An ideal optics setup for Western big-game hunting includes a binocular, spotting scope, rangefinder and riflescope. Here’s how to choose the best of each for your needs.
Application deadlines, research into the best game units, bonus points: Any hunter who has never navigated Western states’ big-game draws has a lot to learn. Here’s how to approach “tag season” for your best chance at success.
With respect to overall performance and ammunition availability, here are the five best all-around cartridges for North American big-game species.
In the last 10 years, ammunition manufacturers have delivered newly designed cartridges that are more consistent, more efficient and more precise than ever before. Will the century-plus-old .30-06 Springfield have to gracefully hand the “most popular” position to a new leader?
That new hunter you've been tutoring may be in love with a lever-action rifle. Alternately, he may think he absolutely needs a .30-caliber magnum to "cover all the bases." But it's up to you to talk him into making a reasonable purchase when it comes to his first big-game rig.