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9 Questions with RMEF Ambassador Kristy Titus

October 23, 2014

Kristy Titus is a dedicated elk hunter and member of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation. Britney Starr sat down with Titus to learn more about her background and her passion for elk.

Kristy Titus is an avid sportswoman with a passion for elk hunting. Along with being an ambassador for the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation (RMEF), she is also a featured member on Team Elk, RMEF’s television show. I recently caught up with Kristy to talk about all things elk hunting. Britney: Please tell us a little about your background in hunting. Have you been doing it for your entire life? Kristy: From the time I was two years old, I started riding with my dad, on his saddle, while packing into the backcountry. I had my own mule by the age of four, and still...

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5 Reasons Why Everyone Needs to Experience Michigan Upland Hunting

October 23, 2014

Michigan has a lot to offer upland hunters--including some beautiful fall scenery. Image by Britney Starr.

Busting brush in either of Michigan’s peninsulas can be an upland hunter’s dream come true. With millions of acres of public land, multiple species to hunt, and camaraderie galore, Michigan should be on the any upland hunter’s “must visit” list. Below are five reasons why you should upland hunt in Pure Michigan. 1. Multiple species of upland birds Michigan’s diverse habitats---from aspen forests to wide, open fields and everything in between---play host to myriad species for upland hunters to chase. Ruffed grouse, sharp-tailed grouse, American woodcock (migratory birds), bobwhite...

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How to Bring in Big Bucks with a Mock Scrape

October 23, 2014

It can be difficult to get a buck to approach a scrape during the daylight, but a mock scrape in the right place with the right lure can make it happen for you. Image copyright Getty Images/marcinplaza.

Scrapes are one of the whitetail's most important communication tools. Here’s how to make one of your own and really get the attention of the area’s bucks. I have read several scientific studies on the way bucks visit scrapes. The majority of these studies were done with trail cameras positioned so they would take a photo of a buck at the scrape and record the time. Every one of these studies showed that the vast majority of mature bucks (85 to 95 percent) visited the scrapes under cover of darkness. I have two issues with these studies. First off, they did not add any...

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Inside Bohning Archery: One of the Biggest Names in Bowhunting

October 22, 2014

The Bohning Company has been part of the Lake City, Michigan community since forming in 1946. As it has grown, it has stayed tucked back into the woods and true to its traditions.

To truly be innovative, you look at a need and devise a way to fill that need through a path that hasn't been taken before. In modern archery's infancy, bowhunters and shooters were left to their own devices to construct and maintain their own equipment. Rollin Bohning, a research chemist by trade and a serious bowhunting enthusiast, wasn't happy with the available materials used to bond broadheads to arrow shafts. His solution was to develop a new cement for that exact purpose and in 1946, the Bohning Company was formed. When I sat down...

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Sometimes, You’re Just in No Mood for Hunting

October 20, 2014

Sometimes you just need to sit a hunt out.

The big buck raked the low limbs, velvet still hanging from his hardened horns. A light dust, creating a momentary haze, blurred the distinct path for my arrow flight. From my stand he was 29 yards, and I’d been watching him for over half an hour rake trees and browse. Occasionally, a doe slipped through the clearing and then off into the thicket where a flick of the tail was the only remaining sign of her presence. Another flick, a flash of white, and then she was gone. And the buck continued on, raking the shrubs, munching on acorns and elevating my heart’s beat to an alarming rate....

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Have Shotgun, Will Travel: 6 Tips for Ensuring Stress-free Flying with Firearms

October 20, 2014

If you're going to be traveling with your firearms anytime soon, read through these tips to ensure your trip goes smoothly.

Whether this season will see you making your first out-of-state or out-of-country trip with a shotgun or your thousandth, here are some time-tested tips for getting from Point A to B with no stress! 1. Leave your gun at home. If you’re planning a trip to a distant location like Argentina for doves, look into renting guns from your outfitter. There’s pleasure in shooting your own guns, but you owe it to yourself to compare that benefit with the reduced stress of international airline travel without guns. Purely comparing costs, it’s likely a wash. Import permits and inspection fees to...

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The 4 Largest Bears Ever Taken by Hunters

October 16, 2014

Roy Lindsley with the world record Kodiak bear taken on Kodiak Island, Alaska.

Polar bears, Kodiak bears, grizzly bears, black bears---hunters have taken some giants over the years. Ever wonder where the biggest bears come from? Here’s the lowdown on where the biggest bears are likely to be found. Some of the locations will surprise you. Bears are some of nature’s most fascinating creatures. I am sure there are many reasons why so many people have more than just a passing interest in them. Who hasn’t been lying in a tent at night when a strange noise suddenly brings the thought of a bear to the front of their consciousness? There are four species of...

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The BAREBOW! Chronicles: Grunt, Rake, Thrash, Charge, and Twang!

October 15, 2014

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The title I’ve chosen for this story dramatizes the fundamental difference between bowhunting for moose and bowhunting for virtually every other North American big game species. Although I had hunted both Canada moose and Alaska-Yukon moose more than once in the early- to mid-1990s, none of those hunts proved successful---largely, I believe, because I kept trying to use the tactics of stealth and cunning that had served me well on all the other species I’d previously hunted. I have to admit to having been a slow learner in the Moose Department. Gradually, I learned that during the rut...

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8 Items You Never Realized You Need in Your Hunting Backpack

October 15, 2014

Most treestand hunters use a backpack to haul important items around with them. Listed below are eight things you might never have considered to pack.

The second day of my first bowhunting road trip to Kansas was looking perfect. The sun was about to make an appearance on the horizon and it was a cold, crisp morning during the rut. Everything pointed towards the possibility of seeing a good buck that day. Sitting in my treestand, I heard footfalls through the dry leaves---a deer was coming. I slowly took my bow off the hanger and clipped my release to the string just as the deer was about to appear in my shooting lane. CLINK! Something fell from my hand and hit the aluminum stand on its way to the ground. My release came apart...

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400 Helluva Hunts and the “Incredible Lies” They Make

October 14, 2014

Visually impaired hunter Ben Frezza with his Helluva Hunt goat, Gary Stearns holding the double scope, with Jane Stearns and Ron Coburn of Savage Arms.

Thirty years ago, a hunter wrote a letter to Jim Zumbo, then-editor of Outdoor Life magazine. “It’s great you guys write about all your wonderful hunts all over the world,” Zumbo recalled the original letter saying, “but what about some of us who can’t hunt like that anymore?” Zumbo and friends Gary and Jane Stearns saw that as a challenge. Together with Bill Brown, they founded Helluva Hunt in 1984, offering hunting opportunities to ill, injured, and otherwise physically or visually impaired sportsmen and women. Wyoming’s antelope herds have since provided the big...

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