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Hook & Barrel
A Lifestyle Magazine for Modern Outdoorsmen

February 2023

Savage straight pull bolt Impulse Driven Hunter

Savage’s Impulse Driven Hunter

Savage Arms has officially announced the newest model in its award-winning series of straight-pull rifles, the Impulse Driven Hunter. Unifying safety, accuracy, and speed, the Driven Hunter proves the elite Impulse lineup continues to showcase breakthrough technology in the straight-pull market. I had the opportunity to get my hands on one before the release and have been excited to share my thoughts.

Mossberg 940 PRO Turkey Gun

Mossberg 940 PRO Turkey Gun

O.F. Mossberg and Sons added optics-ready models to its 940 PRO line of shotguns last year, and I recently received a 940 PRO Turkey hunting shotgun to test out, a semi-automatic, 12-gauge auto-loader complete with a Mossy Oak Greenleaf finish.

SITKA's Equinox Turkey Vest

SITKA’s Equinox Turkey Vest

Trudging through the thick woods of Alabama, snagging my vest on hip-height branches and brambles, my box call chattering away with each step, I thought to myself, “there has to be a better way.” That and: “This is why I am a whitetail deer hunter.” Further, once I got back to camp, I discovered that in the absence of a dead bird, I did bring home another species, ticks. Joy. I needed a drink—and tweezers.

Hevi-Shot Hevi-18


At 25 yards, the whole thing just seemed unfair. Even if I pulled a shot somewhat, the tom turkey was going down, his neck and head spattered hard with tungsten shotgun pellets from HEVI-Shot’s HEVI-18.

Whiskey Myers - Cody Cannon

Whiskey Myers – Cody Cannon

After standing on stage for more than 2,500 shows, Whiskey Myers’ frontman Cody Cannon admits to approaching life on the road with blinders on. No matter where the band stops, Cannon has one job: rock out for two hours and give the fans a high-energy performance before heading to the next town to do it all over again.

Summers at Bull Moose

Summers at Bull Moose

The summer sun hangs high overhead as Cameron Mayo patiently rigs the panniers on an ornery-looking buckskin pack mule. Dust puffs underneath his feet, the heat of a summer day stifling. The air is heavy with the inimitable scent of horses, sweat, pine, and dust.

Michael Waddell Bone Collector

Who is Michael Waddell?

This was my first indication that Michael Waddell—champion turkey caller-turned hunting show host—was every bit the guy you see cleaning his own kills on TV. He’s a diligent, honest, legitimate southern boy who despite his success still values hard work and doing the job right. Even if that means doing all the work himself.

Raising Kids Outdoors

Raising Kids Outdoors

When is the right age to take your kids hunting and fishing? If they show any interest, they are ready to go. Our twins have been living an outdoor lifestyle since they were born.

The Mint Julep

The Mint Julep

No drink comes in as strong and leaves as swiftly as the mint julep. It takes over the minds and liquor cabinets of Americans for a few precious days in May, and just as soon as we remembered the drink existed, we forget about it for another year.

college bass fishing teams

College Bass Fishing Teams

Far from the roaring football stadiums of the SEC or the packed-to-the-rafters basketball arenas of the ACC are college bass fishing teams hitting the lake and trying to reel in a national championship for their school.

Lainey Wilson

Lainey Wilson

Lainey Wilson added a lot of accolades to her resume in 2022 with a pair of CMA awards, top-charting hits, a new album and an acting gig on the popular series, Yellowstone.

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