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Don’t Wear a Dress, Do Put in Those Ear Plugs, and Honor Your Gun

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Don’t Wear a Dress, Do Put in Those Ear Plugs, and Honor Your Gun

If you’ve watched my TV show, you know I’m not a very good shotgunner. I was even worse before a bachelor’s degree-worth of lessons and years of trial-and-error. And while hunting, at least for me, isn’t necessarily about the meat we make, once in a while it’s good for the ego if I actually hit something.   As Ortega y Gasset said, one does not hunt in order to kill; on the contrary, one kills in order to have hunted. If I shoot well enough to hit periodically something, I guess technically...

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Chant, Clack & Ponder … Shotguns as Meditation

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Chant, Clack & Ponder … Shotguns as Meditation

A wise hunter once said he’d feel silly just “walking around” in the woods. Put a gun in his hands, and all of a sudden he’s got purpose. I know how he feels, even if the “purpose” is merely introspection.   Not that I don’t go for a simple hike once in a while. But carrying a shotgun lends a dimension that maybe I as a hunter, must have. Despite my wife’s contention, an entirely-empty mind is not in the cards for this guy – and maybe not for you,...

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Passports in Time …

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Passports in Time …

By Scott Linden   I was boxing up a couple of shotguns to return to the importer and as I clicked the forearm into place on one, was magically transported to the place I last shot it: a narrow defile that could have inspired the set designer on a Lord of the Rings movie. Massive rock walls towering on both sides, a narrow slit and rocky path at the bottom. It was the gateway to a memorable chukar hunt with a good friend.   That’s what guns do for me....

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Better Than Pictures and Posts - By Scott Linden

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Better Than Pictures and Posts - By Scott Linden

A long and fascinating bird season has just ended. I accomplished a career-long goal, hunting all-new wild places for wild birds. One way to reminisce is in the cleaning and care of the guns that were my closest companions during that odyssey. It’s time to give them the attention they’re due … especially as they’ve served me so well.   The side-by-side that gathered dust in the safe for years was pulled out on a whim, and in the waning weeks of chukar season dropped birds in three states without...

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Just a Shotgun? Nope. - By Scott Linden

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Just a Shotgun? Nope. - By Scott Linden

We are a race of hunters. It is how we became human, and what keeps us honest as humans, acknowledging our genetic heritage of finding and bringing home meat for the tribe. We’ve evolved beyond sharp rocks and spears, blunderbusses and muzzleloaders. But we are still, first and foremost, users of tools – it’s what puts us apart from most species - to feed our family. Without the tool, there would be no hunt. Without the hunt, there would be no soul.   That deep-seated need to hunt is in...

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“Just a tool” … or are they - By Scott Linden

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“Just a tool” … or are they - By Scott Linden

“Just a tool” … or are they?   By Scott Linden   I have a confession to make. I am not a gun geek. To me, they are tools. But of course, as such they need tender loving care – which is why you’re reading this article here – there are no better products to protect my tools. But I live for bird dogs, so if it’s history, heritage, performance or aesthetics, that’s where I make the emotional and financial investment.   That said, guns are an integral part of...

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