Archive for View From the Ridgetop

Great News!

Gun owners have been taking a beating lately—both in the media as well as from some legislatures. But we've recently scored a victory. My home state of Wyoming passed a bill to decriminalize the use of suppressors while hunting wildlife. We joined 24 other states that recognize that it should not cost one his or her hearing just to be a hunter.

March 04, 2013

Getting Over the Ammo Shortage

What are shooters saying today? “Know where I can find some .22 shells?"

February 20, 2013

A Very Rare Colt

With apologies to “I Have This Old Gun…”

February 11, 2013

I Can’t Wait…

Even up here in Wyoming the weather is beginning to warm. Ol’ Punxsutawney Phil missed seeing his shadow last week, so we’re supposed to get an early spring. And while it hasn’t been an excruciating winter here, I am ready to go back outside and get in some shooting.

February 07, 2013

Redneck Casting

I have always had an admiration for what I call redneck ingenuity—basically the ability to make do or get by with something on the ultimate cheap. Often it means a total lack of sophistication, but it gets the job done. Last Saturday I witnessed a classic example of redneck ingenuity.

January 28, 2013

More From the SHOT Show

Among the noise and crowds on the floor of the SHOT Show here are a few more things I found interesting.

January 23, 2013

Media Day Musings

I attended my umpteenth Media Day yesterday. Every year I say it’s my last one, but I seem to always return like a moth to a light. And like every other year, I seem to find a few nuggets that pique my interest. Record cold temperatures powered by nearly gale-force winds and a new two-tiered schedule transformed the otherwise insane gathering of media types and wannabes into a fairly coherent event. With the swirling clouds of political fisticuffs looming over guns once again, it was the micro-pistols and AR-based rifles that garnered the most interest. However, I found a few other things that stimulated mine.

January 15, 2013

Good Read

Take a healthy dose of Walter Mitty, add an equal dose of a political manifesto, season to taste with a hard-headed Yankee with superb woodsman skills and wrap the whole thing up in a plot of survival after the collapse of the world as we know it. What you end up with is a fascinating thriller of a novel by one of our own—Bryce Towsley. Most—if not all—who read this have seen Towsley’s byline in most of the NRA magazines.

January 09, 2013

Boone (Part 2)

Continued from Boone (Part 1)

December 24, 2012

Boone (Part 1)

It has been 20 years since Boone and I took our last walk together and I laid her to rest under a south-facing oak tree. In many ways it seems like it was just yesterday when I reached down between my feet as I sat in an old lawn chair in the breeder’s backyard and picked up a double-fist-sized bundle of orange and white fur that had chosen me to cuddle up to, away from her raucous littermates.

December 14, 2012

When the Snow Starts Flyin’

I woke up this morning to a world of white. It snowed a couple of inches last night, and the rather balmy fall we’ve had—it was 60 degrees on December 2—seems to be giving way to winter. In the past I would be putting on the heavy long underwear and some snow camo so I could head out and hunt geese or coyotes. But nowadays the magic of standing up to frigid temperatures has lost a lot of its luster. The plain fact is I don’t like to get cold anymore.

December 10, 2012

A Very Cool Folder

I have spent quite a bit of time during the past three weeks desperately trying to keep up with the endless energy of my setter as she ferrets out pheasants out of irrigation ditches. Every once in a while I get lucky and kill a rooster or three; then it’s time to clean them.

November 29, 2012

Bringing ’em Along

Since I have spent my life chasing guns and critters—as well as cultivating the notion of being a professional ne’er-do-wells—I never took the time to raise a family. Hence, I have no grandkids. Now that I am a certifiable old fuddy duddy, with all of the changes that brings along with it, I find that my latent grandpa genes are flourishing. Because I have no grandkids, I must get my grandpa fix through others. Last Friday afternoon I got a major fix.

November 19, 2012

Meatless Monday Morons

About a week ago the Los Angeles City Council decisively dealt with an issue of worldwide import. Showing absolute courage and solidarity, the council voted 12-0 to declare Mondays to be meatless in its hallowed city. The vote was a symbolic one supporting a Paul McCartney founded group: Meat Free Monday. It has no legal status to force people into being vegans one day a week—yet.

November 16, 2012


As I write this it is the middle of the general deer season in my part of the country. I have opined some on this before, but apparently it isn’t sinking in. Hunters need to be patient! Unlike the television shows where a deer or two gets killed in very 22-minute episode, real deer hunting often takes days to be successful.

November 05, 2012