Skills

Shooting Under Pressure, By Aaron Davidson

I want to systematically explore air pressure topics so that we all have common nomenclature and a basic understanding of measurement and reporting systems.  We will start with a general discussion of air pressure, definition of terms, measurement devices, and then finish with some alternative ways to use pressure data when calculating ballistics.

Mountain Shooting Fundamentals, By Caylen Wojcik

  If you’re a hunter and you hunt in the mountains, learning to shoot in the mountains is a valuable skill to learn in order to facilitate your success in notching your tag. In the

An Inspired Archer, by Steve Opat 

Throughout my childhood years, I was frequently infatuated by various books involving wild outdoor adventure. I would read a classic such as Robin Hood or The Last of the Mohicans and then spend the ensuing days consumed by the adventures created within my imagination. It’s impossible to count how many pretend bad guys or animals I’ve arrowed in my life. Needless to say, my pretend jails and dinner plates were always full. I imagine that many readers of this publication have similar experiences.

Through the Eyes of a Guide: Shooter-Spotter Relationships By Nolan Osborne

Long range hunting is a term that often elicits responses of admiration and joy, or scorn and disdain. Admittedly, for a long time, my own feelings fell largely into the latter categories. I have always

Improving Your Situation: Getting Back to Dry By Steve Opat

It is with near certainty that your great northern adventures will introduce you to a state of being wet, cold, and miserable. As we travel down the path towards becoming savvy outdoorsmen and women, we generally progress through an evolutionary process of dealing with this state. In their infancy, people often are not experienced enough to avoid getting wet – and thus cold and miserable.

Recoil Management by Caylen Wojcik

If you’ve been shooting long enough, you’ve seen someone get kissed in the forehead by a recoiling rifle scope, or maybe it’s even happened to you. There are a few factors that lead to this unfortunate and totally unnecessary incident. Improper rifle setup and improper eye-relief come to mind immediately. But, in my professional experience, the bigger culprit is almost always improper recoil management, which is a direct result of not learning and applying the fundamentals of marksmanship properly.

Persistence vs Insanity by Steve Opat

There’s a spectrum of approaches when it comes to achieving your goals. One end of the spectrum is defined by deliberate practice so you continually improve until the goal can no longer avoid you. The other end involves banging your head against a wall. These two goal posts can be labeled Persistence and Insanity –  there’s often a very hazy line separating them.

Breathing to Improve Performance and Accuracy, By John Warren

Imagine if the key to success in the mountains is your lungs. Simple enough, right? Breath work is an overlooked fundamental skill when it comes to shooting. Unfortunately, “Break the trigger at the natural respiratory pause” is about as in-depth as people go. At 10,000 feet of elevation with a small house on your back, those natural respiratory pauses are about as short as a tinder fling.

Capturing the Essence – Photographing Your Hunt, By Nolan Osborne

The question is, have you put as much time into capturing those memories to the best of your abilities, as you have your shooting, fitness and gear? This article will help you do just that.

Sealing the Deal, By Clint Casper

As I stood motionless like a soldier in the lineup waiting for the sun to paint its beautiful morning picture in the Virgin morning sky, I listened carefully to the deep, throaty bugles off in the distance. The New Mexico mountains had captivated me and my drive to kill a good bull elk in these mountains was indescribable with words. My mind was made up that I was not driving all the way back to Ohio empty-handed, my Gold Tip arrow was going to get bloody and my tag would be punched.