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

In Bugle, Gear 101 by Wayne van ZwollLeave a Comment

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 DelHommeLeave a Comment

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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Elk Carbonara

In Bugle, Carnivores Kitchen by Chef John McGannon, wildeats.comLeave a Comment

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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Hindquarter Break-Down

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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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Do Elk Need Sagebrush?

In Bugle, Elk Facts by RMEFLeave a Comment

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, …