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Hunting for Normality at the Game & Field Fair

Posted on April 22, 2021

Early this year, I received an invitation from John Burrell from the High Adventure Company and Michael Pepi from Jonas Brothers Taxidermy to attend the Game & Field Fair. To me, this felt like a return to normality. I generally spend about 4 months on the road each year. With the current state of affairs... View Article

A Kansas whitetail hunted in the snow.

A Snowy Hunt for Kansas Whitetails

Posted on March 17, 2021

I was invited out to hunt whitetails in Kansas by my good friend Dean Capuano. Dean is the Director of Communications for Swarovski OPTIK North America. He is also the producer and host of OPTIK Quests on the Outdoor Channel. Dean is probably one of my favorite guys to be in the field with. He’s... View Article

Gary and co. with a deer.

Hunting Antelope in Wyoming: Part 2

Posted on February 18, 2021

This year was extra special for me. I got the opportunity to spend some time with Marty Tillard in Wyoming. He is one of my most favorite people in the world. My phone number must be stuck in a good place somewhere in his phone. About two times a month, I receive a misdial from... View Article

Hunting Antelope in Wyoming: Part 1

Posted on January 19, 2021

Most of you know by now that my favorite hunt every year is in Wyoming. The Great State of Wyoming is my second home. I lived there for many years and still have friends and family there. This year’s hunt was exceptional. Let me start off by naming the bad actors in this story. First... View Article

A freak bull I harvested on the Mescalero Reservation.

Mescalero Reservation Elk Hunt

Posted on December 23, 2020

Back in September, I had the opportunity to hunt a management/non-typical bull on the Mescalero Reservation. The reservation is located in south-central New Mexico. It’s right next door to Ruidoso. The Native Americans that live here are Mescalero Apache. As they say on their website… The Mescalero were essentially nomadic hunters and warriors, dwelling at one... View Article

A father and son on an imporant hunt.

An Important Hunt

Posted on November 25, 2020

This month, I wanted to take an opportunity to share a short story from one of our customers. Our customer service representative, Brian Burnside, walked a new customer named Kyle through the purchase and installation of some of our Modern Sporting Rings. I read the string of emails. Brian handled the situation perfectly. This morning,... View Article

An example of custom gunmaking.

A Dying Art

Posted on October 21, 2020

The art of custom gunmaking in the United States is slowly dying off. We only have a handful of artisans left that are doing some incredible work. There are a few younger people starting to fill their shoes, but not enough to sustain the trade in my opinion. For the last 30 years, I have... View Article

Gary proudly displaying the rainbow trout he caught.

Fishing on the Soque River

Posted on August 20, 2020

Hunting season is rapidly approaching. In some states, bowhunting has already started. I encourage everyone to get in the field and stop for a minute and look around at the beauty that is surrounding you. This is the best part of hunting to me. I’m looking forward to a few trips this fall. I hope... View Article

Set of Browning hunting gear with Kenetrek boots.

Getting In Hunting Gear

Posted on July 22, 2020

Over the weekend, I was trying to beat the heat by staying inside. Summer is in full force here in South Carolina! Over the last few days, I have been texting a group of friends about hunting. This is a group of industry guys that I have been hunting with for years. The conversations have... View Article

Group of guys at the shooting range.

Meeting New People During a Pandemic

Posted on June 24, 2020

I’ve been sort of a gym rat for a number of years. For me personally, it’s a great way to reduce stress and maintain a healthy lifestyle. When the gyms were closed due to the pandemic, I was searching for a new exercise routine and a place to purchase some gym equipment for my home.... View Article