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Joe Reese asks:

Is there any real difference between a 300WSM and 300Win Mag.?

Hello! Joe,

Excellent question. Not a lot whole ballistic wise (except for the cartridge size). I have talked with several people and have been told that the 300 Win Mag. has a little more down range velocity. However, with that being said, I hunt with a 300 WSM and have taken elk and deer with one shot. Regardless, of what caliber you use for big game; shot placement is the key for a humane and quick kill.

Thank you for asking!
 

Kevan Pugh Asks:


Hello,

My three Friends and I are looking for a low budget Elk hunt in Montana. What we want is access to a guide or guides and a cabin or lodge style accommodations. After that we would like the challenge of doing the rest.

The guides purpose would be to give direction and pointers through out the trip.

We as a group could supply our own meals, hunting supplies and transportation.

One thought I had was freelance guides? I have looked everywhere and cannot find anything. Do you know of any?

Thank you for your time.

 


Hello! Kevan,
 
When do you plan on going? Where in Montana will you be going?
 
Most guides work for outfitters on a full time basis. However, depending on where you stay some lodges will have guides available on weekly basis. Something else to consider is a drop camp where an outfitter has a tent, food, water, firewood, etc.. at the site. Many of these hunts are semi-guide hunts. In my experience, most guides will only work a full week or longer.
 
Places(People) I would check to see if guides are available is the owner of the lodge or cabin you'll be staying at. They are a good source of information. On any DIY hunt research, research and research some more. There is a wealth of information on the Montana Fish and Game site at http://fwp.mt.gov/hunting. Also contact Montana outfitters and Guide Association or MOGA, they should be able to point you in the right direction.
 
Guides in Montana need to be licensed, be sure to check their credentials because it may cost you more in the long run if not.
 
I DIY hunt Montana extensively. Doing plenty of due diligence and planning up front will ensure you have a great experience.  
 
Please don't hesitate to contact me.
 
Thanks for Asking.
 
Bob


Bill I. from Vermont asks:

My daughter moved to the Portland area a few years ago. I am planning on visiting her early next fall and would like to hunt hogs. Is there any place in Oregon where I can find those critters? Oh, by the way you have a great publication!

Bill,

The best place to hunt for hogs in Oregon is the Clover Creek Ranch. It is a ranch with over 5000 acres to hunt. Check out Video Countree and see for yourself. Hunt hogs on the ranch you will need to pay a fee. However, it is only 3 hours from Portland. Happy Hunting

Thanks for asking.


Ben T. from New Jersey asks:

Deep Countree is a great magazine. I read a different story each night. I just read Tom's article what an awesome elk and the Bucket List sounds like a place I could hunt since I am disabled. That brings me to my question. Are you aware of any out west States that accommodates disabled hunters?


Ben,
I have checked the regulations for Oregon, Montana and Idaho on the disabled hunter issue and have found that they all have licenses for disabled hunters. However, they all have different requirements on applying and some have varying degrees of "disabled". Some, you can shoot from a vehicle, but the location of that vehicle is very specific and where it can be driven is also controlled differently in each state. Your best bet is to Google each of the state game departments and ask them specifically what they require. Some require a companion to accompany you to finish off any game you may only wound. Typically, they are not required to have a license. I hope this answers your question. You will also need to file an application for disabled license certified by a physician.
Thanks for asking.

Bob



Tom H. from Georgia asks:

Hello! Bob,


I am planning a hunt to one of your favorite places to hunt, Montana. I will be hunting in the early part of November. I am really not sure what boots to bring. I have several pairs one warm weather, another for cool\cold weather, and a pair for below zero temps. I have gotten some advice from a couple of friends but like your opinion since you have hunted there. Thanks! Tom


Tom,
Hunting Montana in November can be anywhere from 60 degrees to 20 below. I have personally experienced in mid November, 11 below on a Sunday and 48 above the following Friday. I know this doesn't answer your question, but come prepared for either extreme. Storms can appear out of nowhere. Make sure you can layer your clothes and bring a couple of pairs of boots. Look at your 10 day outlook for weather and understand that it is only a guess. My June trip to Forsyth for the Quigley Match was supposed to be sunny all week with light winds. Hah, we got there on a Monday, Tuesday it poured with Thunderstorms, Wed, Thurs, Friday were good, Saturday the first day of the match it poured so bad, the match was postponed until noon when the sun came out. You can't count on the weather in Montana except to say there will be weather of some kind. Be prepared.
Thanks for asking.

