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Field & Stream

Field & Stream October 2017

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

United States
Bonnier Corporation
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9 Issues


3 min.
noteworthy adventures

MIDWAY THROUGH this month’s cover story, “Your Wildest Dreams” (p. 38), you’ll find a gear section packed with many of the essential tools that a big-game hunt requires—everything from a beast of a knife down to the mighty spork. This isn’t meant to serve as a be-all and end-all. No doubt, we’ll hear from you about the tools you think we should’ve included— at least, I hope we do. With that in mind, I’ll get things started. Bring a notebook. Better yet, bring a couple For the better part of the last decade, on every hunting (and fishing) trip I’ve taken, there’s been a small notebook in my back pocket. At first, the pad was just a tool of the trade: When you tell stories for a living, you’d better come…

1 min.

When contributing photographer Ralph Smith, who snapped the photos for “Find Your Calling” (p. 50), wraps a shoot, he’s been known to open the bar and mix drinks. His cocktail of choice? A classic Manhattan. “It’s one of those deceivingly simple drinks that’s just so damn delicious,” Smith says. He kindly shared his recipe below. Cheers. Ingredients 2 oz. rye whiskey 1 oz. sweet vermouth Ice, for mixing Maraschino cherry 2 dashes Angostura bitters Directions In a mixing glass, combine the rye, vermouth, and ice, then stir for 30 seconds. Strain the mixture into a lowball or martini glass. Garnish with a maraschino cherry (the Luxardo brand is expensive, but beats the hell out of the neon supermarket ones). Right at the end, add two hefty dashes of bitters. Enjoy—and be sure to eat something; this drink…

1 min.
whip it good

PHOTOGRAPHER: BRIAN GROSSENBACHER LOCATION: DESCHUTES RIVER, OREGON On this clear October morning, Mia Sheppard exhibited her awardwinning Spey cast using a double-handed rod along the Deschutes River in northern Oregon. Photographer Brian Grossenbacher, impressed by Sheppard’s fly-casting precision, says he felt comfortable slowly moving in to snap this super upclose shot—the last photo he took that day. “The fly was literally inches away from my face, but Mia is so consistent and controlled,” Grossenbacher says. “I never felt nervous getting closer.” Sheppard first began Spey casting in 2001. It’s ideal for steelhead, which happen to be her favorite fish to catch. “When I hook into a steelhead, there’s a moment where I lose control, then gain it again,” Sheppard says. “It’s pretty humbling.” A passionate conservationist, she and her husband, Marty, live…

5 min.
cheers & jeers

PRIME PICK Good call including the Savage Model 99 in “Ultimate Guide to Hunting Rifles” (Aug. 2017). It’s a classic.Jim Nichols, Casper, Wyo. RIGHT ON TARGET RIGHT ON TARGET horsethief, via fieldandstream.com I read David E. Petzal’s rifle guide with mild amusement. A few years ago in Ask Petzal, a reader sought his opinion on sub- $500 rifles that shoot MOA or better. Petzal’s response was terse (imagine that) and he expressed no interest in a “piece of junk that happens to shoot well.” So I couldn’t help but notice that some flat-shooting pieces of junk made it into his rifle guide. Why the change of heart, Mr. Petzal? A bit of undigested venison perhaps? Mellowing with age? Gout? Mark Matuszak, Pittsburgh, Pa. DAVID E. PETZAL REPLIES: I see that Mr. Matuszak is one of the eight…

4 min.
deke attack

• THE SEASON • SPORTSMAN’S NOTEBOOK • RIFLES • THE TOTAL OUTDOORSMAN • SHOTGUNS • ASK PETZAL THERE WAS A HOLLOW, clattering explosion. Then plastic parts went flying through the air—an ear, a leg, a head. It was too much. I was already rattled, shaking like crazy at what would be my first bow buck. But when he lowered his head and freight-trained my decoy, smashing it to pieces, everything stopped for a second. I stood there, frozen, holding the bow at my side like an idiot, thinking, What just happened? The buck seemed to be in a similar state. He’d spotted the fake almost immediately, closed fast, and circled downwind. Then he’d pinned his ears, tipped his white 8-point rack at the decoy’s flank, and barreled right through the thing. Smash! Now, he appeared to be…

3 min.
season’s eatings

URING THIS transitional time of year, it’s not uncommon for one day of lights-out action to be followed by a total skunking. Even traditional methods of predicting fish behavior like tracking fronts, weather, and pressure changes don’t always help you get on the bite now. There is no question that every species of fish needs to pack on weight for the long winter. Despite this fact, species like muskies, smallmouths, trout, and crappies can be reluctant to hit artificial lures as the waters cool in autumn. The solution? Ditch the plastic and go all in with live bait. These four presentations will get mouths open when every hard bait produces nothing but hard luck. MUSKIES THE SUCKER PUNCH Big muskies need lots of calories with winter approaching because as soon as the ice…