The Hunting Club membership was in attendance around the large corner booth in Doreen’s 24 HR Eat Gas Now Cafe, talking about the wet weather outside and the fact that we needed a new lease.

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I love cooking outdoors, and through the years I have developed some standard recipes that meet my two requirements — easy and tasty. Although I often prepare these dishes at camps, they can just as easily be cooked at home.

All my life I’ve heard you can pick your friends, but not your relatives. I was lucky with my cousin Roger.

The Hunting Club membership was in full discussion by the time I arrived at Doreen’s 24 HR Eat Gas Now Café on that raw, drizzly morning. As usual, the boys were entrenched in the large round corner booth and those seeing me come through the glass doors waved a hand.

Ever since I was a boy dunking minnows in Pecan Bayou near our home in Red River County, I dreamed of heading to the wilds of Canada to catch big northern pike, lake trout and walleye. I remember reading all about this fishing wonderland in magazines and back then never dreamed that one day,…