How calm and cool would you be if that was you depicted on the cover of our summer 2022 edition of American Frontiersman? That was our first thought when artist Mike Del Rizzo sent us his early sketches shown here next to a couple of pieces of reference material.
American Frontiersman Summer 2022
When outdoor writer and photographer Richard P. Smith was invited to accompany Montana game warden Lou Kis on a mission to relocate a problem grizzly, he didn’t think much of it. After all, he’d photographed black bear relocation efforts in Michigan and didn’t expect this to be much different.
That is, until the enraged bear fought back, grabbed Kis and all hell broke loose. Despite the chaos, Smith somehow kept on snapping his camera’s shutter, resulting in an action-packed series of photos as you could ever imagine. Those interested in reading the entire harrowing story and seeing the photo series (and who wouldn’t be?) should check out “A True Grizzly Tale” starting on page 26.
Don’t think that’s the only feature a modern-day frontiersman will enjoy in this outstanding issue, though. Along the way, you’ll find historical features on interesting mountain men, rendezvous tales, a rundown on some great blades and information on a couple of big-bore rifles you’ll almost certainly want in your safe.
Also, for the DIY’er, we provide instructions on making your own mocotaugan and gun stock cover/ammo holder, tying your own fishing flies, keeping your fire alive and making the best chicken wings you’ve ever tasted. And if wildlife history is an interest, we even have the story of how passenger pigeons that once darkened the sky disappeared from this earth, and how eastern elk populations that once were decimated have made a resurgence due to some remarkable conservation efforts. Of course, there is also much more in the pages ahead. In the end, we hope you enjoy reading this issue as much as we have enjoyed preparing it for you. Until next time, keep your powder dry.
In This Issue:
HIT THE TRAIL
- A trekker’s guide for getting started in living history
- How today’s young guns are keeping the trapper’s camp tradition alive
THE ELK REVIVAL
- Missing from the eastern states for over a century, this majestic animal has returned
BLAZE OF GLORY
- Ruger storms the gun industry with .45-70 thunder from its latest Marlin 1895 SBL
BIG GREEN’S NEW BULLETS
- Grandpa’s cartridges get an upgrade with Remington’s new-for-’22 Core-Lokt Tipped
LET’S WING IT!
- Have yourself a wing fling with these four cooking methods
- New and noteworthy range and trail products
IN SPIRIT OF SAMUEL READER
- Time to take a page out of Kansas’ rich frontier history
SO YOU WANT A LONGRIFLE?
- AF reader shares his story about honoring the American spirit with an iconic custom
BURNIN’ FOR YOU
- Keep the fire alive in style with these four fire lays
Read all this and more in the Summer 2022 issue of American Frontiersman. Get your copy today at OutdoorGroupStore.com.