Talley Tales

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

A 1911 pistol accompanied by two military medals and aviator sunglasses.

The Story of a Pistol

Posted on May 20, 2020

To keep in touch with you and keep the recipes coming, I have decided to write about a few of my favorite guns. I did have a number of stories planned around trips and trade shows, but they were all cancelled. I did chase some turkeys late in the season, but I had no luck... View Article

A hunter poses with his kill, a black bear.

Coastal North Carolina Black Bear Hunt

Posted on April 22, 2020

I recently had the opportunity to go hunting in Coastal North Carolina for black bear. I was invited to the bear hunt several months ago by my good friend Chuck Paddock at Open Season TV. This was an opportunity to hunt a bear with a lever gun, something I always have wanted to do. I immediately... View Article

The view of the sun behind some trees from a boat on the water.

Changing Plans and a Fishing Trip

Posted on March 25, 2020

I had a newsletter keyed up to run last week. It was about a bear hunt in North Carolina, but I decided to pull it until a later date. I’m sure your inbox looks a lot like mine. Full of companies’ reactions and plans for the problems the world is facing now. I didn’t want... View Article

Mountains in Argentina, South America.

Hunting Mouflon Sheep in Patagonia

Posted on February 19, 2020

On a recent trip to Argentina, I had the opportunity to hunt mouflon sheep with my longtime friend Dean Capuano. Dean is the Public Relations Manager for Swarovski Optik North America. We made the journey to Patagonia to hunt at the world-renowned ranch, Parque Diana. Parque Diana is one of the oldest hunting ranches in... View Article