EOTech 512.Xbow Sight 

February 12, 2013

By Bob Robb

Those with a recent military background are very familiar with EOTech, a company that has become the world leader in holographic optics and sights for small arms. Now crossbow shooters and hunters can enjoy the same benefits of an electronic sight with the EOTech 512.Xbow Sight.

Real Avid Gun Boss

February 11, 2013

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.

Meat Care in the Field

February 08, 2013

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.

2013’s 15 Top New Trail Cameras

January 30, 2013

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.

10 Questions You Must Ask Prospective Outfitters

December 19, 2012

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.

Do Bucks Go Nocturnal, or Just Leave?

December 12, 2012

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.

Intracranial Abscessation in Deer

December 10, 2012

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.

January Bowhunting in Arizona

December 04, 2012

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.

Funnels

November 30, 2012

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.

Why You Sit All Day

November 26, 2012

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.