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Trigger Mechanisms

It really is fun to watch hunters this time of year. We are no different than any other group or even species. I would guess that every animal or mammal has trigger mechanisms – those things that happen that tell them something else is about to happen. For instance, we know that certain moon phases […]

Uphill Battle

One of the ways to get a great cycling workout without going a long distance is to ride to the pinnacle. That may sound like a motivational statement but in my area there is actually a place called the pinnacle. It is within the boundaries of the Cumberland Gap National Historical Park. It is a […]

Passion for the Outdoors

Hunting season is upon us again. In my home state of Tennessee, squirrel season opens at the end of August and dove season on the first day of September. This is a great time to introduce young and new hunters to the shooting sports. Many times deer season comes and goes without a single shot […]

Unsung Virtues

As a young teenager, many of my summer days were spent fishing at the local canal. I remember the unique art to catching carp using whole kernel corn as my bait. I also remember the little country store where I bought that corn. What I remember most about that store however, was not my corn […]

Explorers

Alright guys, it’s officially okay to admit that you’re getting the deer hunting bug. I think the certified time for confession is after the first sign of an acorn shows up on an oak tree. This finding allows us to start speculating as to how good or bad the mast will be and will get […]

Modifications

As a youngster, I spent every day outside during the summer. I don’t even remember the rain keeping the crew from Ford’s Woods at bay. I’m sure we were shut down sometimes but evidently I refused to enter those days in my memory bank. What I did enter were the days when each of the […]

Memories

The summer can be slow for bass fishermen. The water is warm and the oxygen that fish need for peak activity is not found in warmer water. Therefore they tend to go deeper or become more active when the days are at their coolest. That’s why early in the morning is some of the best […]

Handy

I’m always amazed at those who can make things with their hands. I too enjoy creating, but my talents are very limited. I have seen some of the most beautiful items come from things like hickory branches, deer antlers, and turkey feathers. We all love to see furniture that is made from hewn logs and […]

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 […]

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