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Switching Baits

During the end of January, outdoor activities get much slower. To be sure, there are ample opportunities like catching crappie and killing ducks, but the weather can be a real hindrance for those of us who like longer and warmer days. I really do wish I had more time to enjoy this time of year. […]

Job Performance

Have you ever seen a dog “work”? I mean have you ever seen a dog in the woods point a grouse or a pheasant? It is truly an amazing sight. They pick up the smell, follow it to the bird, stand still with tail extended and one front foot in the air until the bird […]


In the winter, one of the most comforting experiences after coming in from the water or woods, is to warm by a hot fire. Even in survival situations a fire is said to not only provide warmth but to give a sense of comfort. Over the years I have noticed how watching a campfire mesmerizes […]


First light has always been my favorite time of day. It’s at that time that my expectation is at its highest. Whether I’m fishing, hunting or just out and about I love the possibilities and excitement the breaking day brings. It seems that all game is more active during this period. Every cast is made […]

Learning from Mistakes

Ducks can be a finicky lot. It seems that the conditions almost have to be perfect before they will land – especially if that landing happens to be in front of your blind. Not only do the weather conditions have to be optimal but even the decoys have to look a certain way. And then […]

Where You Are

When I first began bass fishing as a young adult I didn’t have the luxury of a bass boat and all of its frills. I fished with a friend who had a “V” hull aluminum boat. The trolling motor was small and the outboard was even smaller. He owned a small cabin on the lake […]


For the past several years I have spent the first two or three weeks of November hunting deer away from home. As all deer hunters know, these weeks are considered the best for having an opportunity to harvest a big buck. And while my area has lots of deer and is also home to some […]


Many of my friends have been using every spare moment for the last several weeks trying to fill their buck tag. Some are holding out for a certain deer while others are not as picky. But no matter which type of hunter they are, there is one thing that is certain; both are growing tired. […]

The Architect

I am certain the most thankful people ought to be those who consider themselves outdoorsmen and outdoorswomen. We are the folks who get to enjoy riches that go far beyond our ability to pay for. We get to play in the backyard of God. And even though most property is claimed by an individual or […]

Battle of the Mind

There are a lot of worthwhile pieces of equipment that a deer hunter can utilize today. Each one can turn the odds more in favor of the hunter. Perhaps one of the greatest ones in the past two decades has been the trail camera. The new ones actually have an option where one can subscribe […]

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