. Taylor knew where the elk would be, and when we got to a certain point his posture changed. He went...


13 Ways to Keep Your Hands and Feet Warm in Cold Weather

I have a rare hereditary condition called Raynaud’s Disease. It’s a disorder that restricts circulation (blood flow) to your hands, feet, fingers and toes. This can lead to severe cold and painful sensations in your outer extremities — even when it isn’t that cold out. But, obviously, the colder it...


Top 5 Hunting Towns in America

Man, you hate to rank stuff sometimes. Case in point, college football. What makes one team better than another, anyway — TV time, a difficult schedule, wins and losses? Rankings and choices concerning numero uno lend themselves to loopholes, weak arguments and plenty of opinions. So what exactly qualifies a...


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 Hunt Alaska on a Budget

Alaska hunting is the stuff of dreams, yet many convince themselves it’s beyond their reach. This is easy to understand, as guided Alaska hunts are some of the most expensive around. Single-species hunts for mountain goat, dall sheep and brown bear run anywhere from $9,000 to $14,000. A guided hunt...


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