Vol. 9 Num. 5
AUGUST - SEPTEMBER 2021 ISSUE
Throughout the year, we live through seasons of change, yearning to live that feeling of opening day once again. There is always something new on the horizon as we do so, and we can never forget that this imminent change can be good for all of us. As we all grow in years, embrace these inevitable transitions from young to old, and pass the baton of upland traditions to the next leg in the race whenever you can.
We respect what has come before us while embracing the inherent change of what comes next. The same can be said about the feature “Sportsman as Writer,” where Reid Bryant describes the life of Thomas McGuane and a day afield they spent together last year in Montana. In terms of iconic outdoor writers of our era, McGuane needs no introduction. The world of outdoor writing needs the next generation to carry to the torch, and in a sense, this story signifies the passing of a baton of storytelling to Reid, too.
A common premise is that you only get one good bird dog in a lifetime, and the best ones never live long enough. The feature “The Book’s Cover” tells the story of such a dog, and one that may look peculiar at first sight but shines brilliantly in the field. At that time, this red setter was a veteran on the downhill slide of his bird-chasing days, but his rugged owner had a young dog waiting in the wings, ready and willing to spend those precious days of October hunting the prairies, too. And, so the upland cycle rolls on.
Chef and author Rachel Hogan remembers spending precious time in the kitchen with her mammaw, learning how love grows through food and how this love transfers to those little hands in the kitchen that help prepare it. Rachel appreciates these special memories and passes them on to other aspiring chefs who want to learn about this flavor of love and the power that food can have on our lives.
Many of you know the impact that Paul Nelson had on the upland-hunting world. He was an icon of the South Dakota prairie who was taken from us way too soon; however, the farm that he built and the heritage that he left will be here forever. In his life, Paul proved that dreamers succeed through hard work and persistence. He knew all along that his family, through his son Erik and daughter-in-law Tami, would continue his dream and perpetuate the legacy of Paul Nelson Farm for future generations.
Plus: David Zumbaugh discusses conserving sage grouse. On Point provides dependable and reliable tools from companies we know and trust to give your shotguns the care and cleaning that they deserve. We discuss the biology of bourbon, baseball and cigars, and last but not least, Doc Blythe tells the story of the most important items of hunting attire.
Cover by: Lee Kjos