Author: Gary Lewis

PacWest Outdoors: Blacktail Deer, Black Powder and White Smoke

Antlerless hunts offer additional opportunity for hunters in some western states. By Gary Lewis Our hunt was all but over. On the morning of the third day, both of our hunters had tagged out with blacktail bucks, one taken on a ridge top at the edge of a bank of cloud, ghost-like in the mist. The other was on a ridge on the other side of the valley, in sunshine under a clear blue sky. When my hunting partner (and TV producer) Sam Pyke, and I planned this trip, we had both applied for, and won antlerless tags that...

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Pac West Outdoors: Scimitars – South of Eden

Hunting the scimitar-horned oryx in the Hill Country where Texans helped save the species from extinction. By Gary Lewis Dead ahead, five hundred yards distant, on the fringe of a feather-leafed patch of mesquite and prickly pear at the edge where grass as green as the day of creation gave way to forest, stood three scimitar-horned oryx. They gave no indication they had seen us, but we were not fooled, Roger Schmidt least of all. With their horns flashing in the early light, they fed into tall cover. Ryan Lentz let out his breath. He carried a Nosler Custom...

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PacWest Outdoors: The Haunt

When the sun goes down, the biggest and the rarest of the wild hogs come out to feed. This is when a hunter might get a chance at a white or a silver boar. By Gary Lewis South of San Antonio, twenty-four hours into a two-day hunt for wild boar, we stopped to check the trail cameras. In front of an automatic feeder, I’d set the first one, a new Bushnell Trophy Cam HD. When I put the card in the laptop halfway through the hunt, I clicked through more than 200 images. Huge numbers of animals had fed...

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PacWest Outdoors: Our Gear-Up Guide for the Chukar Hunter

Get ready for fall hunts with this look at upland bird hunting tools for our favorite time of year. By Gary Lewis A shotgun, a pointing dog, a good pair of boots and all that land all the way to the horizon. If there is one great wing-shooting opportunity for the rugged individual in the West, it’s the chukar hunt. And much of the best chukar habitat is on land owned in common by all Americans. If there is anything else to bring along, it fits behind the seat of the truck and in the game vest. For the...

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PacWest Outdoors: Lesson Learned! 12 Mule Deer Hunting Mistakes

Don’t watch the girls! And 11 more of the most common muley hunting blunders we make. By Gary Lewis We are poor predators at best. Mule deer are far better at survival than we are at turning them into steaks and burger. Sometimes it is good to remember what NOT to do. Over the years, I have made many mistakes on big bucks. Perhaps you, like me, are prone to learn things the hard way. Try to learn from the mistakes of others. Here are some of the classic blunders from mule deer country. Mistake No. 12: Park in...

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