In 1835 in the Pennsylvania backcountry, a young sheriff unearths disturbing links among a judge’s suicide, a trial and hanging 30 years before, and a recent murder. To conduct his investigation, Sheriff Gideon Stoltz must relive his own mother’s murder, a crime that remains unsolved.
Forged around an Oregon campfire by a group of hunting buddies in 2004, Backcountry Hunters & Anglers organized around a simple but novel response to the challenges facing the friends’ outdoor pursuits.
It’s hard to foster a budding young Babcock or Ruark on an ersatz diet of pen-raised quail. While There Were Still Wild Birds: A Personal History of Southern Quail Hunting, by Richard E. Rankin Jr., is one modern exception.
An innovative new try-gun.
A century on, a new gun meets—and makes—gunmaking history.
Clearing up misunderstandings.
Some guns are made to create a brilliant impression in their entirety. Others are intended for detailed delectation engraved in a way that rewards close inspection and insists on their handling and the play of light. The Tallett-engraved Charles Boswell .410 is a rare example of both.
So you love the outdoors, hunting and fishing; want to help preserve wild places and ensure that wild creatures thrive; and enjoy sharing your enthusiasm for outdoor recreation with others. Well, a new four-year major at Auburn University may be right down your alley.
This new 20-gauge side-by-side has a sidelever and hand engraving by Bottega Giavonelli.
Lately there has been a resurgence in the popularity of small gauges among fine-gun enthusiasts and collectors, and now several bespoke makers are being commissioned to build these for discerning clients.
Every entry deserves recognition, but in the end this was a contest. Following are brief bios of the three winners and the great prizes they received from our generous sponsors.