Hunter for Life Blog 1/26/2018 Warren Hatcher

By | January 26th, 2018|Featured, Hunter for Life|

Hunter for Life Blog 1/26/2018   Beginnings. A new year is upon us. A new season is ahead and right now is the time to put into action all the things you vowed would be different this year. Did you find yourself in poor shape for the hunting you did? Not everyone will shoulder a 60# pack and beat the crowds by hiking 7 miles in and hunting the big bucks. Most will be doing day hunts from road camp or hunt, but no matter your style of hunting all will benefit by being able to hike further and longer. Better conditioning will allow to feel like hunting more and have you able to make a better shot when the opportunity is presented. Even if you just walk around your neighborhood several times a week this summer you will be in better shape than doing nothing. Strive to improve from wherever your fitness level is at. You run 3 miles 4 times a week- bump it up to 5. You regularly walk a mile a few times a week- increase the distance or your pace. We all have room to get better, and sadly few of us will dedicate the time and intensity to be a Dave Long or Cameron Hanes. But we can all get more mountain fit. […]

What Does it Take to be a Long Range Shooter/Hunter Part 2 By Fonzy Haskell

By | October 4th, 2017|Featured, Hunting Articles, Hunting Gear, Running Sucks|

What Does it Take to be a Long Range Shooter/Hunter Part 2. In Part 1, we discussed cartridge selection. In this part, we’ll discuss components to make a good long range shooting/hunting rifle or system. What are the components that make up a good long range shooting/hunting rifle? Now remember, this is just merely my opinion. Most of these components are ones that I have found that work well for me. There are 3 million different ways to skin the long range cat and they all work great. Barrel, action, stock, trigger, scope, and rings are the components that go into the foundation of a long range shooting and hunting rifle or system. […]

Hunter For Life Blog #5 9/24/17

By | September 24th, 2017|Featured, Hunter for Life, Uncategorized|

Life is rolling high gear now in Western Wyoming. We have the first fire of the season in the wood stove and September isn’t over yet. The month began with sweltering heat. So much so that I hunted with little enthusiasm the opening week during our annual family bowhunt gathering.  A few folks killed elk but were really having to hustle to preserve the meat. We process our own meat and I need decent cooling temperatures to do it right. I love big racks as much as any one but have always valued the meat most. Cool temps are here now, snow is in the high country and I am a week away from being unburdened and able to finally HUNT… […]

Hunter For Life Blog 7/16

By | July 13th, 2017|Featured, Hunter for Life|

Once Spring finally arrived here, so did the hectic pace of life that it brings. Summer in the high country means all living things get very busy. Bucks and bulls are growing racks, mountain slopes are growing feed and a hunter is doing hunting stuff. We managed to, in no particular order: Shed Hunt. We [...]

Athlete Interview: Michele Yates

By | May 14th, 2017|Featured, Fitness|

Michele Yates is one of the top female ultra runners in the world. She is known for wearing camo in races, is extremely fast, has a “go for broke” mentality in every race she competes in, and holds several course records. She holds a degree in Kinesiological Sciences and was the female Ultra Runner of the Year in 2013. Michele resides in Conifer, Colorado where she owns/operates her own coaching business – Rugged Running. At Rugged Running, Michele is devoted to providing clients with the motivation and knowledge to chase their dreams and accomplish their fitness goals. She does this through online coaching and creating custom plans designed specifically for each client based on their ability, experience level and available time commitment. Michele was kind enough to sit down with The Mule Deer Hunter for a short interview so that our readers could get to know a little bit about her. TMDH: First of all Michele, thanks for taking the time out of your busy schedule to do this interview. Before we dive into your ultra marathon running career, as well as your successful coaching business, can you tell us a little bit about your running background? […]

Hunter for Life Blog 3

By | May 4th, 2017|Featured, Hunter for Life|

Hunter for Life by Warren Hatcher Blog #3 SHED SEASON This a busy time of year for the Western Hunter. Shed season is open for most areas either by legal start dates or snow leaving the country. I’m not sure what exactly has caused the boom in participation for this activity but there are a lot of folks doing it. To some it is the dollar incentive, some want to “find the big one”, some the highest shed total and others just enjoy the excuse to be outside and hiking with a purpose. At various stages of my life I have been all those. Now of course, I wish I had kept them all. But the dollars raised thru selling sheds were reinvested in hunting trips and gear. I know of guys who have never sold a shed and have literally tons stashed away on their property. Several more have only sold smaller finds and have a large selection of big deer and elk antlers. […]

What Does it Take to be a Long Range Hunter/Shooter? Part 1

By | April 8th, 2017|Featured, Hunting Articles, Uncategorized|

My last article, titled “Is Long Range Hunting and Shooting for You?” was intended to help you decide if you wanted to step off into the bottomless money pit that is long range hunting and shooting. This one will hopefully help you decide to take the leap to join me and countless others. Misery loves company. […]

The Huskemaw Advantage by Zach Key

By | March 11th, 2017|Featured, Hunting Articles, Hunting Gear|

Hunting Mule deer is in our blood, the actual kill is a bonus but the luxury of sitting in the high country with all the big game animals including mule deer and elk is a true blessing. It’s something I dream about all year and when I finally get the chance to go ride into the high country with my trusting animals it’s so rewarding. I often have people ask me why I choose Huskemaw to be my glass of choice in the high country. They also ask me why Blue Mountain Precision is a dealer of Huskemaw and offers their scopes on all of their builds. I have been thinking about how to articulate this and I’m hoping to answer that question the best I can. […]

Run to Hunt by Russ Nichols

By | March 11th, 2017|Featured, Fitness, Running/Cardio|

When I crossed the finish line at the 2014 Leadville 100 mile trail run, I had just completed my first 100 mile ultra. The pain was severe and I swore I would never do another. However, like most things worth doing, the pain quickly faded and I was already planning to do it again. Why do I run these you may ask? Completing something of this magnitude gives you an advantage. The advantage is of toughness, to go deeper into the woods, get further than anyone else, to explore the unexplored. The feeling of accomplishment makes one feel like they can tackle anything. It prepares you for any difficult challenge in life whether it be a stressful situation, or preparing for that dream hunt that you have planned. […]