• Posing with my bull, my largest animal with an airgun

    Blue wildebeest taken with Seneca Dragon Claw and .50 caliber AirBolt

  • Jim's Texas Hog and AOA Bushbuck

    DAQ .457 used to take a nice warthog in South Africa

  • Follow Up Iguana Hunt in Puerto Rico

    On a fox hunt with a .30 caliber Rainstorm

  • Ataman M2 .30 out for Springbok

    Long range prairie dog shoot in Arizona, with small bore pcp's

As many of you know, a few years ago I wrote about a hunt I wanted to do, and called it the North American Grand Slam, which was to take a gray squirrel, a fox squirrel, and Abert’s squirrel, and a black color phase of any of them. This is an infrequent natural color phase to all three, though not common in any. However, the likelihood of finding one is higher in some areas where there seem to be population pockets. I’ve found them in areas of Michigan, but nowhere else with such a high prevalence. I was getting ready to do the 14 hour drive to Michigan, think I mentioned I like squirrel hunting, to try to get this one off my grand slam list early. I mentioned the upcoming trip for a black squirrel when one of my channels subscribers Jonathan sent me a message and said, we have the all over in N. Wisconsin….. only a 3.5 hour drive from home. Ironically, I’d plan to hunt my way across WI on my way to MI, calling a halt when I got my squirrel. Jonathan sent me a map with a couple places to try, so off I went. I will release a video from the trip, but I have to apologize in advance that the hunting footage is limited. My gun mounted camera failed on me, and I hadn’t realized until arriving home today. However there is some good travel footage and I hope you will enjoy.Read More →

If you follow my videos or writing you know that I love squirrel season. I’ve been gearing up for the first hunt, and this morning was day. I’d been planning a 2-3 day hunt, however family plans required a change, and I needed to postpone departure on that trip until later in the week. But I wasn’t bummed, I figured I could still get out for a couple hours in the early morning, and be home by 10:00….. so everybody would be happy! I rolled up to a public land wildlife management area (WMA). It’s great that we have these available to us, but finding access without trespassing on private land can be a task. I lost about a half hour trying to figure this out, but finally after a 20 minute hike managed to get into the woods. My plan was to hike in, find some hardwoods with cuttings on the ground, and set up at the base of a tree and wait. I give myself about 20 minutes before moving on. The first set nothing happened. The second set nothing happened…until I was getting ready to move when I hear some noise. I stayed put an a minute later a fox squirrel came running by with a little red squirrel nipping at his heels. I’ve never seen this, and watched as the two squirrels raced by. Turning slowly, I saw the fox squirrel up a tree less than ten feet behind staring right at me. I slowly mountedRead More →

I had a note from Tim Smith, the editor and an old friend over at Airgun Hobbyist, telling me about this months issue. Some of the content comes from a discussion we had at the SHOT Show awhile back. This is our only dedicated airgun magazine in the USA, have a look then think about supporting them, they are doing a lot of good for our sport. Here’s what Tim has to say about this issue:     In this issue, you notice a few more hunting articles than normal. There’s a reason for this. Over the summer, our daily internet news-feed popped up an articles discussing the top airguns for hunting. After reading the post, what was discovered was that they author suggested using airguns that produced less than ethical energy levels to quickly and humanly dispatch the game. In the shooting sports, we need to promote safe, ethical, and responsible use of the power that we posses.    For the fall issue, we’ve assembled “subject matter experts” including Jim Chapman, who has years of airgun hunting experience. Jim travels throughout the U.S. and abroad to hunt with airguns. He’s a regular on American Airgunner TV, authors articles for various publication in the USA and UK. In 2016, we met up with Jim and had a long conversation about hunting and airguns. A memorable quote from Jim was “These days however, when I use one of my centerfires to hunt, I almost feel like I am cheating. This is not aRead More →

When I first move to the midwest about 18 years ago, I had hunted a lot in the US, Europe, South Africa, for a lot of different game. But I’d not done any real squirrel hunting. What I mean by “real” squirrel hunting is I hadn’t hunted tree squirrels. I’d shot literally hundreds of ground squirrels growing up in Southern California, but the closest I got to a tree squirrel was when one of these climbed up into the desert brush. When my wife and I moved back to the States after many years away, we were back in Cali for a couple years before my work took us to Indiana. As I looked for hunting options in my new home, and started scoping out deer hunting areas, the potential for squirrel hunting became clear. I read up (not much online content in those days), but didn’t have stellar success at first, taking a squirrel or two after a hard day in the woods. But at the same time I started getting first hand experience and (I hope) learning from it, I meet Randy Mitchell through one of the early airgun forums. He invited me to drive down to Kentucky to go squirrel hunting with him new years day, I think it was 2004 or 2005. And it turned out this guy knew what he was doing. I watched and learned more! I think I’m a pretty good squirrel hunter these days, and while I get to hunt a lotRead More →

I’ve been in South Dakota for the last few days with my FX Dreamline .25 caliber rifle after prairie dogs. A video on the trip just posted, and will be adding some more detailed information here on the website. YouTube is demonetizing and failing to recommend my videos, so please share, I appreciate the support!Read More →

