We’re sure you’ve seen it. That buddy, or that guy at the range, who finishes shooting and breaks out a cleaning kit that needs its own range bag it’s so big. He’s got dental picks, blades, scrapers, and—God forbid—a Dremel with dozens of brushes for that deep, deep, oh-God-please-stop clean. Guy pulls on his white gloves, sets up his eight or nine different solvents and oils, and dives in with the zeal of a mad surgeon.
Capturing your hunt has become more popular thanks to outlets like Instagram, YouTube, and the overall need for outdoor content from top-shelf brands. With the ever-growing number of hunters bringing a camera to the woods, I wanted to share a few things I have found that make my work not only look better, but also makes my workflow more efficient.
When a hunter heads out to the prairie or peaks in search of Wapiti, proficiency with their tools should be the last thing on their mind. Proficiency begins at home long before one’s tags arrive in the mail. Seek out a friend, colleague, or mentor who’s experience exceeds your own to help prepare you for your time in the field as I did with Rick Hutton.
Mounting a riflescope may seem like a daunting and overly technical task, not to mention how integral a proper mount is to shooting accurate and ethical shots in the field. But with the right tools and a little patience, you can ensure your optic is mounted properly, right at home, providing season-after-season of performance.
If you’re reading this, you might already have an animal down in the field, and you’re wondering how to pick up a blood trail that seemed to vaporize into thin air. Or, like most hunters, you know that horrible feeling in the pit of your stomach when you know you’ve hit an animal, and you can’t seem to track it down. Either way, there’s one thing you can do: Call in the dogs.
As hunters, we’re always looking for that extra edge, or bit of information to help us find success in the field. Heck, that’s half the fun. Add this off-the-wall tactic courtesy of Remi Warren to your elk hunting repertoire and you may be rewarded with a big bull right in your lap.
While it may lack the visual glory of glassing in the mountain west, and you might not be chasing as grand or storied game, whitetail hunters working the corn fields and oak forests of the Midwest encounter plenty of challenges when it comes to choosing the right optics.
With hunting season right around the corner, one thing a lot of hunters are looking into is monolithic-style bullets. (Bullets that do not include a jacket.) Some states restrict certain types of ammunition because of lead contamination, and there’s some research we’ll get into that shows lead can contaminate your meat.