Last hunt it was prairie dogs in South Dakota, this time I’m after squirrels in Wisconsin! This rifle continues to impress, and this time I’m using both pellets and slugs in it! Got back out with the Avenger again, and I have to say I really enjoy hunting with this rifle! I’ve done previous videos, articles, blogs, blah, blah, blah, singing its praises, but every time I pick it up and walk into the woods, I’m impressed all over again. I have a video that shows the hunt, but in this blog post I’ll just hit on a few of the highlights, go take a look at the video if you’ve not already seen it. The things I like right out of the box, the gun is regulated and offers consistency, the sidelever cocking is smooth, fast, and well-engineered, and the slim profile full length air reservoir (that fills to 4350 psi) offers a good shot count at high power without over powering the lines of the rifle. By the way, two thing you’ll notice in the video is that I used the side shot scope mount (up until the batteries died) and I carried the gun using my safari sling, which does not require swivel studs to be mounted. I sighted in at 50 yards shooting off my little portable table with Caldwell bags, and sitting on a 5 gal bucket with a snap on seat. I keep targets, staple gun, pellets, etc. in the bucket, so I’m alwaysRead More →

I’ve been shooting the Hatsan Hydra for a few months now, and have used the .22 and .25 caliber barrels on a couple hunts, and gotten in some range time with the .177. But when rabbit season opens in a couple weeks, I want to do some hunting with the arrow barrel, using some small game tips. So I started off by simply swapping the barrel, which took a matter of a minute or two. The next step took me a little longer, maybe 5 minutes, I needed to adjust the hammer spring preload. This entails removing the action from the stock, removing a set screw with a 2mm hex tool, then inserting a 4mm hex tool into a port at the rear of the rifle and bottoming it out. This will increase the arrow velocity from about 150 fps to approximately 250 fps. With this tweaking of the rifle done, I drove to a spot behind a local industrial complex and set up my target in a back lot. I used a standard archery target, unlike the dual crossbow targets I had to use when sighting in the dedicated Hatsan arrow gun, the very powerful Harpoon (more on this before deer season starts!). I set the target at 30 yards using field tips. My first shot was to the left, so I adjusted the windage and sent another arrow down range. It was moving in the right direction but not quite there yet, another adjustment and another arrow showedRead More →

One of the most daunting task for many hunters, especially those new to the sport or living in cities or suburban environs where getting to know local landowners might no be an option, is finding a place to hunt. In this video I go on a traveling squirrel hunt to Nebraska and find public land for a squirrel hunt with Airguns, in a place I’ve never been to before. Spoiler alert, there were a lot of squirrels, my gear was spot on, but I didn’t have much success and I’ll explain that. But my main objective in this video is to answer the question….. how do you find a place to hunt on public land? In this video, if you either stick around to the end, or jump to footage 00:00:00 I’ll explain how I found a public hunting land in an area I’ve never been to before.Read More →

A question I am frequently asked is, how to hunt predators with an airgun at night? In this video I present an Introduction to Airgun Hunting at Night; and explore the equipment, methods, and reasons for pursuing predators during the hours of darkness. We’ll look at the guns, optics, lights, night vision and thermal imaging gear that I use, and how I approach different scenarios such as hunting small properties in more developed areas as well as out on the huge ranches of Texas, and will show how we’ve used this gear and these methods to take various predators. This is more of an informational and instructional presentation rather than the straight up hunting videos I normally do. If you find this type of video interesting and useful, please like, share, and let me know in the comments, along with suggestions as to what you would like to see in future! My intention is to follow this basic “How to” video with a deeper dive on specific predator species covering coyote, bobcat, fox, and raccoons….. along with some of my hunts.Read More →

A service offered by Utah Airguns when you order an FX rifle from their shop, is Hydro-dipping. And what makes the tough finishes that much better, you have the choice between some great patterns! It’s no secret that a couple of my favorite hunting rifles are my Crown and Wildcat. The Wildcat is a .25 caliber, and I have a .25, .30, and arrow barrel for my Crown, though I mostly use the .30. Both of these guns are tackdrivers and produce excellent power output for whichever caliber is being used. I’ve used these guns for small game, predators, and feral hogs over the years, and besides their core performance, they are both very shootable guns, and I like their profiles. So how to make them better? One of the ways is to dress them up in camo. I’ll often apply camo tape to a stock, and have painted a few of my guns with differing levels of success. But both of these guns are too nice to take a chance of using for a craft project. But on a visit to Utah Airguns last year, I saw that they were offering a Hydro-dipping service that looked very interesting. The finishes that I examined looked great, but more importantly they looked like they could stand up to heavy use. I was in the process of ordering the Crown, so too the opportunity to order it with a customized stock. There were several patterns available, but the one that looked likeRead More →

