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  1. Horse and mule packing gear has changed very slowly over time. In fact, the sawbuck pack saddle dates back to the time of Genghis Khan. This saddle design was used by the American Indians and was the foundation of the pack gear used by the fur trappers and prospectors playing a significant role in opening […] The post New Gear for the Hunting Horseman: A time-tested art can still occasionally use a slight tweak appeared first on Western Hunter. View the full article
  2. Trent Williams, Wyoming, 2015 “There are certainly risks with hunting solo in this type of country, but I’ll be taking this gamble again. With a gentle mountain breeze blowing from the bull to me, I sat there on my knees, arrow nocked, bow ready, and a rangefinder reading of 38 yards. I had made it! […] The post All In: A hunter gambles on big elk vs. potentially dangerous conditions appeared first on Western Hunter. View the full article
  3. Elk are big, tough animals. Even with well-executed shots, tracking is an essential skill to ensure recovery. Understanding elk anatomy will help you before the shot, and it will help you analyze the hit – and the ensuing tracking job – after the shot. Obviously, the main goal is to get an arrow or a […] The post The Anatomy of An Elk: Proper knowledge of shot angles and placement is “vital” appeared first on Western Hunter. View the full article
  4. Making a living hunting elk is a dream job, but there is little information on how to actually make that happen. One question I get asked frequently is, “How do I become an elk hunting guide?” If you want to be a lawyer or teacher, there are well-defined paths to those professions. The same info […] The post Land Your Dream Job: How to become an elk guide appeared first on Western Hunter. View the full article
  5. First Lite didn’t “invent” merino wool. It was around, but few in the hunting world even knew about it. First Lite Founder, Kenton Carruth, wore some on snowmobile and backcountry skiing trips in 2003 and was amazed by its functionality and comfort. Soon, he began researching it. It did wonders to draw moisture away from […] The post Gear Legends: First Lite Merino Wool appeared first on Western Hunter. View the full article
  6. Elk encompass a wide variety of terrain across the West, from big alpine basins in the Rockies to sage country of the high desert. Of their typical haunts, no area can be as daunting to hunt as thick/dark timber – the seemingly endless conifer forests that aren’t glassable. This type of terrain can be tough […] The post Timber Topography: Using a topo map to locate elk in the dark timber appeared first on Western Hunter. View the full article
  7. A good hunting partner is like a good bird dog…you’re lucky if you get one great one in a lifetime. For the hunting horseman, a great hunting partner who also knows how to pack with stock is priceless. Each year of packing into the mountains and hunting elk is another great adventure. Fall of 2015 […] The post A Great Hunting Partner: The Forgotten Secret to a Truly Successful Hunt appeared first on Western Hunter. View the full article
  8. Not to be left out of the revenue generation game, New Mexico has implemented their own. For 2019, the previously refundable hunting license fee ($65) will no longer be refundable. In addition to that, the Habitat Stamp and Habitat Management and Access Validation Stamp is now required to apply, at a cost of $10. The […] The post Hunt Tracker: New Mexico appeared first on Western Hunter. View the full article
  9. “All the stalks that go wrong make the ones that go right just that much sweeter” Justin Davis, Colorado, 2017. I peered at the buck through the spotter as he fed with his ten buddies in the high alpine basin. It was the evening before opening day of the Colorado archery season and I couldn’t […] The post Picture Perfect – Justin Davis appeared first on Western Hunter. View the full article
  10. Western bowhunters require more from their bow sights than our whitetail hunting brethren. Our average shot distances are double that of a tree-stand hunter and many bowhunters today are comfortable shooting at distances that were muzzleloader territory not long ago. Adjustable bow sights and computer-generated sight tapes have paved the way for pinpoint accuracy in […] The post Best in the West: Bow Sights for the Western Bowhunter appeared first on Western Hunter. View the full article
  11. For many years, I packed a pair of 10x binoculars around my neck and a pair of 15×56 Swarovski’s tucked neatly in my pack. The theory was I needed the 10’s for close-up work and quick hand glassing, but once I reached my appointed spot, I would break out the 15’s, mount them on a […] The post 12 Strong: Making the Case for the Versatility of 12x Binoculars appeared first on Western Hunter. View the full article
  12. The big news in Colorado for 2019 has nothing to do with actual hunting, rather the application/tag fee changes (as was highlighted by Mike Duplan in our last issue). The increases include a $3 to $9 per species application fee as well as a $100 preference point fee per species for bighorn sheep, mountain […] The post Hunt Tracker: Colorado appeared first on Western Hunter. View the full article
  13. Mule Deer: The deer draw is a two-step operation to acquire a limited-entry tag. The deer or big-game combination tag ($587/$1001) application is the first step in the process, followed by the limited draw permit choices on the same application. Prior to last year, the deer combination draw was 100%, but in 2018, it dropped […] The post Hunt Tracker: Montana Deer and Elk appeared first on Western Hunter. View the full article
  14. Mule Deer The deer draw is a two-step operation to acquire a limited-entry tag. The deer or big-game combination tag ($587/$1001) application is the first step in the process, followed by the limited draw permit choices on the same application. Prior to last year, the deer combination draw was 100%, but in 2018, it dropped […] The post Hunt Tracker: Montana Mule Deer and Elk appeared first on Western Hunter. View the full article
  15. Over the past 10 years or so, a Western hunter’s standard kit has evolved in many ways. All sorts of gadgets and useful equipment have flooded the market and worked their way into the kit of the average hunter. We find ourselves spending more time researching and more money purchasing pieces that we believe will […] The post Hunt with a Camera appeared first on Western Hunter. View the full article
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