Wandering off the beaten path

As a traditional bowhunter, I’ve traveled to and wandered around in many places off the beaten path. Places where I was free to hunt solo, take my own chances, camp where I pleased, eat the fish I caught, shoot small game for camp meat, enjoy a campfire whenever I...

A Special Place to Hunt

There’s a special place set aside for each of us to find. A wonderful, favorite place that words just can’t describe. Phillip Flegel was lucky enough to find his own special place more than 70 years ago. He was 19 years old in 1950 when he first deer hunted in the...

First thing opening morning

Opening morning of the 2022 spring turkey season found myself sitting on a small, three-legged stool in my pop-up turkey blind. A tom turkey greeted the gray light of dawn with a lusty gobble. My heart beat faster. He was close! I was relieved the bird hadn’t been...

I once owned a 28 gauge

While eating lunch one day at work, my friend Gary asked, “You interested in buying a 28 gauge shotgun? It was my dad’s and I want to sell it.” I didn’t have to think very long about it. I’d never owned a 28 gauge. Never even shot one. “How much you want for it?” I...

LOST

My dad always told me, “Never doubt your compass…”   During an interview, author John Filson once asked Daniel Boone if he’d ever been lost. Boone is quoted as saying, “I have never been lost, but will admit to being confused for several weeks.” I have done...