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New Placement

I know you may not want to hear about it but I’ve scheduled a few days away next week to work on the upcoming deer season. Since I won’t be able to hunt this location until November, I need to get as much preparation done now in order to limit my groundwork then. I’ve got […]

Compartmentalizing

Men have this uncanny ability to compartmentalize most of what we do. We can simply, mentally, separate one thing from another. We can neatly detach our fatherhood from our hunting and fishing, and each of these from us being a husband. Some say we are organized; my wife would beg to differ or even laugh […]

Encouragement

One of the hardest things to do, it seems like, is find the good in situations. Sometimes as a hunter or a fisherman we tend to measure our day according to whether or not we have brought home something for the wall or the table. Without these trophies, sometimes we bemoan the day, cast blame, […]

Peripheral Information

I have been able to take a couple of days and float the river. Both times I have taken someone that has never been. One time the fishing was very slow. The next trip was more productive. Both trips were filled with all of those things that come with fishing the river whether the fish […]

Celebrate

I’ve taken some time out of the last few days to fish the river. This is my sport of choice during this time of year. The weather has been perfect and the fish have been cooperating as well. One morning I felt like Mike Iaconelli who is one of the pros from the Bass Elite […]

Grease Diet

This time of year I always try catching some pan fish. I really enjoy this slow, unhurried outdoor activity. It’s especially good after managing the deadlines of deer and turkey seasons, and an occasional bass tournament. There are no seasons for bluegill and crappie. If today is unsuccessful maybe I’ll go tomorrow; or maybe not. […]

Confidence

My hunting has given way to fishing. At one time I actually did more fishing than hunting. But for the past several years it’s been hard to keep me out of the woods. My fishing has its extremes. I love the thrill of landing a big bass but I also love the serenity (and table […]

Silence Does Not Equal Absence

I noticed my actions during a turkey hunt a few mornings ago. I had not heard a bird gobble for a few days, so there I was waiting again for that familiar sound. I always arrive just before daylight and make my way to a central place in order to be heard should I do […]

Deep Chasm       

I left the woods after an unsuccessful evening turkey hunt. On my way out I noticed where some of my feathered friends had been scratching. Of course I had to slip out of my truck and see if I could locate one of those birds for the next morning. Sure enough he was there high […]

The Light

I had big plans on opening day of turkey season. I knew where the gobblers would be. They had been there every year for as far back as I can remember. It’s like it was their favorite place to roost. I had also been able to put a few from there on my dinner table […]

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