Jim, Eric Henderson, and Robert Vogel Head up North for some great big bore airgunning excitement! Clockwise from top: Eric showing off his buck, a beautiful animal taken with a perfect shot using his Quackenbush .457. This huge animal tipped the scales at over 270 lbs. Robert back at the processing shed with his doe, happy hunter but at this time we still hadn’t found his buck, the smile got even bigger a couple hours later when the birds led them to it. Gelow is Eric with his doe taken with his .457 Destroyer. Several weeks ago, I was contacted with a proposal to put together a hunt for whitetail deer at the Deer Tracks Ranch in Michigan. The property was described to me as 1500 acres behind high fence that was rugged and varied terrain incorporating forest, swamp, and a small amount of pasture land. The deer population was healthy, genetically superior, and wild. The gentlemen that first brought the Deer Track Ranch to my attention is an outdoor writer I’d meet over the phone a couple of years back, and he emphasized to me that this was a fair chase hunt in a spectacular setting. I asked if I could bring a couple of other airgunners with me, and the owner of the ranch agreed. The owners name is Dave Tuxbury, and he’s owned the ranch for the last fifteen years. Dave’s goal has been to grow the best herd in the Region, and provide a fantastic huntingRead More →

I was catching up with Brian by phone the other day, and as we didn’t get to hunt together as we have over the last few years, was asking questions about the season. Following is a short summary of out chat. I have the opportunity to hunt for a lot of different things in a lot of different places every year. I also have more of a chance than most, to meet and hunt with serious airgun hunters from all around the country. One of my favorite hunts, and one of my favorite people to hunt them with, is coyote with my long time hunting buddy Brian Beck. As you might know if you follow my writing, Brian was the subject of my column in Predator Xtreme a couple months back, and as the season winds down I though it would be a good time to catch up with him. JC: Hi Brian, We didn’t get a chance to hunt much together this year as I was moving out of the state (Indiana where I’d been the last 10 years and Brian is a native son). What was the year like and how did your season go? BB: well, it was alright. Not bad, but also not the best I’ve seen. Got out to do some hunting, and had the dogs coming in more to vocalizations than prey call. There wasn’t a lot of snow on the ground through a lot of winter, though we got some that came inRead More →

I’d been chasing what had become a nemesis species for me, for three long years. Finally, on a rough three day (and night) hunt in West Texas, The hunting gods smiled on me A picture of my cat with friend and owner of Poorboy Outfitters Cody Brunette. Cody is a successful competitive caller/hunter and we’ve hunted together a fair bit. We’ve called in lots of coyote, but this was the first cat I got a chance at! I flew into DFW on a Wednesday afternoon and collected my bags, then rolled out to met my hunting buddy and cameraman on this hunt Eric Henderson. We were working on an air gunning DVD and were driving out to West Texas for a few days of hunting. The plan was to go after predators and varmints hunting with another friend of mine, competitive predator hunter and caller Cody Brunette. Cody owns and operates Poorboy Outfitters, which is a guide service specializing in Predators. He has thousands of acres of prime predator territory to hunt, but these days likes to focus more on competition than guiding. I’ve hunted many times with Cody, and he always produces. However, for some reason that I cannot explain, bobcats had become my nemesis species when it came to airguns. I’ve taken a lot of predators (coyotes, fox, and bobcats) with firearms, and several yotes and fox with airguns, but bobcats had continued to elude me. I’d been out to Texas 6 times to try to take one,Read More →

If you have a big game animal taken with an airgun, email me your picture and we’ll get it up on the board. This is more than a bragging wall, it is intended to show the world what these guns can do! Chip Sayre and his Quackenbush .457 Chip hosted Eric and I on a hunt in Virginia this year (2010) and brought us to some really fantastic property. Chip shot this nice 9 point buck with his new Quackenbush .457 from a stand on his property at 30 yards. Chip is a very experienced hunter that has taken more deer than he can count, but this was his first gun with an airgun. I know that we have a convert to the sport, not to mention he has already put together a collection of airguns that would make many long time shooters envious! Seth Roweland 2010 Deer Season in Arkansas Seth is the owner of BHD and manufacturers a line of great hunting bullets for big bore airguns. Seth has several guns he uses for big game hunting, and in these pictures shows his successes with his Sam Yang 909, Jack Haley big bore and his Quackenbush .458 shooting BHD 250 grain solid cast bullets. Michigan Deer Hunt with Eric Henderson and Robert Vogel From last years hunt with Eric Henderson and Robert Vogel at Deer Tracks Ranch in Northern Michigan. We shot six deer in four days of hunting. Eric and Robert were using Quackenbush big bores inRead More →

This brief article was intended for publication in AI before their recently announced closure. As you may know if you’ve read my earlier articles or book, I travel quite a bit to hunt. This is not as easy as it once was … following are some hints and advice on how to get from point A to point B with minimal angst when travel plans call for air transport. I take my rifles with me quite frequently when traveling. This is of course, pretty easy when taking off on a road trip; throw them into the cargo space and hit the road. The complexity increases though when I’m going to fly to my destination. In the good old days, pre 9/11, I did not bother to declare my airguns when checking my bags and never encountered any problems. But recently the rules have changed; and air arms are now viewed in the same light as traveling with firearms. But before getting on to the topic of checking in at the counter, let’s take a quick look at how I pack the guns in the first place. An observation made in passing is that people can get nervous when they see a guy walking through an airport or hotel lobby carrying a rifle case. You can get by with this in Utah or Colorado during deer and elk season, it’s an altogether different story when you’re walking through the lobby of the Hyatt in San Francisco or Chicago attired in aRead More →

