• Filson 101: Bird Dog Training with Ruggs Ranch
  • Filson 101: Wesley Larson's Guide to Safety in Bear Country
  • Celebrating our Partners: Explore the Wickett & Craig Tannery
  • Filson 101: Campfire Cooking with Tipton Power
  • Celebrating Filson Father's with Jillian Lukiwski
  • Chasing Wild Winter Steelhead with Russell Miller from Sage Fly Fishing
  • Life as a Merchant Marine with John Dunaway
  • Aboard the F/V Arctic Lady: Self-Sufficiency on the High Seas
  • Trade Stories: Phillip Lee McGinnis, Sublette County Cowboy
  • A story about an all women's upland bird hunting trip and a common desire to live a life connected told by Hannah Dewey.
  • Hunting in the Olympic National Forest
 
   
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Game Meat: Start to Finish

Game Meat: Start to Finish



We hunt for exploration. We hunt for tradition and heritage. We hunt for the love of open fields and steep mountains. The actual act of killing an animal is really only a small part of the story. For most of the days of big-game-hunting season, you go out and you don’t kill an animal. You put miles on your boots and glass hillsides and slopes for days. So when a tag is filled, congratulations are in order. And if it’s an especially large creature, one who’s outsmarted hunters for years, then grins are a little bigger and pats on the back are a little heftier. The truth is once you pull the trigger, the real work begins. And if you’re hunting for
meat instead of trophies, then it’s a part of ...

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Alaska Chronicles Part 2: No Roads, AK

Alaska Chronicles Part 2: No Roads, AK



With no road in or out of town, the people of Alaska’s remote city of Cordova live in a land where people and nature thrive together. From a Native fishing village, it grew to become a town created to be the “premier copper port of the world.” For generations, the people of Cordova have relied on unfailing goods and their Alaskan pioneer spirit to preserve their livelihoods and the rich ecosystem that surrounds them. 

For more than a century, the local economy and people from different walks of life and professions have relied on the sustaining power of nature. I asked a local biologist about this relationship: “In my family, we don't buy any meat. The meat we consume in our house is what we ...

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Alaska Chronicles Part 1: North of Wild

Alaska Chronicles Part 1: North of Wild



Brothers John and James were born and raised in Alaska. Both now in their 30s, John and James are now teachers of the great Alaskan pioneer tradition to their young children. In the interior of Alaska, fall is the perfect time of year for harvesting and stocking up on wild meat for their families, and today is a perfect day to take John’s daughter out for practice and a lesson on how to survive off the wild in the northern tundra.

Although John’s 6-year-old daughter Genevieve has no school today, John gets her up like any other school day and asks her if she still wants to go hunting with him. She replies with a simple “yes,” and one reindeer sausage-and-cheese omelet later, they are out the...Read More

Jon Wipfli: Cooking from the Bog

Jon Wipfli: Cooking from the Bog

Minneapolis-based chef and outdoorsmen Jon Wipfli spends most of his time cooking food around the city, writing or in the woods looking for critters. His passion for hunting and cooking wild game takes him to some unconventional places. On the latest Filson Life, Jon shares his experience hosting guests to a locally sourced meal on a Wisconsin cranberry bog.

The answer is yes. Of course, I’ll create a four-course October meal on a cranberry theme, with a wild game emphasis, using a smoker and a grill. And yes, I’d be happy to prepare and serve the meal—for 24 guests—next to a Wisconsin cranberry bog.

Partly I say yes because nothing good comes easy, and I like it that way. Partly I say yes bec...

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Season Reflection: The Winter Hunt

Season Reflection: The Winter Hunt

As the first weeks of spring begin to awaken familiar landscapes, the days of crisp fall air and winter hunts are over. On the latest Filson Life, Nashville-based photographer Yve Assad and writer Will Fulford reflect on past seasons in anticipation for the next.



Hunting is a southern tradition, a rite of passage.  Marksmanship and gun safety are taught through the irons sights of a BB gun on empty cans and the occasional house sparrow that lingers a bit too long. Yep, a boy and his BB gun are pretty much king of the world as he sees it.  You progress through the various small game, squirrels and rabbits, until you graduate to big game.  For most in the South, that means whitetail deer.  

At ...

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If They Ain't Wavin'

If They Ain't Wavin'



“There are those who love to get dirty and fix things. They drink coffee at dawn, beer after work. And those who stay clean, just appreciate things. At breakfast they have milk and juice at night. There are those who do both, they drink tea.”

Gary Snyder

There have always been lumberjack poets, dock-worker musicians and truck-driver landscape artists. Hell, I started taking photos and writing when I worked in the shipyard. My friends Brad and Dan grew up playing music together, rambling around in dented cars to bars and basements through the creative seasons of their young lives. In our home-town this meant not working in the shipyard, which meant a question mark where your future career sh...

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Working with the Land: Samantha Bradford

She’s up before the sun every day. She rides an old dirt bike out to the pasture to wrangle horses and guide them into the red wood corrals at headquarters. By moonlight, she catches her horse – using nothing but patience and the bond she’s developed from hundreds of hours in the saddle. Her hands are soft yet tough like leather, a telltale sign of her untiring work ethic. She’s not a cowgirl or rancher like you’d see on TV. She’s calm, quiet, sweet, calculated, strong, and steadfast. She’s seasoned from years on horseback and countless hours studying the rhythms of the natural world in which she lives, works and leans on. She’s fit, pulls more than her weight and is a staple.

Her name’s Sam...

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Ranchlands: Conservation. Stewardship. Cattle.


For Duke Phillips, it’s not about getting the most beef in a year. It’s about conservation, working in harmony with nature to raise healthy land for a strong herd. For generations.

At Ranchlands, his Colorado-based, family-run ranching and land management company, Phillips oversees 300,000 acres of land. Phillips, known as Big Duke, would be a dead ringer for Sam Elliott if Sam Elliott had a better mustache. He doesn’t own the land, but he knows it better than anyone. He manages land for the Colorado State Land Board, Nature Conservancy and other private land owners on a multi-decade basis. It’s his to manage and steward. With help.
To start, there’s Duke Phillips IV – Little Duke to his fri...

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The Life of a Smokejumper: Wait. Jump. Fight. Repeat




When it’s fire season, you don’t buy concert tickets. You don’t make dates. You miss your kid’s birthday.

When you’re at the top of the jump list, you don’t go out of range of the alarm. You stay on the base. Send friends to pick up your family at the airport. You don’t take your boots off. You wait.

“All day long, you're this coiled spring that's waiting for that [alarm] just to sound off.”

That’s Jarret Carle. Six foot five. Red hair. Fantastic beard. A healthy community of crow’s feet gather around his eyes. He wears an uncompromised grin.

Carle is a smokejumper. He jumps out of airplanes and fights fire without water. He doesn’t think that’s brave.

“I think bravery is running into a house to ...

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USFS: Fighting Fire With Fire

USFS: Fighting Fire With Fire



There’s a wall of fire 12 feet away. Ponderosa pines burn to a roar. Like a jet engine ramping up for takeoff. Flames ignite branches and tufts of green needles on their way up the trunks.

Hotshots, smokejumpers and other Forest Service employees stand nearby. They’re not here to put the fire out. They started the fire. With torches. They’re here to make sure it burns.

“This is a forest forest,” says Dan Hoswald, the USFS burn boss guiding the team. “Putting fire back into the ecosystem is huge.”

A critical role in USFS’s stewardship of our national forests is fire management. During the summer fire season, 10,000 wildland firefighters are employed to fight fires – 98 percent of which are conta...

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