The oral tradition around which hunting is so completely enveloped certainly fosters that connection, but artifacts work powerfully on the human psyche. The lack of many of these familial connections leave us room to create new narratives, with the artifacts available to us, while honoring many of the narratives around us.
For me, that connection took the form of a 20-gauge Browning Superposed manufactured in 1954.
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Chukar Hunting Gear List: Clothing, Shot Sizes, Chokes, and Vests
11:00The "glamorous" life of a chukar hunter is like no other. You will spend nights away from your family, sleeping in your trailer, tent, or in the bed of your truck. You will experience incredible vistas that stretch on for miles in all directions. The rugged mountains, steep hills, and grassy flats that make up chukar country are a monochromatic feast for the eyes. At different times of the season, there will be specks and patches of green, along with streams or pools of blue where water flows or settles, but mostly a sea of brown and tan. Later, there are the glorious snow days which, in addition to a landscape blanketed in white, brings with them cooler temperatures. These milder days provide your dogs with comfortable temperatures while they are putting in mile after mile pursuing their quarry. To keep up with your dogs in the chukar hills, you, too, need to be comfortable; the only way to ensure your comfort is with the proper gear. Let's look at the equipment that will help keep you safe and happy on your chukar hunting adventure.
The Fabarm Autumn: A Shotgun Overview
12:39If you have been searching for that "one," that Holy Grail gun, don’t overlook the Fabarm Autumn; it will likely surprise you. Although my experience with an injured arm is on the extreme side of the spectrum, it illustrates perfectly what a properly-balanced, lightweight side-by-side can do for you. After a long day of pushing brush and following dog bells you may only get one opportunity to bag a bird; with the superbly-balanced Fabarm Autumn in hand, you will be making shots that you may not have had the strength to make with other, heavier guns at the end of a long day.
Duck Hunting Tactics for Low-Action States
7:27I've learned why West Virginia isn’t a bucket list state for waterfowlers. Still, I learned a few things from those mistakes and few successes that have translated into tactics necessary for hunting ducks in the best places the Mountain State provides for waterfowl hunting: small bodies of water.
Browning Superposed: A Shotgun Overview
13:25The oral tradition around which hunting is so completely enveloped certainly fosters that connection, but artifacts work powerfully on the human psyche. The lack of many of these familial connections leave us room to create new narratives, with the artifacts available to us, while honoring many of the narratives around us. For me, that connection took the form of a 20-gauge Browning Superposed manufactured in 1954.
A Beginner’s Guide to Dressing for Upland Hunting
8:43Wearing an oversized camo jacket, a generic blaze orange hat, and awkwardly carrying a borrowed youth 20 gauge, I walked into the lobby of the local trap club where the participants of the Eastern Oregon Women’s Pheasant Hunt were gathering. It was clear almost immediately that I was not the only newbie; if not from the other neophyte’s nervous shuffling, then from their attire. Only the women who had attended the event in prior years seemed to know how to dress for the occasion. Over the next two years, I began to experience firsthand the frustrations of trying to find upland hunting apparel for women. My husband, who has a tall, lean build, also was having difficulty finding durable clothing that fit properly. Together, we discovered some invaluable hacks that I am eager to share with fellow newcomers.
Lesser Prairie-Chicken ESA Listing Proposal Highlights Unmet Goals, Need for Voluntary Private Land Management
19:20It's one of the most dreaded announcements a North American government agency can make: a species has been proposed to be listed under the Endangered Species Act. The announcement that the lesser prairie-chicken had been suggested by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to be re-listed was painful but not unexpected. According to the USFWS, it's estimated that the species’ range has been reduced by as much as 90% from its historic dispersal.
How to Choose a Pair of Hunting Gloves
9:18Hunting gloves are, perhaps, one of the less considered items in our kits. I’ve personally been on a quest to find a solid, all-around glove and have been met with mixed results. They all work for some applications, but I have struggled to find a general-purpose glove that checks all of the boxes. The “boxes” I look to check are fit (including any break-in period), which is affected by material, insulation/warmth, dexterity/tactility, and protection. For example, there are typically trade-offs in tactility where insulation is concerned. The more insulated the glove, the less tactility there tends to be, especially as it relates to operating finer mechanisms or buttons on your gear. There are other considerations that we will unravel as well.
Protect Your Dog from Overheating and Heat-Related Illness
11:02A vast majority of hunting dogs in North America start their seasons with temperatures that can reach the 90s in the early season. Those same dogs may end their seasons by hunting in wind chills 10-20 degrees below zero. That is more than a 100-degree swing over the course of a working season. Emma was certainly one of those dogs who would start with early-season dove and grouse hunting and end the year on late-season ducks and pheasants. When asking a dog to work in such extremes, it is vital to understand your dog, the weather, and what to do should they experience the extremes of hyperthermia or hypothermia.
Trying it on for Size: The Tom Beckbe Tensaw Jacket
13:57In many ways, that day set me on a course for what has become the obsession of my middle years. The Tensaw jacket lodged itself in my mind as a symbol of the old school appeal of all things upland, mingled with vague memories of my grandfathers’ hunting attire, and was a reminder of the joy of that first day at the quail hunt—trying things on for size, both figuratively and literally.
An Over-Under Shotgun History Lesson
23:09A hundred years ago, side-by-sides were built by hundreds of makers. Some cost less than a good week’s wage, like the Belgian-made “Highly Engraved Diana Style Breech Shotguns” sold by Sears. Others, like an extra-finish pigeon gun from James Purdey & Sons, cost more than a new house. Back then, over-unders were around, but they were scarcer than wild grouse are today in New Jersey. So what happened? Where did all of today’s O/Us come from? Compared to side-by-sides, are they any better? Or are over-unders just—you’ll die if it’s true—fashionable?