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FilsonLife_Duckhunt-3204Kyle Johnson is a 30 year old editorial and commercial photographer hailing from the Pacific Northwest. During the ending days of the waterfowl season, Kyle and his good friend Jerry Patty were able to rise before the sun and give it one last go in Carnation, WA. Below, Jerry reflects on a family hunting tradition as the season comes to an end.FilsonLife_Duckhunt-3316Filson_Ducks-3035For me, duck hunting is much more than a hobby, it is a way of life steeped in family tradition. As far back as we can trace, all the great men in my family were diehard bird hunters, conservationists, all outdoorsmen to the true letter of the word.FilsonLife_Duckhunt-3532FilsonLife_Duckhunt-3358It means everything to me to carry on the tradition of my family, and do what I can to make a difference ...

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amewin witch sticks kindlingIn the latest Filson Life, Jonathan Levitt and Muwin Collective ramble along the North Atlantic coastline preparing for the upcoming cold season.Nov 10The garden is covered in straw and seaweed. It gets dark so earlywe cook, we bring in wood, we ramble, and we scoutChores are done. It is warm inside, the soup warms over the fire.And now, for the first drink of the day. Strong honey beer. Poured from the jug into a clay mug.They are the dog people, the porcupine eaters, the garbled talkers, the beautiful river people,whale mother, whale calf

Nov 12I wake up in the night. I step outside. The moon is in the south, high in the sky.The foods, smoke dried, stored away.

If there is more food, they dig another pit, and line ...Read More
AB8Adam Baz is a bird biologist, photographer, and outdoorsman based in Portland, OR. His fieldwork studying bird populations takes him throughout the mountains of the west. The photo essay below takes us through a day on the job, trapping hawks on the slopes of Mt. Hood.The morning commute. Our trapping station is located on the southern flanks of Mt. Hood in Oregon. The Cascade mountains form a north-south running ridge system that migratory raptors follow on their voyage to warmer wintering grounds.AB3Eyes to the sky.Equipment inside the blind.Non-native birds are used as live "lure birds" to attract raptors. Tethered to strings and pulleys, and protected by leather vests, we operate the lure birds like marionettes. Once the raptor is lured into the trapping station, they are entangled by a series of nets and spring loaded traps.Extracting a Cooper's Hawk.Adult Sharp-Shinned Hawk, the Cooper's Hawk's little cousin.Each bird is measured, weighed, and equipped with a metal leg band displaying a unique ID number. If recaptured or sighted elsewhere, this ID number can be tell us a lot about the annual movements of each species.Scanning for raptors.Life at camp. The trapping station is operated every day in September and October, the peak time for hawk migration. Adult Red-Tailed Hawk.The last rays of light over the western valley.

mesquite treesS. J. Dahlstrom is a writer based in West Texas and an author of fiction for young readers. A lover of the outdoors and a sportsman, he began to notice a worrisome trend in the "adventure" novels that were being released for children, set indoors, in cities, or in fantasy world's beyond our own. Determined to share his love for the outdoors with his own children -- as well as future generations -- S.J. set out to write a series of stories set in the real wild.I want to raise kids built like Filson – tough, refined and comfortable in the outdoors.Call me simple or old-fashioned but those qualities have a lot of value to me. As soon as my boys, and girls, can fit into them, they will all wear ...Read More
[gallery royalslider="4" ids="4879,4880,4881,4882,4883,4884,4885,4886,4887"]Louis Cahill is an advertising photographer with over thirty years experience, and about as many holding a fly rod. Louis has spent his life looking through the lens.  He’s not interested in what everyone else sees.  Find more of Louis'  photography and writing at Gink and Gasoline. My friend Gary Lacey did me a disservice while shooting clays one day. I fell one shell short for the round and he handed me his beautiful Beretta SO3 EELL to finish the round. I wish I had never touched that gun.What a beautiful sensation it was when that elegant little side lock fell into place against my shoulder and the bright orange ...Read More
Words courtesy of Matt Wagner, the Director of Conservation Outreach and the Freedom to Roam Initiative in North America for WWF.For 110 years, Sarah Sortum’s family has called their ranch in the Nebraska Sandhills home. Originally settled by her great-grandfather, and eventually passed on to her parents, their 12,000 acre ranch continues to be a foundation of Loup County.But, the idea of handing down the ranch to Sarah and her brother, Adam Switzer, wasn’t always a given. You see, in this part of the world, there are no handouts. In order to take over the ranch, Sarah and Adam would need to buy the ranch from their parents – just as their parents had done.Unfortunately, the income opportuni...Read More
filson01.jpgPeter W. Fong is a writer, editor, and fly fishing guide. His first novel, Principles of Navigation, won the 2012 New Rivers Press Electronic Book Series Competition. Can fly fishing save the world? Mongolia River Outfitters’ owner Mark Johnstad thinks so, and Peter --after working with him for the past eight years-- believes he may be on to something. Photos courtesy of Mark Johnstad, Peter Fong, and Marcelo Poo.Although my family once lived just across the Yellowstone River from Mark’s parents, we met in the valley where the Great Khan was born.filson02The fish that call this river home resemble Montana’s trout in the same way that a killer whale resembles a porpoise. You can see the relationship—...Read More
nickflows13Nick Stevens grew up in Seattle, Washington making art, exploring the city, and venturing into the abundant wilderness areas surrounding Puget Sound. In 2012 he graduated from Seattle University with a BFA in Photography and moved to Port Angeles, Washington to work for the Washington Conservation Corps and live closer to the mountains and the ocean.nickflows01I joined up with the Washington Conservation Corps last October. The program is designed to give young adults job training, leadership skills, and some money for school. My crew operates out of Port Angeles, Washington.nickflows02nickflows04We split our time between trail work in the Olympic National Park and re-vegetation efforts on the Elwha River Restoration Projec...Read More
Filson_LookoutProject-02350009Kyle Johnson is a 29 year old editorial and commercial photographer hailing from the Pacific Northwest. He strives to create images that are intriguing and classically executed. Kyle’s aesthetic pairs textured natural settings with a distinct photographic perspective. This project is an exploration of the 92 lookout towers that remain standing in Washington State. Shot entirely with medium format film, Kyle has set out to capture the experience of hiking to these lingering giants, as well as documenting the scenic views and people he meets along the way.In the late 1930s to mid 1940s, the United States scrambled to build as many Fire Lookout towers as possible to protect against a growing nu...Read More
BootandCanoeBeekeeping2Peter Patenaude, a registered Maine guide, has been a Filson advocate for over six years. His blog Boot & Canoe, focuses on traditional skills and Maine’s outdoor heritage. Today, Peter details the benefits of beekeeping.Every year more fields become home to man-made hives. I am fortunate that people do not seem to hold onto their beekeeping trade secrets like hunters and fishermen do. A local honey harvester was glad to take me out and show me what the business is like.It is truly a fascinating subject as the bees quite literally live in their own empire with established rules and regulations under the dictatorship of the queen. They experience revolutions and revolts, gender and social hie...Read More

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