Bushnell Outdoor Products has expanded its Bulletproof Guarantee to include several leading lines of binoculars, riflescopes and spotting scopes and its entire line of hunting laser rangefinders. With the peace of mind that comes from a no-risk, money-back guarantee, consumers can choose Bushnell with added confidence, the company claims. Originally introduced with the Legend Ultra HD binocular product line in 2011, Bushnell guaranteed that if customers were not completely satisfied with the product, the company would buy it back, no questions asked for up to one year from the original date of purchase. For 2012, Bushnell has expanded the Bulletproof Guarantee … Read more »

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Baked Stuffed Fish: A memorable big fish supper. Whether you stuff it and bake in foil over glowing embers for a special fish camp supper to show off the day’s trophy or take the prize home and cook it in a clay baker, here’s one of the most impressive and tastiest ways to showcase a fresh fish. What I like most about this old recipe of my dad’s is that it works great for any species of fish: trout, walleye, pike, whitefish or whatever catch you’ve been lucky enough to reel in (including salmon). And even though I call it a … Read more »

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Sting ‘em with Hornady’s new .17 Hornet! Based on the 22 Hornet cartridge case, the .17 Hornet propels the 20-grain V-MAX at 3,650 fps. Fueled with Superformance propellent, the 17 Hornet Superformance Varmint is economically priced, and delivers the trajectory of a traditional 55-grain 223 load, but is a pleasure to shoot with the felt recoil of a .22 WMR. The 17 Hornet – an economical, fun .17 calibre centerfire cartridge that puts the Sting on varmints out to 300 yards! The .17 Hornet Features: 3,650 fps muzzle velocity with a 20 gr. V-MAX bullet Same C.O.L. as the .22 … Read more »

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Well, we survived another SHOT Show in sunny Las Vegas, Nevada. For those of you who aren’t familiar with SHOT Show – it’s the largest shooting, hunting and outdoor trade show in the world. Each year, Western Sportsman staff attend, to meet with our advertising clients and to source out what’s new and exciting in the hunting and shooting world. SHOT Show is huge — more than 1,600 exhibitors, 60,000 attendees (all trade members) and over 2,000 members of the media. What did we find in 2012? Well, as you’ll see on this website and in the pages of our … Read more »

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Here’s a catch and a pick paired up for a perfect feast. Eating “locally-grown” never tasted so good. I love foods that live up to the high standards of eating within what’s fashionably known as “the 100-mile diet”! To me, it’s a satisfying feat to eat foods that come from within a hundred mile radius of ones own home and especially rewarding to experience the pride of indulging in a “self-sufficient” meal. Of course, even better is the fact that both the fish and fiddleheads used in this feast are caught and gathered from a local lake and nearby woodlands–perhaps … Read more »

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How shooting aids will make you a better hunter. A few years back I considered myself most fortunate to have finally arranged an antelope hunt on one of those ranches in New Mexico where the opportunity to harvest a 16-inch buck was a realistic objective. In fact, with a bit of luck and perseverance, a record book buck was even a possibility. The first morning out that became a reality for one young hunter as he had downed a monster buck on the ranch that easily scored well into the high 80s. Not to be shortchanged, I finally spotted a … Read more »

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Before you venture afield, any time of year, you must know the basics of orienteering, weather preparedness and treatment of injuries. There are three primary wilderness situations that can each, in their own right, spell disaster: becoming lost, accidents and weather. Today we, as outdoors enthusiasts, are most fortunate to have some of the finest technology available to us that even a decade ago was either leading edge or affordable to only a few. So let’s take a look at each of these factors and see how we can use this technology and preventative planning to avoid being caught in … Read more »

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Never get lost in the wilderness again with the new Garmin eTrex! The popular Garmin eTrex handheld GPS device has been given enhanced ergonomics, an improved interface, paperless geocaching and in certain models, a 2.2-inch, 65k colour screen with expanded mapping capabilities. These new additions — along with up to 25 hours of battery life — make the new eTrex more versatile and user-friendly, while maintaining its known toughness and durability. Additionally, the eTrex 30 takes all the features mentioned and adds a built-in three-axis tilt-compensated electronic compass, which shows your heading even when you’re standing still — without holding … Read more »

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