It is almost time. 24 hours from now, I will turn off my work e-mail for the first time in over a decade and start driving in the general direction of South Texas for my first ever sheep hunt.
I think I am beginning to see signs of a coming burn-out. I've gone through this once before, so I sorta know what to look for. I think I am catching it early enough this time to prevent my brain from exploding. If I turn off my computer and unplug for a few days, it should re-charge my batteries for another decade or so. I will take my camera along, so there should be some pictures at the end of this.
Historically, I have not been much of a hunter, but hunting, fishing, and generally spending more time in the outdoors has been one of my goals for a few years. We make plans, then life happens, so this was a long time coming.
Thanks to my ever patient and supportive wife (I am indeed blessed) and to help from a few friends who are making it happen for me, I have three hunts confirmed for this year:
-Aoudad sheep hunt that I am going on tomorrow. I turn 45 next week and I will be coming back the day before that. Whether the hunt is successful or not, this will be an experience of a lifetime and sort of a birthday gift to me.
-Alaska trip in June with my son for fishing and a little black bear hunting. That one is scheduled to be right before my son's 8th birthday, so I am claiming it is a gift to him. We'll see if we come back with a bear rug.
-Elk hunt in New Mexico in December. NM draw results were released yesterday and I have an elk tag for a muzzleloader hunt. Muzzleloaders will be a new adventure for me, but I am really looking forward to it.
There are three gentlemen in particular who have been absolutely instrumental in arranging all of these. You know who you are and I can't thank you enough.
As I go through these hunts and learn more about hunting gear, I will share my experiences and lessons learned. If you are an inexperienced hunter like me, perhaps it will be useful for you. I already see several interesting subjects in the hunting world that I should really look into. From a technical standpoint, I do not think they pass the smell test, but more on that later.
Wish me luck! I will have some occasional availability today before I unplug and I will be back online in the middle of next week.
I gave it a couple of days and figured it is time to do a live show on intermediate magnifications in LPVOs and a couple of other updates.
I am budgeting 30-45 minutes for this, but it might go to a full hour depending on how it goes.
I'd like to do a quick overview of how the hog hunt went, the gear I was looking at and why I love doing this stuff.
Let's aim for tomorrow (Tuesday, October 12th) at noon Mountain Time.
Here is the wrap up of the Steiner M1050r LRF bincoulars that I have been playing with for a quite a while now.
Observation optics is a pretty involved subject as is, further complicated by the fact that most observation optics are not made for shooters. Here is a live show I did on observation optics that touches on this:
This binocular is decidedly not intended for birders. As the name implies, it is squarely aimed at military and law enforcement applications. It is a very competent overall design, but there is a feature that is sorely missing.
Let me know what you think once you watch the video. The binocular in question is the Steiner Military 10x50r LRF: https://bit.ly/2WA88hY
It is a solid design overall with excellent optics and good LRF performance. There is, however, one critical feature missing.
The registration for SHOT 2022 is finally open and I am in the process of making something resembling a schedule for it. The way it usually works, I make a detailed schedule and it goes to hell in a handbasket eight minutes after the show starts. Still, I have to make plans.
Interestingly, the Safari International event is in Las Vegas this year and overlapping with SHOT.
SHOT is Tuesday through Friday and SCI is Wednesday through Saturday.
I normally do not go to SCI given that it is more of a hunting oriented event. However, given that I am gearing up for my4th hunt this year (aoudad sheep in April, spring black bear in Alaska in June, hogs in Texas two weeks ago and New Mexico elk coming up in December), I can no longer say that I am not really a hunter with any sort of honesty.
I may not be a good hunter, but I am a hunter. Apparently.
With all that, I may be able to sneak over to the SCI show on Saturday. I always run out of time at SHOT, so I doubt I will be able to give up...
Folks, I am going to do another livecast tomorrow focusing on LPVOs and FIxed Power scopes when both are equipped with an offset RDS.
Matt of Everyday Marksman and Jacob of Pro-gun Millenial will join me tomorrow.
Yesterday's livecast, once we got done with the original topic of discussion veered a little bit toward other aspects of shooting quickly with conventional riflescopes and the topic of OEGs (Occluded Eye Gunsights) came up. I figured that I should probably write a short article on how they work when I realized that I already have and that Guns and Ammo makes this one available online.
It went into the 2019 Retro issue when they asked to write a little bit about OEGs since they were famously used in the Son-Tay raid.
It did make me want to re-visit the subject, so I pinged the good folks at Armson USA to see if I can borrow a modern OEG form them and go over the subject in more detail.