From new camouflage patterns to laser range-finding rifle scopes that illuminate the precise aiming point for any distance, all things hunting and shooting were being hawked last week at the annual Vegas bazaar known as the SHOT Show. “Hurry, hurry! Step right up! Get the world’s … [Read more...] about SHOT Show Gear 2019
Trying to write a brief introduction to hunting is like trying to explain life itself. Hunting isn’t a hobby so much as a calling. It’s not what we do; it’s who we are. We walk, we sing, we love, we dance, we hunt. Certainly we hunt for food, but we also hunt to nurture our souls, to become one with the Natural world, to touch it in ways non-hunters cannot understand. It seems that most hunters are born with that instinct, but many don’t discover it until late in life, perhaps from lack of opportunity, perhaps peer pressure, perhaps self-denial.
A New Zealand hunt for Himalayan tahr, red stags, and chamois is the perfect spring break because March is early autumn in the southern hemisphere. Mountain tahr are easily accessible in snow-free zones. Red stags are roaring, and the weather is usually glorious. Why a New … [Read more...] about Tahr-iffic Spring Break New Zealand Hunt!
Does the Optimum Game Weight formula favor the 308 Winchester over the 7mm-08 Remington? Does the Optimum Game Weight formula actually work for determining a suitable hunting cartridge? A reader, Bruce, recently asked what I thought about this. Bruce was, wisely, comparing … [Read more...] about Optimum Game Weight Formula 308 Winchester
Strong north winds scatter brown alder leaves over the barren tundra. They twirl and dance by my window, eddying out on the sill. Winter will soon sweep fingers of snow across the land. Accumulating flake by gentle flake amid dead grass and rock crevices before gale force winds … [Read more...] about Alaska Adventure Memories
Canada pays hunters to shoot moose? Just when I think I’ve got modern Homo sapiens figured out, they muddy the waters. Consider the $731,000 Canadians have spent hiring First Nations people — Mi’kmaq hunters, according to the news report I read — to “hunt” moose that have been … [Read more...] about Canada Pays Hunters to Kill Moose
Pardon me for writing with my mouth full. I know it’s not polite. No time for polite. I'm chewing Dancing Springs Ranch, which may yet prove that old platitude "biting off more than you can chew." Well, maybe not more than, but certainly more than enough. We’re keeping our … [Read more...] about Chewing Dancing Springs Ranch
In retrospect, a mother daughter caribou hunt is more special than I first appreciated... As an Alaskan Hunting Guide, I am obliged to be a trophy oriented hunter for months. But when guiding season ends, my focus changes. My brain switches from Boone and Crocket to … [Read more...] about Mother Daughter Caribou Hunt
In her previous blog on RSO, Alaska hunting guide and bush pilot Tia Shoemaker gave us five great AK hunt tips for a successful hunting experience in her neck of the woods. In this blog she gives us five more. Her column is sponsored by... 6) Be prepared to get along with … [Read more...] about Tia’s AK Hunt Tips Part 2