Bob 



Don H. from Oregon asks:

How difficult is it to get a deer tag in Montana? What are the season dates for antelope deer or elk? do seasons overlap? A friend of mine mentioned the Dillon area. Would appreciate hearing from you. Your Magazine is great!

Don,

Under the present Montana tag allocation, tags are fairly easy to obtain for both deer and elk. It is still a "draw tag". However, because various factors you have close to 100% chance to draw a tag. Certain regions have overlapping seasons where you have the potential to harvest an elk, deer and antelope. Check the Montana hunting laws on where you can have an overlapping harvest. The Dillon area is a great area to hunt for elk. There are plenty of deer in that area but the majority of reside on private land.

If you are hunting just deer then try the Selley Lake area, but I would check with Montana wild life biologist to locate the best areas.

Thanks for asking.

Bob

Doug W. from Maryland asks:

I enjoy your Facebook page; are you planning on videoing any of your hunts?

Doug,

We have a pig hunt ready to go, but it needs some editing and we have started a sheep hunt. Hopefully we can get at one of them done soon. The sheep hunt will actually be in December.

Thanks for asking.

Bob

Todd Brentwood from Georgia asks:

I am headed to Alaska to hunt Sitka deer what would be a good caliber rifle to bring?

Thanks!
 

Todd,

What caliber do you hunt deer with in Georgia? Sikta deer are about the size of a Black Tail deer, so I would say something in the 270 caliber would be fine.

Thanks for asking.

 Bob

Rob Arthur from Kentucky asks:

Hello! Bob, I enjoy reading your magazine. It appears that most of your hunting is done in the west. I am planning a DIY hunt to Colorado the beginning of November. What type of Boots or Boot would you recommend?

Thank you.

Rob,

I can make this fairly simple. Colorado will be very much like Montana and I would contact a product specialist at Cabela's. Explain to him where you are going to be hunting, the terrain, expected weather and he can fit you into the best boot for your trip. I did that and was thrilled with what they recommended. They were warm, Gortex, and light weight and perfect for hunting at elevations up to 8000 ft. That was 5 years ago, so I imagine that the boot industry has improved greatly since then.

Thanks for asking.

 Bob 

 

Will Everstone from Missouri asks:

Hi! Bob, what is your favorite weapon of choice for Turkey hunting?

Will,

In Oregon, we have two choices, a shotgun or a bow. I choose to hunt with a shotgun and at least two of my associates choose the bow. They have the skill to get in close and connect with an arrow. Obviously, there are numerous shotguns to choose from and many turkey chokes to enhance your chances. You cannot go wrong with a Remington 870 or Mossberg 500 with a tight choke. Of course, if your budget permits, the sky is the limit. In the archery department, the same things apply.

Thanks for asking, Bob

Past Ask Bob:

I really like your magazine. It seems you and your staff hunt a lot in Montana and Oregon. I have been doing some research and Colorado seems like a great place to hunt for elk. What do you think?  John from North Dakota
 

John,
 

We hunt Montana and Oregon because they are close to home and have reasonably good hunting. Colorado is one of the highest rated states for elk hunting, if not the highest. There seem to be more searches on the internet about Colorado than anywhere else. Colorado, like Montana, is not necessarily an easy place to hunt though; it is rugged and unforgiving country. The weather can be iffy, meaning quickly changeable, and you have to be in good shape and prepared. I am going to refer you to their state game commission website as it is one of the best sites I have ever seen for hunting information. They not only cover regulations, outfitters and such, but they also go into detail about survival and how to hunt their country. Here’s the address: http://wildlife.state.co.us/hunting/Pages/Hunting.aspx Let me know how helpful you find this sight. I found it to be very informative.

