Wildlife biologist and outdoor writer Larry Weishuhn exercises patience and caution while spotting and stalking black bear.

It was merely a black speck against a distant, verdant green slope. Could it possibly be a charred stump, or even a shadow, or was it a black bear? My 10x binocular was simply not powerful enough to make a determination. I shifted to the spotting scope next to me. I had set it up for just such a purpose. I started to focus on the distant black object. As I did, the black blob moved.

Stumps do not normally move, neither do…


This month we chat with Precision Rifle Series competitor and Hornady-sponsored shooter Jonathan Berry from Texas, to find out what he’s been up to since we last interviewed him for The Hole Story back in 2018.

What disciplines are you currently competing in?

Currently I am competing in the Precision Rifle Series (PRS) and Armageddon Gear Cup (AG Cup). Both series are based on hunting, law enforcement and military scenarios. The AG Cup is a very unique series and is in its third year of existence. You have to complete three matches from a very small list across the country…


Wildlife biologist and outdoor writer Larry Weishuhn tells us how he recently introduced new neighbors into the hunting fraternity.

“I will meet you at the little restaurant about 10 miles south of town, the building that looks like an old country store. You know the one?” I nodded as did the young couple with me. “They serve a truly outstanding chicken fried steak. Matter of fact, why don’t y’all meet me there at straight up noon? We’ll eat then go to the property. That’ll give everyone a chance to shoot their rifles before you head out for the afternoon’s hunt.”…


Wildlife biologist and outdoor writer Larry Weishuhn is on the hunt for spring antler sheds.

The plan was a simple one. Meet at the rifle range, shoot a couple of rifles and then head to the woods to look for shed antlers.

“You’ve got a nice group going. Your three shots are all touching forming a clover leaf,” commented my brother, Glenn, peering through our spotting scope. “I’d say you gotta choice. Quit now with a group that looks like one ragged hole… or, shoot two more rounds and hope you don’t screw up your tight group. And it would…


This month we chat with 3-Gun competitor and Hornady-sponsored shooter, Bennie Cooley from Idaho, to find out what he’s been up to since we last interviewed him for The Hole Story back in 2016.

So Bennie, what disciplines you are now competing in?

I am currently competing in USPSA handgun/PCC and USSL 3-Gun matches, plus long-range precision rifle matches in the Precision Rifle Series (PRS) and National Rifle League (NRL) series. …


Wildlife biologist and outdoor writer Larry Weishuhn reveals his top tips for calling and hunting coyotes.

Under the cover of darkness coyotes yipped, yapped and yodeled in just about every direction. The temperature hovered in the mid-30s as we gathered around the warming campfire at Hargrove Ranch. At the suggestion of our host Craig Archer, and fellow hunter Eddie Stevenson, I threw another log on the fire. Embers ascended skyward as if offerings and in the glow of the flames I could see Gary and Steve Roberson smile.

The ‘morrow’s morning came grudgingly, gray and frigid. In a hushed voice…


In our latest Hornady blog, we catch up with Idaho-based 3-Gun competitor and Hornady-sponsored shooter, Travis Gibson to find out what he’s been up to since we last spoke to him.

Travis, what disciplines are you currently competing in?

As usual, I’m still competing in 3-Gun when there are matches, but Covid-19 has slowed things down and I’ve continued competing in some long range bolt gun matches. I really like long range matches but as it’s not my primary focus, I usually just shoot them for fun and don’t spend a ton of time practicing for them. …


Wildlife biologist and outdoor writer Larry Weishuhn explains his processes for preparing to hunt in the extreme cold weather of Athabasca, Alberta.

“Be prepared for sub-zero weather, as hopefully that’s what we’ll have while you’re here. Deer here tend to move more during cold weather and big Alberta bucks like it when it is really cold!” stated Ron Nemetchek. “You know that from our past hunts, but it has been a while since you hunted with us and I know how you Texans are about remembering things.”

“Easy now… OK, I’ll bring layers, plus pac-boots from Kenetrek that are a…


Wildlife biologist and outdoor writer Larry Weishuhn shares his top tips for rattling in whitetail learned from over six decades of experience.

Just beyond arm’s reach stood an enraged whitetail buck, eyes bugged, nostrils flared, silver drool hanging from his lower jaw, ears pulled backwards and pinched close to his rut-swelled neck. I dared not move, not even the rifle, or rattling horns laying at my side. Concerned any move on my part might cause the buck to lunge forward, landing in my lap, I breathed only shallow breaths.

The buck cast an eye left, then right. Not finding two…


Wildlife biologist and outdoor writer Larry Weishuhn recalls a memorable hunt for aoudad in the Texas Trans Pecos, with Greg Simons of Wildlife Systems and hunting guide, “Mr Aoudad” Jackie Murphy.

“The red boulder they are standing next to is 976 yards away,” commented Craig Archer peering through his range-finder binos while pointing toward two aoudads three canyons away. I had spotted them while glassing a wide 3x3 mule deer just to the right of where the two fed. The buck’s antlers were impressive, so was his apparent lack of age. …

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