My Favorite Hunting Knives – Part II

My Favorite Hunting Knives – Part II

Hey! Glad you’re back. Pull up a stump and warm yourself by the fire under the big pine. We were talking about favorite hunting knives, and I was about to tell you why my Top Three is my Top Three.

My Favorite Hunting Knives – Part I

My Favorite Hunting Knives – Part I

Narrowing down to a single “favorite” proves impossible, but with serious considering, here are the Top Three, one of which I has literally been around the world with me at least a couple times.

Run Rainey, Run: The Little-Bitty Book That Launched a Great Big Career

Run Rainey, Run: The Little-Bitty Book That Launched a Great Big Career

Pointing at the book, I shouted, “Dad, Dad, Dad! This is what I want to do!” He was justifiably puzzled … When he grasped what I was talking about, he looked up at me and sincerely, seriously said, “Okay. Then just do it.”

Take Good Care of Your Stuff and It Should Take Good Care of You

Take Good Care of Your Stuff and It Should Take Good Care of You

It’s something my dad told me that’s really stuck with me through my entire hunting life. He said, “Son, when you come in from a day’s hunt you take care of your dog, your game, your guns and then yourself—in that order.”

Buck & Wart – Back Country Letters

Buck & Wart – Back Country Letters

J. Wayne Fears’ new collaboration shares the travels and travails of a couple of backwoods bachelors during the Great Depression. One writes from “home” in Tater Knob, Alabama and the other from stops along the rails on his way to the Alaskan bush.

244 Miles to Wall Drug

244 Miles to Wall Drug

by K.J. Houtman

Any vacation near the Western edge of South Dakota will take you to a couple of must-stop destinations: Mount Rushmore, the Badlands, and, of course, Wall Drug. Pheasant hunters know …

What is the Best Rifle/Cartridge?

What is the Best Rifle/Cartridge?

Many hunters believe if they are going to a new destination or hunting a species they’ve never hunted before a new rig is required. It might be … but most of the time a rifle you already have at home will serve you well …

Store Your Guns Securely & Properly

Store Your Guns Securely & Properly

If you value your firearms, the days of simply storing guns in an unlocked closet or on display in a glass-fronted gun cabinet are gone.

Memories of a Great Hunting Dog

Memories of a Great Hunting Dog

Every fortunate bird or waterfowl hunter should be blessed to enjoy the companionship and performance of at least one truly great hunting dog in his or her lifetime. This is Sadie’s story …

Is Canvasback King of Ducks? Ask Hank.

Is Canvasback King of Ducks? Ask Hank.

I met Hank Shaw—the mastermind and master chef behind the website Hunter-Gardner-Angler-Cook—on a diver duck hunt not long ago. The conversation turned to canvasbacks as it so often does among…

Eugene’s Proclamation

Eugene’s Proclamation

Perhaps this little piece of wisdom might most appropriately be classified in UndertheBigPine’s Advice of the Elders section. However, then you might take it seriously; yet, then again, it should…

A New Friend in the Neighborhood

A New Friend in the Neighborhood

by K.J. Houtman

It was a warm stretch in late October in the northland of Minnesota—a time when we’re so lucky to sleep with windows open and the warm days and calm evenings feel like borrowed time.

17 Below? Grab a 60-year-old Shotgun

17 Below? Grab a 60-year-old Shotgun

New Year’s Day was the closing day of the pheasant season in Minnesota. Five friends and I decided to celebrate the turn of the calendar with one last hunting hurrah…


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