Many things contribute to a well-executed shot with a traditional bow, but one important factor is how you grasp the handle or “grip” the bow. A traditional bow calls for a different grip and form than a compound bow. There can be a petty steep learning curve for guys who have shot compounds for years and want to try hunting with a recurve for the added challenge.
The lesson we can learn from the rebound of American bison might help a whole passel of African animals whose fate is clouded by poaching and habitat destruction. How? By mapping their genetic identity, suggests Dr. James Derr, a biologist at Texas A&M University.
Anyone who’s come across one knows what Fred Bear meant a half century ago when he said that the thrill of tangling with a grizzly bear cleanses the soul. It’s an experience that relatively few people on this earth will have and that none who do will ever forget.
When you live and spend a lot of time hunting in Alaska, your odds of eventually having an encounter with a grizzly drift more toward the “guaranteed” end of the spectrum. Some of my most exciting have happened while hunting black bears over bait. I’ve been charged by a sow with cubs and have had bears huff at me from the brush as I walked to my stand. And I had a large boar walk to within 3 feet of my rifle muzzle.
Regular readers will recall that I wondered several weeks ago what sort of knife to get my daughter for her 10-year birthday.
It's a rite of passage in my family that a pocketknife is gifted on the 10th birthday. I had no trouble finding knives for my twin boys three years ago, but girls are simply different, and I asked your opinion on the sort of blades to give.
Deploying scents to fool predators isn’t a new idea—after all, wolfers in the 19th century used woodsmoke to cover their ripe body odor—but a new crop of commercial scents adds rabbit urine, fox pee, putrid meat, and even incense to your coyote-hunting arsenal.
The question is, do these products work? I am a skeptic when it comes to relying on anything besides a good call and sometimes a decoy in my predator sets, but my field tests revealed that some of these products can increase your odds of success if you use them correctly and with restraint.
Want to transform your so-so hunting parcel into the ultimate turkey property? Then learn from whitetail deer hunters and manage even small pieces of land for year-round use by turkeys.
If you do it right, you’ll have excellent habitat for spring hunting, but also all the components you need to entice hens to raise broods that you can hunt for years to come.
A couple of years after creating a mosaic of habitat, Robert Hosking now kills several gobblers a year off his 40-acre parcel in North Carolina, and he has plenty of year-round use by nesting hens, young broods, and overwintering flocks. Here’s how you can build a small-plot turkey utopia.
I still carry in my pack the first GPS unit I ever bought, a Garmin eTrex Vista. The reason it remains go-to gear is that it does what I ask: It keeps me found and gets me home with a minimum of fuss and fluster. It stores waypoints, it shows me a simple compass I can follow, and it is a power miser, going a couple of years on the same set of AA batteries.
I mention this in the context of two new GPS units—the Magellan eXplorist 350H and the Garmin Monterra—that I carried from Wyoming to British Columbia to Oregon last fall. Both devices represent the state of the art in handheld navigation, but neither is satisfied with simply showing me the way back to my pickup. The WiFi-enabled Garmin is the more elaborate of the two, and comes loaded a dizzying number of features based on the Android operating system. It also contains an 8-megapixel digital camera, an FM and NOAA weather radio, an MP3 and video player, 3D maps, and any Google Play app you care to download.
Change comes slowly to northern Mozambique. Wally Johnson, hunting legend of the last century, worked the area and shot some very big tuskers there. He noted of the native Makonde people that "their women all had a two-inch nail sticking through their upper lips." Originally an ornamentation, it also had the happy result of making them unappealing to the Arab slavers that trolled through Makonde villages seeking to stock the sultan's harems.
There was a time when you could experience the morose howl of the coyote only in the most rural corners of America. Nowadays, coyotes have filled every imaginable ecological niche. How these predators make their living in close proximity to humans prompted two radio-tracking studies that had fascinating results: one in Rhode Island’s Narragansett Bay region, and a second by the Ohio State University under the direction of Professor Stanley Gehrt.
After plotting GPS tracking pings from multiple animals fitted with transmitters and meshing the data with scat samples and verified interactions, researchers have a very good idea of how these animals spend their days and nights. Here is the behavior of a representative individual coyote.
The 2014 SHOT Show offered something for every outdoor enthusiast on the planet. Take for example the new knives and cutting instruments unveiled in Vegas. While many were tailored to anglers and hunters, others addressed the needs of survivalists, and still others whetted the appetites of law enforcement and military professionals. Regardless of the need, these cutting edge blades are sure to fit the bill.
Buck 110 Folding Hunter
This year Buck Knives celebrates the 50th anniversary of the 110 Folding Hunter, available in a plain or finger-grooved Macassar Ebony Dymondwood handle. First introduced by Al Buck in 1964, today it is one of the most imitated and recognizable knives on the market.