Category Archives: Guns & Hunting

Enjoy exciting hunting stories told by SCI members and read about the latest guns and gear they’re using in the bush.

Flirting With Fluting

To flute or not to flute, that is the question.

Of these two identical barrels, the spiral fluted one exposes more surface area, but it’s hair splitting in the extreme.

The Bard didn’t have to grapple with that option back in the 17th century, but today’s hunters do. Without question fluted barrels are “in” and it’s been that way for well over a decade now. It’s really quite amazing Continue reading Flirting With Fluting


Young Deer Hunters Harvest More Than 13,500 Deer During Missouri Early Youth Season

Preliminary data from the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) shows that young hunters ages 6 through 15 harvested 13,560 deer during Missouri’s early youth portion of the 2018 deer hunting season, which ran Oct. 27-28. Top counties for the early youth portion were Howell with 350, Osage with 316 and Franklin with 263 deer checked. Last year’s harvest total for the early youth portion was 17,412.

“Warm temperatures and gusty winds this weekend presented much more challenging hunting conditions compared to last year, but Missouri’s youth still pulled off a respectable harvest,” said MDC Cervid Program Supervisor Barb Keller.

Get more information on deer hunting in Missouri through MDC’s free 2018 Fall Deer & Turkey Hunting Regulations and Information booklet available where permits are sold, from MDC regional offices and nature centers, and online at


The Diamond Hunters of South Africa

Attacked by a Lion: It was the fourth night that they were camped out, and when they were near the Imvoti River, that the party fully realized that there were in a thoroughly wild country.  So camp was set up with the usual precautions again attacks from wild animals. A large fire had been made for cooking purposes, and had been Continue reading The Diamond Hunters of South Africa

Hunter Success High During Early Portion Of First-Ever Managed Elk Hunt In Wisconsin

Following more than 22 years of elk management and reintroduction efforts, 2018 marked Wisconsin’s first managed elk hunt in state history.

Not only are a few lucky hunters enjoying this unique experience, but they are finding success, too. “As expected, hunter success has been high, and they are getting some big, mature bulls,” said Kevin Wallenfang, deer and elk ecologist for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. Continue reading Hunter Success High During Early Portion Of First-Ever Managed Elk Hunt In Wisconsin