Jim, Eric, and Derrick travel down to Texas Hill Country for a ram hunt at the Wildlife Ranch, and to tape footage for the Bigbore Airgun Adventure video series. After our last big bore hunting trip in North Texas, Eric Henderson and I had agreed to set up another hunt in the not too distant future. The phone rang a couple weeks later and it was Eric saying that heÂ’d found a new ranch to hunt down in the Texas Hill Country south of Dallas, with several species of exotic ram. It sounded like fun and we set a date to coincide with my next trip to Dallas. Eric told me that there was another hunter that wanted to join us, a sixteen year old named Derrick that post on the yellow forum under the handle of Stealth, and what did I think of him coming along? I said that it was fine by me, so the arrangements were made to hunt as a trio. Eric picked me up at the hotel on Friday morning and we headed over to the huge bass pro shop to pick up my license and do some window shopping before getting on the road. The cost of a five day exotic game license is $45.00, so I paid my dues and was set to go. Our next stop was to swing by DerrickÂ’s house, meet his folks, get his gear loaded up, and depart for our journey south. The ranch we were going toRead More →

South Texas Night Hunt It was going to be my last hunt of the season, a return to South Texas for a quarry that had foiled me on three hunts to date. This animal is not uncommon, it is not overly intelligent or hard to hunt, many people roll out and bag one early in the first attempt, but for some reason the southwestern deserts little porcinoid javalina continued to elude me. I’d have been surprised and not gotten off a shot, I’ve had equipment failure, and I’ve just plain struck out ….. so this time I was determined. I booked a hunt through Pete Reyes on his property about 80 miles south of San Antonio, with the plan to hunt Javalina with my .308 cnterfire and bring a selection of airguns for coyote, bobcat, raccoons, hogs and whatever small stuff came my way. I would have liked to hunt the javalina with an airgun, but as it is a game animal airguns are expressly forbotten. It is somewhat ironic that I can legally take a 300 lb hog with my .45 airgun, but not a 50 lb peccary. However, Texas is one of the truly hunter friendly states so I won’t complain! I will leave this part of the story by saying, I am still after my javalina and believe that when I finally bag one it will be one of the most expensive trophies on my wall! But the portion of my hunt I want to tell hereRead More →

Eric Henderson and Jim Chapman head out with big bore air rifles in search of BIG BOARS I’d wanted to set up a pig hunting trip with Eric Henderson for quite awhile, and earlier attempts had fallen through. So when I found out that business would take me to Dallas, I gave him a call and we planned to hook up for a hunt. After clearing my meetings out of the way, the gear was loaded into my rental car and I drove over to EricÂ’s house. Phoning ahead, Eric said the plan was for Mark Bolson, Eric and I to connect up at his house then head over to the huge Bass Pro Shop out near DFW to eat, shop, and talk airguns. We had a good time getting to know each other; and after hanging out at this hunters dream store we called it a night and headed off to prepare for the (early) morning start. I said my goodbyes to Mark, as his schedule was not going to permit his joining in. I do hope on my next trip down that way heÂ’s able to make the hunt, as in the short time I’d gotten to know him I had the feeling he’d be a great guy to hunt with. I left a wake up call for 4:00 am (that hurts to even say!!!) and was packed up and at EricÂ’s house before 5:00. We loaded up in his new truck (and I have to tell youRead More →

On a recent trip over to South Africa, I had the opportunity to spend the downtime when not big game hunting, wandering the bush and working areas of a huge sheep ranch with a collection of airguns to get in some pest control shooting. The two primary guns used were a BSA Superten in .22, and a Quackenbush Exile in .25. In the BSA a number of pellets were used, including the Predator Polymer Tips, RWS SuperDomes, Beeman Kodiaks, and Crow magnums. In the .25 I used RWS SuperDomes and Field Trophy roundnose and pointed pellets. We performed a lot of bench testing with these pellets before hitting the field, and all were known to be accurate out of the guns being used. Both guns had silencers, which are legal on airguns in South Africa . These were a very effective piece of equipment in the field, allowing multiple shots before spooking other animals in the region. The animals identified as pest that I was asked to remove on sight included a variety of starlings, crows and ravens, a several species of pigeons, hares, springhares, hyrax, and if possible, any jackal I came across. We shot the pigeons around the animal feeders where they would literally fill the sky at times, coming in and eating vast quantities of feed. This was fun shooting,,, sitting beside a big tree and waiting for the doves to land first. We didn’t shoot these, but after a few minutes the pigeons would land, andRead More →

Jim Chapman, Eric Henderson, and Randy Mitchell head to the Eastern Cape of South Africa for an airgun hunting adventure like no other. The three hunting buddies from Indiana, Texas, and Kentucky (respectively) met up in Washington Dulles airport for the 22 hour trip to Dakar, Johannesburg, and on to Port Elizabeth South Africa . A Quick Introduction Ever since my return from South Africa last year, Randy Mitchell, Eric Henderson, and I have been planning an airgunning safari for the three of us. I had arranged with my friends at Hounslow Safaris on the Eastern Cape to organize a yearly hunt, and this was to be our inaugural trip with a group of airgun hunters. I can’t think of a better group of guys to hunt with; besides the three of us were Professional Hunter/Outfitter Rob Dell and PH Andrew Myers. The Dells 10,000 acre farm serves as the base of operations, but Rob has tens of thousands of acres in additional land to hunt. Andrew has the airgunning background, having picked up on hunting with them while living in Europe and looking for hunting opportunities (much like my own introduction to the sport). These guys have developed the knowledge of airgun technology, equipment, performance, and hunting techniques to qualify them as the only airgun hunting specialist that I know of in Africa. The species hunted on this trip fall into the big stuff; kudu, impala, bushbuck, springbuck, duiker, Steinbuck, and warthog,,,, and small stuff such as hyrax, suricate,Read More →