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Outfitter Report – Africa was good to this hunter


Outfitter Report – Africa was good to this German hunter
It has been a good start to our season. We just dropped off our first hunter, who was from Germany at the airport. He had a great Safari here in South Africa, taking a nice buffalo, sable, nyala, zebra and blesbuck.
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Just Four Things Anti-Gun Groups Get Wrong

Anti Gun

“Dumb.” “Savage.” “Evil.” Those are just a couple of the kind words that my co-workers, neighbors, and friends say when guns are the topic of conversation. It’s baffling how people, who pride themselves on their open-mindedness and benevolence, can be so rude and ignorant. I have often wondered what the “Anti’s” think we do all […]

Conservation & Sheep Hunting Go Hand in Hand

Pneumonia hits western bighorn herds

26 Canadian Bighorn Sheep have just found a new home near Deadwood South Dakota thanks to the money generated through conservation auction tags. Sheep Find New Home in SD This is a cool story, I love getting to see hunters conservation dollars being put to great use. There are so many who are so quick […]

Hunt Report – Fandrich Family in Namibia


Hunt Report – Fandrich Family Hunt in Namibia
The food was exceptional, and what we truly enjoyed is the fact that we could just be ourselves. Not having to worry about other hunters, as we had the place to ourselves- very relaxed and comfortable setting, and we truly felt “at home”.
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IDFG Find “Robust” Elk Populations


I don’t think most sportsmen would agree with this. Would you? I for one would like to know what political factors go into determining the objectives for the elk plan. It is my belief that they are determined more by landowner complaints than by biology or the input of the sportsmen who foot the bill. […]

VIDEO: Leopard Charges Hunters


Following up on a wounded leopard is no joke! You will be amazed at the speed as this leopard charges the hunters. He comes from nowhere, and is lightning fast. It is almost on top of the hunter before he even has a chance to shoot. He finally ends up shooting it off the end […]

Lucky Hunters Win Sable & Buffalo Hunts!

Sable hunt winner

Last week, two lucky hunters who attended our African Outfitter Meet and Greet events in Idaho won a sable hunt in South Africa and cape buffalo hunt in Mozambique. Nick Holcomb from Boise, ID won a 5 day all-inclusive sable hunt in South Africa Dave Hansen from Twin Falls, ID won an all-inclusive cape buffalo […]

Hunting the Muntjac Deer in Europe

Muntjac Deer

Muntiacus reevesi I doubt the 11th Duke of Bedford had any idea how successful the Muntjac deer would thrive in the English countryside after leaving the deer park gate open during WWII. Muntjac were originally residents of Asian deciduous and coniferous woodland where they are now endangered. Now they are a common species when hunting […]

VIDEO: Elk Hunting is a Sacred Act

Elk hunting video

Outdoors International Hunting Videos: Episode 5 | Season 4 As Elk Hunters, We Are Blessed…. Even When We Fail. For most hunters, elk hunting is so much more than just meat in the freezer and antlers on the wall. It’s about the experience, the friendship, the challenge, the animals, the land, the excitement, the despair…. […]

VIDEO: Africa Lion Charging Hunters

Lion Charge

Check out this African lion charging video from last season: Extremely vindictive, a lion will finish what he starts and is well equipped to make short work of a man. An ambush predator, if he is hurt and he knows what has hurt him – he will be intent on doing something about it! The […]

Hunt Report – Arizona Mearns Quail

Mixed bag

Hunt Report – Arizona Mearns and Scaled Quail
I have to say this was the best upland bird hunting I have ever experienced. Bud is an honest hardworking outfitter and I cannot recommend him highly enough.
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5 Celebrity Hunters You Didn’t Know About


When they’re not entertaining the masses with their unique talents, some celebrities like to unwind with some good old-fashioned hunting. Though some of the following individuals may not surprise you with this hobby, others simply don’t fit the description. Jewel It’s probably not quite as surprising to see Jewel Kilcher (known by most people by […]

VIDEO: Passing Along Our Hunting Traditions

russ shooting

Passing along the tradition of hunting is something all of us should take seriously, because if we don’t, who will? As hunters, most would likely agree, sharing in the experience of your child taking his or her first buck is a moment that will never be forgotten, and talked about for years to come.

