Sports Afield

Sep 16th

2020

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Tough Stuff

Is African game really as tenacious as they say? Legend has it that African animals are especially tough, hardier and more tenacious than game anywhere else. It is true that African animals live with a full suite of predators, so they tend to be keyed up, but it depends on the species. The impala, for […]

Sep 7th

2020

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Continuing Conservation

Even during a pandemic, hunters have not stopped caring about and working for wildlife. As hunters, we know how crucial wildlife and natural habitats are to the human condition, perhaps now more than ever. And while it’s understandable that wildlife conservation may take a back seat to other concerns during a health and economic crisis, […]

Jul 17th

2020

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Lois Elizabeth Wilde: 1922-2020

Lois Elizabeth Wilde, longtime Associate Editor of Sports Afield and Trustee of the North Dakota Museum of Art, died on May 10, 2020, at Edgewood Parkwood Place in Grand Forks, North Dakota. She was born in 1922 in Grand Forks, attended local public schools, and graduated in 1944 from the University of North Dakota with […]

Jun 15th

2020

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Big-Game Rifles for Women

Women shoot better with rifles that fit them well, just as men do. One interesting fact often lost in the pessimism about declining hunting license sales is that the number of women hunters continues to rise. About 20 percent of Americans who buy hunting licenses are now female, and in some parts of the country, […]

Jun 2nd

2020

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Kings of the Cape

Hunting roan and sable antelope in South Africa’s Eastern Cape. It was midmorning in South Africa’s Eastern Cape when the tracker, Atti, perched on the high seat behind the cab of the Hilux, tapped on the roof. Professional hunter Lambertus “Lammie” Ferreira pressed on the brake, watched Atti’s hand gestures in the mirror, and then […]

May 25th

2020

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Turkey Time

Whether you pursue them close to home or all over the continent, hunting turkeys is a magical experience. It’s March, spring is in the air, and a hunter’s fancy turns to turkeys! Spring gobblers are probably North America’s second most popular hunting pursuit, following fall deer seasons. This is a recent phenomenon; the wild turkey’s […]

May 19th

2020

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Hogs Here and There

If you haven’t hunted wild hogs, it’s a blast! North America’s biggest hunting culture centers around deer, which are, for most of us, the most available and accessible large game. But the rapid expansion of feral hogs is changing this, and in some areas, already has. Our town of Paso Robles is in the center […]

Mar 21st

2020

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Africa’s Most Common Antelope

Depending on where you go in Africa, it might be an impala, springbok, reedbuck, gazelle, or kob. Thanks to Chevrolet, the impala is probably the best known and most recognizable African antelope. An attractive reddish-gold in color, highly acrobatic, and topped with black, heavily ringed, lyre-shaped horns, the impala occupies a broad range across most […]

Mar 12th

2020

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An Outdoor Education

A unique pro-hunting curriculum is teaching outdoor skills to tens of thousands of public school students every year. Photo: Students in the Outdoor Adventures program at Mount Pleasant Junior High School work on their fire-building skills. School sure has changed a lot since most of us in the older generation went through it. I often […]

Feb 1st

2020

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Five Great Winter Hunts

Beat the cold-weather blues with these off-season adventures. Here in North America, the winter doldrums are here. I’m writing this on the eve of the New Year, with major interstates blocked by blizzards on both coasts. There are still some late deer and elk seasons ongoing, and January can be a great month for waterfowl […]

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