I used to think getting “old” would be a total drag. I’d be setting around in the rocking chair reflecting upon the good old days, and I guess that day will come.
Wild things have the innate ability to know how to make the best of the seasons, and this time of year they seldom venture forth during the heat of the day.
I remember well my first time to fish for wild trout in a Colorado stream. I was about 30 years old and a couple buddies and I had made arrangements with a rancher to do a three-day drop camp hunt for mule deer on his ranch near Silverton.
There is absolutely no better place to bond than when sitting around a campfire at a hunting camp or in a boat dunking minnows or jigs for crappie.
There is no better time to hunt wild hogs than right now while the weather is still cool.
I love hunting wild hogs; I even wrote a book on the subject a few years ago.
I’ve been on a quest to harvest three or four eater wild hogs, not big old boars but fat little porkers weighing up to about 100 pounds.
February hikers experience a completely unique and different invigorating landscape from those experienced during the spring and summer.
The mountain men of the early 1800s spent a solitary life during the fall and winter months trapping beavers back in the rugged Rocky Mountains. By spring, they were more than ready to come down out of the hills and have a big get-together for a few days to rekindle friendships and restock t…
Deer season is indeed a wrap, but there’s much more to do in the outdoors until spring turkey season.
Lake is down 2.12 feet. Bass were slow early in the week after the cold front. This is the time of year to get your gear organized or take advantage of sunny afternoons to look for feeding bass holding close to wood or riprap. Red rattletraps and jigs are favorites this time of year. Crappie…
Like many outdoor types, I used to consider the dead of winter as off time, a time to clean rifles and shotguns and put them away and devote time to readying fishing tackle for spring fishing. But winter has become one of my favorite seasons for enjoying the outdoors.
The weather is cold, making care of the meat much easier and after eating corn intended for deer around corn feeders across the state, many wild porkers are fattened.
At the close of each year, I always reflect upon all the great times I enjoyed in the outdoors and wonderful people I had the privilege of spending time with. Each year, one could almost set his watch to the timing for a year outdoors.
Songwriters Diane Johnston and Tommy Camfield surely must have spent time on this ranch in Mitchell County sixty years ago when they penned the words to their famous song, “Miles and Miles of Texas."
The only thing the fishing technique known as deadsticking has to do with the word dead is the lack of activity by the fisherman before the hookset, especially when dealing with those hard-fighting stripers on Lake Texoma.
Adjacent to this land was another much larger tract that I had wanted to gain access to for years. Call it divine intervention or whatever you wish, but this past week, I was given access to hunt there.
Just how many times since about the age of 10, way back in 1960, had I sat in a deer stand waiting for the big one? How many hours had I spent in the woods in pursuit of game?
Those of us who hunt and fish and spend time outdoors can be somewhat difficult to shop for. A gift card from one of the big outdoors stores can always be put to good use, but really cool gifts under the Christmas tree is what makes a fisherman or hunter smile.
In a matter of seconds, the rod close to my buddy bowed heavily toward the water and he handed me the camera with instructions: “Punch the ‘on’ button and wait for the red light. Get this on video — it’s a biggun!”
Callie Shell will learn her position from the best group of professional park rangers in the league.