Hunting Trips

Practice Makes Perfect

While guides stress the imperative of physical conditioning before a hunt, few emphasize the need to improve shooting skills. Most of us sight in our rifles from a bench. We can do pretty well from a supported rest. But what happens when there’s no convenient rest to steady your rifle? It’s a shame to lose a trophy bull because you…

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Hunting Trips

Hunting high: physical and mental preparation for high-country hunting trips (P2)

Continue (P1)… Shape Up! Every outfitter I know tells clients to “get in shape” before heading out west to hunt. For us of the chair-imprisoned, 40-plus brigade, this can be a daunting challenge. Our lives are hectic. Finding time to exercise rigorously every other day during every week is difficult. Yet it takes stamina to climb 2,500 feet from camp…

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Nice Guns

Imagine walking into Cabela’s or Gander Mountain and having your pick of shotguns for the next hunting trip. Browning made that happen for us in South Dakota. When I learned of the trip, I was told to leave my shotgun at home. It’s a good thing I did. I don’t think Browning representatives would appreciate me showing up with my Remington Model…

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Good potholes: a hunting trip for the ages

 Crisp, fall air blanketed northeastern South Dakota as my Ford truck rambled down a nearly deserted highway toward a little piece of hunting paradise. I rolled down my window to get a better view and take in the cool, fresh air that could only mean one thing: It’s waterfowl and upland bird hunting time. I passed through one of the…

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Priarie Sky Ranch

Immediately upon arrival, I was greeted by Bruce Prins and his wife. Corrine, who together have created a top-notch hunting facility. The Prins’ Prairie Sky Ranch is located in the Glacial Lakes Region, which means wetlands and lakes dot the area and wildlife is abundant. The ranch is located on the top of a ridge formed by glaciers thousands of…

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