Back Under the Knife

All of my life I’ve had to put up with pain. When you are my size and operate like a bull in a China shop, nicks, cuts, abrasions and pulled muscles just go with the territory. I used to think I was pretty tough. Pain was something to ignore—kind of like Patrick Swayze said in “Roadho
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Not Now Honey, I Have a Headache

Well it’s been about a month since I have written a blog, and amazingly the din of the hordes hanging on my every word has been excruciatingly silent. Fact is, there has been a din of the horde—but the horde is of gnats and their incessant stinging. Here’s a recent example: I received
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Huntin’ Blues

An acquaintance of mine has been grousing about his hunting “luck” recently on Facebook. By luck I mean his lack of success. There is luck involved in hunting. My first whitetail was a 135-inch buck that stumbled into an Alabama green field one afternoon as I sat in an elevated stand
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Some Thoughts on Riflescopes

The optical sight—commonly referred to as a scope—has been with us for quite a while. Experimenters began trying to utilize a magnifying optical sight as far back as the 17th century. The first practical riflescope came about in the mid-1800s. Scopes were utilized during the War Betwe
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The Ultimate Arctic Adventure

I have been blessed with the opportunity to hunt in several places over the world. There is something to be said for the collector mentality of some hunters. The variety of animals, their habits and habitats, along with local-devised tactics for success provides a fascinating backgrou
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Judgment…or a Lack Thereof

I got into a discussion with a hunter recently regarding the ethics of shooting running game. His position was that there are no circumstances where it would be appropriate to shoot at a running game animal. I asked him whether it was proper to shoot at a running animal if it was alre
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Lever Guns

Some of us who have a little—or a lot—of grey hair are saddled with an anachronistic affinity toward the lever-action rifle. Whether it’s because we spent too much time watching “The Rifleman” on television or too many John Wayne movies and are all wrapped up in nostalgia, or, perhaps
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The .300 Winchester Magnum

In the early 1960s Winchester was in trouble. The company had several very popular firearms, but profit margins were too low. Then, as now, corporations put pressure on the marketing guys to do something to increase sales. While today the solution often comes by slapping a new camo pa
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A New Old-School Hunting Revolver

Although the number may be diminishing, there still remains a fair number of us old coots that are—oh Hell, let’s just get it out in the open—Smith & Wesson snobs. We long for the day when barrels were pinned to the frame, the chambers in the cylinders were recessed to completely
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A Hunter’s Disneyland

I believe it was the early fall of 1998 when I made my first caribou hunt. At that time I had just recently signed on with Petersen’s HUNTING magazine. A regular advertiser, Sammy Cantafio, wanted an “Arctic virgin” to come up and experience his caribou hunting operation out of Ungava
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