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Animal Nature

Animal Nature

The fascinating, complex, and intelligent behavior of animals never ceases to amaze us. Photo above by Gary Kramer/garykramer.net The hunting world is full of contradictions, some more visible than others. One of these is how often hunters, in private, share their wonder at the capacities, intelligence, and emotional expressions of wild animals, and how infrequently they […]

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Tough Stuff

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

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Continuing Conservation

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,

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Kings of the Cape

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

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Turkey Time

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

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An Outdoor Education

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

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