Author: LisaDeming

Public Access Expanded in Southwest Montana

MISSOULA, Mont.—The largest wildlife management area in Montana is now 160 acres larger thanks to a joint effort by a conservation-minded landowner, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks (FWP), and the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation. “We appreciate Edna Schmeller, a RMEF life member and long-time supporter of our mission, for bringing this conservation project to our attention.” said Kyle Weaver, RMEF president and CEO. “This land has been in her family for nearly three decades. Now it is permanently protected and opened to public access for everyone to use and enjoy.” The property is about 10 miles south of Anaconda...

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Adventure On A Budget: Isle Royale National Park

By Michelle Scheuermann The water was clear, which is uncommon for a lake. I could see the bottom near the pier as I looked over from my kayak. It is fascinating. Was this how all lakes looked before man came into the scene? It was also very still. You could see ripples of the badgers as they harassed the loons who were obviously in their territory. That was fascinating, too. The loon babies scurried onto mom’s back as the badgers swam closer and closer. Dad was off finding food; mom was on her own. We looked through the binoculars...

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Outdoor Writer’s Contest: The Best Squirrel Hunt Ever

By Byron Coburn I used to love hunting squirrels, but in the past several years, my desire is not as strong as it once was. That changed last year. My granddaughter, Maya, reached the age where she can handle a gun and now she wants to experience the hunt. I have been a member of the Arizona Elk Society (AES), for a few years. They have a lot of events every year to encourage kids to get involved in outdoor activities. In particular, in the summer, they have a Wapiti Weekend event that is held up in the pine...

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Zeiss Conquest V4 Torture Test

When you walk into the doors of Sportsman’s Warehouse with the intention of buying a riflescope, you want to look at all the features and benefits as well as the clarity and functionality, and the Zeiss Conquest V4 series has numerous different models to choose from and perform excellently in this department. These scopes have a 30mm tube and .25 MOA click values. They are a second focal plane which means that your reticle stays the same size at every magnification setting. The second focal plane is desired by many long-range shooters due to the fact that the subtensions...

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Trigger Time: Competition Provides Pressure

COMPETITION SHOOTING AND MENTAL CONDITIONING By Curtis Robertson SWAT SGT. We have all heard it before, “competition will get you killed”. While this is not an article dedicated to dispelling this myth, I am going to talk about how competition can improve your mental game and make you a better tactician. I’m not arguing that the way a stage is run during a shooting match translates into good tactics. It does, however, train your mind to execute a plan, make decisions under pressure, and perform the physical skills of shooting under that pressure. I think we can all agree...

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