To the guy with the gun out the window

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There are hunters... and then there are guys with guns in pickups. These are very different categories.A couple years ago, I encountered a guy with a gun in a pickup. It was an hour after sundown on a crisp December night, and my son and I were outside, talking with our good friend Mike. (Mike is also the landowner of the property I hunt.) All three of us jumped. My son grabbed my pant leg and squeezed. A single rifle shot exploded from the road, about a 1/4-mile from the driveway leading … [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...]

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"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...]

“Thanks, Farmers!” – From Sportsmen

Man on the Run: Helping Hyper-Hobbied Men Recognize The Best Things In Life

I think many sportsmen are farmers at heart. They’ve simply missed their calling. Think about it: farmers love being outside, alone with their thoughts. They live for overcoming weather, equipment, and wildlife. And they find a great satisfaction in providing food for themselves and others. Is that not the same soul of a sportsman?This past fall, on a crisp, breezy November afternoon, I sat in a tree stand along a cut bean field. Across my field, on the other side of the road, a seasoned old … [Read more...]

The Whitetail Rut…They’re Crazy!

Man on the Run

The air almost smells different. It’s the beginning of the rut, a frenzied time of year. They become vulnerable. They run around with their tongues hanging out, making erratic, impulsive decisions that could shorten their lives…or, if they’re lucky, help them score. They become strange, unpredictable creatures – sometimes you see them, sometimes you don’t. They change from moment to moment. They get tunnel vision—life becomes about one thing. They eat and sleep just enough to supply them with ene … [Read more...]

Calvin Miller, Making Choices, and Following Through

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 I'm feeling sad over the death of Calvin Miller. I not only appreciate his books, but I greatly enjoyed spending a couple of hours with this gracious man. While I was in seminary at Talbot, he was a guest lecturer. He insisted on buying my wife and me lunch and then urged us to spend time with him before he returned home (Beeson Divinity School). He made it feel that we were the honored guests for the following two hours.Knowing about his life and ministry has reminded me that … [Read more...]


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