While none of them will admit it, manufacturers of hunting compound bows and crossbows are constantly at war with one another, keeping tabs as best as they can on who’s doing what. After all, the spoils of this war are the cash-laden bowhunters they can recruit—or convert—to their brand.
Of course, established brands hold several advantages over newcomers. Typically, the industry behemoths have bigger budgets and star-studded pro staffs, and they employ the most capable engineering minds in the industry.
It’s hardly a secret that black bears are drawn to uncut cornfields like moths to a flame, but how do you hunt fall bruins in such a setting? The first step is to understand why corn is so tantalizing to bruins. The tall plants provide not only food, but cover, too, especially in areas of heavy human pressure. Here are four killer strategies to utilize if you suspect that a black bear is raiding a large cornfield.
With many of today's broadheads claiming field point accuracy, some hunters make the switch from the field points to broadheads without sighting in their bow for their hunting tips. But, this is a big mistake.
Archery expert Larry Wise demonstrates the importance of shooting and sighting in for your broadheads before the season starts.
This fall, Outdoor Life will send two readers on the elk hunt of a lifetime, for a trophy bull and a cow on New Mexico’s legendary Vermejo Park Ranch. This is no ordinary property. Owned by Ted Turner, the 584,000-acre Vermejo is managed for wildlife, especially trophy bull elk.
Who taught you to hunt? Was it a parent or a grandparent? Maybe it was an older sibling or a close family friend.
Most of us were lucky enough to learn the outdoors from a mentor who spent countless hours coaching us in the field. To celebrate that tradition of sharing experience and know-how with new generations of hunters, Outdoor Life created its latest Grand Slam Adventure.
If you’ve got a mentor in mind, or you’re teaching a beginning hunter yourself, OL wants to send you on the hunt of a lifetime. All you have to do is tell us how you introduced a hunter to the sport, or tell us who trained you. If your essay is selected, you and your hunting partner will win a trip to New Mexico for a trophy elk hunt this November.
Last spring I had a chance to hunt turkeys in Nebraska with Cabela's, Camp Chef, and GoPro (this was a joint adventure with some of the Field & Streamers). I'd hunted and fished with GoPro cameras before, but this trip was the first time I receieved a tutorial on how to most effectively shoot with the little guys (we were using the Hero 3+).
But before we get into shooting tips, here's a quick video from our hunt, shot and edited in signature GoPro-style (the footage was recorded by GoPro's Damon Jones, Field & Stream's Dave Hurteau, and myself).
Savvy bowhunters know that in order to score early, they need to decipher what they are witnessing when glassing elk from afar. Like other ungulates, bull elk form bachelor groups and summer together in areas that provide ample feed as they bulk up for the rut and the winter ahead. And like their whitetail cousins, elk will often feed and lounge in full view of large meadows and open slopes. But getting within bow range of a bachelor herd is almost unheard of. However, if you can find a herd of late-summer cows and calves, there’s a good chance a bull is camped nearby.
I've got three Western hunts coming up this season - all in backcountry settings. All involve rugged terrain. Each can necessitate precision shooting. And every one includes the wild, on-the-edge adventure that outdoorsmen live for. Best of all, they are possible for everyone – including you – to pull off.
The first is a deep wilderness elk hunt on horseback. Dark-timbered slopes, 13,000 foot peaks, and the haunting bugle of a bull elk included.
Citing widespread precipitous declines in sage grouse populations across much of the prairie birds’ core habitat, Montana this week closed hunting across a wide swath of the state and shortened the season elsewhere.
Montana’s Fish, Wildlife & Parks Commission heard testimony from hunting advocates, who reasoned that the small mortality caused by hunters is outweighed by the attention and conservation that license-buyers devote to the imperiled bird and its habitat. In the end, the commission voted to leave some parts of the state open to limited grouse hunting, but closed all hunting in the southeastern portion of the state.