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Field & Stream May 2015

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raised for the job

WRITER WILL BRANTLEY is a familiar face to the FIELD & STREAM audience. Over the last few years, Brantley has been producing some of the best stories, articles, and videos in the magazine and on field and stream.com, including exciting hunting tales, how-to pieces on cutting-edge tactics, and detailed and unbiased gear tests of bows and other equipment. Beginning this month, readers are going to be seeing a lot more of Brantley as he joins F&S full-time in the new position of hunting editor. As Brantley puts it, he has been preparing for this job since age 7, when he killed his first squirrel (using a single-shot .22 with a broken extractor that required prying out empties with a pocketknife) in his native Kentucky woods. Brantley majored in journalism at Murray State…

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A stay at Cree River Lodge in Saskatchewan (“Crash Course,” p. 66) ranks in the top five of many trips for F&S fishing editor Joe Cermele. “I was already addicted to catching big pike on the fly,” says Cermele. “But we caught so many big fish in just a few days, I walked away thinking: You may never see action like that again.” It took a trip to New Jersey and two trips to Ohio for Nathaniel Welch to photograph the trout and walleye for “Monster Weekend” (p. 51), and another to Michigan for the smallmouth on the cover. “These are wild fish caught the normal way— not props from a tank,” says Welch, who also shoots for Men’s Health, People, Esquire, and others. “The big ones are never guaranteed.”…

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shoulder-season success

Photographer Tim Romano climbed the foot pegs on an old cypress tree with a rope swing to capture this shot of angler Jeff Rogers carrying his kayak to the put-in on the San Marcos River outside of Austin last November. Typical of early spring and late fall, “the weather had been really iffy,” says Romano, “cold and rainy for the past two days. And the water was off-color, so we weren’t sure if it was going to fish.” Since unfortunate circumstances had brought him to town, Romano needed a restorative experience on this float—and he got it. “It turned out to be a spectacular day. We had fish on with every other cast for three or four hours.” He landed one of his biggest largemouth bass to date, and the crew,…

6 min.
cheers & jeers

YOUR HUNTING AND FISHING COMMUNITY LIFE, DEATH, AND DEER HUNTING At 63 now, I’ve subscribed, borrowed, or stolen F&S off and on since I was 12 years old. Bill Heavey’s column (“The Stand,” A Sportsman’s Life, March 2015) was the most irrelevant, yet relevant, article I’ve ever read in F&S or any other magazine of the type. Heavey put me in that treestand, and now 20 minutes later my eyes are still smarting. I love the outdoors for a lot of reasons, but solitude and time for reflection are very near the top. Les Byrd, Eaton, Ohio There’s a lot of truth in Mr. Heavey’s very well written article. My dad—my hunting mentor and partner, my best friend—committed suicide in Feb. 2012. It shocked me down to my very core and changed my own…

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woods work

NEWS AND STORIES FROM THE EXPERTS IT’S A GAMBLE, sneaking up here in the dark so close to the roost. Yesterday afternoon, after our tom quit gobbling, F&S deputy editor Colin Kearns and I found this sunken roadbed on a ridgetop in the old-growth hardwoods. It was laced with strut marks and flush with tender new greenery and insects. The turkey, we figured, had flown down and strutted right here after first light. Had Kearns and I known about this spot, we’d have killed him yesterday morning. Which is why we’ve wagered an extra hour of sleep and come back this morning for another chance at the bird. We sit against two white oaks in the dark and wait on the first roaring gobble of the day, assuming he has to be…

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gear tip

LUMBERJACK PACK When I’m hunting turkeys in the hardwoods, I trade my vest for a small camo fanny pack with some extra shotgun shells, a bottle of water, a granola bar, face paint, and a few mouth calls. Setting up on a turkey that is 75 yards away requires stealth and sometimes speed, and a loaded vest only adds weight and bulk. I use a V-cut triple-reed call 90 percent of the time because its raspy sound suits my aggressive calling style (my favorites are a Zink Calls Lucky Lady and a David Halloran Total Knock Out). But a double-reed, like a Zink Z-Yelper, is great for tree yelps and other soft sounds.…