Stories

Top 10 Hunt to Eat Designs of 2020
By Gabby Zaldumbide Although 2020 was made difficult due to the political, societal, and environmental climates of the United States, that sure as hell didn’t stop Hunt to Eat. In 2020, we came out with some of our best hunting...
Ice Fishing is Dumb and I’m Hooked
By Shawn Hines Visualize grossly overdressed anglers toting super-sized drills and kid-sized rods, waddling around an ice hole, attempting to coax out unseen fish. This sight is not only ridiculous; the activity is absolutely addictive. Growing up in Texas, the...
Call It In: Hunters don't tolerate poachers
By Tom Walton When I was a kid, I spent time hiking in the woods by my house. I’d look for snakes and other critters, enjoying watching them and learning about them. Today, my wife gives me a hard time because...
Jolabokaflod: The best holiday you’ve never heard of
By Chris Gavin The holidays are a special time of year with so much to celebrate. Many of us observe several celebrations this time of year: Hannukah, Christmas, Winter Solstice, New Year’s, Christmas Eve, Kwanzaa, and more. A few years...
Mary’s First Dove: An Interview
By Michael Cravens I’ve always considered myself an exceptionally lucky husband. On top of being a fantastic mother, a hard worker, and my best friend, I have a wife that loves to camp, backpack, and explore the great outdoors almost...
I am a Hunter
By Asha Aiello Do you ever feel like an imposter? Did you know there’s a whole syndrome for that? It’s characterized by feeling like everyone around you knows exactly what they’re doing, and that at some point, you’ll get called...
The Mislabeled, Misunderstood, and Mistreated Javelina
By Michael Cravens It happens far too often. I’ll be talking with another hunter and the subject of javelina hunting comes up. It doesn’t take too long before I find myself being educated on how these animals are not actually pigs,...
Slippery Slopes: Climate change has dire consequences for Chugach Dall Sheep
By Paul Forward Growing up in Eagle River, Alaska, the Chugach Mountains were literally in my backyard. My parent’s house was the last house on the street and it was a ten minute walk in the woods to the boundary...
Shadows Below the Ridge
By Taylor Donner When the treetops mimic the black of the night sky, though a single shade darker from envy of the stars and the residual glimmerings of sunrises and sunsets, the experience of a hunter is reflected brightly within...
Why Winter is the Best Season for Hunting Deer
By Derek Edwards As we round the corner into winter, some people start to pack it in, or at least start complaining about the cold, damp weather and snow. But there are those of us who know better. Winter is...
Conserving our Roots: The Sage Grouse Initiative promotes native plant health and diversity in the sagebrush sea
By Gabby Zaldumbide In the wee hours of the morning, you drive deep into the sage-steppe. Perched on a hillside, binoculars in hand, each breath you take sends soft clouds of vapor rising into the darkness. Every inhale is washed...
Strike a Balance: Advice from a seasoned elk hunter
By Mahting Putelis Spending the last ten autumns weaving between aspens and pines taught me a few things about life and elk. Much like elk balance their time between the security of dark timber and lush, forage-filled aspen stands, humans...
The Need for Transboundary Teamwork on Endangered Species
An Examination of the Hurdles Created by Differing Conservation Legislation in the U.S. and Canada By Paul McCarney and Casey Pelzl Some of us are familiar with Aldo Leopold’s appreciation for Canada geese when he mused that, “One swallow does...
Love, Strife, and the Great Outdoors
By Michael Cravens Accusations of being a little intense, maybe even obsessive, have followed me my entire life. I certainly can’t deny it; I’ve always taken my interests to the extreme. Growing up, these interests varied, but really only within...
Harvest or Kill? Considering our Choice of Language in Hunting Stories
By Paul McCarney This article was originally posted on Landscapes & Letters. It has been republished here with permission. For many of us, the months spent in between hunting seasons are filled primarily with two things: preparation for the next...
Plentiful Opportunities: Squirrel Ecology, Hunting, and Cooking
By Paul McCarney Squirrel hunting might be where small game meets big game hunting. Squirrels have a fascinating ecology, offer amazing hunting opportunities, and make delicious table fare. I can remember occasions while hunting whitetail deer when I chose to...
Getting Turkeys to (Montana) Decoy
By Gabby Zaldumbide Wisconsin in early April is not known for its comfortable climate. Usually, that’s the dead middle of the season midwesterners coined “Second Winter.” Instead of budding daffodils and the first of many tank top-donned days, there’s ice storms,...
Lessons Learned by a Beginner Waterfowler
By Michael Cravens Seven flocked-up mallards glided over our heads and out of sight behind us. My two companions and I squatted in our blind, eyes glued to the sky. “They’ll come back around,” my friend whispered. The other blew...
A Shift in the Wind
By Josh Mills I spend a great deal of time outdoors in places where I know I’ll find success. Having a steelhead crush a fly I tied the day before is, to quote a great fisherman, “like mainlining drugs.” Watching...
Good To-Go: My new go-to backcountry hunting meal
By Gabby Zaldumbide Backpacking still feels new to me. Growing up, my family didn’t really do anything outdoors, whether it was camping, hunting, fishing, or hiking. Luckily, during college, I was accepted into one of the Wild Rockies Field Institute’s...
A Place to Call Home
By Jackson McDowell This year, I am bowhunting near a cornfield for the first time. I always see deer being hunted next to agricultural fields on television or in pictures, so I thought I’d give it a try. While scouting,...