Archive for one track mind

Apex Gear Game Changer

By Bob Robb

On a June black bear hunt in Idaho, I spent some time with Aaron Dusek, a serious shooter and hunter who works for TruGlo, one of the country’s leading bow sight makers. TruGlo also owns Apex Gear, and Aaron’s Apex Game Changer bow sight caught my eye.

July 12, 2012

Mossberg 715T Tactical .22 Rimfire

By Bob Robb

On an early June ground squirrel/coyote hunt in eastern Oregon, I had a chance to test one of the coolest rifles I have shot in a long time—the Mossberg 715T Tactical .22 rimfire. Like many gunmakers, Mossberg is trying to cash in on the AR craze sweeping the country.

June 27, 2012

Mossberg Varmint Predator Rifle

By Bob Robb

On a ground squirrel/coyote hunt in eastern Oregon, I had the chance to test the MVP (Mossberg Varmint Predator) in both the Varmint and Predator versions. These guns are worthy of consideration for four basic reasons. First, they are extremely accurate. Second, they accept standard AR-15 magazines (we used both five- and 20-shot mags). Third, they can take all the field abuse you can give them and still deliver. And fourth, the price is right.

June 18, 2012

Big Bear Hunting

By Bob Robb

If you want to shoot a whopper deer, elk or bear, you have to be hunting in an area where such critters exist. Seems like a simple concept, doesn’t it? And yet most hunters do not take the time to do the research necessary to tell them where the odds are best at scoring big.

June 08, 2012

Pros & Cons of Decoying Predators

By Bob Robb

Decoys have become a large part of many predator hunters’ bags of tricks in recent years. Here are some pros and cons to using them.

May 17, 2012

Suburban Coyotes

By Bob Robb

Gas prices are up and the stock market’s down. Most of us are on a tight budget, but want to find some good hunting close to home that won’t push the fuel tab into three digits and keep us away from family and other obligations for days on end.

May 10, 2012

Should You Move Your Stand?

During the whitetail rut there are two schools of thought when it comes to hanging stands. The first is that it is best to scout well before the season and get your stands set long before it is time to hunt, thus minimizing human impact in the core hunting area. This is a great strategy as I am a firm believer in the fewer humans set foot on the ground in the hunting area the better.

November 29, 2011

Full Moon: Good or Bad?

By Bob Robb

Are you the kind of buck hunter who believes that the full moon absolutely destroys your chances of shooting a good deer?

November 09, 2011

Making Sense of Scents

By Bob Robb

Using scent is common during the rut. Many of my buddies swear by various forms of doe-in-estrous scents and would probably be more comfortable on stand if they forgot their rangefinder than their favorite scent.

October 24, 2011

Shooting From a Ground Blind

By Bob Robb

Every year, more and more deer hunters are discovering that you do not have to spend day after day perched 20 feet off the ground to take deer. More hunters have discovered ground blinds can work just as well—and sometimes even better. This is especially true when you find a red-hot travel corridor that doesn’t have a good tree in the same zip code.

October 14, 2011

Early Season Success

By Bob Robb

I have long been an advocate of early season deer hunting, which I define as anything prior to the pre-rut that begins midway through October in most areas.

September 28, 2011

Early Season Keys

By Bob Robb

You’ve heard all the arguments for not hunting whitetails seriously during the early archery season. And yet, this is one of my favorite times to get a shot at a good buck. This week—the last week of September—I am in northwest Wyoming, where I drew both archery elk and whitetail tags. Before starting to chase elk in earnest, I am deer hunting and the first two days have been excellent. I have seen several good bucks and almost got a shot.

September 23, 2011

Will Culling “Inferior” Bucks Improve Deer Herd?

By Bob Robb

As deer seasons begin to unfold, one question that always crops up in camp is the culling of so-called “inferior” bucks—which for most means deer with small or weirdly-formed antlers. You still see so-called “professionals” on the cable TV hunting shows taking “management bucks,” but most of that action occurs in Texas under high fence operations. But the real question is: Does shooting these bucks really help the health and composition of your herd?

September 16, 2011

The Fertilizer Factor

By Bob Robb

OK, if you are a food plot kind of guy, you know you need to fertilize to get maximum results. Sounds simple, right? Then head down to the feed store and look at all those different fertilizers. But, what do those three numbers on a bag of fertilizer mean exactly?

September 07, 2011

The Importance of Taking Does

By Paul Rackley, Associate Online Shooting Editor

August 05, 2011