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saysyou The editors welcome your letters. Mail them to: Says You, American Hunter, 11250 Waples Mill Road, Fairfax, VA 22030-9400. Or email us at americanhunter@nrahq.org Letters may be edited for the sake of brevity. A Favorite Firearm I read Olmsted's column in the April issue asking about our guns and why we love 'em ("Says Me"). I'd say my favorite firearm is a custom .3006 built on a Mauser 98 action by a gunsmith in Tuscaloosa, Ala. Over the years, Jim McCollum built many rifles for me, my wife and one of my sons before he passed away. Now I do business with his grandson, who continues to operate the shop. The rifle has taken a lot of deer in Alabama, and it's been on caribou and elk hunts (no elk, but great caribou). I've retired it; I've had the floorplate re-engraved and will hand it to my youngest grandson when he turns 14 in two years. Why do I love my guns? I don't think there's anything more musical than the sound of a firearm as it works. Whether it's a rifle, pistol, single-shot or semi-auto, it's a recognizable sound that means "action." Incidentally, none of my rifles has ever had a factory round of ammunition fired through it. I'm talking about everything from a .223  to a real boomer, my .300 Weatherby Magnum Mark . I love handloading; several buddies have had me load their ammo for them. What's my latest acquisition? I bought a Thompson/ Center Venture last year, went home and loaded up some ammo, took it to the range and was amazed at its accuracy. After bore-sighting it with my laser tool, the first two shots at 100 yards looked like a figure-8. I shot seven deer last season and several wild pigs with it. Man, that thing rocks! Thanks for the opportunity to share my passion. Wayne Harrell, Boligee, Ala. Folks, there's more to read-too much to print here. Check out accounts of fellow  members' favorite guns on my blog, "The Gun Club," at AmericanHunter.org.- SMOKE-PHASE GOBBLERS I was surprised to see and read the account regarding Michael Stockwell's turkey hunt in April's "Member's Hunt." As a turkey hunter and wildlife artist, one of my favorite places to visit and do photo research is the Cades Cove area of Great Smoky Mountains National Park. I've photographed deer, bears and turkeys there, and I incorporate them into my paintings. This past January, I spent several days there photographing prime bucks. On one pass around the Cove, I saw what I now learn was a smoke-phase turkey. It was part of a flock of about a dozen birds, and its strong white appearance caught my eye. I photographed it as the flock walked into heavy underbrush. In all my years hunting and photographing turkeys, this was a first for me. Congratulations to Michael. James A. Brooks, via email Scratching the Itch If not for reading your magazine, I probably would not have ever pursued such an adventure as this (an African lion hunt, "Members' Best," p. 47). Your publication has kept my interest in hunting very much alive and healthy. Please keep up the great work so other hunters will also someday achieve their dreams. Michael Superson, via email saysme Take another look at the cover this month. See anything that piques your curiosity? I do-it's Paige LaCross, and she looks extremely happy. Why not? She's just tagged a beautiful bull elk. She's doing what many of us do-hunt. None of us here knew Paige before she submitted her photo for this month's "Members' Best" feature (p. 40). I merely want to highlight her participation, and that of other women. You might be thinking I'm drawing a bead on the obvious: Yes, participation in hunting by the fairer sex among us is on the rise (see "Women Heed The Call," "First Light," April). But the fact is now American Hunter has not only anecdotal evidence that suggests that but cold, hard numbers of our own. Of all the photos we published in our annual spotlight of your exploits this year, almost 24 percent are women (12 of 51). Now, a woman on the cover of  is nothing new. We've published such content for years. Here's what is: 12 women made the grade in "Members' Best" this year. That's twice as many as last year, and I hope such participation continues to grow. See, we don't pander to the "first woman to do this" and "a woman shot that." Never have, never will. But we will follow trends, and celebrate every hunter's accomplishments. By the way, here's another interesting fact: The cover photo was made with an iPhone. Leave it to a young hunter to drag  into the future, kicking and screaming. J. Scott Olmsted Editor in Chief NRA Hunter's Code of Ethics 1. I will consider myself an invited guest of the landowner, seeking his permission, and so conducting myself that I may be welcome in the future. 2. I will obey the rules of safe gun handling, and will courteously but firmly insist that others who hunt with me do the same. 3. I will obey all game laws and regulations and will insist that my companions do likewise. 4. I will do my best to acquire those marksmanship skills which ensure clean, sportsmanlike kills. 5. I will support conservation efforts which can ensure good hunting for future generations of Americans. 6. I will pass along to younger hunters the attitudes and skills essential to a true outdoor sportsman.   ❘  ❘ . http://www.americanhunter.org http://www.americanhunter.org

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