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  • Dangerous Game: Let's Get Closer
    Story : Posted 01-14-2015

    Dangerous Game: Let's Get Closer

    My guide asked how far I was comfortable shooting. My response was simply that 300 yards was about it. He said, “Good, some guys claim they can shoot at 500 yards and I'm always afraid they will wound the bear.”

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  • My Backup Pheasant Gun
    Story : Posted 01-07-2015

    My Backup Pheasant Gun

    If the word “backup” means lesser value or importance, then it isn't proper to call this gun a “backup,” because it's very special to me. You see, a gentleman should always take two shotguns on a pheasant hunt, just in case he has a problem or needs to loan one to a friend. A backup gun doesn't have to come from the back row of the gun vault.

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  • A November to Remember
    Story : Posted 12-31-2014

    A November to Remember

    We named it “Grand Central Station” back in 1985 when we first hunted there. In the fall, deer often move through this area all day long as there are large tracts of woods on the east, west and the north, with the necks of the crop fields all coming together in an old fencerow.

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  • Nothing Like Deer Camp
    Story : Posted 12-17-2014

    Nothing Like Deer Camp

    Deer camp is one of the most cherished traditions in the hunting community, and for good reason. It's a gathering place for multiple generations of family and friends, many of whom see each other only during that special time.

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  • Fine Shotguns and Driven Partridge
    Story : Posted 12-03-2014

    Fine Shotguns and Driven Partridge

    For me, the most interesting part was the shotguns, the actual shooting and the bird drives – twelve in total, over three days. The best reason to own a matched pair of fine English side by side shotguns is to shoot driven birds.

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  • Sunday Go-To-Meetin' Shotgun
    Story : Posted 11-26-2014

    Sunday Go-To-Meetin' Shotgun

    The first event I attended was the Charlton Heston Celebrity Shoot, put on by the NRA. Mr. Heston was there of course, as were lots of other celebrities – musicians, movie stars and politicians.

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  • The History of MidwayUSA
    Story : Posted 11-19-2014

    The History of MidwayUSA

    The business was simple in the beginning; we specialized in the sale of new and used guns, ammunition, reloading supplies and handgun accessories, with only 960 square feet of display space.

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  • The Arrowhead Hunter
    Story : Posted 11-12-2014

    The Arrowhead Hunter

    Dad collected arrowheads; he had a cigar box full of his best ones. I don't recall that he actually took the time to hunt for them. He likely just picked them up as he walked while hunting, fishing and running his trap lines.

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  • Once in a Lifetime Moose
    Story : Posted 11-05-2014

    Once in a Lifetime Moose

    The horses took us down the mountain, across the creek and up the other side, where we tied up 500 yards downhill from the bull. When we first saw him, he was standing out at about 325 yards. Cole, Matt's guide, asked if I could hit him at that distance.

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  • Hula Popper and the Big Bass
    Story : Posted 10-29-2014

    Hula Popper and the Big Bass

    Though he went for mostly for food, not sport, dad was a reasonably serious fisherman, from my perspective. I have vague memories of some of the stories dad told about the big fish he had caught, either with hook and line, or his bare hands.

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