Category Archives: OUTDOOR TRUTHS

Temperature of Temperament

Written on January 16, 2018 at 11:01 am, by

The fishermen around here are coming out of their hibernation. The walleye and crappie will soon ring the dinner bell and the bass will be getting more active as well. The stories will soon be plentiful. I hope the filets will as well. Even though there are many different stimuli that cause a fish to […]

Increased Effort

Written on January 9, 2018 at 11:29 am, by

I spent my last few days hunting deer in Missouri. The temperatures were the most extreme I have ever encountered. My last morning hunting, the thermometer read -7 and the wind chill made it -23. Needless to say, I was not in a tree but in the warm confines of a ground blind. The coldest […]

Greatest Days

Written on January 2, 2018 at 11:53 am, by

My friend Dave just killed a buck in Ohio. This time however, instead of waiting on the big one, he arrowed one that had a lot to be desired. It was an older buck with one antler that had been broken off and the other one that looked as if each point had been worn […]


Written on December 26, 2017 at 11:51 am, by

For the past several years words have been tools of mine. I have tried to somewhat successfully arrange them in a way in order to explain or describe ideas and events. I have even learned new words in order to extend my ability to effectively illuminate my subject. And thankfully, while I never consider myself […]

Timing is Everything 

Written on December 19, 2017 at 11:23 am, by

Timing is everything. Have you ever just felt like you were out of sync with what was going on in the woods or on the water? Sometimes it seems that on the days you can go fishing, the weather is terrible or the fish are uncooperative. And on the days you can’t go or just […]


Written on December 5, 2017 at 1:53 pm, by

Habitat is a word that is used quite often in the world of the outdoorsman. If you have lived more than a couple of decades, you have witnessed changes in the habitat in the area that you live and/or hunt. As our population increases, houses will continue to take land that is the home to […]

More Comfortably

Written on November 28, 2017 at 10:54 am, by

Jason and I eased up the hill toward the place of our morning hunt. He had come a few days earlier and took a leaf blower to the trail to make sure we had the quietest walk possible. Just over the crest of the hill, only about 400 yards from where we parked, was his […]

All You’re Meant to Hear

Written on November 21, 2017 at 1:01 pm, by

Most of us hunters like to consider ourselves of the diehard variety. We’re not afraid to get up early, stay out late, and do whatever it takes to get our deer; unless it’s walk more than about a quarter of a mile from our vehicle. It’s true. Most hunters don’t hunt too far off the […]

When the Lost are Not Found

Written on November 14, 2017 at 11:23 am, by

I had been in the stand only 15 minutes when the doe appeared. When it crossed the path I came in on, she immediately smelled an unfamiliar odor and followed it with her eyes to my tree stand. Now, she was at full alert, trying to bring into focus the blob that was in the […]

The Group

Written on November 7, 2017 at 11:48 am, by

I spent Saturday morning with about eight other friends and acquaintances, hunting deer. My mood was still melancholy because of the unseasonably warm weather, but the company and camaraderie made up for it. Our group was made up of the young and old, the experienced and the novice, and those who just came along for […]