Confessions of a First-Time Mountain Hunter

I thought I’d trained and prepared enough for this hunt. I was very wrong. Like many outdoorsmen, I’ve long entertained aspirations of hunting big game—elk, bear, sheep—in the mountainous backcountry. I envisioned loading up my pack with a week’s worth of supplies, grabbing my rifle, and setting out into the depths of the wilds with few comforts or safeguards, only to

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Starter Kit Bowhunting: Everything You Need to Archery Hunt This Year

So, you want to bowhunt. Welcome. It’s a rewarding — and in many ways a life-changing — pursuit. There is, however, a learning curve. There are several learning curves, actually, the first of which is gear. When I walked into a pro shop to purchase my first bow, I was overwhelmed by all of the equipment options, additional gear required,

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Man Overboard: What To Do When Your Fishing Guide Is a Total Asshat

I didn’t care that we had paid him for a day of fishing. He needed to go for a fucking swim and I was this close to helping his ass off the boat.  There’s a bottomless well of stories that fishing guides can tell about nightmare clients. My industry friends have reminisced about clients, or sports, who spend the day

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This Nonprofit Is Fighting To Fix Florida’s Water and Save Redfish and Specks

In 1977, 14 concerned anglers led by Walter Fondren gathered in a tackle shop on the Texas coast vowing to save redfish and speckled trout from being wiped out by commercial fishing.  Soon after, the Texas Legislature voted the Red Drum Conservation Act into law, introducing catch limits on reds and specks for both recreational and commercial fishing. Four years

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