Thanks for asking, Bob

 

Bob, love the magazine. What is best caliber and bullet weight to hunt Whitetails with? Signed, Bill from New England

Bill,

We just finished a 9 day hunt for whitetail and elk in Montana and found the 270 Winchester with a 150 grain bullet to be very effective. That being said, the 25-06 with 117 grain bullet would be very effective also. Anything from a 243 Winchester up to a 30-06 with a 150 grain bullet would be fine. I am sure that folks who hunt whitetail exclusively or have hunted them for many years have their pet rifle. If you have a rifle whose caliber won't vaporize your deer and you can consistently shoot out to a couple of hundred yards and produce tight groups, then you will be fine.

Thanks for asking, Bob

 

Past Ask Bob:

 

Sam from Minnesota asks:

Bob,

I enjoy your magazine. I am sorry to hear about Lane. My Dad is in his late seventies and I would like to take him on a hunt out west for elk, deer and/or antelope. Do you have any suggestions? Thank you!

Sam,

I would recommend contacting a guide that can accommodate your circumstances. Montana can be beautiful and warm one moment and in the next instance have snow, rain, or extreme cold. It is best to go with an experienced guide who can deal with your specific circumstances. I would check out the outfitters listed on Deep Countree’s sponsors page or contact Montana Outfitters Association at http://www.montanaoutfitters.org/. I know for a fact that you can have an incredible hunting experience in Montana.

Thanks for asking! Bob


Adam from New Jersey asks:

Hello! Deep Countree...I enjoy the magazine. One question: what type of pack would you recommend for hunting? A Fanny pack or a backpack? This is just for day hunts in Colorado.

Thank you!

Adam

Adam,

First of all, never, ever plan on just a day hunt. I have always planned for at least overnight just in case. You never know, circumstances can suddenly change and you have to spend the night in the woods. For that reason, I carry a small backpack. I happen to like the Kifaru brand of packs. They are extremely rugged and will last a lifetime.

Thanks for asking! Bob

Bert from Iowa asks:

Hi! Bob, I genuinely enjoyed your articles about the Quiqley shoot in Montana. Did you go this year and how did you do?

Bert,

I did go this year and had a terrific time. Look for my article in this issue. The match truly brings out the uncertainty that is Montana. We were lulled into believing that calm, sunny weather the week preceding the match was indicative of how the weekend would be.  That was reinforced by a wonderful first day, followed by the worst Sunday I have ever seen for a match. Winds of 35 mph and blowing sand was killer for the shoot. Ugh!! Saturday morning I walked up to the firing line about 7 a.m. to fire my fouling shots,  took a quick off hand shot at 600 yards and hit the gong. It rang like a bell and my second shot just barely missed. This was shooting unsupported offhand. Boy was I pumped! Saturday was a fun shoot, but Sunday was a grind to get through because of the wind. Out of 635 competitors I finished 330, which is OK for me. I do not shoot buffalo guns that much during the year and Quigley is my only match. Being a grandparent, fly fisherman, and certified master hunter in the state of Oregon, I just do not have the time.

Thanks for asking! Bob

Tom from North Carolina asks:

You have an excellent magazine. What are some advantages of hunting with some of the short mags (WSM) versus the classic calibers (.270, 30-30, 30-06, etc..)?
 
Thank you...Looking forward to the next issue
!

Tom


Tom,

I see you want me to stir the pot. I hunt with an old Remington 700 30-06 carbine. It is light, maneuverable, and extremely accurate. It will shoot inside of an inch with the assistance of my old Leupold 3.5x-10x scope. I have hunted for many years with all types and calibers, and I always fall back to this one. It has put 7 bull elk in the pot for me. That being said, my hunting partner and I both bought 325 WSM Kimbers a few years ago. I packed mine to Montana elk hunting thinking that I needed the extra punch. My first mistake was buying a Super America as it was too beautiful to carry up those steep mountains. One morning at 8500 feet, I looked down on the speck that was my crew cab Chevy and realized that one slip would be a $1000 mistake. I put it away and out came the Remington. My partner switched to a 300 WSM which I zeroed in for him. He found the caliber combined with a Savage Weather Warrior was a killer combination. It shot in sub one inch groups. Thus, he had the same essential package as I did except he had the extra punch provided by the 300 WSM.

