Category: Skills

Cage trapping: A primer

Cage trapping: A primer

Trapping in my home state of Colorado looks a bit different than it does in many other states. Body grips, leg holds, and snares were outlawed back in 1996, so trappers are confined to using exclusively cage traps. Having been born in the year they were prohibited, I’ve personally never used leg holds or snares,

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Recoil: One of the most critical aspects of choosing a rifle

Recoil: One of the most critical aspects of choosing a rifle

My dad’s little Winchester Model 94 Trapper always struck me as a petite, perhaps slightly anemic rifle. The short-barreled lever-action is lightweight and chambered to the gentle-shooting .30-30 Winchester. I’d shot plenty of .30-30s before. This little guy shouldn’t be any different, I thought, tucking it into my shoulder at the range. Then, someone punched

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‘Urban Sportsman’: Bringing bowhunting to the city, one whitetail at a time

‘Urban Sportsman’: Bringing bowhunting to the city, one whitetail at a time

Written by Bernd Debusmann, this article was originally published by Free Range American on January 27, 2021. It’s a sunny, abnormally warm early evening in October, and Taylor Chamberlin is about 20 feet off the ground. Looking down from his tree stand through the dense canopy, he sees his target: a whitetail cruising for acorns.   Chamberlin draws his bow and lets

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How to pattern your shotgun in time for turkey season

How to pattern your shotgun in time for turkey season

Few things in the natural world will get your blood pumping and adrenaline running like the gobble of a big tom turkey responding to your call. And few things will make your blood run cold like watching him approach and realizing you’re not totally certain where your shotgun shoots. Don’t get caught unprepared this spring

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How to get started shed hunting

Find those horns: How to get started shed hunting

There are numerous reasons why we hunt. From reconnecting to nature, to exploring aspects of our primal selves, to simply putting meat in the freezer. Yet for many, the prevailing thing that drives them into the forest every fall is the desire to hang a big set of antlers on the wall. Antlers are what

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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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