Category Archives: Hunting

A nice old rifle

Gunsmiths retire. Some of the best ones – master craftsmen who are a blend of artist, metallurgist, woodworker, scientist, ballistician, firearms historian, and avid shooter — labor on and on into their seventies and eighties, probably because we clients plead … Continue reading

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Squirrel hunt

Squirrel hunt The text message from my surrogate niece Heather was a flash of light from the heavens, the swell of the Hallelujah Chorus, the burst of a pheasant taking wing. Her son wants to come to the farm for … Continue reading

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The whirr of homeward bound wings

Bobwhite quail are the most obliging of training birds… after being set free and scattered across the hayfield, they call one another back to the cage in the evening, climb in, settle for the night, and are ready to go … Continue reading

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Hunting camp maxims

Hunting camp maxims Over the course of five decades in hunting camps, the Over the Hill Gang has discovered several universal truths that we should share with those who are newcomers to the blood sports. Each of these truths merits … Continue reading

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File marks

File marks Look closely and you may see them: file marks. The faint traces of file marks are barely visible on the water table of this old Lefever Nitro Special 12 gauge double gun. The marks are the final cuts … Continue reading

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Stormcrow

Why should I welcome you, Gandalf Stormcrow? – A bewitched Théoden, King of the Mark of Rohan, in response to the arrival of the wizard Gandalf, from The Lord of the Rings – The Two Towers, by J.R.R. Tolkien (1892-1973), … Continue reading

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End of the line

Sport hunting has been in decline throughout my lifetime, and its demise is not long away. For those who live in an urban society and culture, sport hunting is increasingly more expensive and time consuming, an activity made more and … Continue reading

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