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    Deer that aren’t shot at every time they stick their noses out often don’t bolt at the first sight of a human.

    The deer woods

    A pod of whales. 

    A copse of brush. 

    A gaggle of geese. 

    A brake of cane.

    A slash of palmetto.

    January 22, 2015 at 9:00am
    The author learned the point of aim on a running deer is the nose, whether crossing perpendicular to you or quartering away from you.

    The running shot

    The small herd of does burst out of the woods and cut across the soybean field, the howling of the hounds behind them in the swamp.

    December 22, 2014 at 9:00am
    Next time you’re at the target range, try out some of the relatively new exploding targets. They add a great boom to your practice.

    Making things go boom

    n all its infinite wisdom, the U.S. Army determined after basic training at Ft. Polk, La., that I needed to be bussed to Ft. Leonard Wood, Mo. — a multi-use base about 50 miles from St. Louis — where I would receive advanced individual training (AIT) in my Army skill.

    November 23, 2014 at 9:00am
    Tessa Renaud models her Lethal Lace holster system, which can be worn almost anywhere on the body and works with even larger handguns.

    Lethal Lace

    Buying a good quality handgun to carry for self-defense is only part of the equation. You simply have to buy and practice with a suitable holster that will comfortably and securely carry your handgun so you can get at it easily and quickly.

    October 23, 2014 at 9:00am
    The companies that produce Wipe-Out and Break Free make a lot of claims — and then backs them up.

    Chemical foams — gun cleaning magic

    I don’t remember where I picked up the can of Wipe-Out Brushless Bore Cleaner — but it had been sitting on my workbench shelf for quite a while.

    September 22, 2014 at 9:00am
    If you hunt, the odds are your first shot was taken with a Daisy Red Ryder BB gun.

    The Daisy BB gun

    I have no idea what happened to it, but the first honest-to-gosh gun I ever handled was a Daisy BB gun given to me by my dad on my sixth birthday.

    August 22, 2014 at 9:00am
    It once was expensive and cumbersome to test rifle ballistics, but the digital age has made the use of chronographs very affordable.

    The ProChrono Digital chronograph

    I’ve written about the “wildcatting” era in the early 1950s when the U.S. economy was booming in the years coming out of World War II and then the Korean War. 

    July 24, 2014 at 9:00am
    Hunting camps incidents can grow to legends, and the story about how a city slicker came to be known as “Bobcat” is a classic example.

    Tales from the camp

    Fervent Rainwater shifted his cud as I walked up to the camp porch, and spit a long stream of Skoal between the paws of Ol’ Blue, the redbone hound lying at his feet.

    June 23, 2014 at 9:00am
    The Whittington Center is a shooter’s dream vacation destination, with many firing ranges from which to choose.

    NRA’s Whittington Center

    The NRA Whittington Center is a 33,000 acre Mecca for shooters that was opened to the public in 1973 and just celebrated its 40th anniversary. Over that time, it has grown to be one of the premier shooting facilities in the world.

    May 22, 2014 at 9:00am
    The Ruger SR22 is fun to shoot, and it’s a perfect weapon to carry.

    Ruger’s SR22 — Small, accurate, fun

    I’m going to let you in on the next big thing in handguns. You get the opportunity to get in on this before the rush, like what happened with the Ruger LCP and the Smith & Wesson Shield.

    April 21, 2014 at 9:00am
    Patterning allows you to learn which shotguns throw the best pattern for turkey hunting.

    Turkey patterns and cleaning tips

    In turkey hunting, preparation is everything.

    So thinking about you guys (and gals) who get all heated up over feathers in the spring, I thought I would write about patterning — and cleaning your guns.

    I have a 12 gauge, 2 ¾-inch-chambered barrel I had cut off years ago to about 25 inches and had the gunsmith install screw-in choke tubes.

    March 20, 2014 at 9:00am
    The ability to start a fire can be critical to survival when an emergency strikes in the field — and that same fire can act as a signal for rescuers.

    Manchac swamp stranding shows importance of survival gear

    If you’ve ever traveled Interstate 55 south to New Orleans, you have passed over that exotic, and almost mystical area between two of Louisiana’s major lakes — Lake Maurepas, and Lake Pontchartrain.

    The mixed cypress and hardwood swamps bordered by brackish and freshwater marshes are connected by Pass Manchac, the winding waterway that connects Lake Maurepas with its much larger brother, Lake Ponchartrain. 

    Little has changed this area since Iberville passed through in 1699, en route to the French fleet anchored at the Chandeleur Islands. He and his brother Bienville split their forces at Bayou Manchac, just south of the site of present-day Baton Rouge. They were returning from their exploration of the Mississippi River as far north as the Red River’s junction with the “Father of Waters.” 

    February 21, 2014 at 9:00am
    The Ruger American Rimfire is solidly built, has an adjustable stock and can flat-out shoot.

    A real matchstriker, finally

    One of the greatest shots I ever made was with a bolt-action .22 Magnum. 

    January 23, 2014 at 9:00am
    Ruger offers two 1911 versions with many features that once were only available in custom guns.

    Ruger’s 1911

    It has been noted that what you get today for a reasonable price in a 1911 pistol would have cost you a lot extra just a few years ago.

    December 24, 2013 at 9:00am
    Armadillos can destroy a field, rooting up the ground in its search for food. That makes them perfect targets for varmint hunters, since no one complains when they are shot.

    Handgunning for varmints

    We were never overrun with those juicy targets we read about in the big sporting magazines — articles by guys who referred to their shooting cult as “varminters.”

    November 21, 2013 at 9:00am