Be aware that many, if not most, variable power scopes lose ER as power increases. Watch out for this when buying. Be aware that some manufacturers fudge their ER numbers. You can double check them with a flashlight and sheet of paper.
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Wouldn’t it be wonderful to could hunt all year long and not worry about time constraints? Seeing equipment sitting in the gun safe or on the garage shelves is frustrating, not to mention the pressure from short deer hunting seasons and the long period in between when skills deteriorate and time spent afield is simply lost. It has been said before, but if you have not taken up predator hunting, you are losing out.
Hunters who have planted or hunted over brassicas know how effective these sweet, late-season forage cultivars are at attracting deer. A fast-growing, high-yield blend of turnips and rapes will attract deer for hunting while providing the critical nutrition they need during late fall and winter. It will also provide you with plenty of action by concentrating deer near your stand.
Have ever put your heart and soul into setting up the perfect duck blind and decoy spread only to find the that the ducks had ‘flown the coop’ just before you started hunting them? Did you make a mistake or was it something more innate to the ducks? Perhaps it is time to switch to rapid-strike special-ops mode.
Hot coffee, cold hands and a dog trembling with excitement… Waterfowling offers fast action and a great opportunity to share the hunt with family and friends. In case you have not already tuned up for ducks, here is your action plan.
To be clear, the backcountry is nothing to be afraid of. Getting the proper equipment, knowledge, and practice will get you out and back to civilization safely. On the other hand, being ill prepared gets people in trouble, and there’s no such thing as being over prepared.
I have owned some type of Remington 700 rifle for more than 40 years. I enjoy the smooth action and excellent accuracy of these rifles. My most recent addition is a Remington SPS Varmint rifle with 26-inch barrel. I am pleased with the operation and accuracy. In fact, this is the single most accurate Remington rifle I have ever owned, but I still wanted to make it even better. I found the answer with a Hogue Overmold stock.
Most deer hunters know the benefits of hunting agricultural land. Food sources are easy to find, utilize, and therefore, pattern. There are also usually a lot of deer in and around agriculture—in some areas, there are as many as 30–50 deer per square mile!
Over 100 years ago, hunters and anglers were the earliest and most vocal supporters of conservation and scientific wildlife management. They were the first to recognize that rapid development and unregulated uses of wildlife were threatening the future of many species. The fact that game numbers across the board are at all-time highs is the direct result of these early conservationists efforts. The biggest threat to the future of conservation is a future without hunters and anglers to continue the tradition.
If there is one way to get folks talking off the cuff, it is to broach the subject of deer rifles and calibers. Everyone has a favorite that their dad, granddad, or aunt used to tame the Wild West and deplete the Elk herds in downtown Burbank. The problem is what works for one doesn’t work for the other, at least it doesn’t work as well. How will you pick the right caliber?