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Entries for January 2013



It's About Time!
-- I am 11 years old and I've been hunting with my dad and grandpa since I was about three years of age. Last year, for my birthday, I got a .243 rifle. The next day my dad talked with some friends of his who agreed to let us hunt on their property...

King of the Timber Cartridges
Long ago in the smoke of a wilderness campfire, the fable of the brush bucking cartridge arose. The myth is not hard to debunk. Place a target behind a healthy bush in your favorite whitetail thicket, and blast away. Even bullets fired from a .458...

Evergreen Cover Scent
One I have found that using cover scents from trees growing naturally in the area where I hunt works very well at masking human odors.

Bruce Almighty
Bruce Stickley’s pump was primed for Pennsylvania’s 2007 deer season, thanks to a buddy who stumbled across a shed antler. “He found this shed near the property where I do most of my hunting,” Bruce said. “It had a drop tine and carried a lot of ma...

BADF Heart of Texas October 2012 Hunts
October was a blessed month for the Heart of Texas Chapter of the Buckmasters American Deer Foundation. They conducted two very successful special Life Hunts and a special area youth hunt. On October 23 and 24, the chapter was privileged to sponsor a...

Twice as Nice
We’ve all heard the horror stories about two hunters shooting the same deer and fighting over it. Sometimes the unwritten law of the hunter — that of giving credit to the hunter who drew first mortal blood — is hard to follow. Age of the hunters, ...

MO Archery deer, turkey harvests up
From Missouri Department of Conservation -- Bowhunters posted increases in both deer and turkey harvests during Missouri’s 2012-2013 archery deer and turkey hunting season, topping the previous year’s figures for the second year in a row.

NSSF Responds to Feinstein's Proposed Ban
Since the tragic and unforgivable incident that occurred last month in our community of Newtown, Conn., the National Shooting Sports Foundation has been engaged in discussions with lawmakers to find real solutions for keeping our children and our ...

Antler Bases: Burrs, Perlations or Just Plain Gnarly?
Bob, I would like to know what causes the bumpy area on the bases of a buck's antlers. Isn't that known as the burr of the antler?

Safe Drivers
Almost all gun work will require screwdrivers, and it's extremely important that the proper screwdriver be used. Most screwdrivers sold in hardware, or home- or auto-supply stores have tapered ends. This allows them to fit a wide variety of screw ...

Stickers!
-- As my third year of deer hunting arrived, self-doubt had crept in. Was I truly a hunter? Being a female in a male dominated sport, I began to second guess myself. However, my husband, Lance, assured me I was the real deal. Last year, I was fortun...

Not What the Doctor Ordered
On March 16, 2008, Bill Coe of Conover, Ohio, was told by his doctor that he could no longer hunt with a compound bow. Although Bill values his health, he lives to hunt. At 72 years young, the retired plumber was devastated. "I've always hunted w...

Pack Extra Bootlaces
One of the cheapest and handiest items you can put in your hunting pack is an extra package of bootlaces. In fact, I like to keep several packs.

Jackie Bushman Presented Golden Moose!
The Outdoor Channel, America's Leader In Outdoor TV, unveiled the winners of its 13th Annual Golden Moose Awards Powered by RAM. The network's annual marquis ceremony was held during the National Shooting Sports Foundation's annual SHOT Show on Th...

One Shot, Two Bucks
In 2002, my employer, Jim Bennett, decided that he would take three of us deer hunting in the Texas Hill Country in 2003 as a bonus. Mr. Bennett loves to hunt, but more than that, he loves to give. Chad, Joe and I had never had this kind of opport...

Is it possible to age bucks from trail cam photos?
Bob, what's the best way to age a buck from trail camera photos? I'm including a photo of a buck on my place, which I guess to be 2 1/2 years old based on face, neck and legs. Can you tell me if I am correct?

The Elusive Black Deer
-- Hovering over my rifle, I observed a rare black phased whitetail buck through my riflescope as it gazed toward the doe that had just jumped the fence on my property line. I couldn't control my hands shaking which threatened the culmination of my...

The Tungsten Revolution
The gobbler is answering every cluck and yelp I throw his way, but he's clearly not interested. Three hens are accompanying him toward the roosting area higher in the draw. Guide Roger Dubs and I have been chasing this band of Merriam's up and do...

NSSF Responds to Biden
From National Shooting Sports Foundation -- All Americans share the goal of wanting to make our communities and children safer by reducing violence in our society, like the tragic incident that occured last month in our community of Newtown, Conn...

Yamaha Launches "Assembled in USA" Rhino Sweepstakes!
Yamaha Motor Corp., U.S.A., is giving away a Tactical Black Special Edition Rhino 700 FI to help raise awareness and money for the Honored American Veterans Afield (HAVA) and Feed the Children charities. Yamaha's second "Assembled in U.S.A." sweep...
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