Field and Stream

The Total Outdoorsma­n

- —D.E.P.

How-to writing in its highest form, from Ted Trueblood and A.J. McClane. Plus, best-ever Tap’s Tips and 10 bleeding-edge tactics.

WHEN YOU THINK ABOUT IT, THE very marrow in the bones of FIELD & STREAM is how-to. It’s gratifying that we are “The Soul of the Total Outdoorsma­n,” but pulsing just beneath that heart and soul is a loud voice insisting, “Yeah, but how do you do stuff?” And we have always listened to that voice.

In all good how-to there is an element of forehead-smiting why-didn’t-I-think-of-that? I saw a classic example of this in Africa when I shot a Cape buffalo cow and our four trackers had the job of getting the 1,200-pound carcass onto our truck. Rather than lift the animal 4 feet up to the tailgate, they dug two narrow trenches deep enough to accommodat­e the rear tires up over the hubcaps, and backed the truck into them. The 4-foot lift was now something like a foot and a half, and it wasn’t easy, but it was doable.

The best how-to writing is also painless, even entertaini­ng. Masters of the art will have you read to the end before you realize that you are wiser than you were when you began.

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