Around a big field or out on the plains, it might be calm or just a slight breeze where you’re sitting and glassing, but the wind might be blowing a near gale out where a buck is walking or feeding 200 to 350 yards away. “Glass the leaves or weeds around a deer, whatever you can, to determine if you need to factor in the wind on your shot,” says Texas rifle maker and crack game shot Lex Webernick. But don’t worry about remembering some fancy wind-doping equation. “If the wind is blowing 5 or 10 mph and the grass or weeds are moving slightly, hold dead-on a deer,” says Lex. “But if you’re having trouble keeping the cap on [...]
Introduced by Winchester Repeating Arms in 1895 as the main chambering for their Model 1894 rifle, the .30-30 was the first sporting cartridge loaded with smokeless powder. The original .30-30 Winchester load featured a 160-grain bullet driven at almost 2,000 feet per second, a huge step up in performance as compared to the black powder cartridges of the day. It didn’t take long for hunters across America to fall in love with this revolutionary rifle/cartridge combo, which shot flat and hit and dropped game hard. The .30-30 quickly became the go-to for deer and bear at short to moderate range. In the 20th Century, Marlin Firearms began chambering lever-action rifles in .30-30, and in 1948 the gunmaker introduced the venerable [...]
I met Saskatchewan farmer Oneil Baillargeon on a hunt up North several years ago, and immediately knew the guy was a great hunter. It runs in the family. Oneil and his wife, Taylor, watched this tremendous buck for years and hunted his sheds every spring near their farm. A few days ago their history with the animal came to an end. "Sad but good," said Oneil. The buck walked by Taylor's blind at 25 yards and she smoked him with a muzzleloader. The 7.5-year-old whitetail had a thick rack with 13 scorable points. The rack was going downhill, but it still scored 168. BTW, this girl is a killer of big deer. Check out Taylor's 2020 buck pictured below.
Today’s great guest blog from our friend Scott Geurink. This is raising them right to love and appreciate our lifestyle: Hi Mike: Our recent youth hunt was a success! My 11- year-old twin girls, Alli and Laci, were both able to take a buck in just over an hour of each other! This was their second year of hunting deer. Last year Laci was shot a spike for her first deer, and Alli got 2 does. This year, both girls agreed the night before the hunt that they were looking for a 6-point or bigger. We hunt in an area of Michigan that has an Antler Point Restriction (APR) of 4 points or more on at least one side; however [...]
Something that Texas custom gun maker Lex Webernick told me years ago stuck, and has served me well on deer hunts all over North America the last 30 years: Know your rifle and when the barrel gets dirty enough to start affecting accuracy. For example, you shoot a lot at the range and find that your rifle starts to open up a group after, say, 20 rounds. I’d clean that rifle barrel after every 15 rounds, or five 3-shot groups. But I personally never take a completely clean rifle on a hunt. I usually run 3 shots through a clean barrel to dirty it a bit, that seems to be the sweet spot accuracy-wise, and then go hunting.