Articles from Len Backus


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  1. HHA Optimizer Speed Dial Crossbow Sight Mount Review

    These are not always your conditions, so let’s talk about how to do it the right way and get everything we want and more out of the HHA Optimizer Speed Dial system. First of all, it’s not limited to the 80 yard distance that is advertised on the package, so I’ll explain how to set it up for up to 100 yards, but you can take it as far as you feel comfortable shooting. It takes more time and more shots to perform this process, but it's the single most accurate way to maximize your shooting...
  2. Recoil Management: Take The "Ouch" Out Of Shooting

    Recoil Management: Take The "Ouch" Out Of Shooting By John Johnston Have you ever gotten home after a day at the range and reached up to your shoulder to feel the soreness, and then tried to rotate your arm, only to find out it hurt? If so, you are not alone in this sport. Recoil is a natural consequence of shooting. For you young shooters who can shoot anything up to a bazooka without feeling the effects of recoil, just wait. The effects of recoil to the body can be felt from your eyes to...
  3. Lessons Learned The Hard Way Are Often Worth Repeating!

    Lessons Learned The Hard Way Are Often Worth Repeating! By Darrell Holland We can all look back over our shooting career and note dreadful if not embarrassing moments when we really blew it. Anybody who claims to have never experienced such a moment is either telling a “Big Windy” or hasn’t shot much! After the humiliation of the screw-up, often in front of witnesses, but not always, we internally beat ourselves to a pulp on the trip home. Often displays of foul language, kicking dirt and...
  4. Spring Bear Hunting Tips

    Spring Bear Hunting Tips By Paul Tunkis Big game season here in Montana generally ends the last Sunday in November, and so begins my nearly five month wait for spring bear to open. Coyote hunting over the winter helps keep me in shape and spring gopher hunting is something I’ve looked forward to most of my life, but it’s not the same as big game hunting. By April and May I’m ready to look for something larger and more interesting. Bears have the added excitement of going after dangerous...
  5. Texas Turkey Hunting As I Know It

    Texas Turkey Hunting As I Know It By Ian McMurchey I am NOT a bird hunter of any note. As a matter of fact I rarely shoot shotguns since rifles take up so most of my time. Despite this lack of shotgunning and bird-hunting experience I get to go on occasional hunts. I usually view these opportunities as new experiences more than hunts. For the life of me, I cannot understand why people get so excited about shooting turkeys. Now I understand there are two different situations here – hunting...
  6. Stalking Deer In The UK

    Stalking Deer In The UK by "browndog" Red Stag Following a brief note from Len asking me to describe deer hunting ‘in my neck of the woods’, I have taken a few moments to do so. Whilst nothing I’ll describe here will live up to the long-range aspirations or achievements of others on this site, I hope it will give some feel for (my experience of) UK stalking. I’ll start with a very brief outline of the UK stalking environment and then move on to describe a couple of typical Highland summer...
  7. Dall Sheep Hunt - 2007

    Dall Sheep Hunt - 2007 By Michael Eichele This story begins in the same way as many of my other hunting stories - with the year(s) prior. It was near the end of the season for 2006. I had finally mustered up the courage to hike over a very long ways away from my normal hunting grounds. I had seen a big ram a few weeks prior at the head of a far off drainage but hadn’t seen him for a couple of weeks. In fact I had seen him in the same spot for several seasons including his last sub legal...
  8. Long Range Tricks And Toys

    Long Range Tricks And Toys By Ian McMurchy Much emphasis is placed on high performance rifles, state-of-the-art scopes and the latest magnum cartridge design when the discussion of long range hunting comes up in gun-shops and hunting camps. That equipment is essential. But there is another level of gear - and some specialized techniques - that play a vital role in making long shots. I am talking about the little things that make a big difference, like rock-steady shooting rests and the...
  9. F-Class Competition As Training For The Hunt

    F-Class Competition As Training For The Hunt By Jim Collier "The witch was in full force, I'd danced with her awhile and she lied to me and led me everywhere but the X-ring" unknown author The antelope was about 800 yards away and the wind was gusting between 18 and 25 miles per hour. The 115 grain Berger missed so badly that not a hair was cut. The next antelope was about 950 yards away and the bullet flew so wide it barley even landed within the same county. The third antelope was about...
  10. Alaska Dream Hunt

    Alaska Dream Hunt By Ian McMurchy I just returned from a wonderful hunt in Alaska. I understand that Alaska might not be the first choice for a dream hunt for some readers. Matter of fact I hope to experience the Yukon and NWT before I hang-up my hunting boots. Right now Alaska’s my dream hunting location. I would like to share the realities of such a hunt. So let’s say you have made up your mind to go on a BIG hunt and have the finances in place. First, a person has to get over a sort of...
  11. Do-It Yourself Western Hunting

    Do-It-Yourself Western Hunt Quest for a place to hunt By Jim Brown A lot of "how-to's" on western hunting deal with the logistics of the hunt . Equipment, transportation, caliber choice, physical condition and so on are all very important considerations and without attention to these details the hunt could be one you would rather forget. Here the focus will be on sources to tap for relatively inexpensive hunts on private land. How would it sound to gain access to 50 square miles of ranch...
  12. Gear For Dall Sheep Backpack Hunting

    Gear For Dall Sheep Backpack Hunting By Michael Eichele "This was supposed to be my first backpack sheep hunt and I swore it would be my last." I woke up from my 5 minute nap when one of the only two tent pegs keeping my tent from tumbling down the mountain pulled out of the ground. My heart about stopped when my body weight pulled the tent I was sleeping in down the steep slope. I bolted out of that tent like shot out of a cannon, heart pounding, breathing hard from the adrenaline and...
  13. Setting Up For The Long Range Hunting Shot

    Setting Up For The Long Range Hunting Shot By Shawn Carlock First lets start off by saying that long range hunting shots are like snowflakes, a few may be similar but no two are really alike. While each shot is unique, the preparation for each shot is mostly the same. For the sake of this article let us assume that you have a rifle and scope combination that shoots very well and you have a developed and confirmed drop chart for your home practice shooting range. Now we will go afield and...
  14. THE GREAT WESTERN HUNT

    The Great Western Hunt By Jim Collier Free At last! As the pages on the calendar slowly peeled away and I approached 30 years of civil service, I begin to think of journeying back out to the Rocky Mountains and finishing my quest for a 1,000 yard bull elk kill. While I already had a long range rifle, I wanted to build one “last great elk rifle”. I began searching the internet for gun parts and adding stock makers, action makers, triggers, scopes and barrels to my Favorites list. In...
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