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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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The 5 Guns Every Hunter Should Own
Sep 1, 2020
We know you already have a list in mind. This is how we came up with ours.
Coverage is the name of the game. These five firearms allow hunters to pursue everything from wingshooting to small game to big game. The calibers we chose are relatively common and inexpensive, but also panic-proof. If you’ve visited a sporting goods store lately, you know it’s a good idea to have guns not chambered in any of the common self-defense calibers.
Books & Literature
The Greatest Hunting Story Ever Written
Aug 20, 2020
Francis Macomber… was thirty-five years old, kept himself very fit, was good at court games, had a number of big-game fishing records, and had just shown himself, very publicly, to be a coward.
Ernest Hemingway, “The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber”
In retrospect, it’s tough to blame poor Francis Macomber for his cowardice on his first African safari, but you can judge for yourself. Here’s what happened.
A wounded male lion, gut-shot...
The Total Guide to Buying a Suppressor
Aug 5, 2020
Once the territory of only the most dedicated gun nuts, suppressor use in the United States is on the rise among casual shooters and hunters alike.
“This year has seen the highest demand that we’ve ever seen, and we definitely expect to see an increase in demand around November,” said Knox Williams, president of the American Suppressor Association.
If you’ve considered jumping into the wonderful world of quiet shooting, you’ve come to the right...
The 3 Most Underrated Hunting Calibers
Jul 20, 2020
Rifle calibers are kind of like craft beer (hear me out). You might start your journey into the outdoors with something common, safe, and recognizable. Maybe a .22LR, .223 Rem., or a .30-06. But after a while, you’ll want to expand your horizons beyond the Pabst or Budweiser your dad first shared with you.
We’re not talking anything too crazy. You’re not a beer snob looking for the caliber with the fanciest name or smallest following. You want a...
‘3 Billion Birds?’ America’s War On Feral Cats
Jul 2, 2020
Scott Farver doesn’t have anything against cats.
When he found a box of abandoned kittens on his north Texas property a few years ago, he nursed them back to health and took them to a local no-kill shelter. But he also understands the dangers that adult free-roaming cats pose to native wildlife. That’s why, prior to 2007, when the Texas Legislature made the practice illegal, his rural community shot feral cats like any other invasive species.
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
First things first.
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...