Turning to Rifle Hunting

| 12/10/2008 3:25:00 PM

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I’m giving in.

Coming into work Monday, one of the first people I saw was Mother Earth News Art Director Matthew Stallbaumer, and he summoned me over to his desk, saying something along the lines of, “We had a good weekend.”

Doug and Chase Stallbaumer

I knew that this meant one thing for sure, good hunting results and pictures of big bucks.

Here we are, about halfway through early rifle season, and Matthew, his brothers and their buddies all have deer that would make any man proud.


Caleb Regan
12/16/2008 4:58:45 PM

Hank- I feel like being thankful and hunting go hand in hand. In my opinion, starting the day with some reflection in the woods is one of the best ways to begin the day. Ryan- I've never hunted with a handgun before, but it sure would be a lot easier to maneuver in the tree than a bow or regular rifle. Rebekah- Thanks for taking the time to read my blog. It was extremely encouraging – and just awesome – to get to meet you and your family. It isn't often that we get to meet readers, and getting the chance to talk with people who like what GRIT stands for is always great.

Becky and Andy
12/15/2008 4:02:04 PM

Caleb, Believe it or not, I have shot a bow before, but not at a living thing. It's worlds apart when you look at some colorful concentric circles rather than a muscled deer. Having never actually hunted before, I can say that I respect both sides very much. I have several friends who hunt and each season, they come away empty-handed much more often than not. In Wisconsin, we have a DNR policy that you have to shoot a doe before you can "bag a buck." That makes for an even greater challenge! I'd like to add here that it was great to meet you two weeks ago and though we didn't actually get to chat much, my family certainly appreciated your generosity and kindness! Becky

Ryan Mogle
12/14/2008 5:15:08 PM

Caleb, I am primarily a rifle hunter. I do have a bow hanging on the wall just waiting for me to use it. I do have dreams of bagging "the big one" a bow. I also find using a handgun for big game a very tempting idea. Both firearm and archery have their pros and cons. I believe people become overly confident in their abilities. A 300 yard shot with a rifle is something that must be practiced throughout the year..not just a week before opening day. The same holds true for a 40 yard shot with a bow. I have seen a few deer walking through the woods with what appears to be a wound inflicted by a poorly placed arrow. Either method is fine by me as long as people are getting out there!

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