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MeatEater Pro Tips: Pants Layering Systems

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MeatEater Pro Tips: Pants Layering Systems

Layering systems are a lot more important than most folks realize. There’s a particular way that I like to layer my pants depending on the conditions and what I’m able to bring along. Take a look at the video above, I hope my system can help you out next time you’re in the market for the right...
Tips on Marksmanship With a Rifle or Airgun

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Tips on Marksmanship With a Rifle or Airgun

Practice makes perfect.  This saying holds very true concerning our ability to make a good, lethal shot on an animal with a rifle.  Our hunting ethics dictate we respect the animal enough to know our limits and capabilities when considering a shot. There is no substitute to trigger time.  This can...
Trail Cameras

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Trail Cameras

Up until the advent of the trail camera, a hunter had to do most of his scouting on foot.  Guesses on the whereabouts of certain animals had to be made by studying sign.  Then along came this new technology and, suddenly, a hunter can be in two places at once. The use of trail cameras is easy. If...
How to Prepare for Backcountry Hunting Risks

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How to Prepare for Backcountry Hunting Risks

The risks of a backcountry hunt include all of the normal risks associated with a typical hunt, plus many more. These risks are compounded by the physical distance that separates you from emergency assistance. For the unprepared hunter, a simple puncture wound can turn into a serious infection. A...
Hydration on a Backcountry Hunt

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Hydration on a Backcountry Hunt

Hunting in the backcountry requires extreme amounts of knowledge.  Two very basic things that anyone going into the backcountry should know about are, water and fire.  Without water you won’t be able to stay hydrated. Without fire warmth will be hard to maintain, making it incredibly hard to stay...
Tips for Cooking on a Backcountry Hunt

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Tips for Cooking on a Backcountry Hunt

My dad always liked that old Napoleon quote about how an army marches on its stomach. During hunting season, he kept a plastic milk crate full of assorted goodies, jarred venison, corned meat, dried fruit, jerky, coffee nips, crackers, and toffee peanuts in the back of his Jeep Cherokee so that he...
Tips for Staying Comfortable on a Backcountry Hunt

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Tips for Staying Comfortable on a Backcountry Hunt

No matter how grueling a hunt gets, I can usually hack it as long as I’m able to get a decent amount of sleep at night. There are certain tips to keep you comfortable on a backcountry hunt to keep you out longer. Sounds simple enough, but in the backcountry, it can be a never-ending challenge.  Wet...
How to Fit and Load a Hunting Pack

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How to Fit and Load a Hunting Pack

A well fit pack should evenly disperse the weight of the load through the torso, with most of the weight falling on the centers of your shoulders and your hips. Carrying a burly load is never an exercise in comfort, but a well fit pack can really make a difference and reduce the level of hell that...
What You Need to Know About Hunting Packs

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What You Need to Know About Hunting Packs

Of all the forms of hunting discussed in these pages, backcountry hunting is far and away the most physically and mentally demanding and also the most demanding on gear. Not only does the backcountry hunter have to hunt, he has to do it while balancing an extraordinary number of ancillary concerns...
Tips on Hunting Footwear and Apparel

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Tips on Hunting Footwear and Apparel

I firmly believe that gear doesn’t make the hunter. On that premise, it’s a known fact that unsatisfactory gear can absolutely ruin a good hunter’s hunt. I’ve compiled a list of tips on hunting footwear and apparel that any hunter can benefit from. Boots Feet ruin hunts. Cold feet, blistered feet...