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The Great Escapes Issue of Field & Stream is available now

Cathy Hebert
Digital Magazine

“I realized then that after 16 months of lockdown just how good it feels to experience this kind of escape—to spend time in a wild place where wild thrills can still surprise you. As we began the planning phase of this issue, that word—escape—kept resurfacing. With more folks getting vaccinated, and with travel becoming safer (and more necessary for our sanity), it only felt right to package a collection of stories that celebrate how great it feels to get away.”

—Colin Kearns, Editor-in-Chief
The Great Escapes Issue of Field & Stream is available now

The draw of wild places and adventures never stops tugging at the sleeves of hunters and anglers. Now more than ever it’s time for us to escape and get lost in the outdoors and the editors of Field & Stream have the stories for your summer inspiration. From David E. Petzal’s real-deal caribou huntPhil Bourjaily’s holiday getaway for tealDave Hurteau’s guilt-free zoneBill Heavy’s Texas-turkey escape, and Matthew Every’s fishing experiment at a local swimming hole, there’s an escape for every type of outdoorsman.

After graduating from high school, a teenage Scott Bestul and his best friend Tim, took a full week off from their summer jobs to camp, fish and run the rivers of northern Wisconsin. Nearly four decades later, Bestul still reflects on this trip so it was only rational that as Tim was battling COVID, he would mentally escape to “I worked very hard not to imagine my friend in the confines of a sterile ICU, hooked to a ventilator and separated from his family. Instead, I escaped to that sacred place where the vestiges of old adventures are stored, and I thought of the rivers, and of the smoke of that old Pinto and our campfires and the candy-flavored cigars—and I hoped that my friend was doing the same,” writes Bestul.

Field & Stream’s Editor-at-Large, T. Edward Nickens takes readers on a hunt through the Arizona desert that most hardcore hunters would scoff at…a wild chase for jackrabbits. Besides Outdoor Life legend, Jack O’Connor, there doesn’t seem to be many folks who love this hunt or the meat it yields, but Nickens learned firsthand how tough this hunt can be. “I watch the last jackrabbits streak toward the horizon, pint-size Tasmanian devils kicking up dust. “This could definitely be a tourist attraction,” I say. “But man, those things are tough. What about the Valley of the Dumb Bunnies? Is that near here? Can we hunt that next?”

Whether it’s fishing for whiting on the Flora-Bama coast, Bowfishing on the Cumberland River or fixing an old boat, there’s something for everyone a little closer to home. Hunting Editor, Will Brantley walks readers through some of the most lowkey and accessible adventures he recently rediscovered, because you don’t have to go too far from home to have a great escape.

PLUS: Buck Hunters Go BigHow Phil Bourjaily Became a Better Turkey HunterAsk PetzalWhen to Avoid the Classic Trout Set; and More