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Big Game

Elk Hunting Tips: The Basics of Long-Range Scouting

Next to deer, the big-game animal most whitetail hunters want to pursue is bull elk. They are big and dramatic, and so is the country they call home.

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Bullet Deflection Test

The bull is standing broadside just behind that screen of brush. Do you shoot through the limbs and hope your bullet punches home? Or do you wait for a clear shot, even if it means the elk might get away?

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  • June 26, 2014

    The Meat Bow: Strip Down Your Hunting Rig to the Bare Essentials - 2

    Competitive target archers are sponsored by bow companies and ultimately influence bowhunters. After all, it’s hard to argue with a guy who can consistently hit a bull’s-eye at 120 yards. But target shooting and hunting differ. Murphy’s Law haunts the woods. Wild animals and weather are unpredictable, so hunters should simplify their rigs.

    1) With all things being equal, fast bows are superior. But things aren’t equal. Competition bans rangefinders, so speed mitigates errors in range estimation. But hunters can use rangefinders. Therefore, a hunting bow’s quietness and ease of drawing trump speed.

    2) A meat bow wears a large-diameter peep sight for low-light shooting and has tough and simple sights. Multiple or single pins are fine with practice, but hunters have problems when they feel they must manipulate their “dial-in” sight for every 5-yard increment. Deer often move.

    3) Wrist slings are designed to improve an archer’s grip. But for hunters who shoot the same bow all season, they degrade accuracy when you add gloves to the equation.

    4) Stabilizers? Some dampen vibration, but all change the bow’s balance. Get used to your bow without it, and lug around less weight. Target archers use 4-foot stabilizers just as bench-rest shooters use 12-pound rifles. But at the relatively shorter ranges hunters commonly face, a 5-inch stabilizer isn’t worth its weight.

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  • June 26, 2014

    Fire Starting Tip: How To Make Char Cloth - 1

    Char-cloth is an essential ingredient for starting a flint and steel fire, but it's also easy and fun to make. All you need is an old tee-shirt (or similar thin all-cotton material), a tin of some sort, and a fire or camp stove. Here’s how to do it.

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  • June 25, 2014

    How to Make Your Own Dual-Perimeter Deer Fence - 3

    If my food plots fail it probably won't be from a lack of rain.

    As this is written, southern Michigan is “enjoying” its third straight day of rain. The timing is good even if the soggy conditions are a tad annoying for those looking to play baseball.

    Two weeks or so ago, I planted about ¾ of an acre in soybeans and added another couple of acres of screening cover throughout Noah's Farm.

    The soybeans are intended to serve as a late-season food source. Thus I need to keep the deer out of them as best I can until mid- to late-November. Which is fairly easy to do if I'm willing to spend a chunk of change on a fence. But with less than $750 left of my $1,500 budget, that's a chunk I'm not willing to part with.

    Thus it was time for a little DIY work. Good ole American Redneck ingenuity. [ Read Full Post ]

  • June 24, 2014

    Hunting Tip: How to Use Shooting Sticks to Improve Your Effective Range - 1

    Photo by John Hafner

    I have a couple of gorgeous mule deer on my wall that I never would have tagged had it not been for shooting sticks. The same goes for my best elk and a laundry list of game taken in Africa.

    Shooting sticks come in many varieties, but the common denominator is that all sticks provide an added measure of stability in the field and can dramatically increase the effective range of any hunter when they’re used the right way. [ Read Full Post ]

  • June 19, 2014

    Bushnell Trophy Cam HD Wireless: Monitor Your Deer Herd from Your Phone - 2

    Trail cameras that send images to the user via email or text message—known as “wireless” cams—have been around for years. While they have the potential to be useful tools, they’ve also been fraught with issues, including weak networks and prohibitively expensive contracts.

    Bushnell promises that its new Trophy Cam HD Wireless ($600; will not suffer the shortcomings of its predecessors because it operates on AT&T’s 3G network, ships with a SIM card, and features pay-as-you-go plans. I recently got my hands on one to see if this really is a revolution in remote game management. [ Read Full Post ]

  • June 18, 2014

    HSUS Petitions For Lead Ammo Ban on Public Lands - 2

    Our old friends at the Humane Society of the United States are at it again.

    This time the anti-hunting organization is looking to effectively shut down hunting on public land by eliminating the use of lead-based ammunition.

    This is a tactic that has been tried before and beaten back. The Center For Biological Diversity, another anti-hunting group, had its petition to the Environmental Protection Agency requesting a ban on lead-based ammunition twice rejected.

    Some states have also dealt with – and rejected – the notion of banning lead ammo. But one state has adopted a ban: California.

    But HSUS being HSUS, they figured they might as well give it another whack and have even developed a plan of attack for getting it done (See the HSUS Lead Free Campaign). [ Read Full Post ]

  • June 18, 2014

    How to Sharpen an Ax - 0

    An ax is just as useful for today’s woodsman as it was for pioneers centuries ago. A good man with an ax can still build a cabin, fence, or bobsled, and can keep himself warm with the firewood that he chops - no other tools necessary. There are many different ways to sharpen an ax, depending on whether you wish to fell a tree, smooth planks for a table, or shave hair off a rawhide lashing strip.

    To put an edge on an ax that is suitable for felling trees, chopping wood, or even grubbing stumps out of the ground follow the directions below. This edge is not designed to be razor sharp and will not be suited to carving or shaving. But it is great for all around use and will take a fair amount of abuse and still keep cutting. [ Read Full Post ]