Welcome to Basin & Range Outdoors

Far better is it to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure... than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much, because they live in a gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat. ~Theodore Roosevelt

Basin & Range Outdoors was created to share the adventures experienced by two brothers in the American West. From the highest alpine terrains to the lowest sonoran deserts we will chronicle the pain and triumph that accompanies all of our outdoor pursuits.

There will be no high-fence hunts, no fly fishing lodges, no streamside caviar and wine breaks. Instead, you can expect cold nights sleeping in the dirt, flat tires on old trucks, and big dreams realized on small budgets. With Basin & Range Outdoors you will find useful reviews of hunting and fly fishing products, techniques, locations, and a general review of our outdoor expeditions on public land.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Meet Mr. Grizzly ~ A Saga on the Passing of the Grizzly Bear

From start to finish Meet Mr. Grizzly was one of the most enjoyable reads regarding bear hunting and hunting in the Southwest.  If you're, at all, interested in Southwest history, the American Indian, historical figures like Frederic Remington and Teddy Roosevelt, hound hunting, and 800lb grizzly bears, there isn't a better book out there.
A few years ago, I was atop a horse in the Gila Wilderness trying to imagine what it was like for the early frontiersmen to live and hunt in that rugged country.  I was lucky enough to harvest a bull elk on that trip, but failed to grasp the historical significance of the country I was hunting.  I badly wish I had read Montague Stevens' book before leaving for that trip.  Catron County, NM and its Gila National Forest should not be ventured without reading Meet Mr. Grizzly.