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  • Coyotes
    Nebraska's Sandhills hold a bunch of coyotes. 1/2012
  • Javelina
    Javelina were abundant on the first day of the King Ranch pig hunt. 9/2012
  • 257 Roberts
    John took two javelina, a racoon and a 150-pound boar with a fancy-grade Cabela's Winchester Model 70 in .257 Roberts. 9/2012
  • Sandhills
    The Sandhills are one of the emptiest and most beautiful areas of the Lower 48. 1/2012
  • Black
    John shot a nice pig on the King Ranch. Don't know if you can see it: it was pretty dark, and the pig was pretty black. And we don't like the 'deer in the headlights' look a flash would give it. 9/2012
  • Eileen Whitetail Deer 2011
    Eileen got her nice whitetail buck on the first afternoon of a late November hunt in southeastern Montana.
  • John Whitetail 2011
    John hunted mule deer for a couple of days, passing all of them up before deciding to hunt whitetails--making sure it was smaller than Eileen's!
  • Old Gun hunt 2011
    Eileen took this whitetail doe with her old German combination gun, a 16-gauge over 9x72R, on our annual Old Gun Hunt in northern Montana.
  • Old Gun hunt 2011
    John got this Old Gun Hunt doe with a Sauer drilling, a 16x16/6.5x57R.
  • Old Gun Hunt Camp
    We camped with a dozen friends on the Old Gun Hunt; soon the trees were filled with deer.
  • Tanzania Tent Camp
    John lived in this tent camp for over two weeks on his September hunt in Tanzania.
 

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Rifle Trouble-Shooting and Handloading

Rifle-Troubleshooting-Coverby John Barsness

One early October day Eileen and I went to the Virgil Binkley Shooting Complex, to try some new handloads, shoot some new-to-us rifles, and sight in other rifles for Montana’s big game season.  It was a perfect day for shooting, cool enough so that barrels didn’t get hot quickly, and almost completely calm.  Turned out, it was just the calm before the storm--or just another day at the range.  

It all depends on how you handle your rifle’s little mysteries.

Soft cover, 324 pages, 54 b&w photos, $24.50. (Free media rate shipping in the U.S.)
Ever wish you could do more to straighten out your favorite rifle?  Peek over the shoulder of someone who’s been doing it for a while?  Successfully?   Here’s your key to John’s workbench and his  thought process.

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JBfrontcoverObsessions of a Rifle Loony

A half-century of hunting & shooting

John Barsness has written for every major hunting magazine published in North America, and some not so major. More importantly he’s known among a few of his close friends as the Bull Goose Rifle Loony. He wears the title proudly.

Here is a collection on John’s musings about hunting, guns, bullets, and such, some new and some published in places you may not have a subscription to. (Have you had trouble keeping up with his travels the last two years? Well, here’s your chance to catch up!)

Soft Cover, 328 pages, $23.50. (Free media rate shipping in the U.S.)

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Rifle Loony Hats

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Despite some controversy about the preferred word to describe a person who really likes sporting rifles (afficionado, enthusiast, fan and other politically correct suggestions have been made), the majority of readers prefer the term rifle loony, used in many of my articles—and now, those of many other writers and rifle lovers everywhere.  (Available in dark sage, slate, cobalt blue, red/white & blue, a tasteful blaze orange, and camo.)

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Slice of the Wild
cut and cook game for  your table 

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What’s inside the book?

A hundred game recipes, 40 Wild Sides—tried and true side dishes Eileen and her husband, John Barsness, have paired with wild game for years—and an array of Tips & Tactics for making your wild game dinner less guess-ful. There is also a detailed, lavishly photographed section on game care, another on cutting your game to fit the size and tastes of your family so the steaks and roasts that end up on your table are as good as they can be. Did I mention the Rogues’ Gallery? A fork by fork (color photo by color photo) evaluation of a range of animals Eileen and John have taken over the years: the good, the bad, the gamy, and the chewy. Finally, there’s the T & T Test, the most uncomplicated way to evaluate game that’s ever been used. Know what you have before you start cutting and wrapping. No nonsense. No fancy stuff. And no more coping with mystery meat! 

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by Eileen Clarke
Hard cover, 10 ¼ x 8 ¼ inches
184 pages, 140 recipes
52 color and 63 black & white photos ...and a bullet to fork how-to section that makes cutting game as easy as sitting down to your kitchen table.

Buy this book and never pay a processor again.
$29.95 (includes media rate shipping in the U.S.)

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Keep up with the latest in optics, handloads, useful outdoor gear, great hunting literature and what wild critter is cooking in Eileen’s kitchen by subscribing to the Loony News. No advertising, no editors, just the facts. Quarterly: May, August, November and February for $8 a year. (Hurry, we’re already working on the next issue.)

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