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What you need to know about camo – The Art of the Unseen

In Bugle, Gear 101 by Ryan Newhouse3 Comments

On the walls of the Shakhty Caves in the Pamir Mountains of Central Asia there are paintings of hunters adorned in animal skins hunting wild oxen with bows and arrows. Drawn in red ochre, as if it were the very blood of a slain ox, these images date back to the late Paleolithic era (8,000 BCE). They are perhaps the earliest records of humans using camouflage to hunt their prey. Not much has changed. Though …

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Paper Tuning

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Fine-tuningLet’s say you have the numbers and found a great deal on some of last year’s arrows. It’s time to paper tune, which is literally shooting your arrow through a large piece of paper. The resulting tears will tell you how much your arrow wobbles during flight. Smear your arrowhead with a bit of lipstick, chalk or dry marker to clearly see where the arrowhead enters the paper and to keep it separate from the …

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Gear 101: Mathews Triax

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New for 2018 is Mathews Triax compound bow. Casey Smith from Straight Six Archery in Missoula Montana came to RMEF headquarters to talk all things archery and to give us a rundown on this year’s bow from Mathews – the Triax.

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Down and Dirty – How to Get Unstuck

In Gear 101, The Hunt by RMEF7 Comments

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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Steel Wire vs Synthetic Winch Rope

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WARN synthetic rope, such as our Spydura line, is made from an ultra-high molecular polyethylene material. It receives a coat of urethane that helps protect the rope from the effects of ultra-violet rays and chemicals, two enemies of synthetic rope. The rope also includes a sliding sleeve to help protect it from wear and abrasion while winching. All WARN truck and SUV winches equipped with synthetic rope should be used with a hawse fairlead.  Synthetic …

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Gear 101: Zeiss Gavia 85 Spotting Scope

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Before you ever put the stalk on elk, you need to find them. And since elk country can be a very big place, a spotting scope will greatly enhance your chances of finding elk. With some of, if not the best glass on the market, Zeiss offers the Gavia 85 spotting scope from its Conquest line of optics.

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Gear 101: Zeiss Victory SF Binoculars

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For more than a century, Zeiss has been creating world-class glass. From eye-glasses to microscopes to rifle scopes and binoculars, Zeiss helps you see the world clearly. If you’ve ever watched elk feed before dawn, you know what I’m talking about. Next time out take the Victory SF line of binoculars.