The Consummate Outdoorsman, Gary Lewis, Shares His Insights

Being Prepared for Bow Hunting Means Starting Now

December 17th, 2013
How to Prepare for Bow Hunting

I worked my way out of the valley timber and eased through a stand of trees on a long finger ridge. The rim above, where winter snows melted in late spring, extended long timbered fingers down to the valley. Deep canyons and meadows between the ridges grew knee-high grass in the summer where snow and […]

Optics Voodoo

November 19th, 2013
Rifle Scope Technology

It is well that rifle scopes are such marvels of engineering. There are but few hunters in this world that really know anything about the design and manufacture of the expensive tubes atop their favorite rifles. Those of us who miss a shot from time to time have little experience with the grinding of lenses, […]

Small Game Accuracy for your Blackpowder Big Game Rifle

November 1st, 2013
Small Game Targets

“Last year, shooters took 40,000 rats out of these fields. We still have too many.” With the rancher’s words ringing in our ears, we followed a dirt track through the alfalfa to the top of the ridge and parked on the skyline. From where we stood, we could see the tops of the Ochocos, surrounding […]

Retrace Explorers’ Route on the Lewis and Clark Safari

September 24th, 2013
Lewis and Clark Hunting Safari

I’ve heard some hunters worry that “Hunting’s getting to be a rich man’s sport. Pretty soon, the average fellow won’t be able to find a place to hunt.” Look in the back of any hunting magazine and you will find ample opportunity to spend your money on gear and trips. Yes, it can be expensive. […]

Beauty Tips for Beater Bolt-Actions

September 9th, 2013
Caring for your bolt action hunting rifle

It rides in his truck, a beat-up bolt-action well older than Lee Sandberg’s 27 years. Chambered in 22-250, the Remington is topped with a Cabela’s scope and Weaver rings. Relegated to the role of a working rifle, it is close to hand in case Sandberg needs to dispatch a coyote that threatens his flock.

A Little Preparation Goes a Long Way to Keeping Your Hunting Dog Happy

August 15th, 2013
Caring for Your Dog while Hunting

A couple of years ago, I spent a day hunting chukar on a rimrock north of Madras. An early season hunt, we were all a little out of shape. The dog most of all. Confined to a backyard for the summer, the extra pounds she carried were slowing her down. By the end of the […]

Encounters with Critters Enrich our Outdoor Experiences

July 24th, 2013
Critters Seen on Hunting Trips

Once I carried a bow to the top of my favorite ridge, finding fresh deer beds in a marshy area, grass still springing up in them when I arrived. The only thing still grazing in that little meadow was the large hump-backed rodent we call a porcupine. The sun was slipping beneath the hills to […]

Favorite Lures

July 7th, 2013
Best Fishing Lures

Largemouth Bass It’s no secret that bass grow big when they can feed on hatchery trout. A bass can easily cream a trout up to one-third its own size. A couple of years ago, Lucky Craft Lures entered the premium swimbait market with the Real Bait Premium Trout line and they became a favorite. These […]

A Bone-Picker’s Guide for Beginners

June 13th, 2013
Hunting for Shed Antlers

Here in the Northwest, deer begin to shed their antlers in February. By the end of March, most mule deer and blacktails have dropped their headgear. Elk cast their antlers a few weeks later and it is not uncommon to see a bull carry last year’s antlers into the early weeks of April. Pick up […]

Passing By? Give the Frogwater a Try

June 11th, 2013
Fishing Frogwater

It was a rare opportunity. My brother-in-law had permission to fish on the property as long as he was wiring the new house there. And, because most of the fishable water on that particular river is bounded by private water, I jumped at the chance to go along. It was an overcast summer morning, with […]

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