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Not what you’re looking for? Find more articles on hunting ungulates! Hunt where the elk are going to be Wayne Gretzky, the Great One, was once asked why he was such a successful hockey player. He replied, “A good hockey player plays where the puck is. A great hockey player plays where the puck is going to be.” Elk hunting success can often be summed up the same way. If you’re going to tag an elk, try to position yourself where elk are going to be, not where they have been. I’ve used this approach during my last four elk … Read more »

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Not what you’re looking for? Find more articles on hunting predatory animals! Keep your shooting skills sharp with this thrilling hunt I could hardly believe my eyes as the coyote came out of the ravine, tearing up the real estate between us, on a dead run towards me. I had only sat down in the snow on the edge of the brush mere minutes earlier and gave one short burst of calls from my faithful mouth call before the action started. When deer season comes to an end in late November or early December, most hunters reluctantly put away their … Read more »

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A Modern Classic: The Winchester Model 1885 Hunter Rimfire .17 Winchester Super Magnum Varmints beware When a classic rifle meets the fastest commercially available rimfire cartridge, it is a union worthy of a very close look.   History As the model number suggests, the Winchester Model 1885 has been around for well over a century. It is a single-shot rifle with a falling block action, of which two models were produced – a Low Wall and a High Wall. The High Wall receiver has sides that extend up to the top of the barrel, whereas the Low Wall receiver sides … Read more »

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Not what you’re looking for? Find more hunting articles! Wild pigs are one of the most adaptable and tenacious critters on the planet. They can thrive in just about any habitat, from the swamps or jungles of the south to the forests and mountains in the north. I have hunted them all over the world, from northern Russia, Austria and Africa to non-indigenous countries such as Australia and New Zealand. But that is just half the story, as wild pigs have, in many instances, become a real threat to the land base right here in North America. The problem is … Read more »

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Not what you’re looking for? Find more articles on hunting gear!   An additional option for shooters looking for maximum accuracy Hunters who like tinkering with guns in order to wring maximum performance from their firearms often miss an important option. Rimfire shooters chasing maximum accuracy will already be testing various kinds of factory ammunition in their rifles and finding that one brand shoots the best, then stocking up on that product. That’s a great first step, but for the true experimenter, there’s another angle left to explore – tuning the rifle with a torque wrench. It’s an overlooked step … Read more »

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Not what you’re looking for? Find more hunting articles!   When winter is coming to an end for another year and people are getting the urge to get out and enjoy the warmer weather, there are several hunting options with your rimfire rifle that are often overlooked. Crows, pigeons, magpies and squirrels can make for a great opportunity to hone your shooting skills and provide an exciting switch from the monotony of shooting gophers. These animals are found throughout the west and there are generally no seasons or bag limits in many areas, making for a great time afield. The … Read more »

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There is much wisdom in the statement, “beware of the man with only one rifle, because he likely knows how to use it.” It’s humbling sometimes to see the differences between subsistence and recreational hunters. Something I have noticed, spending time with both groups, is the mentality surrounding hunting firearms. Domestic or subsistence hunters tend to use what they have, and what has worked in the past, while recreational hunters often try to match the best tool for the job. My personal view is a happy middle ground between the two groups. All in the same week, I watched an … Read more »

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Not what you’re looking for? Find more articles on hunting gear! Versatile and forgiving, the .30-06 is synonymous with North American big game hunting Over the years I’ve owned a fair number of rifles, in a variety of chamberings, but for some reason I’ve never had a .30-06 Springfield I could call my own. That’s not to say that I don’t have any experience with the venerable Springfield, quite the opposite in fact. Vanessa currently owns a Tikka T3 chambered in one that we took to South Africa this past spring and to Namibia in 2009. We took over a … Read more »

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