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Mossy Oak Gamekeeper Kennels

Mossy Oak Gamekeeper Kennels


Words are wasted on trying to describe the relationship between bird dog and owner. From the euphoria of lifting a mallard out of your retriever’s trained mouth for the first time, to the grief that comes with their inevitable passing years later, the journey must be experienced to be known. The first few years of a hunting dog’s life are without a doubt the most critical. It’s in this time where expectations are set and groundwork is laid for transforming a puppy into a functional member of both the household and the duck blind. Training a puppy into a working bird dog is an undertaking that many don’t have the time, knowledge, or patience for. Instead, sending your dog to a capable trainer...

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The Democracy of The Wild with Jim Posewitz


In August of 1953, 18-year-old Jim Posewitz stepped off an overnight train onto the platform in Bozeman, Montana. He’d come west for the first time on a scholarship to play football for the Montana State College Bobcats. Over the next few years, Jim, known as “Poz”, would prove to be a pretty darn good football player, his college career culminating with the Bobcats undefeated ‘56 season and first ever National Championship. But this championship, while noteworthy, would be a small footnote to an extraordinary life dedicated to a higher calling.

Poz writes about the moment he knew Montana was home in his recent memoir, My Best Shot. It was in November and he’d accompanied a teammate home to N...

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Q and A with Josh Raggio of Raggio Custom Calls

Q and A with Josh Raggio of Raggio Custom Calls


Raggio Custom Calls is based in Raymond, Mississippi and creates custom, handmade duck calls. Founded and owned by Josh Raggio, no two calls are made the same. We sat down with Josh to get the story of his business and what drives his passion for ducks.

What made you decide to make your first duck call?
My dad was a duck hunter and he loved calling. He was blowing a duck call all year, nonstop. Inside or outside — he actually carried a call everywhere he went in his pocket. Naturally, I wanted to learn the art of calling. At a young age he showed me how to correctly present air into the call in order to make the right sounds. My father was in the competition call scene and eventually became th...

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Plant a Tree, Grow a Forest

Plant a Tree, Grow a Forest



Greg Peters is the Communications Director for the National Forest Foundation. This year they have launched an initiative to replant 50 million trees in areas that have been burned or affected by insect infestations, disease or other natural causes. Here, he shares a story of a recent trip into the hills and a
first-hand encounter with the beginnings of a forest fire. 

Disoriented and confused, my eyes fluttered open. Lightning flashed in my periphery and I felt a few light raindrops hit my sleeping bag. “Damn,” I thought, “We’ll have to sleep inside.” Thunder boomed in the distance and I willed myself fully awake.

“Holy shit!” Aaron called out. “Ben, wake up.”

Ben, our friend and host, was sle...

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Robertson Stykbow: Traditional Archery with Dick Robertson


Dick Robertson is the owner and founder of Robertson Stykbow in Forest Grove, MT. Dick has been designing and crafting some of the most beautiful and high-performance traditional bows for the last twenty-five years. We sent Joel Caldwell to spend a few days on the Robertson ranch to discover the passions of the man behind the bows.

Dick Robertson believes in manifestation, though he doesn’t use the term. “If you want something to happen, you have to think about it, talk about it,” he tells me firmly. Before a hunt in Alaska’s Brooks Range, he did just that and ultimately took a sheep with a bow he’d made himself from animal sinew and yew wood. No small feat with such a primitive weapon. What’...

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Filson Food: Venison and Licorice Pie

Filson Food: Venison and Licorice Pie


Connor Gabbott spent the first 20 years of his career in various restaurant kitchens across British Columbia. Since picking up a rifle and harvesting his first deer in 2010, Connor has set out to combine his love for food and wild places by sharing the stories of his adventures and how they provide meals for the table. We had Connor tell us about a few of his favorite recipes that we can take into our own kitchens at home. This is the third recipe of a three part series.

There is a certain magic that happens when you cook over open flame, and I for one can’t get enough of it. No where is it more evident than when you are cooking a braised dish for hours low and slow. The same woodsmoke that b...

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Filson Food: Pheasant Saltimbocca

Filson Food: Pheasant Saltimbocca


Connor Gabbott spent the first 20 years of his career in various restaurant kitchens across British Columbia. Since picking up a rifle and harvesting his first deer in 2010, Connor has set out to combine his love for food and wild places by sharing the stories of his adventures and how they provide meals for the table. We had Connor tell us about a few of his favorite recipes that we can take into our own kitchens at home. This is the second of a three part series.

Pheasants are not native to North America, they were brought here from Asia by hunters and now can be found in pockets around the country. Pheasant hunting is without a doubt one of the best ways to introduce someone to the sport o...Read More

Filson Food: New Age Peppercorn Venison Steak


Connor Gabbott spent the first 20 years of his career in various restaurant kitchens across British Columbia. Since picking up a rifle and harvesting his first deer in 2010, Connor has set out to combine his love for food and wild places by sharing the stories of his adventures and how they provide meals for the table. We had Connor tell us about a few of his favorite recipes that we can take into our own kitchens at home. This is the first of a three part series.

Off the coast of B.C., sitting in the Pacific, lies an archipelago of over 140 islands that together are known as Haida Gwaii.  In the late part of the nineteenth century, as the islands were being settled and the logging operations...

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Searching for Connection: Learning to Hunt with Erin Kiley


Erin Kiley is a grazier and grassland manager. For years she has found her connection to land and food through her work with cattle. While that work is her passion, she wanted to deepen her connection with nature and wild places. She has chosen to become a hunter. Here, in her own words, she explains that decision and tells us of her first experiences along her path of learning to hunt.

I believe our connection to land is what defines us as humans. For most of us, the connection has been broken, or at least diluted, as we have become further removed from our hunter-gatherer heritage and surrendered the role we once played in growing our food. It leaves us seeking something, searching for a wa...

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Filson 101: How to Re-Wax a Filson Jacket


How to maintain maximum water repellency from your oil finish cotton clothing.
Our oil finish cotton clothing is built for years of rugged use in the great outdoors. When re-waxing is needed, use only Filson’s Original Oil Finish Wax. It has a proprietary blend of paraffin wax and softening oils that are an exact match for the original factory-applied waxed finish. Do not be tempted to use beeswax or other waxes, as they will not blend with the existing wax in the fabric, and do not create the surface tension required to maximize water resistance.

Follow these simple instructions to re-wax your Filson garment:

1. Clean all dirt and debris from garment. Oil cloth can be hosed off and allowed to...

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