Let it snow: Break up a slow spring by hunting snow geese

Let it snow: Capitalizing on the spring snow goose migration

One of the worst things about early spring is suffering through the interminable gap between the late winter hunting season and chasing spring turkeys. Most hunters simply grit their teeth and push through it, spending their time cleaning shotguns, practicing calling, and looking longingly at their hunting gear in the garage. But it doesn’t have

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Montana Senate Bill 143: The good, bad, and ugly possibilities

Montana is a state where hunting dreams are made. The rugged beauty of the landscape and the plethora of trophy game animals make it the number-one destination for hunters in the lower 48. Hunting, then, is an essential part of Montana’s culture and one of the biggest components of the state’s economy. Every year, out-of-state

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How to start a gun dog

How to start a gun dog

Written by Phil Bourjaily, this article was originally published by Free Range American on February 15, 2021. Once you hunt over a dog of your own, hunting birds without a dog, or hunting over anyone else’s dog, doesn’t feel like hunting anymore. It’s just walking around trying to shoot stuff. A gun dog connects you to the unseen world

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Nemo Sonic™: The best sleeping bag money can buy

Nemo Sonic™: The best sleeping bag money can buy

This past April, as the first COVID lockdowns were being put in place, I took a road trip to Montana. I figured, if I’m supposed to isolate myself from others, I may as well go somewhere where not seeing any other people is a bonus. So off I went into the backcountry of the Big

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Wild sheep: North America’s ultimate big game challenge

Wild sheep: North America's ultimate big game challenge

Although there are an endless number of places to hunt in the world, hunters who live and hunt in North America are truly blessed. The popularity of our hunting culture, the variety of not only wild game but entire ecosystems, and the management and availability of both public and private land makes our continent one

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Mentally tough hunters are built through exercise

Achieve mental toughness through exercise

Say you’re preparing to embark on a western hunt chasing elk or mule deer in the mountains. The physical demands will be immense, sure, but it’s also going to require a great deal of mental toughness. How do you prepare for that? I think I heard it best this past year when I was up

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