Category Archives: OUTDOOR TRUTHS

Fishing Counsel

Written on January 16, 2017 at 1:41 pm, by

Several years ago I can remember going down to the river during late winter to try my hand during the walleye run. Only until the other day, I had forgotten how much fun it really was. I had the opportunity to go back with my former high school basketball coach. He is a nut about […]

Preparing For Cardinal Camp… When I’m This Old

Written on January 10, 2017 at 9:52 am, by

At 69, I can see my toes; but I could use some help touching them.  Exercises are, indeed, key to preparing for baseball camp in a few days.  Regardless of strenuous and devoted application, workouts are never enough.  It doesn’t matter how much I throw, go to the batting cages, or exercise, the second day […]

Great Expectations

Written on January 10, 2017 at 9:16 am, by

I just made one more, quick trip, to the Midwest. My friend had located a few shooter bucks and invited me to join him. I had a great visit but left without pulling a trigger. It was four days of cat and mouse. Wherever I hunted, the bucks showed up at a different location. I […]

Going Home

Written on January 10, 2017 at 8:55 am, by

I’m always excited about the times I get to go on an extended hunting or fishing trip. The expectations are always high and the opportunity to go with a friend makes the miles pass quickly and the laughs come in abundance. I just returned from my final deer hunting trip of the year. Each day […]

Subtraction by Addition

Written on December 27, 2016 at 4:10 pm, by

Several years ago, I bought 50 acres of not-so-prime real-estate. It was an abandoned farm that was mostly rolling but steep on 3 sides. I loved it though because it was mine. I could work on it a little at a time and make it the way I wanted it to be. So, my wife, […]


Written on December 20, 2016 at 9:26 am, by

It’s Christmas time in the woods! I can tell by the full shopping malls, the congested traffic and the “Cha-Ching” of the cash registers. Well, maybe not. In fact I can’t tell any difference whatsoever. The birds are singing the same songs, the chipmunks are always going full speed, and the deer are taking the […]

Get a Grip

Written on December 13, 2016 at 8:50 am, by

I have to admit that I like watching fishing on TV; not the everyday programs but tournament fishing. The Bass Master’s Classic is one of my favorites. In those shows you really get to see different techniques and strategies that are used and which ones may work best on that particular day and in a […]

Warning Sound

Written on December 6, 2016 at 10:23 am, by

Sometimes sitting in a tree stand can be boring. It’s not like you see deer every minute you’re hunting or even every day you go. Most mornings in the stand last for several hours and even though you may see deer, the window for those sightings is small. I might come home after a hunt […]


Written on November 29, 2016 at 10:12 am, by

I’ve always considered myself a prepared hunter – some would say over prepared. I very rarely go into the woods without my backpack. During the colder months this is especially true. Since I’m never absolutely sure as to what the weather will bring, I take just about everything. My backpack is over three-thousand cubic inches. […]


Written on November 22, 2016 at 12:26 pm, by

t some point during each hunt I find myself going through the scenario of seeing a deer. Before that scenario, I make sure I have taken my rangefinder and marked the yardage in the shooting lanes that I have. The last thing I want to do is guess the distance of my shot. There will […]