Rage Broadheads

August 23, 2012

By Paul Rackley

In the process of testing the Barnett Ghost 400, I’ve had a couple of opportunities to hunt urban deer with a depredation permit. It’s been difficult to find time to go hunting, with family obligations and the extreme heat that has been plaguing the country this year. The few times I have been able to climb in a stand, I have come up with a big zero.

Exercise for the Hunt

August 14, 2012

By Bob Robb

The basis for mountain hunting is a strong enough body to be able to keep steadily going at a reasonable pace for several days at a time. For hunters age 40 years or more who live as sedentarily as most do, a “reasonable pace” is not the equivalent of the pace of a 30-year old that has been guiding in the mountains since he started shaving and does it for months at a time.

Getting Ready for Western Hunting

August 07, 2012

By Bob Robb

I’ve seen countless middle-aged hunters who have finally reached the point in life that they can afford to go on some cool hunts, but are in such poor shape they either can’t get the most out of their adventure, or have their hunt ruined completely.

5 Tips for Choosing a Hunting Pack

July 30, 2012

By Bob Robb

Recently I spent some time with Jay Robert, a man who has a spent a lifetime hunting in the steep mountains and been a pack designer for a lot of years. He currently designs packs for Tenzing, a company that incorporates latest high-tech materials and design features for mountaineering. As someone who has hunted out of a backpack a lot, believe me when I tell you these new bags are worth a look.

Apex Gear Game Changer

July 12, 2012

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.

Mossberg 715T Tactical .22 Rimfire

June 27, 2012

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.

Mossberg Varmint Predator Rifle

June 18, 2012

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.

Big Bear Hunting

June 08, 2012

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.

Pros & Cons of Decoying Predators

May 17, 2012

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.

Suburban Coyotes

May 10, 2012

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.