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Jordan Sillars

Jordan Sillars

Jordan Sillars is a supporting editor at MeatEater who writes about firearms, conservation, and American literature. He hails from the East Texas piney woods, where he likes pursuing squirrels, whitetail, wild hogs, and sand bass (but mostly squirrels).

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Gear We Use: The Best 9mm Pistols

Firearms

Gear We Use: The Best 9mm Pistols

The 9mm Luger isn’t a great hunting cartridge. Let’s get that out of the way up front. But it is cheap, easy to shoot, and readily available-all things we value whenever we’re evaluating a caliber. These attributes make it a great training round if you’re looking to start hunting with a handgun. It...
'Right to Food' Lawsuit Could End Maine Sunday Hunting Ban

Policy & Legislation

'Right to Food' Lawsuit Could End Maine Sunday Hunting Ban

Does a “right to food” supersede a ban on Sunday hunting? That’s the question at the heart of a novel lawsuit filed in Maine last month. The plaintiffs, a husband and wife with four children, claim the state’s prohibition against Sunday hunting violates their “natural, inherent and unalienable right...
Wild Animal Kills Flamingo Flock at Famous American Zoo

Wildlife Management

Wild Animal Kills Flamingo Flock at Famous American Zoo

Twenty-five American flamingos and one Northern pintail duck were killed at the Smithsonian National Zoo this week in what appears to be a lone-fox attack. Three additional flamingos were injured and are receiving treatment at the Zoo’s veterinary hospital, officials announced in a press release...
Everything You Need to Know About Shotgun Choke Tubes

Firearms

Everything You Need to Know About Shotgun Choke Tubes

There aren’t many gun products that offer drastically improved performance without costing an arm and a leg. You could argue that shotgun choke tubes are one of them. “A choke is one of the easiest and cheapest things you can change on a shotgun to improve efficacy,” MeatEater’s waterfowl guru, Sean...
Caliber Battle: .270 Wby. Mag. vs. .270 Win.

Firearms

Caliber Battle: .270 Wby. Mag. vs. .270 Win.

In a now-famous story, Roy Weatherby launched his wildcatting career after he lost a wounded deer on his first hunt in 1942. He became convinced that faster, flatter-shooting cartridges would take game more reliably, and the resulting line of Weatherby Magnum cartridges has been doing just that...
This Annual Phenomenon Creates the Easiest Fishing in America

Fishing

This Annual Phenomenon Creates the Easiest Fishing in America

For Janet McGlothren, childhood summers on Mobile Bay were about one thing: jubilees. McGlothren and her three brothers sometimes slept on the pier under the stars in hope of finding the first jubilee of the year and getting to be in the local paper. But one summer in the late 1960s, that honor went...
Why Urban Deer Break into Buildings

Manage

Why Urban Deer Break into Buildings

Most whitetail hunters spend more time looking for deer than looking at deer. The most popular North American big game animal is infamously skittish around humans, and it’s safe to say that, with the exception of this city in Japan, cervids around the world avoid highly populated areas like their...
What President Biden's "30x30" Plan Means for Hunters and Anglers

Public Lands & Waters

What President Biden's "30x30" Plan Means for Hunters and Anglers

By now you’ve likely heard about President Joe Biden’s “30x30” initiative. Also known as “America the Beautiful,” the program aims to conserve 30% of America’s lands and waters by the year 2030. According to the U.S. Geological Survey, about 12% of the United States’ landmass and 23% of its...
California Considers Dropping 3,000 Pounds of Poison on Infested Islands

Wildlife Management

California Considers Dropping 3,000 Pounds of Poison on Infested Islands

The South Farallon Islands off the coast of San Francisco are best known as a haven for migratory seabirds, a breeding ground for seals, and, of course, a staple filming location for Discovery Channel’s “Shark Week.” But the small chain of islands has been in the news most recently for another, much...
Can an Air Rifle Bring Down a Whitetail?

Firearms

Can an Air Rifle Bring Down a Whitetail?

Any kid whose ever had a pellet gun and an unsupervised Saturday knows that air rifles can take down small game. But what about whitetails? These days, companies offer .35, .45, and .50-caliber air rifles that are more than capable of bringing down deer-sized animals. It’s safe to say that Ralphie’s...