I hope that this answers your question.


Thanks for asking! Bob

Randy from Missouri asks:

Hello! I love hunting turkeys. They are my passion. My friends are trying to tell me that deer hunting is a lot like turkey hunting. Why?

Randy,

That is an intriguing question that I have never seriously considered. I do not hunt wild turkeys, even though I have been around a lot of them over the years in the off-season. Also, I presume that your friends are referring to whitetail deer. We mostly have mule and blacktail deer here in Oregon. I have been around a lot of whitetails in Montana while fly fishing and would say that they are actually similar to turkeys in certain characteristics. They are both smart and extremely aware of their surroundings. They both have keen senses, spook easily, and can be a challenge to hunt in difficult country. Areas with plenty of cover, food, and water are where you need to know your stuff in order to get them to come to you. I hope this answers your question.

Thanks for asking! Bob

 
Past Questions to Bob:

Mike from Maryland asks:

I hunt mainly with a shotgun and slugs for Deer. Some of my friends have scopes on their "Sluggers". What do you recommend? I don’t currently use one because it is fairly brushy where I hunt. However, my buddies keep telling me to put a scope on my shotgun.

I don't hunt with a shotgun as my country is big and open. I do have a slug barrel for my Auto-5 and it shoots 4 inch groups at 100 yards, no scope. Ever tried to find a deer in the brush with a scope? Ask your friends if you could try their scoped guns to see how it feels. This is a personal decision. When I am hunting in the rainforests here, the brush is thick and there are plenty of deer and elk, but seeing them is a major issue. I don't carry a rifle with a scope at these times. I am hunting with my version of a slug gun, an 1895 Marlin 45-70 or my Shilo Sharps in 45-70. Thanks for asking…. Bob

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Bill from Missouri asks:

I was surf'n the net and found your magazine. I like the concept and content. Here is my question...Missouri has some big Bucks and great turkey hunting. A friend of mine invited me to hunt deer in Kentucky. He insists that the hunting is better there....I would like your input ,do you think it is?

I really can't answer that one, but if a friend invited me to hunt with him, that's good enough for me. It's about the memories that you create and friendships you build. Invite him to hunt with you. That way you get to hunt twice and you can judge for yourself. Thanks for asking, Bob

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Terri from Montana asks

Do you know the dates for the Quigley Shoot in Forsyth, MT this year? I appreciate your speedy response. Have a nice day....

It is Father's Day weekend. The range opens the Monday before for practice and by Friday there will be a tent and trailer city of several hundred. We are expecting over 700 competitors this year.

Hope to see you there, Bob

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Art from Arizona asks

Bob, I really enjoyed your article on the Quigley shoot. Have you done any long range hunting?

I have avoided long range hunting. I shot 1000 yards unsupported prone with an M14 national match rifle in the Army, oh so many years ago. I have shot prairie dogs, sage rats, rock chucks and coyotes out to 600 yards, but do not shoot big game beyond 300 yards. Not that I probably couldn't, I just don't. I made a personal decision, many years ago, to be as absolutely sure of my shot as possible so as not to wound an animal. For this reason, I have probably passed on more shots than most; but have gone to bed with a clear conscious.  I’m not up at all hours tracking a wounded animal.  I am not saying you shouldn't, it is just part of my personal code of hunting ethics. If you are going to attempt what you call long range hunting, then you will need to pick an appropriate rifle, caliber, and scope that can handle the distance. I would recommend a quality range finder, like the Leica 1200. I have used one for years and they are hard to beat. Then, you have to be prepared to spend a great deal of time practicing on a known distance range.  Take your rifle to the field and practice on rock chucks and other varmints. Then, when you feel comfortable with your setup, you can head out to the hunting fields. Good luck on your new adventure. Just remember, we hunters have a responsibility to put an animal down quickly and humanely. Thanks for asking, Bob
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Past Ask Bob Questions

Vinnie from upstate New York asks:

 

Hey Bob,

I picked up one of your business cards at
Sutton’s in Naples, NY. The magazine is great! What bullet weight would you recommend for whitetail deer? I have been told everything from 150 grain to a 200 grain. I shoot a 30-06.


