Become a Better Tracker: Push emotion aside and use the evidence to your advantage

Become a Better Tracker: Push emotion aside and use the evidence to your advantage
As the light quickly faded in the Sonoran Desert, I had a decision to make; track my buck in the darkness or wait until morning. After locating a few dark reddish/brick-colored blood splatters on the desert floor, the decision was easy; I’d wait until morning to allow enough time for the obviously liver-hit buck to expire. The next morning, I... Read More

The Do’s and Don’ts of Calling Elk

The Do’s and Don’ts of Calling Elk
  Selecting a Call In today’s market, hunters can choose from short, wide, fat, tapered, stacked, long and skinny reeds. I like an open barrel design or one that’s short and produces a nasally sound.  Regardless of the style, the thickness of the reed is critical. Thinner reeds—those around .010 in thickness—are the easiest to blow but tend to hang... Read More

Twenty-Four Winter Skills for Four-Season Backpack Elk Hunting

Twenty-Four Winter Skills for Four-Season Backpack Elk Hunting
From Tent and Gear Selection to Tips for Surviving the Elements When the snow flies and the temperatures drop, many hunters shy away from the backcountry, but this is precisely the best time to head in. Winter weather camping and backpacking can be a daunting task and a major undertaking, but with the right gear and know-how, you can take... Read More

Warm Weather Backcountry Meat Care

Warm Weather Backcountry Meat Care
Preparation and Knowledge Determines the Quality and Quantity of Your Table Fare Many times, our planning takes us only to the point where we reach our intended goal. We spend countless hours preparing to accomplish a difficult task, yet fail to recognize the elements that are often encountered after we reach our goal. Elk hunters are no different. Our goal... Read More

Bowhunting Mule Deer Above Timberline

Bowhunting Mule Deer Above Timberline
Nothing This Worthwhile is Ever Easy Bowhunting mule deer above timberline has become very popular over the last few years. More and more adventurous archers have discovered that matching wits with a velvet-clad mule deer at elevations only a mountain goat should love is very rewarding. It provides a place to hunt that has withstood modernization and easy human encroachment,... Read More

Turrets for (Dummies) Those Who Want to Know More

Turrets for (Dummies) Those Who Want to Know More
You Might Have More Use For One Than You Think When the first laser rangefinders hit the market, it was like a snowball just starting to roll downhill. Little did we know how “knowing the exact yardage” would change the way we hunt and the tools we use. From the time of the first flintlock until the early 1990s, shooting... Read More

The Pacification of Elk Calling

The Pacification of Elk Calling
Enough With All of This Politically Correct Elk Talk; It’s Time to Bugle Aggressively In today’s world, we’re so bound by political correctness that we’ve changed the way we talk and act. We’re taught to not be aggressive or say inflammatory things that may hurt feelings or incite anger. This is a generally a good thing when we’re talking to... Read More