Stories

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 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 aren’t...
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 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. In...
Get Comfortable Being Uncomfortable
By 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 up...
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...
A Wild Feast in Wild Times: A Veteran's First Turkey
Story by Tom Walton I am a Marine Corps veteran and a relatively new hunter. One of those “adult-onset” hunters commonly heard about. I was fortunate enough to harvest my first gobbling tom turkey last week in Idaho. I put...
Homemade Turkey Beard Display
I have been fortunate over the years to have taken a handful of turkeys. One issue that I encountered was how to properly display a trophy turkey. Initially, I had the tail fans, beards, and spurs of my first Jake...
Patterning a Shotgun for Turkey Hunting
By ambassador Wade Truong, @elevatedwild Patterning a shotgun can be as easy or as difficult as you want it to be. There are so many options when it comes to shell size, pellet size, pellet composition, chokes, shotgun make/model, gauge,...
Social Distancing and Urban Kids Fishing
It seems like everything coming across our screens today is a grim reminder of our current global pandemic. That being said, this is, unfortunately, our reality. We need healthy time killers and positive distractions.  Many of us live in urban...
Strange Times - A Sportsman's Thoughts on COVID-19

I found myself walking the store just observing, and eventually in the meat isle. In front of the rotisserie chickens, a good 20 people anxiously waited for dinner to be pulled off the rack and put in their cart when it hit me hard…Thank god I’m a hunter and an angler. The line between dependent and independent was laid bare.   Back at home, I am fortunate to have a modest lineup of fish, foul and beast sitting in my freeze, a bank of security in the midst of what I am starting to feel is a generational event that we’ve never experienced in my short time on life.   The anxiety that I felt around the store that day was palpable. 

Mountain Meadow Elk Story
We lose wild places every day, some in small swaths, and others in such grand scale that it makes me wonder what will be left in 100 years. And yet I think there is hope. The elk still holds a spot of mysticism in the American ethos of the West and their larger than life reputation lends itself to a fanaticism I believe and hope will end up saving them. So many individuals, groups, and even industry businesses are taking a lead in the conservation of our wild places and the wildlife that inhabit them. It takes a small dedicated outspoken few to keep this movement going, imagine how that would change if rather than “The few”, we had “The many”.
Silver Torpedoes - North American Pacific Salmon
While diverse in appearance, size and table fare (depending on who you ask), all five commonly recognized species of salmon exhibit native life histories that take them on journeys from their home in the freshwater to the ocean and back.  Depending on the preparation, all five species are tableworthy before they are “colored-up” and prepped for the spawn. With that said, there are few people that will turn down a properly prepared smoked salmon dip...


Gifts of the Wild - A Story of Bighorn Sheep
Hands wrap around the base of my horns and give a slight tug. Being pulled from the ground is like a birth of sorts. Parts of me are stark white than have been buried and protected- but I can feel the green moss that blankets my horns dislodge with the movement. Abruptly I feel the grips of the earth loosen and I am free. I sit in a lap of crisscrossed knees and stare into a face tinged with awe and joy. I was a Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep ram.
2nd Annual Women's Montana Deer Camp
When you hear about a deer camp in Montana, what comes to mind? You probably think about tents, cold weather, hiking many miles looking for deer, hunting hard during the day, skinning, quartering and packing out harvested deer, camp food, stories told around the tent at night and the hard work that goes into it all. You can picture it all in your mind because you have either been there, or you’ve heard stories. Now picture that same scenario, but picture this deer camp full of women, and only women.