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Field & Stream December/January 2018-19

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

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wall to wall

LATELY, THERE’S BEEN AN annoying echo in my office, and I blame it on the lack of heads on the walls. Long story short: Come January, the F&S editorial team will be in a new workspace. And while I welcome the change of scenery, one downside is that I won’t have the space I’ve gotten used to—enough room to display seven Euro mounts, a bearskin rug, and a few ducks. And that’s just my collection; wild totems from other editors were on display as well. As I write this, the only one of mine still hanging is the skull of my first elk. Otherwise, it’s empty in here—hence the echo.Deciding where to relocate those trophies has been a process. A few favorites have taken up residence in my apartment, while…

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first shot

PHOTOGRAPHER: TOM MARTINEAULOCATION: MATTAPONI RIVER, VIRGINIAPlan B After an excess of ice spoiled their plans to hunt sea ducks and brant, this crew found open water elsewhere and wound up killing some nice divers in a thick fog. ■…

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cheers & jeers

Readers respond to the October–November 2018 issue.BOOSTER SEATMy father took me rail bird hunting in the marshes of southern New Jersey when I was 10 or 11 years old. The trip was not only fun and a great way to spend time with him, but also a huge confidence booster for my wingshooting ability. T. Edward Nickens’ story “Off the Rails” brought back a cherished memory.Philip A, via fieldandstream.comPUBLIC (LANDS) FORUM“The Allies” was a great article by Hal Herring. He made the point that two people can support and wish to protect public lands, even if their plans for the future may not be the same. It would be difficult to get everyone who enjoys the outdoors on the same page, but despite those differences, we must all share the…

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bird of paradise

• THE SEASON• SHOTGUNS• ESCAPES• THE WILD CHEF• ASK PETZAL• RIFLES• HUNTING• THE TOTAL OUTDOORSMANTake a NumberAnxious duck hunters await the draw at T.M. Goodwin WMAARK MCBRIDE POINTED through a thin beam of headlamp light to a canal just to our left as we walked in the pitch black to a 50-acre flatwater impoundment in central Florida. “Watch out for the gator,” he said. When he scouted the spot a few days before, he had spotted a 10-footer in the deep water right next to where we now were.The ducks, on the other hand, we would soon see clearly. At sunrise, the tropical sky had tinted pink. A few cabbage palms broke up the distant horizon, and small flights of teal buzzed the opposite mud hump of a levee. “Ducks…

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have cooler, will travel

(MICHAEL R. SHEA (TOP))The surest and safest way to get trophy birds through an airport, onto a plane, and home safe is with a soft-sided cooler. I brought along a Yeti Hopper Flip 12 ($249; yeti.com), which can hold two big ducks and is small enough for a carry-on. Freeze the birds solid before the flight, then lay them in the cooler on top of a medium-size ice pack. The TSA agent at the X-ray machine might look at you sideways, but your taxidermist back home won’t. ■…

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final stretch

THERE ARE ALREADY half a dozen geese feeding in the field at 10:30 A.M. when I drive by on my way to ask permission. They’re early. Usually at this time of year, geese eat only once, during the warmest part of the afternoon. “Warmest” is not warm today. We’ve got highs around zero, with a 30 mph northwest wind. At the farmhouse, the landowner looks at me as if I’ve asked to walk out behind the barn and chew on the electric fence: “Go ahead. Nobody else asked to go today.” It figures. Even my normally hardcore friends insisted on staying out of the cold. I can’t. It’s the last day.Back home, I throw a layout blind and 30 full-bodies into the truck. Some days I’ll wedge every last decoy…