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Big Game Hunting

  • January 14, 2014

    New Optics: Vanguard Endeavor ED2 Binoculars

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    By The Editors

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    Vanguard updated its popular Endeavor ED line with the new ED2 binos in 10x42 and 8x32. These binoculars are comfortable, utilize Japanese glass, and have great edge-to-edge clarity. The 10x42 will retail for about $500 and the 8x32 will be around $400. [ Read Full Post ]

  • January 14, 2014

    New Tactical Rifle: Miller Precision Arms 300 Guardian

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    By The Editors

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    This beast of an AR is chambered in .300 Win. Mag (called the Guardian) and sports a bunch of high-end components including a Geissele trigger, a Krieger barrel, and carbon fiber hand rail. Montana-based Miller Precision Arms makes these rifles 1 at a time, but the attention to detail is going to cost you. The base price for this rifle starts at $5,300. [ Read Full Post ]

  • January 14, 2014

    New Rifle: Cabela’s Exclusive Savage Model 10T Tactical Bolt

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    By Dave Hurteau

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    Given the precision rifles and buckets of ammo involved, long-range rifle shooting is a spendy hobby, as a rule. But this 9.5-pound tactical bolt makes it more affordable than ever, by a long shot. (Get it?) [ Read Full Post ]

  • January 13, 2014

    New Hunting Bow: Obsession Evolution

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    By Dave Hurteau

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    Specs: 32-inch axle-to-axle; 6-inch brace height; 4.1 pounds; 353 IBO

    Of all the bows at the show, this one surprised and impressed me most. This company debuted only a few years ago—yet another up-and-comer spearheaded by the wildly talented Kevin Strother. The 2014 ATA show was Obsession’s coming out party, and the pretty young thing, all dressed up for the occasion, is their flagship bow, the Evolution. I’ll stress again that the show floor is not a place to evaluate bows, but based only on the half a dozen shots I took, I’m not sure I’ve ever shot a bow this fast that was this pleasant to shoot. I can’t wait to shoot it for real. [ Read Full Post ]

  • January 13, 2014

    New Hunting Bow: Elite Energy 32

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    By Dave Hurteau

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    Specs: 31.75-inch axle-to-axle; 7-inch brace height; 4.3 pounds; 335 IBO

    What always stands out with Elite bows in general is how pleasant they are to shoot. We absolutely gushed about last year’s Hunter in this regard. But it was slow. Too slow to rank it among the very top bows. The Energy is significantly faster at 335. The company had to update the cams and strengthen the riser to pull it off, but, based on the little bit of shooting one is able to do at ATA, pull it off they have. [ Read Full Post ]

  • January 13, 2014

    New Hunting Bow: Bowtech RPM 360

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    By Dave Hurteau

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    Specs: 31-inch axle-to-axle; 6-inch brace height; 4.4 pounds; 360 IBO

    Last year, Bowtech throttled back in the IBO race to produce the smooth-shooting and very accurate (for me, at least) Experience, which won our 2013 Best of the Best Award for bows. So it was time to jump back onto the gas pedal. The RPM 360 is a speed bow with several major new technologies, the most apparent of which is the trapezoidal I-beam riser, designed to handle lots of energy with minimal torque. [ Read Full Post ]

  • January 11, 2014

    Apex Covert: Top-Line Bow Sight at a Reasonable Price

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    By Michael R. Shea

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    Specs:

    1.8” single-pin slider; swappable .010 or .019 pin, 8.5 oz.; First, second and third axis with illuminated levels.

    With the new Covert single-pin slider, Apex packed every single feature you’d want in a high-end hunting bow sight, and priced it under $150. At 8.5 oz. it’s among the lightest sliders out there. Only the Archer Xtreme Driver, so far as I know, is lighter, but that was achieved with a good bit of plastic on the housing. The Convert is solid aluminum construction throughout. Only the pin itself is plastic, much like Black Gold sights, but with the Apex you can swap in and out a .010 or .019 pin. The pin itself is clear and slides backward and forward on a small track, letting the user select a green, red or amber pin color. It’s a neat feature and may be helpful for colorblind guys needing an off-the-shelf option. [ Read Full Post ]

  • January 11, 2014

    New Hunting Bow: Prime Alloy

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    By Dave Hurteau

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    Specs: 33.25-inch axle-to-axle; 6.75-inch brace height; 4.2 pounds; 335 IBO