The only whitetail I have ever shot was with a 25-06 at about 250 yards. He was across an alfalfa field and about 100 feet up on top of a basalt cliff. The bullet was a hand loaded, necked down 30-06 case loaded with a 100 grain Hornady spire point. That being said, I wouldn't go any larger than 150 grain. You just don’t want a bullet that is going to "blow up" when it hits or one that is designed for larger game and won't expand at all.

Thanks for reading the magazine, Bob

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Gary P. from Ohio asks:

I am planning a trip to hunt in Colorado this fall. Do you consider a backpack or a fanny pack better? This is guided hunt. Also, what do you consider as essential items to carry in the pack?

Your guide can better answer specifics. Will you be on foot or on horseback? What type of country will you be in and the time of the year? I have not been on a guided hunt myself.  However, I carry a small backpack with basic survival items including fire making tools, space blanket, bevy sack, tube tent, signaling device, water purification tablets, and food for a couple of days.  In case you get snowed in suddenly or are separated from your party, you will feel secure in knowing you are prepared.

I hope this helps, Bob

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Mike from Maine asks:

 

Hi Bob, I was fortunate enough to draw a moose tag. I have hunted deer all my life. What caliber should I use for a moose? What bullet weight and type would you recommend? Will my old 30-06 work? Please help. Everyone I talk to tells me something different.

Congratulations on your tag Mike! You will hear all types of opinions about what to shoot a moose with. You have probably heard everything from a 375 H&H on down. To be perfectly honest, I believe a 30-06 loaded with Federal Premium 180 grain Nosler Partitions will do the job nicely. I am assuming that you have a great deal of experience with your rifle and know where it shoots. Many of the "super duper magnums" will go clear through the animal and all the energy is spent hitting a tree or the dirt. As I am sure you are aware, it is not the caliber so much as it is shot placement.

Thanks for asking, Bob
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Dale W. from Michigan asks:

Hi! I read in the magazine that you hunt a lot in Oregon. Where are some good places to hunt elk?  What are the tag costs and availability? What are the success rates for Rocky Mountain elk versus Roosevelt elk?

You are right, I do hunt a lot in Oregon, but not nearly as much as I used to. For 25 years I hunted an area south of Heppner. My brother-in-law used to hunt around Ukiah. Both are about an hour’s drive south of Pendleton. Elk were everywhere and hunting, though tough, was enjoyable. We experienced about a 50% success rate individually. There was, however, a bull hanging in camp every year and we shared in the success.

 

Over the years, the hunting rights have been increasingly leased out. You can still hunt some excellent land, but a hunt will probably cost in the neighborhood of $1000. Ugh! Go online to the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife and they have current success rates and tag fee schedules. I can't keep up with it.

 

Many areas in Eastern Oregon have exhibited depleted elk and deer populations because of high numbers of cougars since hunting with dogs was banned. That being said, Northeast Oregon around the Wallowa Mountains and around La Grande and Baker should be good. There is limited free hunting on Willow Creek in Heppner and the Coast Range from the Washington border to California is full of Roosevelt elk. The coast, however, is a rain forest and the brush can be quite thick so you need to hunt the edges of clear cuts. I would recommend a guide who can put you where you need to be, unless you have the time to thoroughly scout these areas yourself.
 

 

Hope you enjoy my home state and thanks for the question, Bob
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Rod Q. from Washington asks:

 

Is a 150 grain 30-06 FMJ too much to use on a wolf? If so, what do you recommend? I would like to have a rug made if I get one, and don't want to tear up the pelt.  Thanks.

When I was in college, back before dirt, I had a roommate who paid his way through school selling furs on the Salem Fur Exchange. His weapon of choice was a 300 Win Mag reloaded with 150 grain surplus military full metal jacket bullets. He was only shooting coyotes. That being said, I should think you would be fine. The bullet is designed to leave as little damage as possible, but still kill. Go figure. The caveat is if you hit bone, like the shoulder, you could cause some major damage.

