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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Blood trail: Tricks and tips for finding wounded game

Blood trails: Tricks and tips for finding wounded game

The buck emerged from the trees at a fast trot during last light on the last day of the season. I had been still-hunting all day and assumed my season was over when he appeared. The adrenaline surge hit me like a train. I raised my muzzleloader and fired, dropping the buck in a cloud

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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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John Henry Patterson and the battle with the Tsavo Man-Eaters

John Henry Patterson and the battle with the Tsavo Man-Eaters

Among the innumerable tales of close encounters with dangerous game, few send chills up the spines of hunters quite like that of the Tsavo Man-Eaters: a pair of maneless male lions that, together, terrorized the Tsavo region of Kenya in the late 1800s. Their story, and that of their eventual demise, captures the essence of

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Ishi, Pope, and Young: The history of modern bowhunting

Ishi, Pope, and Young: The history of modern bowhunting

Written by Matt Fratus, this article was originally published by Free Range American on October 12, 2020. In 1912, Ishi crouched behind a bush and put his index and middle fingers to his lips. He made a sharp, high-pitched kissing sound — a rabbit distress call. To his left, Saxton T. Pope watched in amazement as a small group of

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Confessions of a first-time mountain hunter

Confessions of a first-time mountain hunter

I thought I’d trained and prepared enough for this hunt. I was very wrong. Like many outdoorsmen, I’ve long entertained aspirations of hunting big game—elk, bear, sheep—in the mountainous backcountry. I envisioned loading up my pack with a week’s worth of supplies, grabbing my rifle, and setting out into the depths of the wilds with

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