Stories

A whitetail deer buck stands in a foggy field
A Tale of Two Whitetails: How a Husband and Wife Harvested Their First Bucks

As a new hunter, it didn’t take me long to learn that hunting partners share a…

A female hunter holds a mourning dove
Mary’s First Dove: An Interview

A first-time hunter is interviewed on her experience by her long-time hunter husband I’ve always…

A sun sets over a vast mountain range
Shadows Below the Ridge

How learning to accept the darkness made me a better hunter When the treetops mimic…

The author, Michael Cravens, poses with his family for a photo.
Love, Strife, and the Great Outdoors

It can be hard to balance family life and our passion for outdoor pursuits, but…

A yellow lab sits over three dead pheasants.
A Shift in the Wind

I spend a great deal of time outdoors in places where I know I’ll find…

A thick conifer forest with a road running through it.
Dark Timber

Why this neck of the woods always feels so enchanting The average person or hiker…

Four deer quarters sit in a backpack.
When Perseverance Pays Off

By Michael Cravens The sun rose while I searched. I never found the ‘X’ I made…

A river runs blue through a forest in autumn.
An Espoused Archer: A First-Time Bowhunter’s Missourian Whitetail Hunt

It wasn’t until the age of 22, after three seasons attempted, that I harvested my…

A mountain towers over autumn trees.
The River Elk

Every hunter’s had that moment; the one you realized you’ve found your true north. Something clicks,…

A gorgeous Arizona sunset glows pink, red, and gold with a saguaro in the foreground.
A Life Defined by Wild Places

From Missouri to Arizona and many places in between, nature’s bounties can leave us with…

Ingredients laid out to make dove poppers.
Itching to Hunt: Arizona Dove Season

There’s no better way to kick off September than with a bag limit of doves…

A golden trout swimming in a stream.
Under The Surface

Rainbow trout conservation and pride in the outdoors Rainbow trout were plentiful while I was…

The author and his hunting buddies bundled up in the snow during a late season doe hunt.
An Idaho Doe

Every hunt is special, whether a harvest is made or not. I believe most hunters would…

A small new england brook in the late summer.
Notes From A New England Brook

How fishing small streams can be a magical experience April was cold and cloudy in…

The author walking through the woods in fall.
A Fashionably Late Hunter

Thoughts from an adult-onset, or fashionably late, hunter On my first hunt (October 2019), I…

A Veteran’s First Turkey

Adult-onset hunter Tom Walton finally connects on his first turkey. I am a Marine Corps…

A bull elk walks through green grass in the forest.
The Mountain

Burning lungs, throbbing knees, pounding heart.  The climb was brutal, but the elk were there.…

A bull elk wades through tall grasses at sunrise.
A 7 Day Hunt

Day 1: Stalking Goliath We got to the mountain late Friday night, threw our stuff…

Two bull elk spar.
Mountain Meadow Elk Story

“A flash of tawny brown guard hairs glint in a golden sun ray too fractured…

A bighorn sheep looks over the landscape.
Gifts of the Wild: A Story of Bighorn Sheep

The soft crunch of footsteps on dirt suspended with permafrost approaches from the well-worn game…

A photo of pronghorn fur.
A 64-year-old’s First Pronghorn Hunt

At 64 years old, Dave Born never thought it would actually come to this; to…