Grouse hunting — The ultimate joy of autumn

By Linda Gabris Issue #83 • September/October, 2003 Nothing instills such excitement or makes my heart flutter louder than the sudden whir of a flushed out grouse. No matter how many times I've heard it, the...

Venison — from the field to the fork

By Linda Gabris Issue #149 • September/October, 2014 Moose steaks marinating in my special marinade I shudder whenever I hear a fellow hunter complaining about his meat tasting gamey, high, or, worse yet, ripe (which is a...

Build a groundhog snare

By Allen Easterly Issue #98 • March/April, 2006 In just a few minutes your completed snare is ready to put an end to your groundhog woes. A snare set vertically is very effective catching groundhogs with...

Marlin 336 — The other classic backwoods home deer rifle

By Massad Ayoob Issue #95 • September/October, 2005 In the March/April 2005 issue of Backwoods Home Magazine, this space was devoted to the "Winchester '94: the Classic Backwoods Home Deer Rifle." And you know, even when...

Getting ready for deer season … now

By Massad Ayoob Issue #155 • September/October, 2015 As summer blends into fall, "deer season" is on the horizon. In the United States, the deer is by far the most popular big game. When I was...

Preparing for hunting season

By Massad Ayoob Issue #119 • September/October, 2009 For a great many rural folk, big game hunting season is a high point—often the annual high point—of their involvement with firearms. In some locales, the big game...

Snapping turtles

By Jason Akers Issue #136 • July/August, 2012 When the first of the snapping turtles roamed the lands during the Oligocene epoch in the Tertiary period of the Cenozoic era some 40 million years ago, they...

Make a sure-fire live trap

By Charles Sanders Issue #64 • July/August, 2000 Every now and then, wild critters wear out their welcome around the homeplace. Gardens are raided, garbage cans ransacked, pet food filched, and other shenanigans are performed by...