Petersen's Hunting March 2021

Each issue of Petersen's Hunting Magazine has instructional and entertaining articles for the true hunting enthusiast! Get in-depth coverage of various hunting disciplines, information on the seasonal Hunting Hot Spots, equipment reviews, and much more!

United States
KSE Sportsman Media, Inc.
11 Issues

in this issue

3 min
on killing

AS AN EDITOR, I understand more than most that words matter. So I guess I shouldn’t have been surprised when reader Karl Hansen recently took me to task for the use of the word “harvest,” which he spotted in another reader’s letter published in the Dec.–Jan. issue. He writes, “…one ‘harvests’ potatoes, okra, corn, and other vegetation. If you’re hunting game and want to wind up cooking it, you first KILL [emphasis his] it. If you can’t use the expression that you either KILLED or SHOT an animal or other game perhaps a bit of introspection is in order?” As the son of a farmer, and lifelong hunter, I completely agree with Mr. Hansen about the word “harvest.” It’s one of my big pet peeves, and you’ll never catch me using it…

3 min
the old new way

Just wanted to say I thought your “From The Editor” letter about the “new” way to hunt whitetails was spot on. The same goes for the article “Unchained” by Darron McDougal. I gave up on some popular hunting magazines a few years back because it seemed like they were all advertisements and no reading material. I signed up for Petersen’s Hunting during the shutdown, and it makes my day every time it shows up in the mail. Great job! Keep up the real writing. DAVE ANDERSON Via email [This] is exactly how I was brought up hunting. Since I was about three years old, I walked with either my father, grandfather, or one of my uncles. We would clear out an area on the ground so we would not rustle the leaves…

8 min
wolf wars

If you thought last year’s presidential election was close and contentious—with the outcome still in some sort of limbo as this issue was going to press—then you’ll appreciate the post-election indecision of Colorado’s Proposition 114, a ballot initiative that would require the state’s wildlife agency to implement a plan to reintroduce and manage gray wolves. It took nearly two weeks for ballot-counters to conclude that the initiative passed—50.8 to 49.2 percent—with only 52,000 (mostly urban) votes out of the 3.1 million cast statewide determining the outcome. That squeaker of a decision is a good metaphor for our collective view of our largest wild canine, which polarizes Americans like, well, presidential politics. Speaking of which, the week before the November 3rd election, the Trump administration announced it was removing the gray wolf from…

1 min
bullet board

BULLET BASICS With varminting season upon us, it seems appropriate to spotlight one of the all-time-great varmint bullets. Made by Nosler, the 50-grain, .224-diameter projectile shown here features a very thin jacket, soft lead core, and a profile engineered for extreme accuracy. A polymer tip protects unfired bullets from damage, aids ballistics, and initiates explosive fragmentation on impact. TESTING GROUND By nature of the featured bullet’s design, this review must be different from our norm, since recovering a fired bullet is impossible. (They fragment on impact.) I’ve used this bullet extensively on prairie dogs and some on coyotes, shooting both factory ammunition and handloads in various cartridges, including .223 Rem., 22 Nosler, .224 Valkyrie, and .22-250 Rem. In every case, the results were dramatic and instantaneous. FIELD PERFORMANCE Because Nosler’s BallisticTipVarmint—across the weight spectrum—grenades on…

2 min
bureau of lamp management

The herd of pronghorns sails across the chaparral of southwestern Utah, heading toward a sort of shimmering mirage. Is it a distant salt flat? Or a trick of the light? Neither, it turns out. The antelope are headed toward an industrial-scale solar farm, banks of energy-capturing panels marching a half-mile in every direction. “Developing existing solar energy zones and designating additional renewable energy zones on public lands are likely to accelerate under a Biden administration.” If that scenario sounds futuristic, then you haven’t been keeping tabs on the renewable energy plans of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). The BLM has already designated 19 Solar Energy Zones (SEZs) that, if built out to their anticipated capacity, could provide power to two million homes. The first of these industrial-scale solar projects was approved…

2 min
bark stoppers

The Aimpoint Micro H-2 Red Dot Reflex Sight gives predator hunters quick and easy target acquisition when a coyote is coming in fast. The 2-MOA dot offers pinpoint accuracy while the battery allows for uninterrupted use of up to 50,000 hours to ensure the sight won’t fail in the field. This sight can be paired with the 3X-C Magnifier on a TwistMount Ring and Base when some added magnification is needed to improve accuracy at distance. $745–$1,253; When hunting predators and varmints, a quick, stable, and versatile shooting platform is a necessity. The Bog DeathGrip Tripod features a patented clamp that holds any firearm securely. The adjustable legs and retractable steel feet provide a stable shooting platform in any terrain. The tripod is offered in two models: one model with…