Hawke Optics, one of the best sporting optic companies out there, just launched three new 1-8x24 riflescope models in their LPVO selection. The models are optimally designed for easy adjustments and ultra-clear and bright viewing, thanks to their 30mm monotube chassis, resettable MOA capped fingertip turrets, Fully Multi Coated lenses and more, perfect for any hunter. All of the Hawke Vantage riflescopes come with the company’s H2 optics, and the three new models are available in three different reticle options: L4A, Circle Dot, and or Tactical BDC (bullet drop compensating) 5.56.
Spring turkeys have long been a nemesis of mine. I’m not talking about a Captain Ahab and Moby Dick situation, because my efforts have been more casual than obsessive. Yet, in my 16 year hunting career I have yet to kill one. I have taken fall birds, and truthfully, my addiction to walleye fishing as well as life’s general obligations have caused turkeys to slide pretty far down the priority list some seasons. Still, I have put in many hours and been defeated by missed shots, other hunters, hung-up birds, season ending injuries, and a handful of other occasions when Murphy’s Law was the only explanation why there was a tag in my noodle soup in place of the turkey.
The Montana Knife “Stoned Goat” Fixed Blade is a must-have tool for any outdoor enthusiast. This rugged blade offers superior performance, allowing you to take on your toughest adventures with confidence. Ideal for camping, hunting and other outdoor pursuits, this reliable blade will be your go-to companion when you hit the fields.
Dan Beaudry is a lifelong hunting enthusiast: He started when he was 13 years old and hasn’t stopped since. He’s 68 years old now, but he still makes sure to participate in every deer season with his longtime hunting party in Wisconsin.
What started out as a group of friends hunting together eventually turned into a generational venture, as many of the hunters brought their children out to hunt with them. It’s grown over the years and now they all look forward to every trip together.
Turkey hunting has many challenges but one that is often overlooked is proper target acquisition. That problem can be resolved by choosing the right turkey gun sights.
Unlike other sporting birds that are shot while flying, turkeys are taken most often as they feed on the forest floor. The favored target is the brain and neck vertebrae as the turkey sticks its head up to investigate their surroundings. However, getting a proper sight picture on a target that bobs and weaves like an arcade whack-a-mole game can be almost impossible.
Springtime; the weather is getting warmer, the birds are out, and for most outdoorsmen, you are back inside daydreaming of next fall. Some may see springtime as the time of year to hang up your hunting boots and practice your range shooting. However, that is not totally necessary. While springtime hunting takes some thinking outside of the buck, we’ve compiled five springtime hunting opportunities for you to pursue this “offseason.”
Last week we had a gorgeous early spring day here in Central Pennsylvania. Not one of those almost too-warm afternoons that brings everyone into frenzy, but a pleasantly mild 50-some degrees, truly my favorite weather. I took the opportunity to head straight from work to scout for deer in the mountains.
Many folks shed hunt this time of year, which I somewhat do, but what I am really searching for is buck sign leftover from last fall's rut. During winter, the deer in this area herd up in thermal hemlock valleys which they don't frequent nearly as much during hunting season, so shed hunting does not benefit me substantially. Early spring prior to green-up is a tremendous time to be searching for new spots. I am looking for general areas with good deer concentrations, and next fall I will do stealth recon missions to verify there are bucks using the area and pinpoint stand locations. The combination of signs I look for are quite simple, yet require tuned-in observation to locate: convergence of deer trails, typically on benches, saddles, and other map features; with scrapes and rubs (preferably big) in the vicinity; and, food (acorns) and bedding within easy reach.
Hunting is a wonderful hobby, but it can take a lot of energy to plan and execute a successful trip. Sometimes you might just feel like spending the weekend at home after a long work week, relaxing with your family. But maybe you still want to get that same outdoorsy feeling at home as you do when you’re out on the prowl. While nothing can truly compare to the exhilaration and joy that comes with being on a great hunt, these five films do a good job at giving you that same rugged, adventurous feeling.
Returning from his mule deer hunt in Arizona, outdoors content creator Mike Rogers has a few pieces of advice to pass on to other outdoor enthusiasts eager to follow in his footsteps. One of the most important parts of hunting in the desert is finding the highest vantage point and being able to remain resilient in the fluctuating daily desert conditions. This means two types are gear are essential keys to success: clothing and optics.
Traditions Firearms, known for their high-quality output of firearms over the last 35 years, is introducing a new rifle into their already robust muzzleloader offerings. The new Traditions ShedHorn rifle is perfect for sidelock fans who want some innovation in their firearms while retaining that old-fashioned feeling of muzzleloaders. You can’t go wrong with the accuracy and dependability that comes with all Tradition muzzleloader firearms.