The winter of 2019 came to a close, and I had a conversation with a friend of mine and trusted “wrench” about my aging snow machine.
My longtime bowhunting partner, Paul Ziegler, and I just returned from our annual wild hog hunting trip in southern Oklahoma. Compared to recent hog hunts, this one featured almost idyllic weather — from misty, warm days to bright sunny ones that pushed the temperature well over 70 degrees.
We parked the truck behind a nondescript rambler house on a dead-end road, sandwiched among an entire block of similar homes and garages with backyards butting up against the east side of Reelfoot Lake in northwestern Tennessee. It’s a good hour before the sun will start peeking over the hor…
Southern Minnesota’s upland hunters fall into three distinct categories: Casual bird chasers who may only hit fields one weekend a season, semi-serious hunters who include several trips to pheasant fields to fill in when other seasons are closed, and those who can be accurately described as …
Camouflage jon boats on trailers wheel down the road behind pickup trucks in the early morning hours on Tennessee State Highway 22, their headlights and taillights the only sight to see on the dark road next to the waterfowling mecca, Reelfoot Lake.
If you love the outdoors, you’ve learned to adjust to the annual cycle of shrinking and growing days and, with each day, your dose of light and darkness.
As the year races to a close, most hunting seasons dissolve along with it. That leaves avid outdoors folks with an empty space that needs to be filled with other activities like hard-water fishing, or harvest-free sports like cross country skiing, wildlife watching and snowshoeng. Barring ou…
Twenty years ago, Minnesota’s long, nearly four-month archery deer season was briefer — it closed on November 30, a full month earlier than current seasons.
Every hunting trip, whether a shot is fired or not, has something to teach the hunter, if only he pays attention. My first western big game hunt put a few gorgeous mule deer bucks in my sights.
A few days ago, pup, Cash and I spent an afternoon traversing a massive Wildlife Management Area in a mostly frustrating effort to bag a pair of rooster pheasants.
It’s all I can do to put one foot in front of the other and continue, with an occasional step sliding out beneath me on a Ponderosa pine needle lined mountainside.
If Mother Nature chose to blend a combination of adverse weather events to knock down southern Minnesota’s pheasant population, it succeeded.
For anglers in the know, Madison Avenue in Mankato was where you could take your Minn Kota trolling motor for factory service. Now you’ll need to check out Power Drive.
Forecasting weather in Grand Marais, Minnesota is kind of like throwing a dart at a chart of possible weather conditions. You never know what you are going to land on, and like a lot of Minnesota weather, if you don’t like what you presently have, just wait a little bit.
Many hunting pursuits qualify as both relaxing and rewarding. However, in my book, none of them match the satisfaction gleaned when afield with friends and dogs chasing Minnesota’s ringneck pheasants.
Each year’s annual trip into the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness is an excuse to try out at least one new piece of equipment. Lightweight, high quality backpack camping equipment is often both high technology and expensive.
Minnesota is home to all manner of migratory birds who make stops here to proliferate over spring and summer before returning to wintering grounds far to the south.
Saturday's fishing opener in Albert Lea gave the governor, media and the rest of the state a little taste of fishing in southern Minnesota.
In the late 1980s, a pal and I frequented Laven's Archery Den's 40-acre outdoor range that wound along bluffs above the Le Sueur River. That's where we honed our shooting skills many days a week.
On my most recent trip to South Florida, I opted out of the state's ocean-side scenery and traveled inland to experience wildlife viewing on an expansive, freshwater, cypress-slough lake. This part of Florida is home to thousands of acres of shallow-water swamps, canals and lakes. It's also …
Fishermen are funny creatures. We look at bodies of water and ponder how we’d fish them, we plan trips to places we’d like try, and we dream of taking advantage of conditions when they are right for good fishing.
Alone on Center Lake in South Dakota’s Custer State Park, the freshly fallen 6 inches of snow from the previous day’s storm creates a pristine, unspoiled canvas from shoreline to shoreline that swallows all sound. The silence is as beautiful as the snow covers pine trees and rock outcrops.
When February rolls around, most hunting seasons have concluded, and the ice fishing can get downright slow. The same is true for observing and photographing southern Minnesota's bird life.
Southern Minnesota has just exited a brutal, wind-driven polar event that forced stabbing cold right through even the highest-quality winter garments.
Participation in outdoor activities, such as fishing and hunting, continues to dwindle as both parents and children lead busier lives, juggle schedules and are sucked into electronic worlds for work and leisure connected by screens and the wizardry of the internet.
In a matter of two weeks, the outlook of this upland hunter ranged from doubtful to hopeful and everywhere in between on the topic of getting afield for a final time to chase late season ring-necked pheasants. Nearly a foot of snow fell in parts of southwestern Minnesota and the calendar kep…
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