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(Continued , should have fine crosshairs and should be mounted with a solid top mount to insure a constant zero. Target and varmint scopes are nice, but are a little too easy to knock out of adjustment. A good varmint scope 'with blocks located quite far apart is OK. We always glass bed our rifles, which makes for better all-around accuracy and maintains point-of-impact.

Besides rifle and binoculars, the following other equipment is used: Parka that reverses from field green to white for stalking over snowy terrain; camouflage coveralls; 50 feet of good rope for climbing; hunting knife; hatchet; and a small army field bag for extra shells and other supplies. This small bag also serves as a shooting rest.

An eagle hunter must adjust himself to the fact his equipment will take a real beating. A few bellyflops in sand, rocks, and sagebrush can turn a show-piece rifle into a fence-post.

In the winter when we hunt eagles in lugged badland country, a Jeep is necessary to get around. They are likely to be sitting anywhere—on a rock, a rise of high ground, in a dead tree, or atop a kill. On a good day we may see as many as twenty eagles.

Finding eagles is the easiest part. Getting a shot is a matter of luck, and making a long-range connection with varying cross-winds is harder. Bob Hamilton, of Cody, Wyoming, one of the best eagle hunters in these parts, whose Featherweight .243 looks as if it has been dragged by a runaway horse, has accounted for a lot of eagles. He figures two out of three eagles will fly before he can line up his sights, even with careful stalking. His average at eagle shooting is one hit in four shots. This man is a tough competitor at a turkey shoot, in a bench rest match, or in the field. But it does not take much wind to drift a bullet off a small target like an eagle at 300 yards. The vital area varies from seven to ten inches, so there is very little room for miscalculation.

Eagles become wilder as hunting pressure increases. They are usually airborne as soon as the Jeep stops. If we are driving along at 35 mph and slow down to 25, they are in the air and getting out of there fast, but they seem to sit tighter as the temperaure

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