European Union Trophy Import Rules Changed


The European Union (EU) is making it more difficult to import hunting trophies of these six species into the EU. The European Commission has finalized new importation rules that will take effect on 5 February 2015. SCI alerted members of these new rules last year.

13 Skills You’ll Need For Survival

13 Skills You’ll Need For Survival

Perhaps you’ve heard about Gene Penaflor’s hunting trip in October, 2013: the 72-year-old California hunter was lost for 19 days in the wilderness, enduring below-freezing temperatures and surviving on squirrels for nearly three weeks. After hearing the story, many hunters wondered if they could survive in the same predicament. Although the ability to modify an […]

Hunt Report – New Mexico Elk

New Mexico Elk hunting

Jared Griffith – New Mexico Elk Hunt
This was an awesome hunt and opportunity from Outdoors International. I promote Russ Meyer all the time but he is an amazing broker and hunter. Just the other day I heard some one refer to him as the Chuck Adams of Idaho. I believe it to be true.
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Hunt Report – Matt Hartsky

Texas Flag Map

Matt Hartsky
Please refer to Russ on my comments about this hunt. I will absolutely book with Outdoors International again. I trust Russ’s honest recommendations without doubt.
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End of Season Unguided Caribou Hunt Report


Tommy-Hairtrigger-arctic-grizzly2014 Post Season Report
2014 Season – all seemed to go well. As with any season, there are those instances that we had guys come out of the field without animals, however the overall feel of the season was a great one.
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Hunt Report – Jared Griffin’s Arctic Grizzly


Jared Griffith
Russ my miracle worker put together the ultimate Grizzly hunt for me. The guide I had, Rick took it from there, and helped me fulfill a life long dream. Russ and Rick tag teamed this so perfect, I couldn’t think of a better hunt ever!
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Hunt Report – DIY Alaska Moose Hunt

Trophy moose hunt

Hunt Report – DIY Alaska Moose Hunt
As I sit and stare at the palms of my moose euro that sit on my wall, I can’t help but relive the experience. Alaska is an unbelievable place filled with unbelievable animals and they will never be forgotten.
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Hunt Report – BC Archery Black Bear


Hunt Report – BC Archery Black Bear
When I had the opportunity to hunt with this outfitter, I wasn’t sure what to expect. I knew that BC had great bears, great food and beautiful scenery. I took this hunt as a shakedown to prepare myself and test run all my gear for a Grizzly hunt in Alaska this fall.
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Hunt Report – Kansas Archery Whitetail

Brett Marcum with his Kansas archery whitetail

Craig runs a great outfitter business. He is very knowledgeable of whitetail deer behavior and he specializes in hunting them. He invested a lot of work scouting his leased land, hanging many tree stands, and studying multiple trail cameras from spring to fall. He is a dedicated bowhunter, as am I, and he appreciates the […]

Hunt Report – Kansas Whitetail


Hunt Report – Kansas Whitetail
I was unsuccessful, but absolutely! The hunt was great! However the weather killed us due to no one’s fault. Craig was very apologetic but the weather was out of his control. I’ll be going back in 2015.
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Hunt Report – Trophy Deer Hunt in Kansas


Hunt Report – Trophy Deer Hunt in Kansas
Great outfitter. Great Trophy White tail hunting areas. Many blind and tree stand placements before the season allowing good positioning for wind. Constant monitoring of trail cams by the outfitter.
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Hunt Report – BC Black Bear


Hunt Report – BC Black Bear
I made friend’s here that will be sorely missed until I meet them again. One of the top three of all of my hunts for sure. They produce and bend over backwards for you.
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South Dakota Pheasant Hunting Myths


Myth No. 1: Most of the birds are shot when the South Dakota pheasant season opens. It’s a tradition like no other… an opening weekend pheasant hunt in South Dakota. Each year, outdoor enthusiasts from around the world re-visit the state where they have been developing traditions, friendship and memories for generations. In addition to […]

