Category Archives: EDITORIALS


Written on December 5, 2017 at 1:53 pm, by

Habitat is a word that is used quite often in the world of the outdoorsman. If you have lived more than a couple of decades, you have witnessed changes in the habitat in the area that you live and/or hunt. As our population increases, houses will continue to take land that is the home to […]

Fall into Winter

Written on December 5, 2017 at 1:37 pm, by

I hope you are all in the holiday spirit.  Seems like it has came around rather quickly. This weather has been beautiful, and hard to believe that it is the end of November. I have been working in the yard the last few days, getting my fall decorations down. I remember in September, I could […]

Rolling into December

Written on December 5, 2017 at 12:32 pm, by

Rolling into December in a warm spell here in northeast Missouri, we’re working through the last of our tomatoes and peppers, picked green and slowly ripening indoors since first frost more than a month ago. They’re nice to have, and Sara has put up several rounds of tasty roasted sweet peppers, but I notice that […]

The “I’m More Right Than You Are Right” Religious Poison 

Written on December 5, 2017 at 12:15 pm, by

We must break this sleeping narcotic of religious egotism which competes as to who is the better understander of God’s will and way.  This is a we thing; not only a they, not just a you, but a definite me as well.  Unnecessary division reigns supreme and we must reverse this trend. There is a […]

Rutledge Renegades

Written on November 28, 2017 at 12:01 pm, by

Martin Guinn and Reva Hustead hosted a Thanksgiving meal on November 19th.  Those attending were Randy and Jenny Walker, LaCrisha Wagy, Ivy and Travis, LaKaylee, Austin, and Elijah Mead, Penny Hustead, Will Hustead, Waid Kaylor, Neta Phillips, and Teddy Ammons.  Also celebrated was Ivy’s 10th birthday (Nov. 20). Dale Tague and mother, Doris Day, went […]

The Gigantic Size Of Life

Written on November 28, 2017 at 11:31 am, by

Trying to negotiate the twists and turns in our trek can be both fascinating as well as disturbing.  Little goes on well but what upset or interference….interferes.  We can’t seem to catch a break.  Our intentions are good.  We even find that we have succeeded in places.  But the DistractorFactor walks right in and sits […]

Gratitude and Giving: A Recipe for Success

Written on November 28, 2017 at 11:03 am, by

The winter holidays are my favorite time of year. I secretly love when the Christmas music starts taking over the radio waves and the lights begin to decorate the town square. Although the Midwest has yet to deliver some of the winter wonderland that I grew up with in the Northeast, it still feels like […]

More Comfortably

Written on November 28, 2017 at 10:54 am, by

Jason and I eased up the hill toward the place of our morning hunt. He had come a few days earlier and took a leaf blower to the trail to make sure we had the quietest walk possible. Just over the crest of the hill, only about 400 yards from where we parked, was his […]

Happy Thanksgiving

Written on November 21, 2017 at 2:39 pm, by

Happy Thanksgiving to all of you from all of us here at Pine Ridge Bluebird Trails. We are enjoying this time of gathering together with family and friends. I have had a few birds at my front porch feeder. I do not have a lot of leaving shrubbery to protect my birds right around my […]

All You’re Meant to Hear

Written on November 21, 2017 at 1:01 pm, by

Most of us hunters like to consider ourselves of the diehard variety. We’re not afraid to get up early, stay out late, and do whatever it takes to get our deer; unless it’s walk more than about a quarter of a mile from our vehicle. It’s true. Most hunters don’t hunt too far off the […]