Outdoors Feature

Column: Hunting a great way to explore faraway places

October 23, 2014

TOM MCINTYRE is a contributing editor to Sports Afield and Field & Stream magazine. If you’re looking for an excuse to see the world, hunting is one of the best there is.  The idea of tourism (“…And on the left…And on the right…”) is a prospect as thrilling, if you are older than 6, as Read More

Column: A trout’s cafeteria menu (Part 3 of 3)

October 16, 2014

GORDON ROSE works as a commercial fly tier and operates Sheridan WYO Healing Waters, part of a national nonprofit organization which teaches disabled military veterans fly fishing, fly tying and fly rod-building as part of their therapy. In my previous two columns we talked about the basic habits of feeding trout, and the distinctive characteristics Read More

Column: The wheel goes round

October 9, 2014

TOM MCINTYRE is a contributing editor to Sports Afield and Field & Stream magazine. The best title for an autobiography that I ever heard would have to be “Hell, I Was There!” Not that the same can necessarily be said of the book bearing it. That would be the work of Elmer Keith, one of Read More

Column: A trout’s cafeteria menu (part II of III)

October 2, 2014

GORDON ROSE works as a commercial fly tier and operates Sheridan WYO Healing Waters, part of a national nonprofit organization which teaches disabled military veterans fly fishing, fly tying and fly rod-building as part of their therapy. In my last column we talked about the basic habits of feeding trout, and the distinctive characteristics of Read More

Column: Things we carry

September 25, 2014

TOM MCINTYRE is a contributing editor to Sports Afield and Field & Stream magazine. Jack O’Connor, Mr. Sheep, “Outdoor Life” icon, and author of numerous books such as “Game in the Desert,” “The Big-Game Rifle,” and “Hunting in the Rockies,” once offered a modest check list of gear a hunter should carry into the mountains Read More

Ranch hosts bat research in Northwest Colorado

September 18, 2014

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — As the sky grows dark above an old and empty ranch house near Lake Catamount, Rob Schorr and his team of researchers switch on their headlamps and start listening for the screeches. In a few minutes, dozens and dozens of little brown bats will start to fly out of the Read More

Column: Supernatural — Mysteries of the antelope

September 11, 2014

TOM MCINTYRE is a contributing editor to Sports Afield and Field & Stream magazine. It’s seven weeks till Halloween, but every day is haunted for the pronghorn. The mystery of the pronghorn, the emblem of the Wyoming Game and Fish Department and the most recognizable animal in the state, is why it can run so Read More

A trout’s cafeteria menu

September 4, 2014

Most fly fishermen have their favorite fly patterns which they know when and where to use.  But do they really know why those patterns are working on a given stream at a given time of year?  Possessing this knowledge will give a fisherman the ability to figure out what to use when their “favorite fly” Read More

Many ways to enjoy a day on the river

August 21, 2014

I’ve been on the Big Horn River a lot lately and have observed a slow deterioration in the fishing. This is mostly due to abnormally high water temperatures coming from Yellowtail Dam. My last check put the water temps at 58 degrees at the Afterbay Dam and 64 degrees 12 miles downriver. These high water Read More

The eyes and ears have it

August 14, 2014

The impetus of hunter safety is centered on the possibility of accidental shootings; but the greatest risk may come from behind the gun, not in front of it. The two most vulnerable organs for any hunter and shooter are his (or her) eyes and ears.  Any firearm when the trigger’s pulled can eject hot gases Read More

Big Horn River offering lots of fishing variety

August 7, 2014

I spent a few days guiding fishermen on the Big Horn last week and I’ll be up there all next week too. The water is low (about 3,000 cfs) and warm, and the river is quite crowded. Add to this 95 degree weather with clear skies and I was expecting some very difficult fishing. I Read More

Wyoming waterfowlers — go where the birds want to be

July 31, 2014

When I began hunting waterfowl semi-seriously in the 1980s, the outlook for ducks was both grim and glum. The count of migrating mallards out of Canada in 1985 fell to a record low of below 5.5 million birds, with other species in even more dire straits. This year, according to the recently issued 2014 waterfowl-population-status Read More

