In the Field

A Fool's Errand

At times, shed hunting can seem a fool's errand. It can make you wonder why in the hell you’d ever thought it was a reasonable idea. Other times it is quite the opposite; miles hiked and time spent behind glass equate handsomely to fresh brown elk antlers. This trip would lean harshly to the fool's-errand end of the spectrum.

two men are loading elk antlers into a truck
“Hey, man. I think we might have missed our turn,” Kyle mumbled over the prattle of ATV engines. I cast a sideways glance back the way we’d come. “Hmm… shit. Okay.”

For the second time that morning, we turned the four-wheelers and headed back toward the trucks. It was 9:30 a.m., and our best-laid plans for an early start were finished. Up ahead, David clung to the back of...

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Shed Hunting: Tips and Tactics

Last week we shared a beginner's perspective on springtime shed hunting and what you might encounter when heading into the hills for your first time in search of antlers. This week, we hear from Sam Averett, a seasoned western hunter, who shares a few more detailed tips and tactics on the search for spring sheds.

Springtime shed hunting can provide a host of challenges and opportunities. Often, weather is unpredictable, and snow levels haven’t receded enough to allow for easy access. However, animals are often active during daylight hours and visible in areas they wouldn't be caught dead in during fall hunting seasons. It’s a great time to watch animals, learn their habits, and figure out whi...Read More
I grew up in the hardwood forests of the southeastern U.S. hunting whitetail deer with my grandfather. Much of what I consider valuable I learned from him, about life and about hunting. As a boy he told me stories of traveling left on the map to chase mule deer and elk in the American West. I’ve long dreamt of moving West, and when presented with a job opportunity in Washington state a few months ago, I knew I’d be within striking distance of the critters I’d so long thought about.

Now, I don’t know the first thing about hunting big Western country, but I do know that serious Western hunting folks spend much of the spring looking for shed antlers. Shed hunting, for the uninitiated, means to g...Read More
Snoqualmie-Steelhead-TravisGillett-2 There's nothing like winter steelheading. The search for the elusive slivers of chrome in dark green water is wrought with frustration, undeniable joy, and constant anticipation. Much like panning for gold, it's an exercise in determination and persistence, and offers comparable bounty to those who show commitment to the cold. As our breath collected in clouds and frozen rain fell on a late December morning, we pointed the car east towards Fall City, Washington. We drove on with hopes of landing some silver on the Snoqualmie River. Alas, the fish had different plans that day. Snoqualmie-Steelhead-TravisGillett-8Snoqualmie-Steelhead-TravisGillett-20Snoqualmie-Steelhead-TravisGillett-66Snoqualmie-Steelhead-TravisGillett-52Snoqualmie-Steelhead-TravisGillett-53Snoqualmie-Steelhead-TravisGillett-23Snoqualmie-Steelhead-TravisGillett-29Snoqualmie-Steelhead-TravisGillett-31Snoqualmie-Steelhead-TravisGillett-59Snoqualmie-Steelhead-TravisGillett-63Snoqualmie-Steelhead-TravisGillett-78 
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 in the Field:WILDLIFE PRESERVATION FROM A HUNTER'S PERSPECTIVE, WYOMING from Filson on Vimeo.Jeff Short, a wildlife biologist and survey coordinator with the Wyoming Game & Fish Department, heads the Southwest Wyoming Radio Collaring Project to study the seasonal habitats, movement and fawn survival of Mule Deer. Since the last Mule Deer study in the mid-80s, southwest Wyoming has suffered a decline in deer, much like other areas of the western United States. The information collected from this project will help determine necessary habitat treatments, set hunting seasons and overall deer herd management. Through family hunting traditions, Jeff’s love of the ou...Read More
Bob’s Sustainable Ranching Story - Filson in the Field Video, Wyoming from Filson on Vimeo.Bob Taylor, with the help of his wife Maggie and their daughter, Marisa, raise organic, grass fed, Black Angus beef cattle on Lonetree Ranch in Lonetree, Wyoming. An accomplished veterinarian (and one time host and focus of Animal Planet's Emergency Vet), Bob spends about 365 days a year applying a blend of art and science to the task of managing their land and animals in a way that considers the preservation of natural resources and protects natural ecosystems. "Because we believe it is the right thing to do, and because it is the best business practice for a sustainable future. "

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