Sheep hunters first borrowed the term Grand Slam from baseball to recognize the accomplishment of taking one of each of the North American sheep recognized by the Boone & Crockett Club: Dall's, Rocky Mountain bighorn, Desert bighorn, and Stone's. Later, turkey hunters applied the term to taking each of the four recognized subspecies of North American wild turkey: eastern, Rio Grande, Merriam's, and Osceola. Now we have caribou slams, moose slams and even a Super Slam, coined by bowhunter Chuck Adams, the first to all of the North American big game species with a bow.
Success, it is said, is where opportunity meets preparation. The preparation part means being ready mentally, physically and mechanically. You practice with your firearm to become familiar with it, and ensure it and you will be ready if and when the opportunity arises. You anticipate how your will react. Still, you can never really be completely prepared, particularly when game takes you by surprise.
Winter is here and snows blanket much of the country, even as far south as Texas. They come on northern winds and cover the open fields with a blanket of white. But the snows I'm referring to aren't the kind you shovel. They're the kind you shoot - snow geese.
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As a new products specialist I get to test out a lot of new stuff in the field, where it really matters. Over the coming weeks I'll be sharing with Global Outfitters fans some of the stuff I've had a chance to use out in the woods this fall. This week we'll look at broadheads
The holiday season is upon us and it's time to start shopping for the outdoorsmen or women in your family. As you make out your shopping list, you might think about giving a gift that provides benefits far above and beyond the recipient. Here's a few suggestions.
I get to spend a lot of time in hunting camps around the country with professional guides whose clients run the gamut from experienced veterans to rank amateurs. Because it's such a popular topic, I invariably ask what are some of
the most common mistakes their hunters make.
There are many rewarding aspects to being a parent but one of the biggest for me was being able to introduce my kids to hunting. They started, like most kids, plinking with .22s, then graduated, first to a .410, then to a 20 gauge shotgun. When it came time to hunt big game, I needed a rifle.
When most folks think about turkey hunting, they think about spring, and mating season, when you try to exploit a gobbler's amorous Achilles heel by imitating a lovesick hen. It's fall now, and while most folks are thinking about deer hunting, a few die-hard aficionados of the king of North American game birds are thinking about the other turkey season. Fall birds are less inclined to come to a call, though they will if you give them a reason. You must rely more on the turkey's gregarious nature.
Long-time industry leaders in illuminated riflescopes, Trijicon has brought their "Brilliant Aiming Solutions" to the archery world with the Trijicon AccuPin, a single-pin adjustable sight with some neat innovations. One of those solutions is a high-contrast triangular aiming point, which has proven more accurate in firearms. Another is a clear pin. In this configuration, the aiming tip points to your target instead of obscuring it, addressing a serious concern for many bowhunters.
Probably the most diverse group of waterfowl, and most popular to hunt are the puddle ducks. And the methods for decoying them are as varied as the species hunted and the habitat in which they occur. Hunting over potholes and small ponds, you can literally toss out a few blocks and expect a reasonable chance of success. However, big water, flooded timber or heavily- gunned areas may require more specialized techniques.
By Bob Humphrey
I'm not a gunsmith; nor do I play one on television. When I need some serious smithing done I take my guns to a professional. So I don't need a full complement of gun shop tools. But I do handle some of the basics, like properly mounting and sighting my guns, jobs made much easier by having the right tools. Thus, I was delighted when Battenfield Technologies sent me a few of their latest to "test fire."