Drawing Tags vs. Guaranteed Tags

Guaranteed Tags

The intent of this post is to present the pros and cons of the “accumulate points, draw a tag, and then find an outfitter system” versus the “get a guaranteed tag along with your guided hunt system.” Let’s first clarify one important point in this article. I’m speaking to hunters looking to go on an […]

Hunt Report – New Zealand Safari

Big red stag

Hunt Report – New Zealand Safari
This was my first time to travel to New Zealand. I went to hunt red stag and tahr and had an incredible time. It turned into a New Zealand Safari.
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Hunt Report – DIY Alaska Moose Hunt Drop Camp

Darin Cooper Moose

Hunt Report – DIY Alaska Moose Hunt Drop Camp
This DIY Alaska moose hunt was everything I had hoped for. We were dropped off with a well equipped camp in a great area. We were in the moose the entire time and were able to harvest two good bulls with our bows.
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They Grow ‘em Pretty Big in Arizona


The 2013 application deadline for an Arizona archery elk tag was rapidly approaching and I found myself in a dilemma. I had stopped applying in 2008… I just wasn’t sure what I wanted to do. My original plan was to chase a top unit to the end. For some reason I had all but given […]

Hunt Report – BC Mtn Goat/Elk Combo

Mike Ressler Mountain Goat

Hunt Report – BC Mtn Goat/Elk Combo
I like the fact that someone from Outdoors InternationaI has been on this specific mtn goat hunt and can intelligently fit the hunter with a hunt they can physically do and enjoy.
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2014 Alaska Hunting Season Review

Alaska Brown bear hunting

Outfitter Report – 2014 Alaska Hunting Season Review
Grizzly bear season was great, with the first two hunters each bagging a nice bear the first day of their hunt. We had a total of six one day bear hunts.
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VIDEO: “The Struggle” – 2014 Antelope Hunting


Archery antelope hunting this year gave Jess and Russ Meyer a tough time. They had some close calls and saw tons of speed goats. Hunting isn’t easy but that is all a part of “The Struggle”. Here is a short video from the season: As hunters, we’ve all been there, and sometimes our best seasons […]

Red Stag Hunting Information

red stag hunting

Have you heard the roar of the red stag during the rut? Cervus elaphus a close cousin of the larger American Elk or Wapiti , Russian Maral, and Sika stag (Cervus nippon), red deer have been introduced around the world as “Exotics” from New Zealand to Texas and Kentucky; originating in Europe there are other […]

North Carolina Record Book Deer

North Carolina record book deer

Davidson County, North Carolina man just took an enormous non-typical buck with his crossbow. This new North Carolina record book deer scores approximately 190″, likely largest ever taken with archery equipment in North Carolina. Steven Davis, a North Carolina firefighter shot a monster non-typical buck last week with his crossbow after patterning it’s feeding habit […]

Kenetrek breakthrough in boot technology

Everstep boots by Kenetrek

Kenetrek Launches EverStep Orthopedics A lot of our Kenetrek customers tell us about the support they receive from their boots, and how Kenetrek hikers and mountain boots feel “therapeutic“compared to their old boots. So when a physician came to us with an idea for an Orthopedic boot, we were intrigued. He had a lot of […]

Elk Decoy Setup Guide by Montana Decoy

Elk Decoy Setup Guide

by Montana Decoy Some great information on how to use an elk decoy by professional elk hunters, such as Fred Eicler. The post rut is my favorite time to decoy elk. Bulls seem to be a little more vocal and bugling to find that last cow in heat. This time of year, you can really […]

Black Gold / Kershaw Knives Giveaway


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How to Prepare for Backcountry Elk Hunting

Spotted Elk

So you just booked your first archery elk hunt. You’ll be hunting with an outfitter and now the questions have started to roll around in your head. The main one being — What do I need to do to be prepared for backcountry elk hunting? That sparks more questions such as these: How good of […]

Black Death in the Limpopo

Cape buffalo with a bow

I stood there in momentary shock with the only words coming out of my mouth being the 4-letter variety (which if you know me, never happens). I couldn’t believe that had just happened. I have dreamed of hunting cape buffalo with a bow in Africa since I was 12 years old, and now here I […]

