“Long-range shooting was bound to cross over into long-range hunting—and with that have come debates over what this will mean for our sporting traditions and fair-chase ethics. As polarizing as those debates can get, we didn’t shy away from them.” —Colin Kearns, Editor-in-Chief, Field & Stream

THE LONG GAME 

“We take for granted things that were unimaginable just a little while ago. And because of this, we can now routinely hit targets that are so far out that it’s hard to see them with the naked eye. Is this a good thing? Sure it is. Is everything that stems from it good? Actually, no,” says David E. Petzal, Rifles Editor. The editors of Field & Stream teamed up to tackle every side of the long-range debate—from accuracy and better bullets and cartridges, to wondering about woodsmanship and if we’ve gone too far, to the bowhunter brawl. The editors present the good, the bad, and the ugly (sometimes all at once), and look to answer the question about what long-range shooting means for hunting. 

SPEED DATING 

“You’re missing out on a fantastic and largely overlooked experience if you’re not out there mixing it up with antelope at close range in mid-to-late September,” says Hunting Editor Will Brantley. The heat of the antelope rut is one of the most action-packed and overlooked hunts. So Brantley traveled to Gilette, Wyoming (the unofficial pronghorn-hunting capital in the USA), to experience it for himself. Featuring three strategies to help you capitalize on this type of rut-hunt with a midrange tool.

TEAL DEAL

Rest easy—waterfowl season has arrived. In 25 states across the country, duck season begins in early September with the teal opener. Phil Bourjaily brings readers 20 expert tips to make the most of this plentiful and predictable action for waterfowlers that will also help all season long. PLUS: A complete list of the early-season teal opener.

EXTRA TERRESTRIALS

North America has approximately 600 species of grasshoppers, 600 species of crickets, 1,000 species of ants, and 30,000 species of beetles. Add in outliers such as bees, dragonflies, and cicadas, and you’ve got a mess of bugs that are classified as terrestrials. Now is the time to stuff your fly boxes with damselflies, grasshoppers, ants, and cicadas so you’re ready to serve up some big-trout food during late-summer fishing trips. We asked five top trout guides to see which terrestrial rig they prefer and how they fish it.

PLUS Easy Campsite Smoked Trout; Best Backcountry Gear; ’Yak Attack; Testing Procedures for Chronic Wasting Disease; and More