Getting ready for a prairie dog shoot this weekend in South Dakota and received this FX Dreamline Tactical in .25 in time for the trip! The Dreamline is a rifle I’ve been waiting for, it comes in several variations but the .25 caliber tactical currently sitting in my gun rack is the design that resonated with me.  This version is very streamlined, with the air reservoir serving as the forestock. I selected the Hogue FDE adjustable stock and grip for my rifle, and the guys at Utah Airguns did another great hydro dip for me in the Tiger Stripe ACU pattern…… it looks great! The second rifle I’ve ordered through this shop and these guys do top rate work! Like all the guns in this line it implements the smooth twist barrel that FX is famous for, and the efficiency and efficacy gained though FX’s design of the air reservoir direct mount to the breech is impressive on first pass. I’ll do a full write up on the Dreamline on the range and out hunting soon. My rifle is fitted with the 16 round high capacity magazine, cycled with the side lever cocking mechanism which FX does particularly well. The rifle fills to 230 BAR using a proprietary fill probe and has two manometers for the reservoir fill pressure and the regulator. I’ll start getting sighted in tomorrow, and will update the website as I go. Sometime after my South Dakota trip will get a video posted over on YouTube.Read More →

I’ve been wanting to visit the Utah Airguns shop for awhile, and finally got the chance last week. Well worth the trip down from Idaho where I’d been visiting. They have a large and varied selection of rifles, optics, and accessories. But what I really wanted to see was their camo finish selection, they offer both dips and Cerakote finishes. If you follow this website or my YouTube channel you might have seen the FX crown they did for me last year. I also enjoyed the 35 yard shooting range they’ve built….. the owner (Justin Jacobson) said they have both rentals and memberships available. The shop is about 1200 miles from my home base of Minneapolis, but if I lived closer I’d be a fixture here….it would be a great place to terst rifles! I ordered a new rifle while I was there, an FX Dreamline Tactical with a Hogue stock and grip, and a camo dip you’ll have to wait to see. Taking this rifle with me in a couple weeks on a prairie dog shoot in SD. There will be an article coming up in Airgunner magazine in which I look at the Utah airgun shop, and discuss trends in the US airgunning market in some detail.Read More →

Hello everyone, as I recently posted several new ATN optics arrived and I’ll be using them a lot for hogs and predators in the upcoming season. As you probably know, I live in Minnesota but get down to Texas pretty much monthly, sometimes more, to hunt. I am really looking forward to getting on those night time hogs during the warmer months. But in the meanwhile, I want to get started on the predators closer to home, before heading out prairie dogging in South Dakota next month. I decided to put together the rig I want to use locally, more of a closer range urban predator rig. I have permissions on a couple farms and a pheasant hunting reserve near home and on the boundaries of city limits. The scope I’ll start off with is the ATN ThOR LT, which is the companies entry level thermal imaging scope (around $1100.00). On paper this looks like a pretty well spec’d scope: it compact and light weight (1.4 lb), has an integrated with very low power consumption and long battery life, has white hot/black hot displays at a display resolution of 1280×720. I also like the fact that it uses standard 30mm rings, I’m using a set of UTG Max Strength Picitinny/Weaver ring on my set up. The rifle I chose is a standby urban predator gun I’ve been using for years, my Evanix .357 sniper carbine. The gun gives me a solid 7 shots, using a sidle lever action to cycleRead More →

Look what just arrived on my doorstep: the ATN ThOR 4 Thermal scope full feature model with HD video (should have some good stuff coming on youtube), and the little brother the ThOR LT, it’s the entry level thermal scope that has many of the features as the ThOR 4…. but no video. But very compact and it has great battery life. And finally, I have my hands on the X-Sight 4K PRO. I’ve been using the X-Sight HD with good results for over a year and really like this scope. But the newer 4K PRO has an integrated lithium battery with low power consumption, is more streamlined, and has a higher magnification, so I’m really looking forward to running this scope through its paces for day and night use. I think ATN offers the best value for Airgunners that want to get into night hunting as far as IR scopes, and I cant wait to give the thermal optics a go! I’ll be doing much more in-depth reviews on these scopes as I get them into the field, so stay tuned!Read More →

Right before SHOT Show 2018, I had the opportunity to travel to North Texas on a hunt. I’m in Texas several times every year, as this is one of my favorite airgunning venues. I hunt hogs, predators, small game, and the occasional exotic, so coming to Texas to hunt is not out of the ordinary for me. However, the objective of this trip was going to be something special! Umarex intended to release their new .50 caliber Hammer precharged pneumatic air rifle at the SHOT Show and had invited me down to Bowie Texas to hunt with it! Was I available? Oh, heck yeah I was! The fact that this was Umarex’s long anticipated entry into the big bore market segment was exciting enough, but I’d been talking with the developers for over a year and had used the Hammer a couple times while we were filming segments of the American Airgunner. It was Impressive on many levels, and I was itching to get some field time with this rifle! When talking about big bores, power is always the first topic that floats up, and this rifle generating an honest 700 fpe over three shots was something to talk about. The Hammer uses Umarex’s proprietary Lightspeed Valve system, which on a 4500-psi fill provides three regulated shots at 3000 psi. This is a very important feature: most big bore air rifles are not regulated and utilize a significant volume of air with each shot, reducing the pressure with each successiveRead More →