Wildlife biologist and outdoor writer Larry Weishuhn explains why he set himself the challenge of hunting each of the five species of North American deer.

It only seems natural since there are basically five different species of North American deer there should be a “A Slam of North American Deer” denoting the taking of whitetail, mule deer, Columbian blacktail, Sitka blacktail and Coues whitetails, the latter; the only one of the whitetail subspecies with its own Boone & Crockett record book category. After all there is the Grand Slam of North American Wild Sheep….

The first I heard or thought…


Wildlife biologist and outdoor writer Larry Weishuhn reminiscences on his first experience hunting American bison.

I was still in short britches when I first saw Howard Terpning’s painting of two buffalo hunters, shooting a Sharps rifles rested on crossed arrows. I was enthralled. The fabulous painting made an impression on me. Someday I thought…

Fast forward several years later, I was at my office in Uvalde, Texas working on an article when the phone rang. My daughter Beth, who worked for me in our outdoor media business answered. “Yes Sir Mr. Bachelor, he actually is here!” covering the receiver. “Dad…


Wildlife biologist and outdoor writer Larry Weishuhn discusses how being ambidextrous when it comes to shooting has really stood him well over his lifetime and how he went about achieving this skill.

There simply was no way as a right-hand shooter I could bring my dad’s 30–30 Winchester around far enough to the right to get a shot at the eight-point buck. Moments earlier I had heard what I suspected might be a squirrel scurrying through the crunchy white oak leaves littering the ground on my extreme right. …


Wildlife biologist and outdoor writer Larry Weishuhn says nothing beats a hunting camp’s cowboy coffee — intrigued to find out why? Then read on and discover what makes it so unique and even learn how to make your own.

Chilling winds prevailed, blowing the predawn campfire’s flame sideways. At least another hour remained before November’s darkness would grudgingly yield to the approaching light of day. Standing next to the fire I reached over, grabbed my Ruger №1 300 H&H Mag, topped with a Trijicon scope, and placed four more Hornady rounds in the pocket of the cheek piece. …


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…

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