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June

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Miscellaneous

Collectibles

It is a fairly normal activity for Americans to initiate a hobby of collecting things. The range of objects astonishes, from yoyos to Elvis memorabilia, or like my most tolerant wife Angela, who over the last few years has developed a compulsion to search for white-tail antler sheds. We now have piles lying around the […]

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December

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Dogs

Tribute To Jimmy

The following poem was published 11 years ago. It was inspired by a good friend’s father and hunter extraordinaire, who was dying of cancer. Jimmy made it to Christmas but by January the Grim Reaper had come for him. Let us all be thankful for our families and friends this season, especially those of us […]

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December

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Dogs

Mud Is Not My Friend

I have finally decided after 57 years, that mud is not my friend. After today’s hunt hosted by Benton Boyd, all my gear had to be carefully cleaned again. If there was a hole around the edge of the pond that had a secret pocket of muck, I found it. I got buried up to […]

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December

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Uncategorized

A Day I’d Rather Forget!

So I thought I would try a new spot this AM. About a mile walk with decoys, gun gear and camera bag, but ducks are flying! I did not do a very good imitation of a mud weasel and just about got bogged permanently. Kansas is not supposed to have such thick, sticky “gumbo” slime, […]

10

December

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Finally, Some New Migrants

December 10 – A strong Northwest front has arrived in Kansas and escorted a wave of migrants. I have some new songbirds at my deck feeder and a heavy strap of mallards to dress for a file’ gumbo. These fat greenheads were taken near LaCygne. I was hosted at a wonderful club that even with […]

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December

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Not Just Another Duck Hunt

I was very fortunate to join in on a hunt with two expert waterfowlers, Andy Fanter and Bob “Duckman” Snyder, near Quivira National Wildlife Rufuge. These guys knew how the game is played from reading the wind, weather, decoy layouts and “chatting up” the birds. Snyder has had lots of practice starting in the area […]

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November

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Big Sky Bird Hunt

In September, I had the opportunity to burn some boot leather chasing a mixed bag of upland birds in Montana. This was an “On My Own” adventure without much planning time. I did log onto the Montana Fish and Game site and found some species distribution maps with estimated 2012 populations. In Region 7 (SE […]

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November

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Waterfowl

Being Thankful

On Thanksgiving morning, I had the privilege to hunt with two avid waterfowlers on one of their properties near the Metro KC area. It was a blustery, cloudy and warm sunrise with steady action. With both puddle ducks and divers strafing the blind, we were able to scratch down some gadwalls. A few spoonies and […]

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November

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Upland

Happy Thanksgiving!

I wish you all the best for this Thanksgiving. Hopefully, you will get to spend time with family and friends and enjoy a feast. I will be preparing some cajun pheasants, harvested in Rush County, KS. We were able to scratch down about 15 roosters and a few quail. Conditions were brutal; dusty dry, warm […]