Category: Fundamentals

How to overcome shot anxiety — from someone who’s struggled with it

How to overcome shot anxiety—from someone who's struggled with it

The first time you line up to take a shot on an animal is a tough vision to forget. For many of us who have suffered (or still do) from shot anxiety, we never see the animal drop because we never even pull the trigger. I’m one of those hunters who hesitated—and consequently missed my

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How to improvise a backcountry spike camp

How to improvise a backcountry spike camp

Every year, hunters toil at their day jobs and count down the days until autumn begins, visualizing and planning their backcountry hunting camp, hidden far from civilization. They imagine where they’ll go and how they’ll set it up, even going so far as to begin pinning promising spots on Google Earth while scanning outdoor sites

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How to become a more involved outdoorsman, no matter your experience level

How to become a more involved outdoorsman, no matter your experience level

The outdoors has a way of pulling people in and making them want more. Sometimes that means finding the nearest city park to get a taste of nature, or perhaps it manifests as wanting your opinion heard by those who make decisions on behalf of local wildlife. For many, though, they’re not sure how or

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Keeping to the code: The importance of personal hunting ethics

Keeping to the code: The importance 0f personal hunting ethics

The cow was either very young and naïve, or she was just stupid. I saw her on the very first day I showed up to hunt elk on a new mountain range. She was standing there in the middle of the field, calmly munching a mouthful of grass about 100 yards from where I parked

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What gear do you really need to get started hunting?

What gear do you really need to get started hunting?

For most new hunters, after getting their license and finding a place to hunt, the question that plagues them most is, “What gear do I need in order to get started?” There are hundreds of outdoor companies out there declaring that their products are essential to hunters and hunting success. For new hunters it can

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A new year to hunt: Resolutions you can actually keep

A new year to hunt: Resolutions you can actually keep

I hate the phrase, “New year, new me.” We often look to the new year as a slate wiped clean, a chance to toss away our old selves and begin again. But the reality is we can’t throw our past away, because it is a part of who we are now. Instead, we should look

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