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In This Issue – 2017 September/October

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Volume 42, Issue 4


Journal: Experience
Nothing feels better than blood on blood.
by Russ Lumpkin

Not My Kudu
There is no solace for a hunter who wounds and does not recover the animal.
by Will Smart

The Ethics of Blood
Weighing moral gravitas against that feeling when a deer steps out of the fog.
by Rusty Ward

Flesh and Bones
Stalking pronghorn in their safe space.
by Miles Nolte

The Two Bears
Natural resource appropriation, with a smile.
by Kurt Cox

Midlife Elk
Perhaps a life well lived needs no more years than are offered.
by Jimmy Lewis


Mule Mountain
by Mike Barlow

The Highlands
by Dušan Smetana

Hooked on Tuna
by Sean Landsman

Bowhunting Montana
by Matt McCormick


  • Traditions: Hunting in the Arctic, Part III
    by R. E. Snow Edited by Will Ryan
  • Shooting: Black Forest Baroque
    Die Meisterjäger von Laubach.
    by Terry Wieland
  • Angling: The Great Unconformity
    Swimming with suckers in the Grand Canyon.
    by Miles Nolte
  • Art: Sir Edwin Landseer
    The glory and agony of Queen Victoria’s patronage.
    by Brooke Chilvers
  • Eating: Home-Cooked Chinese
    A different sort of comfort food.
    by Martin Mallet
  • Expeditions: Whitetails the Old Way
    Where actual hunting and atmosphere are (almost) everything.
    by Terry Wieland
  • Books: Other Worlds
    by Christopher Camuto
  • Poem: Shooting Light: For Gary Cook
    by John Quinn
  • People, Places, and Equipment
  • The Listing


FRONT COVER: All Fired Up, an original oil on panel, 30 x 40 inches, by Ralph Oberg. Courtesy of Paderewski Fine Art, Beaver Creek, Colorado.

Inside Front Cover: “Bring to a Boil,” a photograph by Brian Grossenbacher


In This Issue – Volume 42, Issue 4



Journal: The Bank
A hole in the window of a hole in the wall.
by Steve Walburn

First Pheasant Hunt
He wanted her to know the rush, the beauty, the joy.
by Rick Bass

The Grouse and the Goose
Building up the flavors of a long, cold season.
by Dave Zoby 

Billy and the Field Trial
This dog was born to hunt, with or without you.
by David Gowdey

Idaho Legacy
Lessons for a lifetime in midcentury pheasant country.
by Christian Oakley

The Goodbye Bob
Farewell to quail, with a presentment of ghosts.
by O. Victor Miller


Yarnspin: The Parker
Hunts resurrected by an old side-by-side.
by Bill Kavanaugh

Traditions: He Lives Ten Months for Two
by Dan Ackerman Edited by Will Ryan

Shooting: Double Gun Autumn
Remembering a legendary shooting writer.
by Terry Wieland

Angling:Milton’s Bayou
Somewhere between aquatic optimism and grounded pessimism.
by Miles Nolte

Art: Alexandre-François Desportes
France’s out-of-fashion first Painter of the Royal Hunt and Kennels.
by Brooke Chilvers

Eating: Rock Doves
The next best thing to the real thing.
by Martin Mallet

Expeditions: Wild Country, Wilder Birds
Hunting sharptails on the Crow Reservation.
by Terry Wieland

Books: Jingle Bells
by Christopher Camuto

Poem: Upland Hunting
by Jesse Mountjoy



by Clair Kofoed

Points in the Panhandle
by Russell Graves

by Dušan Smetana

Stone Cold Pheasants
by Gary Kramer

Front Cover: Side by Side, an original acrylic on linen, 30 x 40 inches, by David Lanier.

Inside Front Cover: “Snow Flurries,” A photograph by Brian Grossenbacher.

Redington – Find Your Water “Contradictions”

(a word from the writer and one of the minds behind the Find Your Water video series, and Gray’s Angling columnist, Miles Nolte)

The idea behind this film, Contradictions, was to bring together people within the fly fishing community who may see themselves as opposed. We wanted to highlight cohesion, that as anglers and especially fly anglers, we have more in common than we may assume. This is a divisive time in our culture, broadly, and even though fly fishing is a very small subculture, we felt this issue to be topical. The Big Horn seemed an obvious choice to display this, because it is a world renowned fly fishing river that attracts visiting anglers from all over the globe,  but it happens to be located very close to Billings, Montana, a deeply blue-collar town whose economy is based on agriculture and extractive industries. By focusing our film on Billings residents who work in mining and oil, but who love fly fishing and identify as fly fishermen, we were able to explore some of those perceived cultural divisions. Our main character, Richard Schwend, is a hard rock miner who feels alienation from the fly fishing community because of his job, but also catches flack from his mining buddies for being a fly angler. Early on, when we first interviewed Richard as a character for this film, he talked about feeling like a contradiction, and that shaped the direction of the project. He also talked about his love for rivers and clean water and how that passion affects the way he does his job everyday. He knows that a mistake on his part or on the part of someone else in his mine could be destructive to the trout fisheries he loves, and that knowledge drives him to be extra attentive to what he and others at the mine are doing.

We wanted to create a film that might open some discussion between people in our shared subculture who think they are in opposition to each other. Redington was on board with our ideas and gave us the green light. We hope people watch it and are entertained by it, but we also hope that it gets people thinking and, perhaps, even talking, not yelling at each other but opening avenues of actual dialogue.

My interest in videography isn’t new, but my participation is. I’ve long felt that fly fishing films, like all films, need strong narratives. When RC and I started talking about collaborating last year, I knew that I’d found a filmmaker who shares my belief that good films are based in the same principles as print media–well developed stories and compelling characters. We have more films coming that we hope will catch audiences’ attention.

-Miles Nolte