Category: Fundamentals

Pride and prejudice: The shameless life of a meat hunter

Pride and prejudice: The shameless life of a meat hunter

I used to hate the looks. The small eye rolls and the raised brows. The quizzical shadow that briefly flashed across other hunters’ faces when they looked at my deer. Most of the time they didn’t say anything much; they just offered a small, half-hearted congratulations before moving on down the trail. But every now

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Which is more important: caliber or accuracy?

Which is more important: caliber or accuracy?

These days, no matter which way the wind is blowing, civil discussions between two parties always seem escalate to bloody, knock-down, drag-out fights in the street. The hunting community is far from immune to this, but few topics will get us foaming at the mouth quite like this classic: Is caliber or accurate shooting more

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Ode to deer camp: An American hunting tradition

Ode to deer camp: An American hunting tradition

The cabin sat alone on the edge of the mountain. For most of the year it stood unused and empty: its roof stacked heavy with snow in the winter, its weathered sides fading to gray in the spring and summer sun. Yet the cabin was not forlorn; it was not abandoned to simply decay and

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Relax in the shot: Tension only magnifies a miss

Relax in the shot: Tension only magnifies a miss

Written by David Maccar, this article was originally published by Free Range American on October 27, 2020. It happens to every hunter and every target shooter: A particularly difficult target presents itself, and the stakes are high. Naturally, you make an effort to try harder, to bear down and concentrate—to not screw it up. But those who

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The life aquatic: Using a boat as an alternative hunting vehicle

The life aquatic: Using a boat as an alternative hunting vehicle

As the first frosts of fall begin to shine upon the grass, hunters everywhere begin to look toward the mountains with anticipation and longing. The distant peaks soon become dotted with long trails from the headlights of trucks and ATVs as hunters set out to fill their tags. On public lands, the mountains can become

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Try this rifle sight-in trick for point-and-shoot hits

Try this rifle sight-in trick for point-and-shoot hits

Ask a group of hunters how they sight in their rifles and you will get as many answers. “An inch high at a hundred.” “As long as it hits a pie plate.” “Nuts on at 200.” Although some of these are better than others, none of them are technically wrong—and all of them can be

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