Visiting a supervised shooting range for the first time can seem daunting, but it doesn’t have to be. Shooting ranges are designed for safe firearms practice for shooters of all abilities, and they can be a great place for beginners to learn more about responsible, safe shooting.

I’ve written articles every year covering the Scooter’s Youth Hunting Camp that I help with. I’ve done seminars at all of the big outdoor stores and most of the big outdoor shows. And no doubt, I love that. But the funnest (spell check says funnest isn’t a word but what do they know about th…

Another fire season is approaching and the Bureau of Land Management in Idaho is asking for your help to prevent human-caused fires. State Director John Ruhs recently signed the 2019 Fire Prevention Order, which prohibits specific fire-related activities on public land from May 10 to Oct. 20…

When we teach marksmanship with rifles, we always stress focusing on the front sight and placing one’s cheek in exactly the same place on the stock each time we shoot. It’s not that we don’t use the rear sight, we do, but our focus is always on the front sight with our cheek in exactly the s…

Everyone has to have a plinking gun, don’t they? I’m talking about tin-can shooting, all-out plinking! Serious stuff. And the all-time favorite is the .22 caliber. It is the king of all plinkers. When you take the kids out for an afternoon of plinking, what do you throw in the truck? When yo…

Dove hunting is right upon us. If you’ve never dove hunted, you are missing out on a great bird hunt plus some great eating. I’ve dove hunted since I was 6 years old. We had great hunts as a kid; speaking of, it’s a great hunt to take your kids on to introduce them to hunting.

Unsafe shooting is a major cause of wildfires in the Gem State, and with the advent of explosive rifle targets, the problem has gotten worse. At least five recent wildfires in the region have been caused by people setting off explosive targets in dry grass- and sagebrush-filled areas.

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.

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…

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.

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.

I began hunting at a time when many sportsmen hunted with lever-action rifles such as the .25-35 Winchester Center Fire, .32 Winchester Special, 32-40 Winchester Center Fire, .348 Winchester Center Fire, 35-55 Winchester Center Fire, .30-30 Winchester and the old 45-70 Springfield, in the Wi…

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.

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…

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.

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.

You have probably seen the police officer, or former Navy SEAL, in the movies that can run and jump from building to building while shooting a bunch of bad guys. He can then do a somersault, fire and get three more bad guys while upside down, before landing on his feet and telling the scream…

From the time the M-16 Rifle was first adopted by the U.S. military and was offered to civilians in an AR-15 semi-auto version, it has been popular with the American public. Interestingly, the AR-15’s popularity rises and falls in almost predictable cycles, but becomes more popular during pe…

If you could only pick one rifle and cartridge to hunt everything you like to hunt in North America, what cartridge would you choose?

In 1983, Lt. Col. Jeff Cooper, retired USMC, was working on a pistol and caliber he felt would replace the .45 auto that had served the military and civilians alike for over 70 years.

This past September, when I spent time at the shooting range making sure that my rifles were sighted in, I saw a lot of parents instructing young children around 10 to 12 years of age in the basics of marksmanship. I may not be correct in all cases, but my impression was that most of these k…

I have a grandson who has a pretty good job in Williston, North Dakota. He is currently in training to become the manager of a store his company is opening in a town not too far from Williston and his parents.

I just returned after visiting my daughter and her family in Montgomery, Texas, for a few days. My son-in-law is an avid hunter and hunts deer and elk in Wyoming whenever he can sneak away from his family road and bridge building and repair business.

Even at a young age, I was trying to decide what the best caliber for a hunting rifle should be, though my first real hunting trip was several years in the future.

Generally, when I go to the shooting range, I like to pick a shooting station, where I unload the firearms I plan to sight in or just practice with and mind my own business until I’m done.

Traditionally, American gunners have not displayed a fondness for .26 caliber rifles, or 6.5mm caliber as it is called in Europe. Like wayward sons, the 6.5mm sits between .25 and .277 calibers, neglected and hardly noticed from a nation of .30 caliber enthusiasts. At least this was the case…

One of the things that can be confusing to hunters is the variety of bullets available and trying to decide which is best. Ammunition companies and businesses that sell reloading products like to give names to their bullets that grab the buyers’ attention.

Every time somebody comes up with a new, more powerful hypervelocity rifle cartridge, I have to get my hands on it and see what it is like to shoot.

I’ve been going to do an article on cleaning your shotguns for five months. But then I started shooting Eurasian doves right after the winter coyote hunting season, then I was shooting pigeons at my boss’s feedlot, and then we started decoying pigeons. So I figured it was past time to do my …

Deer and elk seasons are quickly approaching. I assume everyone has done some scouting and has an idea of where the game is and what trails they are using, the places and times they feed, where they bed down, and where they go for water.

How would you like to have a bunch of friends with aliases like Hank Crawford, Klamath Jack, Slick Steve, El Jefe, Jack Chisum, Dave Mather, Cactus Jack, The Kingfisher, Luke Short and Shotgun Sadie?