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First Time Elk Hunt | Part 1

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My plan is to hunt elk this October, in a general unit in Idaho.  Idaho is unique because there are many general season tags that are available Over-the-Counter.  The upside to these tags is that they are available without the need for entering a draw or lottery in the Spring.  The downside to general season tags is that the season is short and success rates are very low.   This particular hunt takes place in the post-rut period. The post-rut is the most difficult time to find a mature bull elk, because the mating season is over, and they are holed up in thick, dark woods where they can replenish lost calories and avoid hunters. Having never hunted elk before,...

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High Elevation Hunting for Low Elevation Deer

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We have been fortunate across the West this year; after years of minimal rainfall, the last several months have dumped precipitation on our parched soil.  (In many areas we are now getting too much rain and snow.) I learned an important lesson regarding game habits and movement during the drought: the dryer the season is, the lower the game will hold.  This was made apparent during an October 2015 deer hunt in Idaho. I hunted with my Dad and Brother, in an area we were very familiar with.  It was a favorite Summertime hiking route of ours, and we had always had great luck seeing game there.  It seemed every time we ventured into these woods, we saw deer, elk,...

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The Greatest Job I'll Ever Have

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The Greatest Job I'll Ever Have is working at a safari outfit in the remote bushveld of Tanzania. The Greatest Job I'll Ever Have pays next to nothing in the way of finances, but the benefits are unmatched.   The Greatest Job I'll Ever Have will never make any sense to the Fellow Back Home who wouldn't dream of sleeping in a tent in his own back yard; surrounded by a six-foot fence and a thousand square miles of suburban cushion between himself and the nearest hint of wild. The Fellow Back Home will never understand, because he has it all wrong.  The Fellow Back Home projects his own greed and ambition onto a world that doesn't play by any of his...

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Modern Hunter

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I just finished listened to a compelling, engaging and inspiring podcast (Episode 041) from Randy Newberg (someone who is rapidly becoming one of my favorite voices in the outdoor world) His guests were Gray Thorton of the Wild Sheep Foundation and Shane Mahoney, a hunter/conservationist who is as wise as they come.  I have become familiar with Shane's writing through Sports Afield over the last several years, and I truly appreciate his mindful approach to hunting and the communication that stems from hunters. About an hour and a half into the conversation (it's well worth it), Shane made several interesting points about the generational motivations for hunting evolving.  The guys my age are not necessarily drawn to hunting for the same...

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New Back-Country .22 Poster

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We received an incredibly inspiring email from a customer last week about the Backcountry .22 that he purchased for he and his son: "For the almost two months that we've had it, the stock has continued to intrigue us as much as it did the first day... it has prompted [my son] to focus more on his marksmanship and he plans to use it hunting whenever Pennsylvania's small game season rolls around." If that doesn't summarize why we built this thing, nothing will...! Here's a 1950's Hunting Magazine Inspired advertisement for the Back-Country .22 Conversion Kit, available now as an 8" x 10" poster.

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The Father-Son Hunt

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Like sons for many generations before me, few things excite me quite like the prospect of going hunting with my Father. Growing up in a town that few would consider to be a hunting town, our opportunities to go afield have been relatively limited.  In fact, town isn't even a fair description- we live in a city.  A city surrounded by other cities. Heading to Wyoming in pursuit of Pronghorn was the result of many years of us reading, scheming, dreaming and planning our eventual pursuit. (More on that in Part 1 of my Pronghorn Hunt story) October 1, 2016 I tagged out fairly early in the morning, and we made the hour-long return trip to camp to hang my...

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Pronghorn Hunt 2016 | Part 2

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Landing in Casper, WY was the culmination of many months of dreaming and planning and practicing; but it was also the very beginning of an entirely new shared experience for my Dad and I. We came into the trip knowing that we would see a lot of game, but I don't think anything could have prepared us for just how many Pronghorn we would see.   Jason Hill from SNS Outfitter picked us up from the Casper Airport in his pickup truck, and before we could even get to the highway to head towards camp, we were already seeing herds of antelope hanging out on every third hillside. We were pleased to learn that there would only be four hunters...

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Hiding a Bison Herd

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While visiting Wyoming a week or so ago, we headed out on a drive, in search of bison. We had heard that the herd frequented the Gros Ventre, working their way down from further North near the Parks.  As we approached Kelly, WY, my wife spotted a few black beetles on the horizon. When I say on the horizon, I mean way, way out there.   We were trying to devise a way to get out in their direction, and close the distance on the formless black shapes. We turned off the pavement onto a dirt track that followed a line of telephone poles, hoping it would connect through somewhere that wouldn't leave us stranded in the sagebrush. As we...

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Westward to Alaska

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This Summer, Windward-Westward contributor and traveling photographer, Jeffrey Allee did a long road trip from Idaho through Canada, all the way to Ketchikan and eventually Homer, Alaska.  We entitled his journey Westward to Alaska.   Along the way, he witness and photographed some of the most iconic symbols of the Northwest.   Jeffrey had said that heading into the trip, he was hoping to see a Grizzly Bear.  By Day 4 of his travels, he had already seen 7 grizzlies! At that point, he knew he was in for quite a special trip. Jeff went on to see Bighorn Sheep, Orcas, Bald Eagles, Foxes, Wolves, Coastal Brown Bears, Black Bears; they caught salmon and halibut; and all-in-all had a trip he will...

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Back-Country .22 Conversion Kit

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Here's a little visual breakdown of how the Conversion Kits work.  We have a version designed for the Crickett .22LR or Savage Rascal. Be certain you select the correct action when you check out, the inletting is 100% unique to each version. This Conversion Kit takes an off the shelf youth rifle, and makes it into a handy back country survival rifle or casual target gun. This conversion kit replaces the manufacturer's factory stock with a slimmer, break-down version that makes for more convenient packing and carrying in the back-country.  The length of pull is also more suitable for an adult, whereas the factory stocks are very small, intended for youth. All in all, it makes for a handy, handsome...

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