 

Good luck on your hunt and thanks for asking, Bob

Keep the questions coming! See you next issue, Bob.

Past Questions to Bob:


Brian from Pennsylvania asks:

 Bob,
What gun would you recommend for my son? We will be hunting mostly pheasants, grouse, and quail.

 Thank you, Brian.


You don't say how old your son is or how big he is, so I will assume he is an average-size 11 year old. Remington makes a youth model 870 in a 20 gauge. You will not find a better built shotgun.

 

Thanks for asking and you two have fun hunting, Bob.

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Tom from Florida asks:


What is the number one state to hunt elk in? I think your magazine is great….keep up the great work!
 

That is a really difficult question to answer. There are now many great places to hunt elk. Colorado and New Mexico have monster elk, but I have not hunted there and have no first hand info about costs and success rates.


That being said, I will assume that you are just a regular working stiff like the rest of us. I don't know if you are a meat hunter or a trophy hunter, but, being from Florida, let us assume that you are after a trophy. I would recommend Montana. The elk are in great numbers and access is readily available if you feel comfortable hunting in country that can be clear and sunny one minute and a roaring blizzard the next. I would recommend a guide; at least the first time. A tag that includes elk, deer and fishing is under $1,000. The drawing is early and applications have to be in by mid-March.


Good luck and thanks for asking, Bob!

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Lester from Indiana asks:

 

I really enjoy your publication. When will you be a making a DVD about your adventures?


Lester, that is an excellent question. As in any growing company, we are starting out one step at a time. Our long term plans include starting to begin filming a variety of hunts in the Fall of 2012. Please be patient with us as we grow. Your patronage to Deep Countree is really appreciated.

 

Thank you–Russ Van Orman, CEO Deep Countree Productions

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Don from Kentucky asks:

What are your feelings on scent proof clothing? Cover scent, etc....

 

I have never used any scent killer but my hunting buddy Russ has used it extensively and we have both been very successful over the years. However, the majority of my shots are over 100 yards and most of Russ’ shots have been less than 100 yards. Scent control is very important to Russ’ style of hunting. He has harvested a good number of elk and deer in both the Western and Eastern states.

 

I try to be very aware of which way the wind is blowing, where the sun is, and picking my ambush locations very carefully. 

I see you are from Kentucky. If it is anything like Fort Campbell, my playground of younger years, then you are faced with a different dilemma; a very brushy environment. Visibility is limited and most shots are probably fairly close. In this case, I would opt to do whatever it takes to increase your odds by removing glare from your hands, face and gun, breaking up your image with some type of camo/orange and removing your scent by using A Complete Odor Elimination System, such as SEEMZ. This cannot hurt your chances at all and can only add to the odds of your being successful.

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Rob from Washington writes:

Hi! Bob,

Which of the following rifles Ruger M77 Hawkeye STD., Remington 750 semi auto, Remington 700 BDL or CDL, the Weatherby Vanguard Sporter, or a Savage Weather Warrior would be the best value for a first time hunter?  Plus some these guns were built outside the US (in Japan). How do these compare with accuracy, reliability and value to there US counter part? I have decided on the 30-06 caliber.

 

Would you have any other suggestions for a rifle to start out with? 

Rob, Of the rifles that you have listed, you cannot go wrong with the Remington 700 BDL, the Vanguard or the Savage Weather Warrior. The 30-06 is an excellent choice and it will serve you well. Ammunition is easily available, relatively inexpensive and probably offers the biggest choice of bullet types and weights. I have killed all my elk with an old Remington 700 BDL carbine (20" barrel) in 30-06. I only use Federal Premium 180 Gr. Nosler Partitions. That being said, the Vanguard is also an excellent rifle, made in Japan, and is very high quality. The Japanese make very high quality firearms and scopes; so do not be put off by them. Now we come to the Savage Weather Warrior. This is a rifle to make you sit up and take notice. It offers durability, weather proof, great accuracy and value. This rifle coupled with a good Leupold scope will outlast you. I see you are from Washington and this rifle would serve you well. If you are hunting on the Olympic Peninsula, or the rugged Cascades or the open country of Okanogan, this rifle will hold up and perform extremely well. Just make sure that the rifle has both the Accu-trigger and the Accu-stock. Whatever you do, do not go cheap on the scope. During our hunter site in days at my gun club, I saw many expensive rifles topped with a mediocre scope and they could not attain a good zero. The bullets just wandered all over the target. Thanks for asking Bob     

Elmer from Missouri writes: 

What is your favorite Caliber in a hunting rifle and why?

