A lifelong hunter and shooter, Russ Chastain has made it a point to learn much about hunting, shooting, guns, ammunition, gunsmithing, reloading, and bullet casting. Having started toting his own gun in the woods at age nine and pursuing deer with rifles since 1982, his hunting knowledge has been growing for more than three and a half decades. His desire and ability to share this knowledge with others has also grown, and Russ has been professionally writing and editing original hunting & shooting content since 1998.

Russ Chastain has a passion for sharing accurate, honest, interesting hunting & shooting knowledge and stories with people of all skill levels.

Recent Posts

So, you’ve gotten your deer, elk, or some other big game. Now you’ve got to deal with the mess of gutting it, right? Well, maybe not. Once upon a time, I bagged a small buck, and listened to a fellow hunter when the time came to shuck it out. He explained that I didn’t have[.....]


If you are anything like me, you enjoy being outdoors… and I also enjoy working out in my shop as well. And since most of us can’t afford to air-condition our shops — and since I live in Florida — that means I sweat. A lot. And it also means the threat of heatstroke is[.....]

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By now, we have all heard the dire warnings and seen the memes about honeybees dying off. They’re all going to kick the (honey) bucket and then we remaining earthlings will die a miserable death without the bees’ pollination services. Except, that’s not true. I repeat: There is no Read More…


Here’s a good idea: Tree Stand Buddy is a mounting system for hang-on fixed tree stands, which allows you to hang or remove your stand quickly. With multiple brackets already mounted to trees in various locations, you can tote your stand from place to place. Setup appears to be pretty easy. I Read More…