The Spring 2018 issue of Field & Stream is on newsstands and the iPad now
A Man Without a Knife is a Man Without a Life Whether it’s for survival, everyday carry, or kitchen work, a trusty knife has been known to save the day. That’s why it’s crucial that every outdoorsman know his or her way around a blade, no matter if it’s carving a fire starter, mastering the art of knife throwing, fighting off a wild animal, or being able to explain why some knives cost more than a grand. Here’s how to wield, sharpen, maintain, and survive by the outdoorsman’s ultimate tool.
Tip of The Spur On the cutting edge of turkey hunting, the most obsessed gobbler fanatics are pushing the boundaries to be more successful and have more fun. Today’s trendsetters are toting crossbows and .410s, pressing their own mouth calls, tackling tough public birds, and generally doing whatever they can to make spring last a little longer. If you want in, these are hot tactics, tricks and gear you need to try.
Shave and a Hair Bug Everything about modern flyfishing is fast; between fast rods, fast-shooting heads, fast-drying UV resin, and even premade wings, legs and tails. This might be why spun-hair bass bugs aren’t commonplace in today’s fly boxes: everything about them is slow. They might look like works of art, but spun-hair flies are secret weapons of many anglers, and they can bring some serious mojo to your bass, pike, and trout game.
Chop Chop! Almost every angler started out as a cut-bait fisherman. If you chop it, slice it, or behead it and then stick it on a hook, it qualifies as cut bait, including those nightcrawlers you ripped up to catch your first bluegills. These four killer cut-bait rigs deliver the blood, guts, and (hot dog) meat to channel cats, flatheads, gator gar, and redfish like nothing else.
The Master’s Work Burt Foster is an artist—one who transforms raw steel and salvaged wood into the most striking knives imaginable. But spend two days in his shop as he forges a blade, and you’ll see that the process is just as beautiful as the end result.
Blades of Glory Why do blades adorn so many different lures design to catch so many different types of fish? Three reasons: flash, vibration, and sound. Nothing goads spring monsters into attacking like a flashing, thumping hunk of spinning metal. Here’s how four pros use bladed baits—from spinner rigs to bucktails—to score trophy fish now.
My Life on The Edge Field Editor David E. Petzal can measure his life out in blades. Experience six decades in the outdoors told through four special knives. Petzal shares the stories of the beloved Ka-Bar he received as a 10-year-old, the “Yankee Gut Hook” that he crafted with an exquisitely talented maker, the well-worn favorite of a dearly departed hunting buddy, and one that was lost for 30 years but miraculously found again in Greenwich, Connecticut.