Category: Fundamentals

Going Solo: Preparing to face the backcountry on your own.

Perhaps the greatest part of going hunting is sharing the outdoor world with your friends. The backcountry is a place to be shared and attacked as a unit. The weeks before the season opener where you and your compadres gather around maps and decide where you’re going to go; the early mornings where everyone crawls

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Improve your odds by preparing for the cold

It was opening weekend of firearm deer season in Minnesota, and I was out deer hunting for the first time. I was beyond excited and planned to sit out in the stand all day, rain or shine, regardless of whether I saw anything. The problem was, “rain or shine” didn’t account for wet, driving snow.

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It’s Getting Hot In Here: How The Extreme Summer Heat Will Affect Hunting Season

When we say the hunting is going to be hot, we generally mean that it’s going to be a prime season when the animals are moving, and our chances of success are greatly increased. However, it seems that in 2021 saying that the hunting is going to be hot, it’s a reference to the sweltering

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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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