Month: December 2015

Writer’s Contest: Why I Now Hunt Turkeys In Safeway

Jim Heywood Sitting around a campfire, swapping tall tales, is one of the most enjoyable aspects of hunting. The stories often have more meaning if you know something about the person telling the story. Some yarns add to the reputation of master hunters while others point out the mistakes of the hard-working, but unsuccessful hunters. Still other stories seem to portray a person’s special personality quirks. One of my well known personality quirks is that I am a tightwad. My friends are not surprised to hear me complain about how much bow-hunting costs. Arrows can run $90 per dozen...

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BAREBOW! Sagas: A Washington Tom

Chapter 14 in Colonel Craig Boddington’s outstanding book, Fair Chase in North America, is titled, “The Great North American Cat”. His first sentence reads as follows: “The cougar is America’s most misunderstood game animal.” It is a statement with which I wholeheartedly concur. Known variously as a catamount, puma, panther, painter or mountain lion, the cougar — much like the polar bear — has in recent years been made into an iconic symbol of our vanishing wilderness: portrayed as a noble creature fighting to survive the destruction we humans have visited upon its environment. Unfortunately, that is a rather...

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Wild Game Recipe: Rabbit Cabbage Rolls

This recipe highlights the succulent cotton tailed rabbit. They are found in every state, and are great sport for the whole family to engage in hunting. You will need two or three for the recipe depending on the size of the rabbit. The meat is super lean, so add some extra seasoning if desired. I like to mix a bit of suet with the meat because it is so lean for a little extra flavor. You can get super-creative with the preparation and add some freshly foraged wild mushrooms, and different cheeses for an exotic combination. If you are...

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PacWest Outdoors: Chukar Hunting: Room for Improvement

By Gary Lewis Up on that ridge there are junipers that were old before there were any Himalayan chukar in Eastern Oregon. In my mind, junipers and cheatgrass and this Eurasian import are linked. And there is no time when I look at those hills that my mind does not stray to January, with mud caked under the wheel wells, a shotgun in hand and a good dog out ahead of me. These days, more often than not, the dog is my young pudelpointer, Liesl, and she has a lot to learn. This time she would hunt with Cotton...

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Pro’s Picks: Tikka T3 Superlite

This is where authenticity and legends run together, with history being the root. When it comes to choosing a rifle the choice can be difficult, but there is one company based out of Finland that is well-known for producing quality craftsmanship and durability. That company is Sako Limited. They have a savvy proficiency and ingenious thinking company that attracted great interest from the infamous Beretta Holdings; the world’s oldest continuously operating gun manufacture. This Italian-based firearms house carries the Beretta-family slogan: “500 years. One passion.” In 2000, Sako became a proud part of Beretta Holding Group, providing a much...

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