FEBRUARY 2003

Winter Survival

Field & Stream Online Editors

A Hunter's Guide to Winter Survival
The know-how, the gear, and the life-or-death decisions you must make if you have to spend the night in the woods.

Hot Tackle 2003
Lures, lines, and technology that can make you a better fisherman.

Field Days
A look back at a lifetime of hunting, fishing, and dogs.

Bass by Degrees
A World-Champion angler gives you the keys to early-season success.

Where Deer Hide - And Why
Recognize the habitat whitetails and muleys like and you'll never go deerless again.

Winner, Young Writers Contest

  • The Knowledge of Fish by Charles Hogle

Game Plan
The last word on venison stew, burgers and chili.

Contributors

Jim Harrison grew up hunting birds and fishing for trout in small northern Michigan towns, such as Grayling and Reed City. "My father and I used to fish the Pine River and then we switched to the Manistee River," says Harrison. "He was a flyfisherman, but we would use anything if it worked." The author of nine poetry collections, seven novels, four volumes of novellas, two nonfiction collections, and several screenplays, Harrison has now added a memoir to the list, Off to the Side (Atlantic Monthly Press). "Field Days," an excerpt from Harrison's new book, starts on page 66.

Charles Hogle, winner of the second Field & Stream Young Writers Contest, didn't enjoy fishing the first time he tried it. The high-school junior remembers the experience as "slimy." Now, however, he and his father fish near their home in Schenectady, New York, as much as possible. In his winning essay, "The Knowledge of Fish," page 80, Hogle writes about one fishing trip that helped clarify his relationship with his father. "There are a few things my dad and I don't see eye to eye on," Hogle says. "But when we're fishing, we let things go. We're in a canoe, we're trying to catch fish, and that is something we can always agree on."

Even the most experienced hunters get turned around in the woods," says Montana outdoorsman and Field & Stream contributing editor Keith McCafferty. "And many don't make it back because of simple mistakes." In "A Hunter's Guide to Winter Survival," page 53, McCafferty draws from his own experiences and those of others-some of which are painful to read about-to offer tips on preparing for the unexpected. McCafferty is currently working on a collection of hunting and fishing stories and a mystery novel.