The truth is very few of us do as much shooting as we should. I suspect even fewer among us do enough of the right kind of shooting to really prepare us for shots we will encounter in the field. These are busy times; even under the best of circumstances it’s difficult to budget range time. Many of us have challenges getting access to good ranges and few among us have ready access to the right ranges, with targets marching out to the actual distances we might need to shoot at game. There is no easy solution!
It's pretty amazing what professional wildlife managers can do to manipulate animal populations to meet specific cultural, economic, or geographic needs. For example, when I was growing up in rural Virginia, the rule when deer hunting was "bucks only," as the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries was managing the herd for growth. It succeeded. In fact, some would say they over succeeded as today Virginia has liberal antlerless deer opportunities as the Department works to either sustain or in some places even reduce deer populations.
Two days with gray giants. It has always been an open question among hunters whether the lion, elephant, rhinoceros or buffalo should be entitled “the King of Beasts.” Each bases his claim on man-killing ability. To me this has always seemed illogical.
Looking at the differences in big game hunting and wingshooting and discussing them on a quail hunt recently at the 74 Ranch, something came out in the discussion that intrigued me to say the least. The equipment has certainly evolved in the past 5 to 10 years in archery, long-range rifle and even pistols in the big game part of the arena. I was privileged to know and photograph the late, great archer Fred Bear who shot a recurve bow with great accuracy, but today we have compound bows with sights that are much more accurate than even Fred was in his day!
In early October 2018, Ronald W. Neldon, U.S. Air Force, Ret., received what he calls “an act of kindness” from the Safari Club International Foundation (SCIF) and the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish (NMDGF). Neldon is a retired Security Policeman (now called Security Forces) from the U.S. Air Force who spent 20 years working in security, law enforcement and antiterrorism, and is a survivor of the Khobar Towers terrorist truck bomb attack in June 1996.
Many people dread snakes – so much so that they actually avoid going outdoors to fish, hunt, hike or picnic. Others, out of a misplaced fear, will kill every snake they see. That is unfortunate because it’s fairly easy to avoid direct encounters with snakes.
Since the mid-1960s, the vast majority of big game hunters have preferred a folding lock-blade knife configuration. The reasons behind such a choice lie primarily in a shift in our style of hunting. Today, most hunters spend more time in some type of vehicle (i.e. truck, car, ATV, etc.) or sitting in a blind, then they do on their feet. When you’re in a seated position, it’s far more comfortable to carry a compact lock-blade folder than having a full-length fixed blade knife poking you in your hip.
Alabama hunters harvested 144 alligators during the 2018 seasons with the heaviest weighing in at 700 pounds. A total of 260 tags were issued in the four hunting zones.
We had just taken a couple steps away from the bright green juniper when the big bull’s head emerged over the ridgeline. Pat, my guide, bleated a soft cow call and the bull screamed in response. As he raised his head to bugle, we slowly took a couple steps back to the cover of the juniper. Pat bleated again and then whispered he was fifty yards.
To flute or not to flute, that is the question.