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Down and Dirty – How to Get Unstuck

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It happens to the best of us. You think you can make it. But before you know it, you’ve buried your axles and your hunting buddy is laughing hysterically. Whether you’re driving in mud, snow or some nasty combination of the two, you’re bound to find yourself stuck somewhere in elk country eventually. But before you call the wrecker (a costly and shameful affair), perhaps a few tips and some “under the seat” gear may …

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P-cord in a Pinch

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Like duct tape, parachute cord has risen to “never leave elk camp without it” status in recent years. And for good reason. As the name suggests, the cord was originally used to connect paratroopers to their parachutes during World War II. The job called for a lightweight but incredibly strong elastic cord. After the war, military surplus stores carried it, but it stayed relatively unknown except to hunters and hikers. Now, with the general public …

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Understanding Rifle Recoil

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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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All-New 2018 Yamaha Kodiak 450

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Are you an ATV/SxS hunter or just plain tired of having to pack out every animal after a hunt? Well Yamaha’s newest Kodiak 450 may just be the right solution for you. Built right here in the U.S. in Newnan, Georgia, the 450 is the little brother to the best-selling Kodiak 700. But make no mistake, smaller does not imply capability. The 421cc fuel-injected engine and all-new chassis gives you all the power needed for …

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Gear for Steep and Deep Elk Hunting

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A faint bugle right at dusk is the last thing you want to hear before going home—unless your home happens to be on your back. Have you ever gone after elk? I mean, really gone after elk? I’m not talking day hikes in and out for a few miles. I mean strap a minimal amount of gear on your back, point a compass to the deepest, darkest hole, and don’t come out until your pack …

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Mathews Halon 32 And Avail

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For 2017, Mathews introduces a longer, 32-inch axle-to-axle version of last year’s popular Halon to reduce string angle at full draw and provide an edge of added stability. Also new is a slightly different riser geometry, speed nocks (as opposed to monkey tails), an all-black grip (though the design is the same Flatback grip introduced last year), and some different finish options. Retained is the Crosscentric Cam System that produces a super smooth draw cycle …

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Cleaning Your Rifle

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My cleaning routine is rooted in habit—and advice from intelligent riflemen who think cleaning important. First, you need a place to shove the dirt… A big wicker basket on the brick apron of my wood stove holds kindling and old newsprint. It’s a natural patch-catcher, broad enough to snare the spray of soiled solvent from brushes popping free of rifle muzzles. You’ve no kindling bin? Muzzle-mounted receptacles like Splatter Box, Patch Hog and Muzzle Mate …

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Preparation of Sports Optics

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It is no secret that hunter preparation weighs heavily in a successful outcome afield. Although it is often said; “better to be lucky than good”, when it comes to caring for, checking and preparing your quality optics, there is no room for chance. Follow these easy steps to your next successful pursuit.