In the final episode of The Hunting Collective, Phil the Engineer becomes a hunter.
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Upland hunters are an interesting bunch. We pay close attention to the whisper numbers for game bird counts, and often plan our days afield based on how many roosters are supposed to be on the landscape. During the last decade, those numbers have crept north almost across the board, but that doesn’t keep folks from longing for the “good ol’ days” of upland hunting.
Admittedly, we aren’t back to the boom years of the ‘90s, but is it as doomy and...
In second grade I met a girl named Jen. She quickly came to dislike me, most likely because of the time I pulled her hair at recess. But as elementary school led to middle and then high school, we eventually became great friends. And a few more years down the road, she married another friend of mine, Bob Polanic. Now the two of them live an adventurous outdoor life together in Northern Michigan, made even better by the fact that Jen has taken up...
For my 28th birthday, I decided to treat myself to a fishing trip. I’d grown up fishing, but never with a guide and I’d certainly never booked a guided trip before. But I badly wanted to catch my first tarpon and I’d seen this guy on TV make it look pretty easy, so that felt like a logical starting point.
I tracked down the website of that celebrity-ish level fishing guide who I’d seen on screen, then proceeded to book a half-day trip for $795.3...