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Gear, Parts and Accessories

Holster Maintenance

It’s gratifying to see how conscientious the huge majority of carry permit holders are, and how seriously they take their responsibilities. Despite what the mainstream media would have you believe, these folks are not just numerous—now somewhere north of 14 million nationwide—but also astonishingly law-abiding—6 to 10 times more so than law enforcement, who are in turn 30 times more law-abiding than the general public. However, they are plagued by a few common problems.

Bowhunter dragging whitetail deer through cornfield


8 Things Your Taxidermist Will Love You For

Anyone who plops their money down at the taxidermy shop wants and expects a great looking mount. Hunters expect a lot from their taxidermist and that’s reasonable. But remember: the taxidermist can only work with what they’re brought. Your actions in the field impact the quality (or lack thereof) of the finished mount, so following these eight tips will thrill your taxidermist, maximize your own gratification when the time to pick up your completed trophy arrives, and save you some money in the process.

Coyote standing in front of a rock pile

Hunting and Outdoors

What the Uninitiated Need to Know About Predator Hunting

Coyotes, foxes, and bobcats are North America’s most abundant terrestrial predators. These species play key roles in the ecosystem, helping to manage rodent populations, scavenging carrion, and preying on larger animals that may be sick or weak. Predators are cunning and adaptable as well. Going head to head with another predator is also one of the most rewarding and challenging hunting experiences you’ll ever experience.

Bob Campbell shooting the Raptor shotgun


Sighting Shotguns — Beyond Point and Shoot

There are situations in which the shotgun must be carefully aimed for both hunting and self-defense. That’s primarily because the shotgun can be a formidable weapon to 50 yards and beyond when the user is familiar with its attributes. However, the pattern has not spread all that much at short range and should be aimed almost as carefully as rifle. Have you sighted in your shotgun?

Tactical officer leaning against vehicle and shooting Burris Burris XTR II 1-8x24mm scope

Gear, Parts and Accessories

Optics Checklist: Is your optic ready?

With big game seasons right around the corner, you want to make sure your gear is good to go. Before heading out, here are a few top recommendations to ensure your optics are game ready including, checking fasteners, checking the zero, cleaning the firearm and more.

Picture shows a woman beside a tent, setting up camp under the shade of a rock overhang.

Camping & Survival

Throw Back Thursday: How To Buy A Tent

Enjoy this post on what to consider when heading out to buy a new tent for your camping trip. Read on to discover what to look for in a tent, how to shop for one and and strategies to prevent an unpleasant outing. Covers many types of tents for all uses.

Guns for beginners choices

Consumer Information

Guns for Beginners: Choosing a Firearm

The wide variety of firearms available can be intimidating for the first timer. This new Shooter’s Log series details everything the first time gun owner needs to know—from which gun to purchase to how to shoot it…Starting with “Choosing a Gun,” learn the basics of the type types of firearms, calibers and in the and outs of the gun store.


Whitetail Tree Stand Placement for the Rut

Movement patterns, feeding, activity periods… they are all bust when it comes to the rut. The rules no longer apply—or do they? If you are looking to maximize your days hunting the rut, you need to read this article.