Stories

When Perseverance Pays Off
By Michael Cravens The sun rose while I searched. I never found the X I made on the earth to mark the spot. My steps, retraced several times, revealed nothing. I was terribly frustrated. To ease my mind, I tried...
Why Not Caribou and Why Not Now?
By Cindy Stites What comes to mind when you hear the word ‘caribou’? If you're a seasoned hunter, a specific image may come to mind: the tan hair, the long antlers, the comically large hooves. The average American or even the...
Dove Hunting: The "Whole" Experience
By Michael Cravens It's September 2nd, the day after Arizona's dove opener. Yesterday morning, my alarm tried to wake me up at 4 a.m. After a few hits of the snooze button, it finally succeeded. I made a cup of strong...
Gundog Grind: Coffee for hunts and home
By Gabby Zaldumbide An affinity for coffee can develop early on in life. I’ve been a coffee drinker since high school. Well, maybe even earlier; my mom had to call Poison Control once when I was two because I’d eaten...
Take Us Fishing, Daddy!
By Gary Maerz It was March 2016 and we were sitting in the living room when my daughter asked me to take her fishing. She was 2.5 years old. I felt I had done something right. To be clear, I wanted...
An Espoused Archer: A first-time bowhunter's Missourian whitetail hunt
By Philip Makarewicz It wasn’t until the age of 22, after three seasons attempted, that I harvested my first deer. He was a button buck harvested with my father's 12 gauge, bead-sight shotgun on the property of a friend. After that first...
The River Elk
By Tom Walton  Every hunter's had that moment; the moment you realized you've found your true north. Something clicks, and you get the sense that your soul is full. You suddenly feel at home in the wilderness and become part of...
Hunting Wildlife in the USA
By Annabelle Carter Short The United States may be one singular country, but its geographic regions are very distinct. The swamps of Florida are entirely different from the deserts of New Mexico, and those are quite different from the forests of...
Heavier Than Steel: Non-Toxic Shot for More Efficient Waterfowling
By ambassador Tristan HenryIf you've hunted waterfowl, chances are good that you know the feeling:You swing through a perfect shot sequence and pull the trigger only to see the bird absorb the shot. He falters in the center of your...
Why You Should Share Your Hunting Story
By Bri Billings More than 15 million Americans enjoy hunting. One of the most wonderful things about hunting trips sharing your hunting stories with other like-minded people. Many do this online, on forums, or even in hunting publications. It is even better if...
A Life Defined by Wild Places
By ambassador Michael Cravens The Missouri Ozarks raised me. I look back on my childhood years fondly. Times were different then and children were free to roam, explore, and learn about the natural world on their own terms. I was no...
Sweetfern: The Smell You Know, The Flavor You’ve Been Missing
By ambassador Jenna Rozelle I lived most of my life surrounded by sweetfern without noticing it. It’s one of those plants that has always been there, sitting quietly around the edges and disappearing into the sea of green if you...
Represented: Why I Wear Hunt to Eat
By ambassador Chris Gavin Years ago, while pursuing my degree in wildlife ecology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, I saw a flyer on the department announcement board. There was going to be a presentation by one of the department’s grad students,...
Itching to Hunt: Arizona Dove Season
By ambassador Michael Cravens For many hunters across the country, the first day of September marks the beginning of their sporting season. In the midst of a long hot summer when August finally rolls around, the thought of the hunting...
Bears, in the Wild and in the Kitchen
By ambassador Michael Cravens When I think of black bears, I think of wilderness. That’s because bears are synonymous with wilderness. Bears are an indicator species, when we have a robust population of black bears, we also have healthy ecosystems....
Get Comfortable Being Uncomfortable
By ambassador Mike Neiduski I have often joked that I live my life in two different worlds.  I try to spend as much time as I possibly can around hunting dogs. Training, testing, judging, hunting, you name it. I grew...
An Idaho Doe
By Thomas Walton I believe most hunters would agree that the memories we make with our hunting friends are often the more cherished trophies rather than the animals we harvest. For this hunter, that could not be truer. I have...
Notes from a New England Brook
Story by Max Dougan I adore this spot. An old friend brought me here years ago as a way of handing off the places he grew up with to a younger, childless individual with expendable free time such as myself....
Fashionably Late
Story by Gary Maerz On my first hunt (October 2019), I hike in two hours before dawn. Through the pitch-black darkness, I hear a rustle in the bush some 20 yards away. As the green glow emanating from my hat...