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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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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TUP Podcast Episode 17: We didn’t die!

The Ultimate Predator
The Ultimate Predator
TUP Podcast Episode 17: We didn't die!
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After a prolonged hiatus from podcasting, Editor-in-chief Nate Granzow and TUP Founder Karl Hylle return to reflect on their epic/memorable/nearly deadly 2020 backcountry elk and bear hunt in the inhospitable mountains of Colorado. From freezing weather to back injuries and sore feet, few things went right, but they survived to tell the tale. They also

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Is high-fence hunting ruining our sport?

Hunter vs. killer: Is high-fence hunting ruining our sport?

There are numerous differences between being a hunter and a killer. A distinct line drawn deep in the earth separating those who honorably harvest animals to gather meat for themselves and their family, and those who simply wish to satisfy some innate bloodlust or stroke their ego. Hunters respect and love wildlife. They understand and

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It’s OK to take a break from hunting

It's OK to take a break from hunting

Being a diehard hunter is commendable. But sometimes it’s healthy to step away for a while. It’s a classic case of keeping up with the Joneses. Being tuned into the hunting community, it’s easy to fall into the trap of believing that anything less than rabid zealotry for all things hunting at all times makes

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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-ups 

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