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Swarovski SLC 10x42 binocular winners announced - posted 1 month ago

Congratulation to both winners! I believe you will be very impressed with your new glass.

Swarovski SLC 10x42 binocular winners announced - posted 1 month ago

Congratulation to both winners! I believe you will be very impressed with your new glass.

The most frustrating part of bowhunting - posted 1 month ago

Hi Josh, another great article and thank you for the perspective. I commented on one of your articles earlier on switching from rifle to bow. I got started hunting very late in life and after a couple of years rifle hunting I picked up a bow. This is my fifth season and I came to full draw for the first time a week ago here in Idaho. The bull was at thirty yards but I had too much vegetation between us so I couldn't get confident with the shot. The bull continued circling me than winded me and well, said goodbye. My heart was pounding and for me that was worth ALL the frustration I have had so far. For me, I can only imagine what it would feel like to successfully and cleanly take an animal with my bow and for that I will continue to pursue the sport.
Thank you again for the fresh perspective.
John K

The challenges of western solo hunting and how to overcome them - posted 2 months ago

Mark, great article. I just read another by one of your colleagues Josh Kirchner. I am 57 and got started in hunting very late in life. I come from a non-hunting family. I have been considering a solo archery hunt here in my home state of Idaho. I have not had any success archery hunting to date and thought that maybe getting away from it all may improve my chances. The challenge of being alone in the backcountry is real for me. I do keep myself in good shape and do backpack with others but being solo introduces other concerns.
I would appreciate any additional information and advise you can share. IF I were to do this it wouldn't be until the 2020/2021 season. That would give me a year to scout, plan, train and pack.
Thank you again and I hope this finds you well and successful this year.
John

Making the switch from rifle to archery - posted 3 months ago

Josh, thank you for the nice article that really puts thing in perspective. I began hunting VERY late in life using a rifle and have hiked with a bow the past 4-years. I came from a non-hunting family and as such do not have the knowledge most of you have. I just enjoy being out there and found your article particularly refreshing. Heck, I only rifle hunted for a couple of years and had limited success so my expectations for archery is to just enjoy the challenge and experience of trying to find animals then get close.
I wish you all the best of luck as you prepare for this season.