April 23, 2014

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Modern Homesteading

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I write about life in the outdoors, and that generally means my recreational time afield. My outdoor life is an escape from all the everyday things that make life stressful. But there’s a part of my life in the outdoors that begins as soon as I step out the back door. It’s a part of Read More…

Honu, the Green Sea Turtle

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I’ve been a snorkeler since I was in my early teens, but the clear blue waters off the Kona Coast of Big Island, Hawaii are very different from the Lake Erie I knew as a kid. For one thing, before the Zebra Mussel invasion, the visibility of the Lake was about eighteen inches. Here in Read More…

Mushroom Hunting/Seeking

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The color bright red is seen few places besides on a tom turkey’s head in the spring woods, so when you do see it through the trees, that really gets the adrenaline going. Silently, I slipped my shotgun’s safety off, and remained motionless beneath my full camouflage veil. When I realized it was some rube Read More…

Shed Hunting, the weather begins to break!

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Eisenhower sits at the gate to the “Back-40” like a cocked spring. Every muscle in his 100 pound fur covered body is tense and taught, waiting for just enough daylight to appear between the gate and fencepost for him to spring into action, squeezing through the opening like yesterday’s lightning. (I stole that quote; “Yesterday’s Read More…

Decoy Show

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“The Ohio Show is one of the toughest to win in,” says Bob Nelson, a Lorain native who now resides in New London. “And I have done all the big shows, North Carolina, Maryland Louisiana, California Michigan.” Most impressive were his first and second place finishes in the World Championships at Ocean City Maryland. “Ohio Read More…

Florida Everglades Wild Boar Hunt, Part Two of Two

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Finally we come to the edge of a clearing, and the swampy palms give way to an immense pasture sprawling out hundreds of acres in front of us. We slow to a crawl as Bo says, “Ya see ‘er?” I squint out at a stand of palmettos a hundred yards ahead. “See what?” I say, Read More…

Florida Everglades Wild Boar Hunt, Part One of Two

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It’s hot. Neil Simon would say, “Tarzan couldn’t take this kind of heat!” but all I get from the locals are “You’re crazy!” stares as they are wearing winter jackets and it is, in fact, mid-February. With the help of a step ladder I climb into the swamp buggy, a custom made open air cousin Read More…

Pier Fishing

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With Winter bearing down on us extra hard this year, I thought I’d share the warmth of the sun and take you readers on a little vacation to some place warmer. Don’t worry, I’ll go back to writing about snow shoeing or frostbite soon enough!} To be honest, it’s all I can do to fight Read More…

Ice Fishing

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I’d like to tell you one of my, “there I was, in the Congo” –style stories like I usually do, but I’m afraid it’s not so interesting at the moment. Here I am, sitting on a five gallon bucket, on the ice. The wind is about fifteen miles per hour, and this style of ice Read More…

Unintended Quarry

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It’s Wednesday of Turkey hunting week, a few years back, and I remember I was feeling a bit irked. The year before I had two turkeys in my freezer by this time of the week, and up to this point in the week I’ve hardly even heard one gobble. This isn’t supposed to happen to Read More…