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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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Caliber Battle: .257 Wby. Mag. vs. .25-06 Rem.

Firearms

Caliber Battle: .257 Wby. Mag. vs. .25-06 Rem.

It’s easy to assume that the .257 Weatherby Magnum and the .25-06 Remington are more or less interchangeable. Both classic quarter-bores are legendary varmint and medium-game cartridges, both have roots in the wildcat business, and both shoot lightweight bullets really, really fast. But even though...
Should Your Next Deer Rifle Be an AR-15?

Firearms

Should Your Next Deer Rifle Be an AR-15?

As AR-15 rifles have become more popular among casual shooters, hunters have wondered if it's the right platform for their next deer gun. So, we're here to break down the pros and cons of toting an AR on your next hunt. Some of these will apply to other kinds of semi-automatic rifles like the AK-4...
The 5 Best Handgun Cartridges for Hunting

Firearms

The 5 Best Handgun Cartridges for Hunting

Handgun hunting may be the outcast of the outdoor scene, but it still has a few things going for it. For those familiar with firearms, pistols offer many of the same challenges as bows without the necessity of learning an entirely new skill set. Handguns are easy to pack and stow, and modern...
Caliber Battle: .270 Win. vs. .243 Win.

Firearms

Caliber Battle: .270 Win. vs. .243 Win.

If you had to pick the sexiest cartridges of the last decade, you’d run through quite a few before you hit the .270 Winchester or .243 Winchester. They can’t ride the love-it-or-hate-it controversy of the 6.5mm calibers. They don’t have that coveted NATO designation. And they aren’t old enough to be...
Mysterious Deaths Near Yosemite Remain Unsolved

Public Lands & Waters

Mysterious Deaths Near Yosemite Remain Unsolved

Nearly two months after a couple, their infant child, and their dog were found dead in a remote section of the Sierra National Forest near Yosemite National Park, investigators still aren’t sure what killed them. Husband and wife Jonathan Gerrish and Ellen Chung were discovered by search teams on...
Caliber Battle: .22 Long Rifle vs. .22 Short

Firearms

Caliber Battle: .22 Long Rifle vs. .22 Short

Frank C. Barnes, author of the now-famous “Cartridges of the World,” once said that the .22 Long Rifle (LR) has “established a place so secure it will be with us as long as guns are made.” That’s not surprising. The famous Double Deuce is without question one of the most popular cartridges in...
This Cartridge Doesn't Get Enough Love from Deer Hunters

Gear

This Cartridge Doesn't Get Enough Love from Deer Hunters

The .223 Remington was designed for the battle, not the field. Militaries want a cartridge that can inflict enough damage to take an enemy off the table, while remaining light and small enough to pack conveniently. Of course, hunters have adopted a wide array of cartridges originally designed for...
A Brief History of Flintlock Hunting in America

Firearms

A Brief History of Flintlock Hunting in America

Baseball, hot dogs, apple pie, and…flintlock rifles? It’s hard to deny the ironic status of the flintlock rifle in American culture. Many Europeans came to the New World chasing the promise of inexhaustible game, and even though that promise proved less-than-realistic, their efforts cemented the...
The Blueprint for Banning Beaver Trapping

Wildlife Management

The Blueprint for Banning Beaver Trapping

You probably didn’t hear about Oregon House Bills 2843 and 2844. The companion pieces of legislation didn’t receive much national media attention, and they weren’t advanced in committee this year. But the bills would have all but banned beaver trapping in Oregon, and we’ve been told they’ll be back...
You Won’t Believe How Far this Buck Traveled

Manage

You Won’t Believe How Far this Buck Traveled

It’s that time of year again. From Texas to Maine, whitetail hunters are feverishly pulling trail cam photos to take a first look at the bucks in their area. For those disappointed with their results, a new paper published in “Ecology and Evolution” might offer some hope. Researchers in Missouri...