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A Troika Pursued by Wolves, Adolf Schreyer (1828-1899). Man versus wolf has been a favorite Russian theme for centuries.
Should You Be Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf?
The most polarizing beast on four legs is very likely Canis lupus, the grey wolf.…
Terry Wieland’s custom Mauser 98 in .450 Ackley has a steel-tube Swarovski scope in a German claw mount, instantly detachable, and a set of highly customized iron sights that fit Petzal’s description of those on a professional hunter’s rifle. It has not accounted for as many animals as Warren Page’s rifle, but it includes two Cape buffalo inside of five minutes.
Put Some Iron on Your Rifle
Back when everyone knew who Arthur Godfrey was, you couldn’t sell a big-game rifle without…
Through the 1940s and ‘50s, Eddie Bauer of Seattle was America’s premier expedition outfitter. Jay Mellon, hunting sheep in the high Himalayas, wore Eddie Bauer’s finest. He also had the best guides. And he’s still alive.
Sometimes, It’s Better to Stay Home
In my October 2nd post, titled “How Not to Get Killed While Big Game Hunting,”…
For half a century, a Stevens single-shot was the Christmas rifle for several generations of small boys. In those days, the company stressed safety and parents taught responsibility—and the vast majority grew up to be responsible shooters. The Stevens single-shot is not the only thing that’s gone…
A Gun for Christmas
This is not the kind of Christmas story you’re expecting, so count the rest of…
To learn about speed in shooting, try international skeet. Here, Ryan Mason of Missouri prepares for a bird, gun down as the rules require. With birds that fly faster, international skeet is a great game to either improve your shooting or deflate your ego.
The Need for Speed
On my first safari, to Botswana, in 1978, I asked PH Ian Manning to rank…
“You’ve got to know when to hold ‘em, know when to fold ‘em… “Know when to walk away, know when to run.” Photo by Terry Wieland
How To Avoid Getting Killed While Big Game Hunting
Here are some helpful hints on how to avoid getting fatally hammered on a big-game…
Abercrombie & Fitch were classic, Olde World outfitters where you could buy a genuine English sun helmet (this is not a pith helmet!) made for them in Piccadilly to the highest standards. This one belongs to Gray’s shooting editor Terry Wieland. On the same trip in 1977, he bought a birchbark moose call made for A&F in New Brunswick.
Mecca on Madison
Long ago (1945 to 1977, roughly) and far away (New York City) there was a…
Winston Churchill’s work on a Sharps-Borchardt that sold at Rock Island in December, 2022. It brought nearly $30,000. Grace and three-dimensional quality? Indeed. Photo courtesy Rock Island Auction Company
Winston Gordon Churchill, 1939-2023
On July 31, at age 83, Winston Churchill of Proctorsville, Vermont, went to a world…
The .458 Lott (right) beside the perennially popular .416 Rigby. When it comes to hammering dangerous game, almost nothing beats the .458’s 500-grain bullet. We say “almost” because presumably Zeus has some lightning bolts in reserve.
Meditations on Big-Game Hunting
For something like three decades, every summer I would go and visit for a long…
A duelling pistol by Robert Wogdon of London—so preeminent in his field that a serious dispute between gentlemen became known as “a Wogdon case.” Courtesy Rock Island Auction Company
Initial Reactions and Random Musings
I’ve been reading past Sporting Notes with near-orgasmic pleasure (Why “near,” you ask. Because I’m…
Robert Ruark and his two most enduring books: Horn of the Hunter and The Old Man and the Boy, and anthology of his eponymous Field & Stream columns.
Robert Ruark — An Appreciation
On July 1, 1965, I was listening to the AM radio in the kitchen when…
Tom McIntyre and Thunder Without Rain
On November 3, 2022, Tom McIntyre’s overworked heart shut down while he slept, depriving his…
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