Category: Skills

How to start a gun dog

How to start a gun dog

Written by Phil Bourjaily, this article was originally published by Free Range American on February 15, 2021. Once you hunt over a dog of your own, hunting birds without a dog, or hunting over anyone else’s dog, doesn’t feel like hunting anymore. It’s just walking around trying to shoot stuff. A gun dog connects you to the unseen world

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The hunting spirit: Believing in something more

The hunting spirit: Believing in something more

In the moments after a successful hunt, when approaching a downed animal, we all—consciously or not—take a small moment to give thanks. Whether it’s to God or the spirit of the fallen animal itself, we feel compelled to send a small prayer of gratitude out into the astral plane. It’s a compulsion as old as

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A time-honored recipe for tag soup

A time-honored recipe for tag soup

Tag soup, as it’s known in the hunting community, is what a hunter is left ruefully sipping on instead of savoring a choice piece of backstrap or turkey leg when they fail to fill their tag. It’s a common recipe, served frequently at the end of most hunting seasons. Although tag soup has gotten a

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How to deal with trespassers on private hunting land

How to deal with trespassers on private hunting land

Written by Michael Herne, this article was originally published by Free Range American on November 16, 2020. Realizing that someone has been trespassing on your hunting property is not a good feeling. This year after gaining permission to hunt a piece of land, I went to scout it in preparation for a friend coming to hunt. There were multiple trail

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The under-loved middle-child mag: The .41 Remington Magnum

The under-loved middle-child mag: The .41 Remington Magnum

Sometimes a great idea never gets the attention and appreciation it deserves. It can be a matter of poor timing or poor execution, or sometimes just plain bad luck. Such is the origin story of the .41 Remington Magnum, a high-powered handgun cartridge that, on paper, appears to have all of the best features of

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Which is more important: caliber or accuracy?

Which is more important: caliber or accuracy?

These days, no matter which way the wind is blowing, civil discussions between two parties always seem escalate to bloody, knock-down, drag-out fights in the street. The hunting community is far from immune to this, but few topics will get us foaming at the mouth quite like this classic: Is caliber or accurate shooting more

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