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Effective Dry-Fire Practice for Rifle Hunters

Effective Dry-Fire Practice for Rifle Hunters

How can you use dry-fire practice to reinforce good shooting fundamentals from real-world shooting positions with your rifle? Let's look at the tools and techniques that rifle hunters can use to make dry-fire practice more realistic — enabling you to be more effective on your next hunt.

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Backpacking Packs vs Hunting Packs — Differences & Considerations

Backpacking Packs vs Hunting Packs — Differences & Considerations

What are the differences between regular backpacking packs and packs that are purpose-built for hunting? Can you hunt with a regular backpacking pack? Is a meat-hauling hunting pack too heavy to backpack with? Let's look at the differences between modern hunting pack systems and the general backpacking packs...

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Going on Hunts Just to Help — Is It Worth Your Time When You Don't Have a Tag?

Going on Hunts Just to Help — Is It Worth Your Time When You Don't Have a Tag?

Should you sacrifice time where you could be hunting for yourself to go on a friend's hunt with him? I mean, with time being such a valuable commodity for most of us, are there good reasons (other than being a nice guy) to dedicate some of your time in the field to help your buddies? I would argue an emphatic "yes" to that question, and in no particular order, here are some of my reasons for saying so…

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How To Make Coffee Pour-Over Packs for Backpacking and Camping

How To Make Coffee Pour-Over Packs for Backpacking and Camping

My favorite way to enjoy coffee in the backcountry is to make do-it-yourself pour over packs with freshly ground coffee from home. Learn how to make better coffee on your next backpacking adventure with these DIY coffee packs.

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Arrow Weight vs Arrow Speed — Is A Heavy, Light, or Balanced Arrow the Best for Bowhunting?

Arrow Weight vs Arrow Speed — Is A Heavy, Light, or Balanced Arrow the Best for Bowhunting?

One of the constant games of tug-and-war in the bowhunting world is the theories on arrow speed and arrow weight. With extreme opinions on either side of the debate, it can be confusing to sift through the opinion and determine what's a fad and what is logic. So, let’s do it. Let’s lay down the skinny on arrow weight vs. arrow speed. Hopefully, at the end of this article, your sifting will be reduced to a minimum.

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Billy or Nanny? — How to Identify Mountain Goats

Billy or Nanny? — How to Identify Mountain Goats

Judging mountain goats in the wild requires knowledge, experience, and patience. Both male mountain goats (Billies) and females (Nannies) have horns of similar shapes, sizes, and characteristics. At first glance, or to the uneducated, many mountain goats of either sex may look alike. But there are many differences...

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A Better Breakfast for Backpacking and Hunting (Easy DIY Recipe)

A Better Breakfast for Backpacking and Hunting (Easy DIY Recipe)

If you are burned out on the countless bars, instant oatmeals, or other common breakfast options for backpacking, then you are in the right place. The recipe that we're sharing today is packed with quality calories and can be easily adapted to your preferences. This breakfast will fuel you for many mountain miles...

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Bowhunting Is A Long, Hard Road. Embrace The Challenge.

Bowhunting Is A Long, Hard Road. Embrace The Challenge.

Bowhunting is an art. You can't expect to pick up a brush for the first time and paint the Mona Lisa. Stick figures are more like it. As a newer bowhunter, you're going to fail most of the time — and that's ok. After a rough start, you just need a lot of persistence and patience, and you'll make things happen...

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Going Guided — How To Select A Hunting Outfitter

Going Guided — How To Select A Hunting Outfitter

Choosing a hunting outfitter isn't easy. Especially since a guided hunt means that you are investing a good chunk of your hard-earned change. With limited time, limited money, and unlimited hopes for your hunt, what outfitter do you choose to help you make your dream hunt come true? It begins by asking these questions.

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On Hunting, Mountain Goats, Comfort & Complacency

On Hunting, Mountain Goats, Comfort & Complacency

As hunters, we should be developing an ever-increasing respect and admiration for the animals we pursue and the places we get to explore. Become a confident hunter. Becoming comfortable in the wild. But to never become complacent about those wild places, wild animals, and the respect required to hunt them well...

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