Category: Skills

Embrace your inner predator with spot-and-stalk hunting

Embrace your inner predator with spot-and-stalk hunting

Over the hundreds of thousands of years humans have existed on this planet, we have dedicated our efforts to separating ourselves from the animals, often forgetting that we remain animals ourselves. Yet, no matter how much we have evolved, there still lingers in all of us something primal. Perhaps it’s only a faded memory of

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Scratching the itch: Early season deer-hunting tactics

Scratching the itch: Early season deer-hunting tactics

As the dog days of summer slowly wind to a close and those first early frosts delicately lie upon blades of long grass, I start to feel the itch. As soon as I feel that little tickling between my shoulders, I grab my bow and head out into the cool mornings and warm afternoons of

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The broadhead dilemma: Do I buy mechanical or fixed?

The broadhead dilemma: Do I buy mechanical or fixed?

When it comes to selecting broadheads for your arrows, you’ll find yourself wading through numerous options, including weight, cutting diameter, number of blades, and finally, mechanical or fixed. Despite all the catchy marketing and product placement on hunting shows, the best place to start your search is at your local archery shop. Still, you should

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The critical importance of being uncomfortable

The critical importance of being uncomfortable

For three days I averaged only a few miserable hours of sleep a night while camped out on the prairie. I alternated time between trying to get comfortable on my thin and far-too-narrow sleeping mat, scratching dozens of fresh mosquito bites, and wiping away the sweat trickling down my chest from the withering heat. Could

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The pack-out: The last, vital step to a backcountry hunt

The pack-out: The last, vital step to a backcountry hunt

Hunting in the backcountry is among the greatest challenges of the hunting world. Those who head into the untamed wilderness in search of their trophy must put in months of research and training. They have to spend hours going over game reports and maps, planning their travel routes and campsites. Once a plan is made,

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Backcountry medicine: How to set a splint

Backcountry medicine: How to set a splint

A broken ankle, arm, or leg can be painful, but when it occurs in the backcountry, far away from medical assistance or a quick ride to the hospital, it can be downright deadly. Such injuries lead to a lack of mobility, and being stranded in inhospitable wilderness can lead to a number of unfavorable outcomes.

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