Airgun Hunting: An Introduction to Predator Hunting at Night with an Airgun A question I am frequently asked is, how to hunt predators with an airgun at night? In this video I present an Introduction to Airgun Hunting at Night; and explore the equipment, methods, and reasons for pursuing predators during the hours of darkness. We’ll look at the guns, optics, lights, night vision and thermal imaging gear that I use, and how I approach different scenarios such as hunting small properties in more developed areas as well as out on the huge ranches of Texas, and will show how we’ve used this gear and these methods to take various predators. This is more of an informational and instructional presentation rather than the straight up hunting videos I normally do. If you find this type of video interesting and useful, please like, share, and let me know in the comments, along with suggestions as to what you would like to see in future! My intention is to follow this basic “How to” video with a deeper dive on specific predator species covering coyote, bobcat, fox, and raccoons….. along with some of my hunts.Read More →

A very accurate, powerful, fast action hunting rig. I’m getting this gun prepared to go hunting this season. Step one, some initial trigger time and basic paper punching at 35 and 50 yards. I have a lot of guns that cycle across my desk to, and to be honest I like most of them. It’s not that I think they would all fit in to my own collection, I have very specific things that I want in a gun that I recognize are subjective. Thats why I’ll say what I think about a gun and why, but will never tell someone they should buy one gun over another…. so much of it is individual choice. But I can comment on the tangible attributes of a rifle. When I evaluate a hunting rifle, I try to place myself in the mindset of the targeted customer segment. Is this a gun designed for a new shooter, a long-time shooter, somebody that needs a gun for close range pest control, or larger game at greater distances? Is this a rifle designed to appeal to a segment with specific pricing requirements, such as budget or entry level guns, etc.? In preparing to take this rifle out hunting, I was particularly interested in assessing accuracy, ergonomics, power, reliability, adjustability, cocking action, trigger, reliability, and reliable magazine feeding, ease of field carry…. this is what I look for in any rifle that I’ll take on the hunt. Based on my experience with Brocock rifles, the barRead More →

It started with a brief chat on the Hatsan booth at the SHOT Show last January. That’s where I first saw the New Hydra rifle, and was impressed with its most unique feature, a fast change barrel/receiver assembly that allowed caliber to be swapped without a need to re-zero the scope! I had a couple days to spare and decided to head back out to South Dakota to go airgun hunting with the new Hatsan Hydra .25 caliber. This rifle is based on the proven Flash platform, which I’ve has first hand experience with on my iguana hunts in Puerto Rico as well as some general small game hunting over the few years. One of the things that sets this rifle apart is the incorporation of Hatsans Versi-Cal multi caliber barrel system, which allows the shooter to select either .177, .22, .25, or an arrow barrel. But te thing that is unique is that it is the entire receiver and barrel unit that is swapped, so that the scope mounted on the gun is left mounted to the receiver when the assembly is removed or replaced. The gun is packaged so the airgunner can opt only for the calibers they want. For instance, as a multi species hunter I might opt for the .25 caliber model as my preferred small game set up, and get the arrow barrel so that I could hunt pigs or javalina with the same rig. Easier on the pocket and less gear to deal with.Read More →

Hunting is slowly getting underway for me after a couple months of lock down and not much shooting. I was in Texas for jackrabbits and predators last month, South Dakota for prairie dogs a couple of weeks ago, and was awaiting the opening of squirrel season in Sept for Minnesota and Wisconsin. Then while doing some online research it came to my attention that both Nebraska and Illinois seasons open in August! So I started doing my online research in earnest, and found a state wildlife area in Nebraska that according to the posts I could find, is said to have good squirrel populations. So I am off, my non-resident license is about $90.00, and the place I found is a five hour drive. I’m going to get there the day before season and then hunt the next 2-3 days. A lot of times for short overnight trips, I just throw a mattress and sleeping bag in the back of my Outback, and sleep there. No set up time, flexible as to where I lay my head, and comfortable enough for one night. But on this trip I’ll be hunting for 3 days and sleeping out 3 nights, and don’t think the back of my car is going to do it! To this end, I’ve decided to set up a small game tent camp. I actually have been collecting car camping gear to use with my boat while out fishing, but I think it will work great on this trip.Read More →

I’ve always enjoyed lever action guns, and when I was young just about shot out the barrels of my Marlin .22 and later Marlin .357 lever action powder burners. So it follows that the Seneca EagleClaw would resonate with me! I’ve been using the lever action Seneca EagleClaw for almost a year now, having brought it to the mountains of Arizona after Aberts squirrel, then on a few more squirrel hunts around the Midwest before the end of season, and for prairie dog in South Dakota. From the squirrel hunts and range time I knew the rifle delivered a punch and had good accuracy, but it was on the prairie dog hunt I came to appreciate not only how intrinsically accurate the gun is, but also how stable and well designed the stock is for long range shooting in the field. I didn’t have much time before I needed to get back on the road, but before going out shooting wanted to check the zero. It was printing cloverleaf groups at 50 yards, a bit high and to the right. I determined that the lean to the right was caused by the constant stiff breeze that was blowing so didn’t mess with it. The gun was zeroed at 80 yards which is why it was hitting high, and I left that as it was as well. The action is cycled with a lever action that has a short and smooth travel, and I’ve found the reliability of the 8 shotRead More →