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  1. Today, there is more amazing outdoor gear on the market than ever before, including advanced textiles and fabrics, mountaineering style boots, waterproof down, and equipment that is lighter, stronger and more efficient than ever before. But this gear comes with a price…a high price. The average cost of a hunter’s setup has never been higher. […] The post Ready for the Long Haul: 5 ways you’ve ruined your expensive hunting gear and how to prevent it appeared first on Western Hunter. View the full article
  2. A template for lifelong bowhunting satisfaction There are many reasons bowhunting is becoming more and more popular, and it goes deeper than the obvious factors like easily available tags and favorable season dates for deer and elk hunting. There’s something more primal about bowhunting that taps into our hard-wired, predator instinct. Perhaps there’s a prehistoric […] The post Getting Started as a Bowhunter appeared first on Western Hunter. View the full article
  3. Logging roads and western hunting go hand in hand. In much of the mountain west, logging roads are the primary access to a lot of hunting areas. While there may be roads through many of the areas we hunt. Targeting non-motorized gated roads can lead to a lot of success by providing sanctuary to animals […] The post Road Hunting: unlocking the secrets to foot hunting locked gate public roads. appeared first on Western Hunter. View the full article
  4. Weary from a long season, refusing to give up is still the best strategy “Sleeping in that morning would have been easy and weighed heavy on my mind. However, standing in awe of this beautiful bull, I knew all the early mornings and long miles were worth it.” It isn’t an exaggeration to say that […] The post The Extra Mile appeared first on Western Hunter. View the full article
  5. Part III: Eliminate your variables Recently, I was invited by Aron Snyder to be on the Kifarucast podcast. It was during this podcast discussion that he asked me about how I would rank attributes of physical fitness vs. knowledge of animal behavior and habits when it comes to hunting mule deer. It was a legitimate […] The post Blueprint For Mule Deer appeared first on Western Hunter. View the full article
  6. The merits and demerits of rangefinding binoculars Archers and riflemen alike have used laser rangefinders to make accurate shots on game more reliably for years, but only recently have hunters had a practical option of getting that functionality integrated into a binocular which begs the question, why doesn’t everyone just use a rangefinding binocular? While […] The post The Shortest Yard appeared first on Western Hunter. View the full article
  7. One Montana’s Innovative Hunting Access Program In our three previous articles on hunting access, we’ve reviewed state-managed hunting access programs, public land access, and private land access. In this article, we’ll review an innovative approach to private land access in Montana, facilitated and funded by One Montana, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Access: The Future of […] The post Access and the DIY Hunter appeared first on Western Hunter. View the full article
  8. What I did right and wrong in getting my kids involved in hunting An Old Man’s Reflection Years ago, before I was married and before kids came into my life, I was guiding an older gentleman in his mid-70s on a deer hunt. We got to talking about his family and his grown children and […] The post Stoking the Fire appeared first on Western Hunter. View the full article
  9. It’s all about being in the right place at the right time Colten Tholen, Wyoming, 2017 Our story is one of those hunts that you only dream of having or wish to have come true. It’s also the story that maybe you don’t always care to hear about. Regardless, it’s one I’ll never forget, and […] The post Better Lucky Than Good appeared first on Western Hunter. View the full article
  10. My favorite way to learn anything is to jump head first into the murky depths and stay afloat. That is exactly what I had done when signing up for Outdoor Solutions’ Long Range Shooting School. I knew next to nothing about rifles and much less how to shoot them effectively. I made that painfully clear […] The post Going the Distance: From first time shooter to 1,000 yards. appeared first on Western Hunter. View the full article
  11. Digital file management is more important than ever Most of you take hunting photographs either with your phone, a DSLR, or a mirrorless camera. But, what are you doing to keep track of those precious moments? Are your images being dumped onto your computer – or worse – left on your phone or the camera’s […] The post Get Organized! appeared first on Western Hunter. View the full article
  12. Becoming a Sheep Hunter and the Quest for a Grand Slam Sheep hunting is a privilege. The pursuit is also the most coveted hunting opportunity in North America, as evidenced by hundreds of thousands of applicants applying for close to 1,000 available permits in the Western states. The simple math of this small number of […] The post One Man’s Journey appeared first on Western Hunter. View the full article
  13. Tying a peep-sight in properly is one of the fundamental skills any bow mechanic should master. It’s an overlooked aspect of equipment setup that not only ensures the peep doesn’t move as you shoot, but it can also prevent serious eye injury in the event of a dry-fire or string failure. I’ve seen a number […] The post 20-Step Peep-Sight Straight Jacket appeared first on Western Hunter. View the full article
  14. Sig Sauer Electro Optics has brought some game-changing technology to the hunting market with their Ballistic Data Xchange (BDX) rangefinder and riflescope. The system uses your ballistics, environmental conditions, and Bluetooth to illuminate the exact holdover dot in the scope to accurately engage the target ranged. The KILO BDX rangefinders can be programmed with the […] The post Sig Sauer Electro Optics BDX appeared first on Western Hunter. View the full article
  15. For most western hunters, the elk areas we dream of hunting and the elk areas that we actually get to hunt in are two completely different things. Of course, everyone dreams of taking a 400-inch bull, but the reality is these types of elk are few and far between. Even bulls in the mid 300-inch […] The post Over-the-counter Bulls appeared first on Western Hunter. View the full article
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