RD's Rugged Hunting Tips

For me, it all started back when I was barely old enough to stand and pee without falling in it. My “Grampa” (the legendary Ewart E. Carson) took me out and got me started on guns and fishing rods. One thing I have burned into my memory bank is when he would get all of his guns out, spread them out all over the kitchen and start cleaning them. I can still smell the Hoppe’s # 9 cleaning solvent. I can also remember my Grandmother saying, “Ewart, do you really have to do that on the kitchen table?”

Since I was a kid, huntin’ (rugged for hunting) has been a huge part of what I do… I may hold the world’s record for the man who has built the most duck blinds in his life. I still remember the first duck I shot. And, my first grouse… And, my first deer. Huntin’ not only provides delicious and healthy food, it’s also just plain cool!

I’ll be adding a few tips each week, but I would love to hear from some of my rugged brothers and sisters out there. Send in your ultra-rugged hunting tips and we’ll post ‘em (rugged for them) up for you. We’ll put your name up at the top giving full “bush cred.”

What’s Beyond Your Target?

What’s Beyond Your Target?

It scares the living shit out of me when I think that a high powered rifle like say, a 30-06 or a .270 can travel an easy three miles and still kill someone. I see people hunting deer with rifles on flat farm land all the time, but I wonder if the shooter realizes just how far the bullet can go, even if it hits a deer? It is so important to know not only exactly what you’re shooting at [Read More]

Walk Don’t Run!

Walk Don’t Run!

Something I see a lot on hunting TV shows these days is hunters running with a loaded gun in their hands. Holy shee-it! On TV shows? Think back to when you were a kid and took your gun safety course. One of the first things they taught us is to never, ever run with any gun in our hands, never mind a loaded one. So, why then, when we’re 50 something years old and on a hunting trip in Africa [Read More]

Waders or Rubber Boots

Waders or Rubber Boots

I still can’t believe that when I was kid, I used to get into a canoe or small boat wearing a pair of hip boots or chest waders and no floatation vest! Then I’d paddle off into the swamp, shotgun in hand, to look for ducks or to get to my duck blind. If I ever ended up in the water, how in the hell would I ever swim with my boots full of water? I’d sink fast! When my [Read More]

Keep Your Finger Out of There!

Keep Your Finger Out Of There

Here’s a really, really bad habit that I see often, even on hunting shows on TV, where you’d think they’d have their act together. When you’re walking around, (or at any time, really) keep your trigger finger out of the trigger guard. If you ever fell or did anything else that could cause you to jar the trigger, the gun could go off. That’s why the trigger guard is there in the first place… To guard the trigger. Even, with [Read More]

Hunting in the Thick Stuff

Hunting in the thick stuff

If you’re walking through very thick bush, one that is so thick that you wouldn’t be able to see far enough to shoot anyway, unload your rifle. There’s too much chance of falling, so unload your rifle and reload it only when you are out of the jungle and back to a place where you might actually intentionally fire your gun at something. The same rule applies to any time in hunting when you have a loaded rifle, but you [Read More]

Choose a Camp Captain

Choose a Camp Captain

I’m not much on going to the hunting camp for two weeks with about five or six guys anymore. Been there, done it… I’m more of a solitary hunter these days. But, spending a week or two with a bunch of friends or family is a tradition that is hard to break for many people. And, the high calibre of farting, belching and ball scratching is always entertaining, to say the least. Keeping in mind that safety is always the [Read More]

Test the Patterns on Your Shotgun

Test Pattern Your Shotgun

I recently bought a new (yes, another one) shotgun. It came with three interchangeable chokes, as do most new shotguns these days. I plan to use it for waterfowl hunting, mainly, so it’s very important that I know what the three different chokes do to the patterns, with different loads and at different ranges. The three chokes that came with the gun are full choke which gives the tightest pattern of the three, modified, giving a medium pattern and improved [Read More]

If You Can’t Kill It…

If You Can’t Kill It…

Something that really pisses me off is when I see duck hunters taking shots at birds that are clearly out of range. This is known as “sky busting.” Sure, you’d likely hit the duck at 65 yards, but all you’ll do is injure it, only to die a slow death later on. If you do this purposely, you are an asshole. If you do this unknowingly, you need to learn what 40 yards looks like from the end of your [Read More]

Careful Where You Point That Thing, Dumbass

Careful Where You Point That Thing, Dumbass

Just because your gun is in a case, doesn’t mean it cannot discharge and shoot someone in the leg, in the face, in the shoulder or in the balls. So many times, I’ve see someone walking around with a gun in a case, whether that’s a soft carry case, or a hard shell plastic one… and they’re very casual about the direction of its muzzle. Yes, we assume that a gun in a case is unloaded, but whatever happened to [Read More]

Get the Hide Off

Get the Hide Off

Some hunting seasons can be pretty warm, or at least you run into a warm week or two during hunting season. If you’ve shot a moose, deer, or elk and it’s warm at the time, process the animal as soon as you can. Meaning, get the damn thing out of the woods and into either your garage, or the butcher shop where they have walk in coolers. If you just can’t get the animal home (because you’re waiting for a [Read More]