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Planning for 2021 by Larry Weishuhn

Planning for 2021

by Larry Weishuhn

The year that was, looms behind us.  What the morrow will bring only time will tell. As for me, I am indeed looking forward to new adventures in 2021.

First up is the DSC Virtual Event/Auction to learn more about how you can participate please go to our website www.biggame.org and sign up today.  That’s the perfect way to start 2021!

Secondly, I am headed to my range to mount and sight-in a new .30-30 Winchester lever action rifle.  I will be topping it with a Trijicon Huron 3-9x40, to me a perfect scope for such a rifle or just about any other.  I plan on using that particular combination shooting Hornady’s LEVERevolution 160-grain FTX on wild hogs, immediately, as well as on whitetails this coming year while hunting primarily close to home.

Hopefully with COVID vaccines becoming more and more available, borders will once again start opening and travel will again become safe.  With that said, I have my eye on several DSC Auction hunts I hope to “procure” during DSC’s Virtual Event (go to www.biggame.org for more details and to sign up for the auction). Those of most interest will take me to Europe for various big game species.  Over the past several years I have hunted numerous European countries such as Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Austria, Spain, Scotland and even England. 



I truly enjoy hunting the lands from whence came my ancestors.  I love the European hunting styles and traditions, particularly those which honor both game and hunter.  For those hunts I will most likely be shooting my Ruger M77 6.5x55 Swedish Mauser topped with a Trijicon Huron 2.5-10x40, 30mm tube, shooting Hornady’s Superformance 140-grain SST. That combination served me extremely well during the most recent whitetail season!

In 2021 I hope to hunt Poland for roe deer, truly one of my all time favorite game animals, along with Jeff Rice and Luke Clayton with whom I do the weekly video series “A Sportsman’s Life” which can be seen on Pride Outdoor Network and Youtube.   Neither Jeff nor Luke has previously hunted in Europe. They are in for a real treat!

Two friends Dan Walker and Jerry Baker, and I had planned to hunt Spain with Pedro Alarcon this past October, unfortunately we were unable to do so.  Currently we have rescheduled for this coming fall.  My personal goal on that hunt, other than returning to Spain, a country I thoroughly previously enjoyed hunting for South Western and Beceite ibex, as well as roe deer, is to hunt Ronda ibex.  Can hardly wait for this hunt to happen.                      

Having previously hunted Spain with a Ruger No. 1 in .275 Rigby, topped with a Trijicon AccuPoint and shooting Hornady’s Custom 140-grain SP for ibex and roe deer, I suspect I will stick with that combination if I get to return.

One of the North American big game species I plan on concentrating on during 2021 is mule deer.  Currently I have hunts planned in Baja, Mexico, the lower Texas Panhandle and a hunt in Colorado.  Then, if there is still time and money left I hope to return once again to hunt desert mule deer in Sonora, Mexico.  To me the mule deer rank truly high, if not on the top of my list as most impressive and fun to hunt big game in North America, the iconic western species certainly ranks near the top!            

Of course too, there are always whitetails in my future.  My most look forward to hunt for the year will be with North River Outfitting in Alberta with my old friend Ron Nemetchek.   Ron’s area is truly special to me, not just because of the monstrously antlered whitetails that live there, but time spent with a dear friend.  One lucky person, whoever wins the bid for the hunt with North River Outfitting through our DSC auction in February will be able to join me on that hunt.

I have several rifles and possibly Ruger revolvers I plan on using on theses hunts.  The .44 Mag, .454 Casull and .480 Ruger revolvers will be topped with Trijicon RMR and SRO sights.  As for rifles.  During the tail end of 2020 I procured a Ruger M77 African in .280 Ackley Improved, another Ruger M77 African in .300 Win Mag., a .30-06 Ruger No. 1, and I’m looking for another Ruger No. 1 or two, including another .275 Rigby.  My choice for mule deer will be both the .280 Ackley Improved and a .300 Win Mag.  All will be topped with Trijicon optics, mostly likely Trijicon AccuPoints, although I may put a Tenmile scope on the new .300 Win Mag.  Too, with the .300 Win Mag and the .280 Ackely Improved I will be shooting the appropriate Hornady Precision Hunter ammo.

I also hope to add a couple of hunts with friends and family, as well as a couple fishing trips.  Have long wanted to catch a monstrous alligator gar, hopefully 2021 will be the year.

What’s on your list for this coming year?

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