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  1. I often hear the excuses made by hunters who make the conscious decision not to carry a sidearm to defend themselves while hunting. There is no question predator numbers are on the rise across the West, and this is not limited to the four-legged varmints. With human trafficking and marijuana grows on the rise, your […] The post It’s Worth Carrying appeared first on Western Hunter. View the full article
  2. If you are unfamiliar with the classic Jack London short story To Build a Fire, it is a tale of a Yukon miner who makes a mistake, gets wet, then builds his survival fire under a tree full of snow. The snow extinguishes the fire and the man dies of hypothermia. I actually think of […] The post To Build A Fire appeared first on Western Hunter. View the full article
  3. The concept of the Pap Winkle Project started with creating a place for industry-leading rifle component manufacturers and custom rifle makers to come together and showcase their work. Being a rifle builder and gunsmith, I receive emails, PMs, texts and phone calls daily from fellow riflemen with questions about their next custom rifle build. Some […] The post The Pap Winkle Project appeared first on Western Hunter. View the full article
  4. On August 15, 2019 Eddy Corona from Outdoor Experience 4 All & Wounded Warrior Outdoors called me and said he had a donated archery Bull Elk tag in Arizona’s unit 10 if I was interested. I replied, “heck yeah I’m interested”. My buddy Paul Baird contacted his friends from A3 Trophy Hunts LLC to find […] The post Last Chance Bull appeared first on Western Hunter. View the full article
  5. A long hunt in spectacular country by Hyrum Facer, Utah, 2016 Utah! What a great place to live, hunt, and grow a family. It’s truly unlike any other place on Earth. Utah has it all, from the solitude of the highest peaks to the low desert floors of Moab. The best part of all is […] The post A Test of Mental Toughness appeared first on Western Hunter. View the full article
  6. It’s funny how before a fall hunting season ends, you find yourself daydreaming and strategizing about next year. Yet, when you’re “born to hunt” what else is a person to do? In some states you can strategize and plan hunts with the expectation of drawing your desired tag. In other states you can only swing […] The post Back-To-Back Antelope Bucks appeared first on Western Hunter. View the full article
  7. As the waves crashed to the beach below, I could not help but think of all the people that came to this island just for the beaches. In this moment, sitting on a beach was as far from my mind as it could be. I had just heard the tell-tale whistle/bark of an axis deer […] The post Top Five DIY Free Range Exotic Hunts appeared first on Western Hunter. View the full article
  8. Leica unveiled the Geovid 3200.COM laser rangefinder binocular in January, cementing their position at the top of the category industry-wide. This new model builds on Leica’s 25-year history of groundbreaking laser rangefinder technology for hunters. The 3200.COM is the first high-performance optic with Bluetooth connectivity to Apple or Android phones via their free app, allowing […] The post Leica Geovid 3200.COM appeared first on Western Hunter. View the full article
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    Bullwhacker

    A Successful Goat Hunt With a Trusty Weapon “It wasn’t a buffalo or a deer or a goat. It wasn’t a creature at all. It was something grown out of the snow; it was something a crazy mind made up; it was an old spirit man from the top of the world and a bullet […] The post Bullwhacker appeared first on Western Hunter. View the full article
  10. Decisions of what to put in your pack can often make the difference between a comfortable and successful hunt or an unsuccessful and uncomfortable one. Even more importantly, what you do or don’t put in your pack can also mean the difference between life and death. I have been in some crazy and dangerous situations […] The post What You Should Carry & Why appeared first on Western Hunter. View the full article
  11. Hunters spend a lot of time thinking about gear. Naturally, we want to be as prepared as our budgets allow in order to be successful. Between researching fabrics, weights, materials, new products and reviews, many of us tend to match our time in the field with our time on the Google machine. Reading about gear […] The post Dynamic Rewarming Drill appeared first on Western Hunter. View the full article
  12. The Land of Enchantment In 2016, I found myself looking for a partner to go on an adventure in the mountains of New Mexico. I’d just learned of the opportunity to hunt Barbary Sheep over-the-counter… the closest I believed I would ever come to the often fantasized “real” sheep hunt. After a brief pitch including, […] The post Rocky Mountain Fortune appeared first on Western Hunter. View the full article
  13. When it comes to modern compound bows, true innovation is hard to come by. Each year since the late 80’s and into the first decade of this century, each year archery companies offered new bows that were significantly better than their predecessors. But you can only improve a mechanical device so much. In fact, today […] The post Introducing The Mathews VXR appeared first on Western Hunter. View the full article
  14. It was odd and unfortunate that Chris Denham requested this article on a day when three of my peers found themselves on a life raft in the infamous Bering Sea. Their lives were saved by the survival training from our annual competencies. These three were fortunate. Six other medevac professionals lost their lives amongst a […] The post Wilderness Survival Rules and Tenets appeared first on Western Hunter. View the full article
  15. 20 years ago, I had never taken what I consider to be a really big mule deer. I had done enough wildlife photography of park deer and winter range bucks to know one when I saw one, but until the year 2000 had never been fortunate enough to walk up on a real whopper. I […] The post Goals and Why They Matter appeared first on Western Hunter. View the full article
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