People

Patrick Durkin

Latest

Black Market Burl: The Underworld of Illegal Timber Heists

Habitat

Black Market Burl: The Underworld of Illegal Timber Heists

Thievery has its tools of the trade. Muggers wield handguns; burglars, glass-cutters; and cattle rustlers, wire-cutters. And timber thieves? Chainsaws, of course. Big-time timber thieves—those who rustle lodgepole pines, or oak or maple saw-logs—also require a serious truck to haul their bounty. It...
Missouri Poacher Burns Down Landowner’s Cabin in Retaliation

Habitat

Missouri Poacher Burns Down Landowner’s Cabin in Retaliation

Brandon Butler drove three and a half hours on Jan. 4 to see what remained of his hunting cabin. He then watched the still-flickering flames for five minutes before leaving the fire to its task and retracing his drive home. He had seen enough. He knew a short, memorable chapter in his life was over...
Fading at 50: Why Older Sportsmen Are Spending Less Time Afield

Habitat

Fading at 50: Why Older Sportsmen Are Spending Less Time Afield

Most hunters and anglers old enough to fantasize about retiring can’t wait for that never-ending vacation so they can spend every possible hour outdoors. Some retirees live out those recreational dreams, smugly heading for the boat ramp or tree stand each morning while younger folks mope off to work...