Archive for john zent

The Pass-Along Shotgun

Some guns are meant to be passed from one shooter to another. Sometimes sooner than we'd like.

December 22, 2011

Book Review: The Illustrated History of Firearms

The Illustrated History of Firearms is an authoritative history, matchless reference and handsome showpiece for shooters, hunters and collectors.

November 09, 2011

.338 Federal with 200-Grain Trophy Tip

NRA Media's John Zent was recently in British Columbia, Canada, hunting grizzly bears and putting Federal's new .308 200-grain bullet to the test.

October 31, 2011

On the Trail of a Grizzly

Grizzly bears are at least as wild as any North American game animal, and unlike our antlered or horned beasts, they will at times turn the tables and hunt the hunter. And grizzlies are uniquely equipped to do so: Big, old boars can weigh up to 750 pounds, are unfathomably strong and come armed with fangs and claws. Despite their size, bears can sprint like deer for short stretches, except that they may well decide to sprint toward the threat rather than away.

October 31, 2011

Nikon Pro Staff Optics

With Nikon’s Pro Staff line, a hunter can buy a complete optics package—riflescope, shotgun/muzzleloader scope and binocular—for under $600.

October 24, 2011

Zeiss Dialyt Review

The new 18x-45x-65mm spotting scope is cut from the same cloth as the company’s all-time-favorite Classic binocular.

September 27, 2011

Whitetail Season Starts NOW!

Here at AmericanHunter.org we’re declaring that the ultimate time of year for whitetail fanatics is officially off and running. As of today. That’s because today marks the debut of what we’re confident will be the very best whitetail blog ever to appear anywhere in the Web, “Whitetail Season with Bill Winke.”

August 05, 2011

John Zent's Top Wild-Game Meats

Inspired by Steven Rinella’s “Top Game Meats,” here is another author’s take on a his favorite wild-game fare.

June 30, 2011

Let's Eat: My Top Wild-Game Meats

Steven Rinella’s revelation of his preferred game meats made me hungry at first, then inspired me to think about my own favorites. In no way am I suggesting there’s anything screwy with his list—especially the tempting recipes—or that mine is somehow better. Clearly, this is a matter of taste and there’s no accounting for that. Anyhow, here’s my delectable half-dozen, most of which, quite literally, I will never be able to eat nearly often enough.

June 30, 2011

John Zent's Brown Bear Adventure Roundup

Check out John Zent's blog and photo coverage, detailing each step of his thrilling Alaskan adventure.

June 27, 2011

Brown Bear Adventure in Alaska Part 7

The two big brown bears taken near the end of a lengthy, challenging hunt certainly met, and perhaps exceeded, our hopes. Stephen’s bear was a 9½-foot brute, while mine pushed 9 feet, and both possessed perfect, not-yet-rubbed pelts that will make stunning trophies. The only downside was that Andrew never did connect despite gamely pushing it right to the end. On our way back to port, in fact, he and guide Dan Ondersma took off in a skiff seeking a last-ditch black bear, a detour that meant a long, cold boat ride in rough water before finally arriving back in Valdez late that night. For all three of us, cruising the breathtakingly beautiful Alaska coast in search of North America’s alpha game animal added up to an extraordinary adventure.

June 24, 2011

Brown Bear Adventure in Alaska Part 6

At least we were going to have a rare sunny day—our next to last one—to find and get on a bear. Meanwhile Greg and company would resume the search of Stephen’s bear and leave no stone unturned.

June 23, 2011

Brown Bear Adventure in Alaska Part 5

It was rainy, it was cold and the clock was ticking. The end of our hunt was looming too fast. What made it worse was that Andrew and I had botched opportunities at bears we should have had.

June 22, 2011

Brown Bear Adventure in Alaska, Part 4

You’ve heard it’s always darkest right before the dawn? Well … not this time. The darkest came our fifth day out when a fierce storm swept in from the Pacific bringing torrential rain and gale winds up around 50 mph. The Ruffinit bounced like a cork and swung wildly on its anchor line. Repeatedly the skiffs nearly swamped in the vicious chop and the guides had to battle to keep them pumped out. Though nowhere near “Deadliest Catch” turbulent, the storm was an amazing spectacle of nature’s power even in those sheltered waters.

June 20, 2011

Brown Bear Adventure in Alaska, Part 3

Our floating “camp” was like nothing else I’d ever experienced. With eight men aboard, living space in the Rufinit’s cabin was elbow-room tight. But in fact it was way more comfortable than that might sound, and we soon assumed a practical “flow” that allowed all of us to move around at will. Because it was mostly rainy and cool and at times quite windy, being able to get inside and get our gear dry was a real luxury compared to tent camping. We had heat, lights, a bathroom/shower, even a flat-screen HD monitor for watching movies. Cook Tom Jennen (Greg’s cousin) proved to be a comfort-food wizard, cranking out meatloaf, ham, mashed potatoes, biscuits, etc., and so it even had the feel of a visit to Grandma’s house. I was one of the lucky ones who got a bunk to sleep on, a cozy little slot in the bow with a mattress and its own reading light. It was lots better than sleeping on the ground, and the roll of the tide made me sleep like a tired old hound.

June 17, 2011