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Jordan Sillars

Jordan Sillars

Jordan Sillars is an outdoor writer with bylines in Game & Fish and National Review. He's working on a Ph.D. in English at Baylor University, where he studies the intersection of American literature and the environment.

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5 Best Cartridges for Western Whitetails

Gear

5 Best Cartridges for Western Whitetails

Open country, high elevation, and long shots are staples of Western whitetail hunting. Your rifle cartridge better be able to handle it. In most scenarios, the .30-30 Winchester that shines in the thick foliage of the Appalachians won’t get the job done in the Great Plains or Rocky Mountains. You...
The Guns of America’s Most Famous Hunters

Firearms

The Guns of America’s Most Famous Hunters

The long tradition of American hunting isn’t without its heroes. As more settlers moved West, a few men rose to national fame for their skill in the field, and celebrity hunters became a distinctly (if not exclusively) American phenomenon. For some of these outdoorsmen, their firearms became just as...
Caliber Battle: .280 AI vs. .300 Win. Mag.

Firearms

Caliber Battle: .280 AI vs. .300 Win. Mag.

Many hunters will be surprised to learn that the .280 Ackley Improved (AI) is about as old as the .300 Winchester Mangum. Winchester introduced the .300 Win. Mag. in 1963. Around the same time, gunsmith and wildcatter P.O. Ackley began tinkering with the .280 Remington, and his wildcat redesign...
Your Next Deer Gun Should be a "Scout" Rifle

Firearms

Your Next Deer Gun Should be a "Scout" Rifle

In 1983, Colonel Jeff Cooper hosted a conference he believed would modernize rifle design and launch the “new wave” long gun of the future. The famous instructor, hunter, and author described this new style of firearm in a manifesto of sorts published in the gun magazine, American Rifleman. The...
Why Everyone Hates the 6.5 Creedmoor

Firearms

Why Everyone Hates the 6.5 Creedmoor

Here’s a fun fact. If you type into Google “why the 6.5 Creedmoor,” the search engine auto-fills “why the 6.5 Creedmoor is overrated.” It’s not clear why everyone (including Google, I guess) loves to hate the uber-popular cartridge. Introduced by Hornady in 2007, the 6.5 Creedmoor is among the best...
Study Shows Mountain Lions Have Unexpected Predator

Wildlife Management

Study Shows Mountain Lions Have Unexpected Predator

Elk hunters were among the first in line to object to wolf reintroduction in the Lower 48, but a new study suggests that mountain lion hunters may have had even greater cause for concern. “The big take home of this paper is that wolves have the strongest effect on the survival and abundance of...
Caliber Battle: .375 H&H Mag. vs. the .416 Rigby

Firearms

Caliber Battle: .375 H&H Mag. vs. the .416 Rigby

For many hunters, a Hemingway-style African hunt is the stuff of daydreams and social media envy. But that doesn’t mean you can’t start planning. The .375 H&H Magnum and the .416 Rigby have been taking down large and dangerous game since their introductions in the early 20th century. Either would be...
3 Things You Need to Know About President Biden's Gun Orders

Policy & Legislation

3 Things You Need to Know About President Biden's Gun Orders

President Joe Biden launched his first salvo at curbing gun violence this month with a slate of six executive orders aimed at regulating gun ownership, addressing mass shootings, and installing new leadership in the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms. In a speech announcing the orders...
Did COVID-19 Really Spark a Hunting Renaissance?

Big Game

Did COVID-19 Really Spark a Hunting Renaissance?

You probably saw the reports from earlier this year heralding a hunting renaissance driven by COVID lockdowns, government stimulus checks, and fears of food chain disruption. It’s a great theory, but many news reports ran before wildlife agencies had finalized their stats for 2020. Now that those...
3 Best Rifle Calibers for Youth Hunters

Firearms

3 Best Rifle Calibers for Youth Hunters

If you have kids you want to get hooked on hunting, it’s important to think carefully before choosing their first rifle. Throwing them to the wolves with a .300 Winchester Magnum might make for a funny story when they’re older, but it’s a terrible way to recruit a future hunting buddy. There are...