Author: Gary Lewis

PacWest Outdoors: Sighting-In Made Simple

Five simple steps to long-range accuracy in the Golden Age of the rifle By Gary Lewis This is the Golden Age of the rifle. Never before have good rifles and rifle scopes been so affordable and accessible. Today’s optics are far superior to the glass we used 20 years ago and a scope can be tailor made for an individual to wring astonishing accuracy from his or her rifle. A hunter can buy premium off-the-shelf ammo that, under the right conditions, is capable of minute-of-angle accuracy. But all the advancements in manufacturing are no substitute for time at the...

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PacWest Outdoors: Poker-Faced Strategies for Winning More Pheasant

Never reveal your next move when playing the high card. Article and Photos By Gary Lewis Pheasant hunting, like the game of poker, is a contest of decision-making in the face of incomplete information. The correct decision in any given situation is the decision that has the highest expected value. We might as well have been playing poker. Dennis Foster revealed none of his cards. The tableland turned cornfield in front of us had been harvested, except for a couple of strips of corn, in which, presumably, pheasants had taken refuge. A collection of dogs, 13 in all, mostly...

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PacWest Outdoors: The 9 Habits of the Record Book Buck Hunter

Prepare for and plan a hunt for a trophy blacktail, mule deer or western whitetail. By Gary Lewis My quest for a record book buck started on a late-September afternoon at Bend Mapping in my hometown of Bend, Oregon. I yarded out a map of the Rogue Unit and found the biggest road-less area. Next I searched the corresponding topographic map and two miles from the nearest road, located a saddle and a rocky outcrop. A week later, at dawn, I followed a deer trail up into that saddle. Two hours later, I stood on a ledge on that...

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PacWest Outdoors: Captivated by Mearns’ Quail

Hunt this rarest of North American quail in the deserts of southern Arizona Story and Photos by Gary Lewis A general named Crook with a weakness for bird hunting, found himself, after campaigns across the west, back in Arizona, his quarry, an Apache named Geronimo. One of Crook’s key strategies was the use of selected Indian scouts to guide each column of soldiers. The scouts were kept one to two day’s march ahead of the army and up to fifty miles along each flank. On May 20, 1883, Crook took his shotgun and wandered alone into the tall yellow...

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PacWest Outdoors: The Youngest Impala Guide

It was her hunt to guide and there were big impala bucks in the mopane bush. Story and photos by Gary Lewis She was in camp with us in 2006 when we were on safari in the Limpopo. She was two years old then and now, seven years later, she was with us again. Nine-year-old Mika already could read the track of the leopard from the back of the safari vehicle and knew enough to tell a kudu track from a waterbuck’s. Now it was the last day of our safari and the little girl who had been so...

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