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.
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.
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.
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.
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.