If you’re looking to make a hunter out of your young apprentice, realize that comfort can either water or whither a new hunter’s interest. Make sure those early hunts are as enjoyable as possible, and you’ll be begging them to take you along in later years.
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.
Before you can do anything fancy in the field with your big-game rifle, you absolutely must prove the setup by firing several well-aimed groups with it from a benchrest. Here are the basic tools everyone should use to ensure sighting-in and checking zero go flawlessly.