Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Killing a treed bear: a post for Fair Chase Hunting

Hounds work to pick up a cold bear trail.

© Holly A. Heyser 2012
I did something this weekend that I wouldn't have dreamed of doing three years ago: I hunted bears with hounds, and shot a bear out of a tree.

Did that get you emotionally riled up? It does that to everyone - not just non-hunters, but many hunters as well. That's why I decided to examine my reasons for going on the hunt (and for having an aversion to such things previously) in a post for Fair Chase Hunting, the blog of Orion The Hunter's Institute.

© Holly A. Heyser 2012

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

The Benelli SuperNova: review for

If there's a hierarchy in shotguns, pumps are at the bottom (cheap), autoloaders are in the middle (faster!) and doubles are at the top (elegant, nostalgic and ridiculously overpriced at the high end).

Leave it to me, though, to look into taking a step down, rather than up. After growing tired of my autoloader's propensity to develop rust in places I couldn't reach, leading to my gun jamming at inopportune times, I wanted to see if I could make a switch to a more durable pump.

The results of my experiment with the Benelli SuperNova have been published in a gun review for

Included in the review is my very first appearance in front of the camera in this demo showing how easy it is to break down the SuperNova.

© Holly A. Heyser 2012

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Hunting the unexpected - a column in Shotgun Life

Me, one hen bufflehead and my new(ish) car after its first mudbath.
The day before Thanksgiving, I got a chance to do something I've been wanting to do for ages - go exploring a big public-land hunt area I'd never been to before.

As you can see from the photo, I didn't exactly leave with a full strap of ducks.

But the trip proved to be very fruitful anyway. To find out why, check out my latest column for Shotgun Life.

© Holly A. Heyser 2012