Elmer, My favorite cartridge is the 30-06. I would say that it is probably the popular hunting cartridge in America, although the 30-30 might be 1st. The 30-06 will take anything you may want to hunt in the continental U.S., although I might prefer something bigger for large bear. I have hunted with everything from the 22 Hornet to the 375 H&H, but the 06 has more versatility.  I have taken all my elk with the 06 from 300 yds. down to 50 ft. and most were one shot kills, two were not. The 06 has manageable recoil, plenty of power, is accurate, readily available and comparatively inexpensive. If you are out in the middle of nowhere and stop at a small country store or gas station and need a box of 06 and a box of 300 Ultrashort, Minimag, or power busters. Which one do you think they will have?  Thanks for asking Bob  

Sam from New Hampshire writes:

I hunt in some very cold weather. My feet get cold easily. What boots, socks, etc… What would recommend?

Sam, Schnee makes a top of the line pac boot with felt liners in a variety of styles and heights. They are made in Montana and I have used a pair for years with great results. Cabela’s is also a great source of quality insulated boots and high quality socks. I believe Schnee's also sells boot socks. They are both on the internet. 
Thanks for asking Bob!

Bret from Colorado asks

Hello! Bob, Your magazine is great. I am just curious where is your favorite area to hunt? What rifle do you use?  
 

My favorite area to hunt is in Eastern Oregon, south of Heppner. The country is big and the elk are fairly plentiful. Most people will laugh at my gun. It is an 1960's vintage Remington 700 BDL carbine (20" barrel) in 30-06. It has been glass bedded and the trigger tuned by an old bench rest shooting friend, but only groups at 1" at a 100 yds. That being said, I have taken all my elk from about 300 yds. to 50 ft with it. That is in conditions from snowing to sunny. I should mention that I use a Leupold Vari-X 3-10 power scope.  Thanks for Ask’n, Bob


Doug from Georgia asks


I just found your Magazine. I think it is great!! What is the best way to transport my rifle? I am going on a hunt to Alaska
Thank you!   

Doug,
Check with your air carrier and get specific requirements from them. You will need an approved, lockable case and will very likely have to pack your ammo separately in your checked luggage. I prefer a Pelican case as one that is virtually impervious to damage. I used to fly a great deal in a former life and have seen, on more than one occasion, gun cases going down the conveyers and being allowed to fall on the ground.  That being said, you do not want to trust thousands of dollars in rifles and scopes to a cheapo gun case. Thanks for ask’n,Bob
 

Ben from Mississippi Asks

Hi! Bob, I am planning to go Turkey Hunting. Presently, I have Remington 20 gauge. It shoots 3" mags. My friends tell me that I should be shooting a 12 guage for turkeys. Other friends tell me the 20 with 3" mags should work. What is your opinion? Please Help.
Thxs.

Ben, I would think that a 20g with 3" magnum shells would be fine. I would, however, look into getting a turkey choke for it and try patterning the gun to see what your affective is range is going to be.Thanks for ask’n,Bob  


Hi! Bob I have an M-1 carbine would you have any idea what the value is? Thanks! Mel, WA. 


Mel,That is a tough question. It will be in a range from about $600 to $1300+. I would need to know the maker and the overall condition of rifle including the stock. Are the cartouches present and is it "truly" original? Most carbines have been rebuilt in arsenals over the years. Was it sent to another country after the war and then returned? There would be an import mark on the underside of the barrel. If you can provide that, it would be a lot easier to judge value.

Thanks for ask’n, Bob
 


Reply to Bob from Mel: Hey! Thank you! For your research.

I am sorry I didn't get back to you sooner but I have been working a lot of overtime. I know my weapon was made by Inland Arms via the marking below the foresight. As for the stock, there are no markings that I can see so, maybe it was given a new stock in it's past.

