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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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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...
5 Best Air Rifles for Squirrel Hunting

Firearms

5 Best Air Rifles for Squirrel Hunting

These ain’t your granddaddy’s air rifles. They’ll still shoot your eye out, but they’re also dead accurate and powerful enough to lay down a squirrel with a single shot every time. They’re quiet, cheap to shoot, and easy to use. If you’re thinking about exploring the small game woods this year, you...
How the Little Ice Age Changed Hunting

Anthropology

How the Little Ice Age Changed Hunting

For most folks, the term “ice age” conjures images of wooly mammoths, prehistoric hunter-gatherers, and maybe that animated Disney movie with the sloth and the squirrel. But there’s been more than one ice age in our planet’s history, and the most recent one ended within the lifetimes of our great...
Caliber Battle: .308 Win. vs. 6.5 Creedmoor

Firearms

Caliber Battle: .308 Win. vs. 6.5 Creedmoor

Last month, I called the .30-06 Springfield and the .270 Winchester “the most frequently debated rifle cartridge matchup on the planet.” Comparing the .308 Winchester and the 6.5 Creedmoor might give that statement a run for its money. No one doubts the .308 Win.’s ability to take big game. It’s...
Will Jaguars be Reintroduced in the US?

Wildlife Management

Will Jaguars be Reintroduced in the US?

Large predator conservation is going well in the Lower 48. Wolf packs are thriving in Yellowstone and grizzly bear numbers have expanded considerably since they were listed as endangered in 1975. For some folks this is great news; for others, not so much. But one group of scientists believes there’s...
How to Estimate Yardage with Just Your Riflescope

Firearms

How to Estimate Yardage with Just Your Riflescope

More than any other technology, precise electronic rangefinders have allowed hunters to make more accurate shots at longer distances. To take one real-world example: at 450 yards, a 150-grain .308 Win. round drops about 40 inches. At 500 yards, that same bullet drops an additional 14 inches. Without...
Caliber Battle: .270 Win. vs. .30-06 Springfield

Firearms

Caliber Battle: .270 Win. vs. .30-06 Springfield

This could be the most frequently debated rifle cartridge matchup on the planet. Both conceived in the early 20th century, the .270 Winchester and the .30-06 Springfield are ballistically similar, easy to find, and chambered in a wide variety of rifles. If you own a .270, your buddy probably owns a...
Did Wolves Really Start a Trophic Cascade in Yellowstone?

Wildlife Management

Did Wolves Really Start a Trophic Cascade in Yellowstone?

You’ve seen the video. Narrated by British environmental activist George Monbiot, “How Wolves Change Rivers” tells the incredible story of how gray wolves sparked a cascading series of ecological benefits for the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. “We all know that wolves kill various species of animals...
Is Hydrostatic Shock Real?

Gear

Is Hydrostatic Shock Real?

In a 1942 edition of Popular Mechanics, an article titled “Super Speed Bullets Knock ‘Em Dead” describes a new wunderkind cartridge that launches a .22-caliber projectile an astounding 5,400 feet per second. The bullet maintains a flat trajectory out to 400 yards, but its real benefit—something the...
Best Rifle Cartridges for New Deer Hunters

Gear

Best Rifle Cartridges for New Deer Hunters

Caliber selection can be intimidating for new deer hunters. There are so many options, and every gun writer with a blog and an Internet connection has an opinion he’s more than happy to share. You can read our recommendations below, but first, know this: almost every rifle caliber can take down a...