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JOMH Team Gear of the Year

  With the 2018 hunting season nearly in the rearview and Old Man Winter knocking at our door, many of us turn our focus to reflect on the past season, and plan for the coming

Part IV: The Physics of Arrow Penetration, By Dr. Ed Ashby

Kinetic energy, momentum, mechanical advantage and coefficient of resistance are a part of the basic terminology of physics. All are used and often misused, in attempts to predict the terminal performance of various bow, arrow and broadhead combinations. Much of the misuse originates from a lack of understanding of what, by definition, these terms mean and what it is they measure.

How Warm is a Sleeping Pad? R Value vs Degree Ratings

In recent years, the trends in our industry have increasingly focused on getting hunters into the backcountry. Public land access concerns are a focal point in conservation conversations throughout North America, and hunting companies are continually pushing to provide lighter, more breathable, and durable equipment for the backcountry. More and more, our closets and gear rooms are filled with Gore-Tex, carbon fiber, treated down, and ultralight sil-nylon materials. Hundreds of hours and thousands of dollars are invested on the best products to keep you in the field longer and during increasingly inclement weather.

Tajikistan Top Picks, by Matt Comment

There are countless websites, blogs, podcasts, videos, and articles dedicated to the use and review of it. I have seen grown men get into fist fights over the pants that they wear and who made them. My usual take on gear is this; most high-quality companies today produce great items that will fit a hunter’s needs to keep you warm, dry and successful on your adventures.

Ashby’s Arrow Lethality Part III: Turning “Hits” into “Kills”, by Dr. Ed Ashby

The hit looked good. After a short wait, the blind was abandoned and the blood trail located. Drop by drop the trail was followed, but the trophy was never found.

Arrow Lethality Part II: Broadheads – The Natal Study, by Dr. Ed Ashby

This second article in the series presents a synopsis of the data from the broadhead evaluation of the Natal Study and some of the associated information that surfaced during that study. It also examines arrow shot placement as a factor in lethality, and how broadhead selection impacts on the effectiveness of the various hits. The full report is too voluminous for presentation within the confines of limited space. The graphics presented in this article are drawn directly from the report and are numbered as in the original report. Some graphics, not directly related to this synopsis, have been omitted.

Arrow Lethality Part I: The Need for Knowledge, By Dr. Ed. Ashby

In today’s hunting world, where politics frequently affect hunting opportunities more than game populations do, such information becomes highly important. Many would see all hunting, of all forms, banned worldwide. Logic and factual information will never sway their opinion. Factual information, leading to sound hunting policies that support sustainable utilization of the renewable resource through the humane taking of surplus game can, however, do much to influence the majority of the population, those who are neither pro nor anti-hunting.

Give Your Rain Gear a Fighting Chance, By Steve Opat

Spring in Alaska is as any season throughout Alaska…wet. The extended forecast always calls for precipitation. Two of my bear hunts this spring were in areas known for their “big ole’ fat rain” forecasts and

Footwear Philosophy for Mountain Hunting, By Coley Gentzel

If there is a more commonly debated and frequently agonized category of equipment in the realm of mountain hunting I don’t know what it is. In every pre-trip planning process, I feel like my partners and I almost always hold off asking the question as long as we can, perhaps out of some sort of embarrassment or fear of being perceived as ignorant or incompetent. We always get there eventually though because making a poor footwear choice is far worse than being thought of as an idiot or inexperienced.

6.5 PRC – The King of the Mountain? By Nolan Osborne

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve likely noticed the 6.5’s have taken the shooting world by storm in recent years. Touting long, heavy for caliber, high ballistic-coefficient (BC) bullets, long-range competitors and hunters alike have reaped the benefits of the various cartridges designed around this caliber. Most recently the 6.5 Creedmoor, developed over a decade ago, has become one of the top-selling cartridges in North America.