Guide diaries: No swimmin’ in the fishin’ hole

July 24, 2014

Over the past few years, I’ve had a number of folks, both locally and nationally, ask about whether I’d ever return to the professional fishing guide business again.  After long consideration, I finally decided this spring to get back on the water and start earning a bit more income for my family. When I obtained Read More

How to make a monster

July 17, 2014

We honestly don’t pay much attention to the status of private gun ownership and use, especially here in Wyoming, thinking it’s nothing we need to be overly concerned about.  We mostly seem to adopt the attitude that our guns are safe from government interference. The efforts to ban, or at least severely restrict the possession Read More

A bear walks into a bar

July 3, 2014

The meaning of a big-game records book is always open to discussion, if not debate. The concept almost certainly began with “Horn Measurements and Weights of the Great Game of the World in 1892,” a book assembled by the renowned Victorian taxidermist, Rowland Ward. Ward learned his art from his father, who accompanied John James Read More

Spring fishing still inconsistent on the ‘Mountain’

June 26, 2014

I’ve had a lot of friends and acquaintances ask me about how the fishing is up on the “Mountain.” To me (and us), the “Mountain” means the South Tongue River around Prune Creek or up by Tie Flume campground, and the North Tongue in the Burgess Junction area. I spent three days up there last Read More

Picking out new binoculars for hunting? Know what you need for the task

June 19, 2014

Every year I have the opportunity to test and evaluate the latest hunting optics from a wide range of manufacturers; and I am always impressed by how many quality riflescopes and binoculars keep turning up. The following are some of the best binoculars of the year, 2014 edition. Let’s start with the Celestron Optics Granite Read More

Isn’t that why we go? Good times with ‘rough’ fish

June 12, 2014

I consider myself a “sport fisherman,” as, I suppose, do most of you reading this column. As such, we spend much of our leisurely time in the pursuit of catching various species of “game fish.” In doing so, we occasionally have the misfortune of catching those other species of lower life forms known to many Read More

Hog wild

April 24, 2014

They are not here, which is good and bad. Wild hogs — Sus scrofa:  swine, pig, boar — are animals that run in herds called sounders, and when it is in a pack of boars it is a singular.  They are creatures famed in Egyptian, Greek, Celtic, Norse, Hindu and other mythologies.  Between native stock, Read More

Clean as a whistle; happiness is a clean gun

April 10, 2014

Your great-grandfather certainly knew how to clean a gun. There was no choice in the time of blackpowder but to scrub a gun with hot soapy water after firing it (and that’s another gun-cleaning story), or be ready to deal with severe corrosion. Then came smokeless, non-corrosive powders, and just as important, non-corrosive primers (early Read More

Understanding casting — part 2

January 9, 2014

In my last column we talked about the basics of an effective fly cast and the four main areas used to identify most casting errors: set up (tight line with rod tip low in front); power (up hard into the back-cast); location (stop high at 11 o’clock); and then timing (pause to let the line Read More

Brass tactics

January 2, 2014

The seasons of a hunter’s year are not limited to the open ones. Even during the hunting seasons there are variations: The season before the licenses are filled and the season after, and the season when you wonder if you filled your license too soon, or the one when you wonder if you are ever Read More

Teddy’s bear

December 19, 2013

I received the photo of a black bear cub in my email the other day. The photographer was the talented Keith Benoist, who takes photos of all things in and around Mississippi, especially wildlife. The photo was taken in the Tensas River National Wildlife Refuge in Louisiana, the cub one of the rare Louisiana black Read More

Late fall fishing on the ‘Horn

November 14, 2013

As promised in last week’s column, I took a streamer-fishing trip to the Big Horn River this week. My wife had Veterans Day off from work, so we decided the river might be less crowded on Monday versus the weekend. How right we turned out to be, you’ll see in a moment. As I indicated Read More

‘Butte-ify the Big Horns’ supports Antelope Butte Ski and Recreation Area

November 8, 2013

SHERIDAN — Start stretching, Sheridan. Seeing how low you can go in the limbo competition at the upcoming “Butte-ify the Big Horns” event will kick fundraising efforts into high gear for the Antelope Butte Foundation, a nonprofit, volunteer organization dedicated to re-opening the Antelope Butte Ski and Recreation Area located 60 miles west of Sheridan Read More

  1. Pages:
  2. 1
  3. 2
  4. 3
  5. 4