From the Editor
“Uncertain,” “unprecedented,” “challenging.”
These are the words being used to describe the times we are living in. And appropriately so. Just a few months ago, who would have predicted that the world would be turned upside down by a virus and that many of us would be forced to work from home? Now I am editing this issue from my dining room table and attending meetings on Zoom.
Thankfully, as I write this, it appears the viral curve has flattened and states are beginning to open. Still, the crisis is far from over, and our hearts go out to all who have suffered—and continue to suffer—pain and loss.
As we ease into summer and some type of new normal, all we can do is think positively and hope for the best. As Chris Batha and Tom Huggler suggest in their Shooting and To the Point columns, perhaps we can use this time to prepare for the upcoming season—whether by practicing our shooting or making sure that clothing and gear are field ready.
Along those lines, you might consider how the pandemic has affected parts of the shooting business. While sales of handguns and rifles for self-protection have spiked, a lot of gunshops and outdoor retailers have had to close their doors. If you have been thinking about buying a new gun—or a hunting vest or a dog collar—now would be a great time to do it. Or even if you don’t need anything, buying an early holiday present or a gift certificate might help your favorite supplier stay afloat.
The same goes for lodges and booking agents. A lot of off-season business (or in-season business south of the equator) has evaporated. Booking a hunt and paying a deposit could provide much-needed funds to help an outfitter or guide make it through.
Speaking of hunting, that’s one thing I’m going to appreciate more than ever this fall. No more taking for granted the fresh air, the sunshine and the bite of a frosty morning. I plan to stop more often to enjoy the view and admire a solid point—and (hopefully) examine a delivered bird.
But most of all I will celebrate the camaraderie. If nothing else, this crisis has taught me the value of companionship and the pleasure of shared moments with family and friends. Time spent together is precious, and when we come out the other side of this—and we will come out the other side—hopefully all of us will have gained a new perspective on the things that are truly important.
Please stay healthy and safe. — Ralph P. Stuart
Lonely, desolate, daunting chukar hunting
by Scott Linden
A fresh approach to harvested game
by Reid Bryant
Shouldering strap vests
by Ralph Stuart
Prepping for the season to prevent poor performance
by Chris Batha
From the Bench
The causes and remedies for a gun that is “loose”
by Delbert Whitman Jr.
What TSS is and isn’t based on ballistics
by Tom Roster
What to do—and not to do—if your dog gets caught in a trap
by Tom Davis
Preventing prairie chickens from going the way of passenger pigeons
by E. Donnall Thomas Jr.
The Fausti DEA Sport: a side-by-side for clays
by Bruce Buck
New gear to try this year
by The Editors
Wisconsin’s Milford Hills Hunt Club
by Reid Bryant
To the Point
Taking advantage of the summer lull
by Tom Huggler