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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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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.

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Homemade Bullet-Stops

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With time and money being two of the main reasons most of us don’t hit the range as often as we should, why not make the most out of your time there? With some old newspapers, magazines and a few boxes of gelatin the range can be a whole lot of fun. A good chunk of ballistics gel that you see on television crime dramas will run north of $400. For less than $100, you …

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Hunting with Lower Magnification

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In today’s world we often hear the phrase; “Bigger is better” or “More for the money”. However experience has demonstrated that this is not always the optimum case when discussing optics; specifically as it relates to binocular magnification for use while hunting. Hunting with lower magnification binoculars whether in dense hardwoods or the open prairie can be far more practical than with the higher power options. Hands down the most common choice that consumers immediately …

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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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Knife 101

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I spent one fall semester slinging carcasses at a meat processor in Bozeman, Montana. After a couple of 10-hour days with a cheap, dull knife, I found a long-forgotten high-quality blade tucked behind some boots on the shelf. Devoting a lunch-hour to honing its edge, I gave it new life, and it made my tasks infinitely easier. Every night, I hid that knife in the same spot. The right knife will make gutting and cutting …

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Range Finder 101

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For some hunters, a rangefinder is indispensable. To others, it’s a luxury. Whichever camp you’re in, there’s no denying that knowing the distance to your target is paramount to making a clean, swift kill. Most rangefinders today come with an inclinometer that takes the guesswork our shooting at angles, recalibrating the distance to account for slope.

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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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Binoculars 101

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Anyone shopping for binoculars quickly realizes they can spend $200 to $2000 for the same 7×42 pair. Honestly, what’s the difference aside from a few truck payments? You’d be surprised.