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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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How North America’s Most Popular Fish Nearly Went Extinct
Jun 16, 2020
Cast a line into any lake, river, or ornamental pond in the Lower 48 and you’re likely to pull out a black bass. The black bass genus Micropterus, the most famous of which are the largemouth and smallmouth, are native only to North America and have been the continent’s most popular game fish for at least 100 years. And for good reason.
In 1881, James Henshell famously described bass as “inch for inch and pound for pound, the greatest fish that...
The Total Guide to Buying a Used Gun
Jun 3, 2020
We’ve all been there: You’re perusing the wares at a local gun shop on the way back from “picking up some milk” when a beautiful rifle catches your eye.
“Is it a fair price? Will it shoot? Is it a dud, or a diamond in the rough? And is it possible to intercept and destroy this month’s credit card statement?”
You’re on your own for that last question, but I can help with the first three.
How to Not Go to Jail
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Hunting is Declining Across North America—Except in Alberta. Here’s How.
May 6, 2020
The number of hunters is declining across North America and the anxiety has reached a fever pitch among industry experts and wildlife conservationists.
At this year’s Shooting, Hunting, and Outdoor Trade Show—the largest of its kind in the world—the marquee press conference revolved around recruiting, retaining, and reactivating hunters in the United States.
“This is the show’s most important press conference,” Jim Curcuruto of the National...
Teddy Roosevelt Didn’t Invent Conservation
Jan 17, 2020
There’s a story we tell about the American conservation movement that goes something like this: In the early half of the 19th century, white Americans didn’t concern themselves with animal populations or wilderness preservation. Thoughtless pioneers hunted buffalo to near-extinction and decimated millions of acres of forests in the naïve belief that those natural resources would never run out.
Then, in the 20th century, Theodore Roosevelt, John...