Beards & boys – SD late season pheasant hunt

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I wrote a post last week about taking my son hunting & fishing. (Btw, it's always interesting to see how hunting & fishing posts draw strong support... AND fire. Bristol Palin - who, as you know, comes from a great, outdoorsy, Alaska family! - shared my post on her FB page, and then fielded several anti-hunting comments. Here's one below.) In the same vein as my last post, I wanted to share a video of Aidan's first pheasant hunt. In the first week of January, we went to South Dakota with … [Read more...]

Little friends “roar” in Lucy’s honor

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"The past is never dead, it is not even past." ~William Faulkner It's January 13, and many of us are feeling the sense of possibility that comes with a new year. But, many of us are also feeling a bit blue. There's not quite enough sun around the Midwest these days, and Vitamin D levels, like daily temps, are in the teens or single digits. What's more, the holidays have reminded us of, not only the people who are with us, but also of those who are not. This Christmas and New Year, my heart was e … [Read more...]

Fatherhood, hunting, and fishing… too brutal to go together?

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"I do hunt, and I do fish, and I don't apologize to anybody for hunting and fishing."  - Norman Schwarzkopf I started thinking about being a dad when I was in high school. Fatherhood... what could be more rewarding? Nothing.My earliest thoughts of spending time with my children always included the natural world. From about 1oth-grade on, I envisioned teaching my kids about the great outdoors through camping along the Niobrara River, hiking in Colorado, taking nature walks along th … [Read more...]

FREE e-book & Nebraska hat tutorial

"In Pursuit" - FREE E-BOOK

I've got nothing but good things to offer today! First, my new book, "In Pursuit: Devotions for the Hunter and Fisherman," is being offered on Kindle today for free. Yeah, I said "free." I know... I'm with you... in fact, I'm more shocked than you are. I don't know how anyone can do this and still make a living. But, alas, it's still true. Just click this link and you own gold. Sort of.You can pick up an e-book at any of these great booksellers: Christianbook, Amazon, and Barnes & … [Read more...]

New Beginnings

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A sportsman marks the seasons differently than most people. For me, the arrival of my bow signals a new year. So does a full freezer—I’ve got about 80 pounds of venison, 20 pounds of pheasant, and 15 pounds of turkey in the deep freeze. It’s time to make thick, meaty stews and have friends join our family at the table. It’s also time to launch a new blog. My hope is that Cedars & Sandhills, much like the state of Nebraska, will be a verdant and lively space away from the bustle of pop culture … [Read more...]

Children-Loving New Yorkers Move To Nebraska

Recently, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo made a clear statement that the good people of New York who hold to a pro-life position are not welcome in his state. During an interview last Friday, Cuomo, commenting on problems within the Republican party, said, "Their problem is not me and the Democrats; their problem is themselves. Who are they? Are they these extreme conservatives who are right-to-life, pro-assault-weapon, anti-gay? Is that who they are? Because if that’s who they are and they’re t … [Read more...]


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