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Boutique Ammo – Ordinary softpoints once killed elk. Why change?

In Bugle, Gear 101 by Wayne van Zwoll13 Comments

Once upon a time, talk in white wall tents—after tales of extraordinary shots and antlers the size of truck axles—drifted to custom rifles with fine walnut. These days, you’ll as likely hear chatter about bullets and ballistic coefficients and ammunition companies fresh as the latest Trump tweet. Physiologically, the elk haven’t changed. I may have started perusing Gun Digest and Shooter’s Bible as early as age five, though neither was on introductory reading lists in …

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Range Time

In Bugle, Gear 101 by PJ DelHomme16 Comments

Understandably, elk hunters want a bullet that goes where they aim—every time. The more you shoot, the more you find that not every bullet performs the same way in a particular rifle. Once you find a factory round that works well for you, stick with it. Hopefully, it won’t be discontinued. If you’re trying new rounds, a new rifle or zeroing in for the start of the season, here are some things to keep in mind.

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Off-season? What off-season?

In Bugle, The Hunt by Chuck Adams1 Comment

Reddish brown hair flickered between two trees, and I slowly drew my arrow. A split-instant later, the critter stepped into view 25 yards away. I aimed, dumped the bowstring and heard the broadhead strike like a fist against a melon—a perfect, quick-killing hit! Similar scenarios occur hundreds of times each fall as bowhunters across the country call in elk. But the month of the hunt just described was February, and the animal was a big, …

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Elk Carbonara

In Bugle, Carnivores Kitchen by Chef John McGannon, wildeats.com24 Comments

Heat a heavy gauge sauté pan or cast iron skillet with a little olive oil over a high heat. Season the diced elk meat with salt and pepper. Mix well. Add the meat to the hot pan and quickly sear on all sides. Once the meat is seared, but still rare, remove and set to the side. In the same pan, turn heat to medium, sprinkle a little more olive oil if necessary and add …

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Understanding Rifle Recoil

In Bugle, Gear 101, The Hunt by Wayne van ZwollLeave a Comment

Bullet launch is a violent event. The sudden expansion of powder gas that boots a snug-fitting bullet from zero to 3,000 feet per second (2,045 mph) moves the rifle, too. You’re the brake. You absorb the recoil. No matter how big or tough you think you are, you will react to punishing recoil. Flinching moves your rifle before bullet release, so it affects point of impact. Sir Isaac Newton described recoil when he determined that …

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Long Term Safety at the Range

In Bugle, Gear 101 by PJ DelhommeLeave a Comment

Let’s say you’re already well-versed in shooting range safety: always assume your weapon is loaded, safety on at all times, etc. But how about protecting your eyes and ears? Going deaf won’t kill you, but it will get annoying as you age. Get a blast of dirt, powder or a spent cartridge in your eye, and you’ll wish you had worn safety glasses. In this article we’ll take you through the basics of staying safe …

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Hindquarter Break-Down

In Bugle, The Hunt by RMEF21 Comments

Once boned out, there is a giant pile of meat waiting to be unfolded. Begin separating the muscles by following the natural lines of the connective tissue. If you’re new to this, begin on the outside of the quarter as the muscles are easier to see. When it’s over you should have roughly six slabs of muscle. Some or all of these can be cut into steaks but others such as bottom round and eye …

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Bone Out A Hindquarter

In Bugle, The Hunt by RMEF5 Comments

Those massive hindquarters look more daunting than they are, but you need a good starting point. There is more than one way to cut up a hind-quarter, but I like to start by finding the ball joint on the inside of the leg. Use your knife like a sewing machine and trace the femur from the ball down to the knee. With the initial incision, work your knife around the femur, cutting as close to …

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Do Elk Need Sagebrush?

In Bugle, Elk Facts by RMEF3 Comments

The below is adapted from a recent article by the Sage Grouse Initiative discussing the importance of sagebrush to elk, as well as the overlap of habitat between sage grouse and elk. How do elk use sagebrush? Without sagebrush, elk would have a tougher time making it through the winter. Sagebrush are usually the tallest plants on the range, so elk can eat it when other plants are locked down under ice or snow. Plus, …

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Electric Bear Fence Assembly

In Bugle, The Hunt by RMEF2 Comments

Chances are, there’s a bear lurking somewhere in every elk hunter’s mind. From California to Pennsylvania, anybody who hunts elk is likely in bear country. Whether pitching a tent at the beginning of the hunt, or harvesting an animal toward the end, bears have the potential to ruin your trip. Black bears should never be taken for granted, and those who hunt among grizzlies or brown bears always need to bring their A game. On …