Tricks of the Trade

 building a tarp shelter
With a simple tarp and a few lengths of 550 cord, you can make a quick shelter to ride out a storm should the weather turn bad on your next trip into the woods. Alaskan sheep guide Casey Barton shows us how.

Step 1: Select your site and gather a few sticks. You will want four stout stakes 4 to 6" in length, one for each corner and one longer ridge post to prop up the opening, roughly 36" in length.

Casey breaking limbs over his knee
Step 2: Lay out your tarp flat on the ground to get an idea for the footprint and space you need. Move any brush in the way if needed.

tying down the rear corners
Step 3: Starting with the two rear corners, tie a short length of paracord through the eyelets of the tarp. Then, take a rock and drive a stake into the ground to se...
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FIL-501A-fp02We were built from the ground up, outfitting craftsmen and entrepreneurs of all trades, and supporting American ingenuity with American-made gear. That's why we're proud to support Taylor Shellfish Farms, a company founded on sweat, salt water and hard work. This family-owned, 120-year-old shellfish farm brings fresh clams, oysters and mussels from the Pacific Northwest to the table. In order to learn how to properly shuck an oyster, we went directly to the source: the new Taylor Shellfish Pioneer Square restaurant in Seattle. How-To-Shuck-Oysters-Filson-8  


Store live oysters on ice or refrigerate (35-45F). Keep oysters moist with a damp towel. Discard any open oysters. Eat them fresh! We recommend eating them...Read More

 David Alan Harvey for Filson 1

David Alan Harvey's photographs spark the human psyche. His books Cuba and Divided Soul capture the blood and sweat of a cultural migration. He shot 45 photo essays for National Geographic magazine, from the world of hip-hop to French teenagers. His 2012 award-winning book (based on a true story) broke new ground in photo book form and design. Harvey is the founder and editor of Burn Magazine, which features and funds the work of emerging photographers. Today, he shares 5 of the best travel photography tips he has collected throughout his years in the field.  Photos courtesy of David Alan Harvey and Magnum Photos. All rights reserved. 1. Travel light.Almost every photographer I see has way ...Read More
bird dogFor over two decades, George Hickox has shown all levels of owners how to train great bird dogs. Today, he reminds hunters of 4 ways to prepare for injuries in the field. When spending time afield with your dog injuries can occur to your four legged buddy.  Listed below are a few helpful hints to help your dog until you can get him to a vet. 1. Carry a couple of heavy duty rubber bands while in the fields hunting or going for a hike with your dog.  If your dog were to run into barbed wire and cut the artery in his tongue the rubber bands can save the day.  By slipping a heavy duty rubber band over the dog’s tongue the flow of blood would be staunched.  It would be extremely difficult to tie ...Read More
_DSC0027_KJOS_cmykWhile most serious upland hunters wouldn’t think of leaving their dogs at home, sometimes opportunities to hunt good land (or between big trips) are lost.  Plenty of other hunters may want to tackle upland birds but don’t have dogs, but that’s no reason to stay home.Words by David S. Lewis.Photos by Lee Kjos.While it may seem counter-intuitive, our hunting techniques can actually suffer when dogs are involved.  Rather than being focused on the hunt, we often spend time with rusty or unfinished dogs that didn’t get the pre-season time they needed so, instead of hunting, we’re checking the GPS or signaling to unresponsive beasts with no idea what they’re supposed to be doing. We also tend to r...Read More

Martha Graffis.For over two decades, George Hickox has shown all levels of owners how to train great bird dogs. Today, George describes the importance of establishing gun sense with your young hunting dogs.

Photos courtesy of Martha Graffis.

We have waited impatiently all year for the opening of the upland bird seasons.  Before taking Pupster out for his inaugural hunt ensuring he is completely gun broke is of paramount importance.  Below are 4 of the do not’s when it comes to dogs and gunfire.  Happy hunting and stay safe.

1. Never take a dog to a hunt that has not had birds shot over him in training previously.  My friend Jerry recounted an incident where a client came from a far distance to experience a w...

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Fishing in Bear Country - Filson Life - Alberta What to remember when fishing around big ursids and what to forget. Words and photos by David S. Lewis.This is too important a topic for me not to include the disclaimer at the top:  I’m not a bear scientist.  I’m not even a circus trainer.  But on a recent trip to Alberta’s Rocky Mountains, I was fishing in an area where bears weren’t just a possibility…they were a certainty.  In five days of fishing I passed five bears on the road, one griz and four black bears.  Most of the fishing was in Canadian provincial park, and the best fishing was in a small stream an hour’s drive from anywhere, isolated and off a dirt and gravel road.  A sign on the guardrail warned that much of the area we were...Read More
_DSC5600Andy Duffy has been shooting competitively for over 23 years. He's a 12 time Sporting Clays National Champion and an avid bird hunter. Today, he details 6 ways to ensure a happy hunt early this fall.Proper Footwear: For anything you do in the outdoors, what you wear on your feet makes a huge difference in the amount of enjoyment you can get out of the day. The best thing is to have your new pair of hunting boots a month before the season and wear them at every opportunity. Dew on the grass makes leather wet and a poorly made boot will expand. This causes your foot to move around and the next thing you know you're stuck with a blister. Good gear costs more, but ultimately is a better value.Th...Read More
quiver_01Matt Pierce is a modern day jack of all trades.  Born in Kansas, the tinkerer's interests in carpentry and mechanics were honed through interactions with close friends and family.  Eight years ago, Matt gathered the gumption to uproot, leave Kansas, and relocate to Portland, Oregon.  Currently, he runs a blog entitled Wood&Faulk and carries a line of his own craftsman goods. Today, Matt illustrates how to construct your very own archery quiver.Photos courtesy of Wood&Faulk.I took up archery not too long ago and realized it can be extremely relaxing when things get stressful. The bad news is, I’ve been pretty busy in the shop and haven’t shot much lately. However with all this shop time, I ha...Read More
Filson - Fam Trip-14Andy Duffy has been shooting competitively for over 23 years. He's a 12 time Sporting Clays National Champion and an avid bird hunter. Today, he details 3 ways to improve your chances of taking down a feathered friend this Fall.One of the issues for shotgun shooters who practice on clays is to realize that targets start fast and slow down from there. Birds are just the opposite, they start slow and speed up. The methods described here take that into account and enable clay shooters to make an easier transition to game shooting.#1. See the BeakWith birds that flush away from a dog, the trick is to try and see the beak. Quail, grouse, pheasant and huns starts off slow and speed up. Bring the g...Read More
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