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Tink-Nathan-With-Wounded-Vet

Operation Bows And Heroes — Moonlight Fund

There are certainly more worthy organizations looking to provide support to our returning wounded heroes than I have money to support. I wish I could give to them all, but that is impossible, so like many others, I have to pick and choose—especially with the economy the way it has been.

GAil Martin shooting the Dream Catcher recurve bow.

The Loss of a Legend — Gail Martin

Gail Martin — if you have ever shot a bow, it is likely that Gail Martin had a hand in its design. Perhaps directly, more likely at least an influence, but a hand in your equipment’s design nonetheless. Gail was a man who loved archery with such a passion, that he retained an active role in Martin Archery until very recently. Unfortunately, the archery industry lost an icon on July 21, 2013 when Gail passed at the age of 93.

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Choices: AK-47, AK-74… or AK-12?

“Besides honey, this isn’t just for fun, this is work.” That was the basic gist of the conversation when my wife caught me browsing sales fliers for new AKs. Unlike a bolt gun or even a black rifle that is easy enough to stash in the back corner of one of our safes among the others of the same ilk, or a handgun that could have been stuffed into one of the many smaller safes we own, an AK would be something she would immediately recognize as new.

CCW Laws

Top 10 Apps for Concealed Carry

Perhaps you live in Illinois—the last state to open concealed carry—and are welcoming concealed carry for the first time, someone who has been carrying for years, or the Zimmerman trial has piqued your interest. No matter the reason, your smartphone or tablet can be one of the best devices to keep you safe and out of handcuffs. Unfortunately, we do not have reciprocity for concealed carry like we do with driver licenses. Recognition varies by state. Laws vary by state or county. Something as simple as a wrong turn can take you across a state or county line that could result in you being arrested.

False Flag with Skull and Cross Bones

American Rifle + Pistol Association — A False Flag Operation?

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Dolbee with Texas Whitetail Buck

10 Tips for Beginning Hunters

The first hunt is a right of passage for some and the fulfillment of a long-awaited dream for others, in many instances it is likely both. It is a part of the hunting community’s heritage and a coveted moment worthy of celebration when introducing a new member of the next generation to hunting. Having a young son rapidly approaching that age, I am certainly eagerly awaiting the day he asks for his opportunity to go afield. To that end, I am sure a beginner’s guide to hunting could be of value to neophyte and veteran hunters mentoring new hunters alike.

Beman ICS hunter Pro Lost Camo

Product Review: Beman ICS Hunter Pro Lost Camo

If a game animal can see your arrow and identify the color of the fletching or whether or not it has camo, believe me when I tell you the game was over some time ago. That being said, I love camo arrows. Even if the camo is only for the hunter. At times I have matched the camo of the arrows to camo on the bow. Other times, I have used it to distinguish my arrows from other shooters’ arrows using the same target. Whatever the reason, camo matters!

TSX Pro Series Micro-Adjust

Range Report: TRUGLO TSX Pro Series 5-pin

I have the envious position of getting to play with a lot of equipment and calling it work. With bow season rapidly approaching—at least in my mind—I have been crawling through catalogs and samples looking for a new bow sight. One product that caught my eye enough to order for a review was the TRUGLO TSX Pro Series 5-pin.

bow sight with fiber optic housing

Tips for Choosing a Bow Sight

I have been accused of a lot of things, but never of being kind to my equipment. Don’t get me wrong, I do not intentionally abuse it, but things just seem to happen. I slide down a hill on a hunt, the baggage monkeys at the airport toss it around, or it magically ends up on the bottom of a gear pile in the back of my truck. Maybe it’s just me, or perhaps I am just a victim of Murphy’s Law, but I have learned over the years to look for certain qualities in my equipment.

Deer tick and Dog Tick side by side

Tackling Tick Prevention

Ticks and the outdoors are simply a fact of life. Even if you are not an outdoorsman, ticks can easily present a problem when one infiltrates your home when it hitches a ride on your pet or the pant leg of a family member. As awful as that may sound, tick prevention is possible. As the weather warms, ticks become more active. They will remain active through midsummer and well into the fall for many areas of North America. Hunters and outdoor enthusiasts or those simply venturing beyond the concrete jungle, can take a few common sense steps to prevent becoming a host to one of these blood-sucking hitchhikers and the various diseases they may carry.

Field Logic Block

Gizmos & Gadgets — The BLOCK Target

Archers with any time behind the string have at least heard of the BLOCK target from Field Logic. The company’s history fascinated me years ago when I first wrote about its products. Field Logic started out by using recycled packing material. It was given to them for free at the time—complete shipping containers at a time—just to get rid of it.

electronic-predator-call

Looking for a Coyote Calling Expert

I am far from a coyote-calling champion, and certainly do not get as much practice as I would prefer—too many hobbies and the boss still expects me to somehow get my work done. That’s why, when I headed out to do a little predator hunting the other day, I opted to use a digital call.

Surefire-123-Lithium-Batteries

Gizmos and Gadgets: CR123A Batteries

Winter is finally behind us and the storm season has arrived with full force. If you have not already done so, now is the perfect time to tune up your emergency kit and make sure you have a well stocked supply of batteries and or fresh batteries in your gear.