Not every city magazine in America would publish a cover story on the great outdoors in September, but then again, 1) Houstonia isn’t every city magazine, and 2) Houston isn’t every city. For most places, September signals a time of retrenchment, a time to batten down the hatches and get ready for that long winter’s nap. Not here. We’ve been battening down all summer—it’s time to throw open those doors and rekindle our relationship with nature. And while not every city magazine in America would equate rekindling a relationship with killing animals, 1) Houstonia isn’t every city magazine, and 2) you get the idea. Anyway, whatever your feelings for the flora and fauna outside your door, we bet you’ll find something on the next few pages to make you want to raise the shades and head out into the light. Why not? In Houston, it might as well be Spring. —Scott Vogel

In This Feature:

Meat Your Maker

Where to transform your deer or boar into sausages and more

09/01/2014 By John Lomax

Get Geared Up!

Our guide to the year’s best gear for backpacking and camping season

09/01/2014 By Chris Abshire

Let’s Go Glamping

Making a mockery of the camping experience, or camping on your own terms?

09/01/2014 By Katharine Shilcutt

Three Trips to Take Right Now

Whether you’re a rugged expert or a rookie adventurer, these excursions will take you there and back.

09/01/2014 By Chris Abshire

Rifles at the Ready

When it comes to hunting, supplies are half the battle.

09/01/2014 By Peter Holley

The Hunt Is On

Three great group trips, from low-budget to big game

09/01/2014 By Peter Holley

Ready, Aim, Fire: Three of Houston’s Best Ranges

Before setting off on the hunt, polish up your rifle and your shooting skills.

09/01/2014 By Peter Holley

Go Fish!

Whether you’re hitting the open water or the pier, here’s what you’ll need to reel ‘em in.

09/01/2014 By Peter Holley

One Time, I Caught a Fish So Big...

What would a great outdoors issue be without a fish tale or two?

09/01/2014 By Jeff Balke

Should You Buy a Boat?

We can’t blame you for asking, so we asked an expert.

09/01/2014 By Peter Holley

A Fisherman’s Map of Houstonia

Whether you’re a saltwater or freshwater fisherman, here’s where to get the big ones.

09/01/2014 By John Lomax

A Grilling Guide, from Coals to ‘Cue

Now that you’ve caught those catfish and killed those quail, why not cook ‘em up?

09/01/2014 By John Lomax

A Backyard of One’s Own

The perfect formula for shaking off the workday is closer than you think.

09/01/2014 By Catherine Matusow