Wildlife ‘WikiLeaks’ targets poaching in Africa

poached rhino in Africa

Dar es Salaam (AFP) – Poachers slaughtering Africa’s elephants and rhinos with impunity are often shielded from police by powerful connections, but a group of conservationists has turned to the anonymity of tip-offs to try to stem the killing. The founders of WildLeaks — a sort of WikiLeaks for the environment — say it is […]

A Conversation with an Anti Hunter

A conversation with an Anti hunter

We get hate mail and/or death threats from at least one anti hunter daily. Usually, there is no need to respond as they are unreasonable, rude, and have no sense of irony. But check this one out. What do you think of our response? Dear Sirs I have just come across your blog and I […]

T.A.G. Bags Game Bags Review

TAG BAGS synthetic game bags

I have now used my T.A.G. Bags synthetic game bags to pack out two elk. I’m a fan! They are light, strong, easy to clean and do everything they are advertised to do. Because their brilliance is in their simplicity it won’t take me long to explain why I like them. First let me speak […]

Successful British Columbia Bear Season

archery black bear

Once again, our 2014 ended with another successful British Columbia bear hunting season. The spring season ended with happy hunters and some incredible bears. The success always amazes me. BC does not allow baiting so this is a spot and stalk hunt. If you haven’t had the opportunity to stalk into close proximity of a […]

Preparing for Cape Buffalo with a Bow

cape buffalo dangerous game

Wow Cape Buffalo with a Bow!!! I still can’t believe I am heading to Africa! Let alone to go on one of my Top 5 Bucket List hunts, Cape Buffalo with a bow, aka Black Death, Dagga Boys, oh yeah. I have dreamed of hunting Cape Buffalo with a bow since I was 12 years […]

Kershaw Taskmaster Saw Review


Watch Marc Warnke in this Kershaw Taskmaster Saw review. The Kershaw Taskmaster Saw is handy, light, sturdy, and sharp! A good, sturdy folding handsaw is something every hunter should have in his or her arsenal. If you already have one, you know how handy these things are. The Kershaw Taskmaster saw is a great choice […]

Top 5 reasons to Hunt Whitetails in Idaho

Cody Barker with an Idaho whtietail

Whether we want to admit it or not, being that it is the home state to many on the O.I. Team, Idaho is a great opportunity to extend your season and put a monster whitetail on the ground. These are the top 5 reasons to let us set you up with a hunt for some […]

Moose Subspecies in North Amercia

Moose Subspecies and Range in North Amercia

Moose in North America tend to be darker in color around their faces and legs than their European cousins and tend to weigh more in both body mass and antlers. Antlers of North American are more pal-mated than European moose as well. The four moose subspecies in North America are the Alaska-Yukon moose; the Canada […]

Things To Know Before Booking a Moose Hunt

Things you lshould know before booking a moose hunt

If you haven’t hunted in Alaska or in a tundra environment, you should know before booking a moose hunt, there are a few things to consider. First off, there seems to be a trend going right now on float hunts. Just know that float hunts are more difficult overall and a float hunt doesn’t allow […]

How To Resole Your Kenetrek Boots


I recently sent in my Kenetrek Moutain Extreme boots to be resoled and repaired after two pounding seasons in the mountains. By my estimations I’m have at least 300-400 miles in my boots in mostly VERY steep, often rocky, terrain. It’s easy to tell the steep terrain wear by the toes being the first part […]



Come Along and Hunt South Africa with the Outdoors Interantional Team! Here is your chance to hunt with us! We have 4 openings for hunters to accompany us to an amazing property in the famed Limpopo Province. We have negotiated discounted rates for the 4 hunters who choose to accompany us on this dream hunt. […]

Bighorn Sheep Ewe Hunt in Nevada….

bighorn sheep ewe hunt in Nevada

In their January/February meeting, the Nevada Board of Wildlife Commissioners voted to allow bighorn sheep ewe hunting. While this may seem drastic and irresponsible, mane factors came into this decision. Understanding the Recommended 2014 Bighorn Ewe Hunt The Nevada Division of Wildlife, with the help of non-governmental organizations, have taken bighorn sheep populations in Nevada […]

