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Down in the Valley

Turkey hunting where I live is not for the faint of heart. Even though there are some easy places most of the hunting I do is in the mountains. Our mountains are not like the Rockies but they are also not like the deep south. The highest peak is about 3,000 feet. Needless to say […]

Henned Up

As in any opening season, there are pros and cons concerning the effectiveness of early hunting. Turkey season is no different. Because they have had no hunter pressure, it can be somewhat easy to set up very close to their roost and call an unsuspecting gobbler into firing range. On the other hand there is […]


In my early adult years, March and April meant crappie fishing. During those days I perused every bush and sunken tree in straight creek hollow to find my limit of that tasty fish. Most of the time I was the passenger in my friend’s old fish and ski boat. Since we knew where most of […]


Practice, practice, practice; that’s what we’re all doing right now. Go to any establishment that supplies the hunter and you will hear the sounds of those preparing for the upcoming turkey season. It sounds like a flock of hens have just landed inside the store. We’re trying out the box calls, slate calls, mouth calls, […]

It’s Better to Be Better

If you look at most of my hunting and fishing trips from the standpoint of harvesting game, you would conclude that I was unsuccessful. Most of the time I leave home with great expectations only to return with the reality of an unfilled tag or an empty live well. I remember a commercial where a […]

A PLug

I can remember several years ago, going fishing on a sunny but cold day in February. It was the first nice Saturday we had had in a long time. The plan was to do a little bass fishing and enjoy our first trip of the year. I was with a friend and we were taking […]


I have figured out that men will do just about anything in order to feed their need for risk and adventure. Of course many women will do this as well but overall it really is men who seem to want to test the limits of normality. With just a quick online search, one can find […]


“Regrets, I’ve had a few but then again too few to mention”. Do you remember that lyric; or maybe you can remember the old crooner himself sing that song. I think it was Frank Sinatra. To be honest, that’s a little before my time. There’s one thing, however, that is classic for all of us, […]


Most of 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, […]

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. […]

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