High Plains Outdoors Episode
5:57 am
Fri May 10, 2013

If They Were Good Enough for Lewis and Clark...

Listen to the extended conversation with Luke and Terry Tate

Terry Tate with a 405 pound boar taken with his air rifle

Did you know that air rifles have been around since the Fifteenth Century? The Lewis  and Clark Expedition might have failed had it not been for an air rifle! That's right the expedition had only one air rifle but it was capable of shooting multiple shots and shooting them very accurately. The Native Americans encountered  along the way were usually given a demonstration of the 'silent and deadly' big bore rifle. When they saw tight groups shot at extended yardages, from a weapon that was almost as silent as their bows, they were awe struck.


While most folks today think of air rifles as little pea shooters that are good for small game and target shooting, rifle maker Terry Tate, Luke's guest for todays show, informs us that big bore air rifles are available today that cleanly harvest big game. Tate used one that he built to drop a 405 pound wild boar in it's tracks.


 Todays show will definitely change the way you think about air rifles! Tate says the sport of shooting and hunting with big bore air guns is on the brink of becoming hugely popular in the United States.  And when you stop to think about it, why wouldn't it be? What's not to like about a rifle that you don't have to buy 'shells' for and that is so quiet that it can be shot in safe shooting ranges at close proximity to others? 

Support for High Plains Outdoors comes from the following sponsors: 

  • the Dallas Safari Club, Sniper Hog Lights, and Hoffpauir Polaris.  Since 1972, Dallas Safari Club has been the gathering point for hunters, conservationists, and wildlife enthusiasts.  You can find more information about the Dallas Safari Club online at: biggame.org
  • Sniper Hog Lights, maker of hunting lights for bows, crossbows, rifles, and shotguns.  You can find them on the web at:  Sniperhawglights.com
  • Hoffpauir Polaris also supports High Plains Outdoors.  Located in Goldthwaite, Texas. Hoffpauir Polaris is the number one Polaris Ranger Dealer and offers a full line of Polaris off road vehicles.   Their website is: hpolaris.com.

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