Sports A Field

Bear Hunting: Fall or Spring?

Determining the best time of year to hunt bruins.

Which .375?

Comparing the .375 H&H, .375 Ruger, .375 RUM, .375 Weatherby, and more.

The Bedroom Window Ram

A young hunter braves the hazards of the Idaho mountains in search of a bighorn sheep.

Super Thirty

The story of the original .300 magnum.

How Much Does A Safari Cost?

A trip to Africa may be more affordable than you think.

Salmon River Rams

A forty-year dream leads to the hunt of a lifetime in the mountains of Idaho.

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A Visit to Bristol Bay

Hunters, anglers, and other conservationists continue to fight a proposed mine in Alaska’s game-rich Bristol Bay region.

Flying over southwest Alaska, I’m surprised at the sparseness of the landscape. It’s not the jagged mountains and snowcapped peaks I’ve been imagining since Scott Hed of Sportsman’s Alliance for Alaska invited me to come along on a fact-finding trip to King Salmon, Alaska.

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Sports Afield Acquires Assets of Cabela’s Trophy Properties

The Ultimate Source for Property Listings for Outdoor Enthusiasts

Sports Afield, America’s oldest outdoor magazine, has announced the acquisition of the assets of Cabela’s Trophy Properties, LLC, the real estate listing arm of Cabela’s. The new company, known as Sports Afield Trophy Properties (SATP), is a broad-based network of property listings, and is the ultimate source for the outdoor enthusiast’s recreational property needs.

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Elephant!

The Renaissance of Hunting the African Elephant

Craig Boddington’s hotly anticipated new book on the African elephant is out, and not surprisingly, it’s an excellent read.

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The Changing Face of the African Safari

Over the course of sixty years, safaris have undergone a radical transformation.

Over many years, the word “safari”–that magical word which brings to mind high adventure in the wilds of Africa, immortalized by Theodore Roosevelt, Martin and Osa Johnson, Ernest Hemingway, and Robert Ruark–has become synonymous with a hunting/photographic expedition involving sportsmen and women from across the world.

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A Lesson from Kenya

Hunting has been closed there since 1977, and wildlife is worse off than ever.

The BBC reported last week on new research in the Journal of Zoology that shows that wildlife populations in the famous Masai Mara reserve in Kenya have crashed in the past three decades (read the BBC story here).

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The North American 27

The Ultimate To-Do List?

The so-called “North American 27” is based on the categories of North American game animals as recognized by the Boone and Crockett Club since 1971. The traditional North American 27 consists of the following animals

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Memories of HATARI!: An Interview with Jan Oelofse

A chat with the man who handled elephants, lions, and cheetahs during the filming of the 1962 classic movie starring John Wayne.

Of the cast and crew, both human and animal, who assembled half a century ago in east Africa to make the iconic safari movie Hatari!, only a few are still around. Star John Wayne, director Howard Hawks, and screenwriter Leigh Brackett all died more than 30 years

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Moment of Truth

A PH makes a split-second decision that will mean life or death for him and his client.

The game trail was a narrow corridor of hard-packed soil beneath a canopy of thorn. It was hard to imagine that three big bull elephants had recently come down this path, but professional hunter Karl Stumpfe stood over their fresh spoor pressed deep into the dirt of the game trail.

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Shootin’ Irons

Iron sights are still useful in some hunting situations.

I’ve written about iron sights before. It seems me that, in these days of almost universal scope use, shooting with iron sights is almost a lost art. This is regrettable for two reasons.

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