Thank you again

Mel


Bob,

This year when I took my rifle and shotgun out of my gun safe I noticed light rust spots on the Barrels...I am confused, every year I clean and wipe my guns down after a hunting season. Why did this occur and what can I do to prevent it from happening in the future?

Thank you.

Steve, TN

Steve, I would invest in an electric dehumidifier for your safe. Browning makes one and I am sure that there are several others. Also, at the end of the season, I not only clean and wipe down the gun, but I also apply barricade which is used for storing guns and provides excellent protection for extended periods of storage.

Hello! Bob,

I need some information. I am thinking about upgrading the bumper on my Chevy Truck. I need something heavy duty I can hook a hitch to or even a winch. Any ideas?

Thanks.

Sam, OR
 

Sam,

Great question! I too have a Chevy Z71 crew cab and just replaced it with a new heavy duty bumper from Pro Line in Prineville. This is one heavy duty bumper. The steel is 3/8" thick and the price includes installation if you take your pickup to them.
http://www.prolinefab.com/ and kim@prolinefab.com is your contact.
I managed to back into a post at about 2 mph and destroyed my back bumper and wrinkled the side of the bed. Ugh! Anyway, Pro-Line took great care of me and had it waiting for me when I arrived to pick it up. I couldn't have them put it on as the body shop wanted to fit it to the truck before painting. It turned out great and looks great too. Since I have a tow package, I didn't need a receiver hitch. Since they are fabricators, they can do whatever you want. Again, they were wonderful to work with. Thanks for Ask'n, Bob

Hi! Bob,

I really enjoy your online magazine! I am taking my son deer hunting for the first time this year. What rifle would you recommend?

Bill, PA

Bill, I am assuming that your son is either a pre-teen or teenager. I am a real fan of the 7mm-08 for young people or women. It has plenty of punch, but minimal recoil. This will allow him to develop strong shooting skills and avoid acquiring a flinch. The ammunition is also affordable.  


Hi! Bob  
I was watching the Outdoor channel last night and they were advertising for the new RCM calibers 300 RCM and 338 RCM. What do you think about them? I am planning a trip to Canada for a Moose hunt. Would these be a good option?

Thank you!!

Phil, WA

Phil,I honestly do not have any experience with these two calibers. I would say that either could do the job as I have taken moose with a 30-06. My only concern about these new short case magnums is how long before some of them shake out and fall by the wayside. There are now quite a few out there that duplicate one another, so I would imagine one or more won't survive. I personally have a 325 WSM in a Kimber SuperAmerica and it is a dream to carry and is extremely accurate for the first two or three shots. Then the barrel heats up and the groups enlarge. Not dramatically, just that I am an old varmint hunter and itty bitty groups are my thing. On a moose, that is not necessary.  Ammunition availability and cost may be an issue also. I would think that either should perform well and the 300 will have less recoil and the 338 will definitely put more ft lbs on target. I prefer Nosler partition bullets. I have killed all my elk and a moose with 30-06 Federal premium with 180 Gr. partitions. Good hunting.Bob 

Hello! Bob,

I would like to buy my brother in-law a pair of binoculars for hunting. My price range is 350 to 500 dollars.

Thank you.

Seth, NJ

Seth, here is what I have been able to recommend. Your price range is interesting as most binocular manufacturers go to $300 and then it is $500 and up. What I have found in your price range is the Nikon Monarch and the Leupold Cascade. Being a long time Oregon resident and long time user of Leupold, they would be my first choice. The Cascade is an 8x42 binos that is really sharp and weatherproof.I believe that you will be pleased with the clarity of this product. For the best results in a binocular, you should stay with a 7 or 8x40. When you start going to larger powers you begin to make sacrifices. I have been using a pair of Zeiss Jenna 7x40’s for about twenty years and have been very happy with them. Unfortunately, they were $500 when I bought them. They are so clear and sharp that you don’t need excessive magnification to view your game.  I believe that many people are trying to get their binoculars to function as spotting scope, so they go to larger powers. Hope that this helps you.

Thanks for Ask'n Bob!!