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Field & Stream

Field & Stream August 2016

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

United States
Bonnier Corporation
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9 Issues


2 min.
the anti-dote

ARLIER THIS YEAR I took part in a debate on the topic “Hunters Conserve Wildlife.” The event was hosted by an organization called Intelligence2, which holds debates about controversial topics in front of a live audience, and then shares the discussions through radio shows, podcasts, and online streaming. (You can see it here: intelligence squaredus.org.) Now, many of us wouldn’t think that this topic is controversial or that there’s much to debate about. My partner was Catherine Semcer, COO of Humanitarian Operations Protecting Elephants (right, in photo below). Our opponents were Wayne Pacelle, CEO of the Humane Society of the United States, and Adam Roberts, CEO of Born Free Foundation, both antihunting groups that are fighting to outlaw regulated sport hunting. My partner and I were armed with the facts that…

1 min.
pour boy

LOCATION: SOUTHEAST ALASKA This big male brown bear was resting after a meal on a rainy day last August, giving photographer Don Jones a chance to get down low for one final shot before the weather turned nasty. “He’d stuffed himself on sockeye salmon, just peeling off the skins and leaving the rest for the gulls,” Jones says. Such high-grading behavior is common when salmon are plentiful, allowing bears to choose the fattiest parts—the skin, brain, and eggs—to put on weight. When the bear moved to the beach to digest, Jones got within 30 yards as the tide rose and took this image. “I knew the skiff was coming to get me”—he was staying on a mother ship—“so I wouldn’t have to walk any closer.” The captain had a nickname for…

4 min.
cheers & jeers

BAIT AND SWITCH I’m a diehard spinner fan, but “Back-Pocket Plastics” (Sportsman’s Notebook, May 2016) just convinced me to try soft plastics. Rjw, via fieldandstream.com MODEL SOLDIER As a psychologist working with military and defense personnel, I can’t tell you how much it means to me to see an article like “The Silencer” published in FIELD & STREAM. PTSD, along with addiction, depression, and other mental-health problems, is killing people, and the stigma that has surrounded it for so long is inexcusable. Thank you so much, Jonathan Miles, for writing a story about this brave young man—and not just his bravery in combat but also his bravery in seeking out help before it was too late. I pray that more of our suffering servicemen and servicewomen will see his example and follow suit. Horseman308, via…

5 min.

GO OUT ON TOP Late summer is the best time to target trophy smallmouth bass with big bugs on the surface ByTOM DAVIS • THE SEASON • RIFLES • SHOTGUNS • THE WILD CHEF • ASK PETZAL • THE TOTAL OUTDOORSMAN • SPORTSMAN’S NOTEBOOK • FISHING IT WAS A FAMILY vacation to the Wisconsin Northwoods, and while I hoped to steal some time to fish, I’d packed only a barebones gear kit. So when I spotted a pair of big smallmouths patrolling a rock hump—I was poking around in the rowboat that came with the cottage—I had to mark the spot the way my dad had taught me: triangulation. A white boathouse, a lightningscarred pine, and the wreckage of a duck blind gave me landmarks to reckon by when the lake glassed off that evening. I rowed out after supper, a swell…

4 min.
don’t touch that dial

I ADMIT IT. I enjoy turning the knurled knob of a top-end target scope. And it looks cool, too. Hollywood snipers, competitive longrange shooters, and the carefully styled models in tactical-optics ads are all spinning, clicking, and ringing gongs farther than the camera can capture. Naturally you want to do it, too, right? Well, if you’re a hunter and your maximum field range is 600 yards or less—which should account for about 99 percent of you— forget it. Instead, buy a quality scope with a simple ballistic reticle, and leave those dials alone. Why are so many rifle gurus dialing in? Because snipers do it, and because the sniper fantasy, which historically ebbs and flows, is flowing like the leading edge of a tsunami at the moment. Since the 1960s Marine…

6 min.
games theory

EVERY FOUR YEARS at the Olympics, America gets a glimpse of the clay-target games the rest of the world shoots. International, or bunker, trap and international skeet are revved-up versions of the ones you know. The targets are faster, the degree of difficulty higher, and hardly anyone shoots a perfect score. Although the U.S. has produced dominant Olympic shooters in Kim Rhode and Vincent Hancock, there are still very few places in this country to practice the international games. One is the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, where I recently visited and met several U.S. team members and a legendary coach. What I learned from them can make you a better shot at birds or clays. CHEYENNE WALDROP, ON MAKING SECOND SHOTS HER STORY Cheyenne Waldrop started shooting a .22 rifle…