As a human, I love house cats. As a hunter and wildlife lover, I hate them. We had dozens of cats during my childhood. Every farm did. They were our mousers. Many became front porch pets. I managed to sneak them into the house just often enough for one to hatch kittens on my … [Read more...] about Here Kitty Kitty Kitty
Not every outdoor photo is an artistic gem. But any photo can capture a personal treasure. Here my bird hunting partners, Cheyenne in the black and white fur coat and Alan in red, flush a splendid covey of late season gray partridge. Thirteen birds are in the air and the shooting … [Read more...] about Getting Up in the Uplands
This image of a hunter glassing the desert savannah of Namibia's central hochlands at Sney Rivier Lodge represents a near-miss photographically. I wisely placed a large object in the left edge and echoed it with the next big tree. This leads the eye through the picture and toward … [Read more...] about Missed Photo Op
Don’t blow it. As a rule most of us promise ourselves the best for a new year, then renege within a week or month. Running every day at 5 AM is too much of a challenge. Resisting those chocolate chip cookies is impossible. But getting outdoors more … [Read more...] about Another year. Another chance.
Killing endangered species doesn’t seem like a good idea, but it is if killing them saves the species. Okay, how can that make any sense? The scimitar-horned oryx, native to North Africa desert grasslands (which are becoming more desert than grass, thanks to human … [Read more...] about Activists Threaten Endangered Species
Summer can be stagnation season for many, particularly in hot, humid climates. Who even wants to sit outside when the air itself feels like a sopping dishcloth? Yet hunting fever is either smoldering or ready to burst into full flame for most of us. It's been a long … [Read more...] about Can you feel it?
Hunters who can't get enough of the outdoors are big on scouting. And it makes sense. Anyone who knows his hunting territory intimately can hunt it more efficiently. But can you indulge in too much of a good thing? Is there such a thing as excessive scouting? Can your frequent … [Read more...] about Scouting or Scaring?
After 45 years of hunting and 35 years writing about it, I haven't seen it all. But I've seen a lot of it. In 12 countries, 36 states and 6 Canadian provinces I've had the good fortune to pursue dozens of big game, small game, upland bird, waterfowl and … [Read more...] about Job one for hunters