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By Katie Wolf @katiewolfoutdoors Having enjoyed hunting all his life, Tim Lockwood, owner of Lockwood Hunting Services, chose to become a hunting guide as a means to pay his way through college. However, as his name made its way around the industry and the guiding took off, in 2004 at the age of 23...Read more
Jokers Wild Outdoors is a great #CBEO member that gets elk done.

Jokers Wild Outdoors is Stayin' Alive!

By Katie Wolf @katiewolfoutdoors With the start of the 2020 spring season, hunting bans and canceled clients isn’t what Mike "Sparky" Sparkes had in mind for his outfit, Jokers Wild Outdoors. Providing customers with both consumer products and guided hunts in Washington Idaho, and Indiana since...Read more

What's the story on the Rigby Highland Stalker?

Today's question is from the video below. Q: I am writing with a question regarding the December 2017 Rigby Highland Stalker Vide. I have just retired after 25 years in the Army and am looking at purchasing a Highland Stalker as a retirement present to myself once I save up a bit more money. I am...Read more

Q & A With the Colonel - Lefty Game Rifles

Q: As you I’m a lefty, I’m thinking of purchasing a dangerous game rifle.I shoot a model 70 375 H&H well, but you know what it takes to do the reach over and jack the bolt. So I was thinking of a lever action, specifically, a bighorn armory 500 S&W, a 45-70, or a 475 turnbull any other...Read more
Putting up stands is a good summer project…but it’s important to site your stands based on where you think the deer will be moving in the fall, not what they’re actually doing during the hot summer months.


For most of us whitetail season is a long ways away. At my place in Kansas, bow season isn’t even around the corner, and it’s a full three months until rifle season rolls around. Even so, I’ve spent the last couple of weeks “hunting” really hard: scouting, siting stands, preparing food plots.Read more
Long-range ctgs:  Left to right, 7mm RSAUM, .270 WSM, .270 Winchester, 7mm Remington Magnum, 7mm Weatherby Magnum, 7mm STW, 7mm RUM.  These are just a few of the many cartridges that might be considered excellent for open-country hunting, and you could include the fast .30s, which I use a lot.  It is impossible to love them all equally, and for me the .270 WSM stands out as offering exceptional performance in a wonderfully tidy package.


I grew up in what we used to call the magnum craze, the late 1950s and on through the 60s when every new cartridge wore a belt and was called a “magnum.” Some were flops, but this era produced some of our most popular cartridges, including the 7mm Remington Magnum and .300 Winchester Magnum. Starting in about 1998 I think we went into a second magnum craze. In a brief period we have seen: Four long Remington Ultra Mags and two short Remington Short Action Ultra Mags; four Winchester Short Magnums and three Winchester Super Short Magnums; and now two Ruger Compact Magnums. All of these are fat-cased unbelted cartridges. Weatherby brought out the huge-cased .30-.378 and .338-.378 Weatherby Magnum, both belted cartridges.Read more
Steve Hornady, right, is one of the many devoted fans of the .280 Remington.  Over the years he has used it to take most of his mountain game, including this excellent Dagestan tur from Azerbaijan.


As standard cartridges go the .280 Remington has one of the oddest histories. Based on the .30-06 case necked down to take a 7mm, or .284-inch bullet, the cartridge was introduced in 1957. It has never had enough sales to support an extensive variety of factory loads, yet those who use it generally swear by it. It is thus almost a cult cartridge, supported by a relatively small group who worship at its shrine. Among them have been some of America’s most astute riflemen. It is the favorite hunting cartridge of Jim Carmichel, longtime Shooting Editor at Outdoor Life, used for an amazing variety of game. Steve Hornady of Hornady Manufacturing has used it to take the majority of the mountain game he loves to hunt.Read more
Yes, this is a sheep hunter’s Holy Grail, a big Marco Polo argali, taken in the Pamir Mountains of Tajikistan in 2003.  These hunts are expensive but, shockingly, not as costly as many North American sheep hunts.


Many years ago I invited my then boss to join me in one of my secret public land hotspots for wild hogs. I’ll never forget how he looked down his nose at me and sneered, “No thanks. I’m not much of pig hunter,” as if that was the lowest life form on Earth. This fellow was a widely experienced hunter who I admired greatly…at least until that moment. You see, by his own description he was a sheep hunter, which is either the greatest snobbery, or the greatest addiction, in our hunting world. Perhaps both.Read more
Given adequate gun weight the .416s aren’t all that bad, but I would never tell anyone they’re a lot of fun to shoot off the bench.  This is the .416 Ruger in the Ruger Hawkeye, and it’s obviously quite a handful from a static bench position.


Resurrected by Ruger and Federal in 1988, it’s an article of faith today that the .416 Rigby was one of the most popular of the British big bores. Historical records do not bear this out. Introduced in about 1911, the .416 Rigby was long held as a proprietary cartridge by the British firm of John Rigby. This means that they had a monopoly on both rifles and ammunition. The rifles were more or less custom made, and the ammo was expensive.Read more
I’ve long been a fan of aperture sights on dangerous game rifles:  They are faster and more visible than traditional open sights.  This is my .404 Jeffery built by Gun Creations in Lubbock, Texas.  The aperture sight is just perfect for such a rifle.


Among American hunters open sights are almost obsolete. As I’ve written before, I genuinely believe they have their purposes—but they are very limited. It’s axiomatic that you can’t hit something if you can’t see it, and telescopic sights, rifle scopes, enable you to see better. Telescopic rifle sights have been in common use since the 1950s, and almost universal during my entire hunting career (which started in the 1960s).Read more