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Comparing two tried-and-true big-game cartridges.

by Craig Boddington

The two most popular big-game cartridges among American hunters remain the .270 and .30-06. Neither are exactly new; the .270 was introduced clear back in 1925, while the .30-06 passed its centennial seven years ago (wow!). Both cartridges have seen their ups and downs. Their popularity, at least in new rifle sales, slipped a bit during the first magnum craze of the late 1950s and 1960s…and slipped again around the turn of the millennium with the introduction of an amazing array of new unbelted magnums.

 

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Wyoming's mule deer migrate some 150 miles every year.

If you think of wildebeest in the Serengeti when you think of large mammal migrations, start thinking a little closer to home. Scientists have discovered that the longest known migration of mule deer—an incredible 150-mile journey between winter range and summer range—occurs every year in western Wyoming. The deer move from low-elevation winter range in the Red Desert near Interstate 80 to the high mountains surrounding the Hoback Basin in northwestern Wyoming. They spend some four months on their journey, negotiating sand dunes, lake and river crossings, multiple highways, and more than a hundred fences.

Biologists discovered the phenomenon when they placed GPS collars on twelve deer in the Red Desert in 2011 and followed their movements through spring 2013.

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Hunting is by far the largest funding mechanism for wildlife, and the economic benefits go far beyond conservation.

By Shane Mahoney
 
Gifford Pinchot, first chief of the United States Forest Service and the twenty-eighth governor of Pennsylvania, famously declared, “Unless we practice conservation, those who come after us will have to pay the price of misery, degradation, and failure for the progress and prosperity of our day.”

While many of us now accept the truth in this, it is imperative we also recognize that conservation is not free. There is a price to pay for the management, protection, and enjoyment of our natural world. Wildlife abundance is no accident, and it isn’t free, either. Somebody, somewhere, pays the bills.

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Collecting great hunting books is an enjoyable way to further your appreciation of the hunting tradition.

By Brad Fitzpatrick

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An overview of the TSA rules for flying with your hunting firearms, ammunition, and other hunting equipment

By Ron Spomer

They took my Swiss Army knife. They took my mini screwdriver repair kit. They even took my tweezers once. But they haven’t taken my guns yet, and if I pay attention and follow the rules, they hopefully never will.

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New bullet designs and construction have given new life and new versatility to the venerable .45-70 Government.

By Kelly Ross

While big bore lever-actions have long been a favorite of deep woods  whitetail hunters, 21st Century reloading components and ammunition have made the .45-70 much more versatile and easily capable of taking moose and elk out to 250 yards.

 

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Innovative hunt-booking website reaches a milestone.


BookYourHunt.com, a website that allows hunters to search for hunts, compare prices, and book directly with outfitters, started a year ago with just three outfitters on board. Its growth since then has been dramatic: Today the site offers more than 1,500 available hunts in 40 countries.  BookYourHunt.com is constantly adding new countries and animal species, and the site now works with more than 300 outfitters worldwide. You can book a hunt in places as exotic as  Greenland, Slovakia, or Sweden, or in the top hunting countries in Africa, Asia, and around the world.

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An expedition to central Asia in search of the magnificent mid-Asian ibex.

By Diana Rupp

In October 2014, I traveled to the fascinating country of Kazakhstan, along with my husband, Scott, to hunt one of the world's most interesting mountain animals, the mid-Asian ibex. This successful and enjoyable trip was arranged by The Hunting Consortium. You can read the story of the hunt in the January/February 2015 issue of Sports Afield. Because space did not allow Sports Afield to publish as many of the photos from the hunt as I would have liked, I am posting here some additional photos from our fantastic central Asian adventure.

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