Just because winter is over and turkey season takes spring's center stage doesn't mean small-game hunters are through for the year. At least nine states offer spring squirrel-hunting seasons in May and June, presenting hunters with solid opportunities to get in the woods before summer hits full bore.
Here in the West shed hunting has become almost as popular as the actual fall hunting seasons. The reason? Well, it's pretty hard to draw a tag for many of the premium hunting units in the rocky mountains. But that also results in some really great trophy animals dropping their antlers among the sagebrush, and anyone with a good set of legs and plenty of ambition can get out and find them.
I know several serious shed hunters who spend a lot of time monitoring a big muley or bull elk during late winter and waiting for him to drop his antlers. It's an exciting way to get to know the local animals, and provides the added benefit of finding a really fresh set of huge antlers. Good binoculars and a spotting scope are a must, as it is important to stay clear out of the animals core area – if you disturb him, he may move several miles away and you might never find him (or his antlers) again.
The first range-finders to come to market were cumbersome, complicated, and priced way too high for what you got. Today's models still represent a substantial investment, but you get a lot more for your money. We tested six of the most feature-packed units to see which are most fieldworthy.
Shooting well with iron sights can be a tricky business, but plenty of big bucks have fallen, numerous battlefields have been claimed, and scores of shooting competitions have been won using good old iron sights.
Whether you are sighting in a rifle before heading for the woods, or preparing for a competition, this tip will improve your game.
Should you find yourself in need of a sharp edge, whether to cut a rope, skin a critter, or whittle friction fire-making tools, the basic ingredients required to make one can be found in most wilderness areas of the country.
The worth of a securely tied knot is undervalued in these modern times of zip ties and superglue. I know this is blasphemy, but duct tape can’t always hold everything together. And it doesn’t have to. There are many tried-and-true knots that can make life easier on the hunt, in the woods, and around camp.
Considering the winter that has plagued—and continues to plague—much of the nation, more than a few outdoorsmen are surely sitting next to a wood stove right now, glancing out the window onto an endless snowscape, and dreaming of shooting long-bearded gobblers and tossing plugs to potbellied largemouths. If you can’t wait for the thaw to come to your neck of the woods, book a flight to Florida today and you can be hunting birds and hooking bass by tomorrow morning. One of the premier locations to do just that is the region from Lake Okeechobee north to Orlando.
Many outdoorsman will go a whole lifetime without ever seeing a mountain lion in the wild, and this video is a good example why.
The hunter in this video was set up to call bobcats, but instead he drew a mountain lion to his set. The cougar slinks in through low grass, totally undetected. The hunter didn't have a mountain lion tag, so there was no shot, but it's still a very cool video.
A worn and leaky pair of boots once cost me a chance at a mature bull elk. I was hunting deep in the remote wilderness of Utah's High Uinta mountains. It was cold – so cold that my nalgene water bottle froze solid through at night, even when tucked next to me inside my tent.