As a child raised in the wilderness and now a guide working in that same bear-rich environment, Tia Shoemaker has learned, first hand, a lot about Alaska's big brown bears. In this installment of her ongoing blog, she shares her extensive knowledge and a few hair raising … [Read more...] about Big Brown Bears Via Tia Alaska Guide
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.
Having now made some 15 safaris to five different African countries, I feel confident in defining the essential safari gear a hunter really needs for a plains game safari. Rifles, optics, cartridges, bullets, packs, slings, boots, clothes, shooting sticks. It’s less than you … [Read more...] about Essential Africa Safari Gear
We are back in Namibia with Werner von Seydlitz of Immenhof Hunting Safaris and discovering our Savage AccuFit rifles can handle it for three reasons: M110 bolt-action Savage rifles with AccuFit stocks are tough, MOA accurate, and inexpensive Savage AccuFit rifles … [Read more...] about Savage AccuFit Rifles Working Africa
My new Savage Africa rifles are ready to go. For most of us, an African safari seems a dream, one we are unlikely to take. Too exotic. Too far away. Too dangerous. Too expensive. Or maybe not. The truth is you can fly round trip to southern Africa for around $1,500 to … [Read more...] about Savage Africa Rifles Ready
Our favorite Alaska hunting guide Tia hunts a Dall ram with D'Arcy Echols custom-built 416 Remington -- not exactly everyone's idea of the perfect sheep rifle. How'd it work out? Tia tells the tale: Barely daring to breathe, I inched forward, my entire body rigid and … [Read more...] about Tia Hunts a Dall Ram with Echols 416 Remington
“Ron, what is your favorite hunt? What do you like to hunt most?” Readers and viewers often ask me that. It’s a legitimate question for which I’ve never had a definitive answer. This strikes some as odd, considering I’ve had plenty of chances to sample hunts for everything from … [Read more...] about What’s Your Favorite Hunt?
Why Tia Chose a D'Arcy Echols 416 Remington As an Alaska Registered Hunting guide, I used to carry a backup rifle in 375 Ruger. I now carry a D'Arcy Echols 416 Remington. More punch than 375 H&H or Ruger, but still tolerable recoil Perfectly balanced for easy carry … [Read more...] about Tia’s D’Arcy Echols Custom 416 Remington
A reader recently asked a pertinent question about why we hunt big predators. It's not one I can definitively answer or even like to answer, but I thought I'd give it an honest try. "My question is why hunt big predators such as brown bears, wolves, lions etc. I don’t hear of … [Read more...] about Should We Hunt Big Predators