Hunting Tips

A really nice forkhorn chasing a doe in late September. These deer rut the earliest of any blacktail/mule deer I know of. The season ends about the third week in September, and in most years there’s good rutting activity the last few days of the season.

#TBT AMERICA'S EARLIEST DEER SEASON, AUGUST 2012

As I write these lines it’s a blistering August across the U.S. That’s not all bad. Winter and spring are behind us, summer is on the wane, and autumn is coming soon. For those among us who are deer hunters, that means our season is right around the corner…Read more
It is amazing how little cover is needed to hide an entire elephant

#TBT IS THE WORLD'S GREATEST GAME FOR YOU? APRIL 2010

“I didn’t know you could still hunt elephant.” This is one of the first comments I usually hear on the subject of elephant hunting, even among fairly knowledgeable hunters. That’s the first hurdle to get past: In our new millennium, should elephants be hunted? Indeed they should, and indeed they must.Read more
The sight of big tracks with long claws projecting ahead tells you you’re in grizzly country. This is nothing to be afraid of, but you need to be cautious.

#TBT BEAR COUNTRY, October 2011

There was scat along the trails, and long-clawed tracks in just about every wet spot. We were in bear country. More specifically, we were in grizzly bear country. At least one of the bears had marked a tree close by hunting camp with deep scratch marks. Although I didn’t particularly want a bear to drop by for dinner this wasn’t especially frightening.Read more
Craig Boddington Convention Booth

THE TOUGHEST HUNT: CONVENTIONS!

Some hunts are tougher than others, some are tough physically, while others are tough mentally. On any mountain hunt you know going in that you’re going to sweat, struggle, and huff and puff your way up—and with increasingly bad knees, I know the downhill is going to hurt just as bad. On the other hand, I hate to sit still…but I love to hunt whitetails, and in a lot of good country stand-hunting is the only viable option. It’s late December now, and I’ve spent much of the last month sitting on stands waiting for a good buck to step out. I did it in Nebraska and Kansas, and the last few days I did it in Georgia. Results were, er, mixed…but now that’s behind me, and I’m gearing up for the toughest hunt of all: Convention Season!Read more
Craig's "On the go" Office in Botswana

HOW I SEE MY BUSINESS

Friends, I’ve had a long and wonderful career in this crazy business. I’ve been lucky in that I got some great breaks along the way. I have colleagues who claim they sold the first story they ever wrote and never looked back. Maybe…or, as to use a pseudo-military acronym my battalion XO, Ron Corbin, coined, “MBIFDI,” pronounced “mabifidee” and meaning, “maybe, but I freakin’ doubt it.” I started trying to write in this business when I was in high school, and I built up at least a boxcar full of rejection notices before I sold my first story! That was in about 1972, when I was still in college.Read more
The Caucasus Mountains are steep and treacherous. The local guides in Azerbaijan are very good and the hunting is extremely successful, but it’s never easy.

Tough Hunts - DFTQ Part 2 - (Mantra of Die First Then Quit)

The Marco Polo sheep is one of the world’s great game animals, hunted on the “roof of the world” in the Pamirs of Central Asia. As a mere gunwriter this was a hunt I never expected to be able to do, and in fact no full-time gunwriter had preceded me. Except: In the early 1970s, when Afghanistan’s Waukon Corridor was open, one of our most respected gunwriters went. He was older and a lifelong smoker; he got altitude sickness and had to be evacuated to lower elevation. Few know about this and he never wrote about it…Read more
Wyoming Bighorn Ram Hunt - DFTQ hunt

Tough Hunts - DFTQ Part 1 - (Mantra of Die First Then Quit)

There were no horns and no meat sacks in the Supercub when we landed. Outfitter Erik Salitan was there to meet me, as was Donna—she’d gotten ill and had flown out a few days earlier. Me, I went full term, continuing to battle terrible weather and never seeing the game I was seeking. So I hugged Donna and greeted Erik, and he looked at me with (I think) genuine incredulousness and asked, “How can you be so cheerful?”Read more

10 Favorite Hunting Trips

I’m often asked about my favorite hunts. Some have been better than others, but almost no genuine “bad ones”…invariably, there’s a good memory in there somewhere! So a simple and honest answer has always been, “the last one…or the next one.” But some memories shine brighter than others, and in many cases ...Read more

The Best Hunt In Argentina

Argentina’s legendary high-volume bird shooting is the country’s biggest draw, with the big-game hunting a smaller subset. Did you know that Argentina is the world’s most popular hunting destination? Okay, maybe it’s not like key whitetail states like Pennsylvania or New York, where hundreds of...Read more

10 Questions To Ask Your Outfitter... Before You Book!

It drives me crazy. Outfitted hunts cost money, so the people who book them must have achieved some success at something. Yet, time and again, I see people making snap decisions regarding hunting that they would never make in business! It’s okay to ask the hard questions, but before you do make...Read more

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