Back Under the Knife

All of my life I’ve had to put up with pain. When you are my size and operate like a bull in a China shop, nicks, cuts, abrasions and pulled muscles just go with the territory. I used to think I was pretty tough. Pain was something to ignore—kind of like Patrick Swayze said in “Roadho
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Decision: Failure

Note: Although I normally blog on guns and hunting, since this is my website and my blog, I reserve the right to “go off the reservation” when it suits me. Today I am discussing what I believe is a profound cusp of what we once called the United States of America. Indulge me or delete
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Back in the Radio Saddle

They say what goes around, comes around. If that be the case, I had a Yogi Bera, “Déjà vu all over again” moment yesterday. I sort of got my start in this outdoor writing business with a radio show on a little 10,000-watt station in Fresno, California, in the mid-’90s. When the statio
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Not Now Honey, I Have a Headache

Well it’s been about a month since I have written a blog, and amazingly the din of the hordes hanging on my every word has been excruciatingly silent. Fact is, there has been a din of the horde—but the horde is of gnats and their incessant stinging. Here’s a recent example: I received
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Independence Day 2015

Tomorrow it will be 239 years since 56 men stood for their principles; risking their lives by signing the Declaration of Independence. Roll that around in your mind a moment. Imagine leaving your home and traveling a long way to argue and negotiate, then effectively signing your own d
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Liver Eating Johnson

I have recently been reading Crow Killer by Raymond W. Thorp, first published in 1959. It is a chronology of the life of John Johnson—born Garrison, he took the name Johnson after deserting during the Mexican-American War—who carried on a long vendetta against the Crow tribe of Montan
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Sometimes Life Just Gets in the Way

If any of you have been wondering whether I have just gotten lazy with this sudden onset of summer, the answer is “yes and no.” We have finally dried out a bit, so I can get outside and get some things done. My friend from church who I am teaching to shoot wanted another lesson, and w
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Couldas, Shoudas…

One of the things old flatulents like me love to do is bore the hell out of younger folks with what they should—and sometimes shouldn’t—do. The reason we like to do this is because we want to help those younger folks not make the same mistakes we have made. As I look back on my life,
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The Ultimate Arctic Adventure

I have been blessed with the opportunity to hunt in several places over the world. There is something to be said for the collector mentality of some hunters. The variety of animals, their habits and habitats, along with local-devised tactics for success provides a fascinating backgrou
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A Short Sabbatical

I realize that I have been a bit off schedule for the past couple of weeks, and I apologize for that. Beginning today, I will be taking a week or two sabbatical to undergo some back surgery. Last fall I went out, eager to get into some roosters with my setter Lily. The walking wasn’t
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