Archive for Bob Robb

Real Avid Gun Boss

By Bob Robb

Being something of an clean freak (my wife’s words, not mine!), I am always looking for a better way to clean my guns, especially when traveling. In years past I have put together my own little traveling cleaning kit, with aluminum take-down cleaning rod, patches, a little cleaning solvent, and whatever brushes and mops I need for a particular trip. I pack it in a half gallon-sized Ziploc baggie and pack the thing in my rifle case when flying, or in a little accessory tackle box I use when driving to hunts or shooting events. It’s always been a hassle, but better than nothing.

February 11, 2013

Meat Care in the Field

By Bob Robb

Here in the dead of winter is the perfect time to help many big game hunters understand why the meat they are getting back from the butcher this year tastes more like an old rubber tire than the finest meat on earth. Simply stated, the reason is often because they took horrid care of it in the field. This is especially true if animals are harvested early in the season, when hot weather intensifies the need for rapid and meticulous field care.

February 08, 2013

2013’s 15 Top New Trail Cameras

By Bob Robb

The changes in trail cameras over the past decade are the stuff of Star Wars. Today’s units are smaller, lighter, have longer battery life, can take incredible high-resolution video and digital photos, and can easily swap data to computers or smart phones. Here’s a look at 15 of this year’s top new models. All these companies have several models, but we’ve selected just one to describe here. Visit their websites for more details and a look at the full product line. All companies have been listed alphabetically.

January 30, 2013

It's Time to Plan for the Western Tag Draw

If you're a big-game hunter that dreams of taking a bull elk, mule deer or pronghorn out West, the time to start planning is now.

December 21, 2012

10 Questions You Must Ask Prospective Outfitters

By Bob Robb

This is the time of year when hunters eagerly begin planning their 2013 big game hunting trips. Many use the services of guides and outfitters, which makes me wonder why so many people book hunts without doing any research. After all, it is a business deal, and should be treated as such. To that end, here are 10 questions you must ask prospective outfitters before any money changes hands.

December 19, 2012

Do Bucks Go Nocturnal, or Just Leave?

By Bob Robb

Did this happen to you this past hunting season? Before opening day you found a really good buck using your trail cameras, so you set stands, were all a-twitter—then never saw him again all season. Did you think you did something wrong, and forced him to go nocturnal? Maybe—but probably not.

December 12, 2012

Intracranial Abscessation in Deer

By Bob Robb

During this year’s whitetail rut, perhaps you observed a buck fight. While most “fights” are just pushing and shoving matches often involving young bucks that don’t even know they are bucks yet, others are very aggressive encounters. Older, mature bucks do get after it and sometimes those fights can be quite vicious. However, they seldom kill each other. True, there are the rare occasions when bucks get their antlers locked and deaths occur, but most of the time the bigger bucks just put their heads together and do some major pushing and shoving. Seldom will deaths occur, at least not at the time of the fight.

December 10, 2012

January Bowhunting in Arizona

By Bob Robb

It’s getting to be a lot like Christmas—or so the song goes. If you are an enterprising bowhunter who is still looking for an incredible western opportunity where you can buy a license and tag over-the-counter and hunt the entire month, look no further than southern Arizona.

December 04, 2012

Funnels

By Bob Robb

Pre-season scouting, trail cameras, and food plots. These three elements play a large role in many modern-day whitetail hunters’ bags of tricks. But when the rut is rolling and the bucks start cruising, a Ouija board might be of more benefit when it comes to getting in bow range of a mature buck.

November 30, 2012

Why You Sit All Day

By Bob Robb

It’s that magical time of year, with bucks chasing does and all Hell breaking loose in places that, for much of the year, can seem like a moonscape for their lack of deer activity. This is when every second on the stand is so important.

November 26, 2012

Do You Drive Deer?

By Bob Robb

Growing up, driving deer was a common technique no matter where I hunted. This was just as true in the West, where mule deer and blacktail hunters tried to push bucks out of deep, brush-choked canyons as it was whitetail hunting. Drives often consisted of a lot of people, dozens even, and it was as much a social event as it was hardcore hunting. Today, the popularity of the deer drive is fading, for several reasons. It’s all about stealth now, sneaking into position and waiting for a deer to make the first move, the first mistake. Even when we hunt with our friends, more often than not we go our separate ways once we get to the woods, perhaps staying connected via the text message during the day.

November 15, 2012

Bloodtrailing After Dark

By Bob Robb

Bowhunt whitetails long enough and you’ll find yourself in a situation where you have to try and follow a blood trail after dark. After all, many good bucks do not make an appearance until it is almost too dark to see your sight pins. When you shoot them and they run off, you have to go find them. And while bloodtrailing is more art than science and each situation is unique unto itself, here are some rules that will help you quickly recover your deer.

November 05, 2012

Estrous Scents

By Bob Robb

Trick or Treat? That’s the big question you face as a whitetail hunter every time you enter the woods. Do I slip in quietly, like a stealth bomber, striving to get in and out of the woods without being detected? Or do I become more aggressive and try to bring bucks to me, knowing that in doing so I risk spooking Mr. Big and blowing my opportunity for the entire season?

October 25, 2012

Field Judging Whitetails

By Bob Robb

Before you pull the trigger or release an arrow, do you know how to field judge a whitetail deer’s antlers? Those who hunt simply to fill the freezer, this is not really an issue. But for those who are hoping to shoot a buck with antlers that meet or exceed a certain numeric score, more often than not, overestimate the size of the antlers, leading to that common malady known as “ground shrinkage.”

October 22, 2012

Simple Directions

By Bob Robb

I admit it. I’m an old guy, and I do not really like technology all that much. When it comes to hunting laser rangefinders and, upon occasion, a trail camera, are about as high tech as I get. I’ve never been a big fan of using a GPS when hunting, preferring the old school way—the topographic map and compass.

October 10, 2012