Category: Skills

Ishi: The father of modern bowhunting

Ishi: The father of modern bowhunting

When we consider the tools that helped propel mankind to the top of the food chain, there is perhaps none more influential than the bow and arrow. The bow enabled our neolithic ancestors to hunt from a distance, outside the reach of claws and teeth. It instilled confidence, providing a tool to defend against whatever

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It’s easier than you think to tan your own deer hide

It's easier than you think to tan your own deer hide

We scrape every last scrap of meat from the carcass. We make knife handles out of deer bones and jewelry from deer teeth. We use deer sinew for sewing and deer tails for making flies for fishing. Some of us even use the hooves to make racks to hold up our deer rifles. We do

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3 essential things a trapper should be doing in the off-season

3 essential things a trapper should be doing in the off-season

It’s easy to become complacent between trapping seasons, taking a well-deserved breather and assuring yourself you have plenty of time to prepare for the next season. But don’t let it sneak up on you. Here are three crucial things every trapper should be doing in the off-season to prepare for the following year. Fix tear-upsĀ 

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Our hunting culture is threatening the future of the sport

Our hunting culture is threatening the future of the sport

Being a hunter is about accepting certain realities. The fact is, we set out into the fields, forests, and mountains to take the life of an animal, plain and simple. We do this not out of some perverse bloodlust, but rather because we choose a lifestyle that keeps us connected with the land. We choose

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Recognizing and preventing altitude sickness

Recognizing and preventing altitude sickness

I remember the first western hunt I went on. I was black bear hunting at about 7,000 ft. in the Bitterroot Mountains of Idaho. Not exactly a high-altitude hunt. But I’m a flatlander from Minnesota who hadn’t been to the mountains in years. Having spent a lot of time adventuring in the mountains growing up,

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6 percent of Americans think they could beat a grizzly bear in hand-to-hand combat. They’re (dead) wrong.

6 percent of Americans think they could beat a grizzly bear in hand-to-hand combat. They're (dead) wrong.

I’ll admit, after a beer or two, my perception of my own strength and toughness can get a bit inflated. But I can recall no time in my life when I’ve ever considered myself more than a would-be morsel to a 600-pound fur-covered battering ram with claws and teeth, otherwise known as a grizzly bear.

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