Category Archives: OUTDOOR TRUTHS

Little Johnny

Written on February 28, 2017 at 9:37 am, by

John’s dad, Johnny, propped his gun up on the shooting stick. It was too heavy for him to hold himself. He gathered his boy close to his bosom and carefully tried to help him aim at the turkey’s neck. In the meantime, Little John was intent on looking down the barrel and putting the bead […]

Pieces to Our Puzzle

Written on February 21, 2017 at 1:06 pm, by

My childhood days of fishing amounted to going to different places along the canal that wound in and out of my little town. The only fish I ever caught was a carp. I can also remember as a youth the day I was bit by the bass bug. Even though I had never been to […]

Harder Than it Needs to Be

Written on February 14, 2017 at 9:17 am, by

Deer season has been over for a few weeks now, and turkey season is right around the corner. I like how each of these are so different than the other. If hunting turkeys involved as much as hunting deer, I would have to give up one. In days past, they were. Let me explain. Years […]

Free Ticket

Written on February 7, 2017 at 9:23 am, by

I used to hate the thoughts of driving more than an hour or so to some destination. That seems so long ago. Now, if I have an event or hunting trip of five hours or less, I feel like I’m still in my neighborhood. While I regularly take off on 10 hour trips, about seven […]

Incompleteness

Written on January 31, 2017 at 5:20 pm, by

I know I am constantly growing as a hunter and fisherman. All I have to do is look back at last year and I know there’s room to get better. One young man was being interviewed for a new position. The interviewer asked, “What do you wish to gain by your employment here?” To which […]

Ignoring Warnings

Written on January 24, 2017 at 12:46 pm, by

This has been one of the warmest winters I can remember. Even though there have been a few cold weeks, for the most part it is as predicted – above normal. Last week and this week have temperature prediction highs in the 60’s and lows in the 40’s. What is normally a dead time for […]

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 […]