Western Hunting Journal, Premiere Issue whj001_premiere - Page 6

TABLE OF CONTENTS 16 DEPARTMENTS 7 Editor’s Letter Welcome to Western Hunting Journal’s family. 8 Photo Essay Spend a day hunting Canada geese with photographer Luke Clark. 12 Bone Yard Congratulations to Makenzie Hitner for her entry into the Bone Yard Photo Contest. She won a SigSauer KILO2200MR rangefinder valued at $500 for her Rocky Mountain goat photo. 16 Short Blasts Quality ammo, optics. Sitka blacktails. OTC Roosevelt elk. Anatomy of a hunting bow. The perfect hunting pack. And more. 28 New Gear Leupold’s BX-4 Pro Guide HD binoculars Reviewed. 50 38 Shooting 6.5 Creedmoor lives up to its hype. 44 Archery Hard-learned lessons after a missed opportunity. 88 Trail’s End The Big Finish by E. Donnall Thomas Jr. GEAR REVIEW 30 Rangefinders 10 affordable units reviewed; and what to look for when you’re in the market. DESTINATIONS 50 King of the Crags Pursuing the ultimate big game trophy in Oregon’s Deschutes River drainage. 58 Your Own Private Idaho Hunting mule deer in Idaho’s Frank Church Wilderness. TECHNIQUES 66 Shot Placement 58 Knowing where to place the crosshairs means a quick, humane kill. 68 Cagey Blacktails Cracking the code to hunting one of the most difficult species of deer. 74 Goose Hunting The art of hiding well pays off handsomely. 80 Winning the Whitetail Game Idaho is ground zero for hunting Western whitetails. 74 ABOUT THE COVER Kyle Hurst with a mature mule deer from Idaho’s Middle Fork of the Salmon River. Read more about hunting one of Idaho’s greatest treasures on page 58. JASON BROOKS PHOTO