Knowing the Distance

Knowing the Distance
A Practical Guide to Rangefinder Considerations and Usage Most bowhunters spend a lot of time deciding on what bow is going to be the best for them, as well as other equipment such as arrows, sights, and broadheads. Bowhunting gear is important and exciting, but tools that I feel often get put on the back burner are rangefinders. It’s never... Read More

Gear Repair in the Backcountry

Gear Repair in the Backcountry
A Few Extra Ounces aren’t Always a Bad Thing Recently, I was watching WHM’s Backcountry Editor Nate Simmons on The Western Hunter TV as he was packed way back into the mountains in Wyoming. An unexpected windstorm had flattened his tent, breaking the ridge pole and sending the sharp end of the broken pole tearing through the rainfly. You could... Read More

Identifying the Enemy

Identifying the Enemy
Ten Reasons why Western Bowhunters Fail Have you ever wondered why some bowhunters seem to have more success than others? Whether or not they’re hunting multiple states and/or species, public or private land, they simply get it done each and every year. I’ve been fortunate to meet and know a few consistently successful bowhunters over the years and have learned... Read More

Digital Hunting Journal

Digital Hunting Journal
A Modern Twist on an Old Favorite A notebook or hunting journal handed down from previous generations can tell us a lot about our forefathers’ outdoor pursuits. Tucked inside and around the edges of the stories and notes are the details, such as what the bitterbrush looked like that year, how tall the grass was, where to camp, new road... Read More

Are you a Lover or a Fighter?

Are you a Lover or a Fighter?
It isn’t just what you say, it’s how you say it Stay with me here. I’m not suggestion you have a soft heart, and I’m not offering marriage advice. But when it comes to calling elk, it might be worth looking at the emotions that control an elk’s activities during the rut. More importantly, it might be worth looking at... Read More

Load Development for your Hunting Rifle

Load Development for your Hunting Rifle
Part two-Seven Steps to Getting an Accurate and Dependable Load One of the more daunting tasks for any reloader is figuring out which combination of bullet, powder, primer, and seating depth are needed to get the best accuracy and consistency out of their rifle. Thankfully, the competitive shooters out there have burned mountains of powder and shot out barrels figuring... Read More

Swarovski BTX Dual Eyepiece

Swarovski BTX Dual Eyepiece
The Most Significant Optics Invention Since the Laser Rangefinder  By now there’s a good chance that you’ve heard about the launch of Swarovski’s new BTX via social media. I’ll go out on a limb and say that this new eyepiece will change the way we hunt more than any optics product since the invention of the laser rangefinder. By combining... Read More

Keeping it Fresh on the Trail

Keeping it Fresh on the Trail
Tips for Dehydrating Foods at Home Hunting season has arrived, with early mornings, late nights, and days filled with trekking mountains. Fueling your body with the highest quality, whole natural, fresh food is going to help keep you at your best. In the spring 2014 issues of Western Hunter and Elk Hunter Magazines, I wrote about reducing both sodium and... Read More

Off-Season Activities for the Hunting Horseman

Off-Season Activities for the Hunting Horseman
Ways to Improve Skills, Prepare your Stock and Give Back This time of year as I drive back and forth across Montana, I often see large and small bands of horses and mules out on winter pasture. Most of them are pack strings waiting out the winter in large groups in wide open spaces. Others can be young stock, bucking... Read More