VIDEO: Last Minute Arizona Muley

Russ Meyer with his 2014 OTC Archery Arizona Mule Deer

I couldn’t help but notice the skies as the buck we’d been working the previous ten hours slipped out the bottom of the canyon. The clouds were in such-a-way, I knew we were in for an amazing show. We set up the cameras and did our best to find a comfortable position in the rocks. […]

South African Trophy Cape Buffalo

trophy cape buffalo

Do you dream of Africa? I know I do! Africa is one of those places that all hunters need to experience at least once in their lives. I have dreamed of hunting trophy cape buffalo in Africa since I was 10 years old and reading Capstick. The adventure, the thrill, the atmosphere and the scenery […]

VIDEO: An “Epic” Sheep Hunt by Butch Whiting

Butch Whiting of Kryptek hunting dall sheep

It was subtle, but Larry’s definition of “arduous” was concerning. When he says an adventure is difficult, he really means that most mortals would quit or potentially harm themselves during the pursuit. I was in…

Russ Meyer’s Archery BC Black Bear

Russ Meyer with his BC Black Bear

In 1988 I took my first big game animal with a bow. I was sitting over a bait in central Idaho when, to my surprise, a bear slipped over the ridge and was soon standing at fifteen yards, offering me a perfect shot. Can you say “Hook, line, and sinker”, not only for a lifetime […]

This is Why I Train to Hunt


My life has been profoundly altered in many ways since adulthood, and my wife and kids are at the top of the list. They are people who have made me a better man. My wife is a health nut, which pretty much makes me a healthy eater by default. As far as fitness is concerned, […]

Follow in the Footsteps of Jack O’Connor! Stone Sheep Hunting.

Jack Oconnor stone sheep

Jack O’Connor was first and foremost an outdoorsman, but he was also an English professor, which led to the marriage of the two and his prolific writings on everything from firearms, wildlife history and hunting. But his passion was wild sheep. He hunted sheep not for a trophy, but for the experience. He loved the […]

One of the Best Elk/Mule Deer Outfitters in Utah and Wyoming

Utah Mule Deer

Running a large area, large guide staff, and multiple lodges is an incredibly difficult thing to do while holding to high standards. We have found that it is an anomaly in the hunting industry to find a large outfitter that doesn’t have a lot of holes in their ship. The outfitter we work with in […]

Want a Truly Big Mule Deer?

Marc Warnke with his huge Alberta mule deer

I have had the blessing of taking four big mule deer over 200″ in my hunting carrier and believe me, lots of luck was involved. Some of my best hunts, where I had everything aligned; scouting, accuracy, and experience I fell flat and shot smaller bucks. The key, was being on the right ground, year […]

SPECIAL PRICE: Red Stags The Monsters of Middle Earth

Hunting Red Stags in New Zealand

If you are anything like me and the rest of the crew here at OI, you dream of hunting huge roaring Red Stags and beautiful bull Tahr in the land of Middle Earth. There is just something about New Zealand that beckons to those of us who seek adventure who have a deep love for […]

North American Sheep Slam… It’s Possible. Here’s How.


Are you a dyed in the wool sheep hunter? Does sheep fever course through your veins? I know it does mine. I have been lucky enough to harvest great Dall and Stone Sheep, and have had the opportunity to help guide on a number of Desert, California and Rocky Mountain Bighorn Hunts. Yet, no matter […]

VIDEO: Vapor Trailin’ Aoudads


Texas Aoudad hunting is REAL sheep hunting at a price that is within reach of almost every hunter. This sheep hunting video was taken on a very special free range aoudad hunt on a 22,000 acre ranch in West Texas. Located near Marfa, Texas in the famed Davis Mountains, there are VERY high numbers of […]

Campbell Cameras Video School


Campbell Cameras is pleased to offer an amazing array of video schools and free seminars by talented pros. This is your chance to get hands-on training with all the latest video equipment. From beginners to producers to editors there is a class for everyone! Why choose a Campbell Cameras school? Try Before You Buy It […]