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Field & Stream October 2015

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

United States
Bonnier Corporation
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out for adventure

THE ALASKAN charged with dropping me off on Kodiak Island was worried about landing the skiff in the heavy surf. I wasn’t as familiar with the dangers of the cold northern sea as he was, so my mind was on bears. With his white-knuckled hand steady on the tiller, he ran us through the breakers and up onto the black, volcanic sand, where my partner Joe Arteburn and I immediately came across brown bear tracks. They were big and fresh enough to make us take our time squaring away our packs before we finally plunged into the alders. This was what we had come for. Not to track bears (we were after the island’s plentiful Sitka blacktail deer), but to hunt in a wilderness where we weren’t the apex predator. A place…

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For this month’s cover, artist Steven P. Hughes turned to the F&S archives for inspiration, referencing the Nov. 1915 issue (pictured below). “I did six to nine rough sketches based on the old cover,” says Hughes. “My biggest concern was drawing too directly from it. I didn’t want my piece to look copied, yet I wanted to retain the confidence and spaciousness of the original.” The assignment took Hughes, whose work has also appeared in Scientific American and Reader’s Digest, a couple of weeks in all, and he completed the final version in just two or three days. “It felt like I was working with a tangible piece of the magazine’s history,” he says, “which was great.”…

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watch dog

+ LOCATION: ST. JOSEPH, MO. As Martin Teeter, Brian Roushar, and Mike Schulenberg brushed the blinds before an evening mallard hunt last December near St. Joseph, Mo., Chase, a 6-yearold Lab, lounged in his hut while watching passing birds. “He’s the perfect blend between a family dog and a hunting dog,” says Roushar (center), a dog trainer from Minnesota. “His poise is what makes him a great hunter.” A dog as good as Chase deserves to take it easy every now and then. Since he began competing in hunting tournaments as a pup, he has placed within the top five in more than 80 events. In 2012, he earned a Master Hunter title—one of the highest honors for gun dogs—from the American Kennel Club. On this hunt, Chase lived up to his…

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cheers & jeers

YOUR HUNTING AND FISHING COMMUNITY CAST AND BLAST Bowfishing seems like a fun way to deal with invasive Asian carp (“Bowfishing the Apocalypse,” Aug. 2015), but grenade fishing seems more effective.Matt Dyer, via Facebook BOUNTY HUNTERS If Asian carp endanger ecosystems (“Bowfishing the Apocalypse”), it would be wise to offer a bounty on the fish. Wildlife agencies do that with wolves and coyotes, and a similar system would likely draw more people to shoot and catch carp, too. Sportsmen couldn’t get rid of them all, but they may help balance the populations. I’d drive across the state to shoot fish and put some jingle in my pocket, even if it wasn’t much. Joe Nothum, via Facebook EASY BUCKS I found the early-season whitetail tactics very helpful (“Big Easy”). I never thought about spreading feed around instead of…

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speed freaks

NEWS AND STORIES FROM THE EXPERTS FOUR HOURS in brutal traffic. That’s the price I was paying to reach Montauk on the far east end of New York’s Long Island. As if the backup on Staten Island and the construction in Brooklyn weren’t soul-crushing enough, every half hour I’d get a call from my friend, guide Craig Cantelmo, who was already out east. “Dude, huge school of albies under the lighthouse right now.”Ugh. “They’ve moved around to the north side, acres and acres of them!” With each update, my blood pressure spiked, and without even realizing it, I began driving like Mad Max. The average Southerner would say I was crazy for risking a shot at becoming a smear on the Beltway to catch false albacore, known as “bonita” from South…

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q & a

Q:I want the perfect caliber for a lightweight rifle used to take elk out to 400 yards. I’ve narrowed it down to .280 Rem. or .280 AI. Which would you choose? —JIM BROWN, ERIE, PA. A: I’m not a fan of the .280 Ackley Improved. In my experience you get a minimal increase in velocity at the expense of a big increase in pressure. Stick with the standard .280 Rem., and load strong 160-grain bullets. Q:I want to put a suppressor on my .270 Browning A-Bolt. Do I need a new threaded barrel, or can I have mine threaded? —PAUL D. ERWIN, CHATHAM, VA. A: There’s no need for a new tube. Threading a barrel for a suppressor is no big deal; any good gunsmith can do it. Get a thread cap in case you…