A Simple Guide for Understanding Application, Drawing, and Tag Terms

January 14, 2015

If you are going to drag out a big buck, you must first go through the process of getting a tag. It can be a little overwhelming at first, but once you understand the ways tags are allotted in the various states, you’ll be drawing premium tags in no time.

Acquiring a deer tag to hunt in a state far from home can be a confusing process, but this explanation of terms and definitions will help you navigate to the deer license you have always been wanting. Applying for a nonresident tag in a state far from home can leave you with an overwhelming feeling. Game laws regarding tags are complicated and at times very confusing. It seems like every state is different, and laws within a state can differ from one species to another. With that in mind, my "Glossary of Tag Terms" that follows should help you navigate the clutter by...

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Video: The Double Barrel Bolt-action Hunting Rifle

December 7, 2014

The top barrel on this unique rifle is chambered in 7x57mm Mauser, while the bottom barrel is chambered in .22 LR.

The first thing you may notice about this hunting rifle from German gun maker Christoph Funk is that the rifle has a second breech, a second trigger, a second bolt, and a second barrel. This rather unique gun's top barrel is chambered in 7x57mm Mauser and its bottom barrel is chambered in .22 LR. According to firearms historian Ian McCollum, who runs, this kind of flexibility allows the user to take both medium-sized to large game and small game without having to swap firearms. If you're worried about the weight of an...

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Brief Father-daughter Elk Hunt Delivers Lifelong Memories

November 7, 2014

Jim Simonson, foreground, and Leah Durkin study the Colorado mountainside.

Shooting light had just arrived October 11 as my daughter Leah and I followed our friend Jim Simonson uphill toward a rock ledge at 8,800 feet in elevation. Simonson, a Green Bay, Wisconsin native long since transplanted to Centennial, Colorado, soon disappeared into thick brush about 25 yards uphill. Seconds later, Leah and I heard hoofsteps on the ledge above him. We knew without looking that the sounds weren’t Simonson. Three elk---all 1.5-year-old spike bulls---stood skylighted on the rock balcony, looking down at us like snooty stage critics. They repeatedly moved back and forth...

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Last-minute Deer Season Prep

November 5, 2014

The best part of being a prepared hunter? Getting to share your success with friends and family. Image by Rich Lagerquist.

It's late in the evening November 14, and you're digging through a box of stuff in the closet. You're frantically searching for those blaze orange gloves you just know you have somewhere. You're probably laughing right now, because we've all been there and done exactly that. There are always a few things that end up waiting until the last minute before deer season gets here. I'm going to try really hard to not let it happen to me again this season. Michigan's firearm deer season happens every year on November 15. For many of us, it's like a holiday. Schools are closed, vacation time saved...

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9 Questions with RMEF Ambassador Kristy Titus

October 23, 2014

Kristy Titus is a dedicated elk hunter and member of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation. Britney Starr sat down with Titus to learn more about her background and her passion for elk.

Kristy Titus is an avid sportswoman with a passion for elk hunting. Along with being an ambassador for the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation (RMEF), she is also a featured member on Team Elk, RMEF’s television show. I recently caught up with Kristy to talk about all things elk hunting. Britney: Please tell us a little about your background in hunting. Have you been doing it for your entire life? Kristy: From the time I was two years old, I started riding with my dad, on his saddle, while packing into the backcountry. I had my own mule by the age of four, and still...

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The Nonresident’s Guide to Michigan Deer Hunting

September 22, 2014

Michigan has a lot to offer nonresident whitetail hunters, including ample amounts of public land.

For decades, Michigan has played host to an army of out-of-state, orange-clad, deer hunting warriors every November. October brings in a plethora of camouflaged archers as well. With a large deer herd, and readily available over-the-counter tags with a reasonable price point, the Great Lake State is a destination for nonresident deer hunters from across the country. As with any hunting trip, there are some definite things to plan on and some significant rule changes for this year. Look no farther than this article for (almost) everything a nonresident hunter will need to know in Michigan...

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5 New Deer Hunting Rifles to Help You Fill Your Freezer This Season

September 17, 2014

Come gun season, hunters will be taking to the field with a variety of muzzleloaders, shotguns, and rifles. Here's five that we think you should consider.

Rifle season’s just around the corner, and you’re still fiddling around with the lawn mower. A whitetail isn’t going to serve itself on a platter, so if you plan to get the family some steaks, you better get in gear. Here are five new guns that offer zero excuses for buying meat from the grocery store again. CVA Accura MR Nitride ST In several Booner-buck-producing Midwestern states you must choose a shotgun or muzzleloader for the firearm season. I opt for the muzzleloader---specifically CVA’s Accuru MR Nitride ST---because it...

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Rifle Practice and Training the Professional Way at FTW Ranch

June 30, 2014

Learning to dial-in your specific rifle and scope combination is all part of the intense four-day training at FTW Ranch's SAAM school. After a crash course in ballistics, a course is set to get out on the range with real-world hunting situations for long-range rifles.

What distance do you consider to be your longest acceptable shot when hunting with a rifle? Two hundred yards? Three hundred? Four hundred? How do you practice with your rifle, other than sighting in at the range? Many hunters would benefit from attending the Sportsmen’s All-Weather All-Terrain Marksmanship (SAAM) school at FTW Ranch. Nestled in a remote and beautiful spot in the hill country of southwest Texas, this incredible ranch-based school will not just improve skills, but is a heckuva lot of fun. In fact, the experience may rank just as...

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Midwest Gun Works Official Distributor of the New Ares Defense SCR Rifle

May 8, 2014

The ARES Defense Sport Configurable Rifle is a multi-caliber modular design for sporting, competition or tactical applications.

Midwest Gun Works Inc., (MGW), a one-stop shop for firearms parts, accessories and gunsmithing services, proudly announces that MGW will be distributing the new 100% USA Made ARES Defense Sport Configurable Rifle (SCR).  This latest innovation from an industry leader uses advanced patented firearms technologies; the SCR gives tactical, sport and competitive shooters a robust, multi-caliber platform that is designed for optimal configuration. The SCR accepts most Modern Sporting Rifle accessories and parts including magazines, barrels, bolts,...

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Nikon’s Latest Promotion Helps Ensure that Your AR Rules

April 9, 2014

Nikon AR Rifle Promo

The surge in popularity of the AR-15 rifle has taken the country by storm. It seems like everyone’s accessorizing their AR rifle in order to make it stand out from the crowd. And with Nikon’s latest promotion, AR enthusiasts can take another step in ensuring that their AR Rules. Now through April 30, 2014 shooters can take advantage of up to $100 instant savings on select models of Nikon’s AR dedicated riflescopes with Nikon’s AR Rules Promotion. “Our dedicated AR riflescopes are caliber specific,” said Nikon general manager Jon Allen. “As more and more people continue to...

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