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Field & Stream August 2015

"The World's Leading Outdoor Magazine." devoted to the complete outdoor experience and lifestyle.

United States
Bonnier Corporation
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a ghostly parade

+ LOCATION: ROCKY MOUNTAINS, ALBERTA ×Late last September in Alberta’s Rocky Mountains, photographer Mark Raycroft had followed this 8x8 bull elk for several days, listening for bugles at dawn to try to get ahead of the herd at peak rut. “He and his harem would move a couple of miles a day,” says Raycroft. “That morning all the elements fell into place: the ghostly dead spruces, the new growth in the burnt forest, the fog, the mountains in the backdrop, and the harem being pushed through by the bull, which seemed at the pinnacle of life, with very dark, very thick antlers. It was exhila rating.” The herd—about a dozen cows and young combined, typical for the region’s population density—was roughly 40 yards away when he took this photograph at about…

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cheers & jeers

TRUE NATURE Being the dad of an 11-year-old girl, I really enjoyed the June issue about raising kids to enjoy the outdoors. I wouldn’t be who I am if I’d missed out on the woods and wildlife. Tom Cooper, West Plains, Mo. THE OUTDOORS KIDS ARE ALRIGHT Your cover story, “How to Raise a Wild Child” (June 2015), was spot on. I might add that the process should begin when the child’s age is still in the single digits. If you wait longer, your kid’s time will be filled with competitive sports, i-devices, and other diversions. Too many parents let the early years pass without setting the foundation for a lifelong love of the wild. At a very young age, my son began accompanying me on pheasant hunts on our small acreage. Although the…

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dog days

NEWS AND STORIES FROM THE EXPERTS Game, Set, Match Trent Marr and his English setter, Trigger, hunt Florida quail. BY MIDMORNING, THE high plains of central Montana shimmered with heat. I had to wipe my forehead every few minutes to keep the sweat out of my eyes—and dreamed about a certain ice cold beverage in my future. But Tina, my orange-speckled English setter, was unfazed by the conditions. She couldn’t find birds fast enough. Refreshed by an occasional squirt of water, she energetically quartered the grassy flats, probed the brushy coulees, and inspected the sidehill plum thickets as if she were playing connect-the-dots. Her tenacity paid off, too, with bang-up points on a tightly wadded covey of Huns and a scattered flock of sharptails. Pulling birds out of his vest back at the truck,…

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the hand-me-down gun

KIRK MCINNIS died too early and too hard. Scott Wood and I cut cattail stalks for his casket spray, swatting mosquitoes in the late-summer heat, and couldn’t believe he was gone—Kirk with his Sure-Shot Yentzen call, his wire rimmed glasses, his old-school gruff ways that never quite hid a gentle inner spirit. It was nine years later when another in our little circle of swamp duckers stopped by the house. Tom Valone rang the doorbell, and I could see through the wooden shutters that he was holding something. I waved him in. Tom was uncharacteristically solemn. As he unzipped an old camouflage gun case, he said: “Let me tell you a story.” YOUNG GUNS In 1965, when Kirk turned 12, Tom began, his uncle gave him a shotgun. The uncle had bought the…

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top of the pops

LIKE MOST ANGLERS, if I can catch it on top, I’m a happy man. Give me a Jitterbug on a muggy night at the largemouth pond, or a Spook clacking away at sunset on a smallmouth river. From pike to bluefish, salmon to snook, I’ve watched many species smash my lure on the surface, but while all those takes are memorable, some will always stand out more than others. Of all the fish I’ve hooked in a hail of whitewater, here are the three that left me shaking harder than the rest. And if you find yourself in a position to put your own popper in the face of one of these beasts, what I learned will help you survive the detonations. PEACOCK BASS: THE BONE CRUSHERS I didn’t understand the true…

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q & a

Elvis shot a TV. What’s the most unusual/interesting/spectacular inanimate object you’ve shot? —J.B. ACKERMAN, GREENSBORO, N.C. A: In college, I used to shoot textbooks that irritated me (12-gauge No. 4 buckshot does well). Years ago, I shot a computer with, I believe, a .416 Rigby. Not much happened; a little silver dust drifted from the monitor, but it was nonetheless immensely satisfying, and I’d like to do more. Q:If you could have any artist past or present render your portrait, who would it be, and what rifle would you pose with? —ANTHONY PEDRO, PORTLAND, ORE. A: With all due respect to Jack Unruh, who is a caricaturist, I would opt for Hans Holbein the Younger (1497–1543), arguably the greatest portrait painter of the 16th century. It is said of him that he could capture a…