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FEATURE STORY

The Dream Season

Hunting to me is a never-ending, nonstop experience. I can’t imagine life without it. It’s much more than a hobby or a passion. It’s all I do. I can’t describe with words what hunting is to me, but life revolves around it, especially mule deer. Every extra moment, year-round, I'm hunting or doing something related. This story is about my 2017 season. I feel like I could fill a book with things I have been lucky enough to experience this year.

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GEAR REVIEW ARTICLES

ISSUE 165

EHJ 165: Hardcore Field Test

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In today’s ultra-customizable consumer climate, “having it your way” is quickly becoming the norm.

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ISSUE 165

Gear Lab: Better Bullets!

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Better bullets? You betcha!

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ISSUE 164

Eastmans’ EHJ i164 Christmas Picks

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Here are the 2017 Christmas picks from the Eastmans' Staff!

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ISSUE 164

EHJ 164: Hardcore Field Test

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In preparation for these trips I set out to find the best solution for housing all my gear..

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ISSUE 164

EHJ 164: Gear Lab

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I’ve always thought these lightweight cots were a cool idea, but definitely didn’t see myself ever using one..

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ISSUE 163

EHJ 163: Gear Lab

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Read this to learn about some of our favorite three-season tents!

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ISSUE 163

Hardcore Field Test: Horizon Endeavor HZ

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Looking for a truly long-range-capable lightweight hunting rifle in a true custom platform?

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ISSUE 162

EHJ 162: Gear Lab - Taking Stock

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If you’re anything like me, settling for “good enough” isn’t an option.

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ISSUE 162

Hardcore Field Test: First Lite Sawtooth & Obsidian

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In the last issue of EHJ (issue 161) we focused heavily on base layers..

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ISSUE 161

Vortex Razor HD LH Riflescope

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Riflescopes are one of the, if not the most important piece of gear you are going to purchase.

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ISSUE 161

GORE OPTIFADE Concealment Technology

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In today’s high tech gear world, there is no room for compromise.

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ISSUE 161

Goin’ for the Day: Daypack Review

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In the past I’ve found myself sacrificing comfort, storage or load hauling ability..

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ISSUE 160

Gear Lab - Synthetic Sleeping Bags

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In this issue we discussed the Rewarming Drill, developed and perfected by a team of Navy Seals.

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ISSUE 160

Gaining Altitude - Kryptek’s Latest

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Kryptek has made a splash in 2017 with their new Altitude series and pattern with Schoeller fabrics.

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ISSUE 159

Gear Lab: Badlands

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If you grew up hunting the West in the ‘90s and early 2000s you probably remember the first time you saw a Badlands backpack..

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ISSUE 159

Weatherby’s Vanguard Camilla

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As a guide and hunter I meet an array of men and women throughout the season.

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ISSUE 158

IN-RUT Rifles

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Most of you are probably scratching your heads. IN-RUT Rifles? Who are they?

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ISSUE 158

Gear Lab: Scope Rings and Bases

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Your rifle is only as good as your scope...

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ISSUE 158

Hornady ELD-X Redefining Ballistics

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"Do you want a bullet that performs well at the low impact velocities of longer ranges...

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ISSUE 157

Gear Lab – Scope Covers

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Protecting your optics, especially your riflescope, is mission critical in any hunting situation.

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ISSUE 157

OTIS Cleaning Systems – Hardcore Hunter

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Extended hunts are tough to plan for, and as a result, some things get left at home.

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ISSUE 156

Taking Optics by Force – SIG SAUER

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SIG SAUER is a well-known and respected brand..

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ISSUE 156

Hardcore Field Test - SPOT Safety Devices

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We’ve all been there - an unpredictable turn of events has us freaked out about our safety.

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ISSUE 155

First Lite’s 2016 Offerings

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A hunt’s quality can be easily dictated by the quality of clothing and material choice a hunter uses.

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ISSUE 155

Gear Lab - In the Field Shooting Rests

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Here are some products that fit the bill for in-the-field rests..

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ISSUE 155

The Great Debate: Sub .30 cal vs. .30 cal

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Sub-.30 cal. vs. .30 cal. for Western Hunting

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ISSUE 154

Mountain Rifle Review

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We’ve all read rifle reviews before, but this review isn't going to be that.

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ISSUE 153

Lowa Tibet GTX Hightop

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Quality, quality, quality. Rarely when I get the chance to review equipment do I come in contact with a piece of gear that exceeds expectation.

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ISSUE 152

Hardcore Field Test: KUIU Teton Series

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This new system from KUIU is very impressive for the price. The best part is that it allows you to get into a technical clothing setup on a budget.

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ISSUE 151

Badlands Hardcore Field Test

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More than 20 years ago western hunters were introduced to a new breed of gear specifically designed for western hunters.

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ISSUE 150

Trekking Along

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What if there was one item that gave you more endurance, one item that allowed you to go farther and made elevation gains easier?

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ISSUE 149

Hardcore Field Test-Mainframe vs Blue Widow

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It is no secret to anyone that has read any of my writings in EHJ or EBJ about Eberlestock that the Blue Widow pack has been a longstanding favorite.

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ISSUE 148

Long-Range Packs – Extend Your Hunt

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A 10-day backpack hunt into some of the most remote places in North America is not something to go cheap on.

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ISSUE 147

Picking the Right Two-Man Tent Hilleberg Kaitum 2 vs Nallo 2 GT

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A sturdy tent for the backcountry is synonymous with the name Hilleberg. So which two person model is the right choice?

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ISSUE 146

Ballistic Tips: Rifle Cleaning and Storage

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Well, the last shot has been fired and the roast is in the crock-pot filling your house with the aroma of success but now what?

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ISSUE 146

Hardcore Field Test: Liberty Safe

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In my mind, the true test of a safe wouldn’t be how much I can torture test it but it would be the attention to detail that goes into the construction.

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ISSUE 145

Hardcore Field Test: Kahtoola Micro Spikes

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The elk are where you find them. The funny part is when I find them, they are usually in some of the steepest, nastiest terrain possible.

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ISSUE 144

Ballistic Tips: Finding Zero

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Let's take the opportunity to help out the new rifle owners and brush the dust off the seasoned ones.

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ISSUE 143

The Big Guns: Our Top 5 Elk Gun Setups for 2014

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One of the most debated topics among big game hunting enthusiasts is the best gun, caliber and bullet setup for taking big bull elk.

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