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Young hunter with rifle on bipod in woods

Tips for Preventing Lyme Disease

Previously, I related my yearlong battle with undiagnosed Lyme disease. The number one transmission of the Lyme disease Spiron is the deer tick. Trust me when I tell you that you do not ever want to go through what I went through.

Meopta Meostar

You Got the New Rifle; Now What?

You were a very good boy or girl this Christmas. The one thing that you asked for was a new rifle. Your spouse, significant other, child or really good friend decided that they were going to be your hero and buy it for you. So now what? Well, the good news is that you will need to take a trip to the store or at least spend some time online. A visit to www.cheaperthandirt.com will give you everything you need.

Miss Kansas

Miss Kansas Receives Death Threats for Hunting

I attend a great deal of both outdoor trade shows and consumer shows over the course of a given year, with many of them concentrated between January and April. Recently, I attended the annual Shot Show in Las Vegas, the National Rifle Association great outdoors show in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, and the 2014 Pheasant Fest in Milwaukee Wisconsin. I was fortunate at each of these events to meet with numerous hunters, outdoorsmen and women and discuss some of the issues of today facing today’s hunters.

2nd Amendment Organization

2A Friendly Businesses at your Fingertips

2AO is a national organization developed by 2nd Amendment advocates. The organization supports all business owners that support the 2nd Amendment. So, what does that mean? 
Any business in the country can sign in and register a business—for free. You read that right, FREE!

Deer feeding in snow.

Cold Weather Shooting

Being in top shooting shape requires diligent practice year round. The last thing you want is for the trophy of a lifetime to step out—with a 10 second window—and you miss the shot because of under preparation. I am often asked what type of preparation that really takes, especially during winter. So, where do I practice shooting in wintertime? Why, outside of course!

Ace Luciano with trophy Kudu

5 Tips for Taking the Perfect Trophy Picture

Every year, I reflect on what I have learned from the previous 12 months, looking at what was successful and what was not, determining where I can improve, and setting up a plan for doing more of what worked. Finally, 2013 is over, and we brave forward to 2014. Another year passed—another year of absolutely terrible outdoor pictures.

Hunter leaning against a tree with rifle on bipod

Last Minute Deer

Shoot Now or Let it Walk for Another Year!

If we were playing football, this would be the two minute warning. In much of the country, the Whitetail season is winding down to its final days and minutes. If you haven’t wrapped your tag around something at this point, you may need to either change your tactics, your goal or both.

Hunter glassing for whitetail deer from the edge of a cornfield

The Second Rut—Myth or Opportunity?

As firearm deer seasons head into the coldest months of the year, in many northern climes, the whitetail rut is over or winding down. Or is it? The answer to that question, like so many others in hunting, is “maybe…”

Dead whitetail deer with a compound bow.

Deer Down — Tips for Processing Your Own Game Meat

So, you have hunted hard all season. You spent the summer cutting shooting lanes and putting up stands. You cemented relationships with property owners that give you permission to hunt. You worked hard all season, and things finally came together. You shot a deer. The adrenaline has risen and subsided, and you stand over your trophy. Now what?

Hunter in camo shooting crossbows from 4-foot high shooting sticks

Hunting Horizontal

This has been a year of firsts for me. In an earlier series, I wrote about my transformation from tactical neophyte to MSR owner and shooter. I shot my first coyote with an arrow. I was there when my daughter shot her first deer during Wisconsin’s youth deer hunt; my first time hunting a private, Mississippi River duck club, and I hunted Kansas for the first time.

BestCaliber1_WM

What is the Best Caliber for Deer Hunting?

Tell me if you’ve heard this one: “More deer have been killed with a lever-action .30-30 than any other caliber. It is a great caliber for deer hunting.”

Or this one: “The .30-06 is the best caliber for deer because it balances a large bullet with higher velocity.”

Or even this one: “The 7mm Remington Magnum is the best caliber for deer hunting, as it has a flat trajectory over long distance and, as the venerable hunting writer Jack O’Connor, considered by many to be the “ultimate” authority on shooting in his day and Outdoor Life’s Shooting Editor for over 30 years and major proponent of the .270 cartridge said, ‘The 7mm Mag. does everything the .270 does, and does it better.’

Ruffed Grouse with hunter wearing orange hat and vest.

The Royal Flush…

I am fairly certain whoever named the highest hand in poker the “Royal Flush” was an avid ruffed grouse hunter. Either that, or the person who designated the ruffed grouse the “King of Game Birds” was an avid poker aficionado…