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Wind in Your Favor

Several years ago it was not unusual to make one or two trips per week to wade the Cherokee Lake. Late winter always proved to hold enough of the bass variety to keep me fishing even in the most extreme conditions. These trips usually only lasted about half of the day and since I kept […]


As many of you know, sometimes it is more fun to take someone hunting than it is to go yourself. This is especially true when it comes to your own children. But that’s not the only time. I remember the day I took a young black man on his first deer hunting trip. I will […]

Early Retirement

I spent my last few days of this deer season in Alabama with Jonathon and Hubert (affectionately called Hube). Jonathon brought Hube not only because they are friends but because it was Hube’s 80th birthday and because Hube loves to hunt. He likes hunting deer and turkey, but he is especially keen on bear hunting […]

Changed Forever

My fishing experiences as a youth were either alone or with the gang that made up Ford’s Woods. What I learned about fishing came from the same sources. I can remember as a youth the day that I was bit by the “bass” bug. Even though I had never been to the lake, the levee […]

Close is Not Close Enough

The cold weather was late getting here this year. Unseasonable warm weather was an understatement for December and early January has provided a long runway for the winter that is now in flight. This week stands to be the coldest of the season but I’m already thinking I’m only seven weeks away from March. I […]


A friend of mine shared with me about his recent hunting trip. He spent twelve days in the northwest hunting mountain lions. Out of those twelve days he was only able to hunt two of them. There was no snow which is essential for hunting those big cats. He came home disappointed. Another group spent […]

Trophy Hunter

I think I am finally willing to admit it. When it comes to deer hunting I have turned into a trophy hunter. Now before you cast stones let me say that every hunter is a trophy hunter. What is trophy to me may not be a trophy to you but nevertheless we all shoot what […]

Fear Factor

All hunters should admit there are certain fears that come along with our sport. In my part of the country the list of creepy creatures is growing. Bears are becoming more numerous as well as mountain cats and plenty of rattlesnakes and copperheads. And I have to admit that in some of these places I […]

Christmas Gift

There is no other time of year that emphasizes giving more than Christmas. The whole Christmas story is one of giving. It is God giving the world His Son. The picture of the Giver however is different from much of what is seen today. This Giver gave under no obligation and without expectation of receiving […]


Many hunters right now have moved from the tree stand to the duck blind. The mornings of solitude and scent elimination have been replaced with the companionship of friends and the smell of sausage on a propane stove. The quietness has been traded for the sounds that let a duck know other ducks are around. […]

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