One of my hunting buddies, Mark, cleaning the barrel of his shotgun.

Take Care of Your Firearm and It Will Take Care of You

Firearms were used by our ancestors to put food on the table and for defense. Many of us use them for that purpose today. One thing our ancestors knew, and something some More »


Finding Solitude

This time of year I spend a lot of my fishing time on the smaller streams. We are fortunate to have several smaller streams in the Valley, where it is possible to More »

Gerry fishing about a mile up river from the lodge

Idaho – Fishing the St Joe’s

    This is the second part of our August trip to Montana and Idaho; the first part is in the September column Montana – Three Rivers in Three Days. In 2011 More »

Keith Scott-Port Charlotte FL

Snook Haven

September 17th, 2014 started very early. I woke about 3:30 am to prepare for the long day. The boat was already hooked to the truck all of my fishing gear was secured More »

An encouraging trail camera photo.

Using Trail Cameras

Every year throughout late July and the entire month of August I begin seeing all sorts of trail camera photos on social media outlets. Everyone proclaims this buck or that buck is More »

A nice velvet buck we were able to get a picture of.

Scouting the Desert

I’ll admit up front, I wasn’t in the desert, but it sure seemed like it in this new unit I will be calling home for a week in October. I was fortunate More »

Clark Fork trout and guide Clayton.

Montana – Three rivers in three days

   I don’t have a bucket list but one of the things I wanted to do was before the horseback ride to the lodge became an obstacle was to repeat the St. More »

Red and White, the flyfisherman's Daredevil.

In Praise of Pickerel

According to most fly fishers: “If it ain’t got an adipose fin than it ain’t worth fishing for”. Fish belonging to the Salmonidae family, trout, salmon, chars, whitefish and graylings, all of More »

His and Hers

A couple that hunts together……Vermont couple/hunters Rachel and Mike Pierson

Vermont couple hit the woods for an unforgetable day of deer hunting!

Green Mountain Tick Repellent: Vermont Company Has the Answer


All of us who spend any amount of time outdoors are sooner or later going to encounter the bane of all outdoor activities: the tick. Here in New England we all fear the deer tick and for good reason. Ticks can potentially carry diseases such as Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever (mainly out west) and Lyme

Drifting the Ossipee


For many years I have made my home on Ossipee Lake in Freedom, New Hampshire. Ossipee Lake is the headwaters of one of New Hampshire’s prettiest rivers: the Ossipee River. Despite the fact that the river is less than a mile away from my front door I have not fished the Ossipee in many years.

Burned By Cinder Worms

Danny O'Brien age 13 Portland OR first fly caught striper.

As I stepped outside my door on August 20th I noticed one thing, no wind. Not a stitch of a breeze as my American Flag lay still in the early morning hours. Cool! This is going to be a great morning, as the temps were in the mid fifties and zero humidity. It felt like

Classic Sporting Rifles Edited by Terry Wieland


Classic Sporting Rifles, by the publishers of Gun Digest, serves as an excellent companion piece to last month’s selection published by Field & Stream. With bear season already underway, and numerous deer hunters afield scouting potential sites for November’s deer hunt, some background reading on great hunting rifles is clearly in order. First published in


Field & Stream’s The Total Gun Manual By David E. Petzal and Phil Bourjaily Weldon Owen, 2012 $27.00 ISBN: 978-1-61628-219-6 The Total Gun Manual is the second of Field & Stream magazine’s comprehensive series of outdoor manuals reviewed here this year. For any hunter or shooter, this is the best single volume to deal with