    Here’s what I said last year about Prime’s 2013 flagship, the Impact: “This would be one hell of a bow if it wasn’t such a club.” Well, the Alloy, which shoots very much like the Impact but is a little shorter and significantly lighter, is not a club. As so therefore, it is a hell of bow. Of course, the other companies have stepped up their game, too. But this is a major improvement in my opinion. [ Read Full Post ]

  • January 11, 2014

    New Hunting Bow: Hoyt Faktor Turbo

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    By Dave Hurteau

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    Specs: 33-inch axle-to-axle; 6-inch brace height; 4.0 pounds; 340 IBO

    Last year’s aluminum Spyder Turbo took third place overall in our Best of the Best testing, and it was the top-ranking speed bow. (You may think that a 340-IBO bow doesn’t quite deserve the “speed bow” tag, but that rating was conservative; it lit up the chronograph.) This year’s version, the Faktor Turbo, has the same (probably conservative) IBO rating and yet a new cam designed for a smoother draw. Is it smoother? As I say in the vid, that’s pretty much impossible to evaluate at the show. Basically, it feels a lot like last year’s Spyder Turbo, which we really liked, except it’s 1 inch shorter and .4 pounds lighter. [ Read Full Post ]

  • January 10, 2014

    New Hunting Bow: Strother Vital

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    By Dave Hurteau

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    Specs: 32-inch axle-to-axle; 7-inch brace height; 4 pounds; 335 IBO

    Like most of Strother’s recent offerings, the Vital strikes me as a heck of good all-around hunting bow. This year’s flagship has a new limb pocket designed to add strength and integrity and a new cam system. But from what I could tell, it shoots much like last year’s flagship, which a good thing. This is also a sharp-looking bow. The riser is simple and classy with a nice fit and finish. [ Read Full Post ]

  • January 10, 2014

    New Hunting Bow: PSE X-Force Full Throttle

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    By Dave Hurteau

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    Specs: 33.25-inch axle-to-axle; 5.25-inch brace height; 4.1 pounds; 370 IBO

    This, as I say in the video, is the fastest hunting bow ever made. So while the DNA SP (see below) is PSE’s new flagship intended for the majority of shooters, the Full Throttle generated a lot more buzz at the show. Like all the X-Force bows since the original model began the latest round of speeds wars, this is an impressive machine—precisely engineered, solidly built, and I suspect, very accurate. It all boils down to this: Can you handle it? [ Read Full Post ]

  • January 9, 2014

    Montana Snowboarders Fined $250 for Harassing Moose

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    By Ben Romans

    A phone-filmed clip of two snowboarders chasing a moose down a Montana ski slope late last December became self-incriminating evidence after the viral video caught the attention of Forest Service officials and resulted in a $250 fine. [ Read Full Post ]

  • January 7, 2014

    Shotgun Tip: Put Tape on the Barrel for Nasty Weather

    By Phil Bourjaily

    Reader Chris McClure of Michigan – where it does get cold and snowy – sent me this e-mail. Rather than rewrite it and claim it as my own, I’ll post his note here:

    "Recently Phil Bourjaily wrote about emergency gun repair in the field.  All good stuff, but I thought it might be of interest to somebody that you can avoid having to flush out a plugged barrel by simply putting a piece of rubberized electrical tape, duct tape or something similar over the end of the barrel before leaving the truck. [ Read Full Post ]

  • January 7, 2014

    Wolf Trapping Co-Op in Idaho Pays $500 Reimbursement

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    By Ben Romans

    A group of hunters and trappers concerned about high predator numbers and low elk populations in northern Idaho have created a grassroots program that reimburses recreational wolf trappers for a portion of their incurred expenses.

    A story from the Billings Gazette says wolf trapping success hovers around 25 percent, and few trappers, even those who want wolf populations thinned, stick with the pursuit because of the time and financial commitment.

    To encourage predator trapping, Jack Hammack of Sandpoint, Idaho formed the Foundation for Wildlife Management as a cooperative to help trappers defray some of their costs. Anyone can join the group for $35 but members who trap wolves can apply for reimbursement up to $500. Last year, 22 members received $500 each for their wolf-trapping efforts. [ Read Full Post ]