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Alpha Buck Territory

Does all western big game bachelor up during the spring and summer? Last week, the end of June, I was driving through the high plains heading for my favorite fly fishing spot. The early morning sun was peaking over the high desert buttes and shining on the desert floor. In …

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What makes a 180" mule deer?

Back in the 60s and 70s, I spent the early winter months with my left eye plugged into a spotting scope watching mule deer bucks. It was in those years that I came up with a system to judge the rack size of a buck in the field. It came …

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Winters Meat

Above the house 1966 at the age of 17 slinging a cow elk on saddle horses, which my younger brother harvested. Teenager hunting adventures while growing up in Jackson Hole Wyoming the house is within horseback ride of the head of Cache, and Nowlin creeks. While in high school my …

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Havalon Piranta Torch

One important element to a good hunting product is the willingness of the manufacturer to listen to the consumer and make improvements from time to time. Piranta knives are designed for dressing and caping, not for cutting through bone. Many hunters using the Piranta knife would contact bone or cartilage …

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How Far Backpacks Have Come

Hey Folks! I have been working on the backpacking chapter of my new book. Here is the first generation frame pack my dad used in Alaska in 1957. He’s using it to pack out a sheep. I have a set of photos of packs from 1957-2011 and they’re all really …

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New Mule Deer Book Photos

Holy Velvet Antlers! Which set goes with which buck? I was out taking photos yesterday of bucks that travel from public to private land for the new book. In the book I have a section on tactics for hunting these travelers.                   …

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