A couple of weeks ago, our Boy Scout troop went on a five-day camping trip. I was asked to come up to the main camp on Wednesday and help the scoutmaster teach rifle marksmanship and certify the boys for the Rifle Marksmanship merit badge.

I love summers in Idaho. How can you not? Sure, it gets a little hot and dry, but that’s why we retreat to the mountains.

Those of us who have spent a lot of time hunting deer, pronghorn, elk and moose in the Rocky Mountain Northwest and Alaska know that we normally work pretty hard before we get a small window of opportunity to get a shot at an animal. Therefore, we need to quickly get as stable as possible an…

I’m not really a history buff, but I like hearing old cowboy and hunting stories and how things used to be. As a kid, my high school had a series of books about this kid who wanted to be a game warden. He was raised by his grandparents and in the second book, he ultimately became a game warden.

This year at the SHOT Show, I noticed a new company named Riton USA (pronounced right-on) and got interested in their products. Before long, I was testing out on their scopes and binoculars.

My father once told me about a trip he and some of his friends took to Yellowstone National Park in the late 1930s. They stopped to look at a bull elk with an impressive rack that was lying down in the meadow a couple of miles from the Madison Junction.

Normally, my crappie fishing in Idaho is over by the end of May, and after the first week of June, it’s over near Oregon. But for whatever reason, last year it kept getting better and better until I quit fishing in September to go bowhunting.

Baking Soda has an unlimited shelf life, which makes it a perfect item for use in the outdoors. It also has hundreds of uses beyond cooking. It can be used for personal hygiene, sanitation, cleaning, medical and scent control.

My wife and I just returned from two weeks in Reedsport, Oregon, visiting my daughter and her family. I always like to visit Reedsport and the surrounding area along the Oregon coast. I just always dread the 13-hour drive from Pocatello to Reedsport.

Ducks Unlimited is putting on a big outdoor show titled The Great Northwest Outdoor Expo from June 29 to July 1 in Nampa. I’m excited. I think they have a good game plan and it has the potential to quickly become the largest outdoor show in the Northwest.

One of the biggest hurdles for people who are trying to store food for emergencies is tackling the questions, “What do I store?” and “How do I know if an expired can is still edible?”

Father’s Day is just around the corner and sometimes it can be hard to figure out what to buy your dad. Even though my dad has been dead for quite a few years, I think back to how hard it was to figure out what to buy him. All he’d ever give me for suggestions were leather gloves to work on …

This is a reminder that Trapper Education will be mandatory starting July 1 for anyone who purchased their first Idaho trapping license on or after July 1, 2011.

We have a shooting event every summer that I can only describe as Combat Trap Shooting. It’s a blast. You ought to try it sometime with a group of friends.

The weather has been wreaking havoc on individuals who want to go camping. A lot of wood is wet and the wind isn’t helping individuals who want to have a campfire for warmth or cooking.

According to our old buddy Jack Sweet, morel mushrooms are the second best fungi in the world. Second only to the truffle in England. I’ve always heard about truffles but I’ve never tasted one. However, if they’re better than a morel, then they must be good.

This is the time of year my wife and I make reservations to spend three or four days at Yellowstone National Park during the spring, summer and fall. The campgrounds and cabins in Yellowstone park are usually full, so it is wise to reserve your campground space or cabin several weeks in advance.

I was able to get my pickup all the way to the end of a jeep trail. Normally, we have to wait until mid-May before we can get into the area.

I have never been a serious handgun hunter, although I have always carried a handgun when I go hunting or just wandering around the backcountry.

To cover putting in for controlled hunts for all species, I would have had to write this article a couple months ago. Because I’ve killed my once-in-a-lifetime moose, now I focus on putting in for controlled elk, deer and antelope tags in which applications can’t be sent in until May. Howeve…

Grizzly bear encounters are up in the Island Park area of Idaho along the Snake River. Area residents, recreational hikers and hunters have been reporting grizzlies and their tracks in the mountains and on the trails around the Henrys Fork area.

Either I’m a miserable planner, I’m too busy, or PETA is plotting against me so I can’t get out and harvest some organic fish!

The Old West is coming back to The Gate City Shooting Range on 2 1/2 Mile Road on Saturday at 10 a.m., and the Vaqueros Cowboy Shooting Club is holding an open house.

Threats of war and chemical weapons are a part of the news recently, and there has been a palatable tension in the air. Many people are scared for the future.

There are a lot of shooting aids, including monopods, bipods, spotting scopes, sandbags, gun cradles, rangefinders, GPS, etc.

Turkey season is upon us. You better be getting prepared. Digging out your decoys and calls and starting to scout tops the list of important items. But don’t forget another big item — picking the right shells.

When I was 14 years old, my cousin Jimmy offered to sell me a Remington 1911 .45 ACP that had been manufactured during World War II. He was afraid he would be in real trouble if his father found out that he had it, so he wanted to get rid of it. I offered him $7 and a knife and became the pr…

I work a lot of hours. So when I finally get out in the woods, I don’t want to worry about work, politics or bills. I just want to go have fun.

When I was about 8 years old, I received two Fanner 50s and a double holster set for Christmas. The Fanner 50 was a Mattel toy Colt single-action revolver with an enlarged hammer spur for practicing fast draw and playing the part of a dangerous gunfighter.

I’m ready for spring. How can you not be if you’re an outdoorsman? Whistle pig hunting, turkey hunting, bear hunting, mushroom picking and crappie fishing is all right around the corner. It’s almost here.

When I was 12 years old and my cousin Jimmy was 10 years old, we were visiting our grandparents in Blackfoot. My grandfather Andersen had built a screened-in porch with a closet that contained all his hunting and fishing equipment onto the back of his house.

Are you an adult who would like to learn how to hunt but you don’t know where to start and don’t have anyone to show you how? Maybe you hunted before as a kid, but you really need some help to get started up again. That makes you the perfect candidate for an upcoming Idaho Wildavore class sp…

Last week was Part I of a two-part series on a Texas hog hunt. We closed as we were about to take Tony Schumacher out for an evening hog hunt, so we’ll pick up there.

It has become pretty obvious to me that the difference between avid hunters and anti-hunters is that an avid hunter doesn’t mind those who don’t hunt. But anti-hunters want to ban everyone from hunting because they don’t hunt.

I met Bill Olson, editor of Texas Outdoor Journal, at the Dallas Safari Convention & Expo years ago. One thing led to another, and we’ve become friends. I write a monthly column for him. So when he called and asked if I wanted to go on a Texas hog hunt with him, of course the answer was yes.

In case you haven’t noticed, the temperatures in Southeast Idaho have been much colder the last couple of weeks.

The Idaho Department of Fish and Game is seeking individuals and organizations who wish to participate in its popular Idaho Master Naturalist program dedicated to connecting specially trained volunteers (citizen scientists) to natural resource projects with state and federal agencies, wildli…